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May 2011


May 31

  Movie Venice by J. J. Kolski at SIFF
May 29-30   Move The Rescuers at SIFF
May 29   Polish Force NW team in the Ski To Sea Race

May 28

  Shorts The Gallery and Paths of Hate at SIFF

May 26

  Animated movie Maska by Brothers Quay at SIFF
May 22   Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Polish Cultural Center
May 21   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library

May 20

  Movie Venice by J. J. Kolski at SIFF
  UW Center for Commercialization Presentation at the Polish Cultural Center
May 19   Lecture Auschwitz in Communist Poland at the UW
May 18   Movie Oskar at the Polish Cultural Center
May 16 - Jul 11   G. Bienczycki in the Performance / Art Exhibition at the City Hall Galleries
May 15   Carnival Party for Kids at the Polish Cultural Center
May 14   Let's Party! at the Polish Cultural Center
May 11   Tea & coffee social meeting at the Polish Home Library
May 10   IRA Rollover and Investing Strategies at the Polish Cultural Center
May 7   All You Can Eat Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center
  Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Cultural Center
  Marcin Dylla in a Classic Guitar Concert at Benaroya
May 5   Lecture Expanding the Imagination by R. Horowitz at the UW
May 2 - 31   Horowitz exhibit Expanding the Imagination at the UW Odegaard Library
May 2   Movie Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers on PBS
May 1   Unveiling of a John Paul II Statue at St. Margaret's Church
Apr 25 - Jun 3   Poznanski Painting Exhibition at the University of Washington

Polish movies at SIFF

Polish Force NW

Statue unveiled

Pierogi Fest

May 31, 9:30 pm: Movie Venice by J. J. Kolski at SIFF

Venice

The Seattle International Film Festival presents 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

May 29 & 30: Movie The Rescuers at SIFF

Henryk Slawik

The Seattle International Film Festival presents a documentary The Rescuers directed by Michael King. This American movie follows Rwandan anti-genocide activist Stephanie Nyombaire in her quest to understand WWII Holocaust rescuers. Among  several rescuer profiles in the movie is that of Henryk Slawik - a Polish WWII diplomat in Budapest who rescued about 5,000 Polish and Hungarian Jews with false ID documents. Arrested by the Germans, Slawik died in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

 

Where: at Harvard Exit Theater in Seattle, 10 am on May 29 and 4 pm on May 30.

More: Henryk Slawik, Movie synopsis, movie at SIFF

May 29: Polish Force NW in the Ski To Sea Race

Darek Stuj

The Ski to Sea Race is a seven-legged, 100-mile long multi-event competition that starts on Mt. Baker  and extends all the way to Bellingham Bay with the finish on the shores of Marine Park in Fairhaven. The legs of the race are: cross country skiing, downhill skiing, running, bicycling, canoeing, mountain biking, and finally kayaking. Polish Force NW is a local team led by Marek Wencel. Please come to cheer the first ever Polish team in this race at the leg transition zones and the finish line in Fairhaven.

 

Where: Mt. Baker to Bellingham in Whatcom county, throughout the day; check with the event site and the team site when & where to show up, basic map is here

More: Ski To Sea website, Polish team website, Marek and his passionMarek Wencel, 206-227-3788

May 28,  9:30 pm: Short animated movies The Gallery and Paths of Hate at SIFF

The Glallery

The Seattle International Film Festival presents two short animated movies, The Gallery directed by  Robert Proch and Paths of Hate directed by Damian Nenow. Both come as part of the program Animation United

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

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema in Seattle, screened with the program Animation United.

More: Animation United at SIFF

May 26, 9:30 pm: Animated movie Maska at SIFF

Maska

The Seattle International Film Festival presents an animated movie Maska (Mask, 24') directed by  Stephen & Timothy Quay. The movie produced by Zbigniew Zmudzki with music by  K. Penderecki is based on a story by Stanislaw Lem. Brothers Quay rank among the most remarkable animators in the world; they have created movies to prose by Bruno Schultz (Street of Crocodiles) and by Franz Kafka. 

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

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema in Seattle, screened with the program ALT Animation.

More: Maska at SIFF, Movie trailer, Brothers Quay

May 22, 1:30 pm: Polish Story Time Poczytajki at the Polish Cultural Center

Joanna Wroblewska

The Library at the Polish Cultural Center invites you to the Polish Story Time Poczytajki for the youngest members of the Polish community. In this meeting: playing, dancing and drawing along with reading and all of it in Polish. You can also borrow Polish children books & movies for use at home. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska and the Polish Library.

