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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


January 2019


Jan 31   Movie Bridging Urban America at the UW
Jan 27   PHA Annual Meeting at the Polish Cultural Center 
  Meet the Author with K. Treiger at the University Book Store
Jan 19, till Feb 2   Sylwia Tur's exhibit at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle
Jan 19   Historical Artifact Tour of the Polish Cultural Center
Jan 18 - 25+   Movie The Cold War by P. Pawlikowski at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Jan 18   Movie The Last Stage by W. Jakubowska at the Polish Cultural Center
Jan 12   Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity at the Polish Cultural Center
Jan 12, till Feb 17   Alisa Lahti's exhibit at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle
Jan 6   Christmas Caroling & Wafer Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center
Till Jan 4   Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski Closed for Christmas

In Seattle!

Polish History Tour


Jan 31, 7 pm: Movie Bridging Urban America at the UW

Ralph Modjeski

The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents a documentary movie Bridging Urban America: The Story of Ralph Modjeski directed by Basia & Leonard Myszynski. The film celebrates the Polish born and French trained master engineer and innovator who contributed to the building of a modern America with his bridges that significantly impacted urban development and commerce. Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

 

Where: the Thomson Hall, Room 101 at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free

More: the movie site, UW PSEC.

Jan 27, 3 pm: PHA Annual Meeting at the Polish Cultural Center  

This is the annual meeting of the members of the Polish Home Association. It is also an election meeting for the Board of Trustees and the PHA Officer positions. PHA members can vote by proxy, see the Polish Home website for candidate lists, proxy forms and other election info. The restaurant will be open from 1 pm as usual on Sundays, and will be serving free dinners to PHA members coming to the meeting.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, PHA members only, admission free

More: Polish Home Association site or please contact Pawel Krupa

 Jan 27, 3 pm: Meet the Author with Karen Treiger at the University Book Store

University Book Store presents a book event with local author Karen Treiger. Her book My Soul Is Filled with Joy, a Holocaust Story tells the story of her in-laws' survival during the Holocaust and her experience in traveling back to Poland to walk in their footsteps and to meet the children and grand children of two Polish families who helped them survive in a forest near Ostrów Mazowiecka.

      

Where:  University Book Store in Seattle U-District; admission free

More: about the book and the author

Jan 19, noon - till Feb 2: Sylwia Tur's Exhibit at Linda Hodges Gallery 

Linda Hodges Gallery presents an exhibition "Impressions" by Sylwia Tur. Ms. Tur was born in Poland and graduated with diplomas in linguistics both in Warsaw and Seattle, but then decided to become an artist choosing ceramics as her medium. The exhibit comprises several works in ceramics with impressions of different objects. Artist Talk on January 19 at noon.

 

Where: at Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle; admission free during gallery hours Tue-Sat from January 3 till February 2, from 10:30 am to  5 pm.

More: Artist's website and her Facebook page

Jan 19, 1 pm: Historical Artifact Tour of the Polish Cultural Center  

The Polish Cultural Center in Seattle has gathered an interesting collection of historical artifacts related both to the local Polish-American history and to the Polish culture & history in general. This interactive tour of the building will showcase several of them and will discuss meaning of their symbols and the message they convey to us. Prepared and presented by Ryszard Kott.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, admission free; however, please register for the tour by sending email to Ryszard Kott. if too many people sign up, there will be another tour.

More: Polish Home Association site or please contact Ryszard Kott

Jan 18-31: Movie Cold War by P. Pawlikowski at SIFF Cinema Egyptian

The Seattle International Film Festival year-round cinema presents the 2018 movie Cold War / Zimna wojna directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the director of the Oscar winning Ida. The film starring Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot is a fateful love story of two people who meet in the post WWII Poland and whose affection and feelings are torn apart by their political mismatch amid convulsions of the cold war in Europe.

Update: Cold War is now an Oscar nominated movie, with nominations in three categories: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema Egyptian; tickets $14 / $13 / $9

More: SIFF movie info, Egyptian play times and ticket info, The Stranger tooting the movie

Jan 18, 7 pm: Movie The Last Stage by W. Jakubowska at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO presents the movie The Last Stage / Ostatni etap, directed by Wanda Jakubowska. Jakubowska was the first female film director in Poland in the 1930s and a survivor of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in WWII. The movie, shot in 1947 in the camp and based on her experience there was the first feature film depicting brutal reality of the Nazi extermination camps.

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

 

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

More: more about the movie, the Club site

Jan 12, 4 pm: Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish School in Bellevue and the Polish Home Association present the Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. First time in Seattle, this charity event has had a great tradition in Poland raising funds for children hospitals and similar causes since 1991. The program includes live performances by several local bands, live and silent auctions, games for children with Witty Scientist and more. Also available: dinner prepared by Sebi's Bistro and Polish Women's Club. Come to our local Grand Finale, have a good time and open your wallet for a good cause!

Schedule:

        4:00 pm Siema! Start!           4:15 pm Elijah Baradi Quintet    4:45 pm Lost Papayas

        5:15 pm Random Rockers     5:45 pm Fynnie's Basement

        6:30 pm Yaazda Unplugged

        7:15 pm Auctions

        8:00 pm Światelko do nieba / Symbolic light accent  8:30 pm Duet Marianna

        9:15 pm New Age Flamenco

       10:00 pm Final

      Children programs from 4 to 8 pm

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; admission free

More: detailed info and volunteer contacts for GOCC Seattle, facebook WOSP Seattle page, for more overall info please contact Anna Cholewinska, for Grand Finale Anetka Kalicka

Jan 12, 5-7 pm, till Feb 2: Alisa Lahti's Exhibit at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle

Columbia City Gallery presents an exhibition "Cut Out" featuring works by Lauren Ilad, Alisa Lahti, June Sekiguchi and Akiko Sogabe. Ms. Lahti is a well known local artist of Polish origin whose inspirations come from traditional Polish art of paper cutouts interpreted in novel ways. The exhibit will show five of her works. Ms. Lahti is also the Director of the Polish Festival at the Seattle Center. The Opening with the artists is on January 12, 5-7 pm.

 

Where: at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle; admission free during gallery hours Wed-Sun, Jan 9 to Feb 17, 11 am to 7 pm.

More: Artist's website and her Facebook page

Jan 6, 2:30 pm: Christmas Caroling & Wafer Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Home invites everybody to a traditional wafer & good-will sharing (Oplatek). This is an open event - everybody is welcome to come and sing Polish and American carols along. The Polish Choir Vivat Musica will help with caroling. There will also be a children drawing competition under the title Christmas Eve at My Home. Everybody's invited!.

 

Where: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; admission free - please bring a salad, pastry or a cake to share if you can.

More: please contact Barbara Strutynski

Till Jan 4: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski Closed for Christmas 

The Polish Cultural Center restaurant is closed for Christmas from December 23, 2018 till January 4, 2019. It will reopen as usual on Friday, January 11, 2019.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

More: PHA website

 
 

© 2018  Ryszard Kott

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