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Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festiva 2017

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: ARMIN NUMANOVIĆ
Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and BHFF select the winner for the BHFF 2017 New York City Art Residency

New York, January 30, 2017 -  Since 2015, the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (AFAS) and the BHFF have collaborated on the creation of graphic design artworks used in BHFF promotional campaigns. The AFAS has organized a design studio competition project in Sarajevo in which 3rd and 4th year graphic design students created visual art proposals to be used by BHFF. The idea enabled students to work on a live project, challenging them to apply and sharpen their graphic design skills while gaining important experience that prepared them for their professional careers. The objective was to create art that represents the identities of both Bosnia and Herzegovina and New York City, and explores how these two different cultures intertwine through the BHFF. Themes including film, identity, dislocation, and cultural stereotypes were all included in the selected artistic vision and solution   Art residency in New York will enable Armin to re-evaluate his work through the exploration of the context that the project is based in and provide him with a new insight and perspective of this city. Both AFAS and BHFF believe that visit to New York will be of tremendous contribution to Armin’s academic and professional development, as well as an inspiration for his peers.     http://www.bhffnyc.org/?mc_cid=ac5c4002f3&mc_eid=da857a03b1

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Austin Polish Society - Film Series General Nil Feb 5 2017

Our 2017 monthly first Sunday of the month film series starts soon. Please join us for a historical drama, a film based on the biography of the legendary general Emil Fieldorf (pseudonym, General Nil), commander of the Home Army's Divisionary Directoare (Kedyw).   WHAT: "General Nil", 2009, historical drama,English subtitles, 125 min.
WHEN: Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3:30pm
WHERE: 5500 Manchaca Rd. Austin Public Library. Tel: 512-974-8700

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director: Ryszard Bugajski
Screenplay: Ryszard Bugajski, Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
Cinematography: Piotr Śliskowski
Music: Shane Harvey

Cast: Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Alicja Jachiewicz, Magdalena Emilianowicz, Anna Cieślak, Zbigniew Stryj, Jacek Rozenek, Maciej Radel, Krzysztof Franieczek, Maciej Mikołajczyk, Stefan Szmidt
Synopsis:
The story of Emil Fieldorf, known by the pseudonym Nil, a member of the Polish secret army during the Second World War. He planned the assassination of Nazi general Franc Kutchera. Arrested accidentally in March 1945, Fieldorf was exiled in the Ural Mountains and returned to Poland in 1947. Falsely accused by the communists, he was later sentenced to death and executed in 1953.

Trailer (in Polish.)
Excertps from a review on Culture.pl (by Konrad J. Zarębski)
This is how Bugajski explains why he has chosen to make a film about August Emil Fieldorf:
The film about Fieldorf is an attempt to remind or inform the wider audience that there was someone like that. One of the top commanders of the Home Army (AK), founder of Kedyw and of the organization NIE, he was murdered by the communist authorities and wiped out from Polish history. His role was not mentioned until 1989 - and, regrettably, the name Fieldorf still means nothing to lots of people." ("Kino" no. 4/2009)
[...]
Bugajski's film focuses on the final period of General Fieldorf's life, the time when he returns from exile and, realistic about the political situation, not only refuses to return to underground activity but also discloses his identity when amnesty is declared in expectation that the authorities will take note of his military status. However, the Security Office's plans for him are different, and he is the only Home Army general in Poland to be made an offer to head a Security Office-controlled clandestine organization through which other resistance groups could be exposed. When Fieldorf refuses, he gets punished by incarceration in a water-flooded cell without a bed and a trial which defies the law and ends in a death sentence.

Bugajski's film is, however, not so much about the workings of the Stalin regime as about the General himself. Although the way in which the screenplay shows Fieldorf was challenged by his family (and resulted in the credits saying "a film based on August Fieldorf's biography"), you cannot deny this picture a credibility. After all, thousands of people took the same 'wait-and-see' approach when the war had ended. But more important is compelling acting by Olgierd Łukaszewicz, whose 'Nil', who seems like a man from a different world in the harsh post-war realities, has no intention of giving up the principles which have shaped him.
"What intrigued me about Nil", says Olgierd Łukaszewicz, "was why someone so aware and so afflicted by the Soviet Union did not escape to the West. The screenplay has a scene with Major Bajer, who had worked with Nil and who asks him after the war what he would be doing now. The answer is: I will have a piece of cake and a coffee. To me, this was the key. This simple answer contains a possibility of suicide. To maintain a certain image, Fieldorf did take such a sacrifice into account. His commitments to his next of kin as well as his former reports make him face all this. Not only was the world around him changing, but all values burst, too. In General Nil's case one talk about a kind of a self-immolation" (from the distributor's materials).

