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Jose Sueiro

Jose Sueiro

born in New York City of immigrant parents and settled here to study at George

Washington & American Universities. I am a Ward 1 resident and tenant at 1841 Columbia Road

since 1973. I was originally an ANC Commissioner in 1988 and later worked in the Office of

Mayor Anthony Williams. I’ve been a teacher, community activist, culture advocate, journalist,

businessman, and Mayoral appointee. I consult on issues of affordable housing and economic

development. My background includes:

Public Service

• Director, Latin American Youth Center,

• D.C. Recreation Dept. Roving Leader – delinquency and gang prevention,

• Teacher, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School; Soccer coach, Wilson & Bell H.S.,

• ANC Commissioner 1988-90.

• President; 1841 Columbia Road Tenant Assoc.,

• Member; AARP/DC Executive Committee,

• Neighborhood Services, Office of the Mayor, 2000-06.

Journalism

• Publisher; El Latino Newspaper, Spanish language community newspaper 1976-89,

• Publisher; La Nación Newspaper, Spanish language weekly newspaper, 1990-99,

• Editor; “Noticias del Mundo”; Washington Times Spanish language daily, 2000,

• Panelist, Reporters Roundtable, Channel 16

Culture

• Creator; “Escuela de Rumba” school of music,

• Co-Founder; GALA Hispanic Theatre

• Radio Host; ‘Duende & Caché’ Latin music show

• President; Hispanic Festival of Washington D.C.

Small Business & Affordable Housing

• Consultant; Development Corporation of Columbia Heights,

• Partner; LCHIP Development Group, LLC - affordable housing in D.C.,

• Director; Coalition of Park Road Businesses, Inc.

• Director; D.C. Hispanic Contractors Association, Inc.

Vote Jose Sueiro for ANC1C03 on November

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Mexican Pepper Spray

The prolific Mexican playwright, Emilio Carballido's, "I Too Speak of the Rose", a forceful montage of realistic and dreamlike sequences wrapped around a multi-layered plot, recently had its Washington DC debut at GALA Theatre where it will be performed through February 26th. It is a fine example of his theatrical legacy and one of his most popular works. In as much as it is stylistically and thematically central to his vision and message it is a key component of modern Mexican theatre, studied and performed with frequency across the country.
Carballido's work is known for its soliloquies and asides, its multi-textured plots and its social realism juxtaposed in this play with dreamlike, magical elements. Indeed, an abstract, intellectual form of social realism permeates his writing. "... Rose" is no different. Through the prism of an accidental train wreck the actors explore all the 'alternate facts' created by the event and how various sectors of Mexican society view the tragedy.
    A pair of teenagers, ably played by Sharon Desiree (Toña) and Steven Soto (Paolo), precipitate a tragic train wreck that repeats itself throughout the play followed by various interpretations of the result that highlight the teenager's poverty, insecurity, amorality and/or sexual naiveté. All these interpretations are meant to be a statement about contemporary Mexican reality. Weaved in and out of the play is a Medium performed by Julieta Egurrola, who functions at times as a prophetic witch, Greek chorus, bad omen or vestal virgin. Her soliloquies and asides are at times philosophic, mesmerizing and sometimes downright frightening, especially when combined with the booming, crashing sounds of a train wreck which had audiences bouncing in their seats from the sheer intensity of the decibels, as if the audience were being lambasted with Mexican pepper spray!
    Hugo Medrano has returned to direct what appears to be one of his favorite authors. In as much as the piece clearly tries to explain something about the state of Mexican society and the problems and contradictions that exist there, it can be said that this is a purview of the conditions of our current political reality. Nothing is at it seems and everything can be converted or, more accurately perverted, to whatever viewpoint you wish to consider real.  
    Performed Thursdays through Sundays, click on galatheatre for further details.

Joselito Casa de Comidas new Spanish restaurant on Capitol Hill

There is a new Spanish restaurant on Capitol Hill with the original title of, "Joselito; Casa de Comidas". It is a sparse, airy space with simple marble tables and first hand view of Pennsylvania Ave. The owner is Javier Candon who also owns SER Restaurant in Arlington. The concept is a menu of Spanish staples served in a nouveau cuisine style. Spain's rich culinary scene has given way to a great many modern variations of typical Spanish food. At Joselito there are Sardines in a frothy cream sauce and 'boquerones en vinagre' (small sardines in vinegar) covered in a tapenade which includes mushrooms and olives. We also tasted a very modern version of 'huevos rotos' (broken eggs) served in Spain with french fries, here with grilled baby shrimp.

