Saturday, July 25, 2020

New Board Members and Poetry by Milosz on Zoom, July 29 at 7pm

We would like to inform you all about changes in our Board of Directors:

On April 25, 2020, the Board voted to add long-time club members to the Board: Barbara Nowicka as Secretary and Maria Kubal as Treasurer. Elzbieta Trybus, former SEcretary and Elzbieta Przybyla, former Treasurer will remain on the board as directors. We welcome the new Board members and thank the two Elizabeths retiring from their positions to continue working as Board members.


Maria Kubal has previously served as Board Member in 2010-2018, assisting with the organization of club events.She is a graduate  of Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, specializing in Economics and Information Technology, with a focus on Organization of Data Processing and Accounting. After working for eight years as Economic Manager at a Corporation of Coal Industry in Rybnik, she emigrated to the U.S. where for 15 years she was the co-owner of Freightex Inc. a transport company that she managed jointly with her husband Andrzej Kubal. Since 2010 she has been a real estate investor.  An active Polish American community member, Ms. Kubal volunteered for Polish Alma Mater - Polish School in Los Angeles (1997-2007), as a member of the Parents' Committee, a co-organizer of the celebration of the sacraments of St. First Communion and Confirmation and supporter/co-organizer of children's performances and charity events for the benefit of the school - games, lunches, etc. In  2002-2012 she volunteered for Polish Folk Dance Ensemble "Podhale" and provided organizational assistance in the preparation of performances, rehearsals and  concert tours.


Barbara Nowicki has been a member of the Club for many years; she was a frequent volunteer for Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles. Born in Wloclawek, Poland, she moved to Gdansk after graduating from high school, to attend  University of Gdansk, with M.S degree in biology. In 1980 she left Poland and stayed in Germany until 1983 when she emigrated to the U.S.  She worked at the City of Hope Medical Center   as a Senior Research Associate responsible for designing, organizing and managing the Research Laboratory for the Department of Transfusion Medicine during its growth from 50 to more than 200 professionals. She participated in over 50 research protocols pertaining to the treatment of malignancies. She helped design and performed most experiments and tests related to cellular immunology techniques. In 2001, she  moved to CTL Immunotherapies Inc. in Chatsworth, California - a biopharmaceutical company specializing in cancer vaccine development where as  Associate Scientist whe was responsible for conducting research projects related to cancer vaccine development. In 2006 she accepted job offer from UCLA Medical Center -BM/Stem Cell Transplant Laboratory to manage  daily operations of stem cell processing laboratory and preparation of cellular therapy products for transplant. She currently works part time at USC Norris Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA (consultation on quality assurance). 
Polish Harvest by Mikolaj Gospodarek.


I would like to inform you that our poet friend is organizing a meeting dedicated to the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz on Zoom on Wednesday July 29 at 7 pm.  The poet's son Tony Milosz will join the group of poets who will read the poetry in English and Polish - I'm going to read something too...  The invitation by organizer Neven Karlovac and the login information is copied below.

We will hold our fall meetings in Zoom format as well - on September 12 at 11 am with London-Based poet Anna Maria Mickiewicz and on October 10 at 3 pm with three Polish Actors in Hollywood.


Dear friends and lovers of Milosz's poetry,

You are cordially invited to a Zoom evening of reading and talking about Milosz's poetry, or just listening.  Next Wednesday at 7:00 PM California time.  Please find the login information below.  Feel free to forward the invitation to your friends.  I am delighted to announce the participation of Anthony (Tony) Milosz, the poet's son and translator, who will read some poems also in Polish so we can hear the music as Czeslaw wrote it. I  hope you all will join me.  I haven't seen many of you since we celebrated Milosz's centennial in 2011 and it would be wonderful to see you again albeit online.

With warm regards,

Neven Karlovac,, 1-310-897-2096

Neven Karlovac is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Czeslaw Milosz Poetry Evening
Time: Jul 29, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

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Best regards and happy summer!

Maja Trochimczyk, President

Maja Trochimczyk and Maria Kubal in Montecito, CA

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter, Passover and Spring Wishes 2020

Dear Friends,

It seems that we will celebrate Easter at home, separately, and even our May meeting will be canceled, because in these exceptional times there is a ban on flights from Shengen Zone, i.e. the EU - and therefore from Poland. I wish that you all, members and guests of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club, have a wonderful Easter, full of peace, love and joy. Regardless of the current mess in the world, we really have something to enjoy!

