Yakima, Washington (PressExposure) June 01, 2008 -- Television personality Jade Esteban Estrada earned a standing ovation for his performance of âPico de Galloâ on Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Seasons Music Hall in Yakima, Washington. The show was presented by Yakima Valley Community College as part of their annual Diversity Series: Challenging Our Thinking. The bilingual performance was followed by a audience discussion with the artist. For more information visit http://www.getjaded.com or http://www.yvcc.edu/diversity.
âI loved Jade Esteban Estradaâs performance,â stated Maria Cuevas, curator for the event. âIt was a collage of characters with seemingly no link. But as I looked closer, I realized they tied into the Chicano/a or Latino/a experience in the United States. They are all real people. You know them. âMi tioâ who runs the bar down the street or âla mensaâ - the niece who canât seem to get it together while having one child after the other only to have âmamaâ or âabuelitaâ care for her sins â âel senor sin papelesâ from down the street who is so kind and helpful believing the best in âOur Americaâ but not quite sure after a few months in the states. I just loved the show. Ever time I thought about a character or a line, it brought to me a different understanding... that we are not a monolithic culture. We are full of spice or dare I say it â Pico de Gallo!â
âFrom one character to the next, he unravels a multitude of stories, songs and humorous contradictions in a celebration of the heartbeat of Latino culture,â states the Boise Weekly. âYou definitely shouldnât miss Jade Esteban Estrada,â warns Mark Lowry of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Estrada, who has been praised by critics around the country for his skillful onstage transformations, is the host of the 19th Annual South Florida GLAAD Media Awards scheduled to air on Bravo on June 27, 2008.
His last visit to Yakima was in March 2008 when he presented his solo musical âICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 2â at Rainbow Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church.
He stars in the upcoming sci-fi action film âThe Innocent Killersâ directed by Brett Mauser. The film will screen a sneak preview at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes Cinema in San Antonio, Texas on June 29, 2008.