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 Nov 28-30  Lech Majewski movies at NW Film Center in Portland
 Nov 28  Around Poland, a Movie by Bob Albrech at the UW
 Nov 24  Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
 Andrzejki Dance Evening at the Polish Home
 Nov 23  Polish Home closed on the Thanksgiving Friday
 Nov 21  Euro2008: Poland vs. Serbia in soccer at the Polish Home
 Nov 19-20  Lech Majewski at NW Film Center in Portland
 Nov 19  Diane Ackerman's Lecture at Seattle Arts and Lectures at Benaroya
 Nov 18  Salon of Poetry presents Wyspianski's Wedding at the Polish Home
 Nov 17  Euro2008: Poland vs. Belgium in soccer at the Polish Home
 Warsaw U. Theater in a musical spectacle at the Polish Home
 Nov 16  Kieslowski's Decalogue V  at the Blessed Sacrament in Seattle
 Nov 14  I. Kaminska plays Chopin at the Seattle Central Library
 Expansion Project meeting at the Polish Home
 Nov 12  Thad Koza talks about Polish Tall Ships in Victoria, BC
 Nov 11  Polandís Independence Day celebration at the Polish Home
 Nov 10  Disco at St. Margaret's Parish in Seattle
 Nov 9-15  Lech Majewski: Conjuring the Image at the SIFF Cinema
 Nov 9-11  Polish Film Festival in America at the Seattle Art Museum
 Nov 6  Thad Koza slideshow about tall ships at Tacoma Public Library
 Nov 5  Thad Koza slideshow about tall ships in Port Hadlock, WA
 Nov 3-4  Polish Bazaar at the Polish Home
 Nov 2-4  Polish Film Festival in America at the Seattle Art Museum
 Nov 1  I. Kaminska plays Chopin at the Seattle Art Museum
 Prof. L. Balcerowicz on post-communist transformations at the UW

The Wedding

 

Polish Film Festival 

 

Lech Majewski movies

 

Kaminska plays Chopin

Nov 28-30: Lech Majewski movies at NW Film Center in Portland

Angelus

If you missed director Lech Majewski and his excellent movies in Seattle, you can catch up with some of them in Portland on Nov 19 & 20 and then Nov 28 & 30.

 

   Nov 28,  The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2004

   Nov 30,  Angelus, 2000

 

Where: at the NW Film Center in Portland, OR; tickets

More: Majewski bio,  review, Majewski's website (in Polish)

Nov 28, 5:45 pm: Around Poland, a Movie by Bob Albrecht at the UW

 The Rams at the

Poznan Town Hall

The Albrechts drove through Poland from Wroclaw & Cracow, through Czestochowa& Warsaw to Malbork and Gdansk, visitng as well the hometowns of Bob's grandparents near Poznan and Ilawa. Bob Albrecht has woven into his film elements of the country's long, rich and unstable history. Albrecht found Poland lively, interesting, and beginning to prosper - he says it is emerging again and well worth a visit! Sponsored by the UWRA Travelogue and Dinner.

 

Where: at the UW Club; Reservation required! For info please call (206) 543-0437

More: UW Club, club contact

Nov 24, 7:30 pm: Andrzejki Dance Evening at the Polish Home

According to the old Polish tradition, Andrzejki (a party on St. Andrewís eve, Nov 30) was the last party of the year, with some special customs such as divining future from pouring hot wax on water. (Wax pouring is not planned this year). Music by DJ Filip from Portland. The restaurant and bar will be open from 7 pm. You need to be 21+ to attend.

 

Where: at the Polish Home, tickets $12 PHA members, $15 others

More: Polish Home

Nov 24, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake library

The book for the meeting is Fototapeta by Michal Witkowski published by WAB in 2006. Witkowski is the author of the gay best seller Lubiewo. Fototapeta, nominated to Nike 2007, is a set of short stories that examine topics such as how the young generation perceives the recent Polish history or the kitch and cultural phantoms fed by the modern mass media. The book can be bought on the Internet or borrowed from Club members.