If someone does not celebrate Easter, only Passover (which started on April 8), then the blessings, peace and joy are the same, only the prayers and holiday dishes are a bit different ... And if someone is from Persia, I wish you good times of Norooz too, celebrated recently on a spring equinox in March. And for atheists, I wish you a happy spring and lots of sun and joy throughout the year.

All in all, our emigrant life is summarized in the simple facts that we wish everything the best,  work hard, take care of our families, care for our friends, and we build a better world together - day by day, sometimes on a thorny road, fighting the storm, and sometimes in beautiful tranquility...Let the calm weather come back as soon as possible so our meetings could again enrich the cultural mosaic in California with beautiful experiences of Polish traditions and culture.

For your enjoyment, some photos are attached, including  various cards I found, my Easter 2016 poets' party, and a poem from that year: Today, you are perfect. ...

Best wishes,

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, President
Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club

Monday, February 3, 2020

Dominika Swiatek, "Groszki i Roze" Polish Songs, Saturday 29 Feb 2020, 4 pm Santa Monica

The Board of Directors of Helena Modjeska Art And Culture Club has the pleasure to invite members and guests to a FREE CONCERT at the Santa Monica Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401) - Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium -  on SATURDAY,  29 February 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The performance will start at 4:30 and RSVP is requested to

Concert by Dominika Świątek and Andrzej Perkman

The concert consists of two parts. The first are songs once sung by Ewa Demarczyk, i.e. great literary and musical masterpieces such as: "Carousel with Madonnas", "Poems of War", Skrzypek Hercowicz "," Tomaszów ", the monumental" Grande Valse Brillante "and the title" Peas and Roses " .

The second part will include songs by the brilliant Polish poet and bard - Jacek Kaczmarski. In addition to the well-known "Our Class" and "Sources", less popular songs such as "Sparks and Tears" and "Mucha in a Glass of Lemonade" will be performed. The whole concert is a tribute to great Polish poetry and Polish composers. This is a presentation of a very important part of Polish culture and the wonderful tradition of Polish poetic song.

Dominika Świątek - singer, composer, poetry interpreter, Polish philologist Music director of the Hybrydy Theater of the University of Warsaw, She published three CDs with her compositions to poems of Polish poets: "Prophecy" with poetry of Juliusz Słowacki, "Seventh Angel" with poetry of Zbigniew Herbert, and "Coraz ciszej" "To the poems of the contemporary poet Jerzy Hajduga. Decorated with the medal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Distinguished for Polish Culture".

 Andrzej Perkman - pianist, composer, arranger, lecturer at the Theater Academy in Warsaw, he cooperates with Warsaw theaters: incl. National, Contemporary, Dramatic, Rampa, Roma, Studio.


L TO R: Seated Agata Pilitowska, Maria Nowotarska. Standing Chris Justin, Ela Trybus, Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Anna Sadowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Vice Consul Pawel Lickiewicz

 L TO R: Seated Agata Pilitowska, Maria Nowotarska. Standing Chris Justin, Ela Trybus, Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Anna Sadowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Vice Consul Pawel Lickiewicz

Ela Przybyla and Ewa Barsam in conversation with Agata Pilitowska

 L TO R: Seated Agata Pilitowska, Maria Nowotarska. Standing Chris Justin, Ela Trybus, Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Anna Sadowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Vice Consul Pawel Lickiewicz

Maja Trochimczyk, Maria Nowotarska, Agata Pilitowska

Ela Trybus and Maria Nowotarska, Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Ela Trybus, Maria Nowotarska, Agata Pilitowska, Marek Szczerba at the Huntington Library

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Agata Pilitowska & Maria Nowotarska Perform "Monsieur Chopin" Receive the Modjeska Prize, 31 January 2020

The Board of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club in Los Angeles is very pleased to invite its members and the general public to a one-time performance of Dobry wieczor, Monsieur Chopin, a play based on Chopin's letters written and directed by Maria Nowotarska. The performance by Maria Nowotarska and Agata Pilitowska of the Polish Theater from Toronto will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 8 p.m. at the Magicopolis Theater in Santa Monica (1418 4th Street, Santa Monica, with plenty of public parking nearby).

