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April 2004

Apr 29

Kaminska-Bowlby plays Chopin at Sherman Clay

 Apr 17-18, 21, 24-25 - SIDFF at SAM

Apr 25

Kaminska-Bowlby & Bowlby play Chopin in Shoreline

Fundraising lunch for Fred Frontier

Apr 24

Disco at the Polish Home, International Dance

April 17

REECAS-NW Conference at Seattle U


Spring Dance at the Polish Home

April 15 - Cabaret Elita at the Polish Home


April 15

Cabaret Elita at the Polish Home

April 13

Poles in Central Asia at UW, lecture & exhibition

Apr 10

Easter Food Basket Blessing (Swiecone)

April 3

40th Spring Bazaar at the Polish Home

April 2

Polish Book Club meeting in Redmond

Apr 29, 12:15 pm - Kaminska-Bowlby plays Chopin at Sherman Clay

Iwona Kaminska-Bowlby, piano

Local artist, Iwona Kaminska-Bowlby will play in a Sherman Clay Noon Hour Series concert that features Chopin’s sonata op.58 in G minor and selected Mazurkas.

Where: Sherman Clay store at 1624 4th Avenue, Seattle; admission free
More:  (206) 546-4101 for more info, http://www.pol-amerpiano.com/upcoming.html
Apr 25, 3 pm - Kaminska-Bowlby & Bowlby play Chopin in Shoreline

Christopher Bowlby, piano

Local artists, Ivona Kaminska-Bowlby and Christopher Bowlby will play in a Shoreline Piano Series concert Chopin: The Voice of an Exile with the following program:  Chopin’s 4 Ballades, Sonata no.3 in B minor and selected Mazurkas.

Where: at the Campus Theater, Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Avenue N, Shoreline; tickets $10/$8/$4

More:  (206) 546-4101 for more info, http://www.pol-amerpiano.com/upcoming.html

Apr 25, from 11 am - Fundraising lunch for Fred Frontier

Frederick Frontier is a local Polish-American who vanished without a trace in Taiwan in May last year. His mother, Mrs. Barbara Klita, moved to Taiwan and keeps trying to find any news about her only son and pushing the Taiwanese to investigate the case. This dinner aims to raise funds to support her there and to pay for a private investigator. Organized by Friends of Fred, cash donations welcome. 

Where: at the Polish Church, admission: $8 adults.

More: Grazyna Krewin [email protected], http://www.polishhome.org/ for account # for donations to Fred’s fund, or you can donate through Polish Home Foundation, www.PolishHomeFoundation.org.

Apr 24, 8 pm midnight - Disco at the Polish Home

Newest disco dance hits with DJ Marcin Ludowicz.


Where: Polish Home, tickets $10, age 21+ only


Apr 24, 7 pm - midnight - International Dance

It’s the 26th international dance organized by ethnic communities from Central Europe. This year entertainment for the evening has been prepared by the Hungarians, live music by a Bert Carlson Band (a German group). Dinner available at the Dance, alcohol BYOB.

Where: Boeing Aerospace Machinist Lodge #9125, 15th Pl. S, Seattle; tickets $15 only in advanced sale

More: tickets & info Elzbieta Filipczuk, (425) 338-3408

April 17, 9 am – 5 pm - REECAS-NW Conference at Seattle U.  

10th Annual REECAS-NW Conference has a wide range of topics from early Soviet culture, literature and poetry, to democracy, human rights and national identities, from Poland through the Baltics to the Russian Far East and even China. Polish topics include: (2:45, session 3C, Polish Writers): 1) Boleslaw Prus: Polish Positivist?, by K. Erickson, 2) Czeslaw Milosz’s Poetics: Modern Internalized Socialization of Apocalypse, by Artur Rosman; (2:45, session 3B, China Perspective): 1) Restructuring the Steel Industry in Eastern Europe, Russia and China, by prof. K. Poznanski. The Conference is organized by UW Russian East-European and Asian Studies and Seattle U Law School.

Where: Seattle U School of Law, 14 Sullivan Hall, 1112 E Columbia, on Capitol Hill in Seattle, admission free; however advance registration is required by April 2nd, if you would like to attend the complimentary buffet provided by the Law School

More: http://depts.washington.edu/reecas/

 Apr 17-18, 21, 24-25 - SIDFF at SAM

2nd edition of the Seattle International Documentary Film Festival will feature about 45 movies from 20 countries. This time the Festival focuses on works by British director Angus Macqueen (7 movies) and films from Russia (14 movies) and also includes 2 films by Polish directors: Patriots Day by Marian Marzynski (USA), Apr. 17, 4:45 pm and Competition (Konkurs) by Maciej Adamiak (PL), Apr 18, 2:35 pm. The Festival has been founded and organized by Michal Friedrich and is supported by the Society for Arts.

