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 One Way Ticket To the Moon / Bilet na księżyc, 2013 – comedy, period drama, 120 min – English subtitles (FREE MOVIE)

Lots of hilarious dialogues, ending based on a real story, award winner including an audience award - join us for: WHAT: One Way Ticket To the Moon / Bilet na księżyc, 2013 – comedy, period drama, 120 min – English subtitles   WHERE: (Different than our usual location - only in June and July) Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756, tel: 512-974-8820 WHEN: Sunday, June 4 at 3:30pm COST: FREE CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com Director: Jacek Bromski
Screenwriter: Jacek Bromski
Director of photography: Michał Englert
Music: Luděk Dřízhal, Aaron Frescas, Spencer Gibb Synopsis
One Way Ticket to the Moon is a coming of age road film set in 1969, the year when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. The script follows the cross-country trip taken by two brothers – the younger getting ready to join the army and the older trying to prepare him for the rough life ahead. While they travel they meet old friends and make new acquaintances, resulting in a comic story set in the reality of the communist People’s Republic of Poland. In the last phase, Bromski ‘s light-hearted comedy shifts into a melodramatic hostage caper in edgy Berlin, in a bizarre, but true-story ending. Trailer (subtitled) https://vimeo.com/96567042 Awards
2013 – Best Screenplay at Gdynia Film Festival
2013 – Project London Award for the film with the largest potential for distribution in Great Britain and Ireland
2014 – Best Director at the Tiburon International Film Festival
2014 – Audience Award at the Toronto Polish Film Festival

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Free French Films in New York City Parks

JUNE 2 TO SEPTEMBER 7, 2017   This year marks the 10th anniversary of Films on the Green, the free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks.   In its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.   Free and open to the public.
All films are in French with English subtitles, except for the July 12th screening, which is in French and English with Spanish subtitles.
Music by WNYU and WHCS DJs prior to the screenings!
Follow #FilmsOnTheGreen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! READ MORE   FESTIVAL LINE-UP Wanda Sykes' pick: POTICHE (TROPHY WIFE) June 2, 2017 | 8:30pm
Central Park, Cedar Hill It's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air but Suzanne is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol. When Robert is taken hostage by his employees, who are in strike, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves to be a remarkably effective leader. But when Robert returns to the factory, things get complicated. Directed by François Ozon (R, 2010)
With Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini, Gérard Depardieu READ MORE Saul Williams' pick: TEY (TODAY) June 9, 2017 | 8:30pm
Washington Square Park Today is the last day of Satché’s life. Though he is strong and healthy, he knows this to be true. Walking through the streets of his home town in Senegal, Satché takes in the sites of his past as if he were looking at them for the last time: his parents’ house, his first love, his friends, his wife and children. He greets these final moments with great fear but also with a sense of joy. Directed by Alain Gomis (2013)
with Saul Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Anisia Uzeyman Presented with the support of The Washington Square Park Conservancy. READ MORE Amy Hargreaves' pick: LA TRAVERSEE DE PARIS June 16, 2017 | 8:30pm
Washington Square Park Two unlikely companions, the straight-laced Martin and the bombastic Grandgil, must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris. While Martin tries to make it through efficiently, Grandgil seems to create, and then surmount, obstacles for the fun of it. Directed by Claude Autant-Lara (1956)
With Bourvil, Jean Gabin, Louis de Funès Presented with the support of The Washington Square Park Conservancy. READ MORE Wes Anderson's pick: MAUVAIS SANG June 23, 2017 | 8:30pm
Transmitter Park, Brooklyn Marc and Hans, two old gangsters, plan to steal the vaccine for a mysterious virus which affects those who make love without being in love. After the death of their associate, the two accomplices call on his son, Alex, a talented conjuror. But Alex falls madly in love with a girl he sees on a bus. Her name is Anna and she turns out to be Marc's mistress... Directed by Leos Carax (1986)
With Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant READ MORE Jim Jarmusch's pick: CONTEMPT June 30, 2017 | 8:30pm
Transmitter Park, Brooklyn Parisian screenwriter Paul Javal and his wife Camilla join director Fritz Lang and American film producer Jeremy Prokosch on the set of an adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey in Italy. Camille is bored and unhappy about this long journey away from home and among strangers... Directed by Jean-Luc Godard (PG, 1963)
With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance READ MORE Matthew Weiner's pick: LA CEREMONIE July 7, 2017 | 8:30pm
Tompkins Square Park When Catherine Lelievre hires rigid, taciturn Sophie, she thinks she has found the perfect housekeeper for her family’s remote mansion in Brittany. But, detached and automated, Sophie displays odd behavior that becomes inexplicably disturbing. When she becomes friends with the impertinent, outspoken busybody Jeanne who runs the post office, the tension between Sophie and her employers increases. Directed by Claude Chabrol (1995)
With Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire READ MORE Laurie Anderson's pick: PORT OF SHADOWS July 14, 2017 | 8:30pm
Tompkins Square Park Jean, an army deserter, hitchhikes his way into Le Havre looking for a place to hide until he can leave the country on one of the many ships anchored there. He never expects to become embroiled in a dispute between local “tough” guy Lucien and wealthy but shady shopkeeper Zabel. Nor does he expect to fall in love with the beautiful Nelly… Directed by Marcel Carné (1938)
With Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Michel Simon READ MORE Matías Piñeiro’s pick: LUMIERE D'ETE July 21, 2017 | 8:30pm
Riverside Park Pier I Arriving at a remote mountaintop hotel in Provence, the Parisian Michèle is involved in a love triangle with a worker and an aristocrat whose neighboring castle will be the scene of a show-stopping costume ball. Directed by Jean Grémillon (1943)
With Madeleine Renaud, Pierre Brasseur READ MORE Isabella Rossellini’s pick: ELENA AND HER MEN July 28, 2017 | 8:30pm
Riverside Park Pier I In a pre-WWI Paris, Elena is a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish princess who drives men crazy. When a famous general falls for her charms, Elena finds herself entangled in both romantic intrigue and political conspiracy—with the hearts of several men, and the future of France, in her hands.

Directed by Jean Renoir (1956)
With Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais,  Juliette Gréco Preceded by The Trip to the Moon by Georges Méliès (1902) READ MORE   SPECIAL SCREENING WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES LA CIENCIA DEL SUEÑO (The Science of Sleep) July 12, 2017 | 8:30pm
J. Hood Wright Park, Washington Heights En francés e inglés con subtítulos en español/In French and English with Spanish subtitles

Stéphane, un joven diseñador tímido e introvertido, tiene una imaginación tan grande que a veces se impone al mundo real.  Su madre lo convence de mudarse a París y le ofrece un empleo. La decepción es grande cuando se encuentra con un trabajo rutinario, pero se desvanece cuando se enamora de su vecina Stéphanie. La relación se ve amenazada por la constante infiltración del mundo fantástico de Stéphane en el mundo real.

