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June 2011


June 25

  Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Young Polanie at the International Festival in Leavenworth
  International Dance at the J. F. Kennedy High School in Burien

June 22

   Movie Big Brawl at the Polish Cultural Center

June 18

   Cabaret Kropka nad i at the Polish Cultural Center

June 15

   Piotr Kosinski in Concert at the Polish Cultural Center

June 13  & 14

   Polish Consul On Duty in Portland

June 12

   Honoring WWII Fighter Pilot Cpt. Herbst at the Polish Cultural Center
   Centennial Piano Concert at the Polish Library in Portland

June 11

   Centennial Ball at the Polish Library in Portland

June 5

   Movie Venice by J. J. Kolski at SIFF

June 4 & 6

   Movie Tomorrow Will Be Better at SIFF

June 4

   Young Polanie Group Performance at the St. Anthony Parish Festival
   Dedication of J. Cieslar Conference Room at the Polish Cultural Center
   Kids Day Festival at the Polish School in Surrey, BC

till July 11

   G. Bienczycki in the Performance / Art Exhibition at the City Hall Galleries

till June 3

   Poznanski Painting Exhibition at the University of Washington

Piotr Kosinski

Honoring Cpt. Herbst

Bienczycki exhibit

June 25, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Listy na wyczerpanym papierze, a collection of letters by Agnieszka Osiecka and Jeremi Przybora, published by Agora in 2010. Osiecka (d. 1997) was a poet & lyricist very popular in Poland due to her authoring lyrics to innumerable Polish hit songs. Jeremi Przybora (d. 2004) was also a lyricist, known for his collaboration with composer Jerzy Wassowski. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

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

More: about Polish Book Club

June 25, 1:30 pm: Young Polanie at the International Festival in Leavenworth

Polanie in Slask costums

Leavenworth International Dance Festival on July 25 & 26 features a great variety of folk dance troupes representing many nations, especially different European countries. The Polish Cultural Center group Young Polanie will present an hour long program that includes a medley of songs and dances from the Cracow & Slask regions of Poland on June 25.

 

Where: the Festival is in Leavenworth, WA - go for a nice trip over the mountains

More: Leavenworth International Dance Festival, for Young Polanie group contact Barbara Strutynski

June 25, from 5 pm: International Dance at the J. F. Kennedy High School in Burien

This is the 33rd International Dance staged by local clubs representing several Central & East European nations. Semi-formal attire, delicious ethnic food, live music and entertainment. Doors open at 6:30, dancing starts at 8 pm. Soft drinks available all evening. This event is co-sponsored by the Polish Home Association.

 

Where: at the John F. Kennedy High School in Burien; tickets $15; this is a BYOB event;

More: tickets available at the Polish Home on Fridays 8-10 pm, at the gate, or contact Maria Switalska at 425-226-7660 or Lucyna Blonska 206-764-7057

June 22, 7:30  pm: Polish Film Club meeting at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Film Club presents movie Big Brawl (aka Big Bust) / Wielka wsypa directed by Jan Lomnicki in 1992. This is an action packed film showing the hustle and bustle of the transformative years in Poland in late 1980s and early 1990s. Starring Jan Englert as a brazen financial crook Bronko and Krzysztof Wakulinski as a colonel of security forces who reinvents himself as his business partner in crime.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; in Polish w/ English subtitles; admission free

More: Polish Film Club,

June 18, 7 pm: Cabaret Kropka nad i at the Polish Cultural Center

Ryszard Wrzaskala

Polish Cultural Center invites everybody to a performance by a Polish cabaret from Vancouver, BC, Kropka nad i (in Polish). This classical cabaret group is led by Mrs. Krystecka. The program includes  several songs composed by Ryszard Wrzaskala, a notable pianist and composer based in Vancouver, BC who also leads the band. The restaurant & the bar will be open for the event.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home upper hall; tickets $25 regular / $22 members at the door, $15 advanced; for tickets and reservation please contactAsia Jeziorska 425-417-9548 or Renata Mroz 206-362-7917

More: Wino Kabaret & Spiew program info (PL), music by Wrzaskala

June 15, 7 pm: Piotr Kosinski in concert at the Polish Cultural Center

Piotr Kosinski

Polish Cultural Center presents The Legacy of Paderewski concert with pianist Piotr Kosinski. Mr.  Kosinski, 21, is a young pianist star from Poland and the the winner of the 2011 International Ignacy Paderewski Piano Competition in Los Angeles. The concert includes works by Chopin, Szymanowski, Liszt and Paderewski.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home upper hall; tickets $20 / $17 regular / members at the door, $15 advanced, $10 students and teenagers; for tickets and reservation please contact Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548 or Renata Mroz 206-362-7917

More: Short bio on facebook, Kosinski on Chopin Foundation site

 June 13 & 14, 9 am - 8 pm: Polish Consul On Duty in Portland

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Portland to process passport applications and to handle other issues that require Polish citizens to talk to a Polish Consul in person will be on June 13 & 14, 2011. The visit is coordinated by Mrs. Dorota Zukowska. Reservations are required to talk to the Consul.

  

Where: at the Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; reservations required - to make a reservation, please contact Mrs. Dorota Zukowska, tel.: (503) 690-5463

More: New Passport Regulations (PL)

June 12, 7 pm: Honoring WWII Fighter Pilot Cpt. Alex Herbst at the Polish Cultural Center

Cpt. Herbst, Everett 2009

Polish Cultural Center invites everybody to a late Memorial Day celebration honoring Cpt. Witold (Alex) Herbst, a distinguished WWII fighter pilot. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, Hon. Joanna Kozinska-Frybes will attend the event. Cpt. Herbst served in Great Britain with the RAF squadrons 308 & 303. The program includes a short documentary about Mr. Herbst. There will be a reception after the ceremony.

