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Film: Katyn (2007), Debartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, January 28

KATYN (2007)


Presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron) recounts the tragic story of the 1940 Katyn Massacre in which thousand of Polish citizens were executed by the Soviet secret police.

Thursday, January 27th, at 7pm.

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PASA Winter Quarter Events

Here’s a list of the events PASA is planning this quarter:
Jan 18 9-10pm: meeting in Harper 150
Jan 29 6pm: restaurant trip to Czerwone Jabluszko
Feb 8 9-10pm: meeting in Harper 150
Our second meeting of the quarter will be this Tuesday, February 8th at 9pm in Harper 150.  We’ll be watching the movie Zemsta, based on the comedy by Aleksander Fredro, and enjoying some delicious golabki (stuffed cabbage).
A winter day at a Polish castle, half owned by a fatalistic notary and half by a volcanic old soldier’s niece. The old soldier, Cupbearer, and the notary are sworn enemies, which may doom the love between the niece, Klara, and the notary’s son, Waclaw. On this day, the tongue-tied Cupbearer asks a braggart courtier, Papkin, to sue on his behalf for the hand of the widow Hanna. Papkin succeeds and the wedding is set for the next day. In response, the notary plots to marry Waclaw to the widow to upend Cupbearer’s plans. When Cupbearer learns of this perfidy, he responds with his own plot. Will there be poison, a duel, kidnapping, and imprisonment; or, will fate bring another solution?

Hope to see everyone on Tuesday- zapraszamy!

Mar 1 9-10pm: meeting in Harper 150
Mar 3 8-10pm: Tlusty Czwartek/Fat Thursday/Paczki Day study break in McCormick Lounge

If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia.

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Reading: Czeslaw Milosz’s Luminous Things, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, January 21

1/21/11, 6-7 p.m. Fullerton Hall (Art Institute)

Seeing Things Event

Novelist Czeslaw Milosz’s classic anthology of Luminous Things serves as a source for celebrating poems about “things” from ancient Chinese sages to 20th-century American William Carlos Williams. Live music complements the art images and poems read by Goodman Theatre actors.

Cosponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

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Event: Wigilia Celebration, The Polish Consulate in Chicago

Please join the Consul General of the Republic of Poland Zygmunt Matynia, together with Mrs. Matynia and the Consulate Staff, to celebrate this year’s Third Annual Christmas Gathering of Polish-American students, academics, and teachers.

The event will take place at 6 pm on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, 1530 North Lake Shore Drive.

RSVP to Ola McLees ( before Nov. 29th in order to be added to the guest list.

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Folk: Mazowsze: Christmas in Poland, Symphony Center

From our friends at the Chicago Symphony Center:

Celebrate Polish National Independence Day!

Internationally recognized as Poland’s cultural ambassadors, Mazowsze has performed more than 6,000 shows around the world over the last six decades. The incomparable National Song and Dance Ensemble of Poland returns to Chicago with a festive holiday program of Polish carols and dances presented in an amazing kaleidoscopic display of dazzling movement, vibrant color and stunning beauty. The New York Times says, “There is nothing greater than Mazowsze!” Call 312-294-3000 or visit to purchase your tickets today!

Symphony Center Presents Special

Saturday, November 27, 3:00
Sunday, November 28, 3:00
Sunday, November 28, 7:00

Buy Now »

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Film: Roman Polanski: Short Films with Live Music by SzaZa, Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium, November 14

Courtesy of Euro London

The Society for Arts and Polish Cultural Institute in New York in association with Unsound Festival present

with live music by SzaZa

Sunday, November 14, 2010at 5:00 PM


5500 N Saint Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

More information at the event’s website.


MURDER (Morderstwo)
Poland 1957
B & W, 35 mm, 1min 30 sec.
Written & directed by Roman Polanski
Cinematography by Nikola Todorow
Produced by PWSFTviT / Lodz Film School

Polanski’s very first film is an atmospheric short scene about a man stabbed to death while asleep in his bed.

TEETH SMILE (Usmiech zebiczny)
Poland 1957
B & W, 35 mm, 1 min 27.
Directed by Roman Polanski
Cinematography by Henryk Kucharski
Cast: Nikola Todorow
Produced by PWSFTviT / Lodz Film School

A handsome voyeur peeps at his déshabillé neighbor, in a random moment of attraction that is ruined when the neighbor’s husband steps into the picture.