RSVP to by Jan 27, 2020. Please note that the students and faculty of the Polish Schools may attend for free, while club members pay $10, and guests $30 per person. You may also make your reservation via PayPal, adding $3 for PayPal fees - to

To find out more about the play, you can read the review (in Polish) from its performance in Stockholm, Sweden:

After the performance, the Board of Directors of the Modjeska Club will present the 2019 Modjeska Prize for achievement as Polish actors to the stars of the evening, who performed for the club many plays, focusing on great Polish emigre women, such as  Pola Negri, Ordonka, Tamara Lempicka, and others.  Established in 2010, the Modjeska Prize serves as a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of acting. So far, awardees included Jan Nowicki, Anna Dymna, Barbara Krafftowna and, in 2018 Jadwiga Baranska. Ms. Nowotarska and Ms. Pilitowska are the first recipients who are emigres and permanently live in Canada, while performing around the world.


From her graduation at the Krakow Theater Academy, she was an actress in the Słowacki Theater in Krakow. Her artistic achievements include a number of significant roles in dramatic and comedy repertoire. She cooperated with outstanding Polish directors - among others with E. Axer, K. Braun, K. Dejmek, B. Dąbrowski, B. Korzeniowski, R. Niewiarowicz, and R. Zioło. Nowotarska also appeared in Polish films, including the roles of "Andrzejowa Korczynska" in Nad Niemnem, "Tekla Ostrowska" "in" Between Lips and the Edge of the Chalice (Miedzy Ustami and Brzegiem Pucharu). In  the Television Theater, she starred in many great performances, including Barbarians, Świętoszek, Iwanów, Maple Brothers, A Forgotten Devil, Mary and Magdalene, etc. Nowotarska moved to Canada in 1990l due to her extensive experience, she become a co-creator of theatrical life in Toronto. She has been the creator, artistic director, screenwriter, director as well as actress in the theater known as Salon of Poetry, Music and Theater of the Polish Canadian Music Society. The repertoire of the Salon includes a whole array of the greatest Polish poets from Kochanowski to Szymborska and Twardowski.

Together with Agata Pilitowska, Nowotarska has developed a series of plays about the Great Polish Emigrant Women "written especially for actresses by Kazimierz Braun and directed by him as well: Helena, A Thing about Modjeska, American Dreams, Tamara L. about Tamara Lepicka, Radiation about Maria Sklodowska-Curie,"Stories of Pola Negri, and Mysteries of Ordonka. These plays have beentranslated into seven languages ​​and performed by Nowotarska and Pilitowska in many theaters around the world. At the same time, Maria Nowotarska has conducted teaching activities at the Acting School operating at the Salon, preparing youth of Polish descent for work as actors. She  received awards from the A. Mickiewicz Foundation, the Turzans Foundation. In 1995 she received the title "Women of the Year" for her artistic activity, and in 2000 she was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. In 2004 she was awarded the title of "Meritorious for Polish Culture" by the Polish Ministry of Culture, and in 2006 she was honored with the Medal Gloria Artis. Other awards include the 2011 Golden Owl, Zlota Sowa statuette for achievements in the field of theater - in Vienna and the 2011 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Polish Culture


Agata Pilitowska graduated from the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow, Poland and came to Canada in 1986. She played many English speaking roles in Toronto’s theatres. From 1992 she is associated with the Salon of Poetry, Music, and Theatre where she played in more than 100 productions, most notable in the series of dramas, written and directed especially for AgataPilitowska and Maria Nowotarska by Kazimierz Braun. These plays were performed not only in Toronto, but also in many cities in Canada, the United States, Europe, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her evening of poetry, “Szymborska Nobel 96”, was performed in Polish and English at the Concordia University in Montreal, Georgetown University in Washingtn DC, and as part of the International Writers Festival in Ottawa. Since 1999 she was a presenter and journalist of the TV OMNI, where she was the host of a weekly programme “Z Ukosa”. For the OMNI TV she dubbed thirty three hourly TV programs “Canada, the Peoples’ History” . Agata Pilitowska was given the title “Distinguished Advocate of Polish Culture ” ,the medal “Gloria Artis” , the statue “Golden Owls” for her achievements in acting and theatre in Vienna Austria , “Golden Cross of Merit “, the statuette “Politka” for her role of Pola Negri , “Golden Leafs Awards “ for the roles of Pola Negri and Hanka Ordonowna.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

New Year's Eve Ball 2020 and Chopin from Toronto on January 31

New Year's Eve 2020 at the  Olympic Collection  
with music by Zbigniew Galazka

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 8 pm. New Year's Eve Ball with Zbigniew Gałąza

The Modjeska Club will welcome the New Year on December 31, 2019 with a New Year's Eve Ball, at the Imperial Ballroom, The Olympic Collection, 11301W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (just west of 405)! Evening attire, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, desserts, open bar, raffle with exclusive prizes, and dance music by Zbigniew Galazka.   The reservations should be sent to Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer, at 626 484 2537. Tickets $145 members, $155 guests per person.  You can also mail your check to Modjeska Club  co Elizabeth Przybyla, 15308 Ashley Ct, Whittier CA 90603. We have 12 tables reserved and there is only room for 3 more! You can also pay via PayPal to, plus $5 per ticket for PayPal fees.

