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Open house at The Ronald Reagan National Airport Terminal

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Secure National Hall
Construction of  two new Security Screening Check Points (SSCP’s) to facilitate the removal of the existing Security Screening Check Points located at each Concourse within the existing Airport.  The new Security Screening Check Points are additions to the existing Airport that will be constructed over the existing arrivals roadway.  The two check points are located immediately adjacent to the existing cross over bridges from the metro on the north and south sides of the terminal.  Each new SSCP (North and South) consists of new steel structure  on auger cast and micro pile foundations with roughly 50,000 square feet of finished space for passenger queuing lines and the new TSA screening stations.  The work entails full architectural fit out and finishes, MEP and Special Systems required for a complete and operational screening check point.  The Project also consist of extensive renovations and building modifications to the existing Terminal building to align with the new adjoining SSCP’s 

Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina: De Cerca

Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina sign together a musical conversation, with deep flamenco echoes and their unique jazz swing, a natural dialogue blending different musical languages.

Guitar and double bass, flamenco and jazz, meet together to explore a repertoire conceived with refinement and love to detail. Gems of the Latin American songbook live together with the elegant compositions of Josemi Carmona, and with some astonishing discoveries in jazz and flamenco. Their live performance is delicate and powerful at equal parts: they are accomplices in this dialogue and dive into all genres with a deep knowledge and personality. They know how to respect the meaning of time in each music, they dominate improvisation and understand when it is necessary to pause for a rest in an exquisite nocturne melody. They speak elegantly about bitter truths, love stories, long nights of music, flamenco tangos and ‘muñequitas lindas’, and weep with a flamenco farruca with a bouquet to Piazzolla.
Josemi Carmona

Josemi Carmona is one of the fundamental figures in the recent history of Spanish music, flamenco, and guitar. A son of maestro Pepe Habichuela, Josemi is an heir to a crucial 4-generation legacy of decisive Granada artists. At 14 years of age he joined Ketama, one of the most influential and revolutionary bands in Spanish music, selling over 1 million of their 14 albums. Simultaneously, he closely collaborated with world-class artists such as Paco de Lucía, Alejandro Sanz and Jorge Pardo, and as producer for Niña Pastori and La Barbería del Sur.
Javier Colina

Javier Colina is one of the best double bass players of the current scene, a self-taught musician who started on his own after studying piano, accordion and guitar. An artist with an unquenchable curiosity, Colina has travelled –literally & artistically- to countless musical places and expressions, with a depth and knowledge seldom seen.
His career has led him to play with renowned jazz musicians such as George Cables, Tete Montoliú, Chucho Valdés, Jerry González, Perico Sambeat and Jorge Pardo.

José Manuel Ruiz Motos, better known as Bandolero, is one of the most recognized percussionists in the current flamenco scene. Born in Madrid in 1976, he began his musical career by accompanying some great flamenco artists such as Antonio Canales, Joaquín Grilo, Manuela Vargas, Merche Esmeralda and Sara Baras. Joaquín Cortés and his flamenco dance company gave him the chance to tour in the best international venues such as the Radio City Music Hall of New York, the Sydney Opera House or the Royal Albert Hall.

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Featuring the album ‘Quimeras del mar’.

WASHINGTON,DC—Antonio Lizana Trío presents at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain his latest álbum Quimeras del Mar’, where saxophonist Lizana travels through jazz, guided by his inspiration for flamenco music. Nine songs written by himself make up a new album with strong Cádiz roots, and an international work.

Since the release of De viento in 2012, Lizana has performed at countless jazz festivals, always offering a vibrant and intense show. Lizana began playing the saxophone when he was 10, at the San Fernando Conservatory in Cádiz, Spain, and had his first contact with jazz at several workshops on that music genre by Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, Jim Snidero & Perico Sambeat. In 2011 he finished his Jazz studies at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, where he started his own project, Antonio Lizana Group.

