This week in Cuenca: Free movies, ‘Oldies but Goodies’ dance, Ecuador art history salon

Jan 13, 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:
An Art History Salon starting this week!

A new Friday series of art history salons starting this week will explore the ways art, from the precolonial to contemporary eras, has impacted the culture of Cuenca as it’s experienced today. These salons will be held on Friday mornings of each week from 10:30 a.m. to noon at idiomART. Each Friday session costs $10. Light fare, coffee or tea will be served. They will be followed by an optional, after-lunch field trip to a site of cultural interest in the city from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Art historian and curator Berenice Cárdenas will be your guide each Friday. With an MA from the University of Chile, Berenice has studied, as well, at the University of Maryland and worked at the Museum of Fine Art in Santiago and at MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami).

The first salon on January 18 will be an introduction to precolonial art in Ecuador. During the optional afternoon field trip, Berenice will explain pre-Columbian culture via the archeological ruins at Pumapungo.

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

Monday, January 14
The film “Macario” at La Guarida Cultural Center

7 p.m.
La Guarida is located at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta

Scott Cushing’s “Streets of Tokyo” exhibition at idiomART

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 this link:

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

Tuesday, January 15
The film “The Royal Tenebaums” at La Guarida Cultural Center

7 p.m.
La Guarida islocated at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta.

Wednesday, January 16
Preservation of the Achuar Nation Presentation at the Castle

Starts at 6 p.m., come early to have dinner at the Vegetable Bar or EAT
An educational evening with Adam Gebb, an expert in Bio-Corridors, and TiyuaUyunkar, a leader of the Achuar Nation, includes Q and A.
The Castle is located onCalle Paso Tres de Noviembre, just past the Broken Bridge.

The Jazz Society of Ecuador 2019 International Jazz Festival!

January 16 through 19, at the Jazz Society Café, located in the heart of the UNESCO Historic District of Cuenca, Ecuador.
Featuring renowned Jazz Musicians from around the World!
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

Oldies but Goodies Dance!

Oldies but Goodies Dance at 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

An 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 17
Gary and Eva playing at El Meson Espanol 

7 to 9 p.m.
With guitar and voice, Gary and Eva weave melodies and harmonies around jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and Bossa nova, as well as selections from the Beatles, Motown, and folk-rock from the ’60’s and ’70’s. They have performed separately and together for many years and are now in Cuenca for a short visit.
Come and listen as well as having dinner and drinks!
El Meson Espanol is located at Presidente Borrero 7 51 between Presidente Córdova y Sucre.

Friday, January 18
Art History Salon

10:30 a.m. to Noon
Cost $10. No reservation needed.
This first salon on January 18 will be an introduction to precolonial art in Ecuador at idiomART.  During an optional afternoon field trip, Berenice Cárdenas will explain pre-Columbian culture via the archeological ruins at Pumapungo.

idiomART is located at Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro, Cuenca Ecuador.

Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20
The women’s wave is coming to Cuenca!

Women’s March Cuenca on Saturday, January 19, 2019 starting at 8 a.m. from Parque San Blas we march down Simón Bolívar to Parque Calderón.

It’s time to march again sisters. This time the march is to celebrate the victories made in court houses, statehouses, governor’s mansions, US Congress, city halls and every reach of government both in the U.S. and worldwide! Since the first march 3 years ago, women from all walks of life have reached out their hands to one another and stepped forward towards justice and righteousness.

For additional information, contact Bridget Berg at

Classic Rock tribute to Tom Petty

A new act in town will be at Common Grounds on Saturday January 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. Billy Under plays classic rock music with a special tribute to Tom Petty!

There will be a $5 cover charge for this great show!
Common Grounds Sports Bar & Grill is located on Eduardo Crespo Malo y Gran Colombia.

Coming soon!
Writing and Illustrating Comics Art Course for Teens

In this youth (ages 13 to 18) art course at idiomART, Artist/Writer Daniel Williams will teach students the wonders behind comics and graphic novels.

Each Monday, over the course of 7 weeks, starting January 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., students will develop an arsenal of illustration skills and techniques. The series will focus on character design, composition, the elements of storytelling, the drafting process, and more. These skills will then be applied to the comic making process.

By the end of the seven-week course, students will have written and illustrated their own 3-4 page comics. There will be an exhibition in the first week of March, in which students can proudly display their work.

For more information, email at
Location: idiomART at Presidente Córdova 1-77 y Manuel Vega

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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