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  Apr 29   Lecture How Public is our Republic (of Poland) at the UW
  Apr 26   Salon of Poetry presents Beloved Love Poems at the Polish Home
  Apr 25   Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Vivat Amore! sing-along concert in Portland
  Apr 21   Krystian Zimerman in concert at the UW Meany Hall
  Apr 19   Easter egg sharing at the Polish Home
  The Courageous heart of Irena Sendler at CBS
  Apr 18-19   Exploring the Polish Soul at the Spokane Symphony
  Apr 18   Polish topics at the REECAS conference at the UW
  Welcome Spring Disco at the Polish Home
  Apr 17-19   Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SIFF Cinema
  Apr 10-12   Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SIFF Cinema
  Apr 11   Easter Food Basket blessing in Seattle, Bellevue & Tacoma
  Apr 10 & 12   Polish Home closed for Easter
  Apr 10   Poznanski paintings at the Kobo Gallery in Seattle
  Apr 4   Polish Bazaar at the Polish Home
  Apr 1   John Paul II Memorial Room dedication at St. Margaret's

 

 

Paquin on CBS

as Irena Sendler

Apr 29, 12 noon: Lecture How Public is Our Republic (of Poland)?

The lecture How Public is Our Republic (of Poland)? is by a Ellison Center guest Lech Marcinkowski. Mr. Marcinkowski is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow from Poland at the Evans School of Public Affairs; he is Deputy Director of the Audit and Supervision Department for the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

Where: Parrington Hall Forum at the University of Washington campus; admission free

More: Humphrey Fellows

Apr 26, 6 pm: Salon of Poetry  presents Beloved Love Poems at the Polish Home

The Salon of Poetry in Seattle invites to an evening of Beloved Love Poems. Come and bring your favorite love poems to share. Enjoy poetry in English, Polish and Russian (by Akhmatova and Tzvetaieva). Listen to classical music by Glinka and Rachmaninoff by singers Faina & Alex Sargent. 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free, poems in Polish, English & Russian

More:  the Salon of Poetry

Apr 25, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Fabryka mucholapek by Andrzej Bart published by Wyd. WAB in 2008. Fabryka ... mixes past and present in a fictitious process of M. C. Rumkowski, the controversial head of the Lodz ghetto. Andrzej Bart, who lives in Lodz, is a novelist and screenwriter whose works frequently have some unusual twists.  The book 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, Andrzej Bart, Polish Book Club

Apr 25, 7 pm: Vivat Amore! - sing-along concert in Portland

Vivat Musica

Vivat Amore! is a Biesiada program presented by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica with many songs related to love and its tribulations. If you missed this great event in Seattle last year, this is your chance to listen and to sing merrily along. Also, there is a party after the show. In Polish with some songs in English.

 

Where: Polish Hall in Portland; tickets $15 & $12

More: contact for the Choir Barbara Niesulowski

Apr 21, 7:30 pm: Krystian Zimerman in concert at the UW Meany Hall

Krystian Zimerman

Krystian Zimerman is the most renown Polish pianist. He won the famous International Chopin Competition in Warsaw when he was only 19 (in 1975) and gives relatively few recitals every year traveling with his own piano. He returns to Seattle to play in the UW World Series at Meany Hall. As is usual for Mr. Zimerman, the program will be announced later.

Where: Meany Hall at the University of Washington campus; tickets are on sale now!

More: ZimermanSeattle concert

Apr 19, 5 pm: Easter Egg sharing at the Polish Home

A traditional meeting of members & friends of the Polish Home with sharing of the Easter eggs and a dinner; Fr. Stanislaw Michalek, the pastor at the Polish Parish in Seattle, will be present. Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary and the Polish Home.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free, no reservations needed

More: Polish Home

Apr 19, 9 pm: The Courageous heart of Irena Sendler on CBS

Paquin as Sendler, courtesy of CBS

Oscar winner Anna Paquin plays the famous Polish WWII hero in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie  produced by CBS. Irena Sendler ran an organization that has saved 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. The movie directed by John Kent Harrison also stars Marcia Harden, Danuta Stenka and Maja Ostaszewska.

