Thursday, October 24, 2019

Shandy & Eva's Concert on November 9 and Christmas Party with Marcin Gortat on December 7

We are delighted to invite members and friends of the Modjeska Club  to a wonderful concert of Shandy & Eva, promoting their new CD "Give it a Try" - we have been friends with these musicians for a while and greatly appreciate their talents.

  • What: Los Angeles Album Release Concert
  • When: Saturday, November 9th, 2019, 8pm 
  • Where: Kulak's Woodshed, 5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607
  • How: RSVP to to November 7 (Thursday), tickets are $10 and Modjeska Club members attend for free. 

Shandy & Eva is an acoustic duet performing their original songs. Shandy (Shandrelica Casper) is a drummer and a percussionist from Curacao in the Caribbean, Eva (Ewa Zmijewska) is a guitarist from Warsaw, Poland. They both sing and compose, Shandy and Eva met at Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena where they graduated with Associate of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. In 2015, during their studies they formed the duet, started playing show and writing music together. Later on Shandy graduated from LA College of Music with a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance and Eva graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a Performer-Composer Master’s Degree.

The Duet not only performs in the Los Angeles area, but is also known in Poland and in the Caribbean. Shandy & Eva’s music can be generally described as pop/singer-songwriter style, nevertheless the duet’ songs are inspired by many different musical genres like jazz, latin, or even country. They closely collaborate with a Polish music producer and engineer Kris Gorski and on August 11th 2019 they played a concert in Sopot, Poland and released their first studio album, "Give It a Try". After a succesful tour in Poland, Shandy & Eva are back in Los Angeles and are pleased to invite you to their LA Album Release Concert!

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 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 concert by a mystery guest from New Orleans brought in by Mr. Gortat, and Christmas Carols sing-along. Of course, a Christmas catered dinner with amazing traditional treats, and lots of heartwarming music and fun. The invitation  will be sent out in November. 

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, and dance music by Zbigniew Galazka - what's not to like? So save the date, and tell your friends. The reservations go to Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer, at 626 484 2537.

Tickets $145 members, $155 guests per person.  You can also mail your check to Modjeska Club POBOX 4288 Sunland CA 91041-4288 attn. Maja Trochimczyk, President (Elzbieta is in Poland to November 5, so we are accelerating the processing of funds this way).

Monday, August 12, 2019

Modjeska Club's Plans for Fall 2019

We had a very busy year 2018-2019, and are getting ready for equally busy and interesting season 2019-2020. The Modjeska Club will welcome the New Year on December 31, 2019 with a New Year's Eve Ball! So save the date, and tell your friends. And see you in the fall during amazing Polish events that we will organize for you or co-sponsor!

Calendar of Events, Fall 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2 pm -  WWII 80th Anniversary Concert at Santa Monica Public Library

This event, hosted by Polish American Congress of Southern CA at the main library in Santa Monica (6th and Santa Monica Blvd.) from 2 - 5 pm. will include Polish music provided by Marek Zebrowski and a quartet of musicians. These include Grazyna Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 1 (1938) and 4 popular film songs by Henryk Wars (written between 1930-1939).  Besides the quartet, the selections will also include Chopin's Nocturne (from Polanski's film The Pianist) and Szymanowski's Mazurkas (selected from Op. 50), performed by Marek Zebrowski.  Introductory remarks and a historical overview will also be provided by  Marek and the Consul General.  Refreshments will be served afterward courtesy of Wanda Presburger Helena Kolodziej. Posters depicting the beginning of the WWII and Poland's First to Fight will be shown courtesy of the Consulate of Poland. The event itself is free of charge however parking costs are nominal.  Seating is limited to 146 available seats in the library auditorium. There is no RSVP, the Modjeska Club sponsors the event with $250 donation and will have 25 reserved seats.  The auditorium opens at 1 p.m. so the earlier the better.

