Streets of Tokyo, Writers workshop, International Jazz Festival, Paco’s Blues at Santa Canela, ACT auditions, Electric violinst in concert

Jan 7, 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
“Streets of Tokyo” in Cuenca!

Scott Cushing’s “Streets of Tokyo” exhibition is opening on Tuesday, January 8 at idiomART! Exquisite black and white photography on the beauty of day-to-day life found in Japan.

4 to 7 p.m.
Free Opening Event
Asian-influenced Snacks and Cash Bar with a special Sake Cocktail available!
Exhibition continues through January 30, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To see some of Scott’s work, you can go to thislink:

idiomART is located at President Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega

Monday, January 7
Final day of Ecuador Y Mas: Su Tierra y Su Gente”

Don’t miss this chance to see the stunning photography exhibition, “Ecuador Y Mas: Su Tierra y Su Gente”, by Michael Hamilton, Burt Johnson and Evelyn Johnson. Each photographer has a unique and different style – all beautiful and exciting.

10 7 p.m.
Miguel Illesdas C. Galleria de Arte on Calle Larga 1-209 y Miguel Angel Estrella

tattleTALES: Critique Group for Writers of Memoir and Personal Essay

Writers workshop

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 will be held at idiomARTat President Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vegaon 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, January 8
Scott Cushing’s “Streets of Tokyo” exhibition opening!

4 to 7 p.m.
Free event at idiomART.
Exhibition continues through January 30, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
idiomART is located at President Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega

Wednesday, January 9
The Jazz Society of Ecuador 2019 International Jazz Festival!

January 9 through 12, and January 16 through 19, the Jazz Society Café,

Tokyo photo exhibit

located in the heart of the UNESCO Historic District of Cuenca, Ecuador.

Featuring renowned Jazz Musicians from around the World!

Week #1: Wednesday, January 9 through Saturday, January 12
The Walt Syzmanski / Micheal Blachard Jazz Quintet
Week #2: January 16 through January 19
Wednesday, January 16: Jazz de Barro with Sue Terry and Lucas
Thursday, January 17: The Jim Gala Trio in Concert
Friday, January 18: The Christian Torres Quartet with Su Terry
Saturday, January 19: The Jenny Villafuerte Quartet

Purchase tickets now at

New exhibition by Garry C Kaulitz, at Cuenca Visual Arts Gallery

“One Exhibition Three Parts” deals with three observations all requiring a different media approach for each one.

The gallery will be open on Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.
CVA Gallery is located next to the Santa Canela Bar on Calle Larga y Vargas Machuca.

Thursday, January 10
Tigua Folk Art at Vino and Van Gogh!

Vino and Van Gogh, led by Artist Amelia Earl, offers a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity. Enjoy your favorite glass of wine while being inspired to paint a themed masterpiece. Perfect for beginners and aficionados alike, at the end of the night you’ll take home a one-of-a-kind painting and hopefully a newfound talent.

This week Tigua Folk Art is the inspiration. The native artists of Tigua Ecuador, are known for their very deep and rich cultural history ritualistically rendered in charming, vibrant Andean scenes.

In the words of artist Alfredo Toaquiza, “The artists of Tigua represent

Keyboardist and Jazz Society founder Jim Gala

indigenous life throughout Ecuador…For us what is most important is the expression of the earth and its many faces. Our communal way of life ensures our unity, reflects our history, and guarantees our future existence.”

Cost: $29
5 to 9 p.m.
Food and Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
Sign up now, by going to this link: an unforgettable time of painting, sipping and socializing!

Event Location: Cafe San Sebas, Plaza San Sebastián.

Friday, January 11
Cuenca Expats Book Club

The Cuenca Expats Book Club is beginning of the new cycle scheduled for Friday, January 11.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Club is oriented towards foreigners with a decent command of Spanish since the books we read are from local authors, with the intention of getting familiar with the local customs, ways of thinking and knowing more about the place we now call “home”.

If interested, please call 098 662 8710 or email

Location: Museo de la Ciudad at the corner of Gran Colombia and Benigno Malo.

Electric violinist Geoffrey Castle Concert!

“Geoffrey is the coolest and best electric violinist I have ever heard.  His repertoire spans Celtic jigs to Jimmy Hendrix.  Having played with Roger Daltrey of The Who, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Alan White [from progressive band Yes] . . .  Geoffrey’s credentials are world class.” ~ Rick Hubbert

7:30 p.m. at Villa San Carlos, on Remigio Tamariz 1-85 y Av. Solano with Gatos Negros.

Almost sold out.  Email: ricardoinecudor@gmail for availability.

Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13
Pink Floyd Experience

Saturday, January 12, at 5 to 10 p.m.

Music Service Ecuador presents “Pink Floyd Experience”, a musical tribute dedicated to one of the most legendary progressive rock bands of all time. It will be a different musical event, involving musical presentations and exhibition.

Teatro Carlos Cueva Tamariz at Av 12 De Abril y Agustín Cueva

Paco’s Blues is returning to Santa Canela Hostal Bar Grill Lounge

Saturday. January 12, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Cover

David Troop – Saxophone, Spencer Matteson – Guitar, Michael Wanner – Bass, Paco Lightfoot – Guitar, Roxy – Vocals, Matthew Hart – Guitar, Steve Fuentes – Drums, Jeff Jones-Drums, Mark Shaheen -Sound

Dust off your dancing shoes and practice your drinking… it’s gonna be a great night!

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

Coming soon!
Oldies but Goodies dance!

The next OBG Dance is Wednesday January 16at Villa San Carlos on Remigio Tamariz 1-85 y Avenida Solano.

Come one, come all for more fun with the Oldies but Goodies crowd.
For more information email to

Azuay Community Theater Auditions

A.C.T. will be auditioning for “Sylvia”, a comedy by A.R. Gurney, directed by Tony Harding. Staged/Memorized.

Monday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, January 22 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Open auditions, nothing to prepare.
Performances weekends of March 30, 31 and April 6, 7.

Contact Tony with questions at

Synopsis:  Greg & Kate have moved to the city after twenty-two years of child rearing in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as public school English teacher is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park – or that found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her nametag. A street-smart Labra-doodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.

Cast needed:

Sylvia–female  A labra-doodle. Must be fit and agile, the part is physical, getting up and down off the floor, up and down stairs, moving through the theatre. Note: the actor walks as a person but acts like a dog; you won’t be crawling around on all fours, but you will be “sitting”, “begging” and “rolling over”.

Greg–male A man coming to the natural conclusion of his career and struggling to cope with the changes in his world and in himself.

Kate–female Greg’s wife, a woman coming into her own in her career and in herself; the last child gone to college, career recognition and opportunities opening up for her.

One person, 3 roles, either gender 1) a “dog person” animal lover that Greg befriends in the park; 2) an Upper East Side socialite and old school friend of Kate’s;  3) a marriage counselor/psychotherapist

Azuay Community Theater is located on Av. Ordonez Lasso next to Hotel Oro Verde.

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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