He was rewarded with the Cádiz Joven Award in recognition of his impact as an artist; he has taken part in the Miguel Blanco’s Afrodisian Orchestra (Satierismos, 2011,) where he plays the saxophone, sings, and is in charge of arrangements. As a saxophone player, singer and arranger, he collaborated on the latest album by Arturo O’Farrill’s Big Band, which is based in New York; this album won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album. Together with this Big Band he has shared the stage with Andy & Jerry González brothers, Dave Valentin, Papo Vázquez, Pablo Mayor, Cristina Pato, Ximo Tévar or Gregg Agust, among others.

“Everything about Antonio is impactful! His singing, his feel for the saxophone, his compositions, his band- and the best thing about his art is that it seems limitless…” - Jorge Pardo
“Since I met him he has left me speechless, from throwing in a few Camarón lyrics to letting the jazz melodies rip with his saxophone. With one look he’ll wrap you up in a chirigota. As he so humbly put: ‘I have a lot to learn’... and that, my friend, makes you even bigger still. [...] Antonio Lizana, my friend, you’re both Cádiz and New York!” - Lamari (Chambao)
The album Quimeras del mar, mixed and edited by Curro Ureba and Antonio Lizana Group, is instrumentalized by saxophone, percussion, bass, piano, drums, flamenco guitar and chorus. Songs such as Déjate sentir (Let yourself feel), Puerta de la luna (The Moon’s door),  Ilusión de volver (Illusion of returning), Seguirijazz o Me falta algo (Something’s missing) reaffirm the expert production.  
Since publishing De viento (2012), Lizana has appeared in numerous jazz festivals, always offering a live show that is more than just a concert- rather, a vibrant show full of intensity that travels from the solemn to the celebratory, from meditation to dance, and from Cádiz to New York.  
More info: https://www.antoniolizana.net/

Antonio Lizana Trío includes:
Antonio Lizana: saxophone and voice.
Adriano Lozano: guitar.