Where: Seattle Art Museum downtown, 100 University St., Seattle; general admission $7 (discounted $5), Festival passes: all movies $80 (disc. $60), day passes $25.

More: excellent info at www.SIDFF.org

 April 17, 7 pm - midnight - Spring Dance at the Polish Home

Polish Home invites to the spring dance with the live music by the Polonus band.

Where: Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave in Seattle; tickets $15 regular, $12 PHA members

More: www.PolishHome.org  

 April 15, 8 pm - Cabaret Elita at the Polish Home

Cabaret Elita


Founded in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1969 by Tadeusz Drozda and Jan Kaczmarek, Elita has enjoyed one of the most successful and long runs in the history of cabaret. They had been fixture on the radio for 30 years, played in two TV series and produced 8 records and 10 CDs with their programs over the years. Current members, Jerzy Skoczylas, Leszek Niedzielski, Stanislaw Szelc, Wlodzimierz Plaskota invite for a evening of laugh and satire. Please note, in Polish only.

Where: at the Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave in Seattle, in Polish; advance tickets $15, at the door $16 PHA members, $18 regular; advance tickets available at the Polish Home on Fridays and at the Polish Church in Seattle after mass

More: about Elita (in Polish) http://www.kabaretelita.pl/index2.php,

April 13, 3:30 pm - Poles in Central Asia at UW, lecture & exhibition

Dr Olga Medvedeva

Dr. Olga Medvedeva will repeat her very successful lecture, this time in English at the University of Washington. Ms. Medvedeva is a researcher, translator and a great friend of Poland based in Vancouver, BC. Since 2000, she’s been busy at newly accessible post-Soviet archives researching fates of Poles migrating or deported to Central Asia since 19c, with a special focus on Stalin times and on gen. Anders and his army. The lecture is supported by the History Dept. and the Slavic Dept. of the UW.

The exhibition about Poles in Central Asia in 19c & 20c has been prepared by Ewa & Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski based on Dr. Medvedeva’s private archives and is supported by Polish Home Foundation. The exhibition will be available at the lecture hall at the UW on April 13 and at the Polish Home in Seattle later.

Where: lecture & exhibition at Thomson Hall, room #134 at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, admission free

More: www.PolishHomeFoundation.org, Ewa & Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski, [email protected]

 Apr 10 - Easter Food Basket Blessing (Swiecone)

This is the schedule for blessing of the traditional Easter food baskets on Holy Saturday, April 10:

Seattle: St. Margaret’s, at 11 am, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 pm, at 14th Ave W, Seattle, (206) 282-1804

Bellevue: St. Louise, at 2 pm, 141 - 156th Ave SE, Bellevue, (425) 747-4450, www.stlouise.org/thisweek.htm

Tacoma: Sts. Peter & Paul, at 12, 1, 2, 3 pm & 6:50 pm, 3422 E. Portland Ave, Tacoma, (253) 272-5232.

 April 3, noon 7 pm - 40th Spring Bazaar at the Polish Home

Yes, this is the 40th Annual Spring Polish Bazaar! It is a yearly event organized by the Ladies Auxiliary. The booths upstairs will offer Polish crystal bowl and vases, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books, Easter eggs and much more. Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes of pierogi, sausage, cabbage rolls etc. served by the young generation of waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. You can also buy home made desserts and pastries. Most of the Puget Sound area Polish organizations would have their booths or info posted. This is usually a quite crowded event, so come early!

Where: at the Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave. Seattle, admission free

More: www.PolishHome.org, for Bazaar org. committee Barbara McNair (206) 526-8765

 April 2, 8 pm - Polish Book Club meeting in Redmond

The books to be discussed at the meeting are: Upadek czlowieka pod Dworcem Centralnym by Jerzy Pilch, Wyd. Lit., 2002 and Dom dzienny, dom nocny by Olga Tokarczuk, Wyd. Ruta, 1999. Both Pilch and Tokarczuk are contemporary writers. Upadek .. is a selection of the weekly writings for the Polityka magazine. Dom …  which was published in English (and is available at Amazon) as House of day, house of night is an extraordinary, poetic fiction book. Since its original publication it has remained a bestseller in Poland. Richly imagined, weaving in anecdote with recipes and gossip, Tokarczuk's novel is an epic of Nowa Ruda, a small town in Silesia. New members are welcome.

Where: Jerzy's Coffee, 
16727 Redmond Way (behind Exxon at the split with Cleveland St coming from 520), in Redmond; admission free.

More: for info or books Jagoda Sondej [email protected], or Hanna Gil [email protected]

  © 2004 Ryszard Kott

Fot. 'Fountain" - Hanna Gil

Fot. "Seattle" - Ryszard Kwieciński