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen

 

February 8 - Alsace Wednesday at the Little Frog

We are pleased to invite you for the next Alsace Wednesday at Little Frog on February 8th @ 7pm : a Parisian restaurant in every sense of the way - from décor to menu! Francois Latapie, owner of this new bistro chic eatery in Upper East Side, will welcome us with delicious appetizers!
   
When: Wednesday Oct. 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Little Frog - 322 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028 - Sub: 86th 4, 5, 6, Q

Cash bar

RSVP + if you have any questions, please contact: Liliane Rubin : lilirubin345@gmail.com or Capucine Bourcart : cbourcart@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you on Feb 8th!
Alles beschta !

--
L'Union Alsacienne of New York

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Friday - March 3 2017 - Romanian Music Through Centuries: Homage to DINU LIPATTI

Born in Bucharest, Romania, pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) is
regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He fulfilled a
startling variety of roles – as pianist, composer, teacher and critic – with
tireless devotion and integrity, despite the early and relentless
encroachment of the cancer that took his life unexpectedly. It is not
surprising, given his death at the age of thirty-three, that Lipatti
achieved cult status in the years following his death. However, his
reputation, today based on his recordings, emphasizes the fact that his
premature death in no way clouded the critical reception he has received.
His approach to the piano was one of utter fastidiousness, striving for
perfection in every aspect of his interpretation and performance. During his
lifetime, he was admired by many pianists such as Wilhelm Backhaus, Edwin
Fischer, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arthur Schnabel. Many other musicians were also
highly impressed by Lipatti’s talents including Yehudi Menuhin, Francis
Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, and Frank Martin. Lipatti 's pianism is an ideal
synthesis of a composer's analytical insight and expressive inwardness that
brought outstanding contributions to the classical music interpretation and
composition of today.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and the ACCUMM foundation
proudly present a concert honoring the legendary pianist and composer,
featuring internationally acclaimed violinist and pianist, Irina Muresanu
(violin) and Angela Draghicescu (piano) at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital
Hall, on March 3rd at 8.oo P.M.(
<http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/3/3/0800/PM/Irina-Muresanu-Violin
-Angela-Draghicescu-Piano/> More details here.) The performers pay tribute
to the centennial of the birth of the legendary pianist, in a concert
featuring exquisite chamber works of such as Enescu’s Airs in Romanian Folk
Style, and Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 3 “in Ro manian popular style”,
Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, as well as two rarely heard chamber works by
Dinu Lipatti that will receive their US premiere: the Sonatine for Violin
and Piano and the Nocturne for solo piano, dedicated to Clara Haskil.

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and
critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the
classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise
her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist” and The Los Angeles Times has
written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception
made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable” while Strad Magazine
called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance “a first-rate recital”. In 2013,
Ms. Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo
violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical
cultures around the world, which she presented to a rapt audience as part of
Indian Hill’s chamber music series at Kalliroscope Gallery. An active
chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals
and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in
Massachusetts, Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine,
the Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui
Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music Festival in Netherlands,
Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes
Festival in France. Ms. Muresanu has been a member of the Boston Trio since
2002 and she regularly performs with Mistral and the Walden Chamber Players.
IrinaMuresanu currently serves on the faculty the University of Maryland and
Boston Conservatory, and has taught in the Harvard and MIT Music
Departments. She received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctor
in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays an 1856
Giuseppe Rocca violin and a Charles Peccatte bow.

