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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


October 2019


Oct 18-20   SPFF: Second Weekend Movies at SIFF Cinema Uptown
  Polish Scouts' National Conference at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 15-16   SPFF: Midweek Free Movies at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 13   SPFF Special Who Will Write Our History at SIFF Film Center
  Story Time Zielone Czytanki at University Branch Library
Oct 12-13   SPFF: First Weekend Movies at SIFF Film Center
Oct 12   Polish Parliamentary Elections at the Polish Cultural Center
  We Are History Keepers Workshop in Kent
Oct 11   SPFF Opens with Movie Politics by P. Wega at Pacific Place
Oct 10   SPFF : Vodka and a Drop of Art Party at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 9   Open House at the Polish Choir at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 6   Open House at the Polish Scout Troop at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 5   Monthly Swing Dance at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 4   Open House at the Polish Women's Club at the Polish Cultural Center
Oct 1   Garrick Ohlsson in Concert at the UW Meany Center

Polish Film Festival

SPFF kick off


Oct 18-20, SPFF: Second Weekend at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Poster by Magdalena Gustowska-Kucharska

This is the second weekend of the 267th Seattle Polish Film Festival; all these movies have English subtitles if needed.

 
Friday, October 18
  
6:30 pm  Planet Single 3 / Planeta singli 3, 2019 comedy, 102 min,

                      dir. Sam Akina, Michał Chaciński
           Q&Q with actor Nicholas Paul

   8:30 pm  A Coach's Daughter / Córka trenera, 2018 drama, 93 min, dir. Łukasz Grzegorek
 

Saturday, October 19
  12:00 pm  Memories of Summer / Wspomnienie lata, 2016 drama, 90 min, dir. Adam Guziński
    1:45 pm  Forbidden Songs / Zakazane piosenki, 1947 drama, 97 min, dir. Leonard Buczkowski

    4:00 pm  Solid Gold, 2019 drama, 145 min, dir. Jacek Bromski

            Q&Q with actress and model Katarzyna Smiechowicz

    7:00 pm  The Butler / Kamerdyner, 2018 drama, 141 min, dir. Filip Bajon

           Q&A with actress Marianna Zydek

 
Sunday, October 20
 
 12:30 pm  Double ticket documentary about Modjeskis

           Modjeska - Woman Triumphant / Modjeska, 2009 documentary, 67 min, dir Basia Myszyński

           Bridging Urban America: the Story of Ralph Modjeski, 2016 documentary, 87 min,

                dir. Basia Myszyński & Leonard Myszyński

     3:00 pm  All on a Mardi Gras Day, 2019 documentary, 22 min, dir. Michal Pietrzyk
                          Q&A with director Michal Pietrzyk

     3:45 pm  Mr. Jones / Obywatel Jones, 2019 drama, 120 min, dir. Agnieszka Holland

     6:00 pm  The Messenger / Kurier, 2018 drama, 114 min, dir. Władysław Pasikowski

     8:10 pm  Dolce Fine Giornata / Słodki koniec dnia, 2019 drama, 92 min, dir. Jacek Borcuch
            Q&A with cinematographer Michał Dymek

 

Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle; passes and tickets available

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival, SGSCA

Oct 18-20: Polish Scouts' National Conference at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Scouting Organization - ZHP in the USA has its national conference in Seattle this weekend hosted by the local Troop Kaszuby and Scout Master Anna Borodenko. Over 130 attendees include scouts and master scouts from all the American states with ZHP presence, including leaders A. Janczuk, B. Pawlikowska & M. Czabanski and guests from Canada and the UK. There is about 2,500 Polish scouts in the USA. The organization is headquartered in Clark, NJ and consists of the Girls Division, the Boys Division, Senior Scouts and Auxiliary Member Association. The Seattle Scout Troop (hufiec) was founded by Mrs. Martha Golubiec in 1986.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski

More: US Polish Scouts website (PL), Seattle Polish Scouts website (PL), or contact Scout Master Anna Borodenko, tel. (425) 280-4858

Oct 15-16: SPFF: Free Movies at the Polish Cultural Center

Poster by Magdalena Gustowska-Kucharska

These two movies are screened at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski on Capitol Hill.

