Tarkovsky’s Stalker Playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center will be screening Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker July 29-Aug 2.

From the Gene Siskel Film Center:
1979, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR, 163 min.
With Alexander Kaidanovsky, Anatoli Solonitsin

We present a 35mm print, specially imported from Russia, of Tarkovsky’s visionary blend of science fiction, philosophy, and poetry. Stalker centers on a Bermuda-Triangle-like region known as the Zone, created by the impact of a mysterious extraterrestrial object. An eerie hybrid of industrial wasteland and primeval forest, where mirages and mind-bending traps await the unwary traveler, the Zone has been placed off-limits, but guides known as Stalkers have special mentalist powers that enable them to lead illegal expeditions into its interior. Stalker is the story of one such expedition, in which a guide leads a writer and a scientist in search of a Room which, it is rumored, has the power to grant one’s innermost desires. In Russian with English subtitles. 35mm print courtesy of Seagull Films.


Fri, Jul 29th at 7:45pm
Sat, Jul 30th at 7:30pm
Tue, Aug 2nd at 6:30pm

For more information visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org/stalker.

The Artwork of Oleksa Kovalenko and Walter Monastyretsky

Opens Friday, July 29th at 7:00 pm

Summer at the Ukrainian National Museum offers art enthusiasts of all ages an enriching exhibit of two remarkable Ukrainian artists. The Artwork of Oleksa Kovalenko & Walter Monastyretsky opens on Friday, July 29th at 7 pm. Both painters are celebrated artists within the Chicagoland and the international art community. The works of both Kovalenko and Monastyretsky are found in museums, galleries, and the private collections of fine art connoisseurs.

Oleksa Kovalenko

The ethereal paintings by Oleksa Kovalenko transport you back in time to explore the rich history of Ukraine. Kovalenko draws his inspiration from the wellspring of Ukrainian customs and traditions. The artist as philosopher seeks to show Ukrainian culture through the lens of heritage and folklore. His oil paintings are beautiful and mysterious, and will transfer you to his native country of Ukraine.





Walter Monastyretsky

A classically trained professional artist, Walter Monastyretsky’s specialty is oil on canvas. Landscape, nature and classic still life are among the artist’s favorites with the classic portrait as his forte. Monastyretsky was born, raised and educated in Ukraine where he became a licensed Pharmacist. His love of art guided him to Kyiv where he attended the Kyiv Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree, and then a Masters of Fine Arts, he had to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.

Enjoy the colorful palette on display at the Ukrainian National Museum through August 21, 2011.

The Genius Spark of Nikola Tesla Exhibit

The Belgrade Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, in collaboration with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, are pleased to host a travelling exhibit honoring Nikola Tesla. This will mark the first time that the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia will exhibit in the United States. Because of Tesla’s role in the World’s Fair in Chicago, it is only fitting that this exhibit be showcased in this great city. Tesla is responsible for providing electricity for the Columbian Exhibition, the first World’s Fair to be illuminated by electricity.

When: August 6-28
Where: Navy Pier
Time: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
This exhibit is free and open to the public

For a list of other Chicago Sister Cities International Events click here.

Screening of Was Tun, Wenn’s Brennt

From DANK Haus German American Cultural Center:

Was tun, wenn’s brennt? (What To Do In Case of Fire?) tells the humorous and touching story of six former creative anarchists who lived as house squatters in Berlin during its heyday in the ’80s when Berlin was still an island in the middle of the former eastern Germany. At the end of the ’80s they all went their separate ways until the year 2000, with Berlin as Germany’s new capital, when an event happens that forces the group to reunite and come to grips with the reason they separated 12 years ago.
In German with English subtitles. Free admission.

Friday, July 22 at 7:30pm
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
4740 N. Western Ave

Children in Exile Film Screening

children in exileFrom the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture:

Children in Exile (2007), which made its local debut at the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival in 2008, tells the story of civilian deportations to the Siberian Gulag through the testimony of the survivors, including Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last communist leader.

The film’s writer and director, Chris Swider, a graduate of and instructor in the film department at Chicago’s Columbia College, was himself a child of a deportee. Swider will be on hand to lead a discussion after the screening.
Film screening and discussion in English.



Friday, July 15
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S. Pulaski Rd

Megitza Quartet at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival

On July 9th and 1oth the Old Town School of Folk Music will be putting on the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival in Welles Park. Music and Dancing will last from noon until 9:30 on both days. On Sunday, July 10th, at 1:20 the Eastern European folk quartet, Megitza will be playing on the main stage.

From the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival—
“Local Eastern European folk and gypsy act The Megitza Quartet’s debut album, ‘Boleritza’ was one of the most impressive instrumental compilations to come out of Chicago. The secret weapon is Malgorzata Babiarz’s sensual voice that sounds as authentic as the Polish Highlander tradition of the village from which she originally hails. Acoustic guitar prodigy Andreas Kapsalis adds elements of flamenco, while violin virtuoso Roby Lakatos and Marke Lichota’s accordion evoke the pathos of klezmer. Wrapped around this highly sophisticated blend of genres is a devotion to passionate rhythm and heart-rendering vocals, even if you can’t understand them. One part mournful, the other joyous, yet infectious all around, this is the kind of music people can’t help but get up to dance to. Seeing them live is reminiscent of a gypsy performance – chaotic, soulful, and stirring.”

For more information on the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival click here.

Polka Lessons at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival

On July 9th and 1oth the Old Town School of Folk Music will be putting on the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival in Welles Park. Music and Dancing will last from noon until 9:30 on both days. For those interested in East European folk dancing styles, members of the Polish folk dance ensemble Wesoly Lud will be offering a Polka lesson from 6:35-7:00 on Sunday, July 10th in the dance tent. The Lesson will be followed by a performance by the Versatones, a local polka band. Lessons in many other styles of folk dance from around the world will be offered throughout the day.

For more information about the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival click here.

Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust Showing at the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust, an exhibit produced by the Museums Division at Yad Vashem, will be traveling to the Illinois Holocaust Museum June 24th-September 6.

From the Illinois Holocaust Museum—Spots of Light

“Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust is the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women and their experiences in the Holocaust. Through these women’s initiative, creativity and courage, the exhibit demonstrates that human beings are strong enough, even in the most difficult of circumstances, to maintain those values which are the foundation of humanity: motherhood, friendship, faith and love.

In this large-scale video-art installation, images move and change before the visitor’s eyes, giving historical materials a new and contemporary feel and perspective. Interwoven with these text and photographs that continuously fade in and out are segments of interviews with 10 women Holocaust survivors.”



For more information on this exhibit visit the Yad Vashem online exhibit . For more on the Illinois Holocaust Museum click here.

The museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL.