Moxy plays the Castle, Ecuador history class, Award-winning movie at La Guarida, Romance at the Jazz Cafe, An evening of drawing

Feb 11, 2019

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes” highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed.

This week

This week has Valentine’s Day!  And Cuenca is a wonderful place to celebrate it – especially with its world-class chocolates and roses! Check out CuencaHighLife’s classifieds for romantic dinner options.

Monday, February 11
Belly Dancing at Fishbon del Sur

It’s obvious that Dee from Ali’s Kitchen loves to dance! She had a dance school in Iran and is now offering a series of belly dance classes at Fishbon del Sur from February – May for only $5 per class. All the money goes to Mujeres con Exito to help the women’s shelter!

Classes are at Fishbon on Mondays from 3 to 4p.m. No experience necessary, come and join the fun!

Class dates: February 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, April 8 and 22, May 6 and 20.  For more information, email Laura Inks Bodine at

Fishbon del Sur islocated at 14-25 Mariscal Lamar y Estevez de Toral.

Artist Kelly Harding’s exquisite watercolors at idiomART

Opening was fantastic, come see the paintings that everyone is talking about! Exhibition continues through February 28. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

idiomARTislocated at Presidente Córdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro.

“Smoking Mirror” Exhibition at the Museo de los Metales extended until April!

Quito artist Eduardo Villacis’ “Smoking Mirror” exhibit at the Museo de los Metales is an amazing show. The exhibit includes painting, illustration, a video, and sculpture, with a big dose of humor. It graphically illustrates how history is written by the victors.


Museo de los Metales is located at Av. Solano 11-83.

Tuesday, February 12
Go Figure! An evening of life drawing

6:30 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Artist Janda Grove with a professional male model from NYC at idiomART.

Life drawing is an important way for artists to hone their skills – but it can have a much wider impact too. It can contribute to a mindful and relaxed state, reduce anxiety, improve problem-solving and encourage new perspectives. And it’s also really fun.

$20, includes a glass of wine and snacks and 2 hours of drawing with a series of timed poses. (Participating artists need to bring their own materials and supplies.)

Reservation required via email, Sign up today, only 10 spots available.

idiomART is located at PresidenteCórdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro.

La Guarida presents “The Sea Inside

7 to 9 p.m. Free “The Sea Inside (En el mar adentro)”, a film by Alejandro Amenábar

in Spanish with English Subtitles.

About the film: “The Sea Inside,” is a powerful narrative by Alejandro Amenábar, one of Spain’s best directors. He tells the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spanish quadriplegic whose fight for the right to die galvanized his country in the 1990’s. Filmed mostly in a Madrid studio that recreated Sampedro’s Galician farmhouse home, the movie envelops the viewer in the frustrations of a paralyzed man’s circumscribed world. Sampedro’s life is portrayed with grace and fury by Academy Award Winner and Hollywood’s new sweetheart Javier Bardem, arguably Spain’s best actor. With an incredible soundtrack which even includes “”Nessun Dorma” (from “Turandot”), Amenábar rightly won Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy and Golden Globe Awards.

Food and drinks served — first 10 customers get free popcorn. Call for more Information and reservations: 099 806 8071

La Guarida is located at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta (a few blocks away from Common Grounds).

Wednesday, February 13

Ecuador History and Culture Classes with Martha Mays

12,000 years of history, concentrating on Ecuador’s 190+ years as an independent country. This class also includes geography and social studies of the region.

Choose a one-day, two-day, or two-week format in February.

Option 1: One-day five-hour class 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch break) 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, February 16, $35.

Option 2: Two-day five-hour class 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for two consecutive days, Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, also $35, or

Option 3: A more intensive twelve-hour class 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two consecutive weeks beginning February 18 and ending March 1. Cost is $65.

For more information or to make reservations, email: or call at 098 116 0877

Classes are held at the Otorongo Plaza on Coronel Talbot 6-23 y 3 de Noviembre.

Salsa lessons at Santa Canela every Wednesday

Do you want to learn Latin dances? Every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m Salsa, Merengue, Tango. $7 per person.

Santa Canela Hostal Bar Grill and Lounge is located on Calle Larga 3-82 Y Vargas Machuca, pass Todos Santos.