From September 13, 2019 - Another Day of Life, film about Ryszard Kapuscinski, at Laemmle Theater in Glendale

GKIDS will soon release ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE, based on the book by celebrated Polish journalist Ryszard “Ricardo” Kapuściński. The film follows Kapuściński in 1975 as he reports from Luanda while civil war breaks out following Angola’s independence from Portugal. Against all advice, Kapuściński is intent on driving south into the heart of the bloody conflict to find the isolated rebel leader Farrusco. You can click go to for additional information.
The film will be playing in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Glendale starting September 13th.

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6 pm - Prof. Andrzej Targowski's Lecture at the Iwanczyk Residence 

Prof. Targowski will present his recent book "Borders of Civilizations" published in 2019. The event will include catered dinner and will be the first gathering of club members only after vacations. Free to members. The Iwanczyk address will be sent to members in an email. Bring your own beverages and fruit for dessert. The club will order the dinner and cakes. Andrew (Andrzej) Targowski is a Polish-American computer scientist specializing in enterprise computing, societal computing, information technology impact upon civilization, information theory, wisdom theory, and civilization theory. One of the pioneers of applied information systems in Poland, he is an executive, university professor, scientist, civilizationist, philosopher, visionary, writer, and generalist. In Poland he is known for developing a computerized the social security number (PESEL, 1972–74) for 38 million citizens,[4] a prototype of INFOSTRADA (1972–1974), and authoring of the first books on applied information technology in business, economy, and society. In the United States he has developed one of the first digital cities in the U.S., teleCITY of Kalamazoo, Michigan (1992–1996). He concentrated on the cognitive informatics-oriented development of the theories of enterprise-wide system, information, communication, civilization, and wisdom.

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7 pm. - Konrad Wilk Presents  80/75 - Warsaw at War - poetry and songs about WWII and Warsaw Uprising

We include this event on the list, to encourage Modjeska Club members to attend. The performance will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII and the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Konrad Wilk writes: "80/75 - Warsaw at War - on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Santa Monica Playhouse at 7pm I will stage an artistic commemoration in honor of the 80th anniversary of the siege of Warsaw and the 75th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
               The program ENTIRELY IN POLISH will feature poetry and narrative performed by the amazing Ms. Monika Ekiert and the talented Mr. Lukas Dziemidok, with songs performed by the wonderful Mrs. Jolanta Tensor and the sultry Mrs. Sylvia Wilk and a waltz by Ms. Ewa Violet and Mr. Krzystof Glowinkowski. We will have the honor of introduction remarks by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. Mr Dave Rodgers has been amazing in his technical, musical and theatrical assistance as has Mr. Nickolas Stephens in his role as costume director, along with stage set design assistance of Ms Ewa Violet, and advertisement of Ula Jaskolka Beaudoin and graphics of Mr. Andrew Kolo. Special thanks go to Ms. Elizabeth Kanski for her invaluable assistance. I want to also thank my mother Ms. Liliana Tademar for allowing us to use material from her mother's Dr. Alicia Burakowska's diary. The show is $25.00 - either by e-mail or at the door. Refreshments will be served at 6pm." LOCATION: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 - parking across the street in Parking Lot 1; near corner of Wilshire Blvd and 4th Street.
More information:

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3 pm - Classical Piano Recital by the Yoder Brothers at Prof. Kocyan Residence, Baldwin Hills

Dominik, Lukasz and Kasper Yoder are the children of pianists Roza Kostrzewska-Yoder, well known as a piano teacher promoting Polish music to all her students, and Douglas Yoder.  The young pianists have started to participate in international competition and we decided to present their talents to the Modjeska Club members and guests. The recital will feature Polish music at the home of Prof. Wojciech Kocyan in Baldwin Hills.  Reception to follow.