 

Where: At the Green Lake public library in Seattle; note: 10 am; admission free

More: about Witkowski book,  Polish Book Club

Nov 23: Polish Hall closed for the Thanksgiving Friday

 

Polish Home in Seattle is closed on the Friday following the Thanksgiving.

 

Where: at the Polish Home

More: Polish Home

Nov 21, 7:30 pm: Euro2008: Poland vs. Serbia in soccer at the Polish Home

Poland advanced to Euro2008 by beating Belgium 2:0 in the decisive qualifier on Nov 17. Polish Soccer Club of Seattle invites to the live game between Poland and Serbia in the last qualifier for the championship. The Polish Home bar will be open for the occasion. Program for this soccer fest:

 

    7:30 pm    Highlights of other qualifier games already played

    8:00 pm    Poland vs. Serbia LIVE
 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free!
More: about the event, or contact Piotr Warczak 206-769-3840, or Grzegorz Kostyra

Nov 19-20: Lech Majewski at NW Film Center in Portland

Viggo Mortensen

in The Gospel

If you missed director Lech Majewski and his excellent movies in Seattle, you can catch up with some of them in Portland on Nov 19 & 20 and then Nov 28 & 30.

 

   Nov 19, The Gospel According To Harry, 1992

                    director Majewski will be present at the screening

   Nov 20,  Glass Lips / Szklane usta, 2007

                    director Majewski will be present at the screening

 

Where: at the NW Film Center in Portland, OR; tickets

More: Majewski bio,  review, Majewski's website (in Polish)

Nov 19, 7:30 pm: D. Ackerman lecture at Seattle Art and Lectures at Benaroya

Diane Ackerman

Diana Ackerman is a poet and writer and an author of renown books such as A Natural History of the Senses and An Alchemy of Mind.  Her latest book, The Zookeeper's Wife, tells a war story of Jan & Antonina Zabinski saving lives of hundreds of Jews in the Warsaw Zoo during WWII.

 

Where: at the Seattle Arts and Lectures at Benaroya; tickets - 15% discount is available to the Polish Home Association members when ordering over the phone

More: about Diane Ackerman, Zookeeper's Wife

Nov 18, 6:30 pm: Salon of Poetry presents Wyspianski at the Polish Home

Stanislaw Wyspianski, auto-portrait

The Salon of Poetry invites to an evening entitled Invite to the wedding here .. devoted to Stanislaw Wyspianski and his play The Wedding (Wesele). Wyspianski was a famous artist, poet and playwright whose Wedding (premiered in Cracow in 1901) redefined modern Polish theatre. He was a leading artist of the Polish symbolism era and inspiration to many others. The Wedding was famously reinterpreted on the screen by director Andrzej Wajda.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free

More: about Wyspianski, Salon of Poetry

Nov 17, 10:30 am: Euro2008: Poland vs. Belgium in soccer at the Polish Home

Polish Soccer Club of Seattle invites every soccer fan around to join in watching live the game between Poland and Belgium in the decisive qualifier for the Euro Cup 2008. The Polish Home bar will be open for the occasion. Program for this soccer fest:

 

   10:30 am    Highlights of other qualifier games already played

   11:30 am    Poland vs. Belgium LIVE
 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free!
More: about the event, or contact Piotr Warczak 206-769-3840, or Grzegorz Kostyra

Nov 17, 7:30 pm: Warsaw U. Theatre in a musical spectacle at the Polish Home

The Theatre at Haremba

The Academic Theatre of the Warsaw University returns to Seattle after a successful visit in 2003. The program is in Polish and includes two parts: 1) Co z nas wyrosnie presents songs by Seweryn Krajewski, 2) Agencja Pana K. is based on Jan Brzechwa's poems for grownups to music by Andrzej Portman. Two songs by Marek Grechuta written for the Theater are also included. Directed by prof. Ryszard Adamski.
 

