September 06, 2018, 6:00 PM
The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence with the opening of the exhibition, The Good 100 on September 6, 2018, at 6 pm. The last century has seen its ups and too many tumultuous downs as the Czech people struggled for self-determination and democracy in the heart of Europe. To reflect on the positive moments and events in each of the one hundred years, the students of Media and Didactic Illustration at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art from the University of West Bohemia, under the leadership of professor and acclaimed author Renáta Fučíková, have created an intriguing, visual exhibit. The illustrated and educational display demonstrates momentous, good moments of groundbreaking discoveries, artistic creation, incredible achievements, and vibrant life.
September 18, 2018, 7:00 PM
Bistro Bohem will screen the film Cosy Dens (Pelíšky) on September 18, 2018, at 7 pm, as part of the ongoing Film and Beer Series. Set during Christmas 1967, two neighboring families stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Mr. Šebek is a loyal supporter of the regime, while Mr. Kraus, a decorated World War II resistance fighter and Czech nationalist, is staunchly anti-Soviet. The two men argue incessantly while their wives try to keep the peace. Meanwhile, the Šebek's teenage son becomes infatuated with the Kraus's daughter. She, though, has a crush on a teenager who has long hair, loves the Beatles, and wears American boots. Treat yourself to this classic early film of acclaimed director Jan Hřebejk.
September 20, 2018, 4:00 PM
Svanda Theatre, one of the Czech Republic's top theatre companies, will perform The Good and the True, a play about two Holocaust survivors, directed by Daniel Hrbek at Georgetown University in the Devine Studio Theatre on September 20, 2018, at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, as part of the series Four Plays from Prague. "A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre" (Yorkshire Evening Post), this play weaves together testimonies of two Auschwitz survivors who led similarly extraordinary lives, but never actually met: Athlete Miloš Dobrý and actress Hana Pravda.
September 21, 2018, 8:00 PM
Svanda Theatre will perform Protest/The Debt on September 21, 2018 at 8 pm, and September 22, 2018, at 4 pm, in the Davis Center's Devine Theatre at Georgetown University as part of the theatre series Four Plays from Prague. What happens when two writers meet - one who is not allowed to write and the other who writes whatever he wants? What if the first one has a surprising proposal for the second one? And what if the two of them meet years later when they can write freely but it is not working? Brilliant Václav Havel´s dialogue is confronted with the dramatic attempt of a debuting author.
September 22, 2018, 4:00 PM
September 22, 2018, 8:00 PM
Svanda Theatre will perform the play Pankrác '45 on September 22, 2018, at 8 pm, in the Davis Center's Gonda Theatre, at Georgetown University. Casting for an execution...Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one's actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.
September 23, 2018, 2:00 PM
Svanda Theatre will perform the play Pankrác '45 on September 23, 2018, at 2 pm, in the Davis Center's Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University. Casting for an execution...Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one's actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.
September 29, 2018, 2:30 PM
The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of director João Moreira Salles’s new cine-essay In the Intense Now, in the East Building Auditorium introduced by Michael Kraus on September 29, 2018, at 2:30 pm. The film combines anonymous archival footage and reflective voice-over to survey the societal chaos of the late 1960s. More importantly, however, In the Intense Now is a poetic experiment in the communication between personal history and global events, as Salles mixes tourist footage recorded by his own mother on her trip to China at the start of the 1966 Cultural Revolution with found footage of rebellion from May 1968 recorded in France, Czechoslovakia, and Brazil. As Salles himself states: “We don’t always know what we’re filming.” “An ode to inadvertent cinematic archives, which harbor the gift of accidental revelation” — Diego Semerene.
Photo courtesy of Icarus Films
September 30, 2018, 6:00 PM
Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolína Syrovátková, called "a true poet of the piano" (ABQ Review) will perform a solo concert of composers Suk, Janáček, Fibich, and Kaprálová at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage on September 30, 2018, at 6 pm. She is known for her innovative approach to performing, in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. Syrovátková is the winner of several international competitions including the North London and the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Competition. Relax in a memorable evening at the Kennedy Center with the gifted pianist.
October 04, 2018, 5:00 PM
The Wilson Center, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, commemorates the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia with a lecture and opening of the exhibit Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence on October 4, 2018, at 4 pm.
October 10, 2018, 8:00 PM
October 18, 2018, 10:00 AM
The Embassy of the Czech Republic will hold a prestigious conference, From Masaryk to Havel and Beyond: The Struggle for Democracy, with keynote speaker former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2018, at 10 am.
October 21, 2018, 1:00 PM
The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, invites you to a special screening of the animated family adventure Oddsockeaters with director Galina Miklínová on October 21, at 1 pm. Following the screening at 3:15 pm, a limited number of children accompanied by an adult can also attend a workshop to make an Oddsockeater. Registration for both events is required.
October 22, 2018, 6:00 PM
October 29, 2018, 8:00 PM
The Czech Philharmonic, the Czech Republic's premier orchestra, returns to DC for the first time under its new music director, Semyon Bychkov, for a signature program featuring Antonín Dvořák's triumphant Seventh Symphony and a rarely heard work by the 20th-century composer Luboš Fišer on October 29, 2018, at 8 pm, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Soloist Alisa Weilerstein will perform her "raptly passionate account" (Sunday Times) of the Dvořák Cello Concerto. Relish in an evening listening to this renowned orchestra as part of the 100th anniversary of Czech independence.
October 30, 2018, 7:30 PM
November 11, 2018, 6:00 PM
Czech mezzo-soprano Pavlína Horáková will perform selections from her rich repertoire of music, ranging from classical to jazz, on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on November 11, 2018, at 6 pm. This gifted artist has performed the title role in the opera Carmen and Berta in Barber of Seville with Opera Amore in New York City. Her life goal is to connect her two fields of study: music and business, in a way that gives back to the profession that she loves. By fostering social responsibility, she hopes to encourage future generations of young musicians. Revel in an evening of enchanting music at the Kennedy Center.
November 20, 2018, 7:00 PM
Bistro Bohem will screen the smash hit Those Wonderful Years that Sucked (Bájecná léta pod psa) on November 20, 2018, at 7 pm. The dark comedy, adapted from a novel by Michal Viewegh, chronicles the life of a Czech family from the 1960s to just after the Velvet Revolution. At the forefront are Milena, a lawyer who acts on stage in her spare time, her husband Aleš, an aimless government worker, and their son Kvido, a little genius. The lives of Aleś and Milena change dramatically following the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968. While at first the film’s heroes are often in risky or dangerous situations, the end of the story, set in the period after the Velvet Revolution, is conciliatory, amiable and ironic. Unwind at the Bistro with this classic 90s film.