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  May 29    Book Club meeting w/ David Laskin at the Green Lake Library
  May 24   Movie The Reverse at the SIFF Cinema
  May 23   Movie Siemiany at the SIFF
  May 21    Lecture Ghost of Shakespeare in Szymborska at the UW
  A Chopin Celebration Series p. II at the Univ. Christian Church
  May 16    Salon of Poetry presents Trifles / Fraszki at the Polish Home
  Musical Picnic for Violin, Piano & Voice - part 2 at the Salon
  May 9   Leszek Mozdzer in Chopin - Impressions in Vancouver, BC
  May 7   Cyril & Methodius Day at the UW
  A Chopin Celebration Series p. I at the Univ. Christian Church
  May 2   Third of May celebrations at the Polish Home
  May 1   All You Can Eat Pierogi Fest at the Polish Home
  Polish Folk Groups perform at the Pierogi Fest
  Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Home

Polish movies at SIFF

White Eagle group at Pierogi Fest

May 29, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting w/ author David Laskin

The Polish Book Club invites to a meeting with David Laskin, the author of the book The Long Way Home. Mr. Laskin is a local journalist and author. The book tells the stories of 12 immigrants who fought for their new country during WWI w/ American Army. Two Polish-American soldiers are featured among the 12 main characters of the book. This event is in English. More: about the The Long Way Home,

 

Time allowing, the rest of the meeting would be about Gulasz z Turula by Krzysztof Varga published by Wyd. Czarne in 2008. Varga is a Polish writer, literary critic and journalist of Hungarian descent. The book is his very personal essay on Hungary, it's history, myths and traumas from Polish perspective.

 

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

More: about Gulasz z Turula, Krzysztof Varga, Polish Book Club

May 24, 9:15  pm: Movie The Reverse at the Seattle International FF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents the best movie of the 2009 Gdynia Film Festival and the Polish entry to this year’s Oscars. The Reverse (Rewers) directed by Borys Lankosz is a wry look at political oppression of 1950s Poland. It is also a bestselling book by Andrzej Bart who was screenwriter for the movie.

 

SIFF presents unprecedented 5 Polish movies this year from May 23 to June 9, 2010.

Additional screening of this movie at SIFF are scheduled on June 8 & 9, 2010.

 

Where: at the SIFF Cinema in Seattle; movie schedule

More: movie at SIFF, the movie, the book, Andrzej Bart, Polish Book Club

May 23, 6:30 pm: Movie Siemiany at the Seattle International FF

Michal Wlodarczyk

The Seattle International Film Festival presents a short Siemiany that is included in a short film package called Playing Doctor. Siemiany, a 19 min. long début directed by Philip McGoldrick set in the Polish lake district, is a story of two boy friends growing apart through their sexuality.

 

SIFF presents unprecedented 5 Polish movies this year from May 23 to June 9, 2010.

 

Where: at the SIFF Cinema in Seattle; movie schedule

More: Siemiany at SIFF, Siemiany website, Playing Doctor

May 21, 7:30 pm: Lecture The Ghost of Shakespeare in Szymborska  at the UW

Anna Frajlich

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites to a lecture The Ghost of Shakespeare in Szymborska by Dr. Anna Frajlich. Dr. Frajlich is a lecturer of Polish Language and Literature at the Columbia U. in New York and a poet herself. She will discuss Shakespearean motives in writing of Szymborska and other writers.

 

Anna Frajlich will also read her poetry (in Polish) on May 22 at 7 pm in North Seattle. If you are interested, please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska or call (206) 362-3829.

 

Where: Kane Hall, Walkes Ames Room, at the University of Washington campus in Seattle; admission free, reception to follow

More: about Anna Frajlich, UW PSEC

May 21, 7:30 pm: A Chopin Celebration Series, p. II, at the Univ. Christian Church

Mark Salman

The University Christian Church in Seattle invites to a recital series celebrating Chopin's 200th birthday and performed by Mark Salman. Mr. Salman is a renown pianist based in Seattle who performed at the Carnegie Hall and is best known for his expertise on Beethoven. The series includes three recitals. Program for part II features works from the middle of Chopin's creative life.

 

Where: at the University Christian Church in Seattle tickets $25 regular, $15 students & seniors, $60 for the series of three recitals on May 7 & 21 and June 4, 2010

More: Mark Salman bio, his website, detailed program for the recital series

May 16, 6 pm: Salon of Poetry  presents Trifles / Fraszki at the Polish Home

The Salon of Poetry in Seattle invites to an evening of epigrams & trifles about women based on the collection Z kobieta nie ma zartu. 600 lat fraszki polskiej by Jozef Bulatowicz. Part 2 of the evening is an extensive musical program that is actually a standalone concert, please check the note below. This event is in Polish.

 

This is the 5th anniversary of the Salon of Poetry in Seattle. Congratulations to Lena Wrozynski and all the friends of the Salon.