Where:  on the CBS channel

More: Anna Paquin fan site with the Sendler movie

Apr 18-19: Exploring the Polish Soul at the Spokane Symphony

Mateusz Wolski

The Spokane Symphony invites to the concert Exploring the Polish Soul featuring two Polish composers as well as a Polish conductor and soloist. The program includes Venetian Games by Witold Lutoslawski and Violin Concerto in A Minor by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz. Directed by Michal Nestorowicz, with virtuoso violinist Mateusz Wolski.

Where: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox / the Spokane Symphony

More: ZimermanSeattle concert

Apr 17-19: Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SiFF cinema

 by Piotr Zin

 

 

 

A Perfect Guy ...

 

Drowsiness

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

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

 

Friday, April 17

    7:30 pm    A Warm Heart / Serce na dloni, (2008, 95 min), by Krzysztof Zanussi

                          Actor Szymon Bobrowski present at the screening

  10:00 pm    Ruby Wedding / Rubinowe gody, (2008, 44 min),

                          by Andrzej Mankowski

 Saturday, April 18

    1:30 pm    Independent films, (81 min) by various filmmakers

                          Birdy by Agnieszka Woznicka, Refrains / Refreny by Wiola Sowa,

                          The Loneliness of the Short-order Cook by M. Sawicki,

                          What Nobody Knows / Czego nikt nie wie by M. Prykowski,

                          Interview / Rozmowa kwalifikacyjna by L. Kasprzykowski,

    3:30 pm    Offsiders / Boisko bezdomnych (2008, 119 min), by Kasia Adamik

    5:00 pm    Film Festival Guest Party - by invitation

    7:15 pm    Hania / Hania (2007, 108 min), by Janusz Kaminski

                          Actor Szymon Bobrowski present at thescreening

    9:45 pm    The Reliable System / Niezawodny system (2008, 80 min)

                          by Izabela Szylko

 

Sunday, April 19

   1:30 pm    Henry Wars / Henryk Wars (2007, 53 min), by Wieslaw Dabrowski

                   Children in Exile / Dzieci na zeslaniu (2007, 60 min), by Chris Swider

   3:30 pm    Zietek / Zietek (2008, 16 min), by Bartosz Blaschke

                   Commandant Edelman / Dowodca Edelman (2008, 56 min)

                            by Artur "Baron" Wiecek

   5:30 pm    Tischner - Life in Stories / Tischner - zycie w opowiesciach

                        (2008, 90 min), by Artur "Baron" Wiecek

   7:15 pm    A Perfect Guy For My Girl / Idealny facet dla mojej dziewczyny

                           (2009, 125 min), by Tomasz Konecki

    9:30 pm    Drowsiness / Sennosc (2008, 105 min), by Magdalena Piekorz

    

Where: all movies at SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center;

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival

Apr 18, 10 am - 3 pm: Polish topics at the REECAS conference at the UW

The 15th Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies includes the following lectures:

     Less than the Sum of its Parts: Polish Cultural Diversity and the Homogenizing

      Politics of the Pole-Catholic Myth from a Comparative Historical Perspective

             by Kristin Smith, Sociology, UW, session #1, 10 am - 11:30

     Nature and the Post-socialist Politics of Community in a Polish Wetland

             by Eunice Blavascunas, PhD, session #2, 1:45 - 3 pm

 

Where: Thomson Hall at the University of Washington central campus; admission free and open to the public

More: REECAS conference, The Ellison Center

Apr 18, 8 pm: Welcome Spring Disco

This is a double disco on both floors! Upper hall music: DJ Philip, lower hall music by DJ Donald. A big raffle and other attractions and surprises for ladies and gents, for a good welcome to the spring.  The restaurant open from 7 to 10 pm, the bar from 7:30, music from 8 pm. Organized by Mloda Polonia and the Polish Home;

 

Where: at the Polish Home; tickets $15 members,$20 others, you must be 21+ w/ID to attend;

