By Sara Coppler
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.
idiomART is having its One-Year Anniversary Auction and Fundraiser!
Tuesday, October 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Food and drink catered by SofyGlocal Cuisine!
Because the creative community in Cuenca is the rock on which idiomART depends for its foundation, strength, and longevity, idiomART will celebrate its one-year anniversary with an auction of ART ROCKS. This event will raise some of the funds needed for growth as a creative community center in Cuenca during its second year in its new location at President Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega.
idiomART asked local artists to paint, sculpt, or otherwise transform rocks that have been tumbled and smoothed by one of Cuenca’s four rivers. There are over 50 ART ROCKS waiting for your bids! These art objects are being auctioned as sculptures, door stops, bookends, paper weights, and garden markers. There are also a couple rock-inspired paintings for your walls.
The event is free to all, with hopes that you’ll be taking home an ART ROCK!
idiomART is also excited to announce that the Estudio de Arte Soriano-Maité, with artists Alberto Soriano and Maité Eusebio, have moved into its new location. They will have their paintings exhibited, as well, providing one-to-one instruction and workshops.
For more information, email: email@example.com.
Monday, October 22
A Spooky spoken word at Sunrise Café.
Celebrate Halloween with Cuenca writers reading their spooky stories on Monday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the readings begin at 6:15 p.m. Come early for a good seat. The writers are Jeremiah Reardon, John Keeble, Frances A. Hogg, Duane Connell, Kris Fisher, and Tom Larsen.
Sunrise Café is located at Calle Larga near Benigno Malo.
For more information, contact Frances Hogg Lochow: 093 929 7017. Call after: 9 a.m.
The 4th Annual Festival Internacional Tradiciones y Culturas Del Mundo this week
International Traditions and Cultures of the World Festival, from October 22 to 28. There will be traditional performers from Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, each with an exceptional repertoire.
Performances start at 8 p.m. at Teatro Sucre on Mariscal Sucre y Luis Cordero.
Tuesday, October 23
Artist Patricia Lee, “Artfully yours,” Exhibition!
The show goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.at idiomART on Presidente Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega.
Patricia Lee is a master at dot painting. Her inspirations include nature and local culture, and her passion is what she calls “trash-to-treasures” – reusing and upcycling everything from weathered tile fragments found on the riverbanks and beaches to scratched-up old records.
This is idiomART’s first Spotlight Exhibition in its new location. The show is part of ART ROCKS: idiomART’s One-Year Anniversary Auction and Fundraiser!
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.
Thursday, October 25
La Guarida presents the permiere of “Instrucciones Para Despedirnos”
8 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26
Directed by Andrés Rigoberto Ordoñez
“Instrucciones Para Despedirnos” is a theater piece, based on the composition of a painting that reveals the body in a state of transformation through the use of contemporary dance and theater. Each of the movements reflect the human spirit oscillating between fragility, love, giving up, possessing, monotony, passion, killing and knowing how to die.
Make reservations by calling: 099 806 8071
La Guarida is located at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta.
Handcrafting artistic books workshop at idiomART
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Magdalena Herreshoff
Anyone can create an exquisite, one-of-a-kind book. In this workshop you will learn to make a handmade book. You will learn about how to assemble an accordion book, a simple Coptic stitch-bound book, a broadside, and a book in a small box. Magdalena will encourage you to think outside the box and create a book that will best contain your writing or art. If you are not an artist or writer, then you can create this book as a gift to contain the words or art of a friend.
There are still a couple of spots left! To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 26
Super Heroes in Crazy Town, a Halloween Costume Ball
Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, Showtimes at 8 and 10 p.m.
Fishbon del Sur islocated at 14-25 Mariscal Lamar y Estevez de Toral
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 students
For more information and tickets, email at email@example.com
Pregón de Fiestas de Cuenca con la Super Star Band at the Bunker!
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Cover charge: $10
The Super Star band will take you through time with songs of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Foreigner, Journey, Supertramp, among many others.
Bunker Centro Cultural – Cantina & Galeríaislocated at Cultura Cosanga L2 y Cultura Jama Coaque (Triángulo de Chaullabamba).
Exposición, Cuadros con Miniaturas at the Centro Cultural Municipal Casa del Artista opens on Friday
7 to 8 p.m.
Artist Ruth Moscoso creates one-of-a-kind miniature rooms and scenes.
Centro Cultural Municipal Casa del Artista islocated at Avenida Loja y Cantón Gualaceo, Puente del Arco.
Saturday, October 27 and Sunday 28
“Odd Couple” last matinee!
Performance date: October 28 at 3 p.m. English only.
Tickets are $15
For information on ticket sales, contact Marilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 099 138 9130
Directed by Paula Keenan.Cast: Bob Fry, Tony Harding, Frank Herndon, Ray Lewis, Derek Hatcher, Rick Hubbert, Lovey Hendon, Margo Moschel
The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club is having a Halloween Costume Party!
Wednesday, October 31, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Location: Villa San Carlos, Remigio Tamariz 1-85 y Avenida Solano
Donation: $5 per person.
Mostly Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll music with a reasonable priced bar. Snacks are provided.
All styles of dancing are welcome to the music provided. The dance area is huge. Costumes are not mandatory. Masks will be available for the costume-challenged. There will be prizes for “Best Male” and “Best Female” costume.
For more information or to make a reservation, email: email@example.com
Poisonous Morsels Series Launch!
On Monday, October 29, Franny A. Hogg will launch the first two books in her Poisonous Morsels series. Each volume contains twenty-five illustrated stories. Paperback copies and e-books can be purchased through Amazon, or may be ordered in advance at a special price of $12 each, or both volumes for $20. The books will be available for pick up between 4 and 6 p.m. at the launch party at the Astoria Grill on the northeast corner of Presidente Borrero and Presidente Cordova.
Ricky Martin Live in Cuenca!
The leading pop artist in Latin Music will be in Cuenca for the first time on Saturday, November 3 at 8:30 p.m. For more ticket information, go to this website: https://www.ticketshow.com.ec/
Learn about the Achuar culture at MINKA
Here is your opportunity to meet the Achuar from the Amazon up close. Experience traditional Achuar culture, including dress, dance and songs. Learn about the lifestyle in their communities and challenges they face as they interact with the world outside their rainforest environment. 10 members will be visiting, including a Shaman, from November 2 to 4.
MINKA is Hogar de Esperanza’s community/event center and restaurant located at Gran Colombia 9-69 and Padre Aguirre. Part of the proceeds from this event will be in support of Fundacion Ikiam, an Achuar non-profit.
For more information, contact Garry Vatcher: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 096 896 2015.
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 email@example.com and feel free to check out her Under The Domes website at www.underthedomes.org.