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April 2012


Apr 29   Mountain Climbing Presentation at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 28   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Crowning the White Eagle - a Polish Heritage Celebration in Portland
Apr 27   Polish Art Exhibition at the Wine World in Seattle
Apr 26   Cabaret Rak and the VOX group at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 19   Movie Torn at the Portland Jewish Film Festival
Apr 15   Easter Egg Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 14   Celebration of Mazurkas in Portland
Apr 13   Meet the Author: E. Sniezkowska-Bielak at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 6 -8   Polish Cultural Center closed for Easter
Apr 7   Easter Food Basket Blessing in Seattle, Bellevue etc.
Mar 30 - Apr 5   Movie The Christening by M. Wrona at the Northwest Film Forum

Cabaret Rak

Mazurkas in Portland


Apr 29, 5 pm: Mountain Climbing Presentation at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association invites mountain aficionados and everybody interested in alpinism to a presentation On the Way to the Earth Crown / W drodze po Korone Ziemi by a pair of accomplished Polish climbers Michal Apollo and Marek Zoladek. Mr. Apollo & Mr. Zolodek combine pleasure with science while climbing Himalayas, Andes and Pacific NW volcanoes. This event is in Polish.

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center; admission free, in Polish.

More: Cabaret Rak site (PL), also YouTube has several videos, VOX site (PL)

April 28, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Skrwawione ziemie: Europa między Hitlerem a Stalinem by Timothy Snyder published by Swiat Ksiazki in 2011. This history book, printed first in English as Bloodlands, is a comprehensive overview of bloodletting suffered by different Central and East Europe nationalities in 1930s and 1940s from Hitler and Stalin regimes. Mr. Snyder is a Yale Univ. professor who specializes in modern history of Central Europe. He comes to Seattle in May to give a lecture about his book at the UW.

 

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

More: Polish Book Club

Apr 28, 7 pm: Crowning the White Eagle - a Polish Heritage Celebration in Portland

Polish Library Building Assn and McMenamins White Eagle Saloon in Portland invite everybody to Crowning of the Eagle Festival -  a Polish Heritage Celebration. The program includes crowning of the White Eagle mural, a history presentation on the Polish roots of the McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Polish folk songs and story telling by Paula Gadowski and folk music performances.

   

Where: McMenamins White Eagle Saloon in Portland, OR;

More: Event program

Apr 27, 6-9 pm till Apr 29: Polish Art Exhibition at Wine World in Seattle

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European Rejuvenation Center presents a Polish Art Exhibition by several Polish artists based in the Seattle area. The exhibition features paintings, pastels and drawings. The following artists are taking part: Teresa Bularz, Teresa Wegrzyn, Irek Sosnowski, Kasia Pawluskiewicz, Kasia Barski-Pokara, Ewelina Szarkowicz, Anna Baginski. Exhibit coordinated by Celina Lewandowski.

 

Where: at the Wine World Warehouse in Seattle; admission free, opening night from 6 to 9 pm on April 27; exhibition open till April 29, 2012

More: Exhibition poster, European Rejuvenation Center

Apr 26, 7:30 pm: Cabaret Rak and the VOX group at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center presents a double bill -  a popular Silesian cabaret Rak is coming to town with a pop group VOX. The Rak Cabaret and its star Krzysztof Rospondek are nationally recognized cabaret troupe in Poland, scoring regularly on the tele-disk hit list. The VOX band was a very popular pop group in Poland in 1980s and still have group of core fans eager to attend their concerts.

 

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

More: Cabaret Rak site (PL), also YouTube has several videos, VOX site (PL)

Apr 17, 7 pm: Movie Torn at the Portland Jewish Film Festival

Fr. Weksler-Waszkinel

The 20th Portland Jewish Film Festival presents a 2011 documentary Torn directed by Ronit Kertsner. The movie is a story of a Catholic priest, Fr. Romuald Waszkinel who at age of 35 discovered he was in fact born to Jewish parents who died in the Holocaust; he was raised by by the Polish family who rescued him. In searching for his identity he struggles to be both Polish and Jewish.

 

Where: at the Portland Jewish Film Festival in Portland, OR; screened at Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum.

More: movie at PJFF, about Fr. Weksler-Waszkinel

Apr 15, 2:30 pm: Easter Egg Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center

A traditional meeting of members & friends of the Polish Home with sharing of the Easter eggs and a dinner; Fr. Stanislaw Michalek, the pastor at the Polish Parish in Seattle, will be present. Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary and the Polish Home Association.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free, no reservations needed

More: Polish Home

Apr 14, 7 pm: Celebration of Mazurkas in Portland

Polish Hall in Portland invites everybody to a celebration of Mazurkas. In the program: mazurkas of Polish composers: Frederic Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Roman Maciejewski performed by Pacific NW pianists Ruta Kuzmickas, Art Maddox, Kaori Katayam Noland, Lisa Ann Marsh and Sung Eun Roh. Also, Polish mazurka cakes, an Easter tradition, will be served with coffee, tea and fine Polish liqueurs. Organized by Agnieszka Laska and the Polish Hall.

   

Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; admission $10

More: Article about this event, contact to PLBA president Donata Tiley

Apr 13, 7:30 pm: Meet the Author: E. Sniezkowska-Bielak at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center invites you and your children to a meeting with a Polish author, Elzbieta Sniezkowska-Bielak. Ms. Sniezkowska-Bielak is a poet, writer, scriptwriter as well as an author of radio and TV programming for children and teenagers. She also has written fairy tales. She will read her poetry and talk about her writing.

 

Where: at the Library at the Polish Cultural Center; in Polish, admission free

More: Author's website (PL), Polish Library blogspot

April 6 & 8: Polish Cultural Center closed for Easter

As is the tradition, the Polish Home is closed on Good Friday, April 6, 2012. The restaurant is also closed from March 30 through Easter Sunday, April 8, reoening on Apr 13, 2012.

 

More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

Apr 7: Easter Food Basket Blessing (Święcone)

This is the schedule for blessing of the traditional Easter food baskets in nearby churches on Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012.

 

    Bellevue: St. Louise Church, at 2 pm - the tradition continues after Fr. Phil's death

    Seattle:  St. Margaretís Church, at 11, 12 noon, 1 & p pm

    Sammamish: Mary Queen of Peace Church at 1 pm

    Tacoma: Sts. Peter & Paul, at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 & 2 pm

Mar 30 - Apr 5:  Movie The Christening by M. Wrona at the Northwest Film Forum

The Northwest Film Forum presents The Christening / Chrzest, a movie directed by Marcin Wrona. This 2010 story about a man moving from a provincial home town to Warsaw trying to escape his past has won awards at several film festivals. Mr. Wrona, 39, is making an international splash with his "brilliant" directing, inventive techniques and tackling of controversial subjects in interesting ways.

 

Where: Northwest Film Forum in Seattle; tickets $10 regular / $6 NWFF members; at 2 pm and 7 pm most days, see the movie schedule at NWFF

More: about the movie, director Marcin Wrona

 
 

© 2011-2012  Ryszard Kott

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