The whimsical and imaginative Stéphane has a mundane job at a calendar company in Paris and wishes for a more creative outlet. He becomes enamored of his neighbor, Stéphanie, but the relationship is threatened by the constant seepage of his fantasy life into his real world. Dirigida por/Directed by Michel Gondry (R, 2006)
Con/With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gael García Bernal Presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. READ MORE   FILMS ON THE GREEN @ COLUMBIA James Ivory’s pick: THE WILD CHILD September 7, 2017 | 7:30pm
Columbia University A scantily clothed and dirty young boy is admitted to the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris. Having been found in the forest, the child is unable to speak, communicate or function in society. His case is taken up by Doctor Itard, a lone physician (played by Truffaut himself) who has unyielding dedication to re-integrating the lad into society. But the road to tame the beast is a rocky one… Directed by François Truffaut (PG, 1970)
With Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut Presented in partnership with the Columbia Maison Française. READ MORE   IN THIS ISSUE FESTIVAL LINE-UP   SPECIAL SCREENING WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES   FILMS ON THE GREEN @ COLUMBIA     FILMS ON THE GREEN - LEAD SPONSOR     FILMS ON THE GREEN - OFFICIAL SPONSORS             FILMS ON THE GREEN - FRIENDS           Cultural Services of the Embassy of France to the United States 972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075            

Ukrainian Institute: FILM: Mustafa | May 26 @ 7PM

BUY TICKETS Q&A with the film director and the producer will follow the screening. The film includes recreated scenes from the life of Mustafa Dzhemilev: you will visit his prison, speak with his associates in the struggle for the return of Crimea in the Soviet and in modern times, feel like an activist of the national Crimean Tatar movement, plunge into the life story of a strong and unbroken leader whose name is Mustafa Dzhemilev. The goal of this film is to tell the public a life story of the Ukrainian politician and public figure, who personifies the fight for the survival, dignity and honor of the Crimean Tatars. Project team:
– Ahmed Sarihalil, film director;
– Tamila Tasheva, producer;
– Efim Chupakhin, Ukrainian composer, pianist, sound-producer;
– Vakhtang Kipiani, Ukrainian journalist, publicist, historian;
– Maksym Pasichnyk, lead character, role of Mustafa Dzhemilev. The film premiere took place on October 28, 2016 as part of the program “Ukrainian premieres” at the Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist.” The Documentary “Mustafa” was presented at the European Film Market in the framework of the 67th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin and at the 11th edition of One World in Brussels within One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Soon the film will be screened at one of the largest film festivals in the Middle East, the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan,” and a number of the other human rights film festivals. Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, NYC

Ukrainian Institute: Trunk Show: Extraordinary Jewelry by Masha Archer | May 25 – 26, 2017

Champagne opening reception on Thursday, May 25th from 5 – 8 pm.   Please RSVP to attend   Shop extraordinary jewelry while enjoying a glass of champagne.   Masha Archer was born in Kyiv, Ukraine to Sophia and Mykola Muchin, both artists and teachers of painting and sculpture at the Kyiv and Kharkiv Art Institutes. After spending the post WWII years in Europe, they emigrated to the United States in 1949. Masha resides in San Francisco.

Among her clients are Barbara Walters, Laura Bush, Beyonce, Gladys Knight, Iris Apfel, Ivana Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Sex and the City: The Movie, and Harrison Ford.   Trunk Show Hours: May 25 – 26, 2017 from 2 – 8 pm.   Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

The free outdoor FRENCH film festival

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Films on the Green, the free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks. #FilmsontheGreen
Free and open to the public | Films in French with subtitles
Music by WNYU and WHCS DJs prior to the screenings!     2017 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
  June 2, 8:30pm | Central Park, Cedar Hill
POTICHE (TROPHY WIFE) by François Ozon, 2010
Wanda Sykes' Pick
  June 9, 8:30pm | Washington Square Park
TEY (TODAY) by Alain Gomis, 2013
Saul Williams' Pick

  June 16, 8:30pm | Washington Square Park
LA TRAVERSEE DE PARIS by Claude Autant-Lara, 1956
Amy Hargreaves' Pick
  June 23, 8:30pm | Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
MAUVAIS SANG by Leos Carax, 1986
Wes Anderson's Pick
  June 30, 8:30pm | Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
CONTEMPT (LE MEPRIS) by Jean-Luc Godard, 1963
Jim Jarmusch's Pick

  July 7, 8:30pm | Tompkins Square Park
LA CEREMONIE by Claude Chabrol, 1995
Matthew Weiner's Pick
  July 12, 8:30pm | J. Hood Wright Park
*Film in French and English with Spanish subtitles
  July 14, 8:30pm | Tompkins Square Park
Laurie Anderson's Pick
  July 21, 8:30pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
LUMIERE D'ETE by Jean Grémillon, 1943
Matías Piñeiro's Pick
  July 28, 8:30pm | Riverside Park, Pier I
Preceded by THE TRIP TO THE MOON (LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE) by Georges Méliès, 1902
Isabella Rossellini's Picks
  September 7, 7:30pm | Columbia University
THE WILD CHILD (L'ENFANT SAUVAGE) by François Truffaut, 1970
James Ivory's Pick http://frenchculture.org/film-tv-and-new-media/festivals/films-green-2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - EuroCircle's Night of Live Art Rooftp Party

Join us for “A Night with Live Art” at the Attic Rooftop & Lounge RSVP Here: http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/new-york-june-6-2017/ No Cover when you say EuroCircle at the door! Enjoy live art by NYC artist Anton Vitkovsky & paintings by NYC artist Ben Moon. There will be a $10 Eurotini on special throughout the night. Food is available for purchase. Featured Host: Ilona Lee, Poland – Art Attache Look forward to seeing you on June 6th! Best, Alexandra, Ilona and the EuroCircle New York Team

Estonian Events in NYC May/June 2017

Monthly News & Updates Kevad on täies hoos ning aeg kokkuvõtteid teha ja suvepuhkuseks valmistuda on ka  Eesti Majal. Kuigi ametliku hooaja lõpetame 9. juunil on meil plaanis veel rida üritusi. Jälgi meie tegemisi ka kodulehe kaudu siit! Egle Uljas' Piano Concert     June 1st, 2017   At the New York Estonian House at 6PM
  Kavas/ Program Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A-Minor, D.784: Allegro giusto; Andante; Allegro vivace Modest Mussorgsky' Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome The Old Castle Tuileries (Children's Quarrel after Games) Cattle Ballet of Unhatched Chicks Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle Limoges. The Market. (The Great News) Catacombs (Roman Tomb) The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba-Yaga) The Great Gate of Kiev
Link to Kevade Kaja Kabaree 
New Yorgi Eesti Majas     New York Estonian Mixed Choir Concert Sunday, June 4th at 1.30pm Summer Kick-Off Party   June 9th, 2017.
Band Connectors from Estonia  

