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June 2012

June 30   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
June 23   Mosaica - Northwest Slavic Festival in Federal Way
  34th Annual International Dance at the J. F. Kennedy High School in Burien
June 21-28   Movie The Woman in the Fifth by p. Pawlikowski at the SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 18-19   Polish Consul visits Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center
June 15-17   Zulawski's Movie Possession at the Grand Illusion
June 15   Play Sprůbujmy to jeszcze raz at Teatr Osobny in Port Moody / Vancouver, BC
June 2   Movie Daas by Adrian Panek at SIFF
  Parish Festival at St. Margaret's Church

June 30, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Marzenia i tajemnice by Danuta Walesa (former First Lady) published by Wydawnictwo Literackie in 2011. Ms. Walesa is the wife of the national hero and the former President of Poland, Lech Walesa. This frank memoir of a strong woman who supported her famous husband and family while retaining her independence and ability to see things as they are has become a national bestseller that has resonated with a generation of Polish women.


Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free; in Polish

More: Polish Book Club

June 23, from 6 pm: International Dance at the J. F. Kennedy High School in Burien

This is the 34th International Dance staged by local clubs representing several Central & East European nations. Semi-formal attire, delicious ethnic food, live music and entertainment. Doors open at 6, dancing starts at 8 pm. Soft drinks available all evening. This event is co-sponsored by the Polish Home Association, the Austria Club of WA, the Ukrainian Association of WA and the Russian Community Center of Seattle.


Where: at the John F. Kennedy High School in Burien; tickets $20; this is a BYOB event;

More: tickets available at the Polish Home on Fridays 8-10 pm, at the gate, or contact Lucyna Blonska 206-764-7057

June 23, noon to 9pm: Mosaica - NW Slavic Festival in Federal Fay

The Northwest Slavic Festival presents a variety of performances and activities: traditional incendiary gypsy dance, mellow Russian roundelay, folk songs from Belarus, Moldavia, Russia and Ukraine and by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica at 4:45 pm, contemporary ensembles, gymnastics and Cossack dances with swords! Plus soccer, rugby and volleyball games, children-games and the best Slavic food.


Where: at the Saghalie Middle School & school grounds in Federal Way; admission free

More: Mosaica Facebook page, Polish Choir

June 21-28: Movie The Woman in the Fifth by P. Pawlikowski at the SIFF Uptown Cinema

Joanna & Ethan

SIFF Cinema presents a movie The Woman in the Fifth by Pawel Pawlikowski and starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ethan Hawke, with cinematography by Ryszard Lenczewski. Pawlikowski is a Polish born director, the cast includes Joanna Kulig and there are multiple Polish cultural references in the film. I got a positive buzz about this psychological thriller set in Paris where it's hard to be sure what's real and what's not.


Where: at SIFF Cinema at Uptown in Seattle

More: official movie site, SIFF movie schedule and info

 June 18-21: Polish Consul visits Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle to process passport applications and to handle other matters that require Polish citizens to talk to a consul in person is scheduled for June 18-21, 2012. The visit is coordinated as usual by Mr. Marian Strutynski who provides detailed infot to people who sign up. Typically the Consul is available from early morning to the late afternoon hours but demand is high, so reservations are required.

Update: The visit, originally scheduled for June 18 & 19, has been extended to June 20 & 21, 2012. This helped all the people on the waiting list and you can still make a reservation. If you made a reservation and cannot to come, please notify Mr. Strutynski.


Where: At the Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle; reservations required - please send email to Mr. Strutynski. A similar visit to Portland is scheduled for September 10 & 11, 2012.

More: FAQ info on Polish passports; contact to Mr. Strutynski, or tel. 425-746-3037.

June 15-17: Zulawski's Movie Possession at the Grand Illusion

original movie poster

Possession (1981) is a psychological thriller directed by Andrzej Zulawski and starring Isabelle Adjani & Sam Neill. Mr. Zulawski, 72, has been a maverick of the Polish cinema defying both communist censorship and mainstream commercialism; after his movies were banned in Poland he moved to France in 1970s where he made most of his movies. This movie has been re-mastered to a new print.


Where: the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle, check for screening times on the cinema site

More: about Possession, Possession on Wiki, Andrzej Zulawski on Wiki

June 2, from 11 am: Parish Festival at St. Margaret's

St. Margaret of Scotland

The Polish Parish of St. Margaret in Seattle invites everybody to a Parish Festival . The program includes performances by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica, the Church Choir and Young Polanie dance group. There will be games and entertainment for children and teens with singing, dancing, pony riding etc. A log of good food and desserts, as well as beer available.


Where: St. Margaretís Catholic Church in Seattle; from 10 am to 5 pm, admission free.

More: St. Margaretís Catholic Church

June 2, 3 pm: Movie Daas by Adrian Panek at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival presents movie Daas written and directed by Adrian Panek and starring Andrzej Chyra. The film tells the story of Jacob Frank, the 18th c. Polish mystic who believed he was the Messiah. The movie is a debut for Mr. Panek, but has already won awards in Poland. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles.

SIFF presents two Polish feature movies this year from May 18 to June 2.


Where: Daas is screened at Egyptian Theatre on May 18 at 4 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 20 at 6:30 pm and at Harvard Exit on June 2 at 3 pm

More: Daas at SIFF, about the movie


© 2011-2012  Ryszard Kott

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