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October 2011


  Oct 29

  Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library

Oct 28 / 29

  UWPSEC opera & reception with Malgorzata Walewska in Seattle

Oct 28

  Movie Goodbye, Till Tomorrow at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 26   Tea & coffee social meeting at the Polish Home Library
  Poetic Spectacle Ciemna milosc wlasna at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 25

  Jacek Stachurski Show & After Show at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 24

  Portland Polonia History Presentation in Portland

Oct 23

  Jan Pietrzak Cabaret at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 22

  Polish Story Time Poczytajka at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 21 & 23

  Malgorzata. Walewska in Carmen at the Opera
  Poetic Spectacle Ciemna milosc wlasna in Victoria & Coquitlam, BC

Oct 16

  The 2011 Cornucopia Harvest Ball at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 9

  2011 Chopin Festival Winners in Recital at St. Thomas Church in Medina

Oct 8

  Polish Parliamentary Elections at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 5

  An Evening with Basia at the Triple Door

Oct 2

  Fundraising Concert to Build a Masai Orphanage at the Polish Cultural Center

Oct 1

  Biesiada concert Piosenki Harcerskie at the Polish Cultural Center

Till Oct 15

  New works in glass by Anna Skibska at the Pacini Lubel Gallery

Pietrzak Cabaret

Zelnik recites Milosz

Walewska in Carmen

Oct  29, 11 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Tysiac spokojnych miast by Jerzy Pilch, published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in 2009 (first edition 2002). Pilch, 59, is a contemporary author whose Pod mocnym aniolem won the Nike in 2001. The book is a classic Pilch - ironic and funny, with a storyline revolving around a zany plot to assassinate secretary Wladyslaw Gomulka, it nevertheless is a vivid portrait of Polish society in the 60s. Pilch's books are available on Amazon etc. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

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

More: about Jerzy Pilch, Polish Book Club

Oct  28-29: 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 Carmen by Georges Bizet and then to a private reception with the Polish mezzo-soprano. Please see another note for info about Ms. Walewska in Carmen. 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 Oct 28 at 7:30 pm (it is a special performance for groups only) and a reception reservation for Oct 29 at 3 pm; for reservations contact Krystyna Untersteiner or call (206) 526-2981 deadline for reservations Oct 8, 2011

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

Oct 28, 8 pm: Movie Goodbye, Till Tomorrow at the Polish Cultural Center

Teresa Tuszynska

The Polish Film Club presents Goodbye, Till Tomorrow / Do widzenia, do jutra - a 1960 movie directed by Janusz Morgenstern. The movie featuring a stellar cast that includes Zbigniew Cybulski & Teresa Tuszynska as well as music by Krzysztof Komeda captures the cultural phenomenon of the famous student theater Bim-Bom in Gdansk. The film won awards at the IFFs in Stratford and Melbourne.

  

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

More: about the movie (PL), Polish Film Club

Oct 26, 6:30 pm - 8 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 October (PL), Polish Library blog site (PL), contact to Monika Oczkowska-McNeal

Oct 26, 7:30 pm: Poetic Spectacle Ciemna milosc wlasna at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center presents a poetic spectacle Ciemna milosc wlasna celebrating Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz and his poetry. The program features an accomplished Polish actor Jerzy Zelnik reciting poetry to Polish jazz music. This event has been endorsed and supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver, BC. This event is in Polish

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $25 advanced, $30 at the door; for tickets & info call Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548 or Renata Mroz 206-362-7917.

More: about the spectacle (PL)

Oct 25, 7:30 pm: Jacek Stachursky Show at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center presents Jacek Stachurski Show & After Show. Mr Stachurski, 45 is a popular singer who also played in movies. He owns several golden and platinum discs for his CDs with easy pop music. His latest CDs are The Very Best Of (2011) and Wspaniale polskie przeboje (2010). This program is in Polish.

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $25 advanced, $30 at the door; for tickets & info call Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548 or Renata Mroz 206-362-7917.

