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 Apr 30  Adam Michnik's lecture at the UW
 Apr 27  Third of May celebration at the Polish Home
 Apr 25-27  Seattle Polish Film Festival at the Seattle Center
 Apr 26  Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
 Apr 18-20  Seattle Polish Film Festival at the Seattle Center
 Apr 19  Polish Cabaret To i Owo in Portland
 Apr 14  Prof. Kubik on post-communist Europe at the UW
 Apr 12  Music by Frederic Chopin at the Polish Home
 Apr 9  Expansion Project meeting at the Polish Home
 Apr 3-18  Exhibition The Fall of Communism in Poland in Portland
 Apr 4-5  Polish Movie & Song Marathon in Vancouver, BC
 Apr 2  Piano duo Kaminska & Bowlby in concert at the SPL in Seattle

Polish Film Festival

Adam Michnik

Apr 30, 7 pm: Adam Michnik's lecture at the UW

Adam Michnik

Adam Michnik is the editor in chief of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, political essayist & writer and arguably the fiercest intellectual of the former Polish dissidents. He comes to Seattle with a lecture Revolution's Aftermath: Twenty Years of Polish Democracy  in the Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series. Organized by the UW PSEC, supported by the Ellison Center for REECAS, and the Evans School of Public Affairs.

Also, please see a separate note about reception in his honor on May 2, 2008. There is also a roundtable on May 2.

 

Where: at Kane Hall 220 at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free

More: Michnik, Gazeta Wyborcza (EN), UW PSEC, REECAS

Apr 27, 2:30 pm: Third of May Celebration at the Polish Home

By Jan Matejko

The 3rd of May celebration at the Polish Home marks the anniversary of the first Polish constitution, which was enacted on May 3, 1791. The program includes performances by students of the Polish School in Seattle and the Polish Choir Vivat Musica. Pianist Marzena Szlaga will play Chopin. The restaurant and bar will be open for the occasion.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free; in Polish

More: about the Constitution, Constitution source

Apr 25-27: Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SiFF cinema

by Shannon Hart

 

Rezerwat

 

Immensity of Justice

This is the program for the second weekend of the Festival. The program may change; please check the SPFF website for updates.

All movies at the SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center.

 

Friday, April 25

    7:00 pm    Shorts by Starewicz: The Cameraman's Revenge,

                    The Insects' Christmas, The Frogs Who Wanted a King, Voice

                    of the NIghtingale, The Mascot, Winter Carousel, (total 80 min)

    8:40 pm    Immensity of Justice / Bezmiar sprawiedliwosci (2006, 127 min),

                      by Wieslaw Saniewski

                        Actor Artur Zmijewski present at the screening

 

Saturday, April 26

    2:30 pm    Independent movies: A missing A, Agnieszka 2039,

                    Alicja Wonderland, Birdplay, Dorsal Ventral Asymmetry,

                    Honor of the City,  Reflections, Sequence (total 114 min)

   5:00 pm    Destined for the Blues / Skazany na bluesa

                     (2005, 101 min), by Jan Kidawa-Blonski

   7:00 pm    State Witness / Swiadek koronny (2007, 98 min),

                      by Jaroslaw Sypniewski & Jacek Filipiak

   9:00 pm    The Story of the Fox / Le Roman de Renard (1930, 85 min)

                      by Wladyslaw Starewicz

 

Sunday, April 27

  12:45 pm    Pope John Paul II Remembered by Poles Around the World /

                   Jan Pawel II w pamieci Polakow na swiecie (30 min)

                   Pope John Paul II - the Memories He Left Behind / Jan Pawel II -

                   co pozostawil w pamieci  (30 min), by Slawomir Ciok

                             Director Ciok present at the screening

   2:30 pm    Student films: Broadcast Rehersal / Proba mikrofonu, Evacuation /

                   / Ewakuacja, Father / Ojciec, Beyond the Horizon, Za horyzontem,

                   La Varsovienne / Warszawianka, A Boat / Lodka (total 100 min)

                              Michal Szczesniak present at the screening

   5:00 pm    Hope / Nadzieja (2007, 101 min), by Stanislaw Mucha

   7:00 pm    Savior's Square / Plac Zbawiciela (2006, 101 min),

                      by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze 

   9:15 pm    Preserve / Rezerwat (2007, 100 min), by Lukasz Palkowski

    

Where: at SIFF cinema; tickets $8 regular, $10 with a guest, $50 Festival pass

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival

Apr 26, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Dojczland by Andrzej Stasiuk published by Wyd. Czarne in 2007. This book by a down-to-earth and non-conformist author is hailed as a sophisticated look at the Polish-German relations. It can be bought on the Internet or borrowed from Club members. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free

More: about the book, Stasiuk,  more about Stasiuk Polish Book Club

Apr 18-20: Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SiFF cinema

 by Shannon Hart

 

Lejdis

 

Testosterone

 

This is a  schedule for the first weekend of the Festival.

