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Festival Launch

Festival Launch

September 14, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the festival with lectures by Director of the Mendel Museum Ondřej Dostal on Mendel and the Laws of Inheritance and Villanova University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Edward Guinan on Beyond Peas and Genetics - Gregor Mendel’s “Other” Sciences: Bees, Sunspots, Meteorology and Tornados on September 14, 2017, at 6 pm. The launch will include the opening of the exhibition Gregor Johann Mendel – Science, Beliefs, Politics. The internationally recognized founder of modern-genetics Gregor Mendel was born in a small village into a family of peasants, an upbringing that provided him with expertise in agriculture and thirst to understand natural science. His brilliance being recognized at an early age, Mendel was admitted into the powerful Augustinian, an opportunity allowing him to pursue higher education. Explore the multitude of pioneering scientific discoveries and accomplishments and political and civil contributions Mendel achieved as a teacher, monk, beekeeper, biologist, meteorologist, and ultimately Abbot, the ecclesiastical leader for sixteen years. In the end, was he a man of God or a man of science?

Special Lecture by Holocaust Survivor: Mendel under Communism

Special Lecture by Holocaust Survivor: Mendel under Communism

September 18, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in collaboration with the Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences will host a special lecture by Holocaust survivor and renowned Czech-American geneticist Renata Laxova on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 6 pm. Laxova will share her childhood story of survival about her escape from Czechoslovakia in a kindertransport, organized by British humanitarian Nicholas Winton on the eve of World War II. She will also talk about her return to her homeland to study and pursue a career in genetics and the ruling Communist Party’s  pseudoscientific take, under the Soviet direction of Trofim Lysenko, on Mendel’s principles of inheritance.

Film & Beer: Rebels

Film & Beer: Rebels

September 19, 2017, 7:00 PM

Bistro Bohem will screen the love story Rebels (Rebelové), on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7 pm. Called "jaw droppingly buoyant" by Variety critic Eddie Cockrell, the film follows three boys in pursuit of three beautiful girls on break from final exams. Tereza (Zuzana Norisová) catches the eye of Simon (Jan Révai), and the girls are swept off their feet, only to realize the boys are military deserters. Meanwhile, there is a looming tension foreshadowing the 1968 Soviet Invasion. The film features stellar 1960s music, including Josef Zima’s “Gina” and Karel Svoboda's and Ivo Fischer's “Shadow of the Cathedrals.” Savor a brew of beer while enjoying this Czech classic. (Dir. Filip Renč, 2001, 109 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Documentary: Mendel – The Father of Genetics

Documentary: Mendel – The Father of Genetics

September 21, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic features Czech Television’s documentary Mendel – The Father of Genetics, produced by Jana Studničková and Otakáro Schmidt, on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6 pm. The film discusses the life and meticulous work of the monk who was the first to apply mathematics to botany through simple yet genius experiments, the significance of which no one understood in the 19th century. Learn about Mendel’s twist of fate through his failures, which led him to succeed and discover an entirely new science, genetics, in his garden. Leave, pondering the importance of his legacy on today’s genetic discoveries and the relationship between science and faith, then and now. (Dir. Otakáro Mario Schmidt, 2016, 52 min., in English)

Lecture & Concert Documentary: Mendel – The Legacy

Lecture & Concert Documentary: Mendel – The Legacy

September 27, 2017, 6:00 PM

Director of the Mendel Museum of the Masaryk University Ondřej Dostál will lecture on the work and contributions of the genius scientist and founder of modern genetics Gregor Mendel at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on September 27, 2017, at 6 pm. His reflections will be followed by a concert documentary screening of Mendel: the Legacy, a recorded video-mapping multimedia extravaganza projected on the Augustinian Abbey, where Mendel conducted his research. The video features animation by Emmy and BAFTA winning animator Drew Berry accompanied by a live full-orchestral score by composer Duncan Hendy.

Symposium: Mendel's Peas and Today's Genes

Symposium: Mendel's Peas and Today's Genes

September 28, 2017, 10:00 AM

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presents the symposium Mendel’s Peas and Today’s Genes: Healthcare, Ethics, and Genetics, on September 28, 2017, at 10 am, in the Fisher Colloquium at Georgetown University, with opening remarks by Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček. The keynote address on Gregor Mendel and his legacy will be delivered by Ondřej Dostál, Director of the Mendel Museum in the Czech Republic, followed by an expert panel discussing topics such as inherited breast cancer by Lombardi Senior Genetics Counselor Beth Peskin, reproductive ethics by legal expert Susan Crockin, genomic medicine by Oncology Professor Kevin FitzGerald, and eugenics by Kennedy Institute of Ethics Professor Emeritus LeRoy Walters. Explore the new era of genetics as well as the questions that have arisen as the result of scientific advancements.  
Lecture: Slavic Trees

Lecture: Slavic Trees

September 29, 2017, 12:00 PM

Radim Zenkl, Slavic tree enthusiast, will give a lecture on Slavic trees on September 29, from 12-1 pm, in the Conservatory Classroom at the U.S. Botanic Garden. In his lecture, Zenkl will discuss Slavic trees, their varieties, and how to recognize them. Of particular note will be the linden tree, which is the national tree of the Czech Republic. The program will feature samples of actual leaves from the featured trees. Delve into this beautiful botanic garden exploring the splendor of trees.
 