More: about Jacek Stachurski(PL), his site (PL), Stachurski on YouTube

Oct 24, 7 pm: Portland Polonia History Presentation in Portland

McMenamis Kennedy Elementary School and the Polish Community of Portland invite to a public presentation by Paula Kamienski Gadomski and Tim Hill on A History of Portland's Polish Community and the Polish Roots of the White Eagle Saloon. Ms. Kamienski Gadomski is an educator and public speaker as well as a long time local Polish activist, Mr. Tim Hill is a McMenamins historian.

 

Where: McMenamis Kennedy School in Portland; admission free

More: Portland Polonia website

Oct 23, 7 pm: Jan Pietrzak Cabaret at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center presents one of the best cabaret actors and standup comedians, Jan Pietrzak, in his program Czlowiek z kabaretu.  Mr. Pietrzak, who founded and still runs the famous Kabaret pod Egida in Warsaw, returns to Seattle during his American west coast tour. The restaurant at the Polish Home will be open from 6 pm. This program is in Polish.

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $25 advanced, $30 at the door; for tickets & info call Asia Jeziorska 425-417-9548 or Renata Mroz 206-362-7917.

More: Jan Pietrzak site (PL)

Oct 22, 11 am: Polish Story Time Poczytajka at the Polish Cultural Center

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 Monika Oczkowska-McNeal and the Polish Library.

 

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

More: Poczytajki at the Polish Library, Poczytajki blog,

Oct 21, 23 & 28: Malgorzata Walewska in Carmen at the Opera

Malgorzata Walewska

Ms. Malgorzata Walewska, a stunning Polish mezzo-soprano, has become a Seattle Opera regular, she last performed here in February & March 2011. In Carmen by Georges Bizet she sings the title famme fatale role. Ms. Walewska performed major roles in Europe and the USA; she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and in Seattle in 2008.

Also: Please see a note about a reception with Ms. Walewska.

 

Where: Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall; Ms. Walewska is scheduled to sing on October 21, 23 & 28

More: Malgorzata Walewska's site, Carmen in Seattle

Oct 21 & 23: Poetic Spectacle Ciemna milosc wlasna in Vicoria & Coquitlam, BC

The Consulate General of Poland in Vancouver, BV invite to a poetic spectacle celebrating Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz and his poetry. Part I of the spectacle, Ciemna milosc wlasna, features an accomplished Polish actor Jerzy Zelnik and jazz music, part II, Gdzie slonce wschodzi i kedy zapada, features an ensemble of actors directed by Kasia Marzencka. In Polish

 

Where: Studio Theatre Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam / Vancouver, BC on Oct 23 at 6 pm, and also at the Polish White Eagle Hall in Victoria, BC on Oct 21, 2011. In Polish.

More: about the spectacle (PL)

Oct 21, 6-8 pm: Pierogi sale at the Polish Cultural Center

Pierogi special: frozen pierogi (Polish dumplings) on sale at the Polish Cultural Center. The following kinds of pierogi will be available: meat, potato & cheese, kraut & mushroom, blueberry and plum. Price per a package of 12 is $6.

 

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

More: Polish Home Association,

Oct 16, from 5 pm: The 2011 Cornucopia Harvest Ball at the Polish Cultural Center

Dance For Joy presents The 2011 Cornucopia Harvest Ball - a black tie ball that bills itself as a richly elegant evening of music, dance and culinary delights. This includes heavy hors d'oeuvres & fine desserts; no-host bar with wine, Polish beer and alcoholic cider. Music by The Cornucopia Orchestra includes waltzing, swing, tango, polka, one step and more. Sponsored and MC'ed by Dace For Joy.

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $70 per person, $40 student w/ valid ID; for info contact Paul Griffin or Lilli Ann at 206-264-5646. Reservations online at Dance For Joy, not tickets at the door.

More: this is a Dance For Joy black tie ball see detailed info here

Oct 9, 1:30 pm: 2011 Chopin Festival Winners in Recital at St. Thomas Church in Medina

Frederic Chopin

The NW Council of the Chopin Foundation presents a recital with division winners of the 2011 Chopin Festival in Seattle held in February. Concerto Division Winner Christopher Lu will be joined by DivisionD winners Conrad Sheridan and Toni McFall. Organized by the Northwest Council of the Chopin Foundation of the United States.

