Saturday, February 21, 2015

ZER0 Magazine/Cuenca - Living with Latitude LAUNCH PARTY - YOU'RE INVITED!!!

 You're Invited - Yes, You!!!

Have you heard about it?  Cuenca is going to have a periodically printed English-Language publication called Zero Magazine/Cuenca - Living with Latitude.  I'm excited, and you should be too, about a local and community-based magazine that is a free publication which will inform Cuenca's community and help us to feel closer and more connected.

There will be a LAUNCH PARTY at the Museo Municipal De Arte Moderno this Monday, February 23rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and it is an open admission event.  Don't miss this event!  Come and enjoy live music, delicious food catered by Black Olive Bistro, and a running slideshow called CARAS DE CUENCA (Faces of Cuenca) featuring beautiful lifestyle photography of people who live in, work in, and play in this alive and happening community.  Ummmmm, I wonder whose photography that would be?

Here is a fabulous article for more information about how this idea for a Cuenca community magazine evolved:

Because this is a catered event, make sure you RSVP to Sara Coppler at  premier@zeroenterprises.com before Monday.

Come expecting - and be ready to receive a copy of your first edition of this amazing publication of Zero Magazine/Cuenca - Living With Latitude.  Hope to see you there!!




Are you planning on attending this fabulous up-coming event? 

Leave your comments and let me know what you think of having a one-of-a-kind free publication about Cuenca's community of people.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

ENTERTAINMENT IN CUENCA - Geoffrey Castle & Rubber Biscuit "WOW" the Audience....

It poured buckets yesterday afternoon.   It even hailed!  I looked out my balcony and people were running - dodging the powerful downpour.
Here are some photos that gringotree posted saying it was a "torrential downpour!!!!" http://cuenca-news.gringotree.com/torrential-downpour-causes-havoc-in-cuenca/ 

In an hour we were having our pre-concert potluck at our place.  Who would brave the storm?  Well, everyone showed up by 4 pm, with their rain-splattered faces and fabulous dishes.  The rains don't stop us here in Cuenca - they just soak us a bit.  Actually, we haven't had any downpours for weeks, this being our summer with warm-hot sunny blue-sky days - Brag, Brag!!!!  So it's good to have the rains to clean the air and wash the city streets now and then.  It was great that everyone was enthusiastic to brave the storm so we could enjoy each other before the rockin' concert! We have friends who know how to WOW each other with their creative dishes.  (My foodie friends, I love you!).

We headed down the wet streets of Cuenca to Fish Bon Del Sur.  No cabs were available when I called from the apartment.  So, "we'll just walk there."  Ahhhhh, then a miracle - a cab lady kindly stopped. Three of us climbed in, and the rest of the crowd chose to walk.  When we arrived at Fish Bon many people were already there.  Then I spotted Wilson, one of my "adorables" who is a practicing musician.  He met Geoffrey and Shannon Castle yesterday when they visited his dad's Rancho Hermanos Prado Restaurant in the Cajas (http://boandlindainecuador.blogspot.com/2014/09/el-cajas-national-park-parque-nacional.html) for a day hike and fresh trout dinner. Geoffrey invited Wilson to come to the concert tonight as his guest.  

So, not only was the evening a great time shared with our foodie friends, but I had great joy knowing Wilson was joining us to have a fabulous "music" experience. Wilson told me that it was a night he will always remember and that the music talent was "amazing!"  Yes, tonight was another fabulous evening listening and dancing to the talent of 6-string electic violinist Geoffrey Castle with the added bonus of Brian Gary and Rubber Biscuit.  Cuenca continues to absolutely amaze me - there is always something to do, someone new to meet, and the greatest entertainment times in this fabulous city.  I LOVE LIVING IN CUENCA!!

Enjoy the PICTURES I Captured OF 
  Rick Hubbert greets and presents the amazing Geoffrey Castle.......

This genius violinist gets right to it - not wasting one second to......
get our feet a stompin'........
......and to WOW his audience!
He shared with his audience.......

......reminiscing about his journey as a musician who moved from NYC and eventually landing in Seattle, Washington (good move!!!!)

After playing several captivating solos,  it was time to introduce.....
.......Brian Gary and Rubber Biscuit!


.......Rockin' and jammin' together......

....playing tunes from old favorites such as Santana, Rolling Stones, Beatles, and more!!!!!

........and the dancing begins!
Wilson joins right in......

......and also makes new expat friends.
Geoffrey has a moment with his wife, Shannon, after she sang him "happy birthday!!!!"

One great hit after another....
......and we can't stop dancing!!!
Another great performance by one passionate and amazingly talented electric violinist!

My handsome guys had a great time tonight!!

Time to say goodbye!  
It was another evening we'll all remember.

THANK YOU, Geoffrey,
for gracing Cuenca with your captivating performance.

Until we meet again!!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Entertainment in Cuenca - A City Where The Most Gifted Musicians Perform - like Geoffrey Castle in Cuenca!!!

A Magical Evening with
Violinist Geoffrey Castle
Today I'm still delighting in last night's absolutely most amazing performance at Fish Bon Del Sur.  Rick Hubbert had Electric Violinist Geoffrey Castle flown in from Seattle, Washington, and it was truly one of the most memorable concerts Bo and I have been to in our two years living in Cuenca.  There was limited seating, so when we received Rick's invitation with a YouTube link to preview this great musician,  we reserved our tickets immediately.  What a fabulous performance by a tender and gifted musician.

So, who is Geoffrey Castle anyway?  One writeup in the Seattle paper said:  "Forget everything you think you know about the violin, and prepare to have your mind blown! Geoffrey Castle has made a career out of defying expectations, from his start as a street musician in New York City to playing in a Broadway show and jamming with folks from bands like Queen, Journey, YES, Blues Traveler, Bad Company and more.  An engaging and entertaining performer, Castle in concert is an experience you will never forget.”

Last night, Geoffrey Castle played a variety of music that included flavors of pop, rock, jazz, and mind-blowing celtic melodies.  It was beyond MAGICAL!  He's a one-man band, and the audience was mesmerized and unable to sit still with this high-energied, foot-tapping, master-playing violinist.  It was definitely one of those evenings that we didn't want to end.

If you missed this performance, you missed it big time!  If you are a "lover of music" here are a couple of u-tube links if you want to acquaint yourself with one of the greatest violinists ever:


Rick Hubbert introduces Geoffrey Castle to a full-house audience......
..........and he's ready to WOW us!!!

This creative musician begins the evening performance on his electric six-string violin.

Magical Talent
Soulful Passion!!

Lots of foot-stomping music.....

A Captivated Audience 

He's a one-man band........
........with a powerful voice........
.....and a great smile!

..........and one of many humble bows!!

Kudos to you, Geoffrey Castle, for gracing us and Cuenca with your brilliant talent.  It truly was an amazing evening for many!!