 

Tuesday, October 15

    7:30 pm  Back Home / Powrót, 2018 drama, 105 min, dir. Magdalena Łazarkiewicz

 
Wednesday, October 16

    7:30 pm  Love in the City of Gardens / Miłość w mieście ogrodów, 2017 drama, 96 min,

                  dir. Ingmar Villqist, Adam Sikora
 
Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; free admission

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival

Oct 13, 12:30 pm: SPFF Special Who Will Write Our History at  SIFF Film Center

Seattle Polish Film Festival invites everybody to a very special presentation honoring Emanuel Ringelblum, a WWII hero who managed to preserve the detailed history of the Warsaw Ghetto. The evening features the documentary movie Who Will Write Our History by Roberta Grossman based on the book of the same title by Samuel Kassow. The film will be introduced by Dee Simon, the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle and presented by Rabbi Callie Shulman, Temple De Hirsch Sinai; music by Malke & The Boychiks and Klezmer with Verve!.

 

Where: SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center

More: about the film

Oct 13, 1 pm: Story Time Zielone Czytanki at the University Branch Library

Seattle Public Libraries present Story Time in Polish Zielone Czytanki for children 2-5 years old. The program for this event includes: reading from children books Staram się kochać pająki oraz Malutki pajączek, dancing to a song Pajączek taki mały (links to YouTube) and making spiders from chestnuts & cobwebs from wool. This is a monthly event on every second Sunday of the month organized by Ada Kaliszewska.

 

Where: Seattle Public Library University Branch in Seattle; this event is in Polish

More:  please contact Ada

Oct 12, 7 am - 9 pm: Polish Parliamentary Elections at the Polish Cultural Center

The parliamentary elections in Poland have been called for October 13, 2019; voting in America is on October 12. Voting is in person only (no voting by mail). In Seattle, you can vote at the polling station #221 at the Polish Cultural Center. Polish citizens residing in the United States have to register for this elections to be able to vote. The registration deadline is October 10 at 5 pm PST. The easiest way to register is through the online registration site.

  

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; registration and a valid passport is needed to vote

More: Detailed election and registration info (in Polish)

Oct 12, 9 am - 4:30 pm: We Are History Keepers! Workshop in Kent

This is another edition of the very useful workshop. The Ethnic Heritage Council and the UW Libraries present A Free Workshop on Preserving the Cultural and Historical Record of Our Community. UW archivists/specialists will discuss such how-to topics as preserving historical records, including photographs and papers, and collecting oral histories.

  

Where: the Kent Commons Community Center in Kent, WA; admission is free but registration is required

More: We Are History Keepers

Oct 12-13: SPFF: The First Weekend at SIFF Film Center

Poster by Magdalena Gustowska-Kucharska

This is the program for the first weekend of the 27th Seattle Polish Film Festival. All these movies have English subtitles when necessary.
 

Saturday, October 12
    1:00 pm  7 Emotions / 7 uczuć, 2018 drama, 116 min, dir. Marek Koterski
    3:15 pm 
Double ticket

                  The Signs / Znaki, 2018 drama, 52 min, dir. Wojciech Klimala
                          Q&A with director Wojciech Klimala

                  Sasha / Saszka, 2018 drama, 26 min, dir. Katarzyna Lesisz

    5:15 pm  Planet Single 2 / Planeta singli 2, 2018 comedy, 118 min, dir. Sam Akina

    7:15 pm  All on a Mardi Gras Day, 2019 documentary, 22 min, dir. Michal Pietrzyk
                          Q&A with director Michal Pietrzyk

    8:00 pm  Playing Hard / Zabawa, zabawa, 2018 drama, 89 min, dir. Kinga Dębska

            Q&A with actress Maria Dębska & assisttant director Zuzanna Szamocka-Svec

 
Sunday, October 13
  12:30 pm  
Special documentary program w/ intros and live music

