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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


March 2015


Mar 28   Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center
Mar 21   Spring Cleanup at the Polish Cultural Center 
  Pisanki: Polish Easter Egg Workshop in Seattle
  Polish Book Club Meeting at the Redmond Library
Mar 15   Student Piano Recital at the Polish Cultural Center
till Mar 15   Exhibit About Jan Karski and His Mission at the UW
Mar 13   Christopher Vened in Human Identity at Annex Theatre
Mar 7   Pisanki: Polish Easter Egg Workshop in Seattle
  Polish Choir Vivat Musica! at Ethnic Celebration in Lacey, WA
  Jan Pietrzak in Cabaret Satyryk niezlomny in Portland
Mar 6   Movie The Art of Chopin at the Polish Cultural Center

Pisanki Workshops

 

Polish Bazaar


Mar 28, noon - 6 pm: Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center

The Spring Bazaar is an annual event organized by the Ladies Auxiliary. The booths upstairs offer Polish crystal bowl and vases, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books, Easter eggs and much more. Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes served by the young waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. You can also buy home-made desserts and pastries. Also, Polish Choir Vivat Musica! will sing at 2:30 pm. Organized by Ladies Auxiliary.
 

Volunteers needed: 1) Making pierogi  for the bazaar, contact Irena Kulik (on Tuesdays at the Polish Home from Feb 17 to Mar 17), 2) setting up tables on the day before, contact Alisa Lahti.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free
More: for table reservations, please contact Alisa Lahti

Mar 21, 9 am - 2 pm: Spring Cleanup at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Home Assn invites all members and friends of the Polish Home to participate in a cleaning party between 9 am and 2 pm - a delicious lunch will be provided! Volunteers typically help to clean up the parking lot,  tend to garden beds around the building as well as clean and de-clutter the inside. If you can please come with your own tools and bring a van or light truck for debris removal. Everyone is invited.

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski from 9 am to 2 pm but drop by when you can for as long as you can - every pair of hands helps! Free lunch served!

More: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home Association website

Mar 21, 1 pm: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Redmond Library

The book for the meeting is Spiewaj ogrody by Pawel Huelle, published by Znak in 2014. Huelle, 50, is a renown contemporary writer and activist, known for his Gdansk roots since his famous debut and movie Who was David Weiser? Spiewaj ogrody is a reminiscing story about multiethnic world that used to exist in Gdansk and its echoes today.

  

Where: a conference at the public library in Redmond, Wa; admission free, in Polish

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

Mar 15, 4 pm: Student Piano Recital at the Polish Cultural Center

Frederic Chopin

Lilian Szlaga Piano Studio presents a yearly piano recital celebrating music of Frederic Chopin. Ms. Szlaga will open the concert with Nocturn D Flat op. 27 no 2. The program includes mazurkas, nocturnes, preludes, waltzes and polonaises by Chopin performed by the Studio students from 9 to 17 years old. The Polish Home restaurant is open from 1 to 4 pm.

     

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free (donations accepted)

More: detailed 2015 concert program, M. Szlaga Studio, contact Marzena Szlaga

Mar 13 & 14, 8 pm: Christopher Vened in Human Identity at Annex Theatre

Human Identity is an "inventive, funny and eye-opening" one man show by the Los Angeles-based writer and performer Christopher Vened Szwaja. Mr. Vened is an actor trained in the famous Henryk Tomaszewski Pantomime Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland, where he played many leading roles. In this monodrama Mr. Vened combines words and physical action to ponder on what it means to be human.

 

Where: at Annex Theatre in Seattle; tickets $22 presale & $25 at the door

More: Christopher Vened site

Mar 7 & 21, 10 am: Pisanki: Polish Easter Egg Workshop in Seattle

Alisa Lahti invites again to her very popular workshops. Pisanki is a very old art of egg painting, where hot wax is drawn on an egg to create intricate patterns, the egg is then dyed in wonderfully vibrant colors. Come to learn this technique and take home some of your own beautiful Easter eggs! All materials provided.

  

Where:  at the artist's studio on March 7 & 21 at 10 am to 2 pm; $30 per person. Class size is limited to 6 people, so make your reservations early.

More: About 2015 workshops For reservations on any of these please contact Alisa Lahti.

Mar 7, 1:15 pm: Polish Choir Vivat Musica! at the Ethnic Celebration in Lacey, WA

The Polish Choir Vivat Musica! from Seattle will give a concert at the Ethnic Celebration in Lacey, WA. This family oriented event includes performances at 3 different stages by many different ethnic group ensembles as well as the usual booths with arts and crafts, ethnic food, vendors and children activities. The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

Where: at St. Martin's University in Lacey, WA; admission free.

More: for more information please contact Barbara Niesulowski, 206-434-6106

Mar 7, 8 pm: Jan Pietrzak in Cabaret Satyryk niezlomny in Portland

The Polish Hall in Portland presents the veteran cabaret actor and one of the best standup comedians, Jan Pietrzak in his program Satyryk niezlomny. Mr. Pietrzak, who founded the famous Kabaret pod Egida in Warsaw, comes to Portland during his west coast tour. The profit from this performance goes towards the Arch of Triumph for the Battle of Warsaw (1920). This program is in Polish.

 

Where: Polish Hall in Portland, OR; tickets $25 / $15 at Grandpa's Cafe in Portland, 503-233-0512

More: Jan Pietrzak site (PL)

Mar 6, 6:30 pm: Movie The Art of Chopin at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association presents a documentary film The Art of Chopin (52 min) by Gerard Caillat with introduction by Dr. Steven Lagerberg, a founder and a long time president of the Chopin Foundation NW. The movie made as a tribute to Chopin's 200th birthday includes performances by several great pianists, including Arthur Rubinstein, Piotr Anderszewski, Svatoslav Richter and Garrick Ohlsson. This event is in the series Meetings with Polish Culture organized by Beata Gallaher and Monika Johnson.

     

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free

More: about the movie, please contact Monika Johnson or Beata Gallaher

Till Mar 15, 1 pm: Exhibit About Jan Karski & His Mission at the UW

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents an exhibit The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission For Humanity. Jan Karski was a WWII hero, an underground courier for the Polish government who risked his life to bring first eyewitness reports about Nazis' exterminations of the Jews to the Allies, including President Roosevelt. He is recognized as a man who tried to stop Holocaust. Exhibition created by Polish History Museum in Warsaw and J. Karski Educational Foundation.

         Volunteers are needed to dismantle the exhibit at 1 pm on Sunday, March 15.

 

Where: Exhibition at North Lobby, Allen Library at the UW campus in Seattle, admission free; the exhibit is available during the library business hours till 1 pm March 15, 2015.

More: about Karski, Karski Foundation, UW PSEC

 
 

2015  Ryszard Kott

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