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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


May 2017


May 28   Meet the Author with M. Ciesielczyk in Tacoma
May 27 & 28   Polish Craft Workshops, Costumes at NW Folklife Festival
May 27   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
May 25-29   Polish Poster Art Exhibition at NW Folklife Festival
May 24 & 26   Movie Afterimage by Andrzej Wajda at SIFF
May 22 & 25   Movie The Last Family by J. Matuszewski at SIFF
May 21   Exquisite Chamber Music and Arts at the Fountainhead Gallery
May 20   Mother's Day Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center
May 19   Movie Jasminum by J. J. Kolski at the Polish Cultural Center
May 18   Clare Cavanagh on the Art of Translation on the UW
May 13   Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center
May 10   GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations online
May 7   Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center
May 6 - 27   Kaz Poznanski Painting Exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery
May 6   The Weed Party at the Polish Cultural Center

Jasminum

Bogusław Linda

Poster Exhibition


May 28, 12 pm: Meet the Author with M. Ciesielczyk in Tacoma

Marek Ciesielczyk

The Polish Parish in Tacoma presents a lecture in Polish Polonijni agenci SB w USA by Marek Ciesielczyk. Dr. Ciesielczyk is a politician in city of Tarnów, Poland and the editor of the journal Prawdę mówiac there. He the author of books and articles about Polish communist secret service and its collaborators. He comes to Tacoma to promote his last book Polonijni agenci Slużby Bezpieczeństwa.

 

Where: at the Parish Hall of SS Peter & Paul in Tacoma; admission free, in Polish

More: Ciesielczyk website (in Polish)

May 27 & 28: Polish Craft Workshops, Costumes at NW Folklife Festival

Polish Festival Seattle is participating in this year’s NW Folklife Festival as part of the Festal Turns 20 celebrations. These include Polish Poster Art exhibition (see more here) as well as the following

  Sat May 27, 12:00 - 12:45 pm  Pierogi Workshop at the Narrative and Cultural Cuisine Stage.

                       3:00 -  5:00 pm  Polish costumes modeled at Folk Fashion Show

  Sun May 28,  1:30 -   3:30 pm  Paper Cutouts & Head Wreaths Workshops in the Discovery Zone

Volunteers needed for the pierogi workshop and the Sunday craft workshops. Please contact Alisa Lahti.

    

Where: at the Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center;

More: admission free

May 27, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Portret młodej Wenecjanki by Jerzy Pilch, published by Wyd. Literackie in 2017. Mr. Pilch, 65, is one of the best known contemporary Polish writers. Portret is typical Pilch, mixing styles and moods with an acerbic language, applied to turbulent relationship of an elder man with a beautiful young woman.

 

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

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

May 25-29: Polish Poster Art Exhibit at NW Folklife Festival

by Rafal Olbinski

The Northwest Folklife Festival presents the exhibition IMAGINATION - the Art of Polish Poster that is part of Art of Festál, a bigger art exhibit prepared by different ethnic communities of the Festal lineup of festivals at the Seattle Center. The exhibition shows sixteen posters by renowned Polish artists from Lenica and Starowieyski to Olbiński and Kalarus. The exhibit promoting Polish Festival Seattle in July has been prepared by Maria & Ryszard Kott.

    

Where: at the Art/Not Terminal Gallery at the Seattle Center; admission free

More: about Northwest Folklife Festival

May 24 & 26: Movie Afterimage by Andrzej Wajda at SIFF

Bogusław Linda

The Seattle International Film Festival presents Afterimage / Powidoki, the last movie directed by Andrzej Wajda. The film starring Bogusław Linda depicts life of artist Władysław Strzemiński, a pioneer of Polish Constructivist avant-garde in 1920s and 1930s. After WWII he was persecuted by the Stalinist regime and expelled from the art school in Łódź that he founded. Wajda was a painter before switching to film. The movie was Poland's entry to this year's edition of Oscars.

    

Where: at the Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle; on May 24 at AMC Pacific Place at 9 pm and on May 26 at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 3:30 pm.

More: about movie at SIFF, Strzemiński, Wajda's site

May 22 & 25: Movie The Last Family by J. Matuszewski at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents The Last Family / Ostatnia rodzina directed by Jan Tomaszewski. The film starring Andrzej Severyn and Dawid Ogrodnik depicts life of dystopian surrealist artist Zdzisław Beksiński and his relationship with his troubled son, Tomasz. Winner of four Polish Academy Awards.

    

Where: at the Seattle International Film Festival in Seattle; on May 22 at Lincoln Square at 9 pm, May 25 at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 9 pm and on June 1 in Shoreline Community College also at 9 pm.

More: about movie at SIFF, Beksiński

May 21, 5 pm: Exquisite Polish Chamber Music & Art at the Fountainhead Gallery

Karol Szymanowski

The Fountainhead Gallery presents a concert in the classical music series with compositions by Karol Szymanowski to the backdrop of paintings by Kaz Poznanski. Special recital by Arthur Zadinsky (violin) and Oana Rusus Tomai (piano) both of Seattle Symphony with Raluca Marinescu (soprano) of Seattle Art Song Society. Mr. Poznanski has an exhibition at the gallery till May 27, 2017.