Pianist Angela Drăghicescu has quickly established a reputation as a much
sought-after collaborative artist and chamber musician. She performs
regularly in major centres throughout the world with many of this
generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included
performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Rudolfinium
Prague, George Enescu Philharmonic, Behague Palace, Hindemith Institute,
Mahidol Auditorium, as well as many other venues in Europe, the US, and
Asia. She has performed with many of today’s leading artists including
Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, Sandy Yamamoto,
Virgil Boutellis, Remus Azoitei, Charles Sewart, Peter Bond, Achilles
Liarmankopoulos, Jeff Nelsen, David Requiro, and Josephine Knight, to name
but a few. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Seattle Young Artist
Music Festival, Interlochen Academy for the Arts, SiPiano, Round Top Music
Festival, and is a frequent guest on Classical King FM 98.1 Seattle.
Currently Collaborative Pianist at University of Puget Sound, Angela
Drăghicescu is also one of the official pianists of the prestigious George
Enescu International Competition, having been selected under the artistic
guidance of Zubin Mehta. Her doctoral thesis “Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to
Romanian Art Song” is the first textbook for Romanian diction for singers
and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers wishing to
perform Romanian Art Song. Her mentors include the great pianist Michael
Gurt, Josette Hirsu, and Anne Epperson.
 

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Feb 26 2017 - EuroCircle's Annual Oscar Party

Join EuroCircle for our Annual Oscar Party at this new hotspot Ainsworth Midtown where we will watch the Oscars on TVs in their private back room. Say EuroCircle at the door for no cover! We will start the evening off watching the Red Carpet arrivals starting at 6pm and then watch the Oscars Live! RSVP Here: http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/new-york-feb-26-2017/ Dress Code: Dress to Impress Great drinks and Food will be available for purchase throughout the night! We will have Oscar Ballots for you to track your favorites throughout the evening! Who do you think will win this year? Feel free to bring friends the more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you for a great night out in celebration the Oscars! Best, Frank Breuer, Germany
Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team
We look forward to seeing you soon. Best, Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

January 31 2017 - EuroCircle's Pre-Fashion Week Party with Jetzy

Join EuroCircle and Jetzy – The Latest Travel Lifestyle Brand for our Pre-Fashion Week Party! No Cover when you say EuroCircle at the door! Come out for a fun night out as we celebrate fashion week early at this downtown hotspot. RSVP Here: http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/new-york-jan-31-2017/ Great drink specials! DJ Ramo will be spinning great tunes for us all night long so bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a fun evening out! Dress Code: Fashionable Featured Hosts: Tanya Angelova, Bulgaria
DJ Ramo, Turkey
Shama Zehra, Jetzy Jetzy is a global social network of people who have a passion for travel and active/social lifestyle. On Jetzy app you can connect with people real time by location and interests (foodies can connect with foodies, hikers with hikers, golfers with golfers, etc). Check out Jetzy here
http://bit.ly/downloadjetzy  

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Invitation to Reception with HRH Prince Alexander & HRH Princess Katherine, Serbia

Hello Eurocirclers, As you know each year I plan the annual Eurocircle Adventure Around the World. This year's official Eurocircle trip will take us to Australia & New Zealand, and you can view the itinerary on our home page. However, this year I invite all my Eurocircle friends on a trip to my home country Serbia, and a journey through it's neighbors Montenegro & Croatia. The trip is a fundraiser for a non-profit for which I am a board member. The trip kicks off with a private reception at Beli Dvor (The Royal Palace of Serbia), and meeting our gracious hosts HRH Prince Alexander and HRH Princess Katherine. Here are some scenes from the 2016 reception. VIDEO INVITATION There are 2 options for your visit. Option #1 is just the reception at the Royal Palace. It does not include accommodations or the 3 country, 7 day itinerary. You can make your own travel arrangements. Option #2 is the full journey including the reception at the Royal Palace AND full accommodations while we tour Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. To book or place a deposit, please contact me via email:  philadelphia at eurocircle dot com. All Eurocircle members are welcome, but if you have never traveled with us, we should arrange for a phone call. Our traveler FB page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/993595657419372/ Photos from last year's Royal reception:  https://www.facebook.com/sherry.kumar.3/media_set?set=a.10209512864835446.1141323297&type=3    

Sherry K

Sherry K

 

BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) Apr 2017

The BHFF is now accepting film entries; the final deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.   New York City, September 2016 - The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is back for another edition of breathtaking films and good cheer! The BHFF is to be held April 13-15, 2017 at the SVA Theatre in NYC. The BHFF is the annual event honors innovative filmmakers with roots in Bosnia-Herzegovina, while exploring the diversity of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian people and their experiences.   http://www.bhffnyc.org/press-release-091516?mc_cid=e8b8828bde&mc_eid=da857a03b1 THE 14TH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) WILL TAKE PLACE IN APRIL 2017 IN NEW YORK CITY       Submit Your Film   The BHFF programming team will consider features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films by Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmakers and films that have Bosnia-Herzegovina as their theme. Films Eligible for Consideration by BHFF are:   1. Films directed or co-directed by a Bosnian-Herzegovinian film director either residing or stemming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, or 2. Films produced or co-produced by a Bosnian-Herzegovinian film production company based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or 3. Films by any filmmakers, directors or production companies that have Bosnia and Herzegovina as the film's subject or that relate closely to Bosnian-Herzegovinian socio-economic, cultural and historical issues, and 4. Films complying with at least one point above and produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017
Films selected to screen at the 14th annual BHFF are eligible to win a number of honors, including the Golden Apple audience award. Films previously screened at the BHFF have won awards around the world, including at the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
For more information about the submission process please find at our website at www.bhffnyc.org/submit-your-film or enter the film submission form below.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

GlobalAustin: Invite You to Explore the World: Intriguing Iran

GlobalAustin & Departure Lounge Austin’s Coffee/Wine Bar and Innovative Travel Agency   Invite You to Explore the World:  Intriguing Iran Experts and those recently returned from this alluring country will share information and answer questions   When:  Tuesday, January  17, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.   Where:  Departure Lounge 311 West 5th Street (Guadalupe and W. 5th)   Appetizers and Sweets provided by Ambercrombie & Kent Happy Hour Pricing on Glasses of Wine   RSVP Requested – margie@globalaustin.org 512-215-0140                                                                                                                                            

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen

 

Why I Never Compromise for Men

This post reflects my personal opinion and these posts are shared with my private women's group The Goddess Principles. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.   Posted on January 4, 2017 by TheGoddessPrinciples.Net Today’s post was inspired by a video one of my fellow Goddesses posted in our private Facebook group. If you are a woman who can handle opinions drastically different than her own, without judgment or vitriol, and would love to join our open discussions, please check out the group’s rules, and join. WATCH VIDEO It has always been my opinion that women compromise way too much in relationships, and thus compromise away their integrity and their self-respect. When I speak about this particular subject, the men who read my posts (65% of my blog readers are men), agree with my opinion almost a 100%. It is usually the women who make a heated argument FOR compromise, as a way to keep a relationship healthy and moving forward. So, Eartha’s interview is really close to my heart for several reasons. For one, it truly reflects my own attitude, and also, it is the key to my being a Goddess, and my dating and relationship success. This is the one lesson I always have trouble getting through women’s heads, but is truly at the core of who a Goddess is. .... Read More   Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/the_goddess_principles_net/ Facebook Public Group:  https://www.facebook.com/thegoddessprinciples/?fref=ts

Sherry K

Sherry K

 

MYSTIC K2 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - Opening Jan 10 2017 Czech Center

KICKING-OFF 2017 WITH K2!
MYSTIC K2 
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION  EXHIBITION OPENING - JANUARY 10, 7PM in the Gallery LECTURE, SCREENING AND Q&A with members of the USA International K2 Expedition
JANUARY 12, 7PM in the Cinema
RSVP
An exhibition of breathtaking photography by Czech scientist and photographer Petr Jan Juračka. Accompanied by a one night special event. 
Petr Jan Juračka & Czech expert climber Klára Kolouchová present a 24 minute stunning short documentary film about their epic climb of K2 in Pakistan, the second highest mountain in the world, as well as a photography presentation and Q&A detailing their expedition to the dangerous and legendary peak. Using drone photography, Juračka captured never before seen images of the beautiful and serene landscape, and earned the Guiness Book of World Records record for flying a drone at the highest altitude.
 

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Consulate General of Sweden in New York

Season's Greetings!  As 2016 draws to a close, the upgraded Consulate General of Sweden in New York has now been up and running for a full year!

