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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Domoslawski & Kapuscinski at the Ruskin


After starting the 2010-2011 season with Stefan Wenta's ballet for the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles (August 6) and a documentary about Marian Kolodziej at the ArcLight Cinemas-Hollywood (August 13, a report will follow), the Modjeska Club presents a literary event. Our guest from Poland will be a well-known Polish writer and journalist, Artur Domosławski, who will discuss the life and oeuvre of Ryszard Kapuściński (1932-2007) after the premiere of a documentary, Poet on the Frontline: The Reportage of Ryszard Kapuściński, by Gabrielle Pfeiffer.

The event will take place at the historical Ruskin Art Club (800 South Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005) at 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

Ryszard Kapuściński
(1932-2007) was a famous Polish journalist, writer, poet and photographer, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking literary style and reports from around the world. He published 16 books during his lifetime, as well as six volumes of memoirs, two poetry collections. Two books appeared after his death and many volumes were translated. A 16-volume edition of his collected works was issued in 2008. Kapuściński received over 50 prizes and awards, including six honorary doctorates from universities in Gdańsk, Wrocław, Sofia, and Barcelona, as well as Silesian and Jagiellonian Universities.

Our guest, Artur Domosławski, is a distinguished Polish writer and journalist at “Gazeta Wyborcza” and Kapuściński’s biographer. A graduate of the State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw, he mostly writes about Latin America, anti-globalization movement, social conflicts, and religious issues. He published five books and hundreds of essays. His book, Latin-American Fever (Gorączka latynoamerykańska) is a report from travels throughout Central and South America. For the book America in Mutiny (Ameryka zbuntowana), he received the Beata Pawlak Prize. Published in 2010, Kapuściński non-fiction, has been engendered an intense debate in Polish and foreign media.

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    CALENDAR OF EVENTS - FALL 2010

    Our Calendar has been updated recently. We are pleased to announce that the Modjeska Club will host a meeting with Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, a noted economist and politician, who led the transformation of Poland's economy into a modern, free-market system in the 1990s. Prof. Balcerowicz's earlier visit, planned for April 2010, was canceled due to the national mourning period after the crash of the Presidential plane near Smolensk, Russia.

  • October 10, 6:00 p.m.: An Evening of Song - with Marta Wryk, Soprano, and Adam Kosmieja, Piano (both from New York), at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, South Pasadena. Program includes songs and piano music by Dvorak and Chopin.

  • October 16, 2010, 6:00 p.m.: Meeting with Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, economist and politician who reformed Polish economy in the 1990s, hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland

  • October 17, 2010 5:00 p.m.: Modjeska Club Honors Jan Nowicki, award ceremony and reception, event associated with the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles.

  • October 26, TBA: Polish Jazz at the Jazz Bakery with Jan Jarczyk from Montreal, Darek Oleszkiewicz, and other musicians (co-sponsored by Modjeska Club).

  • November 21, 2010, 6 p.m. Kabaret Starszych Panow performed by our friends, Polish Club from Riverside.

  • December 11, 6:00 p.m.: Christmas Party (Modjeska Club Members Exclusive), private residence.

  • December 31, 2010, 8:00 p.m.: Sylwester - New Year's Eve Party (Modjeska Club Members Exclusive)

  • January 22, 2011, 6:00 p.m.: Travel to Tibet by Maria and Edward Pilatowicz, screening of film and discussion at South Pasadena Public Library Community Auditorium.


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    EVENTS OF OUR FRIENDS - FALL 2010


  • September 12, 3:00 p.m.: Chopin with Cherries - Poetry Reading from an anthology edited by Maja Trochimczyk, with 14 American poets and Prof. Rick Wilson playing Chopin on the flute, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, CA.

  • September 23-26, 2010, 8:30 p.m.: "In the Solitude of Cotton Fields" by Radoslaw Rychcik/Stefan Zeromski Theater, REDCAT at Disney Hall, Los Angeles. Experimental art-rock show dubbed as "a combination of a concert, disco, poetic slam, and club event" by Gazeta Wyborcza.

  • September 25-26, all day: Polish Festival of Los Angeles at the Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, Adams St., Los Angeles

  • October 15-21, TBA: Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles - exact program will be posted on the Festival's website.

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