Rose farm tour, New art exhibits, Concert in the Yunguilla Valley, Lectures on inner peace, Election night party, Off-Broadway at Pumapungo Theater

Nov 5, 2018

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:

Whew . . . last week was a busy week! Cuenca was at its liveliest. This week will be a little calmer.

Sometime later this week, drop into the Cuenca Visual Arts Gallery (CVA) to see one of artist Evelyn Johnson’s latest paintings in her new Ecuador Music Series. Since moving to Cuenca in 2013, Evelyn has been making paintings capturing her experience while living in Ecuador. Evelyn depicts her themes in a very painterly style, and her subjects have included people in the mercados, animals of the Galapagos, and local rural landscapes.

To see more of her work, go to

CVA Gallery is located next to the Santa Canela Bar and Grill on Calle Larga y Vargas Machuca. The gallery will be open on Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.  The current exhibition also includes the works by Maité Eusebio, Janda Grove, Garry Kaulitz, Boris Ordoñez, Linda Wooten-Green, Patricia Daugherty and Alberto Soriano. The show runs until the end of November.

Monday, November 5
tattleTALES: Critique Group for Writers of Memoir & Personal Essay

This free critique group is for anyone who wants to tell a life story — to write about lived adventure, adversity, trauma, and/or redemption. No writing experience is needed.

Sessions are held at idiomART (PresidenteCórdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega) on the first and third Mondays of each month, 10 a.m. until noon. Coffee, tea, and chocolate croissants will be served.

Facilitated by Carolyn V. Hamilton and Kathryn M. McCullough, for more information, email:

Tuesday, November 6
U.S. Election Night Watch Party at Liron Liron

The Democrats Abroad invite friends and family to share good food and drink while watching the Mid-term election returns live on a giant screen television.

The kitchen will be open until 10 p.m. with some low-priced specials as well as the regular menu. The bar will be open until midnight.

Liron Liron is located at Gran Columbia 9-41 y Benigno Malo

Latin musician Luis Ullauri is performing at the Jazz Society Café every Tuesday

7:30 p.m. $5 Cover

Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, upstairs of the La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Wednesday, November 7
La Guarida presents“El Público” by Federico García Lorca at the Pumapungo Theater

8 p.m.  Tickets $7  (Spanish only)

“El Público” is the work less represented and probably the most complex of this great acclaimed poet / dramatist Federico García Lorca. The work confronts complicated concepts, questions conventional theater and offers a great visual spectacle. The production will have more than 30 costumes, local actors, emerging and great career, professionals in lighting and digital projection. It will also have its own musical compositions and the presence of the singer-songwriter Roberto Ávila. The director, Andrés Zambrano, directed this play in Off-Broadway, New York in 2010, winning several awards.

Cast: María Ochoa Argüello, Andrés Zambrano, Daniel Montalvan Delgado, Gaby Yunga, Jefferson Castillo, Omar Uru, Fabian Escandón ,Andrez Ordoñez, Amanda Lorena Neira, and Las Perras de Yeso.

Pumapungo Theater is located on Calle Larga y Huayna Capac.

You can get tickets at the following places: TheTokte, Libri-Mundi Cuenca, Sucre Salé Café, Pajarogato, and La Guarida.

Thursday, November 8
An evening of art, music and friends at La Yunta

Original oil and acrylic paintings by Mike and Betty Jones, weavings by Barb Van Abel, handmade traditional dolls by Claire Lee,Tagua decorations by the Dos Mangas community, and wine tasting.

Also Musical Memories with Lyn.

La Yunta will provide free transport from and back to Plaza Otorongo at 5:30 p.m., If you would like the transport service please send an email Return will be by 8:30 p.m.

A small a la carte menu available and a free appetizer provided by La Yunta.

La Yunta is located at Panamericana Sur km 7. via Cuenca a Tarqui.

The Cultural Center Bunker

Cantina &Gallery, has a new exhibition of plastic arts: “Con la otra mano”, by maestro Luigi Stornaiolo.

Opening at 7:30 p.m.

The Bunker is located at the Triángulo de Chaullabamba,

Additionally, there will be a conversation about the artist’s career at the Hotel Crespo on Friday, November 9 at 7p.m. Moderator: Carlos Vásconez.

Free lecture: “How to Find Inner Peace through Meditation”

The keys to inner peace often seem hard to find. But inner peace need not be complicated or mysterious. Many have found that the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought the wisdom tradition of yoga to North America in 1920, offer simple techniques that open the door to peace, joy, and success.

Cuenca’s Self-Realization Fellowship center is sponsoring a special free lecture entitled “How to Find Inner Peace through Meditation.” This lecture will be given by Swami Devananda from Self-Realization Fellowship in California and will include an introduction to Kriya Yoga meditation techniques that will be taught the following days.

All lectures will be in English.

The public lecture will be at 7 p.m. at Teatro Pumapungo, Calle Largay Huayana Capac.

No reservation is required for the free lecture, but please come early for seating. For more information, contact Eduardo Flores at:

Friday, November 9

Rose Farm Tour just 45 minutes from Cuenca

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pick up at Plaza del Otorongo,

Cost $35, includes lunch and transport.

Without a doubt, it will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about flowers and get some great photos of the most beautiful roses in the world.

For more information, contact Karla Sánchez at

Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11

Make your cooking skills more enjoyable by learning how to fillet and cut a round fish (sea bass)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.(Spanish, English and French spoken)

Cost is $15.

Class is taught by Chef Marc Dullin (Retired in Cuenca) at the Alliance Française. This hands-on class will cover techniques of filleting and boning a round fish.Afterwards, you will learn recipes to utilize our product and enjoy a delightful lunch together:

• Parmesan crusted sea bass
• Mom’s creamy parsley potatoes
• Classic citrus butter sauce
• French caramel rice pudding

To reserve your place, please register with Thibault at the Alliance Française.

Pre-paid only – No walk-ins.

Alliance Françaiseis located at Tadeo Torres 1-92 y Av. Solano.

Orchestra Benefit Concert in the Valley

This symphonic concert, in the picturesque Yunguilla Valley, supports the Cuenca Youth Symphony Orchestra which is sponsored by the University of Cuenca Symphony Orchestra.

Location: Quinta Waylapampa, Gualdeleg, La Union, Yunguilla Valley
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person with your own transportation; $35 if you ride the charter bus which departs Plaza Otorongo at noon (maximum capacity 30).

For reservations phone Andres Alban at 098 167 7881 or write

Coming soon:

Santa Canela Anniversary Celebration!

Friday, November 16

7 to 10:30 p.m.

Enjoy the Blues, Funk, Rock and Disco music with the Gatos Negros. Come with your friends and enjoy a night full of fun!

Santa CanelaHostal Bar Grill Lounge is located at Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca.

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’sthis 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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