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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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Lilting Melodies, Ballads and Flamenco

I first met Javier Colina in one of those smoked filled jazz nightclubs in Madrid, don't remember if it was Cafe Central, Sala Clamores or the old Whiskey and Jazz. What is certain is I first heard him with Jerry Gonzalez, my friend the trumpet and conga player who has achieved iconic status in Spain as one of the finest jazz, or more specifically Latin Jazz, players on the Iberian peninsula.
    In the States, on his home turf in the Bronx, Gonzalez was famous for performing with his brother Andy Gonzalez on bass with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner. The Gonzalez brothers formed the legendary 'Conjunto Libre' with Manny Oquendo replicating the original 'trombanga' sound they performed with Eddie Palmieri. Jerry also became popular and had a few hits with his Ft. Apache Band. In Spain, Colina fit right in with Gonzalez's group and it seemed as if he were born to the idiom. He added the 'fondo' flamenco and packed a tight swing with his bass playing. Jerry created unique musical groups in Madrid such as the 'Comando de la Clave' and 'Los Piratas del Flamenco'.
    I last saw Colina at the Baluarte Concert Hall in Pamplona in August of 2015. He was there with an all star jazz group that included Juan Pardo maestro on the wind instruments (who visited DC this past November), Gonzalez on his classic muted horn and high pitched conga and the Cuban pianist Javier Massó, 'Caramelo'. It was at a flamenco/jazz festival that included, among others. the Carmona brothers of Ketama fame.
    Josemi Carmona was an original member of "Ketama" along with the Carmona brothers Antonio and Juan Miguel. The legendary Ketama, a pioneer of the flamenco fusion idiom began as a trio, featuring brothers Antonio and Juan Miguel Carmona and their cousin, Josemi. Ketama was one of the leading groups of the "new flamenco" movement. Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1985, the trio directed the evolution of flamenco as a world-savvy music. Their albums fuse flamenco with salsa, Brazilian, reggae, pop, funk, jazz, and hip-hop influences. Folk Roots wrote, "harmonies, masterful melodies, exquisite pace and timing deeply satisfying ....reaching points of the brain/body most music snoozes past."
    The three members of Ketama represent the fourth generation of a musical family that traces back to guitarist Ico Habichuela. During their 20 years together they shared stages with Paco de Lucia, Enrique Morente and Camarón De La Isla. After building their reputation with their virtuosic playing and vocal harmonies, they went on to play with Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and Michel Camilo. Ketama secured their fame as opening act for Prince and the Rolling Stones.
    Javier Colina and Josemi bring a unique brand of harmony and jazz, a combination of lilting melodies, ballads and flamenco roots with the contrapuntal improvisations of a jazz master on the bass. This intriguing duo will be delighting fans of this music on Thursday, March 9, 7:30 to 9 pm at the Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain at 2801 16th St. NW. To purchase tickets or seek more information go to: https://www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/josemi-carmona-javier-colina-de-cerca/

Tejada, Perdomo, Address Hispanic Owned Small Businesses in Manassas VA

Walter Tejada, newly appointed Board Member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Carlos Perdomo, Chairman of DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (DCMHCA) and owner of Keystone Plus Construction will address a group of construction company owners at VFW Post 7589 in Manassas, Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am. The purpose of the workshop is to support the development of small, Hispanic, minority and immigrant owned construction and commercial contracting companies in Northern Virginia and optimize their opportunities for growth and success.
    Mr. Tejada will speak to the existing conditions in Northern Virginia for small businesses and what opportunities there are for them. The MWAA is embarking on a major reform to the airport over the next 3-5 years which will require a great many sub-contractors and construction related professionals and companies. Walter is an outstanding, veteran leader in N. Va. with a long and distinguished record of support for economic development and diversity during his stint on the Arlington County Board where he served for a time as its Chairman.
    Mr. Perdomo will share his experiences in building a successful construction firm in the District of Columbia. He will be joined by new DCMHCA Member Jorge Ramos, CEO of SG Inc., a company based in Manassas that installs major industrial solar panel installations the world over. These two successful Hispanic business owners will highlight their experiences in the hope of inspiring and mentoring the businesses who attend the workshop. DCMHCA will also encourage attendees to join the business guild and participate in the benefits the association offers.
    Also presenting on March 4th is Jumi Silva, Company Controller for Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, a progressive, highly successful developer based in the District. Ms. Silva will speak about the importance of a well structured balance sheet, maintaining solid financial records and in general what it takes to manage the financials of a company that deals in development, construction or commercial contracting.
    This workshop is supported by Turner Construction Co. who are partnering with DCMHCA to provide the skills and mentoring needed to grow our small businesses and provide them the opportunity to tackle larger more complex projects. This is just one part of the collaboration between Turner and DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Assoc.
    This event is being organized by Chata Bernal, owner of Better Business Consulting and now head of the Northern Virginia Chapter of DCMHCA. This is the second workshop in Manassas Ms. Bernal has worked on for the association. She has been instrumental in recruiting Northern Virginia businesses to the organization And can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 571-552-7781, 202-203-0120.

Tejada, Perdomo, Address Hispanic Owned Small Businesses in Manassas

Walter Tejada, newly appointed Board Member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Carlos Perdomo, Chairman of DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (DCMHCA) and owner of Keystone Plus Construction will address a group of construction company owners at VFW Post 7589 in Manassas, Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am. The purpose of the workshop is to support the development of small, Hispanic, minority and immigrant owned construction and commercial contracting companies in Northern Virginia and optimize their opportunities for growth and success.
    Mr. Tejada will speak to the existing conditions in Northern Virginia for small businesses and what opportunities there are for them. The MWAA is embarking on a major reform to the airport over the next 3-5 years which will require a great many sub-contractors and construction related professionals and companies. Walter is an outstanding, veteran leader in N. Va. with a long and distinguished record of support for economic development and diversity during his stint on the Arlington County Board where he served for a time as its Chairman.
    Mr. Perdomo will share his experiences in building a successful construction firm in the District of Columbia. He will be joined by new DCMHCA Member Jorge Ramos, CEO of SG Inc., a company based in Manassas that installs major industrial solar panel installations the world over. These two successful Hispanic business owners will highlight their experiences in the hope of inspiring and mentoring the businesses who attend the workshop. DCMHCA will also encourage attendees to join the business guild and participate in the benefits the association offers.
    Also presenting on March 4th is Jumi Silva, Company Controller for Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, a progressive, highly successful developer based in the District. Ms. Silva will speak about the importance of a well structured balance sheet, maintaining solid financial records and in general what it takes to manage the financials of a company that deals in development, construction or commercial contracting.
    This workshop is supported by Turner Construction Co. who are partnering with DCMHCA to provide the skills and mentoring needed to grow our small businesses and provide them the opportunity to tackle larger more complex projects. This is just one part of the collaboration between Turner and DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Assoc.
    This event is being organized by Chata Bernal, owner of Better Business Consulting and now head of the Northern Virginia Chapter of DCMHCA. This is the second workshop in Manassas Ms. Bernal has worked on for the association. She has been instrumental in recruiting Northern Virginia businesses to the organization And can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 571-552-7781, 202-203-0120.

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.

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