The transition from an honorary Consulate to a full diplomatic mission meant a lot of hard and diligent work from my brilliant, dedicated staff, and I’m happy to say that we now have passed the most critical phase and have been able to ramp up our services, as well as our work to promote and represent Sweden. Did you know, for example, that the Consulate now is accepting passport applications three days a week, and that the district we serve has expanded from the Tri-State area to nine states in northeastern U.S.?

While providing first-class services to the Swedish community, we've also coordinated, supported and promoted many Swedish events such as exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, performances and seminars, and worked determinedly to foster growth for Swedish companies. To keep up with our work and learn about upcoming events, we recommend that you join us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.

With this note, I would like to thank you for this past year - it has been wonderful working with you, and we look forward to even more exciting ventures in 2017.

My best wishes for a relaxing holiday and happy new year!

Leif Pagrotsky
Consul General

   

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Dec 20 - EuroCircle's Views of Hope: Party with a Purpose

EuroCircle's Views of Hope: Party with a Purpose   The NOISE Group, Peace Simon (Celebrity Artist), and EuroCircle are bringing you VIEWS OF HOPE: Party with a Purpose.  Along with our supporting Group Event Partners 1989 Advertising and Dining Engagement Group The first 50 people who email Alex at newyork@eurocircle.com will receive free admission. After that please buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/ecpwp Event Details – Bring light to 500 Families and 3 health centers in rural Haiti      The location is PHD Terrace Midtownat the DREAM Hotel in midtown NYC Networking opportunities across finance, tech, media, and fashion industries Sponsored bar for the first hour of the event for VIP guests.      Live music act by Alan Trinca      Music by DJ Banks      Raffle for great prizes (ie fine wine package and cash awards)      Silent Auction fine art piece      After party dance party Former NBA player and philanthropist Anthony Mason Jr. will be hosting the evening’s events. There will be a breathtaking art by Peace Simon and patrons will be able to dance the night away to the sounds of New York’s best DJs . The Solution Views of Hope’s mission is to produce high quality special events and parties which support a particular cause or purpose. Light of Hope will be an event filled with entertainment, class, artistic expression, and performances attended by many people of all ages across a vast majority of professional industries. The main focus will be to raise money, awareness, and to provide aid to some of the rural areas in Haiti that have been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. A portion of each ticket purchased will be used to bring light, energy, and hope to a family in need. Hope you join us for a great night out for a great cause! Best, Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team Best, Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

December 31 - EuroCircle's Annual New Year's Eve Party

Join EuroCircle for our Annual New Year's Eve Party @ Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eurocirclenewyears.com Where: Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel 88 9th Avenue New York, NY  Time: 9pm - 2am Featured Hosts: Boriana Pavlova, Bulgaria Marija Karkov, Serbia Ahmet Bodur, Turkey Natalie Kotroutsos, Greece Cabanas at the Maritime invites you a superlative New York’s New Year’s Eve event that is overflowing with amenities, energy, and revelry. One of New York’s hottest nightlife and event venues, Cabanas at the Maritime is delivering the best fittings, like open bar, complimentary bites, live DJ performance, and more, so you can have an extraordinary New Year’s night. Join New York’s beautiful partiers at Cabanas at the Maritime for a spirited NYE celebration. Spend this NYE dancing and frolicking in style at Cabanas at the Maritime, a renowned New York’s hotspot. Spirits will fly high all night long as lively revelers indulge in the 5-hour bar. Turn the holiday mood up with complimentary NYE party favors as you get ready to party down. This energetic crowd will be taking to the dance floor as a live DJ spins a smoldering soundtrack of Top 40, Hip Hop, House, Dance and Mash Up hits. When it’s finally time to send off the old year, raise your complimentary champagne toast high and count down with the whole crowd to a spectacular New Year. To take your NYE night even higher, indulge in one of Cabanas at the Maritime’s exclusive VIP packages which offer special luxuries like table and bottle service, reserved seating, priority admission, and more. Ring in the New Year the best way you know how: with a high-spirited, high-energy, and high-fun party at New York’s Cabanas at the Maritime.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Scandinavian Spaces is recruiting a Sales Assistant for their Austin showroom