Link to  Long Islandi Spordi-ja Jaanipäev Laupäev, 10. juuni 2017

Kavas/ Program Masterite kergejõustik (40a + Masters track events) 11:00 - 13:00 Võrkpalli turniir (Volleyball tournament) 12:00 - 19:00 Noorte kergejõustik (Children's track events) 
15:30 - 16:30 Noorte ujumisevõistlused (Children's swim meet)
16:30 - 17:30 **Registreerimine (Registration for children's events) 15:00-15:30** ------------------- Filia Patriae koosviibimine ------------------- LIEKMT korraldusel: Köök ja BBQ Ujula ja saun avatud (Pool & Sauna open)
Jaanitule süütamine kell (Fire) 20:30 
Tantsu pidu sisesaalis algab kell (Dance & Live music) 21:30 **Live music by "The Jared Swartz Trio", "Times Ten", & "The Blue Noise Band"** Väljas valitseb öörahu kella 22:00-st peale Sissepääs täiskasvanuile $20 (seenioritele $10, lastele alla 16 vaba); auto parkimine $10 Admission for adults $20 (Seniors $10, children under 16 free); parking $10 per car
  Saturday, June 10th 20 Middle Island Blvd, Middle Island, NY 11953   Movie: Forest Brothers   June 14th, 2017at 7pm 
Movie in Latvian with English subtitles     The Second World War is over. However, the partisans in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, soon forgotten by the world, were still fighting a hopeless battle for their freedom. 4 surviving members tell their story. Director: Peter Grimm Writer: Peter Grimm Stars: Juris Bergmanis, Antonija Brasla, Leon Garkalns     Link to Campanelli Handbell Ensemble
July 21st , 2017 at 7pm     at the new York Estonian House   


Global Austin: New Developments in Poland’s Foreign Policy:  Continuity and Change

Join GlobalAustin for our Distinguished Speakers Series: New Developments in Poland’s Foreign Policy:  Continuity and Change When:    Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m. Where:   Global Classroom, IC2 The University of Texas at Austin  2815 San Gabriel  Przemyslaw Osiewicz, PhD – Fulbright Senior Award Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  -  Professor at Adam Mickiewiz University in Poznan, Poland – visiting lecturer at universities in the United States, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran and Taiwan – author and co-author of three monographs and over 70 book chapters and articles in political science  Piotr Szyja – Fulbright Research Scholar at American University, Washington, D.C., specializing in Polish-American relations - works at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw and is writing his doctoral dissertation on Polish-American relations from the perspective of US foreign policy-making at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.  Molly O’Neal, PhD – Fulbright Research Scholar and lecturer at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw (2016) – former Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department devoted to the relations of the U.S. with Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia – was a faculty member at American University, Washington, D.C. and visiting scholar at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 – current research concerns Poland’s politics and democratic development since accession to the European Union In collaboration with:  the Fulbright Association – Austin Chapter and the Austin Polish Society This presentation is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund. REGISTRATION REQUESTED:  www.globalaustin.org/events

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Traditional Ukrainian torban, kobza and bandura by the American-Ukrainian kobzar Jurij Fedynskyj May 17 2017

Join us for the presentation of the traditional Ukrainian torban, kobza and bandura by the American-Ukrainian kobzar Jurij Fedynskyj.   Jurij will give a talk on the history and development of these once beloved national instruments and demonstrate the traditional repertoire performed on the torban, kobza, and bandura.   Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.   General Admission $15
UIA Members free   TICKETS   Jurij Fedunskyj is originally from North Carolina and lives in Ukraine now, where he teaches the construction and playing of traditional Ukrainian stringed instruments in a small village in the Poltava region. He is one of a handful of makers who create professional-quality instruments based on historical examples in Ukrainian museums, and is the only player who regularly performs on all three instruments.   The banduras which most of us have heard in modern times, are generally considered “traditional folk instuments”. But, what most don’t realize, is that this idea is largely a myth. The fully chromatic bandura, complete with modulating mechanisms and sixty steel, high tension strings is a modern instrument, designed to play not traditional, folk music, but rather modern arrangements and compositions, even though usually based on traditional folk melodies. The truly traditional, folk instrument known as the bandura has been forgotten for around one hundred years. As a result of modern progress, noisy streets, and of course, as usually the case, Soviet cultural repression; Ukrainians in the twentieth, and now twenty first centuries have been deprived of knowledge of the original bandura. That instrument was in fact very light and compact, had wooden pegs with about 20 diatonic, gut strings, and was tuned to a specific traditional tuning. Not only was the traditional bandura lost, but also several related instruments, once known and loved by Ukrainians, namely the kobza, and torban. They were almost completely erased from the national conscious.   Click HERE for Other Current and Upcoming Ukrainian Events   Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

Estonian Events in NYC May 2017

New Animation from Europe, Third Edition
19 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES | 44 ANIMATED SHORTS http://mailchi.mp/bb587e8fdc17/estonian-events-in-new-york-1748489?e=37ff78c991


May 9-10-11, 2017

Tuesday, May 9 | 7.30pm @ The Austrian Cultural Forum NY
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

IMG_00:01.JPG by Zane Oborenko (Latvia / Estonia)
Sand Animation / 2014 / 3’
From small bits and pieces of seemingly random spots of light and darkness silhouettes of bodies appear.

Wednesday, May 10 | 8pm @ 180 Maiden Lane | Guest Screening @Animation Nights NY
180 Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038

PENELOPE by Heta Jäälinoja (Estonia , Finland)
2D computer / 2016 / 4’
Doorbell rings. Someone's at the door. But everything's a mess. http://mailchi.mp/bb587e8fdc17/estonian-events-in-new-york-1748489?e=37ff78c991

Thursday, May 11 | 7pm @ Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd St
New York, NY 10021

CORNER by Lucija Mrzljak (Estonia, Croatia)
Drawing on paper / 2016 / 2’
Life isn’t easy in a corner, in the angle where two edges meet. Everything is geometrically relative when perspective and the laws of gravity start playing tricks on you.

EMPTY SPACE by Ülo Pikkov (Estonia )
Puppets / 2016 / 10’
A little girl wants a puppy for her birthday, but instead she receives her father (whom she thought was dead). A very long-standing dream is what kept him alive throughout the years and it will only come true now, through this film.

All screenings are free and open to the public! The selections feature shorts exclusively for mature audiences.