BREAK UP THE DANCE (Rozbijemy zabawe)
Poland 1957
B & W, 35 mm, 7 min 38 sec.
Written & directed by Roman Polanski
Cinematography by Marek Nowicki & Andrzej Galinski
Produced by Maciej Zuralski
Cast: Jan Rutkiewicz, Wieslaw Turowski, Andrzej Ziolkowski
Produced by PWSFTviT / Lodz Film School

A band of thugs crash a dance party and disrupt the fun by pushing girls down, beating people up and throwing them in the water. The act of thoughtless vandalism and animal brutality, emblematic of Polanski’s cinema, recalls the famous “nosy fellow” scene from “Chinatown.”

TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE (Dwaj ludzie z szafa)
Poland 1958
B & W, 35 mm, 15 min.
Written & directed by Roman Polanski
Director’s Assistant: Andrzej Kostenko
Cinematography by Maciej Kijowski
Produced by Ryszard Barski
Cast: Jakub Goldberg, Henryk Kluba, Roman Polanski
Produced by PWSFTviT / Lodz Film School
Awards: San Francisco International Film Festival (Special Prize for the Achievement in Experimental Film), Oberhausen International FF (Honorary Diploma), Brussels Experimental FF (Third Prize), Montevideo International FF (First Prize)

This story of two men emerging from the sea carrying a large wardrobe into town, where everyone they encounter is hostile and cruel, is a superb example of sophisticated film making, shot with an incomparable sense of surrealism and poetry, violence and delicacy. When the two men are beaten up and their mirror is smashed, they return to the sea as if to avoid complete disillusionment. Theorists interpret the work as a parable of the nonconformist in society and the consequences of carrying a burden.

WHEN ANGELS FALL (Kiedy spadaja anioly)
Poland 1959
B & W and color, 35 mm, 22 min.
Written & directed by Roman Polanski
Cinematography by Henryk Kucharski
Cast: Barbara Kwiatkowska, Andrzej Kondratiuk, Henryk Kluba, Roman Polanski
Produced by PWSFTviT / Lodz Film School

Polanski’s diploma film is an ambitious, period piece, in which he crosscuts between the present-day, dull existence of an elderly lavatory attendant and her more colourful past as young girl, despite the horrors of two wars and a constant yearning for her lover. Until “The Pianist” over four decades later, this was the only Polanski film that directly evoked his wartime childhood. The dreamy final scene of an angel descending is interpreted by some as a rare instance of explicitly religious imagery in Polanski’s cinema.

THE LAMP (Lampa)
Poland 1959
B & W, 35 mm, 7 min 50 sec.
Written & directed by Roman Polanski
Director’s Assistant: Andrzej Konstenko, Wasyl Mirczew
Cinematography by Krzysztof Romanowski
Produced by PWSFTviT / National Film School in Lodz

In the creepy world of an old doll maker’s shop, a fire break out, swallowing the doll parts and their empty faces. The unsettling feeling that the doll maker’s tedious, committed work has been in vain becomes a larger metaphor in this gloomy, surrealistic vision.

Poland 1962
B & W, 35 mm, 10 min 15 sec.
Written by Andrzej Kondratiuk & Roman Polanski
Directed by Roman Polanski
Cinematography by Andrzej Kostenko
Cast: Henryk Kluba, Michal Zolnierkiewicz
Produced by Stefan Adamek
Awards: Oberhausen International Film Festival (Main Prize), Tour International FF (Grand Prix)

Two men take turns pulling each other on one sled through the snow in this cinematic dance of power. The clean, Beckettesque story connects to the themes of the political duplicity in Polanski’s French 1961 short, “The Fat and the Lean”.

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Music: MozART Group, Copernicus Center, November 13

MozART  Group will play at the Copernicus Center on Saturday, November 13, at 7pm.

More information and tickets here.

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Language Tutor/Instructor, Multilingual Chicago

A new language school in Chicago (Multilingual Chicago) is currently looking for language tutors and instructors. Languages of interest include Russian and Polish: Polish instructor who lives near the location in Logan square who can substitute for classes and also teach immersion classes in the Spring. Russian teachers who live near the city who can tutor students at their center. Please send resume, CV (in the body of the e-mail) and 2 references to Also see the original posting.

