Jan
23
Fri
Polish tenor Rafal Bartminski and mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej @ South Pasadena Library
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

PolTen

 

A recital of a magnificent Polish tenor Rafal Bartminski and mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej

PolMez

South Pasadena Library

Community Room

1115 El Centro St. South Pasadena, CA 91030

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Free admission!

Sitting is limited so please RSVP @

(818) 367-3180 or Maria.Kubal@modjeska.org by January 21st

Mar
15
Sun
Reading of “Slicing the Bread” by Maja Trochimczyk. @ Louis Jane Studio
Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm

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Maja Trochimczyk

Slicing the Bread

Published by Finishing Line Press (December 2014)

https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2149

http://poetrylaurels.blogspot.com/2014/07/finishing-line-press-to-publish-slicing.html

This unique poetry collection revisits the dark days of World War II and the post-war occupation of Poland by the Soviet Union that “liberated” the country from one foreign oppression to replace it with another.  The point of view is that of children, raised by survivors, scarred by war, wary of politics. Children experienced the hunger and cold, witnessed the killings, saw the darkening blood spilled on the snow and hands stretching from locked boxcar windows. Some heardthe voices of murdered Jews like “bees in the breeze,” others learned never to throw any food away, because “war is hunger.”  The poems, each inspired by a single object giving rise to memories like Proust’s madeleine (a spoon, a coat, the smell of incense), are divided into three sections, starting with snapshots of World War II in the Polish Borderlands (Kresy) and in central Poland. Reflections onthe Germans’ brutalkillings of Jews and Poles are followed by insights into the way the long shadow of THE war darkened a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain.  For poet Georgia Jones Davis, this book, “brings the experience of war into shocking, immediate focus” through Trochimczyk’s use of  “her weapon: Language at its most precise and lyrical, understated and piercingly visual.”

According to Pulitzer-Prize nominated poet John Guzlowski, Maja’s “poems about what the Poles suffered both during World War II and The Cold War afterwards are written with the clarity of truth and the fullness of poetry…  Here are the stories of how the people she loved experienced hunger and suffering and terror so strong that it defined them and taught her, and teach us, the meaning of family.” A fellow Polish-American poet, Linda Nemec Foster praises the “unwavering honesty” and “stark imagery” of Trochimczyk’s poetry that “bear witness to the hate that destroys, to the truth that restores, and to the poetic vision that honors our common humanity.” The Tieferet Prize winner and Poets-Café host Lois P. Jones points out the “vivid and heartbreaking detail” of poems that “will move you to appreciate the simple privileges and necessities of life.” As Jones wisely observes “It is the duty of the poet to convey story, but it is the art of the poet who can transform our often cruel and brutal history and affect forever, the way we look and listen to the world.”  Poet Sharon Chmielarz concurs: “You will remember the taste of this book.”

 

 

MAJA TROCHIMCZYK, Ph.D., is a poet, music historian, photographer, and non-profit director born in Poland and living in California (www.trochimczyk.net). She published three collections of poems: Rose Always and Miriam’s Iris (Moonrise Press), and Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press). She also edited two anthologies of poetry, Chopin with Cherries and Meditations on Divine Names that offer “rich poetic material selected and collected with great sensitivity” (Prof. Grażyna Kozaczka, Polish Review, 2014). Hundreds of Trochimczyk’s articles and poems appeared in English, Polish, as well as in German, French, Chinese, Spanish and Serbian translations. The venues for her poetry have included: The Loch Raven Review, Epiphany Magazine, Lily Review, Ekphrasis Journal, Quill and Parchment, Magnapoets, SGVGPQ,  Cosmopolitan Review, The Scream Online, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, Clockwise Cat, Lummox Journal, Phantom Seed, Colorado Boulevard, Poezja Dzisiaj, OccuPoetry, as well as many anthologies.

As a music historian, Trochimczyk presented papers at over 70 national and international conferences in Poland, France, Germany, Hungary, U.K., Canada, the U.S. and Australia. She published six books on music, including studies of Chopin, Lutoslawski, Andriessen and Polish folk dance in California.  Her research papers appear in over 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journals. She received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, USC, McGill University, MPE Fraternity, Polish American Historical Association, City and County of Los Angeles, and Poland’s Ministry of Culture. The Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga (2010-2012) and the founder of Moonrise Press, Trochimczyk is also a non-profit director, the Communications Director and Board Secretary for the Polish American Historical Association, as well as a member of various editorial boards and poetry groups (including Westside Women Writers, Poets on Site, Village Poets and more).

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Leah Maines, Editor

Finishing Line Press

P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324

LeahMaines@aol.com

Finishingbooks@aol.com

http://www.finishinglinepress.com

Phone: 859-514-8966
AUTHOR CONTACT

Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D.