Directed by Triin Ruumet

Sat, May 20, 2017
4:00 PM

Museum of the Moving Image
Bartos Screening Room
36-01 35th Ave,
Queens, NY 11106
VIEW MAP   http://mailchi.mp/bb587e8fdc17/estonian-events-in-new-york-1748489?e=37ff78c991 The raw, risk-taking feature debut from Triin Ruumet captures the feeling of being young, adrift, and drunk on the possibilities of life. It’s set during one summer in 1990s Estonia, where 27-year-old Allar wastes away his days drinking, partying, and cruising in his car. But after a near-death accident leaves him contemplating his life’s direction, Allar finds himself torn between the call of adult responsibility and the allure of reckless abandonment. Bursting with bold stylistic flourishes and spot-on period detail (particularly the propulsive pop soundtrack), The Days that Confused is a heady time capsule of Eastern Europe’s post-Soviet wilderness years.

Best Brunches in Austin by Thrillist

PAPERBOY   EAST ELEVENTH Paperboy is the newest addition to the East Eleventh corridor that is also home to Hillside Farmacy and Quickie Pickie. The trailer serves a small menu of tried-and-true breakfast/brunch sandwiches, bowls, and open-faced (sweet and savory!) toast, with ingredients sourced from local farms and bakeries, and coffee from Austin’s Tweed Coffee Roasters. You can’t go wrong with the hash, made with roasted sweet potatoes, poached egg, braised pork belly, grilled onions, and coffee mayo. Best yet? They serve it all up on weekdays, too.         ANNIE RAY ISLA   WAREHOUSE DISTRICT Next door to sister restaurant Péché, Isla delivers bright, tropical flavors via new brunch options and tiki cocktails. Favorite picks include dishes like Johnny cakes & shrimp, sweet potato biscuits with chorizo gravy, and the indulgent bananas Foster French toast. Known for its fantastic island-vibe bar program, Isla offers passion fruit, prickly pear, and traditional mimosas in addition to the playful Goodie Goodie Rumdrop (rum, blood orange, ginger) during brunch.         Copy from Thrillist VOX TABLE   SOUTH LAMAR VOX Table’s brunch menu is full of classic brunch dishes, each executed with a New American twist and surprisingly large portions. Menu standouts include, well... everything. We recommend the crab Benedict, mouthwatering butter-poached crab in a popover, topped with a soft-boiled egg, hollandaise, and proscuitto; the olive oil pancakes topped with fig & walnut butter and maple syrup (ADD BACON, it’s amazing); and the Bloody Mary, classic flavor served with a pipette of hot sauce and, in true Austin fashion, a Lone Star chaser. One more thing we love about VOX Table's brunch: you can order plump East Coast oysters served on the half shell with their house-made cucumber vinaigrette. AMIRA JENSEN SWAY   SOUTH FIRST Sway’s just introduced a brunch menu -- much to the delight of anyone who has dined with them -- that incorporates traditional Thai flavors done in Sway’s modern style. Its take on brunch classics include unexpected combinations, as in the Thai basil waffle & chicken (chicken wing lollipop, pickled fresno, green nahm jihm, maple-lemon butter, togarashi) and the mapow biscuit & gravy (goat cheese-thai herb biscuit, minced pork gravy, bacon powder, egg, crispy basil leaf). Order this spicy brunch drink: cucumber & tomatillo michelada (singha beer, pineapple, cilantro, kaffir lime, serrano, lemongrass, and mint salt). YASSSS. RELATED   WU CHOW WU CHOW   DOWNTOWN This is not your basic brunch, this is Wu Chow’s Sunday dim sum brunch. The bright and busy space is perfect for meeting up with your whole crew and sharing like a million Chinese dumplings and small bites. Try the savory bean curd with oyster sauce, pork & shrimp shumai, scallion pancake, and everyone’s favorite, the Shanghai pork soup dumplings -- eaten by gently lifting with your soup spoon, puncturing and slurping the broth out, then eating the pork-filled dumpling in one bite. Wu Chow’s dim sum menu also includes sweet treats like egg custard tarts and pineapple puffs. AMERYKAH TREVINO MARTINEZ JUNIPER EAST CESAR CHAVEZ Juniper, which took off as a favorite as soon as it opened, is also hosting weekend brunch with the same Northern Italy meets Texas cuisine. Brunch in the modern space, with its soaring ceilings and moody dark interior, includes carbonara (pancetta, thin pasta, parmesan, and please add the egg) and an indulgent wagyu rib eye (tender beef served on top of arugula, ciabatta bread, and horseradish cream) among many other delectable dishes. Pair that with their Sonny Mimo (bubbles, orange juice, peach liqueur) or an Italian wine from their carefully curated selection.         JIN CHU-FERRER EMMER & RYE   RAINEY STREET Emmer & Rye is a far cry from the party scene literally one block away. Its executive chef, Kevin Fink, was recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, and the creative, forward-thinking Sunday menu reflects his talent and vision. At Emmer & Rye, you can order a la carte from the menu -- the caviar & eggs (with creme fraiche, onion, sourdough toast) and the egg sandwich (tomato, onion, shiitake aioli, half scramble, english muffin) are examples of the hi-low style of the menu. While dining, definitely try the pastries being distributed throughout the restaurant dim sum style via a cart. Also partake in the Bloody Mary, whose flavor is kicked up thanks to fermented tomato, horseradish, Thai chili, and shrimp powder.   CULTIVATE/CLAIRE HOGAN JULIET RISTORANTE   BARTON SPRINGS Juliet’s Italian on Barton Springs Rd is an inviting choice for weekend brunch, with its covered patio and chic vintage Italian interior. The brunch menu stays true to Juliet’s vibe with crave-worthy pasta dishes such as lasagne al forno (spinach pasta, bolognese, besciamella) and Italian twists on classics in the brunch risotto (green peas, pancetta, poached eggs, parmigiana). Juliet’s cocktail program is one of the best in Austin, and consists of eight signature Negronis, mimosas, wine, and classic cocktails.JODY HORTON CANTINE   SOUTH LAMAR Cantine is the third project from the duo who brought Austin Fino (now shuttered) and neighborhood gem, Asti. The Italian cafe serves a brunch just as elegant as its regular menu; offerings include sticky bun with Texas pecans, breakfast pizza, mushroom frittata, and the rustic shakshuka (baked farm eggs in a fragrant harissa tomato sauce). No ATX brunch is complete without mimosas and cocktails, so check out the Breakfast Bloody Mary (which comes with a pickled quail egg!) and the boozy Corpse Reviver No. 2 (gin, Luxardo Triplum, Cocchi Americano, lemon, and absinthe). Cantine is easy to find; it’s next door to the bustling Shake Shack at the Lamar Union complex.   GERALDINE'S AUSTIN GERALDINE'S   RAINEY STREET To get to Geraldine’s, enter the lobby of the super-chic Hotel Van Zandt and take the elevator to the fourth floor; what awaits you is badass. The huge and gorgeous dining room boasts an open kitchen, wraparound bar with an insanely good bar program, a stage always occupied by Austin’s best musicians, and a pool patio with views of Downtown. The Sunday brunch has a lot of options ranging from light (gristmill oatmeal, breakfast quiche) to let’s-do-this (brioche French toast, smoked short rib tacos). Cocktails we can’t get enough of: the chocolatey Muddy Waters (Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac, Averna, orgeat, cold-brew coffee, condensed milk, nutmeg) and the tangy Sunday Bloody Sunday (Vida mescal, seasonal sangrita, chili-lime salt rim).         OLD THOUSAND OLD THOUSAND   CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN Eastside newcomer Old Thousand is best known for its Instagram-famous dandan noodles, but it recently started serving a doozy of a Sunday brunch. There’s a spot-on menu of dim sum classics like thin-skinned soup dumplings, squid and shrimp shu mai, and rich chewy-sweet sesame balls. But where the brunch selection really shines is with Shanghai Tex-Mex fusion oddities like the crunchy rich mushu breakfast tacos, chicken and waffles, or the five-spice breakfast sausage with hollandaise sauce. Wash everything down with one of the excellent cocktails, or a pot of artisanal green tea.         ROBERT J LERMA GRIZZELDA’S   GOVALLE The concept of an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet brings to mind images of limp bacon and overcooked eggs in a hotel basement with a bunch of baggy-eyed businessmen. Fortunately for us, beach shack Grizzelda’s is here to change all that with a fresh take on the weekend buffet. Available only on Sunday mornings (for now), the selection features enchiladas, chilaquiles, a taco bar, house-made pastries, eggs cooked-to-order, and Jacoby’s Butchers Cuts. Plus, there’s a full menu of original cocktails (try the Bad Girl Ri Ri, with pisco, mezcal, lime, and passionfruit), and $5 margaritas. JACOBY'S RESTAURANT & MERCANTILE JACOBY’S RESTAURANT AND MERCANTILE   GOVALLE With its eclectic, 21 Club-meets-Pinterest decor and expansive backyard patio, Jacoby’s would be a perfect spot to down a couple of late-morning mimosas even if the food wasn’t great. Fortunately, Jacoby’s menu is as much substance as it is style, with a menu of updated American classics like braised beef Benedict topped with horseradish hollandaise and crispy onions, homemade cinnamon rolls studded with local Texas pecans, and buttermilk biscuits with house-made sausage and creamy gravy. An emphasis on shared plates, like Cheddar grits with pickled peppers and spicy butter, or three-cheese mac & cheese with a crispy pistachio crust, makes it an ideal spot for meeting up with your brunch bros.         WWW.INKEDFINGERS.COM/CARLI RENE PATIKA   SOUTH LAMAR This South Austin favorite has always been a popular meetup spot for book clubs, friends catching up, and Tinder dates. The new all-week brunch menu makes whiling away a Wednesday morning on the sunlit patio even more appealing, and is broken into three sections: avocado toasts, breakfast sandwiches, and savory/sweet bowls like the Sofrito bowl (with fingerling potatoes, roasted carrots, crispy shallots, and a fried egg on top). If you’re looking for something substantially lighter, opt for single-origin espresso with a fresh-baked pastry. Sign up here for our daily Austin email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town. Anastacia Uriegas is an Austin-based freelance writer who loves writing about her favorite brunch hot spots and then having to wait in line for 45 minutes every weekend. Follow her total sarcasm at @anaurie. By ANASTACIA URIEGAS and EMILY BEYDAUpdated On 05/03/2017 at 05:13PM EST https://www.thrillist.com/eat/austin/best-brunch-in-austin