Where: at the Polish Home; tickets $20/$18 PHA members/others, $15 advanced; advanced tickets available at the Polish Home on Fridays
More: about the Warsaw University Theater (in Polish)

Nov 16, 7 pm: Kieslowski's Decalogue V at the Blessed Sacrament in Seattle

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Kieslowski's Decalogue is a masterpiece series of ten one-hour movies, each devoted to one commandment. The Blessed Sacrament Parish invites to a screening of and a discussion about movie based on Thou shalt not kill. A separate theatrical version of this movie was released as A Short Movie About Killing.
 

Where: at the Parish Hall of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle; admission free
More: about Decalogue, Kieslowski Bio

Nov 14, noon: I. Kaminska plays Chopin at the Seattle Central Library

Ivona Kaminska

Local pianist Ivona Kaminska will perform works by Chopin in a public concert at the Seattle Central Public Library downtown. The program includes Mazurkas Op 24 and  Polonaise in A-flat Major Op 53 by F. Chopin. Dr. Kaminska is a Director and co-Founder of the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah.
 

Where: at the Seattle Public Library; admission free
More: about Ivona Kaminska, Chopin Academy of Music

Nov 14, 7:30 pm: Expansion Project meeting at the Polish Home

This is a monthly meeting of the Project committee. Come to discuss and support more changes at the Polish Home! This is an open meeting, everybody interested in the project is invited to come and discuss issues. Volunteers are also welcomed at the meeting!

 

Where: at the Polish Home, just drop by

More: Polish Home Foundation, Polish Home

Nov 12, 7 pm: Thad Koza talks about Polish tall ships in Victoria, BC

 

Dar Mlodziezy

In this talk, author and photographer Thad Koza will discuss several of Polish tall ships including Dar Pomorza, Dar Mlodziezy, Iskra, Fryderyk Chopin, Oceania, Zawisza Czarrny, Smuga Cienia, Bryza H. Mr. Koza's calendars and books will also be available for sale.

 

Where: at Polish White Eagle Hall, 90 Dock St., Victoria, BC; admission free

More: for Polish Hall contact Stan Planeta, (25) 384-0055; about Thad Koza and Tall Ship International

Nov 11, 2:30 pm: Polandís Independence Day celebration at the Polish Home

Poland regained its independence on Nov 11, 1918, when Jozef Pilsudski became the Head of State after a popular revolt liberated the Polish territories. The program prepared by the Polish Scouts under direction of Iwona Bernacka includes performances by the children from the Polish School in Seattle. After this program, a TV movie 1 wrzesnia with Daniel Olbrychski will be shown. The restaurant will be open from 1 pm till after the concert and movie.

 

Where: at the Polish Home, admission free.

More: Polish Home, or contact Anna Bieniek

Nov 10, 7 pm: Disco at St. Margaret's Parish in Seattle

 

The youth group at St. Margaret's Parish invites everybody to a regular disco at the Parish Hall. Music by DJ Filip from Portland well known locally for his very well received discos at the Polish Home. The disco is a fundraiser to support the trip to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia in 2008.

 

Where: at St. Margaret's Parish in Seattle; tickets $10,

More: for tickets and reservations call Dorota Garbalinska (425) 750-8192 or Ania Bieniek (425) 280-4858; about World Youth Day 2008

Nov 9-15: Lech Majewski: Conjuring the Image at the SIFF Cinema

 

Lech Majewski

 

P. Skarga as the Knight

SIFF Cinema presents a retrospective of seven movies by a brilliant Polish director and screenwriter Lech Majewski. Majewski is also a poet, an artist and an accomplished opera director. This is the schedule for his moody, poetic and visually astonishing movies. Two of them were shown previously at the Seattle Polish FF; Mr. Majewski also visited Seattle on these occasions, so this will be his third visit to Seattle. This is the schedule for Conjuring the Image

 

   Nov 9,   The Knight / Rycerz, 1980

   Nov 10, The Gospel According To Harry, 1992

   Nov 11,  Angelus, 2000

   Nov 12,  Wojaczek, 1999

   Nov 13,  The Roe's Room / Pokoj saren, 1997

                    director Majewski will be present at the screening

   Nov 14,  Glass Lips / Szklane usta, 2007

                    director Majewski will be present at the screening

   Nov 15,  The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2004

 

This event is co-presented by SIFF Cinema and the Seattle Polish Film Festival.