Lukasz Yoder  has been playing piano since the age of four. Enriched by the musical tradition of his mother and teacher Roza Kostrzewska Yoder whose studies with Jan Ekier place her in direct lineage to the music teacher and pianist Theodor Leschetitzky, Lukasz has received numerous accolades for his “revolutionary” performances marked by their “controlled intensity”. Grand Prize Winner of the Lansum International Music Festival, Lukasz is a top prizewinner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition in Fredonia, New York, Classics Alive National Auditions, The Kosciuszko Foundations National Chopin Competition in Washington D.C. (category 16-18 years old), The International Chopin Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, Glendale Piano Competition, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT State Finals, and the statewide Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition.  Lukasz has performed concerts on both coasts of the United States, Europe and Puerto Rico, in venues that include Zipper Hall of the Colburn School of Music, the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, the Kosciuszko Foundation’s headquarters in NYC, the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, the Dzialynski Palace and White Hall of Poznan, Poland, as well as Zelazowa Wola, Chopin's birthplace. Lukasz has had lessons or masterclasses with Garrick Ohlsson, Eteri Andjaparidze, Edward Wolanin, Dina Yoffe, Natalia Troull, Pawel Nersessian, Antoinette Perry, Dmitri Rachmanov, Baruch Meir, and Wojciech Kocyan. He has recorded for Polish Radio and Television, and been featured in the Polish and American Press.

Dominik Yoder began studying piano at the age of three. He was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2018 Kosciuszko Foundation Competition for Young Pianists in Washington, D.C. (category 13-15 years old) Dominik also received: First Prize in the 2017 MTAC State and CAPMT State Competitions and the 2017 Parness Concerto Competition; Honorable Mention and a Special Prize from the jury in the 2015 San Jose International Piano Competition; Second Prize in the 2014 MTAC Pasadena Music Competition; and First Prize at the 2013 CAPMT State Level Honors Auditions, the 2012 Long Beach Mozart Festival, the 2012 Southern California Junior Bach Festival (Gold Medal), the 2009 SYMF Competition, the 2009 CAPMT Sonata Competition, the 2010 CAPMT Honors Auditions, and the 2011 CAPMT State competition. He has also been a prizewinner of the Glendale Piano Competition and Cypress Piano Competition. Dominik has performed in Żelazowa Wola, birthplace of Frederic Chopin, and for Polish radio and television. He has given concerts in the United States, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Dominik has also performed with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Youth Chamber Music Festival Orchestra. He currently studies under Róża Kostrzewska Yoder. Dominik enjoys surfing and rock climbing.

Kasper Yoder is 12 years old and has already won prizes in several piano competitions, for instance in National Young Artists Auditions in Los Angeles, 2018 Lansum International Piano Festival and many more.

Two events of our friends:

Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 50th Anniversary Ball of Polam, Atheneum, Cal Tech Club, Pasadena

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 5 pm - "Chopin" play by Polish Teatr from Toronto presented by Klub PAPA, Orange County

Sztuka "Dobry Wieczor Monsieur Chopin"  The Polish-Canadian Society of Theater invites you for an evening of beautiful music and impressions! Trained in Krakow, Maria Nowotarska and Agata Pilitowska brought their talents to Northern America when they began the Poetry, Music, and Theater Salon in Toronto, Canada. Now they are bringing their talents to Orange County. Tickets are $35 and $25 for members of the Modjeska Club. The performance  will take place at Curtis Theater in Brea, CA, 1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821. Doors open at 4 pm.

When purchasing ticket say you are a Modjeska Club Member and give your name for the list to be kept by Darek Swiatkowski. Only members with paid membership for 2019 are eligible for this discount. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Paderewski Lecture at USC

This year, the Polish Music Center’s annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital presents the latest expanded version of  "Three Paderewskis" - on Saturday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. in USC’s Newman Recital Hall. This presentation of an exciting musical-opera hybrid, steeped in Polish history will also feature a discussion with Oliver Mayer and Jenni Brandon.

The Modjeska Club supports this annual event with a donation of $250.

October 16, 2019 at 7 pm, Rebel Babel Ensemble at Live House Hollywood

LIVE HOUSE HOLLYWOOD -  1534 North Highland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028

REBEL BABEL ENSEMBLE is an international and unlimited Big Band of more than 10,000 musicians performing all over the world together.

