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.
Are you looking for something edgy to do for Halloween?
Need help creating a costume? Never been to one of Fishbon del Sur’s legendary events? Join in the fun or just come as a guest!
This year, Fishbon del Sur is collaborating with Lakomuna, two local art collaboratives, to bring you “Super Heroes in Crazy Town, a Halloween Costume Ball.” The event includes fun workshops with artists from Peru, Columbia, U.S., Canada and Ecuador. They will help you make costumes, props and even write short vignettes staring your character. You can be a hero, a villain or a hapless victim.
Super Heroes in Crazy Town, a Halloween Costume Ball
October 27 and 28, Showtimes at 8 p.m. 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
Workshops are on-going. Nominal donation to participate in workshops to cover material costs.
For more information and tickets, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 8
Monday, October 8, is a national holiday in honor of 198 years of independence of Guayaquil. The holiday is normally celebrated on October 9, but it was moved to Monday to give workers a three-day weekend. So, many shops and businesses may be closed.
Tuesday, October 9
La Guarida Cultural Center, at Mariscal Lamar y Luis Pauta, presents:
“Aguirre, The Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)”, a film by Werner Herzog with the unforgettable performance of Klaus Kinski. Free.
6 p.m. (English subtitles)
8:30 p.m. (subtitles in Spanish)
This classic film is set a few decades after the destruction of the Inca Empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and descends the Amazon River in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they run into great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who only cares about riches, becomes their leader. But will your search take you to “the golden city,” or to your own destruction?
Ticket sales continue for Azuay Community Theater’s production of “The Odd Couple”
Performance dates: Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 3 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. English only.
Tickets are $15 at the following:
Veggie Bar – Tuesdays from 5:30–8 p.m. (Trivia Night)
Sunrise Café – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon
A.C.T. Theater – Wednesdays from 2 – 3 p.m.
Feria at Ribs and More Saturday October 13, from 10 a.m. – noon
Newcomers Luncheon Veggie Bar Monday, October 15 from noon – 2 p.m.
For help or questions about ticket sales, contact Marilyn at email@example.com 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
This classic comedy opens in Oscar Madison’s slovenly apartment as a group of his friends are deep into a game of poker. The last of the group, Felix Ungar, arrives late and depressed: he and his wife have recently separated, and he is trying to hold it together. Since Felix has nowhere to go, Oscar invites him to move in with him until he has a chance to figure things out. Hilarity ensues as these two very polar-opposite friends have to figure out how to reconcile their differences.
Wednesday, October 10
“Boletín y Elegía de las Mitas”
at The Casa de la Cultura Núcleo del Azuay on Luis Cordero 7-22 y Presidente Córdova.
Wednesday, October 10, Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m.
The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Ecuador, the Choir of the Superior Conservatory and the Choir of the University of Azuay will perform an interpretation of the poem, “Boletín y Elegía de las Mitas”, by Ecuadorian poet César Dávila Andrade. Free. Spanish only.
Composer: Edgar Palacios
Director: Michael Meissner
Choreographers: Freddy Tacuri and Luis Cornejo,
Ballet Director: Rubén Guarderas
Choir Directors: José María Rodríguez and María Eugenia Arias
Thursday, October 11
at Lola’s Bar Discoteca on Florencia Astudillo y Av. 12 de April
DJ Sulka, recently named topLatin America DJ in DJMAG, will groove, as well as DJ Neko, from Buenos Aires.It will be an incredible night of the best in electronic music.
Friday, October 12
Sustainable Cuenca asks, “Who Dun’ It?”
Come join the fun and try your hand at being an amateur sleuth and help Investigator Lou Tennant crack the diabolical murder of the golf pro at Porous Pines Country Club.
Besides having a great meal of salad with shrimp, lomofino, potatoes au gratin and dessert (a vegetarian option is also available), you will also be asked to help determine the murderer and help solve the case.
All proceeds from the show go to help sustain the Cuenca Soup Kitchen.
Dinner and show begin at 6 p.m. at The Rotary Playhouse at 27 de Febrero 4-137 y Jacinto Flores. English only.
Reservations are required and no later than Monday, October 8. To make your reservation, email Bob Higgins at SustainableCuenca@gmail.com
Morlaquía–Flamenca at the Pumapungo Theater on Calle Larga.
This concert will take place on Friday, October 12 at 8 p.m., showcasing flamenco singing, dancing and guitar. Special guest artist, world-renowned professional flamenco teacher and dancer Ariette Barreras will perform. Tickets are available at Opus Art on Av. 12 April y San Salvador.
Saturday, October 13 and Sunday 14
How are your knife skills?
Make your cooking more enjoyable by learning how to safely and properly handle your kitchen’s knives at Alliance Française on Tadeo Torres 1-92 y Av. Solano.
Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$10 for AF members – $15 public
Instructor: Chef Marc Dullin
The class will cover all classical cuts of slicing, dicing, peeling, chopping, etc). Delightful lunch included.
To make a reservation, please see Thibault at the Alliance Française
Pre-paid only – No walk-ins! Class usually fills up quick and spaces are limited. Spanish, English and French.
Belly and Tribal Dancing
at the Fratello Vegan at Av. 12 de Abril 5-14 y Guayas
Saturday, October 13, 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Fratello Vegan will host a wonderful night full of dance, vegan food and fun.
Tersícore Professional Dance Academy and its director Caterina Talia, will delight you with Belly Dance, Tribal Fusion and also American Tribal Style! The Tribal Fusion House directed by Julio Orellana will also participate with their unique style in Tribal Fusion.
Cost $10.Make a reservation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 099 575 6158.
“Room on Fire”
at República Sur on Presidente Córdova 5-55
Saturday, October 13
Opening show at 6 p.m.
Main show at 9 p.m.
Tribute band. “Room on Fire” will be playing the greatest hits from The Strokes, Mac DeMarco, Lana del Rey, The Neighborhood, and Twenty One Pilots. It will be an unforgettable evening of songs and moving to the rhythm of the music.
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 how to marble paper and paint with alcohol inks . . .
Papel A Mano Studio’s Kimberley Wood and Mr. Paper are offering a workshop in marbling paper and painting with alcohol inks in Cuenca.
Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Papel A Mano Studio is located at Santiago Carrasco 1-100.
During this workshop, you will make your own alcohol ink. Three ceramic tiles will be provided, with more available for purchase. You will experiment with different surfaces and several kinds of paper will be available for marbling. For more information and to reserve your spot, email: email@example.com
Magic show, “Un dia a dia”,
at La Guarida, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta!
Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
Cuenca Magician Juan Estrella, a master of close-up magic and escapism, is creating an unforgettable night of wonder.
Call for reservations at 099 806 8071
Book art: No ordinary small book
Handcrafting artistic books workshop at idiomART studio.
Thursday, October 25
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.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.