 

Where: at the SIFF Cinema at the Seattle Center

More: Majewski at SIFF, Majewski bio,  interview about Wojaczek, review, Majewski's website (in Polish)

Nov 9-11: Polish Film Festival in America at the Seattle Art Museum 

 

Festival poster

 

Immensity of Justice

 

 The State Witness 

 

The first part of the Festival runs November 2-4, please see a separate note.

 

Program for Friday, November 9

    6:00 pm   The Portraitist / Portrecista,  2005, dir. by Ireneusz Dobrowolski

                   The Runaway / Uciekinier , 2006, dir. by Marek T. Pawlowski

    8:00 pm   Immensity of Justice / Bezmiar sprawiedliwosci,  

                        2006,dir. by Wieslaw Saniewski

                        director Saniewskii will be present at the screening

 

Program for Saturday, November 10

    2:00 pm   The Suburban Train (short, 18'), 2005, dir. Maciej Cuske

                   Tiger,  2006, dir. by Pawel Starost

    3:30 pm   52 Percent / 52 procent,  2007, dir. by Rafal Skalski

                   Gdanski Railway Station / Dworzec Gdanski

                         2007, dir. by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

    5:00 pm   Preserve / Rezerwat,  2007, dir. by Lukasz Palkowski

    7:00 pm   The State Witness / Swiadek koronny

                         2007, dir. by Jaroslaw Sypniewski & Jacek Filipiak

    9:00 pm   Nina's Journey / Ninas resa, 2005, dir. by Lena Einhorn

 

Program for Sunday, November 11

    2:00 pm   The Seeds / Nasiona,  (short, 27'), 2005, dir. by Wojciech Kacperski

                   The Stone Silence, 2007, dir. by Krzysztof Kopczynski

    3:30 pm   My Kieslowski / Moj Kieslowski, (short, 21'), 2005, dir. by Irina Wolkowa

                   Lilpop Sisters and Their Passions / Siostry Lilpop i ich milosci ,

                         2006, dir. by Bozena Garus-Hockuba

    5:30 pm   Karol - The Pope, The Man / Karol - un Papa rimasto uomo,

                         2006, dir. by Giacomo Battiato

    8:45 pm   Tomorrow We Are Going to the Movies / Jutro idziemy do kina

                         2007, dir. by Michal Kwiecinski

 

Where: all events at the Seattle Art Museum downtown; ticket info

More: PFFA, PFFA Seattle, Michal Friedrich can be reached at (206) 257-8010

Nov 6, 7 pm: Thad Koza talks about tall ships at Tacoma Public Library

Dar Mlodziezy

Author and photographer Thad Koza presents a slideshow of the most famous tall ships from different countries, including Polish flagship Dar Mlodziezy. Mr. Koza's calendars and books will also be available for sale.

 

Where: Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA; admission free

More: for the Library contact Jules Gray tel. (253) 404-3944; about Thad Koza and Tall Ship International

Nov 5, 2 pm: Thad Koza talks about tall ships in Port Hadlock, WA

Dar Mlodziezy

Author and photographer Thad Koza presents a slideshow of the most famous tall ships from different countries, including Polish flagship Dar Mlodziezy. Mr. Koza's calendars and books will also be available for sale.