Monsieur Chopin- Salon Poezji, Muzyki, Teatru z Toronto
starring Agata Pilitowska with Maria Nowotarska
Friday, 31 January 2020, 8pm, Magicopolis, Santa Monica
 1418 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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The program of the evening includes the play "Dobry Wieczor Monsieur Chopin" (in Polish) with text and direction by Maria Nowotarska, with both Nowotarska and Agata Pilitowska performing. After the show the Club will present the 2019 Helena Modjeska Prize for Agata Pilitowska and Maria  Nowotarska for all their work promoting Polish culture in the U.S.   RSVP to president Maja Trochimczyk,,  to 26 stycznia, tickets $10 for members and $30 for guests.


January 18 at 5 pm - Krakusy Ball at Burbank

February 15, 2020 - Polish Night with Marcin Gortat Ball

Marcin Gortat and the MG13 Foundation are organising the 9th edition of the „Polish Heritage Night”, which this year will take the form of a charity ball on the 15th of February 2020 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Polish Heritage Night 2020
Venue: The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Start: 7:00 p.m. Special Guests: TBA (polish actors, musicians, businessman, athletes)
Special Performance: Edyta Górniak. Type of Ball: red carpet gala
Ticket price: 220$/person or 2,000$/table for 10 guests

In order to purchase tickets please contact Tomasz Smolarek:
Tickets are nontransferable, and required for entry with photo ID. Number of tickets limited!
All income from ticket sales will support the MG 13 Foundation.

The idea of Polish Heritage Night was created by Marcin Gortat, and its purpose is to promote Polish culture in the US. We celebrate Polish heritage and support Polish youth and the families of Polish soldiers. The 9th edition of Polish Heritage Night will be special - for the first time it will take the form of a charity ball and not just be part of an NBA game. This is a great opportunity for the entire Polish-American community to unite. We will have lots of special guests in attendance from Poland: actors, musicians, businessmen, and athletes. Senators, congressmen, and consuls will also grace the gala with their presence. There is also a charity auction planned with a Robert Lewandowski signed jersey among other memorabilia.  Edyta Górniak will give a special performance! All proceeds from ticket sales will support the MG 13 Foundation.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Gortat and KaroliNa at Christmas Caroling, Dec. 7, 2019

Christmas Carols with Marcin Gortat and Friends 

Our member-only exclusive Christmas Caroling Party will take place this year on December 7, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the elegant residence of Helena and Stanley Kolodziey in Beverly Hills, CA. The program includes a conversation with Marcin Gortat about his career, interests and plans, a mini-concert by talented jazz vocalist Karolina Naziemiec, and Christmas Carols sing-along led by Karolina. Of course, a Christmas catered dinner with amazing traditional treats, and lots of heartwarming music and fun.

Marcin Gortat is a Polish professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound center is the son of boxer Janusz Gortat. As a child, Gortat participated in football and track and field, where he competed in the high jump. His father, Janusz Gortat, was a Polish boxer and a bronze medalist in the light heavyweight class during the Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976 Olympics, and his mother, Alicja Gortat, was a representative of the Polish national team in volleyball. He has an older brother, Robert, who is also a boxer. Gortat grew up in Łódź, Poland. He graduated from Technical School in Łódź. Apart from Polish, he is fluent in English, German, and Serbian.

Gortat started his career with ŁKS Łódź, then played three seasons for RheinEnergie Cologne in Germany's Basketball Bundesliga, with whom he won the domestic championship in 2006 and played in the 2006–07 Euroleague season for the first time in the team's history. After being drafted 57th overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns (with his rights later traded to the Orlando Magic), Gortat elected to keep playing with Cologne in Germany until 2007. In the U.S. he played for the Orlando Magic  (2007-2010), Phoenix Suns (2010-2013), Washington Wizards (2013-18), and Los Angeles Clippers (2018-19). After retiring from professional sports, he is engaged in a variety of charitable and cultural projects.

Marcin Gortat with Prezes at the Polish Film Festival Gala

He is a member of the Modjeska Club since November 2018, and participated in many club events. His Polish Night Ball on February 15, 2020 held in Beverly Hills promises to be the event of the season! In January 2019, he organized the Polish Heritage Day with LA. Clippers.