The concert "Polish Hollywood Film Composers" is a journey into jazz, folk, hip-hop, classical and film music. Outstanding polish composers and producers including Krzysztof Herdzin, Maciej Obara (ECM JAZZ), Łukasz L.U.C. Rostkowski, reinterpreted the repertoire of world renowned film music authors like Krzysztof Komeda (Rosemary's Baby by R. Polański), Henryk Wars and oscar winners - Bronisław Kaper (Mutiny on Bounty) and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Finding Neverland). Film soundtracks with video mashups in brand new, often futuristic arrangements played with great power and energy by a large Big Band made up of European and local American young musicians merged with jazz icons - conducted by one of the most awarded young polish musicians Łukasz L.U.C. Rostkowski.

Meetings and workshops lead to grand gala concerts presented at the biggest festivals as well as crazy performances combining live music with the sounds of nature or technology. The project combines musicians, singers and composers from different regions, crossing cultures, languages and stylistic genres. REBEL BABEL is an experimental, innovative project that engages and invites musicians from various spheres and places to join the orchestra that raises important social problems. It combines contemporary music with local traditional music and high culture with street culture. The collective of professional musicians travels around the world organizing surreal performances as well as micro and macro-concerts. Conductor - Łukasz L.U.C. Rostkowski.

Friday, October 18, 2019  Polish Film Festival Los Angeles - Opening Gala

We encourage our members to attend the opening Gala of the Festival  at the Writers' Guild Theater in Beverly  Hills and its screenings in Santa Monica and North Hollywood.The Festival will open with VALLEY OF THE GODS by Lech Majewski, starring Josh Hartnett, Jaime Ray Newman, John Malkovich, among others. This year the Gala Opening will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019.
The  Gala will take place at  WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, an extravagant start to a nine-days-long celebration of Polish Cinema through October 26, 2019 with subsequent screenings at the Laemmle's NoHo 7 and Monica Film Center Theaters and Hellada Gallery.  The Modjeska Club supports this annual event with a donation of $250.

November, TBA (15 or 16) Meeting with Mariusz Brymora 

Author of a new history of Polish diplomacy in the U.S. Mr. Brymora is former Consul General of Poland in California. At the home of Ewa and Efraim Barsam in Woodland Hills. Reception to follow.

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 6 pm. Marcin Gortat Presents an Evening of Christmas Carols

At the Beverly Hills residence of  Helena and Stanley Kolodziey, Marcin Gortat will talk about his career and plans, and will present his favorite accordion player from New Orleans to play for us and with us in an evening of Christmas Carols. For club members only, limited seating, paid valet parking $15.

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, and dance music by Zbigniew Galazka - what's not to like? So save the date, and tell your friends. The reservations go to Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer, at 626 484 2537.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Polish Dali and Polish Marilyn Monroe - Two Performances at Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 15 and 28



JUNE 15, 2019 (SATURDAY) The play is also performed on June 16 and 19. Andrzej Kolodziej's Play "The Trial of Dali."  Teatr Fantazja from Sydney, Australia. Los Angeles Fringe Festival. The Complex Hollywood, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, 3:45pm. Buy your own tickets. After the performance, we will meet with the troupe and with Mr. Kolodziej to discuss their work - at the Polish Day in Hellada Gallery in Long Beach, around 8 p.m.

THEATER ADDRESS: The Complex Hollywood, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood
TICKETS: Saturday June 15 2019, 3:45 PM | 80 mins. The Complex Hollywood (Ruby Theatre ):
The play is also performed on: Sunday June 16 2019, 1:45 PM; Wednesday June 19 2019, 6:15 PM |

“The Trial of Dali” is a comedic play set in 1948 Spain that depicts the legal troubles of the flamboyant Surrealist, artist Salvador Dali. Dali and his wife and muse Gala, return from the U.S. to Dali’s small home town of Figueres, in his native Spain, at a time when Dali is broken financially and artistically (although he would never admit it). Upon arrival, Dali is served with a summons to a trial prosecuted by a vengeful attorney bent on proving Dali’s art has violated the moral code. Ultimately to win his freedom, prove his relevance as an artist, and save his marriage, Dali must defend himself by defending his art. Be ready to “get surreal,” in this humorous, satirical play.