More: Polish Home, Seattle Polonia site; reservations Lucyna Blonska (206) 764-7057, Maria Switalska (425) 226-7660, Piotr Warczak (206) 769-3840

Apr 10-12: Seattle Polish Film Festival at the SiFF cinema

 by Piotr Zin

Louise's Garden

All Will Be Well

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

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

 

Friday, April 10

    7:30 pm    Sex Change / Zamiana, (2009, 110 min), by Konrad Aksimowicz

    9:30 pm    Warsaw Dark / Izolator, (2008, 97 min), by Christopher Doyle

                        Actor Leslaw Zurek present at the screening

 

Saturday, April 11

    1:30 pm    Outlanders  (2007, 95 min), by Dominic Lees

    3:30 pm    It's Not What You .../ To nie tak jak myslisz, kotku

                         (2008, 101 min), by Slawomir Krynski

    7:15  pm   Louise's Garden / Ogrod Luizy (2007, 102 min), by Maciej Wojtyszko

                        Actor Leslaw Zurek present at the screening

    9:45 pm    Once Again / Jeszcze raz (2008, 91 min) by Mariusz Malec

 

Sunday, April 12

   1:30 pm    John from the Tree / Jan z drzewa (2008, 91 min),

                           by Lukasz Kasprzykowski

   3:30 pm    All Will Be Well / Wszystko bedzie dobrze  (2007, 98 min)

                         by Tomasz Wiszniewski

   5:30 pm    Tricks / Sztuczki  (2007, 95 min), by Andrzej Jakomowski

   7:30 pm    Expecting Love / Mala wielka milosc (2008, 110 min)

                          by Lukasz Karwowski

   9:30 pm    How To Live? / Jak zyc? (2008, 92 min), by Szymon Jakubowski

    

Where: all movies at SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center;

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival website

Apr 11: Easter Food Basket blessing (Swiecone)

This is the schedule for blessing of the traditional Easter food baskets on Holy Saturday, April 11, 2009.

 

    Bellevue: St. Louise Church, at 2 pm

    Seattle:  St. Margaretís Church, from 10 am - 3 pm

   

April 10 & 12: Polish Home closed for Easter

As is the tradition, the Polish Home is closed on Good Friday, April 10, 2009. The restaurant is also closed on Easter Sunday, April 12.

More: Polish Home in Seattle

Apr 10, 6 pm - till May 16: Poznanski paintings at the Kobo Gallery in Seattle

Kazimierz Poznanski is a professor at the University of Washington, a painter with exhibit in China and Canada and an art collector with interest in Chinese art & culture. His exhibition North End Lands at the Kobo Gallery in the International District features about 15 paintings made with traditional Chinese paint on a rice paper.

 

Where: at the Kobo at Higo Gallery; admission free. The exhibition is open from April 10 till May 16, 2009.

More: about Kazimierz Poznanski and his Chinese interests

Apr 4, noon - 7 pm: Spring Bazaar at the Polish Home

The lovely

2008 Bazaar staff

The Spring Bazaar is an annual event organized by the Ladies Auxiliary. The booths upstairs offer Polish crystal bowl and vases, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books, Easter eggs and much more. Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes served by the young waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. You can also buy home-made desserts and pastries. This is usually a crowded event, so come early.
 

The Bazaar looks for volunteers to help set it up on Friday April 3, 2009 from 8 pm and on Saturday morning. If you would like to help, please contact Piotr & Marija Horoszowski.
 

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

Apr 1, from 5 pm: John Paul II Memorial Room dedication at St. Margaret's

St. Margaret's Church invites to the dedication and blessing of the John Paul II Memorial Room. Solemn mass at the church at 5 pm with Archbishop Alex Brunett and  Monsignor Stefan Wylezek, the Foundation Administrator visiting from Rome. Dedication in the parish hall, directly following the mass. Reception in the parish hall at 7:00 is a chance to talk to both distinguished guests.

Where: St. Margaret's Church & Parish Hall in Seattle; admission free, donations appreciated

More: John Paul II Foundation

 
 

© 2009  Ryszard Kott

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