The interview will be conducted by Marcin Harasimowicz, actor and journalist. Marcin (Martin Harris)  is an American actor, writer and producer born in Poland, living in Los Angeles and Tuscany (Italy). Known for his role of Lt Nikolai Zybulski in TNT's "The Last Ship", also TV shows like "StartUp", "Days Of Our Lives", "Scorpion", "Making History" and others. Author of two books. Huge fan of Tottenham football club and of sports in general.

Karolina Naziemiec is a Polish violist and jazz vocalist known as KaroliNa, who has been performing and teaching in the United States since 2001. She is a recipient of an artistic visa on the recommendation of the American Federation of Musicians, who cited her as being “a violist of extraordinary ability.”  Ms. Naziemiec came to the United States for the first time in 2000 at the invitation of The Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival Orchestra in California, for which she twice served as principal violist. Ms. Naziemiec—the daughter of engineers and amateur musicians—grew up surrounded by music to become the first professional musician in her family. Born in Jedrzejow, Poland, she attended the Szymanowski Music High school in Katowice, then continued her education at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, and received her Master’s Degree in Music Arts/Viola Performance from the Academy in 2000.

After a successful career in Poland, she was granted a full scholarship at the University of Southern California, where she attended the Advanced Studies Program in 2001- 2002 and completed the Master of Music in Performance program in 2004. In the US, she has performed with the most prestigious orchestras including The Los Angeles Opera; The Los Angeles Master Chorale; The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra; The Jewish Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, California; The American Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Los Angeles; and The Aspen Music Festival Orchestra in Aspen, Colorado.  Ms. Naziemiec currently serves as a music coach for the Junior Chamber Music and provides private instruction in viola, violin, and piano to a wide range of students, from very young children to aspiring professionals. Karolina Naziemiec also performs in Los Angeles as a jazz vocalist. She recorded her first CD Introduction in 2008, and in 2015, she released Songs of Hope, which was considered for Grammy nomination in 2016. She is interested in and comfortable with all types of music, from classical to jazz, folk, and hip-hop.

KaroliNA will be accompanied by Olivia Kierdal - a singer, songwriter, pianist, organist and producer. She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and recently moved to Los Angeles. She has been performing since she was 4 years old, and writing songs since age 9. Since then she has written well over 100 pieces of music, graduated in Contemporary Music and Media from Macquarie University and California State University, and has worked as a writer in the USA, Japan and Australia. 

New Year's Eve Ball at the Olympic Collection  
with Zbigniew Galazka

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 8 pm. New Year's Eve Ball with Zbigniew Galazka

The Modjeska Club will welcome the New Year on December 31, 2019 with a New Year's Eve Ball, at the Imperial Ballroom, The Olympic Collection, 11301W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (just west of 405)! Evening attire, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, desserts, open bar, raffle with exclusive prizes, and dance music by Zbigniew Galazka.   The reservations should be sent to Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer, at 626 484 2537. Tickets $145 members, $155 guests per person.  You can also mail your check to Modjeska Club  co Elizabeth Przybyla, 15308 Ashley Ct, Whittier CA 90603. We have 11 tables reserved and there is only room for 4 more!

Photos from Past Events

Nov. 11, Independence Day Concert
Nov 11, Zipper Hall, Colburn School - Krzysztof Jasinski recital

Krzysztof Jasinski with Rita Shen, play 4-hand piece

Maja Trochimczyk, Ewa Barsam with State Senator Bob Wieckowski

Board of Directors, L to R: Witold Sokolowski, Ewa Barsam, Ela Przybyla, Maja Trochimczyk, Chris Justin, Syl Ves, Beata CZajkowska

Board of Directors with Consul General Jaroslaw Lasinski

Witek Sokolowski with Board and friends

Nov 9, Shandy and Eva Concert at Kulak's Woodshed

Board of Directors with Shandy and Eva, L to R: Witold Sokolowski, Maja Trochimczyk, Ela Trybus, Beata CZajkowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Chris Justin, seated - Shandy Casper and Ewa Zmijewska

The studio with exquisite recording equipment, six cameras, multiple mikes, professional mixing boards, was definitely bohemian in style... 

Maja Trochimczyk welcomes guests.

Specialty seating for 10 - on a sofa-bed! With Chris, Ania and Witek

The music stars wtih the board and guests, a fantastic concert in very tight space....