   

Where: The Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle; tickets $25 advanced or at the door.

More: The gallery contact is 206-285-4467

May 20, 5 pm: Mother's Day Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Children Dance Group Młodzi Polanie invites all the children and their mothers to a program in Polish Kocham Cię Mamo. The program has been prepared by Barbara Strutynski.

 

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

More: event flyer, or contact Barbara Strutynski

May 19, 7:30 pm: Movie Jasminum by J. J. Kolski at the Polish Cultural Center

Janusz Gajos

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO presents the movie Jasminum directed by Jan Jakub Kolski and starring Janusz Gajos. This 2006 film set in contemporary Poland mixes magic, mysterious scents and old legends with reality when a lady expert in art restoration comes with her small daughter to work on an old painting at a monastery. The movie won several 2007 Eagle awards, including for cinematography and best actor.

Evening schedule: 7:30 pm socializing & film intro, 8:00 pm screening 

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free, in Polish w/ English subtitles

More: the movie, the Club site

May 18, 7 pm: Clare Cavanagh on the Art of Translation at the UW

Prof. Cavanagh receiving the Found in Translation award

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents the lecture The Art of Losing: Polish Poetry and Translation by Clare Cavanagh. Prof. Cavanagh is the Chair of the Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Northwestern Univ. in Evanston, IL, a specialist in modern Polish and Russian poetry and famous for her translation of poetry by Miłosz, Szymborska, Zagajewski and others. She currently works on a biography of Czesław Miłosz.

 

Where: room 120, Communications Building on the UW campus in Seattle; admission free

More: UW PSEC, Clare Cavanagh

May 13, 11:30 - 5 pm: Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center

Pierogi!

This is the 12th edition of the Festival that brings a Polish dumpling extravaganza serving several kinds of pierogi: meat, potato & cheese, plum etc. Get 10 pierogi for $10;  also available: sausage & sauerkraut, Polish beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks and desserts. Free attractions include folk group performances: Polish Choir at 1 pm and 2:30 pm and Pawel & Olimpia Duo at 12, 2 and 3 pm. You can eat leisurely, listen to Polish music and have a good time. On sale: Polish cutout art, Polish tee-shirts, Polish sports scarves.

Volunteers needed to run the event! Please contact John Golubiec.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; all entertainment & additional programs free

More: 2017 event guide, please contact Festival coordinator John Golubiec for more info

May 10, all day: GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations online

This year, the Seattle Polish Foundation participates again in the annual online GiveBIG event for local nonprofits. It's an opportunity to support your favorite Polish causes! Donations channeled through the GiveBIG do not receive any matching this year; however each donation can win a $1,000 Golden Ticket in a lottery with 250 such tickets. You can donate on or before May 10.

 

To donate to the SPF, visit the SPF Donation Page at the SF Give Big site - please specify the cause you want supported in the Comments field. The Polish News suggests the Polish Home 100th Anniversary Projects for this year's donations. To donate to the SPF directly without paying any fees, please send a check to Seattle Polish Foundation, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

 

Where: at the SPF Donation Page at the SF Give Big site

More: supporting Polish community through GiveBIG

May 7, 2:30 pm: Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association invites everybody to the 3rd of May celebration marking the anniversary of the first Polish constitution, which was enacted in 1791. The program prepared by Barbara Strutynski includes a performance by the Polish School in Seattle, Polish Scouts, the Young Polanie as well as PHA members, the Polish Choir, pianist Marzena Szlaga as well as Jan Szubzda (guitar and vocals). The restaurant at the Polish Home is open from 12 pm to 4 pm.

 

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

More: about the Constitution, Constitution source

May 6, 5-7 pm, till May 27: K. Poznanski Painting Exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery

Geranium & Tablecoth

by Kaz Poznanski

The Fountainhead Gallery on Queen Anne presents painters Carl Jackson and Kaz Poznanski. This is Mr. Poznanski's third exhibit there and it includes several landscape and still life oils from his big format abstract realism series. Mr. Poznanski is also a poet, writer and a Professor of Economics at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle, with interest in Chinese art.

   

Where: The Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle from May 6 to 27; admission free, business hours Thursday through Sunday 11 am - 6 pm. Opening reception May 6, 5-7 pm.

More: about Kaz Poznanski

May 6, 10 am - 2 pm: The Weed Party at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Home Assn invites all members and friends of the Polish Home to a spring weed party from 10 am to 2 pm; this includes a hearty lunch in a good company! This year's goal is to cleanup the parking lot and the greenery pulling weeds, cutting back blackberries, spreading bark etc. Please bring your own gardening tools, shovels, blowers etc. and sturdy gloves. Everyone is invited!

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski from 10 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

 
 

© 2017  Ryszard Kott

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