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Washington, DC – GALA Hispanic Theatre continues its 41st season with the U.S. premiere of the modern Mexican classic of Yo también hablo de la rosa/I Too Speak of the Rose by Emilio Carballido, directed by GALA Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano. Yo también hablo de la rosa is performed in Spanish with English surtitles from February 2 through February 26, 2017 at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The theater is one block from the Columbia Heights metro station on the Green/Yellow lines. Discounted parking is available behind the theater at the Giant Food garage.
In this searing look at poverty and society’s response to it, two poor teens who accidentally derail a train while skipping school become the subject of a media frenzy. As they follow the occurrence, diverse people reveal, with biting humor and wit, their socio-political views on the cause of the incident and provide insight into the complexities of Mexican life in the 1960s. In searching for the truth behind the accident, the author presents a broader view that is sometimes a hilarious political commentary, as well as a new perspective on reality.
“I was drawn,” states director Medrano, “to this play because like so many of Carballido’s plays he combines realistic and symbolic elements in which the ordinary coincides with the extraordinary. Moreover, his examination of unjust structures deeply rooted in Mexican society and history still has great relevance to societies today.”
Playing the role of the medium is Julieta Egurrola, one of Mexico’s leading actors and a member of the Compañía Nacional de Teatro. A stage, film and television star, she has appeared in more than 50  theater productions, including In memoriam, Crímenes del corazón, Querida Lulú, Clotilde en su casa, Tío Vania, and Copenhague. Her film credits include Profundo Carmesí and En el país nada, and her television credits include Mujeres de negro, Los rey, and La Lobo.  Among her Best Actress awards for film are an Ariel Award and the Mayahuel Award, and several Best Actress awards for her theater work, including the Yolanda Guillaumín Award, María Teresa Montoya Best Actress Award, and awards from several associations of Mexican theater critics.
Press Night and Noche de GALA is Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8 pm, under the gracious patronage of the Ambassador of Mexico Carlos M. Sada. This production is supported in part by the Embassy of Mexico, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), the Secretaría de Cultura (Mexico), the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), the Fondo Nacional de Cultura y Arte (FONCA), and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Student matinees are on February 9, February 10, February 16 and February 17 at 10:30 am. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Emilio Carballido (1925-2008) was an acclaimed Mexican novelist, playwright and screenwriter. A member of the group of writers known as the Generación de los 50, he wrote more than a hundred plays and scripts, two volumes of short stories, and nine novels.  Other noted writers of the group included Sergio Magaña, Luisa Josefina Hernández, Rosario Castellanos, Jaime Sabines, and Sergio Galindo.
As a playwright his first work was Rosalba y los Llaveros, which premiered at Palacio de Bellas Artes in 1950, directed by well-known poet and stage director Salvador Novo. Subsequent plays included Un pequeño día de ira (1961), which earned him the Casa de las Américas Prize; ¡Silencio pollos pelones, ya les van a echar su maíz! (1963); Te juro Juana que tengo ganas (1965); Yo también hablo de la rosa (1965); Acapulco los lunes (1969); Las cartas de Mozart (1974); and the hit Rosa de dos aromas (1986).
Among his plays adapted for film were Rosalba y los llaveros (1954); Felicidad (1956); La danza que sueña la tortuga (1975); El censo (1977); Orinoco (1984), and Rosa de dos aromas (1989).  In 1972 he received two Ariels, Mexico’s highest film awards, for his screenplay of Alfonso Arau's El Águila descalza. In 2002, he received the Ariel de Oro, a lifetime achievement award for his more than 50 films, including his collaboration on Nazarín (1959) by Luis Buñuel.
In 2007, Carballido and his partner of 20 years, Héctor Herrera, were among the first same sex couples to apply for a civil union following its legalization in Mexico City. Carballido died a year later in Xalapa, Veracruz, and shortly thereafter the Governor of the State of Veracruz ordered a day of mourning and announced that the State Theatre and a state literary prize would be renamed after him.
Yo también hablo de la rosa is directed by Hugo Medrano, GALA’s Founding Producing Artistic Director. He has directed and performed in classical and contemporary plays in Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba, New York, Miami, and Washington. Among the more than 120 productions he has
directed are Los empeños de una casa; Yerma; La casa de Bernarda Alba; Amor de Don Perlimplin con Belisa en su jardín; Valor, agravio y mujer; Cervantes: maestro del entremés; La verdad sospechosa, and El rufián Castrucho. Other credits include Doña Rosita la soltera, La zapatera  prodigiosa; Bodas de sangre, Puro Tango, Canto al Perú Negro, El Bola-Cuba’s King of Song, Caribeaña Imperia; Candombe: Tango Negro; and Raíces cubanas. He was nominated for a 2000 Helen Hayes Award for his direction of La dama boba by Lope de Vega, received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance in El protagonista, and received the 1994 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Molina in El beso de la mujer araña.
In addition to Julieta Egurrola, the cast includes GALA company members Marta Cartón, Oscar Ceville, Roberto Colmenares, Chema Pineda-Fernández, Jessyka Rodríguez, Lorena Sabogal, and Manolo Santalla, who all appeared in Crónica de una muerte anunciada. Also appearing are Edwin R. Bernal, who also appeared in Crónica de una muerte anunciada; Peter Pereyra, who appeared in Mariela en el desierto; Sharon Desiree, who appeared in GALita’s El mundo es un pañuelo; and Melissa Strova Valencia, who appeared in Volcanes – Cuentos de El Salvador. Making his first appearance at GALA is Steven Soto.
Scenic design is by Daniel Pinha, who last designed Divorciadas, evangélicas y vegetarianas at GALA, and Light design is by Alberto Segarra, who recently designed Fuego Flamenco XII.  Costume Design is by Alicia Tessari, who designed for El desdén con el desdén and Volcanes, and Sound Design is by Neil McFadden, who designed for El Paso Blue at GALA. Properties are by Jessica Cancino.  Tsatami Duciela is Stage Manager. Lena Salins is Production Manager, and Reuben Rosenthal is Technical Director.
Regular tickets are $40 on Thursday evenings and Sundays, and $45 on Friday and Saturday evenings. Senior tickets (65+) are $30, and student and military tickets are $25. Groups (10+) are $22 each. To purchase tickets, call 202-234-7174 or visit www.galatheatre.org. Tickets are also available on Ticketplace and Goldstar.

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