Update: Mr. Herbst has been decorated with the Cavalier Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta; the Order is awarded by the President of Poland.

 

Where: at the upper hall of the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle; admission free

More: about Cpt. Herbst, Herbst in Spitfire V, Bloody Foreigners, Untold Battle of Britain

June 12, 1:30 pm: Centennial Piano Concert at the Polish Library in Portland

The Centennial Concert concludes two days of celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Polish Library Building Association in Portland. In part I of the concert, local pianist J. Isaac Chua will play Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Beethoven. In part II, Polish-Canadian composer and pianist Ryszard Wrzaskala will perform his compositions with invited guest vocalists.

 

Where: at the Polish Hall / Polish Library in Portland, OR

More:  Portland Polonia or click on the logo to see the poster info.

June 11, 6 pm: Centennial Ball at the Polish Library in Portland

The Polonia in Portland is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Polish Library Building Association - the organization that owns and operates the Polish Library / Polish Hall in Portland. The program includes reception from 5 pm, a group picture at 5:30, official ceremony and dinner from 6 pm, and the centennial Ball starting at 8 pm with a traditional polonez. 

 

Where: at the Polish Hall / Polish Library in Portland, OR; tickets from $15 to $75

More:  Portland Polonia or click on the logo to see the poster info.

June 5, 3:30 pm: Movie Venice by J. J. Kolski at SIFF

Venice

The Seattle International Film Festival presents the feature film Venice directed by Jan Jakub Kolski. Mr. Kolski is an award winning Polish director whose movies are regularly presented at the Seattle Polish FF. Venice is a story of an imaginative boy whose dreams of going to Venice are shattered by the realities of WWI.

 

SIFF presents two Polish feature movies and three animated shorts this year from May 20 to June 6.

 

Where: Venice at AMC Pacific Place 11, at 4 pm on May 20, 9:30 pm on May 31 and at 3:30 pm on June 5  in Seattle

More: Venice at SIFF

June 4 & 6: Movie Tomorrow Will Be Better

Tomorrow Will Be Better

The Seattle International Film Festival presents feature Tomorrow Will Be Better / Jutro bedzie lepiej directed by Dorota Kedzierzawska. Ms. Kedzierzawska caught international attention with her movie Time To Die / Pora umierac (2007). Tomorrow will be better is a story of three young Ukrainian boys, age 6 to 11, who escape home to go to Poland seeking a better tomorrow.

 

SIFF presents two Polish feature movies and three animated shorts this year from May 20 to June 6.

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema in Seattle, at 4:30 pm on both June 4 & 6, 2011

More: Movie at SIFF

June 4, 10 am to 3 pm: Kids Day Festival at the Polish School in Surrey, BC

Polish Canadian Sports & Recreation Club Polonia invites all kids and parents to the Kids Day Festival with games and activities for kids of all ages. The Club invites also all children to an open arts competition  Sports in Kids Imagination with the finale at the Festival. The arts competition is sponsored by the Consul General in Vancouver and is open to kids in the state of Washington.

 

Where: at the Polish School in Surrey, 10460 139th St in Surrey, BC; Surrey is between American border and Vancouver, BC, detailed program here

More: Polonia Club website, Kids Day Festival, for arts competition contact Wojtek Ulasewicz

June 4, 2 pm: Young Polanie Group at the St. Anthony Parish in Renton

As is the tradition, the Polish Cultural Center folk dance youth group Young Polanie will perform at the St. Anthony Parish Festival in Renton. If you haven't seen the group in action, this is  your chance.

 

Where: St. Anthony Parish in Renton, admission free

More: for Young Polanie group contact Barbara Strutynski

June 4, 7 pm: Dedication of the Jan Cieslar Conference Room at the Polish Cultural Center

Jan Cieslar

Polish Home Assn. invites members and friends to a ceremony honoring the memory of Jan Cieslar. Mr  Cieslar was the pillar of the Polish community in Seattle for almost three decades after WWII when he arrived here with his family. He served as a longtime PHA president and also created and ran the Polish School in Seattle for many years. He was one of those key people to whom we owe our gratitude for the continuing existence of the Polish Hall in Seattle. A reception with vodka-tasting will follow the ceremony.   

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home conference room and restaurant

More:

Till July 11: G. Bienczycki in Performance Art Exhibition at the City Hall Galleries

by G. Bienczycki

City Hall Galleries present Performance / Art, an exhibition by a quartet of Seattle based photographers, including Gabriel Bienczycki. The exhibition photographs capture the essence of performances art in incredible lush images that both show the art and are the art. Mr. Bienczycki trained for ballet and modern dance but works as a photographer, cinematographer and audio engineer.

 

Where: Seattle City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery, from 7 am to 6 pm, Mon-Fri, till July 11.

More: exhibition site, Bienczycki bio, his Zebra Visual site

Till June 3: Poznanski paintings at the University of Washington Club

Kazimierz Dolny

by Poznanski

The University of Washington Club presents Grey Land, a painting exhibition by Kazimierz Poznanski. The exhibition includes over 20 paintings, most oil on canvas and some on rice paper, depicting mostly Northwest landscapes. Mr. Poznanski is a painter, a poet and a Professor of Economy at the Univ. of Washington, with interest in Chinese art. He has had exhibitions in US, Canada and China.

 

Where: Colleen Rohrbaugh Room at the University of Washington Club on the UW campus; admission free.

More: about Kaz Poznanski, his take on Chinese art

 
 

2011  Ryszard Kott

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