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Cultural Events and Activities: DC


Cultural Events and Activities: DC 


WEEK 10:


1. Gala Hispanic Theatre presents:

Fuego Flamenco X: Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company (World Premiere (Nov 7 and 88:00pm; and Nov 9, 2:00pm), 3333 14th Street, NW

Fuego Flamenco X: Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro (Nov 13, 14 and 15, 8:00pm; and Nov 16, 2:00pm) 3333 14th Street, NW

*Students have the opportunity to experience lively folksongs, and passionate ballads. (For students of all levels)


2. Mexican Cultural Institute presents:

-Exhibition: Contemporary Identities/ Invisible Gestures (Nov 12-Jan 31, open Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm; Sat 12-4:00pm), 2829 16th St NW

It showcases the immense cultural diversity of Iberoamerica through the art of photography. The exhibit, featuring work from artists from 8 countries of Latin America, Portugal and Spain, centers on the relationship between identity and the self in a digital world.

-Films: -Los olvidados (The Young and the damned) (Oct 30, 6:45pm). Feature Film 85 min. Luis Buñuel, 1950

-Exhibition: Gabriel Figueroa, Cinematographer Great Moments in Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema (Sep 9- Nov 3) at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. His films are an essential part of the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond.

* Students can optimize of their preparation, feeding their knowledge and critical appreciation of Mexican literature and culture by being exposed to the recreation of a cultural and historical context. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)

- Culinary: The 2014 season of Mexican Table (all sessions 6:45pm) at the Mexican Cultural Institute. For more information on Patricia Jinich log on or follow her on twitter @PatriciaJinich

Pati's Mexican Table: "AfroMexico: African Influences in the Mexican Table" session, highlighting the richly diverse heritage of Veracruz on Dec. 4th.

*Students can learn about the Mexican cuisine popular culture. (For students of all levels).


3. Spain, Art & Culture presents:

-Performing art: Casa Patas, ‘Flamenco(s) de Plomo y Cobre’ (Nov 13Nov 168:00pm), at Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW

This explosive work explores the power, intimacy, and immensity that is flamenco. (For students of levels)

*Students have the opportunity to experience lively folksongs, and passionate ballads. (For students of all levels)

-Film, Cine –Club: ‘The Female Teachers of the Republic’ (Nov 13, 6:30pm), at Embassy of Spain, 2375 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Winner of this year’s Best Documentary Goya Award, it explores the experiences and ideals of all those pioneers project was so savagely destroyed by the Civil War that started in 1936. (In Spanish with English subtitles) (For students of all levels)

-Film, Documentary screening: ‘El Greco: an Artist’s Odyssey’ (Oct 30, 6:30pm) at Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave NW (For students of all levels)

 *Students can explore cinema in Spanish language learn about social topics.

-Literature: 'Isabella: The Warrior Queen' by Kirstin Downey (Oct 31, 7:00pm), at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Part of a Pulitzer-winning team during her many years at The Washington Post, Downey follows her acclaimed biography of Frances Perkins with this compelling portrait of one of history’s most complex leaders. (For students of all levels)

-Visual Arts: El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (Nov 2Feb 16) at National Gallery of Art (West Building, Main Floor), Constitution Ave. at 6th St.

On the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections present a commemorative exhibition of El Greco’s paintings. (For students of all levels)

-Music: Rusian Red in Washington (Oct 30, 9:00pm) at DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St NW The

Agent Cooper.’ (For students of all levels)


4. Teatro de la Luna presents:

17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater (Oct5- Nov 25), at Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S Lang St, Arlington,VA

Enjoy the most evocative theater from Uruguay, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Argentina, and Dominican Republic. (In Spanish with live English dubbing)

-‘Pasos al Azar’ (Random Steps’), Spain, Si Acaso Teatro (Oct 31-Nov 2: Oct 31, 8:00pm; Nov 1, 8:00pm and Nov 2, 3:00pm)

It is a tragicomedy born from the research about women in the Spanish Golden Age.

-‘Mea Culpa’ Honduras, Grupo Teatral Bambu (Nov 7, 8, 8:00pmNov 9, 3:00pm).

Telling the story of the lives of thousands of men and women who are struggling to get out of a well.

-‘Vegetal’, Argentina, Claudio Pazos Producciones. (Nov 14, 15, 8:00pm; Nov 16, 3:00pm)

It seeks to provide a glimpse –humorously- at human beings, their use of time, and the links between them.

-‘El Tsunami’ Dominican Rep., Teatro Guloya (Nov 21, 22, 8:00pmNov 23, 3:00pm).

In this ‘terrible and naughty production, fiction and reality are turned and interesting allegory about the destiny of a Caribbean island.

*Students can learn about the popular culture from these Spanish speaking countries. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)


5. OAS/AMA presents:

-Exhibition: What We Have Within (Oct 14- Jan 9), at 1889 F Street, NW. 

The artists represented in this exhibition promote this right, breaking with conversation and reinforcing the desire for free and genuine expression, in some cases even as a means of transformation.

-Exhibition: Modern and Contemporary Art in the Dominican Republic: Works from the Customs Office Collection (Oct 16- Feb 1), at1889 F Street, NW. 

The exhibition is a scenic view and historic sketch showcasing, through 30 artworks, the consistency, quality, and diversity of the Collection of the Directorate General of Customs. (For students of all levels)

Exhibition: En Pie de Toro,Terrorism- A Crime Against Humanity (Nov 10-Jan 5), at 201 18th Street, NW.

This exhibition denounces terrorism as a mass violation of human rights, while at the same time honoring victims by promoting the global effort toward a more just world of freedom from violence. (For students of all levels)


6. Lisner presents:

Flamenco: Diego El Cigala (Nov18, 8:00pm).

He has a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to son, tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz.

15% discount for Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff with GWID and Seniors/Military with ID at the Lisner Box Office.

*Students have the opportunity to experience lively folksongs, and passionate ballads. (For students of all levels)


7. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution presents:

“Portraiture Now,” a series of exhibitions that showcase some of the most creative twenty-first-century portrait artists (Aug 22 through Apr 12), at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW.

It features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time.(For students of all levels)



8. Flight of the Butterflies 3D, presented by MÉXICOThis film is now playing at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, IMAX THEATERS. (Runtime: 44, 10:50-2:10, MPAA Rating: G).

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.


9. Group for free Spanish conversation, cultural exchange, and fun: The Washington DC Spanish Language Meetup Group.

*Students benefit from continuous informal interactions in Spanish (which are available for learners of all levels in the DC area).


10. Web portal: Spain is the official tourism portal in the United States. It offers important information that students need to know before traveling to Spain.




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Director of Spanish Literature
Professor Isabel Vergara

Director of Spanish Language Program
Professor María José de la Fuente

Coordinator of Spanish 1001, 1002
Professor Kristina Eisele

Coordinator of Spanish 1003, 1004
Professor Alicia Suárez-Touzón

Coordinator of Spanish 2005, 2006
Professor María José de la Fuente

Major and Minor Advising
Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)

Study Abroad Advising Language Courses
Angeles Serrano Ripoll (A-M) 
Patricia Granja Falconi (N-Z)

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Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)
Zulima Alvarez-Menedez