Garden Concert: Mandolin Music and More

Garden Concert: Mandolin Music and More

September 29, 2017, 6:30 PM

U.S. Mandolin Playing Champion Radim Zenkl will perform an evening of mandolin, mandola, ethnic flutes, didgeridoo, and vocal music in the Conservatory Garden Court of the U.S. Botanic Garden. During the performance, Zenkl will play original music crossing the tracks of folk, bluegrass, jazz, new age, flamenco, gypsy, Irish, and classical music, combined with Czech and eastern European traditional songs and instrumentals. Along the way, he will talk about the specific woods used in the construction of his instruments, as well as his original “Zenkl style” technique, in which a single mandolin sounds like two. 

Concert: Libor Smoldas

Concert: Libor Smoldas

October 03, 2017, 6:00 PM

Czech jazz guitarist Libor Smoldas will perform songs from his album "Blue, Smoldas Plays Ježek" at the Czech Embassy on October 3, at 6 pm. The evening will include such greats as Tmavomodrý svět (Dark Blue World) and Klobouk ve křoví (Hat in the Bushes). Smoldas dedicated the album to Jaroslav Ježek's legacy. He says, "Before I fell in love with the music of Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and other greats of American jazz, I listened to jazz of premium quality and yet wholly Czech – music of a genius musician, Jaroslav Ježek – I loved it." Join us under the stars for this incredible night of jazz at the Czech Embassy.  

Photo courtesy of Antonio Porcar

Libor Smoldas Organ Trio

Libor Smoldas Organ Trio

October 04, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Libor Smoldas Organ Trio, comprised of European jazz guitar star Libor Smoldas, organist Gregory Hatza, and drummer Leland Nakamura, will perform a groovy mixture of jazz, blues, soul and funk, at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on October 4, at 6 pm. All About Jazz calls Smoldas "one of the fastest-rising talents on the Prague jazz scene." The program will include his original compositions mixed with jazz classics. Savor a concert of unforgettable jazz at the Kennedy Center.  

Photo courtesy of Antonio Porcar 

Exhibition: Czech Scientists and Their Inventions

Exhibition: Czech Scientists and Their Inventions

October 10, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will open the exhibition Czech Scientists and Their Inventions on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 6 pm. This educational exhibition is composed of caricatures of leading Czech scientists and their most famous discoveries. A part of the Open Science projects of the Czech Academy of Sciences, its goal is to a shed a spotlight on the pioneering steps these brilliant researchers took and to recognize and present their achievements before new audiences, especially younger generations.

Lions of Czech Film: Schmitke

Lions of Czech Film: Schmitke

October 11, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Avalon Theatre will screen the dark mystery / comedy Schmitke on October 11, 2017, at 8 pm, followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Tomáš Končinský. In the film, Julis Schmitke is a wind turbine engineer of few words, employed by a German power company. His life proceeds as usual, until he is invited to Crimeleva, a small mysterious town in the Ore Mountains of the Czech Republic. He travels there to repair a seemingly unrecoverable turbine. However, something lurks behind the bushes—a mysterious growling from the forest. Soon he must deal with the seemingly benevolent village inhabitants as well as the mysterious creatures within the woods. The experiences just might change his life forever. (Dir. Stepan Altrichter, 2014, 97 min., Czech with English subtitles)

 
Exhibition: Grannies in Kroj

Exhibition: Grannies in Kroj

October 16, 2017, 5:30 PM

The Delegation of the European Union will present the exhibition Grannies in Kroj with photographer Liba Taylor on October 16, at 5:30 pm. The exhibition documents the lives of women from Moravia that still wear the traditional folk clothing called kroj as part of their everyday lives. A hundred years ago, everyone dressed in the traditional costume. Now, there are only rare sightings of this phenomenon, presumably inherited down from generations. Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček, EU Deputy Ambassador Caroline Vicini, and the Vice Governor of the South Moravian Region will give opening remarks at the event, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the photographer. Take a rare view inside the villages of Moravia where “Grannies in Kroj” remain true to their age old customs.

Presentation: South Moravian Region

Presentation: South Moravian Region

October 17, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will host a unique presentation on the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic on October 17, at 6 pm. Gregor Mendel spent most of his life, studying and conducting his pea experiments on the Laws of Inheritance in the charming and fertile wine region of Southern Moravia. To this day, this area is dotted with romantic villages, majestic castles, and UNESCO Heritage sites; yet, it is also booming with progress and prominent universities and research institutes on the verge of the world’s next great scientific discovery.  Hear, see, and taste the region via a talk, photos, song and, of course, wine.