The program may change; please check the SPFF website for updates.

All movies at SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center

 

Friday, April 18

    7:15 pm    Jasminum, (2006, 107 min), by Jan Jakub Kolski

    9:20 pm    Warsaw / Warszawa (2003, 105 min), by Dariusz Gajewski

                          Actress Agnieszka Grochowska & director Dariusz Gajewski

                          present at the screening

 

Saturday, April 19

   1:30 pm    English Lesson / Lekcja angielskiego (in Polish ONLY, 60 min)

   3:00 pm    Extras / Statysci (2006, 115 min), by Michal Kwiecinski

                          Actress Anna Romantowska present at the screening

   7:15 pm    Tomorrow We Are Going to the Movies / Jutro idziemy do kina

                      (2007, 85 min), by Michal Kwiecinski

    9:15 pm   Ladies / Lejdis (2008, 136 min), by Tomasz Konecki

 

    7:30 pm   Gala Reception at the Polish Home with Festival Guests

                      By invitation only, for sponsors & donors

 

Sunday, April 20

   1:00 pm    God's Little Garden / U Pana Boga w ogrodku (2007, 115 min),

                     by Jacek Bromski

   3:00 pm    Testosterone / Testosteron (2007, 116 min), by Tomasz Konecki and

                      Andrzej  Saramonowicz

                            Actor Tomasz Kot present at the screening

   7:15 pm    Lovers of the Year of the Tiger / Kochankowie roku tygrysa

                     (2005 103 min), by Jacek Bromski

                            Director Jacek Bromski present at the screening

    

Where: at SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center; tickets TBD

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival

Apr 19: Polish Cabaret To i Owo in Portland

The Polish Home cabaret troupe To i Owo is going to Portland with the new program presented at the Polish Home in October - and with several new faces from the young generation, too! The program is in Polish and is called I to jest zycie - c'est la vie! Everybody is invited to a great evening - an engaged audience spurs the artist to be at their best!

 

Where: Polish Hall & Library, 3900 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR; tickets $TBD

More: Barbara Strutynski, (425) 746-3037

Apr 14, 3:30 pm: Prof. Kubik on post-communism in Europe at the UW

Prof. Kubik

Dr. Jan Kubik is a professor of political science, 2006-07 Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the Warsaw University, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers, affiliated with Centre for Social Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. His lecture Post-communism as a Rorschach Test: Sources and Consequences of Various Models of Post-1989 Transformations is sponsored by Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.

 

Where: University of Washington Club, at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free, reception after the lecture

More: about Prof. Kubik, The Power of Symbols. Ellison Center for REECAS

Apr 12, 4 pm: Music by Frederic Chopin at the Polish Home

F. Chopin

Marzena Lilian Szlaga Piano Studio invites to a yearly celebration of music by Frederic Chopin. Ms Szlaga will open the concert with Ballade in G Minor op.23, no 1. The program includes mazurkas, nocturnes, preludes, polonaises, waltzes and etudes by Chopin performed by the Studio students.

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free, donations welcome

More: M. Szlaga Studio, contact Marzena Szlaga

Apr 9, 7:30 pm: Expansion Project meeting at the Polish Home

This is a 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

Apr 3-18: Exhibition The Fall of Communism in Poland in Portland

Kasia Chaberski

with Lech Walesa

No Freedom without Bread: the Fall of Communism in Poland is the title of a very impressive exhibition prepared by Kasia Chaberski of Portland. Ms. Chaberski, a senior at the Waldorf School in Portland, managed to interview Lech Walesa himself when preparing the exhibition while on an exchange program in Poland.

 

Where: Polish Hall & Library, in Portland, OR; admission free but notice the hours: Thu 6-8 pm, Fri 5-9 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am - 1 am, Mon-Wed closed.

More: the Exhibition, about Kasia Chaberski's project (PDF)

Apr 4-5: Polish Movie & Song Marathon in Vancouver, BC

This is a new event in Vancouver, BC. Polish Movie & Song Marathon features several movies over two days, including a very interesting animation movie screening with several famous animation shorts on Friday and a concert of  Arek Wlizlo's band. Please note: in Polish only, movies without subtitles.

 

Where: at Cinema 319 in Vancouver, BC; tickets

More: Polski Maraton (in Polish only)

Apr 2, noon: Piano duo Kaminska & Bowlby in concert at the SPL in Seattle

Ivona Kaminska

Local piano duo, Ivona Kaminska and Christopher Bowlby will play at a special program at the Seattle Central Library. The program includes works by Mozart, Ravel, Poulenc and Junkinsmitch.

 

Where: at the Seattle Central Library; admission free

More:  Kaminska & Bowlby, Chopin Academy of Music

 
 

2008 Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński