This week in Cuenca: Tickets on sale for ACT performance, Luis Ullauri performs, Live jazz, Artist José Luis Alfaro at CVA, Free movies

Mar 11, 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

There is a fabulous workshop starting this week at the Galeria Musa Taking on mask-making! The workshop helps you create masks out of recycle and natural materials.  It starts this Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and depending on the detail of your mask design  – the workshop can go on for five Saturdays.

Cost is $10 per Saturday, and includes basic materials, plus a translator (Spanish/English).

Galeria Musa Taking is on Simon Bolivar directly across from the Gazebo in Parque Calderon (Pasaje Hortensia Mata Local Interior).

For reservations contact galleria owner, Priscila Velez: +593 98-322-8936 (Call or WhatsApp).

Monday, March 11
Artists Maité Eusebio and Janda Grove exhibiting at Miguel Illescas Gallery

In commemoration of International Women’s Day this month, two of Cuenca’s most popular artist are having a show entitled “Reflections”. Maité Eusebio, originally from Peru, paints still lifes and landscapes in an exuberance of color.xJanda Grove, originally from the U.S., works mostly with figures, both real and imagined, using various palettes, sometimes subtle, sometimes strong. Come view art created by women, for women, and about women.

This show will continue through the month of March.

Miguel Illescas Gallery is located at Calle Larga 1 -209 y Miguel Ángel Estrells.

Free films in La Guarida!

La Guarida is happy to present as part of their FREE Seventies’ Film Cycle, this week’s “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

A film by Milos Forman, In English with Spanish Subtitles.

7 p.m.  Food and drinks served.

Don’t miss this incredible title with a young Jack Nicholson. A classic worth watching again.

La Guarida is located at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta.

Tuesday, March 12
Virtuoso Singer-Guitarist Luis Ullauri performs at Café La Joyapa!

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:30.-10 p.m.

Cover charge $7.

Café La Joyapa is a rustic, candle-lit space on the second floor of of El Doblón restaurant, on Honorato Vasquez. Food and drink service, provide by El Doblón, includes a wide selection of reasonably priced Ecuadorian, Italian, and North American fare.

Café Joyapa is located on the second floor of El Doblón restaurant, Honorato Vasquez 6-60, between Presidente Borrero and Hermano Miguel.

A.C.T.’s “Sylvia”

Azuay Community Theater new production, “Sylvia, directed by Tony Harding has gone into production.  The play is a memorized, staged comedy about an exuberant, lovable dog who changes the lives of a middle-aged couple.  It’s a smart, playful, sophisticated and occasionally gritty comedy about relationships, nature and growing older.  You will laugh your tail off!

Show dates: Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m., April 6 at 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m.

Tickets $15.  Cash or PayPal

Sales begins on March 12 at the following:

The Castle: Tuesdays, from 5:30– 7p.m. (Trivia Night)

A.C.T. Theater: Wednesdays, from 2 – 3 p.m.

Sunrise Café: Thursdays, from 10 a.m. – noon

IdiomArt: Every day, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For help or questions about ticket sales, contact Marilyn at or 099 138 9130.

“Smoking Mirror” Exhibit at Museo de los Metales extended until April!

The Aztec conquistadors scare the bejesus out of the poor Europeans.

Quito artist Eduardo Villacis’ “Smoking Mirror” exhibit at the Museo de los Metales is an amazing show. The exhibit includes painting, illustration, a video, and sculpture, with a big dose of humor. It graphically illustrates how history is written by the victors.


Museo de los Metales is located at Av. Solano 11-83.

Wednesday, March 13
Live Jazz at the Jazz Society Café

Wednesdays through Saturdays Food and beverage service: 6:30 through 10 p.m.

Jazz Concert: 7:30 through 10 p.m.

Reservations:  Their schedule of events is posted on Facebook page: Jazz Society Café

The Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, Upstairs (2nd Floor) of La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Artist José Luis Alfaro at CVA Gallery

Jose Luis Alfaro exhibition,“Park of Dreams”, continues through March at the Cuenca Visual Arts gallery. Alfaro is a recognized artist with a great career. His beginnings go back to his years as a cartoonist. Later he entered the Superior School of Fine Arts Macedonio de la Torre, in Trujillo, Peru. After completing his studies there, he visited a variety of countries and exhibited his art, that, in his own words “is something that one carries in one’s blood. It is a passion that grows every day.”

Also showing will be an emerging Cuencano artist, Wilson Cueva M.

Don’t miss this amazing show.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.

CVA is located at Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca, in the Santa Canela Building.

Salsa lessons at Santa Canela every Wednesday

Do you want to learn Latin dances? Every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Salsa, Merengue, Tango. $7 per person.

Santa Canela Hostal Bar Grill and Lounge is located on Calle Larga 3-82 Y Vargas Machuca, pass Todos Santos.

Friday, March 15
Alberto Soriano at idiomART’s Friday Salon!

10:30 a.m. to Noon (Doors open at 10 a.m.)

Every Friday a new presentation!  Great way to learn more about Cuenca, Ecuador’s art, history and culture and meet new folks!

This week, Internationally-renowned artist Albert Soriano will be offering a free watercolor demonstration and hosting the opening of a one-week exhibition, “Les petites oeuvres d’art d’Alberto”.  A special one-week exhibition will be showcasing some of his smaller works in all paint mediums.  Prices start at $50.  This is a unique opportunity to get one of Alberto’s paintings at an extremely affordable price.

Alberto Soriano was just awarded the 2019 GringoPost’s “Best Local Artist” recognition.  He is a master at oils, acrylics and watercolors. Come learn some of his techniques, see is beautiful paintings, and understand more about the creative process of this wonderful Peruvian artist.

Open to all. No reservation needed. Coffee, tea, and snacks available.

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

Pinshi Juchay: A Musical and Art Gala

Crea tu Espacio, in collaboration with Tejemujeres, will host a fundraiser event at the Teatro Sucre. There will be a variety of music including the very talented violinist Sulgui Medina, Tabano band, Raices de Guasa (Marimba), the Cuenca’s own Polyphonic Quintet. There will also be a fashion show featuring outstanding creations by the weaving group Tejemujeres.

Tickets are $15 per person with proceeds being donated by Crea tu Espacio. To obtain your tickets, you can drop by the offices of the Foundation Crea tu Espacio, located at the corner of Vaticano and Juan X111 streets (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 3 – 6:30 p.m. weekdays or 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday); or at Café San Sebas (Parque San Sebastien) during operating hours.

Doors at the Theatre open at 7:30 p.m.; program will run 8 – 10:30 p.m.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to Crea tu Espacio (a registered Ecuadorian NGO) who provide support and essential services to migrant and immigrant families living in and around Cuenca.

Gatos Negros at Santa Canela Friday, March 15th

Time again for the best Blues band in town Gatos Negros performing at SANTA CANELA HOSTAL BAR GRILL LOUGE this Friday starting at 7 PM. $5 cover.

Dinner starting at 6 PM. Make your reservations now.

March 15, 6 PM, Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca

Freddy: 099 726 9237

Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17
Glenn Gano in concert!

Bambú Sierra Experience in collaboration with Colibrí Conciertos presents Glenn Gano in concert on Saturday, March 16 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Glenn is an accomplished singer and guitarist who has performed in several venues around Cuenca in the past two years singing songs from the 60’s to the present.

There is $10 cover charge which includes refreshments and soft drinks.

Bambú Sierra is located near 24 de Mayo and Francisco Moscoso on Las Garzas and Las Palomas y Los Jigueros.

Observation and Identification of Birds Workshop

A theoretical and practical workshop on observation and identification of birds to be held in Cuenca on Saturday and Sunday in Pumapungo and Cajas National Park.

Limited places.

Price: $89, includes private transportation, instructor and professional tour guide, and lunch.

For more information and to make reservations, email:

Paco’s Blues will be playing St. Patrick’s Day Eve!

At Common Grounds Sports Bar & Grill on Saturday March 16th. Come for a great night of music, dancing, and great company… oh and general shenanigans of course.

Music kicks off at 7 p.m. Cover $5.  For reservations call 284-9162

Paco’s Blues Band: David Troop- Saxophone, Jeff Jones-Drums, Steve Fuentes-Drums, Spencer Matteson-Guitar, Matthew Hart-Guitar, Michael Wanner-Bass, Walito Migas- Bass, Mark Shaheen-Sound, Paco Lightfoot-Guitar & Vocals, Juan Sardi Barzallo-Saxophone. Roxy is off on maternity leave.

Windshield Cowboys this Sat. March 16th at Zac’s

Please join us for a fabulous evening of Americana music by the Windshield Cowboys from San Francisco, CA. Founding members Jeff Trump and Jennifer Snarr have teamed up with some of Cuenca’s finest musicians to perform original music that spans rock, bluegrass, country, blues, and roots music.

If you enjoy music like Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, etc then you will love this band!

Meditate with Shambhala

Sunday, 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Free, though donations appreciated.

All are welcome! The Cuenca Shambhala Meditation Group invites you to meditate together.

Shambhala International follows the tradition of Pema Chödron and her teachers Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Sunday’s practices include group chanting, silent seated meditation, and group walking meditation.

Chairs and cushions are provided. Everyone is invited to join us for brunch/lunch at a restaurant after meditation.

Meditation instructions are available free with advance notice at 9.30 a.m.

Located at 8-81 Calle Larga, east of Benigno Malo, south side, upstairs at Namaste India Restaurant.

Volleyball on Sunday

Have you played regulation international 6-on-6 volleyball in the past and are looking for a fun way to exercise? Good news. Play will be from Noon to 2 p.m.

Location is tournament style outdoor net on the grass just west of the soccer field at the

west end of Parque El Paraiso (not too far from Banos and refreshments!) – at the intersection of Pje. Del Paraiso and Avenida Diez de Agosto.

For more information, email Gary at

Coming soon!
Frank Angelo Birthday Party!

More than a year has gone by since our first Frank Angelo event kicked off to raise funds for the precious boy.  Save the date, learn about new events, an accounting of funds raised, dance, drink and be merry. More info to follow in coming weeks.

Monday, March 25, 5 – 8 p.m., free, at idiomART.

For more information, contact Paul Marquis: or 099 291 6457. Call after: 6 a.m.

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’s this 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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