04 October 2009

Spanish Ghosts: Spain’s Abandoned Architecture

Photographs by Mark Parascandola  

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8, 6:00-8:30

Free Spanish chocolate and wine tasting!

Studio B at Biagio Fine Chocolate
1904 18th Street NW (between T Street and Florida Avenue)
Washington DC

Chocolate samples from Biagio Fine Chocolate

Spanish wine tasting by Tradewinds Specialty Imports

The landscape of Spain is dotted with abandoned structures, ghosts of a multi-layered history. Preserved in the arid climate, these architectural remains reveal the impact of time, weather, and transient visitors who have left their own mark. The subjects in this series of photographs include the Carabanchel prison in Madrid, a salt-eroded church on the coast of Almeria, leftover “spaghetti western” film sets, and the Cortijo del Fraile, the site of events that inspired Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding. The exhibit will be on display in Studio B at Biagio Fine Chocolate at 1904 18th Street NW throughout the month of October.

The exhibit and reception are part of a month-long series of activities planned by SpainDC to highlight Spanish culture in the Washington DC area.

Please join us on Thursday, October 8, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm, to view the photographs, sample chocolates from Spain, and enjoy a tasting of 3 award-winning Spanish wines!

Spain has more vineyard acreage than any other country in the world. Tradewinds will be sharing 3 top-rated boutique wines they have hand-selected from family-run, estate-vineyards, across Spain. The wines being tasted, ranging from the more well known, to more secret, regions of Spain, are all available in Washington DC and are exclusively distributed by Tradewinds. Regardless, these are all celebrity wines making a splash in the US.

Mark Parascandola is a photographer based in Washington DC with family roots in Almeria in the south of Spain.

Biagio Fine Chocolate provides the Washington, DC metropolitan area with the finest collection of artisanal chocolate from around the world, as well as from local chocolatiers. They are located on 18th street between the Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods.
Address: 1904 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (between T Street and Florida Avenue)

Tradewinds Specialty Imports is Spanish wine import company based in Washington DC. The company hand-selects boutique wines from family-run, estate-vineyards, across Spain. Often referred to as the “DC Wine Guys”, the company is known for their hosting wine parties at their customers’ homes, and catering to the District’s top museums, functions, and individual parties. Tradewinds’ wines have been the exclusive wine provider for a number of star-studded events including the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in DC, Taste of Tennis / US Open kick-off party in NY, White House Media Correspondent’s Weekend, as well as many private parties in DC.

SpainDC, Celebrating Spain in the Nation’s Capital. For the first time ever, this October Washington DC comes alive for SPAINDC — a four week-long Spanish Fiesta held throughout the nation’s capital. SPAINDC is inviting the authentic tastes, sounds and smells of DC’s leading Spanish restaurants, dance schools, musicians, and artists from all the Spanish regions to celebrate Spain in the nation’s capital.

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