Scandinavian Spaces is recruiting a Sales Assistant for their Austin showroom with start as soon as possible. Please help share in your network. If you know a candidate that might be interested, email sofia@scandinavianspaces.com.
Scandinavian Spaces is a Swedish family-owned company with showrooms in Austin and New York, serving customers across the US and Canada. Scandinavian Spaces represents 12 partner brands, providing contract furniture and interior solutions. The collection emphasizes high-quality design, ergonomics and sustainability. We are looking for a full-time Sales Assistant for our Austin showroom that can help our sales team with various sales related tasks and projects. Among other tasks this includes creating quotes and following up with customers and manufacturers. More about them  http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/scandinavian-design-company-enters-austin/

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen

 

A Quickie in Tokyo

Before I forget, just before I took off from JFK to Eurocircle's Trip to Argentina, my Instagram account got hacked. You can no longer follow me on @eurocircle_sherry as a bad, bad girl from Russia now owns that account. Lesson learned, don't log into the free wifi connection at Wingtips Lounge at JFK. After much arguing with Insta's incompetent security team, who repeatedly kept sending my new password to the hacker's new email account, I finally gave up and opened a new Instagram. You can now follow me and all Eurocrcle Travels at:  https://www.instagram.com/fox._on_the_road/  This time, I promise to take better photos, and only use my own internet connection. Since Argentina, I had been planning to take it easy and recover my expanded waistline that grew a few sizes after eating too much Argentine steak. I wasn't planning to travel until 2017, but an irresistible opportunity presented itself. My sister received a last minute work assignment in Tokyo, and since I rarely get to hang out with my sis, I take every opportunity to meet her on the road. My Thanksgiving consisted of a delicious approximation of roast turkey, and congealed stuffing only Japanese Airlines could serve up, but I was happy to escape the city and the annual Turkey Day Parade for a few days in Japan. Really, boarding a 20 hour flight just to visit Tokyo for a few days is crazy. I would never advise someone to do it. But, my sister always gets treated to the best hotels in town, and comped pretty much everything, so a long weekend in the city seemed totally worth it.  This was my second time in the city, and though things have changed, I'd say that Tokyo is still one of the most confusing towns on earth. So, this post won't be a listing of where to stay and what to eat, but really about how to get around without getting lost. The city has a super-efficient subway system that is spotlessly clean, timely and high tech. But trying to get from point A to Point B in one go, can be a challenge. Yes, I got off at the wrong stop a few times, because even though some subway signs are now written in the Latin alphabet to aid confused tourists like me, be prepared, you will get off at the wrong stop anyway. Though they are super friendly, the locals are not proficient in English. My first attempt was to get into a subway somewhere near Idibashi station near our hotel. A nice person had to help me buy a ticket because Ughh, the machines don't speak English :). Luckily, I didn't have to stare at the map for long, because a local, noticing a confused tourist walked up to me and offered to guide me to the correct train. What was even nicer is that he actually stood there on the platform with me to make sure that I stand right there on the lit up box on the ground, to make sure that I don't move and miss the train. You can see how a tourist who is used to the dingy NYC and Philly subways may not know about the appropriate box to stand in, in order to get a subway train to stop.  He then insisted on boarding the train with me. For a sec I thought that was weird, but umm, okay I think I can figure out the rest on my own. Not really. He didn't speak a word of English, but was careful to count the stops out loud for me. I am glad he did, because I really didn't understand the conductor's announcements. He then pointed me out the door, waived goodbye, as I got off the train and exited the station. Guess what happened next?  Unable to read the signs, I had no idea I was actually at the wrong station in the wrong part of town. But I guess the polite Japanese guy realized he dropped me off at the wrong station, because 10 minutes later, he ran up behind me in the street, looking all upset. I think he apologized profusely in Japanese for a hundred times, before I understood that he wanted me to follow him back into the station. This time, he made no mistakes, he actually held my arm the entire time, escorted me out of the correct station, and planted me right in front of the Imperial Palace. If you don't like getting lost, don't get into a Japanese subway. Book a city tour, or hire a guide instead. Luckily, I love to explore, and for me, getting lost is what makes the experience. The other piece of unrelated advice is to skip the shopping. At 5'4" I am too big for Japan. They literally have no clothes in my size. Walking through a department store in the Ginza shopping district, I caught many sales girls giggling, because I looked like a giant making my way through the department store, asking for size extra small, and being given size Giant with an uncomfortable smile. No thanks. If you are serious about shopping in an upscale department store, remember not to touch anything with your hands. Always ask a sales person for help or to see the item. They really frown upon touching the merchandise with one's hands, as that might soil the clothing. The sales girls wear white gloves as they handle the clothes, and have a panic attack if you lay a finger on anything. Good restaurants are everywhere, so there's no point in listing them here. Before you go, study the tourist websites to get an idea of how to get around the city. Even with a map, I still had a hard time getting around on foot, and I was born with a compass in my head. If you want some pics, check out my new Instagram, and give me a follow:  https://www.instagram.com/fox._on_the_road/ S  