Thursday, February 14

Enjoy a Romantic Evening of Beautiful Ballads at The Jazz Society Café

7:30 to 10 p.m. for live music. Food and Beverages service from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Make your reservation – limited space, email:

The Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, Upstairs (2nd Floor) of La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Friday, February 15
Art History Salon at idiomART

10:30 a.m. to Noon (Doors open at 10 a.m.)

Cost $10.  No reservation needed. Coffee, tea, and snacks available.

This week, Art Historian Berenice Cárdenas will be covering Traditional Craft of Embroidery. This session will explore the traditional garment of the CholaCuencana: “La Pollera”, the flowered embroidered skirt and its corresponding blouse which is also embroidered. The different motifs, the different types of embroidery and their meanings and other curious facts about the garment of La CholaCuencana, including the Chal, also know as “Macana”.

idiomART is located at PresidenteCórdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro.

Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17
Moxy Players at The Castle!

After a 6-week hiatus Cuenca’s newest band Moxy Players will be performing at The Castle this Saturday, February 16,  starting 7:30 p.m.

The band serves up a mix of Rock, Soul, Reggae, Funk and Jazz. Band mates Julio Bonnemaison, Guitar; Roxy Carrasco, Vocals; Jeff Jones, Drums; Steve Liggett, Keyboard; Freyler Lopez, Bass.

The Castle is Located on Tres De Noviembre 200 yards downriver from the Broken Bridge, for reservations or information call: 098.935.8169. $5.00 cover charge

Meditate with Shambhala

Sunday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Free, though donations appreciated. All are welcome! The Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Group invites you to meditate together.

Shambhala International follows the tradition of Pema Chödron and her teachers Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Sunday’s practices include group chanting, silent seated meditation, and group walking meditation.

Chairs and cushions are provided. Everyone is invited to join us for brunch/lunch at a restaurant after meditation.

Meditation instructions are available free with advance notice at 9.30 a.m.

Located at 8-81 Calle Larga, east of Benigno Malo, south side, upstairs at Namaste India Restaurant.

Volleyball on Sunday

Have you played regulation international 6-on-6 volleyball in the past and are looking for a fun way to exercise? Good news. Play will be from Noon to 2 p.m.

Location is tournament style outdoor net on the grass just west of the soccer field at the west end of Parque El Paraiso (not too far from Banos and refreshments!)– at the intersection of Pje. Del Paraiso and Avenida Diez de Agosto.

For more information, email Gary at

Volleyball tomorrow – outdoor regulation international 6-on-6. Outdoor regulation international 6-on-6 volleyball for expats and Cuencanos from noon to 2 PM, weather permitting. Look for the grass court just west of the soccer field at the west end of Parque El Paraiso

Coming soon!
An Evening of Acoustic Blues and Americana on Monday, February 18, at Lirón Lirón

Bluesman Peter Nolan is coming back to Cuenca.

Peter visited Cuenca two years ago and impressed everyone with his great brand of acoustic blues. Now he is coming back for a short visit and teaming up with Matthew Hart and Paco Lightfoot for An Evening of Acoustic Blues and Americana.

There’s really is no better way to spend a Monday evening… sipping a drink and listening to some great live acoustic blues. Music starts at 6 p.m. Call 099 726 9237 for reservations.

Lirón Lirón is located at Gran Colombia 9-41 y Benigno Malo.

Caro’s Paint & Play, Thursday, February 28, at idiomART!

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your watercolor WIP (work-in-progress), your art journal, your bullet journal to work on. (Oh, and you acrylic artists are welcome, as well…)

Caro (Carolyn Hamilton) will hover and coach as requested.

$10 and a bottle of wine (a delicious lunch will be included)

Spaces will be limited so, to save your spot, email at:

idiomART is located at PresidenteCórdova 1-77, between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro.

What’s Happening Under the Domes is a weekly column by Sara Coppler. Sara has lived in Ecuador for over 5 years. She is an architect by training, who has worked for more than two decades in the field of international development and poverty housing. She is a co-founder of idiomART, a creative community center in Cuenca. Having admired the creative process throughout her life,she describes herself as a “Head Cheerleader for the Arts.” It’s this enthusiasm that she hopes to bring to this weekly column. You may contact her at and feel free to check out her Under The Domes website at

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