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March 2011


  Mar 21 & 22   Polish Consul in Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center
  Mar 20   Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Polish Cultural Center
  Movie 100 Voices: A Journey Home at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival
  Mar 19   Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Mar 18   Open house with tea & coffee at the Polish Home Library
  Mar 17   Band Kombi in concert at the Polish Cultural Center
  Mar 16   Garrick Ohlsson in concert at the UW Meany Hall
  Polish paper cutting workshop at the Polish Cultural Center
  Marcel Lozinski documentaries  at the Polish Cultural Center
  Mar 15   Movie A Film Unfinished at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival
  Mar 12   A Polish-American Ski Day at Alpental
  Mar 11 & 18   Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Bellevue Library
  Mar 10   A. Zubel and Seattle Chamber Players in Chapel Performance Space in Seattle
  Mar 6   Ch. Bowlby in a Chopin concert at the Frye Art Museum
  Bronek Czech Memorial Cup on Mt. Seymour / Vancouver, BC
  Mar 5-6   UWPSEC opera & reception with Malgorzata Walewska in Seattle
  Mar 5   Biesiada concert with Vivat Musica! at the Polish Cultural Center

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Lozinski documentaries

Agata Zubel in concert

 Mar 21 & 22, 9 am - 7 pm: Polish Consul in Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle to process passport applications and to handle other issues that require Polish citizens to talk to a Polish Consul in person will happen on March 21 & 22, 2011. The visit is coordinated by Mr. Marian Strutynski. Reservations are required to talk to the Consul. Please see the detailed information about the visit in Polish.

Update: the reservation list was extended, but as of March 3, there are no places available on the list. The next chance to file an application near Seattle will be in Portland, OR - likely not earlier than in June.

  

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle; reservations required - to make a reservation, please follow detailed information about the visit (PL).

More: New Passport Regulations (PL), contact to Mr. Strutynski, or tel. 425-746-3037.

Mar 20, 12:30 pm: Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Polish Cultural Center

Joanna Wroblewska

The Library at the Polish Cultural Center has the pleasure to invite to the Polish Story Time Poczytajki for kids. Polish children books and stories are read to kids from kindergarten and early elementary grades. In this meeting: children poems, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska and the Polish Library. Polish children books & movies available right there.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle; admission free, in Polish

More: Joanna Wroblewska, Poczytajki blog

Note: Please see a note about Poczytajki at the Bellevue Library.

Mar 20,  7:30 pm: 100 Voices: A Journey Home at the Settle Jewish Film Festival

Seattle Jewish Film Festival presents a documentary movie 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010) directed by Matthew Asner and Danny Gold. The movie follows a musical voyage by a group of world's finest cantors to Poland, the birthplace of chazanut liturgical signing. This trip of reconciliation included concerts with Polish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra in Warsaw, Cracow and Auschwitz. The film also includes footage of greatest cantors of the past.   

  

Where: SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center; in English, Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish, w/ English subtitles; tickets $11 regular, $8 discounted

More: 100 Voices at SJFF, movie website, SJFF

Mar 19, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Piaskowa gora by Joanna Bator published by WAB in 2009. Bator, 32, is a scholar and philosopher as well as an essayist and writer. Piaskowa gora, a different take on Silesian life and diversity than presented by Kutz, is her second novel. The book won a nomination to the Nike award. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

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

More: about book, article about the book (PL), Bator, Polish Book Club

Mar 18, 10 am: Tea & coffee meeting at the Polish Home Library

The Polish Home Library invites everybody to a social meeting with tea & coffee at the new Library upstairs. The purpose is to chat informally about books, life and other topics while having a good time over tea and pastries. The invitation is open to everybody, especially to older members of the Polish community. Organized & moderated by Monika Oczkowska-McNeal.

