• IBERIAN SUITE
    Eclectic Cultural Extravaganza at the KC

    IBERIAN SUITE

    Where to begin!

    Tuesday evening March 3rd, 2015 the Kennedy Center inaugurated the most ambitious artistic undertaking dedicated to the cultures of the Iberian peninsula EVER! Over 22 days and nights more than 600 artists will sing, dance, act, perform on instruments, exhibit paintings & ceramics, produce multimedia happenings, films, food demonstrations and talks about the history, art, literature, music and above all the richness of civilizations that gave birth to modern Spain and Portugal and their Diaspora throughout the world.

Feb18

Dr. Ricardo Galbis

DC's Latino Mental Health Pioneer & Community Icon

Jose Sueiro
"Oye Chico, como estas?" is the proverbial greeting of psychiatrist Ricardo Galbis whenever he meets someone in the community (loosely translated; "Hey man, how you doing?"). The warm, gentle, proud Cuban doctor is an institution in this town and a constant, peripatetic presence in the life of the Latino community where he has touched so many troubled lives and looked after so many different communities. He is considered a distinguished elder and a prominent icon for Hispanics in the region.
Feb12

New Board, New Directions for

DC Hispanic Contractor's Association

DC Hispanic Contractor's Association (DCHCA) is an organization founded in 1982 by pioneering business owners Angel Roubin of Roubin & Janeiro, Alberto Gomez of Prince Construction and its first President, Eduardo Perdomo. Now the septuagenarian owner of an asphalt plant in Ward 8, Mr. Roubin has just retired from the Board. Mr. Gomez has become the group's Chairman Emeritus and Carlos Perdomo, owner of Keystone Plus Construction and son of the late Eduardo Perdomo, is the new Chairman of the association, a duly licensed and registered 501c6 non-profit in the District of Columbia.
Jan22

Julio Mariño & the Grand Tradition

of Latin American Painters in Adams Morgan

Jose Sueiro
There are those who would argue that the movement to establish an Art Museum of the Americas at the OAS began here in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington DC under the tutelage of the famous Jose Gomez Sicre who established a very prominent art 'salon' at his house in the 1700 block of Lanier Place from the 1950's until his death in 1991. During that period some of the most distinguished Latin American painters and plastic artists visited the neighborhood and Gomez Sicre accumulated one of the most impressive collections of Latin American art in the world. His home, besides being a hotbed of artistic discussion and exploration, was filled with paintings as if in a museum.
Jan13

Latino Power

in the DC Stadium Battle

Jose Sueiro

There was a telling moment at the signing ceremony for the DC soccer stadium legislation on Tuesday, December 30th 2014, when Mayor Gray distributed pens to those instrumental in getting the job done. After handing out pens to the soccer team, Allen Lew, his city administrator and even Council Chairman Phil Mendelsohn, he looked around and asked; "who am I missing?" Standing in the back of the room I shouted back; "the PLA" to which he replied; "of course, where's Stephen Courtien?"

"The PLA" -of course- is the Project Labor Agreement negotiated between the team, the city and the construction trade unions for the building of the stadium. The remarkable Stephen Courtien, the person at the ceremony representing CHOICE a program of the building trade unions, is the one who negotiated this labor agreement (as well as the PLA for the baseball stadium) which establishes guidelines for local hiring, wage levels and the participation of small DC based businesses -the famous Certified Business Enterprises (CBE's).

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