Hellada Gallery / Hellada Art Center 117 Linden Ave, Long Beach, California 90802

Celebrating 30 Years of Free Poland. Come with your loved ones, family and friends to enjoy Polish music, delicious treats, good beer, and fun for the whole evening. There will be not only entertainment but also an art exhibit featuring Polish artists and art-works as well as a unique presentation of Polish theatrical and movie posters.  There will be a small Polish-American community beauty contest where one of the most impressive Polish ladies will be honored with the title of Miss Polonia California! There will be a contest for those who can learn to pronounce some of the most difficult Polish phrases.

That’s not all! All evening long the Polka, Oberek and Polonez dance classes will be offered. Yes, the friendly instructors will be waiting for new brave students. Fun, entertainment and a professional atmosphere is the goal here. Over 15 Polish-California institutions and Organizations, will be working hard to make sure everyone has a great time! A dance party will be the grand finale of the night. Along with the latest Polish hits, and many great dancers you will be having a blast!
More information on:      T: 562.682-9735 (12pm – 7pm)


JUNE 28, 2019 at 7 pm (FRIDAY) The play is also performed on June 15 and 23  2019. The Seven Year Itch, starring Polish actress Monika Ekiert as Marylin Monroe.  The performances are at Hollywood's McCadden Theatre on Saturday June 15 at 8pm, Sunday June 23 at 1pm and Friday June 28 at 7pm.  We will meet with the actress after the performance.

ADDRESS: McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038
TICKETS: OR Hollywood

It’s one of the most iconic images in screen history – Marilyn Monroe in that white dress in The Seven Year Itch. The much loved film was adapted from this highly acclaimed play by George Axelrod. Polish actress Monika Ekiert steps into the role of ‘The Girl’ and CNN and BBC personality Sandro Monetti plays the hapless husband in this hilarious and charming romantic comedy.
Produced in association with Jason Haigh-Ellery, Bruce B Lee and Big Screen Entertainment Group.


Friday, June 7, 2019

"Qui Pro Quo" Polish Cabaret Songs in South Pasadena with an Exhibit by Katarzyna Kociomyk, June 8, 2019


On JUNE 8, 2019 at 6 pm. Modjeska Club Presents CABARET DINNER. "Qui Pro Quo - Polish Cabaret Songs"  a concert of cabaret songs by "Sami Swoi" from Polish American Social Club of Las Vegas. The Program includes classic Polish cabaret songs from Qui Pro Quo, Piwnica Pod Baranami, Kabaret Starszych Panow, Kabaret Pod Egida, and more... The sound projection will be coordinated by Emmy Award Winner Andrzej Warzecha. With a catered hot dinner buffet by Jola Budny from Polka Restaurant.

WHERE: South Pasadena Community Room, 1115 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 910303.
WHEN: Saturday, June 8 2019 at 6 pm.
RSVP: Free to club members, open to guests.  RSVP to to June 6, 2019. Club members: please bring your favorite beverage and dessert to share.


The "Sami Swoi" Theater Group is a part of the Polish American Social Club of Las Vegas and, for this performance will include the following artists: Grazyna Mierzwinski, Monika Clark, Malgorzata Baran, Marianna Wojciechowicz, Iwona Podzorska, Antoni Cembrzynski, Krystian Kinel.

They will perform some of the most famous, classic Polish cabaret songs from a number of most famous Polish cabarets.


  • Kabaret Starszych Panow - Tanie dranie
  • Kabaret pod Egida - Czy te oczy moga klamac
  • Kabaret pod Egida - Taki kraj
  • Kabaret Starszych Panow - Z kim tak ci bedzie zle jak ze mna
  • Kabaret Qui pro quo – Ach ten wasik
  • Kabaret Qui pro quo – Juz taki jestem zimny dran 
  • Kabaret Piwnica pod Baranami  -  Miejcie nadzieje
  • Kabaret Piwnica pod Baranami  - Grande Valse Brillante 
  • Kabaret Piwnica pod Baranami  - Bedziesz moja pania
  • Kabaret Starszych Panow – Tango Kat
  • Kabaret Qui pro quo - Upić się warto
  • Kabaret Qui pro quo – Milosc Ci wszystko wybaczy
  • Kabaret Qui pro quo -  Ta mala pila dzis
  • Kabaret Qui Pro Quo – Nikt tylko Ty
  • Kabaret Piwnica pod Baranami  - Dni ktorych nie znamy
  • Kabaret Starszych Panow - Kaziu, zakochaj sie
  • Kabaret Starszych Panow – Szuja
  • Kabaret Tey - To juz z gorki
  • Kabaret Piwnica pod Baranami - To taka glupia to ja juz nie jestem 
  • Kabaret Starszych Panow - Przeklnij mnie
  • Kabaret Piwnica pod Baranami - Naprawde nie dzieje sie nic