 

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

More: contact to Monika Oczkowska-McNeal

Mar 17, 7:30 pm: Band Kombii in concert at the Polish Cultural Center

Kombii is a popular Polish pop band created in 2003 by old members of the very popular Kombi band that was playing first rock and then pop from 1976 to 1993. Kombii, with Bartosz Wielgosz and Adam Tkaczyk, established themselves as a popular band in its own right issuing a new CD every couple of years; their last CD is called O milosci (2010).

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $35 advanced, $40 at the door; for tickets & info call Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548 or Renata Mroz 206-362-7917.

         There is also a Kombii concert in Vancouver, BC on Mar 18, 2011.

More: Kombii site (PL), Kombii and Kombi on Wikipedia

Mar 16, 8 pm: Garrick Ohlsson in Concert at the UW Meany Hall

Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson is an excellent pianist and the only American to ever win the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (in 1970). His program at the MeanyHall features Frederic Chopin's nocturne, five etudes, polonez, mazurka and scherzo as well as excerpts from Goyescas, La Fandango de Candil, Qujas.. and El Pelele by the Catalan composer Enrique Granados.

 

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

More: OhlssonOhlsson at Meany, Enrique Granados

Mar 16, 7 pm: Paper cutting workshop at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center offers monthly Wycinanki workshops, on every 3rd Wednesday,  teaching the old art of Polish paper cutting. Learn about this beautiful art form along with tips and techniques to complete your own wycinanki projects. Materials are included and cutting tools will be available during the class. Gather some friends for an evening of fun - bring your creativity, passion and patience!

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; $15 fee covers all the materials and tools for the workshop. $8 fee for returning students.

More: about workshops, for reservations please contact Alisa Lahti or call 206-499-5367.

Mar 16, 7:30  pm: Polish Film Club meeting at the Polish Cultural Center

Marcel Lozinski

Polish Film Club presents a screening of three documentaries by a master of the genre, and a recipient of many international awards, dir. Marcel Lozinski. The program includes Wizyta / The Visit (1974, 16'), Krol / The King (1974, 7') and Zeby nie bolalo / So It Doesn't Hurt (1998, 47'). The juxtaposition of two movies with the same heroine but separated by 24 years of time (The Visit vs. So It Doesn't Hurt), is an illustration of the frequent documentalist's dilemma of how much he should show.

 

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

More: Marcel LozinskiPolish Film Club,

Mar 15,  9:30 pm: A Film Unfinished at the Settle Jewish Film Festival

Seattle Jewish Film Festival presents a documentary movie A Film Unfinished (2010) directed by Yael Hersonski. The movie juxtaposes extensive footage from an unfinished Nazi WWII propaganda movie Das Ghetto about the Warsaw Ghetto with interviews with surviving "actors" and modern commentary. This provides insights not only about Nazi state of mind behind the propaganda but also about our way of trusting photographic images from the past.   

  

Where: SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center; in German, Polish, Hebrew & Yiddish, with English subtitles; tickets $11 regular, $8 discounted

More:  A Film Unfinished at SJFF, movie website, SJFF

Mar 12, all day: A Polish-American Ski Day at Alpental

A group of young Polish snow fanatics is inviting everybody to the Second Annual Polish-American Ski Day at Alpental. Skiers & snowboarders, kids on sleds and everybody young or old is invited to participate and socialize in the fresh air. Please bring your own kielbasa to smoke at the Ognisko (a fire pit)

 

Where: meeting at a fire pit in front of the lodge at the Alpental Ski resort at Snoqualmie Pass, WA.

More: contact to Kasia Pawluskiewicz, YouTube video from the 2010 event

Mar 11 & 18, 4 pm: Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Bellevue Library

Joanna Wroblewska

This is a meeting of the Polish Story Time Poczytajki for kids - Polish children books and stories are read to kids from kindergarten and early elementary grades. In this meeting: children poems, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska with the help of the King County Public Libraries.

