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Cultural Events and Activities: DC


Cultural Events and Activities: DC 


WEEK 13:

1. Gala Hispanic Theatre presents:

Arteamerica Series/La Nueva Ola: Films from Mexico, Cuba and Spain, Gala’s annual film festival (Dec 3-7) at Gala Hispanic Theatre 3333 14th Street, NW

WED 12/3   MELAZA (Molasses) from Cuba - DC Premiere!

6 pm Opening reception for the exhibit by Cuban visual artists Joaquín Pomés Figueredo and Virginia Schofield Reguero 

7:30 pm Film with post discussion and reception courtesy of the Cuban Interests Section in the USA 

 THU 12/4    Short Film Award Winner & MAPA (Map) from Spain - DC Premiere!

7:30 pm   Films with post discussion and reception courtesy of the Embassy of Spain in Washington

 FRI 12/5    LOS INSOLITOS PECES GATO (The Amazing Catfish) from Mexico - DC Premiere!

7:30 pm   Film with post discussion and reception, featuring leading actress Lisa Owen, courtesy of the Mexican Cultural Institute

 SAT 12/6    LOS NIÑOS SALVAJES (The Wild Children) from Spain - DC Premiere!

2 pm  Film with post discussion

 SAT 12/6    JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS (Juan of the Dead) from Cuba

7 pm   Film with post discussion 

 SAT 12/6   QUEBRANTO (Disrupted) from Mexico - DC Premiere!

9:30 pm   Film with post discussion 

 SUN 12/7     AVENTURERA (Adventuress) from Mexico

2 pm   Classic film

All films are in Spanish with English subtitles ((For students of all levels)

*Students can explore the Latin American cinema and Spanish cinema from social topics. (For students of all levels)


2. Mexican Cultural Institute presents:

-Lecture: Path of Knowledge by Alejandro Pintado (Nov 20, 6:45pm) at Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th St NW

The exhibit is a mixed-medium exploration of geometry, perspective, and composition. (For students of all levels)

- Exhibition: Chiapas Land of Woven Colors (Nov 17- Dec 1) at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

“Mexican Through Your Senses” showcases the artistic diversity of the diversity regions of Mexico. Chiapas, in the south of Mexico, has a vast artistic production and rich traditions that we can see, hear, touch, taste, and appreciate. (For students of all levels)

-Exhibition: Contemporary Identities/ Invisible Gestures (Nov 12-Jan 31, open Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm; Sat 12-4:00pm), at Mexican Cultural Institute.

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. (For students of all levels)

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

-Visual Arts: El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (Nov 2- Feb 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)

-Film: Spanish films at AFI European Union Film Showcase: Falling Star (Dec 19, 5:15pm, and Dec 21, 12:50pm) at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring.

After Spain’s 1870 “Glorious Revolution,” the country’s legislature votes to place Italian Duke Amedeo (Àlex Brendemühl) upon the Spanish throne, crowning him King Amadeo. But the energetic, reform-minded monarch is stymied at every turn, whether by obstructionist ministers or insubordinate servants.

*Students can explore the Spanish cinema from social topics. (For students of all levels)


4. Teatro de la Luna presents:

17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater (Oct5- Nov 23), 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)

-‘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 14Jan 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 16Feb 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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Spanish Contacts

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)

Study Abroad Advising Literature Courses
Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)
Zulima Alvarez-Menedez