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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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The Gastronomic Contextualization of Culture

- This rise in Spanish creativity has immigrated as well ... and America is starting to catch on.

José Andrés____

The simple meaning to this complex looking title is on display at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain (the mansion at 2801 16th St. NW) as part of a fascinating, month long exhibit titled: #EatSpainUp. Essentially what Spain Arts and Culture, the cultural arm of the Spanish Embassy, has done is present the plain, daily ingredients and elements of Spanish food in an exalted, artistic fashion complete with art exhibit, designer chats and culinary presentations at various Spanish restaurants around town.

At the opening of the exhibit on Thursday, September 21st, there was an introductory chat by the designer Manuel Estrada (see his work at; www.estradadesign.eu). His drawings and photographs of Spanish food staples in odd and imaginative combinations filled the space. A pomegranate with two rusty nails, an Ikea pencil imposed on a magnolia leaf as the cover to a book of poems by Antonio Machado, the sensual lips of a model covered with parsley, a bowl of saffron and a broken 'jarra' (pitcher) glued together as a symbol of tradition and the past pasted together for the future were part of the exhilarating and bewildering exhibit. The mansion at 2801 16th St. is covered with a series of images that jolt the imagination and make the observer think about the common elements of Spanish cooking combined in jarring and imaginative ways.

Also at the opening of the culinary exhibit were five leading Spanish restaurants that gave out samples from their menus. These 5 are also going to host events at their venues during the month of October (so keep a look out or go to www.spainculture.us for more details). The participating restaurants are; La Taberna del Alabardero, Jaleo, Boqueria, Mola & Pamplona. These last two, MOLA in Mt. Pleasant and Arlington's Pamplona are barely a year old.

The idea of juxtaposing food as both something you eat and something you admire as art & culture is not new, but the ingredients of this exhibition are quite attractive and signal a new level of promotion and marketing for Spain based on their culinary traditions and their most basic attributes -their food culture. Given that last year there were more tourists visiting Spain than ever before, more than their entire population of 46 million people, this is probably a savvy investment. Jose Andres, the outstanding brand for Spanish cuisine, is involved in this promotion and remarked for the program: "Now is the perfect time for Spain, with all of its rich culinary history, to be able to share some of its gastronomic soul, one bowl of gazpacho at a time. with America... from one melting pot to another:...

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Construye-DC: Latinos Thriving in Construction Initiative

Employment of construction laborers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to a 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add to this that DC is experiencing the most - construction activity in more than five decades according to the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.

Employment of construction laborers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to a 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add to this that DC is experiencing the most - construction activity in more than five decades according to the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.    

The Graham Legacy

    I met him at the Whitman Walker Clinic sometime in the spring of 1997. In typical fashion he had contacted our Spanish language newspaper to ask if we were interested in writing a story about the work of Whitman Walker. They had already opened the Elizabeth Taylor annex across 14th St. three years earlier. Jim had been in the news and was becoming something of a celebrity in the city. The profile of WWC had been heightened and financially they were in the best shape of their 15 year history.

The Mastery of Flamenco/Jazz Pianist Chano Dominguez

Spain Arts and Culture closed out its performance season in Washington DC on Saturday, June 15, 2017 with a lively concert of flamenco tinged, Latin Jazz music with the consummate Spanish jazz pianist Chano Dominguez and his trio. This is the fourth jazz concert of the season at the charming, intimate, 'Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain', a long title for a  boutique performance venue that seats barely 100 people at a beautiful ballroom in the rehabilitated mansion along 16th St.
    Produced in collaboration with the DC Jazz Festival and followed by a question and answer session with the artist that was moderated by the inimitable Jim Byers, he of WPFW fame with his Latin Flavor Classic Edition program and his passion for vintage cars. Byers is perhaps the single most influential 'salsa' expert in town, a virtual cultural anthropologist of Caribbean music.
    Nominated for a Grammy for his album, 'Flamenco Sketches' and having performed with such artists as Paco de Lucia, Wynton Marsalis and Paquito DeRivera, Mr. Dominguez demonstrated his versatility and the influences that have shaped his music with an hour long session that left his audience eager for more. His selections ranged from an adaptation of Miles Davis's 'Freddy Freeloader' to the brash 'Rumba for Jerry' an homage to the great trumpet & conga player who resides in Madrid and has revitalized the Latin Jazz idiom in Europe.
    Chano, born in Cadiz, started with the rock and roll group CAI and went on to perfect a sound that is unique and rare. Among his influences is the legendary blind pianist Tete Montoliu who was performing in jazz venues across Spain in the 50s and 60s. He's able to incorporate the percussive piano playing of Latin stars such as Eddie Palmieri with the strains of flamenco fusion learned from De Lucia, one of his mentors. He adds to that his knowledge of the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane to provide a sound that blends all of these extraordinary influences into a potpourri of post bop, flamenco infused, Latin jazz fusion.     
    Spain Arts & Culture has showcased new and promising jazz artists from Spain this entire season. They began with the prolific horn player Jorge Pardo, continued with the young 'cantaor', Antonio Lezama, topped that with the composer Josemi Carmona of Ketama fame (together with bass player Javier Colina) and have now ended the extraordinary season with Mr. Domiguez. It's hard to imagine a more versatile and challenging season of jazz/flamenco anywhere, as if we have witnessed a slow moving festival of aspiring Spanish flamenco/jazz talents. Bravo Spain Arts & Culture for a grandiose, daring and risky sampling of the finest artists in the idiom. Visit www.spainculture.us for a complete listing of the myriad of events across the U.S.

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