 

Where: at the Bellevue Regional Library in Bellevue; admission free, in Polish

More: Joanna Wroblewska, Poczytajki blog

Note: Poczytajki in Bellevue is mostly a weekly event with some weeks off. March meetings are on Mar 11 & 18, 2011. April meetings are on Apr 1, 8, 15.

Mar 10, 8 pm: A. Zubel and Seattle Chamber Players at Chapel Performance Place

Agata Zubel

Agata Zubel is a Polish composer and a vocalist (soprano) based in Wroclaw, Poland. Fresh from San Francisco's Other Minds Festival of New Music, she comes back to Seattle for a solo concert with Seattle Chamber Players. The program includes two compositions by Zubel: Parlando for voice & computer and Cascando for voice, clarinet, violin and cello as well as compositions by three other modern composers.

 

Where: Chapel Performance Place in Seattle (Wallingford); tickets $15

More: Agata Zubel, Concert in Seattle, Zubel in America Seattle Chamber Players

Mar 6, all day: Bronek Czech Memorial Cup on Mount Seymour / Vancouver, BC

This is the 8th edition of the very popular Bronislaw Czech Memorial Cup organized by the Polonia of Vancouver, BC. This ski and snowboard competition has divisions for children and teenagers of different ages as well as all-family categories. Bronislaw Czech was a famous Polish skier and Olympian before WWII and a patriot who served as an underground courier over Tatra mountains. Sponsored by the Polish Consulate General in Vancouver, BC and a host of Polish-Canadian businesses.

 

Where: On Mount Seymour, Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Vancouver, BC; reservations and info at www.epizod.org, tel. 604-431-8401, or 604-574-6145; tickets - see leaflet info

More:  Bronislaw Czech, 2011 BCMC Poster, 2011 BCMC Brochure (PL)

Mar 6, 3 pm: Ch. Bowlby in a Chopin concert at the Frye Art Museum

Christopher Bowlby

The Seattle International Piano Festival presents Dance and Poetry - The Music of Frederic Chopin, a concert by local pianist Christopher Bowlby. The program includes Chopin's polonaises, mazurkas, four ballads and other works. Dr. Bowlby, formerly on faculty of the Shoreline College and the UW, is the co-founder of the Chopin Academy of Music and a vice-president of SIPF.

   

Where: the Frye Art Museum in Seattle; tickets $20 regular, $15 students & seniors

More: bout  SIPF, Christopher Bowlby, Chopin Academy of Music

Mar 5-6: UW PSEC opera & reception with Malgorzata Walewska in Seattle

Malgorzata Walewska

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites everybody to a night at the opera to enjoy Malgorzata Walewska in Don Quixote by Jules Massenet and then to a private reception with the Polish mezzo-soprano. Please see another note for info about Ms. Walewska in Don Quixote. The reception is a fundraiser organized by the UW PSEC to support Polish Studies at the University of Washington.

 

Where: reception at a private residence in Seattle, by reservation only; donation $100 per person covers a ticket to the Opera on Mar 5, at 7:30 pm and a reception reservation for Mar 6 at 3 pm; reservations Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska (206) 362-3829

More: Malgorzata Walewska's site, Don Quixote in Seattle, UW PSEC

Mar 5, 7 pm: Biesiada concert with Vivat Musica! at the Polish Cultural Center

Vivat Musica

The Polish Choir Vivat Musica invites everyone to a Biesiada concert Cala sala spiewa z nami (in Polish). This will be another great sing-along evening as the program includes favorite melodies as requested by the audience! Come enjoy Biesiada songs and other Polish favorites. Good food & wine available - the bar and the restaurant will be open from 5 pm.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $15 include a glass of wine per ticket; tickets at the Polish Home on Fridays or contact Anna Borodenko  tel.425-280-4858 or Barbara Niesulowski, tel.206-434-6106 for table reservations.

More: contact for the Choir Barbara Niesulowski

 
 

2011  Ryszard Kott

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