 

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

More: Poczytajki at the Polish Library, Joanna Wroblewska, Poczytajki blog,

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

May 21, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

Czeslaw Milosz

This being the Year of Milosz, the book for the meeting is Zniewolony umysl / The Captive Mind, by Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), the Nobel prize winning Polish poet and writer. Zniewolony umysl is his classic and timeless book-length essay on ethics dilemmas in face of a totalitarian regime based on his first hand experience of both Nazism and Communism, as well as a devastating study of inner workings of the Stalinist regime in Poland. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

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

More: about Milosz, book, Polish Book Club

May 20, 4 pm: Movie Venice by J. J. Kolski at SIFF

Venice

The Seattle International Film Festival presents feature 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: AMC Pacific Place 11 in Seattle, at 4 pm on May 20, 9:30 pm on May 31 and at 3:30 pm on June 5

More: Venice at SIFF

May 20, 6:30 pm: UW Center for Commercialization Presentation at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest invites everybody interested to a presentation by Chris Igielski about the University of Washington Center for Commercialization (C4C).  Mr. Igielski is a C4C UW Industry Relation Officer for Economic Development.

   

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

More: UW C4C, PACC PNW

May 19, 2:30 pm: Lecture Auschwitz in Communist Poland by J. Huener at the UW

UW Jackson School of International Studies presents a lecture Auschwitz And The Politics of Memory in Communist Poland by Prof. Jonathan Huener. The lecture discusses the history of the notorious Nazi camp as a memorial site in the postwar Communist Poland and also describes more recent controversy related to landscaping and exhibits at the site. Dr. Huener is an associate professor of History at the Univ. of Vermont.

 

Where: Allen Auditorium, Allen Library at the Univ. of Washington campus; admission free

More: Ellison Center events calendar

May 18, 7:30  pm: Polish Film Club meeting at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Film Club presents TV movie Oskar directed by Marek Piwowski in 2005. The film is a moving story of a ten-year old boy dying from cancer and his conversations with a hospice volunteer who helps him cope with his imminent death. Marek Piwowski is the director of the cult-famous A Trip Down the River / Rejs made in 1970. Bonus: Piwowski's documentary Kirk about Kirk Douglas and his visit in Lodz.

 

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

More: Marek Piwowski bioPolish Film Club,

May 16 - 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 audioengineer.

 

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

May 15, noon - 4 pm: Carnival party for kids at the Polish Cultural Center

Carnival in May! The Polish School in Seattle invites every kid around to a traditional carnival party for children from noon till 4 pm at the Polish Home. It will feature games and competitions with awards, dancing & signing and a raffle. There will also be a dinner and desserts available at very reasonable prices! All the proceeds go to the benefit of the Polish School in Seattle.

Where: at the Polish Home, admission free; dinner $12 / $6 regular / half portion

More: party poster, contact to School Principal Paul Griffin (206) 937-0614

May 14,  8 pm: Spring Dance Party at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center invites everybody to a spring dance party. Music by DJ Filip. The restaurant will be open from 6 pm to 10 pm; the bar opens at 7 pm.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $15 PHA members, $20 non-members

More: for reservations contact Maria Switalska at (425) 226-7660 or Lucyna Blonska at (206) 764-7057

Apr 11, 6:30 pm: Tea & Coffee Social Meeting at the Polish Home Library

The Polish Home Library invites everybody to a social meeting with tea & coffee at the new Library upstairs. Come join others for a lively discussion over tea and coffee. We will chat on books as well as other topics. Open to everyone, especially to older Polish community members. Organized and moderated by Monika Oczkowska-McNeal a volunteer at Polish Home Library. Admission, tea and snacks free.

 

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

More: Polish Library events in April (PL), contact to Monika Oczkowska-McNeal

May 10, from 6:30 pm: IRA Rollover and Investing Strategies at the Polish Cultural Center

Merrill Lynch invites you to a complimentary dinner seminar on retirement planning & financial strategies related to retirements, including IRA rollovers. Presenters include Len Radziwanowicz, a senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and member of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific NW. Dinner served at 6:30 pm, presentations starts about 6:45.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; admission free, but RSVP required. to make a reservation, contact Celina Bradshaw at (206) 464-2844.

