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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


January 2020


Jan 27   Discussing the Eco-Thriller by O. Tokarczuk at the University Bookstore
Jan 26   PHA Annual Meeting at the Polish Cultural Center 
Jan 23   Culinary Workshop on Ponchki & Favorki at the Polish Cultural Center
  Lecture The Year of Wonders: 1989 by J. Felak at the UW
Jan 17   Movie A Grain of Truth by B. Lankosz at the Polish Cultural Center
Jan 12   Story Time Zielone Czytanki at the University Branch Library
Jan 11   Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity at the Polish Cultural Center
  Discussing Primeval And Other Times by O. Tokarczuk at the UW
Jan 5   Christmas Caroling & Wafer Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center
Till Jan 5   Polish Christmas Tree at Festival of Trees in Auburn
Till Jan 3   Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski Closed for Christmas

Kulinary workshop


 Jan 27, 6 pm: Discussing the Eco-Thriller by O. Tokarczuk at the University Bookstore

Olga Tokarczuk

The University District Bookstore  Nick's BookClub invites all readers to a monthly meeting to discuss the book Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead / Prowadź swoj pług przez kości umarłych by Olga Tokarczuk. Ms. Tokarczuk is the 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. The innovative story line of the book was adapted into the 2017 film Spoor / Pokot, directed by Oscar winner Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik.

      

Where: University District Book Store; admission free

More: Tokarczuk bio, about club & book, The Guardian on the Nobel, Man Booker site, Prawiek (PL)

Jan 26, 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 23, 6 pm: Culinary Workshop on Pączki and Faworki at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Cultural Center presents a culinary workshop in Polish on paczki and faworki. These delicacies are great for Mardi Gras (or Polish Fat Thursday) in late February and for Easter, this year in April. This is your opportunity for networking with other ladies in Polish and learning to make these yourself! Organized by Teresa Vaisvila, pączki workshop by Marek Szymanski.

 

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

More: event description (PL), please confirm your attendance by email to Teresa

Jan 23, 7 pm: Lecture The Year of Wonders: 1989 by J. Felak at the UW

UW Series on the 30th Anniversary of 1989 revolutions presents the lecture Evolution and Revolution in the Year of Wonders: The Fall of Communism in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1989 by James Felak. UW History Professor James Felak is a specialist on modern history of the East Central Europe. The lecture will discuss the collapse of Communist regimes there in the revolutionary year of 1989.

 

Where: Thompson Hall, room 101 at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free

More: REECAS website page of the lecture

Jan 17, from 7 pm: Movie A Grain of Truth at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO presents a masterful whodunit A Grain of Truth / Ziarno Prawdy directed by Borys Lankosz and starring Robert Więckiewicz. This 2015 movie follows an investigation trying to untangle a series of grisly murders in a Polish town full of medieval monuments and as old superstitions, with echoes of the past affecting a modern society and obscuring the truth. Based on a book by Zygmunt Miloszewski.

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

 

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

More: about the movie, the Club blog

Jan 12, 3:30 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, dancing & singing and children games and activities. This is a monthly event on every second Sunday of the month organized by Ada Kaliszewska. Each meeting has a specific reading and songs that you can try with your child!

 

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

More:  please contact Ada for more details on incoming programs

Jan 11, 5 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 (WOSP). This is the second time of this charity event in Seattle; last year's edition raised over $10,000 in Seattle and over $46 million in Poland and worldwide. This is the biggest charity event 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 and more. Also available: dinner prepared by Sebi's Bistro. Come to our local Grand Finale, have a good time and open your wallet for a good cause!

Schedule:

        5:00 Opening remarks Anna Cholewinska

        5:15 TH3 - local band blending soul, R&B and blues

        5:45 MYXA - local band with vocals by Irene Fan

        6:30 Anna & Borys Duo - modern Polish cover songs by Brodka, Podsiadło, Hey & more

        7:00 Live auction, silent auction from 5 pm till 9 pm

        8:00 Gwiazdka do nieba - a WOSP traditional light celebration

        8:15 Swing It Seattle - dance demo and invitation for audience to dance swing it

        8:45 Anna Vasilevskaya - solo artist, member of Marianna duo, world hits

        9:15 Sanatorium - rock band from Vancouver, BC, Polish cover rock hits

        9:45 Closing

 

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

More: facebook WOSP Seattle page, for more overall info please contact Anna Cholewinska

 Jan 11, 5 pm: Discussing Primeval And Other Times by O. Tokarczuk at the UW

Olga Tokarczuk

Readings From The Heart of Europe invites all readers to its monthly meeting devoted to the discussion of the book Primeval And Other Times / Prawiek i inne czasy by Olga Tokarczuk. Ms. Tokarczuk is the 2018 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. The book, first published in 1996, won many awards and established her international reputation. It has been the most successful and popular novel by Tokarczuk.

      

Where: Odegaard Library Room 220 at the Univ. of Washington main campus in Seattle; admission free

More: Tokarczuk bio, The Guardian on the Nobel, Man Booker site, Prawiek (PL)

Jan 5, 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. 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 5: Polish Christmas Tree at Festival of Trees in Auburn

White River Valley Museum presents Festival of Trees: A Celebration of Community and Culture. This seasonal exhibit features Christmas trees decorated according to traditions of many countries, it also includes a Polish Christmas Tree. The decorations have been prepared by Polki na Eastside i w Seattle, and local Polish-American artists supported by the Polish Women's Club. Visitors vote for their favorite tree, and the winning tree gets a $500 prize for their organization or favorite charity so you better go there and vote ... hint, hint ...

  

Where: White River Valley Museum in Auburn, WA; Museum tickets $5 / $2

More: Museum page about festival, museum hours Wednesday-Sunday noon - 4 pm

Till Jan 3: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski Closed for Christmas 

The Polish Cultural Center is closed for Christmas from December 22, 2019 till January 3, 2020. It will reopen on Friday, January 3, 2020, with the bar open as usual; however the restaurant will be closed on January 3.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

More: PHA website

 
 

2020 Ryszard Kott

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