Sherry K

Sherry K

 

December 22-23 - San Francisco - Rumi International Awards

Rumi Awards, a transformation agent for “Ancient Vision with Modern View”, is based on the thoughts of the 13th-century poet, jurist, theologian and the progressive mystic "Rumi". The Rumi Awards family promotes love to the world community through a universal theme focused on the principles of humanism, arts, literature, fashion, music, sports, dance and love itself. They are offering our members a 30% discount  https://rumiworld.eventbrite.com?discount=100RWMA201630PD umi Awards family has produced seven world class awards shows with high quality & standard that have captured the attention of world's largest news organizations including BBC & Deutsche Welle among others and excited millions of social media fans in over 50 countries since its launch in less than 3 years. The core principles of Rumi and the high quality & standard that reflect from Rumi Awards events are the capacity which has translated Rumi Awards’ vision into reality of over Half Million lovers. On December 22nd and 23rd, 2016, a record of over 300 music/dance artists, fashion models & designers, pageants, hosts, presenters and media professionals from around the globe will appear on an elegant stage that "Madonna" once performed in.
The Bay Area was specifically chosen as the host site because it is the capital of the world's multicultural communities and center of global cutting edge technologies, arts and creativity. The Rumi Awards will make history by bringing the artists, fashion models and talents of over 100 countries under one roof in one of the most classic and elegant venues in the San Francisco.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

December 17 - Romanian Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

The Romanian American Chamber of Commerce               You are invited, Please join us,   Please join us at The Harvard Club of New York on Saturday December 17 for our Annual Gala Dinner event. See attached invitation. The most prestigious gathering of business leaders, guests and dignitaries from Romania. With special guest of honor Dr. Vasile Dancu, Vice Prime Minister Of Romania & University Professor The event provides the opportunity to network during the pre-reception, dessert and dance party. Join us as we honor and pays tribute to the year’s honoree who made an essential contribution to the Romanian American Community, and is grateful for the opportunities he received in America as well as the Romanian heritage that he holds. Guests will enjoy an evening of fun, delicious food, and entertainment.   RSVP before Dec.9, 2017. Space is limited.  Please make checks payable to  The Romanian American Chamber of Commerce  and mail to:  391 Concord Ave. Bronx, NY 10454 Please call me for credit card payments.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

December 1-8 - Romanian Film Initiative

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION at the 11th MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema   December 1-8 at the Jacob Burns Film Center
  Here comes again a new December edition of the Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema festival, right in the middle of the awards season. Cristi Puiu's SIERANEVADA is Romania's proposal for the Oscars this year, but Making Waves 2016 brings more nominations in selective categories, for your consideration:

Best Moral Dilemma: Graduation

Best Controversy: Illegitimate

Best Family-reunion-gone-wrong: Sieranevada

Best Balkan-flavored Western & Best Villain: Dogs

Best Medical-care-gone-wrong: Scarred Hearts

Best Laughs: Two Lottery Tickets

Best Female Ensemble: United States of Love

Best Theater Manager: Cinema, Mon Amour

Best Dance Scene: A Night in Tokoriki


Decide for yourselves if they deserve these alternative awards! Watch the festival trailer andvisit our website to learn more about these strong contenders and to purchase your tickets.