More: seminar invite & info, Len Radziwanowicz, PACC

May 7, 11:30 - 4 pm: All You Can Eat Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center

All you can eat!

Polonez in action

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). On sale: Polish cutout art, Polish folk costumes, Boleslawiec Pottery, pierogi soap & pierogi pins!

 

Folk group performances:

         1:00 pm Polonez Dance Group, Vancouver, BC

                             folk dance medley #1: Polonez, Kurpiovski, Mazur & Novosadecki dances

         1:30 pm Polish Choir Vivat Musica, Seattle

         2:00 pm Polonez Dance Group, Vancouver, BC

                             folk dance medley #1: Polonez, Kurpiovski, Mazur & Novosadecki dances

         2:30 pm Young Polanie, Polish children folk group, Seattle,

                                       in a Krakoviak medley & teaching krakoviak

         3:00 pm Polonez Dance Group, Vancouver, BC

                                folk dance medley #2: Lovickie & Lubelskie dances

 

Volunteers still needed to run the event! Please help making this a fantastic event

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / 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: 2011 Pierogi Fest program, 2011 volunteer opportunities

May 7, noon - 4 pm: Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Cultural Center

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 Cultural Center / 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.

May 7, 7:30 pm: Marcin Dylla in a Classical Guitar Concert at Benaroya

Marcin Dylla

Seattle Classic Guitar Society invites to a concert in the International Guitar Series by the Polish master Marcin Dylla. Mr. Dylla, hailed by Washington Post as the most gifted guitarist on the planet, won a slew of international competition awards, including the Gold Medal at the prestigious 2007 Am. Guitar Foundation International Competition.

 

Where: at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall; regular tickets $30 - ticket info at the bottom of the series info page

More: Marcin Dylla website, SCGS and the International Guitar Series

May 5, 7:30 pm: Lecture Expanding the Imagination by R. Horowitz at the UW

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites to a Distinguished Speaker Series lecture Expanding the Imagination by Ryszard Horowitz. Mr. Horowitz is a  photographer and graphic designer famous as a pioneer of a novel approach to photography that uses special effects to create surrealistic and quirky works of art. Please see a note about his exhibition at the UW.

 

Where: room 110, Kane Hall at the Univ. of Washington campus; admission free, reception to follow; a book for signing will be available for $50

More: Ryszard Horowitz & his site, sampler of his art, Seattle events flyer, UW PSEC

May 2-31, Photo Exhibit Expanding the Imagination at the UW

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites to a photo exhibit Expanding the Imagination, featuring the unique photo art works by Ryszard Horowitz.  Mr. Horowitz comes to Seattle as a lecturer in the Distinguished Speaker Series organized by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee (please see separate a note about his lecture. Exhibition features many of Mr. Horowitz's art creations that mix traditional photography with computer effects and surrealistic visions.

 

Where: Odegaard Library, second floor at the University of Washington campus; admission free

More: Ryszard Horowitz & his site, sampler of his art, Seattle events flyer, UW PSEC

May 2, 10:00 pm: Movie Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers  on PBS

Irena Sendler, 1943

This documentary film tells the true story of Irena Sendler, the Polish heroine who ran a Polish resistance operation during WWII and saved about 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler was captured by the Gestapo but miraculously survived. The movie directed by Mary Skinner in 2010 includes interviews with 95 years old Ms. Sendler.

 

Where: On PBS channel (KCTS 9) Seattle & Yakima, check your local listings in other areas

More: movie website, Irena Sendler honored by the US Congress, Sendler bio

May 1, from 2 pm: Unveiling of John Paul II Statue at St. Margaret's Church

Pope John Paul II

The Polish Parish in Seattle and the John Paul II Foundation in Seattle invite everybody to the ceremony of unveiling of a statue honoring Pope John Paul II. Also on May 1st, Karol Wojtyla will be beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in a ceremony in Rome. The 7-foot tall statue from stainless steel was designed and created by Polish artist Wiktor Szostalo. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, Hon. Joanna Kozinska-Frybes will attend the ceremony in Seattle.

 

The program includes

    2 pm:      A solemn mass celebrated by Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle

    following: Unveiling and blessing of the monument next to the church

 

Where: St. Margaretís Catholic Church in Seattle;

More: St. Margaretís Catholic Church, more about the statue - funds are still needed to pay for it

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 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