    The basics are pretty good. the smoked Iberian ham ("Jamon de Bellota") shaved thin and served with bread sticks was exquisite and the lamb chops in a wine sauce were superb (albeit a bit overpriced). The new space, less than one block from Eastern Market, just opened a few weeks ago and promises to be a very popular Capitol Hill destination. We enjoyed the wait staff although were well aware that, having just opened, there are still kinks to be worked out. We ordered from the extensive tapa menu and wanted to save the lamb for last and yet it was served the other way around. We had to ask them to keep the lamb waiting. The fresh vegetable tapa of raw asparagus, cauliflower and squash came with a green sauce that had very little taste, would have been better without it.

    Nevertheless, it was quite a culinary experience and adds to the variety of top quality, first class dining choices for Spanish restaurants in DC. We wish "Joselito..." well and promise to return for another meal. Look them up at www.joselitodc.com.

SOPLA, Lizana's Delightful Jazz & Flamenco Show

Spain Arts & Culture (www.spainculture.us), a new and rising force in Spain's cultural diplomacy arsenal, is putting together an unprecedented calendar of performances throughout the United States in 2017. Here in Washington they've been active for some time at the 'Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain', a distinguished mansion on 16th St. NW which is ideal as an exhibit space and includes an intimate performance venue and lovely patio for cocktail receptions as well. Spain/culture.us has grown into an interesting force for the promotion of cutting edge architecture and design, photography and art exhibits, literary soirees and plenty of classical and popular music from Spain.

The Many Sides of Jorge Pardo

I first heard him play at one of those smoky, intimate jazz clubs in Madrid in the late 90's, not sure which, but it was either Cafe Central or Clamores. He was associated at that point with Paco de Lucia. Paco, the progenitor of the music that is the mixture of flamenco and jazz, used him precisely to highlight that fusion. He performed either on flute or sax imbuing the music with a unique blend of sounds. But in the beginning for Pardo there was the influence of Camarón de la Isla, the Ray Charles of flamenco music and its most famous singer. From Camarón he would come to understand the rich flamenco heritage of Andalucía. Subsequently Lucia and Camarón would feature Pardo on their groundbreaking album "Viviré" in 2005.


    Much later, August 29, 2015 to be precise, I would coincide with Jorge Pardo in Pamplona at the new state of the art Baluarte Auditorium. That night his show included my friend Jerry Gonzalez on trumpet and conga and the fiery Cuban piano player nicknamed 'Caramelo'. Rycardo Moreno was on electric guitar, Antonio Serrano, harmonica and 'Piraña', another Cuban on percussion. All of this was wrapped tightly around the bass of Javier Colina, perhaps Spain's greatest jazz bassist, who rounded out the group. It was a fabulous, magical evening in a beautiful, modern space. On that occasion the idiom was a mixture of Spanish jazz and Caribbean rhythms, a sort of salsa rendition of the now classic jazz/flamenco fusion. Jorge Pardo is a versatile artist and musician who thrives in the realms of jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms and composes fortuitous musical adventures for his audiences.   


    On Thursday, November 17th 2016, in the intimate setting of the "Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain" before a sold out crowd of roughly 100 patrons, Jorge Pardo showed off another, different side of his talent. He opened the evening with a soft, lilting flute solo with elements of Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Ravel's Bolero and continued it with the fine flamenco guitar of 'Juanito' Pascual and his trio. The most interesting wrinkle of the night was Jose Moreno on percussion, in particular the 'cajon'. The 'cajon' is literally a box the musician sits on and pounds with his hands. Although it was first used in the Afro-Peruvian music native to that country over the past 50 years, as Moreno was to confirm to this writer, it has been used increasingly in flamenco shows or 'faenas'.


    The evening was tinged with interesting flights of fancy, from hard flamenco 'Bulerias' and 'Tangos' led by Juanito on the guitar to a swinging rendition of the classic Adalberto Santiago romantic ballad; 'Ya No Estas a mi Lado Corazon' that had the audience singing along with the first verses.

"Ya no estás mas a mi lado, corazón.
En el alma solo tengo soledad, y si no puedo verte,
Porque Dios me hizo quererte, para hacerme sufrir mas

Es la historia de un amor
Como no habra otra igual..."

    Spain/Culture.us is producing more and more interesting spectacles and activities with a wide range of artists and cultural figures who would not otherwise be presented here. Add their website to your favorite places and see what this vanguard cultural project has to offer.

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