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


European Posters at the Czech Center - May 2 to 30 2017

Program May 2, 2017 9:00 PM - May 30, 2017 EUROPEAN FILM POSTERS POSTERS BY CZECH DESIGNERS OF THE 1960s-90s
RSVP for the opening reception

MAY 2-30, 2017
The strong and unique style of this period of Czech film posters was influenced by the political and cultural circumstances of the time. The lack of a free market and commercial advertisements allowed designers to elevate poster design to an artform, which resulted in very high aesthetic standards that differed from the film poster production of other countries. The exhibition brings together 66 film posters designed by masters of Czech graphic design, characterized by bold illustration, handcrafted elements and an original, playful aesthetic. 

Posters on display include films by Federico Fellini, Agnieszka Holland, David Lean, Juraj Jakubisko, Michelangelo Antonioni, István Szabó, Wolfgang Petersen, Claude Lelouch, Luchino Visconti, Nikita Michalkov, Tony Richardson, Ettore Scola, and Karel Zeman, among others.   EUROPEAN FILM POSTERS  Czech Designers of 1960s - 1990s  Czech film poster design of the 1960s-90s elevated a traditionally commercial medium to a high artistic level – rich in both expression and style, and inspired by new art forms. A major element was the broad use of collage, reviving a tradition of imaginative art and surrealism. Poster language started to employ symbolic, non-descriptive signs, evoking feelings and reflections, impressions and emotions. Poster designers worked toward a poetic encapsulation of a film plot. The film poster outgrew its applied graphic function and became transformed into an independent work of art in public spaces, enriching the visual environment of a cinema, city streets, corners and house interiors. At the turn of the 1960’s each foreign film screened had its own original Czech poster. Foreign productions did not yet exercise copyright over their own means of promotion in Czechoslovakia. In the state-subsidized culture, film posters did not have to contain sponsors‘ logos; in addition, there were no regulations dictating what poster text should look like. Posters provided artists with creative space, which they learned to use freely and to the fullest. Apart from a film’s title and its director, posters only occasionally featured the names of stars and mentions of Czech or foreign provenance.  During the early 1970’s the ’apocalyptic bird’ of political repression by the Communists spread its wings over Czechoslovak culture. The borders of the country closed once more, for another twenty years, along with access to unbiased information. The creative process began to be affected by stricter censorship from commissioners, as well as by self-censorship inflicted by the artists upon themselves. What was once prestigious work turned into craftsmanship routine. The number of original artists decreased and some of the incoming designers were more inclined to adjust their style to the prevailing conditions. Yet even under these constraints, the aesthetic standards of the Czech posters were far higher than those of the foreign originals.  /Marta Sylvestrová, Czech Film Posters of the 20th Century. Published by Moravian Gallery in Brno and Exlibris Prague, 2004/ Venue: 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States Date From: May 2, 2017 9:00 PM
To: May 30, 2017 Organizer: Czech Center

