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  Oct 25   Polish Book Club meeting at the Kirkland Library
  Polish Cabaret from Vancouver, BC at the Polish Home
  Oct 21   A. Niedzwiedz talks about the Black Madonna at the UW
  Lang Lang plays Chopin at Benaroya   
  Oct 11   FIFA2010: Poland vs. Czech Rep in soccer at the Polish Home
  Polish Studies auction at the University of Washington
  Duo Klavitarre at the Polish Home
  Oct 6-12   Eye on Poland series at the CNN International channel
  October   Polish Home Expansion construction in progress

Polish Studies Auction

Oct 25, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Kirkland Library

The book for the meeting is Niesamowita Slowianszczyzna by Maria Janion, published by Wyd. Literackie in 2008. Maria Janion is a very well known Polish writer, essayist and critic and a Professor of Literature at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Niesamowita Slowianszczyzna is a series of essays on Slavic mythology and identity. Club meetings are in Polish.


Where: at the Public Library in Kirkland; admission free

More: about the book, Maria Janion, Polish Book Club

Oct 25, 7:30 pm: Polish Cabaret from Vancouver, BC at the Polish Home

A Polish cabaret troupe, Grupa Wokalna Albo Tak, Albo Nie from Vancouver, BC, comes to Seattle with eight performers to present a program in Polish Bawmy sie, smiejmy sie. The restaurant and the bar will be opened for the occasion.


Where: at the Polish Home; tickets $12 advanced, $15 regular

More: Contact to the Group, Dorota Kozlowski

Oct 21, 7:30 pm: A. Niedzwiedz talks about the Black Madonna at the UW

Dr. Anna Niedzwiedz teaches cultural anthropology at the Jagiellonian U. in Cracow, Poland and is a visiting professor in Rochester, NY. She focuses on religion and its relation to modern media. Her presentation Our Lady of Czestochowa: religious or national symbol of Poland? discusses symbolic meanings of the famous medieval icon in Polish culture and popular religiosity. Organized by UW PSEC.


Where: at the Simpson Center (Room 206, Communications Building) at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free, small reception to follow the meeting

More: Anna Niedzwiedz bio, Black Madonna of Czestochowa, UW PSEC

Oct 21, 7:30 pm: Lang Lang plays Chopin at Benaroya

Lang Lang

Despite his young age of 26, Lang Lang is one of the most famous and sought after pianist of the world, also a bit controversial. At the Seattle Symphony his program includes: Hommage a Chopin by Andrzej Panufnik, Concerto for String Orchestra by Grazyna Bacewicz as well as Andante Spianato et grande Polonaise and Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 by Chopin. Gerard Schwartz conducts.


Where: at the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall; hard to get, try Craig's list

More: Concert at Benaroya, Lang Lang site, Lang Lang Wikipedia bio

Oct 11, 11:30 am: FIFA2010: Poland vs. Czech Rep in soccer at the Polish Home

This is a qualifier to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Polish Soccer Club of Seattle invites to common viewing of the live game between Poland and Czech Republic at the Polish Home. The Polish Home bar will be open for the occasion.


Where: at the Polish Home; admission free!
More: contact Piotr Warczak 206-769-3840, or Michal Pietrzyk, 206-228-8227

Oct 11, from 5 pm: Polish Studies Auction at the University of Washington

UW Suzzallo Library

This is the 4th annual auction organized by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee for the benefit of the Polish Studies Endowment Fund, as well as related scholarship and lecture funds. The event starts with a silent auction and a complimentary wine from 5 pm, followed by a dinner and live auction at 7 pm with many interesting items to bid.

Where: at the UW Club (former Faculty Club) on the UW campus; tickets $75 include dinner & wine; free parking, RSVPs due by Oct 4, 2008

More: UW PSEC, or for Live Auction Catalog contact the Auction Committee

Oct 11, 7:30 pm: Duo Klavitarre at the Polish Home

Klavitarre is a two person ensemble, consisting of a Joanna Ziemska (piano) and Maciej Ziemski (classical guitar). Both husband and wife are accomplished musicians with solo careers; as a duo, they give concerts since 2003, with the musical range spanning from baroque & classical through romantic to modern. The restaurant & the bar will be open from 5:30 pm


Where: at the Polish Home; tickets $15 advanced, $20/$18 regular/PHA members at the door.

More: Klavitarre site

Oct 6-12: Eye on Poland series on the CNN International channel


This turned out to be CNN International, not the regular CNN. As far as I know, it's not available on cable around here; it might be on satellites. Polish News regrets the error.


Where: CNN International channel (Europe)

More: Series description Eye on Poland, a

October: Polish Home construction continues in October


The Polish Home construction continues in September. PH is accessible during construction. See pictures here.


The Polish Home Board of Trustees  has signed a contract with Shinstine Assoc as the general contractor for the construction of the building extension starting in August, 2008, for $433,000. The current plan is to build the "shell" of the extension towards 18th Ave with the functioning elevator.


The Polish Home appeals to all members and friends to support the project financially! For more details about current developments please see here.


More about the Polish Home Expansion Project


2008  Ryszard Kott

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