Qui Pro Quo was the most famous Polish literary and revue theatre of the interwar period. It performed in Warsaw in 1919-1931 and for a short period also in 1932. Poets associated with this Cabaret included Julian Tuwim, Antoni Slonimski and Kazimierz Wierzynski. Composers included Zygmunt Wiehler, Szymon Kataszek, and Jerzy Boczkowski, the founder.  Warsaw's earliest performances of jazz sounded for the first time from Qui Pro Quo's stage, thanks to Jerzy Petersburski and Artur Gold. Performers included creme de creme of Polish stage: Hanka Ordonówna, Mira Zimińska, Zula Pogorzelska, Zofia Terné, Stefcia Górska, Adolf Dymsza, Kazimierz Krukowski, Ludwik Lawiński, and Eugeniusz Bodo.[Information based on Wikipedia]


Kabaret Starszych Panów (translating to English as either Old(er) Gentlemen Cabaret or Elderly Gentlemen's Cabaret) was a Polish satirical cabaret made for TV in the late 1950s to mid-1960s (1958–1966). Numerous leading actors and performers participated in its episodes. The hosts and producers were Jerzy Wasowski and Jeremi Przybora, the two aging male Polish actors mentioned in the cabaret's name.Their humor has been described as "absurdist, sophisticated and elegant".Music formed an important element of the cabaret. Many top Polish actors of that time played in the cabaret as guests: Mieczysław Czechowicz, Edward Dziewoński, Wiesław Gołas, Kalina Jędrusik, Irena Kwiatkowska, Barbara Krafftówna, Zdzisław Leśniak, Wiesław Michnikowski. [information based on Wikipedia]


Kabaret Pod Egidą ("under the aegis") is a Polish satirical cabaret. It has been created in 1967 on the initiative of singer-songwriter Jan Pietrzak, and is still active (as of 2012). "Under the aegis" was a politically charged cliche in the Soviet Union dominated Eastern Europe. The cabaret was formed in 1967 as a continuation of a popular student cabaret Hybrydy. The first performers included Jan Pietrzak, Jonasz Kofta, Adam Kreczmar, Jan Raczkowski, Krzysztof Paszek, Hanna Okuniewicz, Barbara Kraftówna, Anna Prucnal, Kazimierz Rudzki, Wojciech Siemion, Wojciech Brzozowicz, and Jan Tadeusz Stanisławski. With the rise of Solidarity, the group gained much fame due to its performance of the unofficial Solidarity's anthem, the patriotic song by Jan Pietrzak. The group was banned in the aftermath of the 1981 crackdown on Solidarity, and resumed its performances only in the mid-1980s. Among its regular contributors and artists, in the 1980s, were such personalities of the Polish theatre scene as Ewa Dałkowska, Ewa Błaszczyk, Edyta Geppert, Piotr Fronczewski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Jerzy Dobrowolski, Janusz Gajos, Kazimierz Kaczor, Paweł Dłużewski, Marek Majewszki, and Krzysztof Daukszewicz. In the 1990s the cabaret performed regularly in Krakow and Bytom, with more artist including Jacek Kaczmarski and Marcin Wolski. [Information based on Wikipedia]