May 18, 2017 - EuroCircle's Summer Kick-off Rooftop Party

Join us for our Summer Kick-Off party at this brand new hotspot rooftop lounge! Say EuroCircle at the door for no cover! RSVP Here: http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/new-york-may-18-2017/ Where: Lovage Rooftop & Lounge 350 W. 40th Street New York, NY 10018 DJ Chris Bachmann will be spinning tunes for us throughout the night! There will be drink specials and food available for purchase! Dress Code: Summer Chic, recommended but not required Look forward to seeing you on the 18th as we kick-off the summer season in style! Diana Cristea, Romania
Katerina Denisova, Russia Thierry Kranzer, France
Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team    

Polish Music & Film in May 2017

Dear Friends, We have two free events for you coming up in the first week of May: a live concert on May 6 and a monthly film screening on May 7. Make plans to attend. Concert  “Musical Kaleidoscope”: From Chopin to the Present, from Classical to Jazz APS partnered with the Classical Music For the World to present a piano - violin concert featuring two visiting Polish musicians from Silesia. You are cordially invited to enjoy the beautiful and lively music and a reception with the artists in attendance after the concert. WHEN: Saturday, May 6 at 4pm WHERE:  Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78736(across from the ACC campus, plenty of parking.) COST  : Free (tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted) Contact: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com Event details:  Classical Music For the World If you want a taste of what is coming up, tune in to Eklektikos on the morning of May 4 when the KUTX 98.9 host John Aielli will run an interview with the guest musicians from Poland. Monthly screening (comedy) Join us for a comedy – a crazy, surreal story – with a truly great cast. WHAT: Odd One Out / Nie ten czlowiek, 2010, comedy – 1 hr 28 min – English subtitles. WHEN: Sunday, May 7 at 3:30pm WHERE: Austin Public Library (Manchaca Branch) 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745 COST: FREE CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com   Director: Pawel Wendorff
Screenwriters: Pawel Wendorff, Piotr Chrzan
Director of photography: Pawel Wendorff
Music: Zygmunt Konieczny   Cast: Piotr Adamczyk, Jan Frycz, Wojciech Pszoniak, Kinga Preis, Lesław Żurek, Krzysztof Globisz and Jacek Braciak   Trailer (subtitled): http://stripedentertainment.com/films-line-up/odd-one-out-nie-ten-czlowiek/   Synopsis:
Wendorff’s film “Odd One Out,” is a kaleidoscopic narrative revolving around a man who lands his first job as a delivery driver and inadvertently becomes a witness to a traffic accident. When he gives his statement at the police station, he finds himself suddenly entangled in a surreal web of intrigue. The movie has a quality of paradox and absurdity characteristic of the great tradition of literature from countries where oppressive bureaucracies assume the visage of labyrinthine nightmares.   Reviews:
http://culture.pl/en/event/odd-one-out-another-polish-film-garners-international-awards     Awards
2012 Long Island International Film Festival – Best Feature Film
2011 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – Best Foreign Film
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival, Washington – Best Director / Feature film

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Max Vityk: The Warriors of Light / Outcrops May 12 2017 Reception

Max Vityk: The Warriors of Light / Outcrops   May 12 – June 1, 2017 Opening reception and book signing: Friday, May 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Please RSVP to attend.   Art at the Institute is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Cairo-based artist Max Vityk. Curated by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, Director of Art at the Institute, it features two major series of works by Mr. Vityk: the monumental The Warriors of Light and Outcrops. The former group represents the artist’s visceral responses and extraordinary interpretations to the critical events surrounding the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and 2014 Euromaidan protests and ensuing bloodshed in Kyiv, Ukraine. The latter group of paintings demonstrates an abstract yet technically calculated approach to depicting and reconstructing the geological aging and forming of the earth’s crust. This exhibition marks Mr. Vityk’s second solo showing with the UIA in New York.   An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Also, that evening, the artist will be presenting and signing his recently released monograph, The Warriors of Light, published by Rodovid Press (Kyiv: 2016), fully-illustrated, with essays by Olesya Avramenko, Annelien Bruins, Victoria Burlaka, and Nahla Samaha. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the opening and during normal exhibition hours. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Max Vityk began painting in the late 1990s, after earning a doctorate in Earth Sciences. He has lived, worked and exhibited in the United States, Ukraine, and The Netherlands, and since 2015, lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Vityk’s artworks can be found in private, corporate and institutional collections worldwide. Max Vityk’s artworks are featured in Tauvers Gallery International’s booth in this season’s running of CONTEXT New York art fair, at Pier 94, May 3-7. PRESS RELEASE Exhibition hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM, or by appointment.   _____

Movie: DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT- Czech Center Apr 27

Director: Jan Němec
1964, 63 min, Czechoslovakia The remarkable debut by the then 27-year-old director is a bleak, alternately realistic and hallucinatory examination of four desperate days in the lives of two young escapees from the Nazis. In commemoration of Holocaust Rememberance Day.

Article: Off the Blacklist: The Films of Jan Němec  By Max Nelson, Film Comment, November 6, 2013

"Nemec purposefully scrambles past and present, handheld realism and Buñuellian surrealism. It’s a torrent of life—and cinema—in the face of death." -Time Out New York  "Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a group of old, armed home-guardists. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man's struggle to preserve human dignity." –IMDB _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Please arrive at least five minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons at that time.
To RSVP for other events please visit www.czechcenter.com.   Venue: 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States Date Apr 27, 2017 7:00 PM Organizer: Czech Center

BHFF 2017 Starts Today

New York City, April 11, 2017 - Advance online ticket sales close Wednesday, April 12 at 3:00PM.  Additional tickets may be available at the SVA Theatre box office right before each presentation. BUY TICKETS Don’t miss the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival’s star-studded 2017 Golden Apple Awards Ceremony April 15 at SVA Theatre, followed by BHFF’s legendary closing party at our glamorous new venue, Blu on Park! Come see and be seen and dance the night away at at one of New York City’s premiere arts events!

The awards ceremony will follow BHFF’s final presentation, NO SMOKING IN SARAJEVO, get tickets here! Immediately after the screening, BHFF will present the Golden Apple audience and jury awards, including our new Jury Award for Best Acting Performance! Joining us at the closing ceremony are: Oscar-winning director Danis Tanović; Legendary actress-turned-director Mirjana Karanović; Emmy-nominated photojournalist and BHFF juror Ron Haviv; Award winning director Goran Kapetanović; Award-winning filmmaker and producer China Åhlander; Emerging actress Zala Djurić! and many others.

After the awards ceremony, BHFF moves uptown for the closing party at the glamorous Blu on Park! Join BHFF’s special guests for drinks, conversation, and live music by HOT DOGS.

Blu on Park is located at 116 E. 60th St., between Park and Lexington Avenues. 

We will see you at the festival!



A visually and sonically lush lecture by Velibor Pedevski will bring us into the world of an important Czech musician.