The 11th edition of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema is presented by the Romanian Film Initiative in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Centre, with the leading support of The Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Filmmakers Union of Romania, and HBO Romania, along with generous contributions from our community of grassroot supporters. Screenings take place at the Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570 (easily reachable by Metro-North Harlem Line train)

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Global Austin: “Legend of the Imaginary: Science Fiction as the Starting Point for Reality”

Reimagining possibility: one man’s crusade to bring scifi and inspire scientific and technological innovation in the Arab World Saudi writer, publisher, and tech whiz Yasser Bahjatt will explore the social and creative role of science fiction in the Arab World and its potential to transform at two events and a book reading in Austin on 8-9 December.   GlobalAustin is delighted to welcome Yasser Bahjatt to Austin on December 8 and 9.  He will explore the social and creative role of science fiction in the Arab World and its potential to transform at three events. “Legend of the Imaginary:  Science Fiction as the Starting Point for Reality” Thursday, December 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The University of Texas Club,  2108 Robert Dedman Drive –   REGISTRATION REQUIRED - scifi-innovation-ut.eventbrite.com – The event is  free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. Parking is available at the Manor Garage, across the street from the UT Club, $3 per hour   Book Reading from Yasser Bahjatt's  2015  Sci-Fi novel Yaqteenya:  The Old World Thursday, December 8, 7 – 9 p.m. – Malvern Books  613 W. 29th Street Registration requested but not required -  the-old-world-TX.eventbrite.com The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking is available in the Malvern Books parking lot or in Breed’s parking lot after 7 p.m.      A Conversation with Entrepreneurs/Innovators Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. – noon – Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1600 Registration  is requested but not required –   scifi-innovation-cf.eventbrite.com The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be served   Yasser Bahjatt is a US-born author, translator, software developer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Yatakhayaloon: The League of Arabic SciFiers as well as the co-founder of ARIA (Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array) Logistics. He holds a BA in Computer Engineering, completed Cambridge University’s MOSAIC leadership and management program in the United Kingdom, and was the first Saudi graduate of Singularity University (SU) in Silicon Valley, CA, where he founded Matternet, a project which aims to alleviate poverty and accelerate growth through roadless transportation networks. Bahjatt manages business development at Quad Dimensions Tech, owns and manages E2T (the leading eSports company of Saudi Arabia) and data networking provider Intelligent Networks’ Components (INC, Saudi Arabia’s first local internet gaming service), and promotes innovations in eSports by serving as president of the Electronic Sports International Federation (eSIF). Bahjatt was the first to translate TED talks into Arabic; he translates for TED conferences worldwide. He is the author of Yaqteena: The Old World (2015), the first installment and English translation of his SciFi novel series, which explore an alternate historical timeline in which major historical events left Islamic society untouched. Bahjatt co-authored and translated the Saudi Arabia best-selling novel HWJN.             Event - Yasser - Flyer UT Club.pdf

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen

 

Holiday on the Hudson - Dec 10th tree lighting part

Holiday on the Hudson is our annual tree lighting party. Come celebrate the season with live music, dancing, and tree decoration making. Throughout the night we have hot chocolate and tree decorating activities for all. While supplies last. Please bring your own reusable mug Featuring performances by the Harlem Swing Dance Society and Barnard Bacchante. More information is available on their website. Saturday, December 10, 4:30 - 6:30 PM (with tree lighting at 5:30 PM)
125th & Marginal Streets     Cost Free   Event Organizer Summer on the Hudson, Riverside Park Conserva  

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team

 

Austin Polish Society: Christmas Celebration

Join us in celebration of a Polish Christmas: kolędy i pastoralki with Opłatek. Polish dishes by Apolonia Catering will be served and ŚWIĘTY MIKOŁAJ will pay a visit to the children.
Polish Children’s Book Fair ( If you would like to donate Polish children’s books, please contact Magda Boudni at 512-586-1104)   Due to a limited seating this event is PRE REGISTRATION ONLY !!!   Please, use this  Christmas Registration   WHAT: Polish Christmas Foods, Oplatek and St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) with gifts for children.
WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 4pm – 7pm
WHERE: University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio ST., Austin TX 78705   Parking is free in the CO-OP Garage across the street; bring in your ticket for validation.
Parking information   COST:
APS MEMBER $20
NON-MEMBER $25
KIDS under 10 –FREE   Contact: Angelika at 830-385-5389 or angelika.firlej@austinpolishsociety.org

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen

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