Piwnica Pod Baranami  (English: The Cellar under the Rams) is a Polish literary cabaret located in Kraków, Poland in the Palace Under The Rams. For over 30 years, in the People's Republic of Poland, Piwnica pod Baranami served as the most renowned political cabaret in the country, until the end of (and beyond) the communist era. Created by Piotr Skrzynecki in 1956, the cabaret continues its activities, contrary to rumours that it has been closed after the death of its founder in 1997. It resides at its original location in the medieval Old Town district, at the Main Market Square (next to Vis-á-vis café). After nearly fifty years Piwnica became a legend of local eccentricity, and the style of the Piwnica cabaret entered the colloquial language as the "underground (piwnica) style" of performance. Piwnica's influence has reached beyond the art; it has been described thus: "It was much more than a cabaret. It was a breath of freedom and of ironic distance to the reality which surrounded us." Of our members, Lucyna Przasnyski was and is associated with Piwnica and its artists.  The musicians, actors associated with Piwnica include: Bronisław Chromy, Ewa Demarczyk
Leszek Długosz, Anna Dymna, Wiesław Dymny, Janina Garycka, Jan Güntner, Tamara Kalinowska, Krzysztof Komeda, Zygmunt Konieczny, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Tadeusz Kwinta, Kika Lelicińska,
Krzysztof Litwin, Stanisław Radwan, Barbara Nawratowicz, Jan Nowicki, Maria Nowotarska,
Mirosław Obłoński, Joanna Olczak-Ronikier, Agnieszka Osiecka, Krzysztof Penderecki, Joanna Plewińska, Mieczysław Święcicki, Kika Szaszkiewiczowa, Jerzy Turowicz, Jerzy Vetulani, Andrzej Wajda, Kazimierz Wiśniak, Dorota Terakowska, Grzegorz Turnau, Leszek Wójtowicz, Krystyna Zachwatowicz. Andrzej Zarycki, Dorota Ślęzak, and Ewa Wnuk- Krzyzanowska.[Information based on Wikipedia]


 Kabaret TEY was one of the most popular Polish cabarets in the 1970s and 1980s. Its main performers included Zenon Laskowik and Bohdan Smoleń.Founded in the mid-1960s as Klops by Zenon Laskowik, Krzysztof Jaślar and Aleksander Gołębiowski, on 17 September 1971 it changed its name to Kabaret TEY. Popular performers included Bohdan Smoleń (joined in 1977), Jadwiga Żywczak, Marian Pogasz, Rudi Schuberth, Janusz Rewiński, Grażyna Łobaszewska, Zbigniew Górny, Zbigniew Wodecki and Małgorzata Ostrowska, with music written by Włodzimierz Korcz (author of Żeby Polska była Polską, the informal anthem of Solidarity). The most popular of these were Laskowik and Smoleń, who often performed as a team. The name TEY means "you" in the Poznań dialect.[Information based on Wikipedia]


During the catered dinner, guests will be able to see 10 paintings by Katarzyna Kociomyk, Polish painter now based in Las Vegas. The paintings are used as illustration for this blog post and more are reproduced below.


Katarzyna Kociomyk graduated with Honors from one of the most prestigious Academies of Fine Art in Poland. Mrs. Kociomyk’s paintings are in private collections in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

“My first oil painting I painted when I was 4 years old. I think that back then I first started to think about becoming a painter. Through painting I was creating my own spaces, and new worlds starting from some small element of reality. That internal and external reality seemed to be my early inspiration. After an Elementary School I applied to a strictly art oriented High School, and near the end of it I was considering studying at one of the best Fine Art Academies in Europe. In October of 1993 I was accepted to Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, and in a matter of weeks I was studying under some of the best art professors in the Country.  I finished the Academy with Honors with a solid technical foundation, extensive knowledge of art history, and a better understanding of the word "artist."

Born, raised, and educated in Poland, Katarzyna Kociomyk came to the United States in December 2009. She opened her studio in a tranquil home in Vermont just few days after her arrival.  In 2015 she moved to rural Indiana, where for two years she was developing new ideas and created new artistic challenges. In 2017 Katarzyna relocated to Santa Barbara, California and since April 2018 she has her new home and studio in Las Vegas, Nevada where she now lives and creates full time.