Girls in Kroj in Vlčnov
Photo courtesy of Lukáš Žentel

Great Experimenters in Film: On the Sunny Side

Great Experimenters in Film: On the Sunny Side

October 21, 2017, 12:30 PM

The National Gallery of Art features director Vladislav Vancura's experimental film On the Sunny Side (Na sluneční straně) on October 21, 2017, at 12:30 pm. The script, composed of leading Czech avant garde writers of the period, includes the Surrealist novelist Vítězslav Nezval and the linguist Roman Jakobson. The story follows two children thrown into boarding school and lacking the supervision of their parents. (Dir. Vladislav Vancura, 1931, 72 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague

Great Experimenters in Film: Such Is Life

Great Experimenters in Film: Such Is Life

October 21, 2017, 3:00 PM

The National Gallery of Art will screen Such is Life (Takový je život), a portrait of working-class Prague, on October 21, 2017, at 3 pm.  The film follows the tragic story of a laundry woman overwhelmed by everyday life and her abusive alcoholic husband. This psychological drama utilizes the power of close-ups and montage to draw in viewers. (Dir. Carl Junghans, 1929, 63 min., silent with English intertitles)

Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague

 

Great Experimenters in Film: Ecstasy

Great Experimenters in Film: Ecstasy

October 22, 2017, 4:30 PM

The National Gallery of Art presents director Gustav Machatý's Ecstacy (Exstase), one of the most widely viewed films of all time, on October 22, at 4:30 pm. The romantic racy film of its time stars Hedy Lamarr who abandons her marriage to find happiness in the arms of a handsome engineer (Aribert Mog). Highly controversial for its time, the film features scenes of Lamarr swimming and running across the countryside in the nude. Now, truly remembered as a work of art, the film resonates with visual metaphors and appealing compositions. (Director Gustav Machatý, 1932, 83 min., in Czech with English subtitles)

Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague
Film & Beer: Green Gold

Film & Beer: Green Gold

October 24, 2017, 7:00 PM

Bistro Bohem will present the coming of age musical Green Gold also called Hops Pickers (Starci na chmelu), on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 7 pm. The love story follows classmates Hanka (Ivana Pavlová) and Filip (Vladimir Pucholt) while hop-picking over the summer. Their bond strengthens when they are expelled from school because of jealous rival Honza (Miloš Zavadil). Enjoy a refreshing draft of Pilsner Urquell and sing Czech hits to this humorous film. (Dir. Ladislav Rychman, 1964, 88 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Great Experimenters in Film: Tonka of the Gallows

Great Experimenters in Film: Tonka of the Gallows

October 28, 2017, 2:30 PM

The National Gallery of Art will screen the melodrama Tonka of the Gallows (Tonka Šibenice) on October 28, 2017, at 2:30 pm. In the film, a prostitute (played by famed actress Ita Rina) finds love in her small town, but returns to the brothel and agrees to accompany a condemned man on his last night. Her career in ruins, will love be strong enough to save her? The film uses elements of expressionism such as exceptional double-exposures to reveal the heroine's descent. (Dir. Karl Anton, 1930, 81 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague

Great Experimenters in Film: Black Petr

Great Experimenters in Film: Black Petr

October 28, 2017, 4:30 PM

The National Gallery of Art will showcase director Miloš Forman's feature debut Black Petr (Černý Petr) on October 28, 2017, at 4:30 pm, opened by Director of the National Film Archive in Prague, Michal Bregant. Inspired by the vérité approach of Italian neorealism, Black Peter centers on a shy but sympathetic young store clerk who, assigned to apprehend shoplifters, lacks the nerve to confront anyone. Its warmth, ironic humor, and realism were a hit with viewers and, though criticized by the regime, the film was selected as the best picture of 1963 by Czech film critics. (Dir. Miloš Forman, 1963, 85 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague

Great Experimenters in Film: From Saturday to Sunday

Great Experimenters in Film: From Saturday to Sunday

October 29, 2017, 4:30 PM

The National Gallery of Art will present director Gustav Machatý's early "talkie" From Saturday to Sunday (Ze soboty na neděli), introduced by National Film Archive Director Michal Bregant on October 29, 2017, at 4:30 pm. In the film, two secretaries go out on for an evening on the town. Shy Mary eludes the advances of a salacious man and stumbles into a bar where she encounters a man who just might capture her heart. This film was a masterpiece of the sound era and acclaimed jazz musician Jaroslav Ježek wrote the score for the film.  (Dir. Gustav Machatý, 1931, 85 min., Czech with English subtitles)

Photo courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague

 

Concert: Lenka Lichtenberg

Concert: Lenka Lichtenberg

November 02, 2017, 6:00 PM

Czech-Canadian folk artist Lenka Lichtenberg will premiere songs from her newest recording album Masaryk at the Czech Embassy on November 2, 2017, at 6 pm. With a voice for the ages, this award-winning artist melds innovative expressions of traditional songs with her own contemporary compositions, combining folk, jazz and world into a unique celebration of her roots. She won the Traditional Singer of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Marvel at the fusion of world music she brings to each performance.


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