Other Events of Interest

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Under the auspices of the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic H.E. Peter Burian,

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library together with Slovakia Meetup Group, invite you to a special presentation:

Recording Voices and Documenting Memories: The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s Oral History Project

Where: Slovak Embassy

When: 6:30pm

Project coordinator, Rosie Johnston, will show and discuss video footage being gathered by the NCSML as part of a major oral history project – now underway in Chicago, Cleveland and Washington D.C. Learn how the museum is preserving the memories of Slovak and Czech Americans, and bringing these stories to old and new audiences alike.

Please RSVP to: Ludmila Sujanova, ludisuska@yahoo.com.
For questions about the event, call Leah Wilson at 319-621-3009 or email LWilson@NCSML.org.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The World Travelers Meetup group

cordially invites you to

Luboš Brieda

Where: Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub, Washington, DC
500 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 216-0046

When: 7:00pm
Cost: $1.00 per person
There will be some sweet treats.

Luboš Briedawill give a talk to the World Travelers Meetup Group about Slovakia on August 27th. It will be an hour-long slide show about his favorite places in the country, and all that Slovakia has to offer.

The first hour of the gathering is a meet-and-greet session, and the actual talk starts at 8:00pm. The organizer, Elise, asks everyone to pay $1, which goes toward MeetUp administrative fees and a speakers dinner at the end of the year.

Luboš also asks a favor. Because his trips home generally involve visiting family, he doesn’t have photos from all the places he would like to show. If you have good photos from Slovakia that he could borrow, especially from the Tatras, Spiš Castle, caves, or hot springs, please contact him at lbrieda@yahoo.com.

More information:

The World Travelers Group is private, so you have to join before being able to see the calendar.

RSVP to this Meetup group at:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures University of Pittsburgh

cordially invites you to

The Struggle for the Soul of Slovakia after World War II: Communists vs. Catholics, 1945 to 1948

The Thomas Kukucka Memorial Lecture
James Ramon Felak

Where: 1700 Posvar Hall, Pitt Campus, Oakland

When: 2:00pm

James Ramon Felak, Associate Professor of History, has taught at the University of Washington since 1989. He specializes in issues connected with nationalism, communism, and religion, and is the author of two books: one on Slovak nationalism in the 1930s, and one on the relationship between Catholics and Communists in Slovakia in the aftermath of World War II. Professor Felak is the winner of two book awards and a number of scholarly grants; he is past president of the Slovak Studies Association.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 31, 2009

Roman Patkolo to perform at the Kennedy Center

Award-winning Slovak double bassist Roman Patkolo will perform with Andre Previn and Anne-Sophie Mutter at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC, on January 31. For more information on the program and for tickets, go to http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=NJSAE.

Born in 1982 in Zilina, Slovakia, Roman Patkoló had his first double bass lesson at the Zilina Conservatory, at the age of 13. In 1995 he won first prize at the Slovak National Competition for double bass in Bratislava. Since 1997, Roman has been living in Germany, where he studied at the University of Theater and Music in Munich. Roman became a scholar of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 1998 and is the winner of two international double bass competitions as well as the first prize at the ISB International Double Bass Contest in Iowa City, first prize together with five special prizes at the J.M. Sperger International Double Bass Competition, and the ARD competition in Munich.

Roman Patkoló is a member of the internationally renowned virtuoso Bass Sextet Bassiona Amorosa. He was a "double recipient" of the European Culture Prize from the German president, and was recognized as an outstanding soloist and leader of Bassiona Amorosa. Roman has performed as a soloist with many orchestras. Placido Domingo has praised his virtuosity and Roman has worked with world-famous musicians and conductors, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Andre Previn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, and Zubin Mehta to name a few.

In 2004, Roman was selected by Young Artists International for the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles and performed as a soloist and and as a member of the iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Soloists at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Currently, Mr. Patkoló combines his solo career with work as a principal in the Zurich Opera.

To see a short video clip of Roman playing "Zigeunerweisen - Zarasate", go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ibcVPrASFs

To see a short video clip of Bassiona Amoroso playing "Sabre Dance" go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbF0LXFgifU&feature=related.

Friday, November 21, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
6th-floor Auditorium

Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture

"Strengthening US-Slovak Cooperation and the Transatlantic Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges in Today's World"

Jan Kubis, Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic

RSVP required. To RSVP, click here
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Sunday, November 9, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Carpatho-Rusyn Fall Fest

Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center
915 Dickson Street
Munhall, PA 15120-1929
Web site: www.c-rs.org
Directions: http://www.c-rs.org/munhalldir.html
E-mail: vp@c-rs.org
Telephone: 412-251-3083

Rusyn items will be available for sale, as well as a great selection of iconography and local art and crafts.

Taste exquisite pastries made by chefs trained in Slovakia. Place your orders now for Christmas.

Delicious ethnic food items will also be on sale.

Come and enjoy great food and a great atmosphere.


The Carpatho-Rusyn Society's Annual Meeting
National Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center
915 Dickson Street
Munhall, PA 15120-1929

November 9, 2008
Meeting to begin at 3pm

Sunday, November 9, 2-6pm

"An Eastern European Afternoon Delight"

Jozef Ivaska - A Man of a Thousand Slovak Songs
Polish Dance Troupe

Hear the melodious sounds of Slovak singer Josez Ivaska, who has performed in 30 countries and on 4 continents.

Tap your feet to the dancing rhythm of the Polish Dance Troupe.

Play some Wheels and check some of our traditional Eastern European souvenirs and folk art - Slovak display by Helene Cincebeaux; Slovak egg decorating by Mark Jesko & Josie Blackwell

Catered by Falcon Caterers
featuring a lite-fair menu of finger foods and desserts
with beer, wine, & sodas

Price $10

Our Lady Queen of Peace Banquet Hall
10003 Bird River Road,
Middle River, Maryland 21220

For Tickets and Information
contact Mr. Ken Crabbe (410)686-3085, ext. 107

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"She Kept Crying for the Moon"
(Pásla kone na betóne), 1982

Full-length Slovak film directed by Štefan Uher.

In this warm-hearted and amusing story about the joys of unwed motherhood, a single mother living in an East Slovak village has a daughter who became pregnant after a brief fling with a soldier, now long-gone. The mother is unhappy that her own daughter might have to work as hard as she did to raise a child alone, and so she advertises in a newspaper for a husband for the daughter. Her fondest wish comes true as a most reliable and charming man responds in the affirmative. The glorious wedding day is set, and the village is all decked out to celebrate the happy occasion -- with the bride a full nine months pregnant, but no one really cares. Sad to say, the time for the wedding hour comes and goes, and the bridegroom is nowhere in sight. The mother and daughter simply accept that they were meant to share the same kind of life, when the daughter's labor pains start. As she rushes off to the hospital, the villagers keep on celebrating -- why stop now? And as it happens, everyone will have something to celebrate in the end. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Cast: Milka Zimková, Veronika Jeníková, Peter Staník, Marie Logojdová, Anton Trón, Lubomír Paulovic, Ján Mildner, Marián Geišberg

Sponsored by: The Friends of Slovakia (FOS) and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

Where: Slovak Embassy

When: 8:00 pm

Seats are limited.
Please RSVP by Monday 4 February to (202) 237-1054, ext. 266, 200 or to information@slovakembassy-us.org.