             Who Will Write Our History, 2018 documentary, 120 min, dir. Roberta Grossman

                  Live music by Malke & The Boychiks and Klezmer with Verve!
    3:00 pm  Rock'n'Roll Eddie/ Władcy przygód. Stąd do Oblivio, 2019 comedy, 101 min

              dir. Tomasz Szafrański

    5:00 pm  Werewold / Wilkołak, 2018 thriller, 90 min, dir. Adrian Panek

              Q&A with cinematographer Piotr Sobociński
    7:00 pm  53 Wars / 53 wojny, 2018 drama, 82 min, dir. Ewa Bukowska
 

Where: at SIFF Film Center in Seattle; passes and tickets available, some movies are free

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival

Oct 11, 8 pm: SPFF Opens with Politics by P. Wega at Pacific Place

The 27th Seattle Polish Film Festival opens with the movie Politics / Polityka by Patryk Vega. This 2019 movie is a blockbuster in Poland. Shot in secret due to a searing and merciless portrait of all the main actors at the Polish national politics scene, this drama paints an ugly portrait of pursuit of power at all costs.

 

Where: AMC Pacific Place 11 in Seattle; tickets

More: SPFF website

Oct 10, 6-10 pm: SPFF: Vodka and a Drop of Art Party at the Polish Cultural Center

The Seattle Polish Film Festival invites everybody to the festival kick-off party at the Polish Home in Seattle. Vodka and a Drop of Art features Polish art by local artists, music, food, red carpet photos, vodka testing and a chance to meet Polish filmmakers coming to this year's SPFF. Come to enjoy the art, the spirits and starting the festival in style.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski, in Seattle, admission free, must be 21+ to attend

More: Seattle Polish Film Festival, event poster

Oct 9, 7:30 pm: Open House at the Polish Choir at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Choir Vivat Musica! is looking for new talent! If you are interested in the Choir please come to the first practice of the season with the new director, Mark Petty, on October 9, 2019. You can talk to the Choir members and the director and listen to see if you like it. The rehearsals are on Wednesday 7:30 to 9 pm.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski

More: Contact the Choir manager, Barbara Niesulowski for any questions or to schedule an audition

Oct 6, 12:30 pm: Open House at the Polish Scout Troop at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Scout (ZHP) Troop Kaszuby invites everybody interested in scouting to the first meeting of the new season. Children from 4 to 18 years old can sign up in age groups: 4-7 (skrzaty), 7-11 (zuchy), 11+ (harcerze) and 15+ (wędrownicy). The scouts organize camps and trips and provide an excellent way for children to immerse in and learn Polish culture and traditions.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; yearly membership is $70.

More: Polish Scouts website (PL), or contact Scout Master Anna Borodenko, tel. (425) 280-4858

Oct 5, from 7:30 pm: Monthly Swing Dance at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Cultural Center presents another Swing It Saturdays event. Come swing dance to live music! Schedule: 7:30-8:15 Pre-dance beginner lesson, 8:15-11:30 Live music with Julian MacDonough Swingset. This event includes special swing performances from the Swing It Seattle community. No partner or experience needed - come join the fun! The bar will be open upstairs for the event.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski upstairs; tickets $15 regular, $10 PHA members, at the door or  buy online here; must be 21+

More: Swing It Seattle website; volunteer childcare services available - please email a request to info@swingitseattle.com ahead of time.

Oct 4, 8 pm: Open House at the Polish Women's Club at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Women's Club (Koło Pań Domu Polskiego) invites all the ladies to an open meeting and to become members of the Club. The Club is one of the most important Polish organizations around and a financial powerhouse due to the income from the Polish bazaars that the ladies have been running since the 1960s. Drop by, see what's that about and get involved networking with other Polish ladies!

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski;

More: The Club website (PL), or contact Barbara Augustyniak, tel. 206-755-4149 (call or text)

Oct 1, 7:30 pm: Garrick Ohlsson in Concert at Meany Center

Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson is the only American pianist to ever win the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (in 1970). He returns to Meany Center with a program that includes Brahms's Two Rhapsodies op.79, Fantasien op.116 & Variation on a Theme of Paganini, Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat Minor and Sonata #3 in B Minor.

 

Where: Meany Center at the University of Washington campus; tickets still available

More: OhlssonOhlsson at Meany Theater

 
 

© 2019  Ryszard Kott

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