 

Where: at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, WA; admission free

More: Chopin Foundation NW, 2011 Chopin Festival

Oct 8, 7 am - 9 pm: Polish Parliamentary Elections at the Polish Cultural Center

The parliamentary elections in Poland have been called for October 9, 2011. In Seattle, there will be a polling station for Polish citizens at the Polish Cultural Center; voting in the United States is set on October 8. If you want to vote, you have to register - please read the election guide for Seattle (in Polish).

Please note the registration deadlines: September 26 for voting by mail, October 6, 4:15 pm (PST) for voting in person.

 

Update: there were 167 registered voters in Seattle, 146 of them voted. House / Sejm results: PiS 45%, PO 38.6%, Senate results: PO 56.4%, PiS 43.6%. Full local results here

 

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

More:  Election guide for Seattle (in Polish), Elections FAQ (in English)

Oct 5, 7:30 pm: An Evening with Basia at the Triple Door

Basia Trzetrzelewska

Basia Trzetrzelewska, an accomplished and beloved jazz-pop singer, comes back to Seattle again in October. She started with Matt Bianco group to switch to a solo career as a jazz vocalist with such albums as Time and Tide (1988) or London, Warsaw, New York (1990) and Matt's Mood (2005) that topped Contemporary Jazz album charts. Her latest album is From Newport to London, created with keyboardist Danny White.

 

Where: The Triple Door in Seattle; tickets $25, $30 & $35; Basia is also giving a concert at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, OR on Oct 4, 2011.

More: Basia at the Triple Door & bio Basia's site,

Oct 2, 2:30 pm: Fundraising Concert to Build a Masai Orphanage at the Polish Cultural Center

Rainbow of Magnolia Fountains of Life & Chopin Academy of Music invite to a fundraising concert to build an orphanage in a Masai village in Tanzania for local children orphaned due to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The program includes Bach's Sonata for Keyboard and Violin in C minor, Chopin's ballades op.37 & op.52 and Schuman's Carnaval op.9 performed by pianists Ivona Kaminska, Christopher Bowlby and William C. Nyaho and violinist Miodrag Vaselinovic.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; suggested donation $30

More:  Rainbow of Magnolia Fountains of Life, Ivona Kaminska, Miodrag VeselinovicWilliam Chapman Nyaho, Chopin Academy of Music,

Oct 1, 7 pm: Biesiada concert Piosenki harcerskie at the Polish Cultural Center

Vivat Musica

The Polish Scout Troop Kaszuby and the Polish Choir Vivat Musica invite everyone to a Biesiada concert Piosenki Harcerskie (Scout songs). Another great sing-along evening will also include favorite melodies as requested by the audience! Come enjoy Plonie ognisko and other Polish scout favorites. Good food & wine - great food prepared by scout parents available  from 5 pm.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home; tickets $20 PHA members, $25 others, include a snack and a glass of wine; available at the Polish Home on Fridays or contact Anna Borodenko  tel.425-280-4858, Iwona Bernacki (425) 802-7136  Henia Posłuszny (206) 229-7559  Wojtek Las (206) 229-0164 for table reservations.

More: contact for the Choir Barbara Niesulowski

Till Oct 15:  New works in glass by Anna Skibska at the Pacini Lubel Gallery

Ms. Anna Skibska is an internationally acclaimed artist working primarily in glass. She is a longtime Seattle resident and a graduate of the Arts Academy in Wroclaw, Poland. The exhibition at the Pacini Lubel Gallery titled Where is d. gold fish? features new works by Anna Skibska and Meg Holgate. The exhibition is open till October 15, 2011.

 

Where: at the Pacini Lubel Gallery in downtown Seattle; admission free

More: Skibska at Pacini Lubel, Skibska and her art, Anna Skibska's site

 
 

2011  Ryszard Kott

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