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January 2014

Jan 26   Ivona Kaminska & Chris Bowlby in Concert in Kirkland
  Movie Gabriel at the NW Film Forum
Jan 25   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
  PHA Annual Meeting at the Polish Cultural Center
Jan 15   Garrick Ohlsson in Concert at the UW Meany Hall
Jan 12   Celebrating 30 Years of Polish Community in Bellingham
Jan 5   Christmas Caroling & Wafer Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center
Till Feb 14   Alisa Lahti at a Group Exhibition in Edmonds

Movie Gabriel

Jan 26, 3 pm: Ivona Kaminska and Chris Bowlby In Concert in Kirkland

Kaminska & Bowlby

Local pianists Ivona Kaminska and Chris Bowlby will give solo performances in the series Music from Afar. The program includes the last sonatas of Beethoven, op. 110 & 111 as well as Mozart's two fantasies in D minor and C minor. Dr. Kaminska & Dr. Bowlby are founders of the Chopin Academy of Music and the Seattle International Piano Festival.


Where: Kirkland Performance Center; tickets $20 / $15

More:  KB Piano Duo site

Jan 26, 7 pm:  Movie Gabriel by M. Haremski at the Northwest Film Forum

The Northwest Film Forum presents the movie Gabriel as one of the features of the 2014 Children's Festival in Seattle. This 2013 film directed by Mikolaj Haremski tells a story of an orphan boy Tom. He befriends a local auto mechanic and later  ventures on a journey across Poland with his mysterious friend Gabriel. For ages 9+, in Polish with English subtitles.


Where: Northwest Film Forum in Seattle; Polish w/ English subtitles; tickets $11 and $8 discounted

More: Movie info

Jan 25, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Aleja Samobojcow by Marek Krajewski & Dariusz Czubaj, published by WAB. Mr. Krajewski had a very successful series of  books based on Wroclaw. The book is a contemporary crime novel set in Gdansk in 2006.


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

More: about book (PL), a different view (PL), Polish Book Club

Jan 25, 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.


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, PHA members only, admission free

More: Polish Home Association site or please contact Matt Karczewski

Jan 15, 7:30 pm: Garrick Ohlsson in Concert at Meany Hall

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 Hall with program that includes Beethoven's Sonata in E Major, Schubert's Fantasy in C Major, Griffes' Selections and Chopin's Sonata in B Minor.


Where: Meany Hall at the University of Washington campus; tickets on sale now!

More: OhlssonOhlsson at Meany Hall

Jan 12, from 11 am: Celebrating 30 Years of Polish Community in Bellingham

The Polish Community at Bellingham started when several Solidarity families from Poland were sponsored by The Sacred Heart and other Whatcom County churches in 1983. The anniversary celebration starts with a mass at 11 am and then there will be a reception in the Parish Hall at 12:15 pm. The program also includes: a display about Poland, traditional Polish music & dance and even a visit from a Polish Santa Claus. Organized by Mrs. Urszula Kubik.


Where: at the Sacred Heart Parish in Bellingham, WA; admission free

More: For more info please contact Monika Harezlak 360 820 2403

Jan 5, 2:30 pm: Christmas Caroling & Wafer Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center

This event is the traditional wafer & good-will sharing (Oplatek) for members and friends of the Polish Home with Fr. Andrzej Galant. This is an open event - everybody is welcome. The Polish Choir Vivat Musica will help with caroling and everybody is invited to come and sing Polish and American carols along.


Where: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home in Seattle; admission free - the is a potluck event, please bring something to share if you can.

More: please contact Kamila Kanczugowski

Till Feb 14: A. Lahti at a Group Exhibition in Edmonds

Meditation in Green

ArtsNow Gallery in Edmond Conference Center invites you to the Come out of the Dark: A Multi-Cultural Winter Solstice group exhibition running for another month. Among other artists, Alisa Lahti presents three of her magnificent cutout based work of arts. Stop by anytime or during the Edmonds Monthly Third Thursday Art Walk.


Where: at the Edmonds Conference Center in Edmonds, WA; admission free

More: Artist's website or contact Alisa Lahti


2014  Ryszard Kott

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