P.O.Box 4288

Sunland, CA 91341-4288

Maja@moonrisepress.com

poetrylaurels.blogspot.com

www.trochimczyk.net

Phone: 818-352-4411

Mar
17
Tue
MARCIN DYLLA IN PASADENA @ Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Polish classical guitarist Marcin Dylla returns to thePasadena Conservatory of Music for a performance on the Guitar Nights concert series. Dylla will be joined by Rick Ruskin, contemporary fingerstyle guitarist Rick Ruskin on the same program.

Marcin Dylla has been hailed by The Washington Postas “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet.” Dylla has earned numerous awards, including 19 first prizes at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world, followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico, and Canada during 2008-09 season. Additionally, his live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.

Mar
21
Sat
A concert reading of the winners of STAGE RAW INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL PLAY FESTIVAL, live-stream from TEATR STUDIO & BOSTON COURT THEATRE @ Boston Court Theatre
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Conversely, American readers/playwrights  are invited to respond to any of the Polish plays by creating a five-minute playlet inspired by one Polish play. These plays will be curated in Los Angeles. Please send to steven@stageraw.com with with the subject heading DIGITAL PLAY FESTIVAL. Deadline for submission: midnight, March 1, 2015. A concert reading of the winners will be live-streamed from Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1 p.m. (10 p.m. Central European Time).

At the Festival on March 21, simultaneously occurring in Pasadena and Warsaw, one Polish playlet will be broadcast from Warsaw (subtitled in English), followed by an American playlet broadcast from Pasadena, and so on, in an international game of live-digital ping-pong theater.

 

Special thanks to Pier Carlo Valenti, Literary Manager, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles; and Joanna Klass, Curator of Theater Programs, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw .

Sep
18
Fri
Wendy Waldman & Mietek Szczesniak in concert! @ Memorial Park, Levitt Pavilion
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Wendy Waldman and Mietek Szczesniak LIVE!

Friday, September 18

Festival begins at 6:30 p.m.

Music begins at 8:00 p.m.

Official Website

Facebook

Artist Bio

Wendy Waldman has a very diverse career in the music industry. She is a critically acclaimed recording artist, as well as a writer of multi-platinum songs for other singers in musical genres ranging from country to pop, film, jazz, children’s music, and R&B.Polish singer, composer, and lyricist Mietek Szczesniak joins Wendy Waldman on stage at the Levitt for a night of international stars!

Nov
13
Fri
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 13 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Nov
14
Sat
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 14 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Karski1

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Nov
15
Sun
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 15 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Karski1

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Nov
16
Mon
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 16 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Karski1

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Nov
17
Tue
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 17 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Karski1

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Nov
18
Wed
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 18 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Karski1

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Nov
19
Thu
“Karski & The Lords of Humanity” movie screenings @ Laemmle Playhouse Theatre
Nov 19 @ 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Karski1

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

(Karski i wladcy ludzkosci) by Slawomir Grunberg

http://www.polishfilmla.org/wocms.php?siteID=12&ID=810

https://vimeo.com/143351924

November 13 – 19, 2015

Laemmle Playhouse Theatre

673 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (310-478-3836)

 

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 PM

Q&A with Slawomir Grunberg is on November 13-14 at 5:30 & 7:40 PM.

http://www.laemmle.com/films/39932

 

Mar
19
Sat
FINAL RECITAL. Ewa Zmijewska & Shandrelica Casper @ The Garage
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Zmij

FINAL RECITAL

Los Angeles College of Music

Ewa Zmijewska & Shandrelica Casper

https://www.facebook.com/EvaZmijewskaMusic/photos_stream

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

The Garage

300 S. Fair Oaks Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91105

 

Jan
11
Wed
HOMMAGE À CHOPIN concert @ Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

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HOMMAGE À CHOPIN

Wednesday, January 11, 2016 | 12 noon
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena

 Program
Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 7 (arr. Franchomme)

Villa-Lobos: Mazurka-Choro (arr. D. Ashbridge)

Villa-Lobos: Hommage à Chopin

Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp minor (arr. Zebrowski)

Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante

 Marek Zebrowski, piano

Lars Hoefs, cello

 Admission: FREE
Info: villalobosfestival.com

 USC Polish Music Center

pmc.usc.edu

Jan
14
Sun
Christmas Luncheon & Polonia Awards 2017 @ Brookside Country Club
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Polish American Congress of Southern California

Christmas Luncheon & Polonia Awards 2017

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2pm – 5pm

Brookside Country Club

1133 Rosemont Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91103

Cost: $40.00 (prepaid), $45.00 (at the door)

For information and reservation call Theresa Dudzick: 310/245-3157

or e-mail tdudzick@yahoo.com

Mar
3
Sat
In person with Lech Majewski @ Helena Modjewska Art and Culture Club
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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HELENA MODJESKA ART and CULTURE CLUB

Moderator: Elizabeth Kanski

Saturday, March3, 2018 at 6pm

Home of Kasia & Artur Chmielewski

3154, Meyerloa Lane, Pasadena CA 91107
Admission for Club non-members: $25.00

Please RSVP no later than February 28, 2018 to: prezes@modjeska.org