 

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

More:  Salon of Poetry, Salon Poezji

May 16, 7 pm: Musical Picnic for Violin, Piano & Voice at the Polish Home

Marzanna Bachowska

This is technically the second part of the Salon of Poetry evening but actually a separate concert. The program with Aurika Checinska-Hays (violin), Marzena Szlaga (piano) and Marzanna Bachowska (vocal) includes: Bethoven's Allegro from the Spring Sonata, V. Monti's famous Csardas, C. Bolling's Irlandaise & Sentimentale, H. Wieniawski's Romance from Concerto #2, and songs Kasztany, Kiedy mnie juz nie bedzie, Moje ostatnie bolero. The songs are in Polish.

   

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free, intro in English

More:  Salon of Poetry, Salon Poezji

May 9, 6 pm: Leszek Mozdzer in Chopin - Impressions in Vancouver, BC

Leszek Mozdzer

Leszek Mozdzer is a Polish jazz pianist and composer whose recordings are the most popular jazz albums in Poland. He is regarded as  the greatest talent of the Polish Jazz in 21st century. His recent Impressions are subtle new interpretations of Chopin's compositions that brought him both rave reviews from critics and a strong reputation as a creative artist.

 

Where: at Centennial Theatre in Vancouver, BC

More: about MozdzerMozdzer's offcial site

May 7, 7 pm: Cyril & Methodius Day aka Slavic Festival  at the UW

UW Dept of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites to a celebration of Slavic culture with great food, dancing and dance music by Orkestar RTW, performances by Doowopella group and Volya & Sevdah. This event is a fundraiser for the Slavic Dept. student scholarship fund.

 

Where: UW Center for Urban Horticulture, at the University of Washington campus in Seattle; tickets $20 advanced, $25 at the door, $10 students & seniors

More: about UW Slavic Dept, Orkestar RTW, for event info contact the Slavic Dept at (206) 543-6848 or slavicll@uw.edu.

May 7,  7:30 pm: A Chopin Celebration Series, p. I, at the Univ. Christian Church

Mark Salman

The University Christian Church in Seattle invites to a recital series celebrating Chopin's 200th birthday and performed by Mark Salman. Mr. Salman is a renown pianist based in Seattle who performed at the Carnegie Hall and is best known for his expertise on Beethoven. The series includes three recitals. Program for part I features works from Chopin's early years in Paris.

 

Where: at the University Christian Church in Seattle tickets $25 regular, $15 students & seniors, $60 for the series of three recitals on May 7 & 21 and June 4, 2010

More: Mark Salman bio, his website, detailed program for the recital series

May 2, 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, the youth group Mlodzi Polanie and the Polish Choir Vivat Musica. The restaurant at the Polish Home is open from 1 pm to 4 pm as usual on Sundays.

 

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

More: about the Constitution, Constitution source

May 1, 11:30: All You Can Eat Pierogi Fest at the Polish Home

All you can eat!

White Eagle, Victoria

Young Polanie in Silesian costumes

It's the annual pierogi (Polish dumplings) extravaganza that includes several different kinds of pierogi: meat, potato & cheese, sauerkraut & mushrooms, blueberries, plum etc. Free attractions include: folk group performances, craft workshops (make your own pierogi!), animation movies & children activities. You can eat leisurely, listen to Polish music and have a good time. Also available: beer, wine as well as coffee, soft drinks and homemade desserts (not included in the admission price).

 

Performances by:

    1:30 pm White Eagle (Victoria, BC) - music and songs of Podhale & Tatra Mtns

    2:00 pm, Polish Choir Vivat Musica (Seattle) - Polish folk songs

    3:00 pm Young Polanie  (Seattle) - Silesian dance medley & dance-along

                                 come to learn how to dance Troyak!

     3:30 pm White Eagle (Victoria, BC) - music and songs of Podhale & Tatra Mtns

 

Polish Book & CD sale goes at the same time along with Bric-a-Brac sale.

 

Volunteers still needed to run the event! Used books & CDs needed for the book sale; bric-a-brack anything wanted, for the Bric-a-Brac sale! Please help making this a fantastic event by volunteering or by donating items to the sales - just bring them in to the Polish Home on Friday or contact Martha Golubiec (206) 935-7535.

 

Where: at the Polish Home - All You Can Eat event at the lower hall; tickets $16 regular, $8 children up to 11; tots up to 3 years old free; additional programs upstairs, admission free

More: 2010 Pierogi Fest program, 2010 volunteer opportunities

May 1, noon - 4 pm: Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Home

This event that is a part of the Pierogi Fest features usually a lot of new and second-hand books and albums in Polish, bi-lingual or in English on Polish topics as well as Polish CDs and DVDs - most at very affordable prices!

   

Where: at the Polish Home upper hall; admission free

More: Polish Home asks for donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sale. Please bring them to the PH on Friday night and leave them at the gate or call Martha Golubiec (206) 935-7535.

 
 

© 2010  Ryszard Kott

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