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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


March 2019


 Mar 23/24   M. Pączkowski in Contemporary Music Marathon at Benaroya
Mar 23   Celebration of Mazurkas & Concert in Portland
 Mar 19 & 21   Movie Fugue by A. Smoczyńska at the Portland International FF
Mar 17   Student Chopin Recital at the Polish Cultural Center
  Polish Canadian Art Exhibition in Port Moody
 Mar 15   Movie Volta by J. Machulski at the Polish Cultural Center
Mar 1-21   Movie The Cold War by P. Pawlikowski in Seattle & Bremerton
 Mar 9   International Women's Day Party at the Polish Cultural Center
 Mar 3   Remebering Polish Fallen Heroes at the Polish Cultural Center
  Bronek Czech Memorial Cup on Mt. Seymour / Vancouver, BC

Frederic Chopin


Mar 23/24, 12 am to 7 am: M. Pączkowski in Music Marathon at Benaroya

Marcin Pączkowski

Composer, conductor and performer Marcin Pączkowski takes part in the 24 hours Contemporary Music Marathon of non-stop multi-disciplinary music at Benaroya.Starting at midnight, he will perform his new work, Memories and Visions, commissioned by Seattle Symphony that turns your dreams into an interactive sound show. Dr. Pączkowski received his Ph.D from  the UW Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media where he is a research assistant focusing on motion tracking for live musical performances.

 

Where: at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle; tickets: this event is sold out but if you really, really want to see Marcin in action, please contact him directly

More: about M. Paczkowski, Memories and Visions at Benaroya, A Marriage of Music and Motion,

Mar 23, 5 pm: Celebration of Mazurkas & Concert in Portland

The Polish Hall in Portland presents Celebration of Mazurkas and Young Artist Concert - a music and culinary event. In the program: young artists of Polish origin will play music that includes mazurkas by different composers. Polish mazurek cakes, an Easter tradition, will be served with coffee, tea and fine Polish liqueurs; there will be a contest for the best tasting mazurka pastry.

   

Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; tickets TBD

More: Please contact Agnieszka Laska

Mar 19 & 21: Movie Fugue by A. Smoczynska at the Portland International FF

The 42nd Portland International Film Festival presents Fugue / Fuga, directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska. The film shown at the 2018 Cannes FF is a feminist take on a story of a woman returning back to her family afflicted with a dissociative fugue state (loosing memory and personality). Ms. Smoczyńska conquered the international FF scene with her crazy & funny 2015 debut movie The Lure / Córki dansingu featuring blood-thirsty Vistula mermaids performing at a seedy Warsaw dance club.

    

Where: at the Portland International Film Festival in Portland, OR; different venues and times

More: about the movie at PIFF, praise from the Variety review

Mar 17, 4 pm: Student Chopin Recital at the Polish Cultural Center

Frederic Chopin

Marzena Lilian Szlaga Piano Studio presents an annual piano recital celebrating music of Frederic Chopin. Ms. Szlaga will open the concert with Fantasie Impromptu op. 66. The program includes mazurkas, nocturnes, preludes, waltzes and polonaises by Chopin performed by the Studio students from 9 to 18 years old. The Polish Home restaurant is open from 1 to 4 pm.

     

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

More: detailed 2019 concert program, M. Szlaga Studio, contact Marzena Szlaga

Mar 17, 2 - 5 pm: Polish Canadian Art Exhibition in Port Moody

Polonez Tri-City Polish Association presents Polish Canadian Art Fusion Exhibition in Port Moody, BC. It's a group exhibition of 25 painters from western Canada. The program of the Grand Opening on March 17 includes unveiling of the Mosaic Memories of Poland, announcing the winner of the Trapped in Wonderland competition, a presentation From Cradle to Colour by Agata Teodorowicz and live violin music by Bohdan Grzymala-Siedlecki.

   

Where: Inlet Theatre & Galleria in Port Moody / Vancouver, BC; Exhibition open March 12-21, 2019

More: Exhibition brochure, exhibition artists

Mar 15, 7 pm: Movie Volta by J. Machulski at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO presents the movie Volta directed by Juliusz Machulski. This 2017 movie is a comedy involving a heist of an old Polish crown with amusing scenes of an alternative Polish royal history, current political satire and many nice views of the city of Lublin (eastern Poland), where the movie was shot. In Polish w/ English subtitles.

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 (PL), the Club site

Mar 1-21: Movie Cold War by P. Pawlikowski in Seattle & Bremerton

Still playing at different cinemas: 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.

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

 

Where: at AMC Seattle 10 in Seattle till March 14 and also at The Historic Roxy Theatre in Bremerton, WA till March 21

More: The Stranger tooting the movie

Mar 11, 6 pm: Lecture The Cabaret Goes to the Ghetto at the UW - cancelled

This event has been cancelled. The UW Slavic Department presents a lecture The Cabaret Goes to Ghetto: The Fate of the Great Polish Jewish Songbook by Beth Holmgren.

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

More: event description, UW PSEC.

Mar 9, 6 pm: International Women's Day Party at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish ladies only! Please join a celebration of the International Women's Day, reconnect with the old friends or meet the new ones. The program in Polish includes a friendly competition for the best bread & the best cake, a recipe station, info session on photography etc., a lashlifting & titnting demo, board games and a poker table! This is a potluck - please bring a dish to share.

Organized by Polish Home Assn, Polish Women's Club and Polki na Eastside i w Seattle.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; admission free, this event is in Polish

More: the event on Facebook

Mar 3, 12 pm & 2:30 pm: Remembering Polish Fallen Heroes at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Scout Troop Kaszuby invites everybody to remembrances of Polish Fallen Heroes. At the Polish Parish in Seattle there will be a mass at 12 pm for all who perished fighting for Poland. Then at 2:30 pm at the Polish Cultural Center the Scouts will present a patriotic performance remembering the forgotten soldiers fighting against the communist regime after WWII. The exhibition about Inka Siedzikówna and other "accursed soldiers" will be shown at the Polish Home as well. There will be tea and pastries after the performance.

Where: at the St. Margaret Catholic Church in Seattle and then at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; admission free, this event is in Polish

More: the event on Facebook

Mar 3, all day: Bronek Czech Memorial Cup on Mt. Seymour / Vancouver, BC

Bronek Czech Memorial Cup / Mały Memoriał Bronisława Czecha is a very popular event organized by the Polonia of Vancouver, BC. This family skiing and snowboarding competition has divisions for children and teenagers of different ages as well as all-family categories. Bronisław Czech was a famous Polish skier and a WWII underground courier over the Tatra Mountains.

 

Where: On Mt. Seymour, Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Vancouver, BC;

More: info and online reservation at Memorial (PL), about B. Czech.

 
 

© 2019  Ryszard Kott

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