 

Where: at the NW School of Wooden Boat building, 42 N. Water St, Port Hadlock, WA; admission free

More: for NW School contact Kendra Seaman, tel. (360) 385-4948; about Thad Koza and Tall Ship International

Nov 3-4, noon - 7 pm: Fall Bazaar at the Polish Home

Kasia Pawluskiewicz, Polish Bazaar 2004

The biggest such event around Puget Sound, the Polish fall bazaar features booths with Polish books and CDs, crafts, pottery, crystal, amber and other merchandise as well as booths by local Polish-American organizations. Folk group Podhale will sing about 2 pm on both days. You can also buy Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki), Polish pierogi, home made cakes and sweets as well as enjoy a full course dinner. Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary.

 

Where: at the Polish Home, admission free.

More: Polish Home, or contact Mira Byrski, President of Ladies Auxiliary

Nov 2-4: Polish Film Festival in America at the Seattle Art Museum

 

Festival poster

 

Krzysztof Zanussi

   

2007 SIGGRAPH winner

The Ark 

What a year - this is the second Polish film festival in Seattle in 2007. The Society for Arts invites to the 19th Polish Film Festival in America, playing in several cities. In Seattle, the Festival starts on November 2 at the Seattle Art Museum with the Opening Gala and reception for the acclaimed director Krzysztof Zanussi, who will attend the reception. Organized by the Society for Arts (Chicago) and Dr. Michal Friedrich (Seattle).

 

Program for the Gala Opening on Friday, November 2

    5:30 pm    Reception with Festival guests, $25

    7:00 pm    Unrest / Niepokoj,  2004, directed by Krzysztof Tchorzewski

                         director Krzysztof Zanussi at the screening

    8:30 pm   Testosterone / Testosteron,  2007, dir. by T. Konecki & A. Saramonowicz

                        

Program for Saturday, November 3

    6:00 pm    Imperative / Imperatyw,  1982, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

                         director Krzysztof Zanussi at the screening

    8:30 pm   The Ark / Arka (short, 8'), 2007, dir. by Grzegorz Jonkajtys

                   Jasminum,  2006, dir. by Jan Jakub Kolski              

 

Program for Sunday, November 4

    2:00 pm   The Imposters / Dublerzy,  2006, directed by Marcin Ziebinski

    4:30 pm   The Warrior / Wojownik,  2006, dir. by Jacek Blawut

    6:00 pm   Copying Beethoven,  2006, dir. by Agnieszka Holland

    8:00 pm   Savior's Square / Plac Zbawiciela

                         2006, dir. by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze

 

The Festival continues November 9-11, please see a separate note.

 

Where: all events at the Seattle Art Museum downtown; ticket info

More: PFFA, PFFA Seattle, Michal Friedrich can be reached at (206) 257-8010

Nov 1, 7:30 pm: Prof. Balcerowicz on post-communist transformations at the UW

Prof. Balcerowicz

Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, the man who masterminded the successful post-communist transformation of Polish economy known as the Balcerowicz Plan and served as the Finance Minister, the chairman of the National Bank of Poland and the chairman of the Polish Fed comes to Seattle! His lecture in the Distinguished Polish Speaker Series is entitled Post-Communist Transformation in Central Europe. The lecture is organized by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and supported by UW PSEC and UW Ellison Center for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies.

 

Where: at Kane Hall, room #120, at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free, reception after the lecture

More: about Balcerowicz, his site (in Polish), UW PSEC, REECAS

Nov 1, 12:10 pm: I. Kaminska plays Chopin at the Seattle Art Museum

Ivona Kaminska

Local pianist Ivona Kaminska will perform works by Chopin and Schuman in a concert  at the Seattle Art Museum downtown. The program includes Mazurkas Op 24 and  Polonaise in A-flat Major Op 53 by F. Chopin as well as Carnival Op 9 by R. Schumann. Dr. Kaminska is a Director and co-Founder of the Chopin Academy of Music in Issaquah.
 

Where: at the Seattle Art Museum; admission free
More: about Ivona Kaminska, Chopin Academy of Music

 

© 2007 Ryszard Kott

 

Fot. 'Fountain" - Hanna Gil

Fot. "Seattle" - Ryszard Kwieciński