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Conference: Chopin and Paderewski 2010 International Conference, Loyola University Chicago, November 12-13

The multiple goals of the conference are: to explore Fryderyk Chopin as a composer, a master of Romantic music, and patriot; to look at Ignacy Jan Paderewski as a pianist, composer, philanthropist, diplomat, politician, and the third Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland; and to place Chopin, Paderewski, and Polish independence in the context of American and world culture and politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Please visit for more information.

Participants include over twenty international scholars, poets, professors, critics,
musicians, performers, and historians.

Lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

&  S C H E D U L E

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lectures at Loyola Lake Shore Campus, Klarchek Information Commons, 4th floor

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Boguslaw Raba PhD, Musicologist, University of Wroclaw
Between Romanticism and Modernism, Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Compositional Oeuvre

Richard Dyer PhD, Music Critic and Lecturer
Paderewski on the Radio – Rare Recordings

10:45 –11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

Maja Trochimczyk PhD, Musicologist, Independent Scholar, Poet, Translator
The Image of Paderewski: An Archangel, Idol, Statesman

Irena Poniatowska, PhD, Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw
President of the Programming Board of The Fryderyk Chopin National Institute
Chopin and Paderewski – Two Artistic and Patriotic Attitudes

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided

2:00 – 3:00

Anna Gasienica-Byrcyn PhD, Lecturer, Visiting Research Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
I. J. Paderewski and the Zakopane Connection

Malgorzata Perkowska-Waszek PhD, Musicologist, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
The Muses and Ladies of Ignacy Jan Paderewski

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee break

3:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Documentary Film: Ignacy Jan Paderewski – zarys biografii (I. J. Paderewski – An Outline of His Biography), Andrzej Chiczewski, Director, 1999 (83 min)
Introduction, commentary and Q&A session with Zbigniew Banas, Lecturer, Loyola University; Film Critic
and Translator

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Benefit Piano Recital by Jan Milosz Lisiecki (Chicago Debut) and lecture by Dr. Richard Dyer;
The Newberry Library, Chicago. Advance reservations required;

Saturday, November 13

Lectures at Loyola Lake Shore Campus, Klarchek Information Commons, 4th floor

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Malgorzata Kot, Head Librarian, The Polish Museum of America
Paderewski at The Polish Museum of America in Chicago (PMA)

Teresa Kaczorowska PhD, Author, Poet, Journalist; Academia Europaea Sarbieviana, Ciechanow
Relations Between Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Mieczyslaw Haiman, Founder of the PMA,
and the Creation of the Paderewski Room

Halina Misterka, Archivist, The Polish Museum of America
I. J. Paderewski Documents at the PMA Archives

Geraldine Balut Coleman PhD, The Polish Museum of America Board of Directors
Renovation of the Paderewski Room at The Polish Museum of America 2007-2009

10:45- 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
I. J. Paderewski: The Chicago Connection

Dr. Dominik Pacyga, Urban Historian, Columbia College, Author
Introduction: Growth of Chicago between 1890-1910

Victoria Granacki, Historic Preservation Consultant, Author of “Chicago’s Polish Downtown”
Highlights and Visual Presentation of Paderewski’s Musical, Political, and Philanthropic Activities
in Chicago

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

Mira Creech PhD, Historian, Author and Translator
Ignacy Jan Padarewski and His International Connection for the Service of Poland and World Peace

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Stan Bernacki, Founder of The Paderewski Association
Paderewski Artifacts and the Polish American History Depository

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse
Poetry reading featuring George Bodmer, Sharon Chmielarz, Diane DeCillis, David, Gretchen Fletcher, Katrin Talbot, Maja Trochimczyk; musical interlude by Kathabela Wilson and Rick Wilson playing Chopin on rare historic flutes

7:30 p.m.

Concert at Mundelein Center Auditorium, 1020 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Presented by:
Loyola University Department of Fine & Performing Arts Faculty Members: Haysun Kang, Anthony Molinaro, Cameron Smith, and HingHuan Xu
The LIRA Ensemble, Artists-in-Residence, Loyola University Chicago
Pawel Checinski, Pianist

Please Make reservations at or call Box Office 773-508-3847

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PASA Meeting, University of Chicago, November 2, 8pm


Tomorrow, November 2nd at 8pm in Harper 150, PASA will have its second meeting of the quarter.  Come join in watching some Polish comedies.  :)  There will be a few TV shows and movies to choose from.
There also will be delicious nalesniki!
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