Music historian, journalist, and sound artist, Pedevski is a long time student of creative music. His deep involvement as a writer, radio presenter, record label executive, artists’ business partner & collaborator, musician, as well as his 13-year teaching experience as professor of Contemporary Jazz and its Exponents at the New School in New York, have given him great insight into the evolution of creative improvised music.   NO FEAR - VELIBOR PEDEVSKI ON JAN HAMMER APRIL 13, 7PM in the Cinema

Jan Hammer will be remembered as one of the best synthesizer soloists ever. His mastery of the Mini Moog has marked the pioneering period of “jazz-rock” dominance. Whether it was his playing with the legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra or his own projects, he has always put a stamp on each piece of music he was involved with. His groundbreaking album “The First Seven Days” is still considered a pioneering example of acid jazz. COMPOSER'S TALK BY PETR BAKLA COMPOSER'S TALK BY PETR BAKLA APRIL 26, 7PM in the Cinema
RSVP Petr Bakla talks about his compositions, which have been performed around the world by distinguished musicians, and his collaboration with the Ostrava Center for New Music. Hear his music and engage in a discussion about his work. Bakla will also be conducting the world premiere of the piece created for the Prague-New York Effects program with the SEM Ensemble on April 25th at 7pm. More information on this event can be found below and on our website here. CONCERT: PRAGUE-NY EFFECTS: PETR BAKLA & THE ORCHESTRA OF THE S.E.M. ENSEMBLE Join us for Petr Bakla's new piece.

APRIL 25, 7-10:30PM in the Ballroom

Czech composer Petr Bakla collaborates with American pianist Joseph Kubera and Momenta String Quartet to present the world premiere of the original piece Major Thirds as a part of the S.E.M. Ensemble’s program. 

Turkish Food and Craft Festival - Apr 29 2017

https://www.facebook.com/events/420358931665282 Saturday, April 29 at 11 AM - 7 PM     12400 Amherst Dr, Austin, TX 78727-5326, United States 13th Turkish Food and Craft Fetival in Austin.
Don't miss out..!
There are Turkish Cuisine, Traditional Music & Folk Dance, Turkish Doner & Kebab, Homemade Desserts, 
Turkish Tea & Coffee, Turkish Baklava, Calligraphy, Water Marbling 
Handcrafts, Ribbon Art , Turkish Ceramics, Non-profit Vendors, Children Activities and much more. Recent Posts

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen



This brilliant comedy, set in 1910, tells the story of a small Czech theatre company who, having lost some company members, recruits the renowned Czech actor Karel Infeld Prácheňský as “The Stand-In” for the premiere of the new play Vlasta by Jára Cimrman. As Karel is unable to remember his lines, as well as the names of the other characters and even the play in which he is performing, chaos inevitably ensues. The play is an authentic, hilarious  translation of the Czech comedy classic. The Stand In is the first English language production of this popular, intelligent and witty play.    ABOUT THE MAN
Who is Jára Cimrman, the Czech Phenomenon?
Jára Cimrman is a fictitious personality created by Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak. He is a poet, philosopher, inventor, musician, mathematician, intellectual, athlete and a prolific playwright. He is esteemed for his immense contribution to the progress of humanity. In 2005, the ficticious charactor won the poll for the “Greatest Czech.” His character has become an intrinsic part of Czech folklore. Quotes from his plays are often used in everyday life. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the “discovery” of his legacy, which has inspired 15 plays, in the town of Liptákov.   VIEW A SCENE FROM THE PLAY THREE FREE PERFORMANCES TO CHOOSE FROM Join us for one of three free performances of this wonderful play in New York city. APRIL 19, Bohemian National Hall, 7PM in the Ballroom RSVP
  APRIL 21, HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Avenue, 8PM RSVP
  APRIL 22, Bohemian National Hall, 7PM in the Ballroom RSVP

March 30-April 6, 2017 - New York Sephardic Film Festival

FILM New York   When     March 30 –
April 6, 2017   Where     @ Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011   + Info     New York Sephardic Film Festival   Admission     Buy tickets New York Sephardic Film Festival Through the poignant medium of film, the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival provides viewers with an understanding of the rich mosaic culture of Jews from the Middle East and greater Sephardic Diaspora. The 20th Anniversary Edition of the Festival, is organized by the American Sephardi Federation. It will be held through April 6th.                    

Musical Kaleidoscope, May 6, 2017 From Chopin to the present, from classical to jazz

Musical Kaleidoscope, May 6, 2017 CMFW Artists’ Concert Series Spring 2017 presents “Musical Kaleidoscope”
From Chopin to the present, from classical to jazz Saturday,  May 6, 2017, 4pm Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 W. Hwy 290.  Austin, TX  78736 Get ready for fabulous piano and violin music of Chopin, Szymanowski, Glenc, Wieniawski, Bartok, Grandos and … Gershwin performed by CMFW invited musicians from Poland. This will be a beautiful journey through time and emotions. Featured Artists: Michał Korzistka, piano   Marcin Hałat, violin     PROGRAM Jacek Glenc   (b. 1967) Summer Evening (Letni wieczór)
Timelessness (Tam, gdzie nie istnieje czas) Michał Korzistka, piano   Frédéric Chopin  (1810 – 1849) Grande Valse op.42 Michał Korzistka, piano   George Gershwin  (1898 – 1937) Rapsody in blue (piano solo version)
Three preludes for piano Michał Korzistka, piano   George Gershwin  (1898 – 1937)
arr. Jascha Heifetz Summer Time / A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
My Man’s Gone Now
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Tempo Di Blues
Bess,You Is My Woman Now Michał Korzistka, piano
Marcin Hałat, violin     ——————– Intermission ——————–   Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) Masks, Op.34:
No. 1  Scheherezade
No. 2  Tantris, the Clown
No. 3  Don Juan’s Serenade Michał Korzistka, piano   Henryk  Wieniawski (1835 – 1880) Polonaise Brillante A major op.21 Michał Korzistka, piano  Marcin Hałat, violin   Bela Bartok (1881 – 1945)
arr.  Josef Szigeti Hungarian Folk Tunes Michał Korzistka, piano  Marcin Hałat, violin   Enrique Granados (1867 – 1916)
arr. Fritz Kreisler Spanish Dance no.5 “Andaluza” Michał Korzistka, piano  Marcin Hałat, violin   ARTISTS BIOS Dr. Michał Korzistka — piano A prolific performer and academic educator gave many concerts in Poland and abroad, among others, at the revered Chopin Mansion in Żelazowa Wola, Poland, at the famous concert series at the Chopin Monument in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw, at “Atma” in Zakopane, at the Pszczyna Castle, as well as in Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, and in the United States. From his early years, Michał performed many concerts, both solo and with the accompaniment of the orchestra. He has a special place in his heart for classical and romantic composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin. Over the years, Korzistka has made a number of recordings, including a live recording of his concert with an orchestra in Weston, Great Britain, a “Music in Bielsko-Biala” CD, recordings for the 2nd Channel of the Polish Radio, and archival recordings for his alma mater, the Academy of Music in Katowice. Dr. Korzistka is currently a full professor of the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia, where he teaches piano and a number of other music courses. He is Vice President of the Bielsko Music Society. He also organizes international master classes for young pianists, under the auspices of the University of Silesia. His dual career – as a performing artist and a classical piano professor – leaves him precious little spare time which he devotes mostly to his family. Dr. Korzistka performed in Austin before, twice solo as a guest of the Austin Polish Society, the Classical Music For the World, and the University of Texas at Austin (and as a guest of the legendary KUT radio host, John Aieli), and once in a duet with the violinist Marcin Hałat, with whom he will share the stage today in a very different new program.   Dr. Marcin Hałat — violin Classically trained and active classical musician, Marcin Hałat is no stranger to jazz and improvisation. He regularly plays in a jazz trio, in classical chamber ensembles that present music of the 19th and 20th century, and in a symphony orchestra. He collaborated with the acclaimed Polish jazz pianist Adam Makowicz and worked with the “Atom String Quartet”, the first jazz string quartet in Poland, that won two “Fryderyk” awards of the Polish phonographic industry: “Jazz Phonographic Debut of the Year” and “Album of the Year-Jazz music”. In 2003, Dr. Hałat began his collaboration with the orchestra of the city of Cracow, Sinfonietta Cracovia, where he had the opportunity to play under the baton of such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, and John Axelrod. Over the many years of cooperation with the Sinfonietta he has participated in many recordings for the prestigious European labels. He played at major international festivals in France, Germany, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy. In Poland, Marcin Hałat performed as soloist, chamber musician, and member of a symphony orchestra at such festivals as the Warsaw Autumn, Music Festival in Łańcut, Karol Szymanowski Festival in Zakopane, Easter Festival of Ludwig van Beethoven, Sacred Profane, Zamość Jazz Festival, Circles Arts Festival in Cieszyn, and Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow. Mr. Hałat holds a doctoral degree in musical arts performance and has been teaching at the Institute of Music of the University of Silesia in Cieszyn since 2006. This is the second time Marcin Hałat is performing in Austin with pianist, Michał Korzistka.

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


World of Joy - Apr 21 & 22 2017 - Free Concerts

World of Joy, April 21 & 22, 2017 CMFW Artists’ Concert Series Spring 2017 presents “World of Joy” Friday April 21, 2017 at 7 PM – Program I
Saturday April 22, 2017 at 4 PM – Program II Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 W. Hwy 290.  Austin, TX  78736       Six Suites for Cello Solo by J.S. Bach
Francesco Mastromatteo, Violoncello     PROGRAM DESCRIPTION “World of Joy” is the marvelous path traced by Johann Sebastian Bach in his Cello Suites written between 1714 and 1723. It is a path made by very essential simple and immediate tools: four strings, the definite shape of an instrument with extraordinary expressive possibilities and the ability to imagine the future of the cello in terms of technique, timbre and artistry, connecting deeply with its “HUMAN VOICE”. In this suites appears the philosophy of J.S. Bach, the composer who writes “For God and the elevation of the Human Spirit”, the creator of a world where variety is born from an unique timbre, new for that time, and immediately able to express the infinite shades of the human spirit, its multiplicity of thoughts and feelings. The Suites are Soul transformed into Sound, starting from the purity of their opening gesture, until the complexity of architecture in the last dances. It is a journey which erases gravity, frees desires, creates a future, and nurtures hope in Life, in a World of Joy, which transfigures Sorrow into Perfect and Music, Eternal in its Beauty. Program I – April 21, 7 PM J.S. Bach: Suite BWV 1007
Menuet I&II
Gigue J.S. Bach: Suite BWV 1008
Menuet I&II
Gigue  J.S. Bach: Suite BWV 1009
Bourrèe I&II
Gigue J.S. Bach: Suite BWV 1010
Bourrèe I&II
Gigue   Program II – April 22, 4 PM J.S. Bach: Suite BWV 1011
Gavotte I&II
Gigue J.S. Bach: Suite BWV 1012
Bourrèe I&II
Gigue Francesco Mastromatteo, cellist
Described as a “virtuosic and passionate musician” by the Dallas Morning News, the Italian-born cellist Francesco Mastromatteo keeps performing in Italy and U.S.A. He is the artistic director of Associazione Amici della Musica “G. Paisiello” in Lucera (Italy) and he is also artistic director of the non-profit organization Classical Music for the World in Austin (Texas). From 2008 to 2013 he has been the artistic director of the concert series “Spring of Harmony” held at S. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He is currently Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatory “U. Giordano” in Foggia (Italy) – Residency of Rodi Garganico. Francesco performed as soloist with Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Round Rock Symphnony, Balcones Community Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica “Città di Pescara”, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Foggia, the orchestra “Suoni del Sud”, Meadows Wind Ensemble, and Starlight Symphony. He also performed J.S. Bach’s solo suites in the US and in Italy at the prestigious Ravenna Festival in 2009. He keeps a busy schedule as chamber musician and is now the cellist of the Duo & Trio Mastromatteo. He performs in duo with pianists A. Wright, C. Wright-Ivanova, and M. Schneider. He also collaborated in duo with A. Pompa-Baldi recording Grieg’s cello sonata op.36 for Centaur Records. Francesco has been invited to perform solo recitals and teach master classes at Oklahoma City University, University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and Southern Methodist University. Interested in performance practice as well as in contemporary music, Francesco performed with baroque ensembles like Concerto Italiano and Camerata Anxanum. He also performed the world premieres of T. Sleeper cello sonata, and of works for cello solo by S. Taglietti (Symplex), R.Franck (Taberah) and K. Hanlon (That’s It). He won first prize in the National Cello Competition “G. Turci” in Ravenna and first prize as duo cello and piano with Tommaso Cogato in the International Competition “Città di Padova”. He was Principal Cellist of Orchestra Sinfonica Umberto Giordano of Foggia from 2003 to 2004. Francesco completed his Doctoral degree in Cello Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 working with Bion Tsang, he also holds a Master Degree and an Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University where he studied with Andres Diaz. In Italy, he worked with teachers like A. M. Mastromatteo, M. Shirvani and L. Piovano and R. Filippini. Following an inborn love for various artistic paths, Francesco also holds with honours a Master Degree in Literature and History of Arts from the Università “Aldo Moro” in Bari. He published a volume on Italian composer Umberto Giordano for Bastogi Editrice and an extensive article on Kodàly Solo Sonata op.8 for the International Journal of Musicology.  

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen