Road closure, Another tram- and pedestrian-only block in El Centro, Años viejos contest, International jazz festival, Tree-cutting rules

Jan 2, 2019

Miércoles, 2/1/2019

Hola, Todos – Going to be a short issue – I`m tired.
Actividades –
Pagina cultural

Exposición – “Atlas de un país desconocido” (Atlas of an unknown country) by Fernando Falconí will be at the Espacio Cultural until 20/1 with watercolor images of maps and landscapes.

Bienal – There have been activities planned for this and el próximo month.
17 & 18/1 – 19:00 in the Planetarium – “Música para Estructuras Vivientes” (Music for Living Structures) with the OSC, Sonus Ensamble, Ensamble InConcerto, and FIMAC.
24/1 – Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno – “Retina off,” a lyrical recital with Saskia Calderón.
31/1 – 18:00 in the Casa Bienal – Book launch of “Amazonias, Escritos ultracontemporáneos sobre arte brasileño” by Paolo Herkenhoff <as usual, I’m not translating book titles since if you can’t do that for yourself, how do you expect to read the whole book?>
2/1 – 19:00 – MMAM – closing of the Bienal.

Cita Internacional de Jazz – The Jazz Society Café will present the 2019 International Jazz Festival from 9-12/1 starting at 19:20 with international musicians including the classical jazz quintet with Walt Szymanski and Michael Blanchard, natives of Detroit. They will join the Jim Gala Trío. <Which would give you a jazz octet?>

Festival “Lirón, Lirón” (Dormouse, Dormouse) <I hope the restaurant isn’t named because of an infestation of these.> – The deadline for registering to perform in this festival has been extended to 20/1. The theme of this non-competitive festival which will be from 13-28/4 is the relation of peoples, ethnicities, and nationalities in Ecuador so that children will not lose their own cultures to what they see on international TV and read in foreign books. The seat of the festival will be in the sala Imay (el Batán 4-70 y El Oro), with performances in Azuay and Cañar Provinces at various venues including schools and in neighborhoods.

Agenda items –

Ensamble de Jazz – “Ecuador Encuentro,” a jazz ensamble composed of Ecuadorians and foreigners will be in Cuenca el sábado, 12/1 a las 15:00 in el Sono for a jazz ensamble “clinica” (clinic). Cost: $10.00.

Exhibit – The contemporary art show “Diagnóstico Terminal” will run for 18 days more at the old Social Security Hospital.

Otras cosas –

Titular – Cobra de prediales con los discuentos (Payment of property taxes with discounts) – In spite of the holiday, 213 taxpayers paid $41,825 to the city.

Años Viejos contest – The Barrio El Vergel won the contest with its “Festival de Cine la Ortiga,” (Nettle Film Festival), a display alluding to corruption, political acts and more, and playing on the Festival de Cine la Orquideá. Second place went to the Ciudadela Central with “Bailoterapia política” which was an interactive display where the public could move the dancers who were following the public figures being parodied.

Tree cutting – If you want to cut a tree, the Empresa Municipal de Aseo (EMAC EP) needs to make a technical inspection first. It will look at the state of the trunk, if the roots are exposed, if it’s sick, the age, and more. This inspection will determine if the tree can be felled. EMAC will send the information to the Ministerio del Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment) and then authorize the tree cutting. <So you can’t just chop down a tree in your yard or worse, your neighbor’s yard, if it’s blocking your view or you if want some cheap firewood this year.>

Pedestrian zone – The Tranvía announced that av. Mariscal la Mar in the 3 de Noviembre mercado sector between Estévez de Toral and Tarqui will be a pedestrian zone. <You drivers should pay extra attention so you don’t blow though warning signs that you can’t read because they’re in Spanish.>

Road closures – There was a landslide in the Ingamullo 2 zone from the slope above the vía Gualaceo-Plan de Milagro-Limon Indanza which has blocked the río San Francisco. These slides are affecting the water treatment plant which supplies some 30,000 people. The road has been closed for more than a month due to constant slides.

Descuentos y compras –

<No ads – everyone’s probably too busy trying to pay off all those purchases from the pre-Christmas sales.>

And that’s all for today so Hasta ? –


Editor’s note: Jeanne’s Periodico is a translated digest of news from the Cuenca daily newspaper El Mercurio. If details, such as event dates and times, do not appear in the translation, they did not appear in the newspaper. The text between the carrots, or guillemets (< … >), is Jeanne’s personal opinion and not part of the news translation.

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