Celebrating Polish Heritage, Arts, Culture, and Language

Our Mission:
To encourage, and further knowledge of Polish culture, traditions, history, language, arts, current affairs, and local events through cultural activities, classes, seminars, and any and all appropriate means.
To foster friendly relations between the American and Polish people.

Spotkanie autorskie z Joanną Sokołowską-Gwizdka, January 31

Helena Modrzejewska - ksiazka pol
Joanna Sokolowska photo web
CO: Fascynująca historia wybitnej polskiej aktorki, Heleny Modrzejewskiej, znanej w USA jako Helena Modjeska – spotkanie z autorką książki, prezentacja ze slajdami.
KIEDY: Sobota, 31 stycznia, godz. 17
GDZIE: 10202 Shinnecock Hills Drive, Austin, TX 78747.
KOSZT: Wstęp wolny.

Kontakt / pytania: Joanna Gutt-Lehr, joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Serdecznie Państwa zapraszamy na spotkanie z mieszkającą w Austin autorką pięknej książki o polskiej aktorce, Helenie Modrzejewskiej, pod tytułem “Co otrzymałam od Boga i ludzi”. Egzemplarz książki będzie można zakupic po prezentacji. Zapraszamy też na poczęstunek.

Zachęcamy do przeczytania o autorce tutaj.
Wywiad z autorką w nowojorskim studio telewizyjnym NDTV.

2015 Polish Monthly Film Series starts on Sunday, Februray 1

Rezerwat DVD cover
WHAT: REZERWAT(THE PRESERVE), 2007, English subtitles, 1 hr 40 min.
WHEN: Sunday, February 1 at 3:30pm
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road,Tel: 512-974-8700

Contact: Joanna at joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Director: Łukasz Palkowski
Screenplay: Marcin Kwaśny, Łukasz Palkowski
Cinematography: Paweł Sobczyk
Music:Sebastian Krajewski

“Rezerwat” (“The Preserve”) is the award winning debut film by a director whose most recent film, “Gods”, was not only showered with awards and praise at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival in 2014 but is also scoring record numbers in the box office.

Polish Academy Award Discovery of the Year for Sonia Bohosiewicz
Polish Film Festival: Best debut director for Łukasz Palkowski, best editing for Pawel Witecki, best supporting actress for Sonia Bohosiewicz, critics award for Łukasz Palkowski.

More about the film here.

10th APS Annual Members Meeting and Reception, February 7


It has been 10 years since the creation of the Austin Polish Society!

We are cordially inviting all our members and their friends to the 2015, 10th Annual Membership Meeting. The program of the evening includes: updates, summary of the year, future plans, award ceremony, good food, fun music, dancing, and more! We also offer activities for children. Dress is semi-formal. Annual Meeting Flyer

DATE: Saturday, February 7th, 2015
TIME: 5:00pm-10:00 pm (activities for children from 5:00pm–9:00 pm)
PLACE: University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio ST., Austin TX 78705

Parking is free in the CO-OP Garage across the street; bring in your ticket for validation.
Click here for parking info

We will serve a three-course dinner, coffee, tea, and water. You are welcome to share a homemade dessert or your favorite beverage.
Friends of APS members are welcome to attend. The venue is large and spacious.

APS MEMBER COST: $15 per person, children under 12 free
APS NON-MEMBERS: $20 per person, children under 12 free

Payments accepted online and at the door (cash, checks, major credit cards)

Reservations are required by February 3, 2015 to ensure that we have enough food.
Please, register at http://www.austinpolishsociety.org/new/event-registration

Contact: Angelika Firlej at: aps.angelika@gmail.com

Citizen Diplomacy Reception and Networking Event, February 11

Global Austin logo
WHEN: Wednesday, February 11, 2015,6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
WHERE: Marker 10 (cocktail lounge),Hyatt Regency Hotel,208 Barton Springs Road

Complimentary parking in the garage
Light Appetizers – Cash Bar (Happy Hour Prices)

GlobalAustin invites you to a Citizen Diplomacy Reception and Networking Event. Our guests will be five women focusing on ‘Women in STEM Fields‘.
*Kenya – Ms. Judith Owigar, ExecutiveDirector, Akirachix Association
*Nigeria – Ms. Adeola Idowu Adediran, Founder and Project Coordinator, Young Girls in Engineering (YGE) Project
*Papua New Guinea – Ms. Priscilla Kevin, Chief Executive Officer, In4net Limited
*Poland – Ms. Bianka Siwinska, Executive Director, Perspektywy Educational Foundation
*Slovakia – Ms. Petra Kotuliakova, Director, You Too in IT (a non-governmental organization)

These visitors are participants in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program – the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.

Michał Korzistka plays Chopin and Szymanowski – Sunday, February 15

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WHAT: Music by Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Szymanowski performed by a Polish pianist, Michał Korzistka
WHEN: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:30pm
WHERE: First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78701

COST: Donations will be gratefully accepted according to the mission of the concert’s sponsor, the Classical Music For the World that: “believes in bringing beautiful music to everyone. We do not charge admission but to be able to continue our mission, we gratefully accept donations at the door.Thank you!”

Contact: Joanna at joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

The Austin Polish Society is happy to partner with the Classical Music For the World (CMFW) to present Dr. Korzistka from the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland in a solo performance of Chopin and Szymanowski music as part of the CMFW Spring Concert Series.

Dr. Michał Korzistka has a special place in his heart for classical and romantic composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin. He performed in Poland and abroad, among others, at the revered Chopin Mansion in Żelazowa Wola, Poland, at the famous concert series at the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park in Warsaw, at “Atma” in Zakopane, at the Pszczyna Castle, in Great Britain, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the U.S. Michał is currently a full professor of the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia, where he teaches piano and a number of other music courses. He is a Vice President of the Bielsko Music Society. He also organizes international master classes for young pianists, under the auspices of the University. Over the years, Korzistka has also made a number of recordings, including a live recording of his concert with an orchestra in Weston, Great Britain, a “Music in Bielsko-Biala” CD, recordings for the II Channel of the Polish Radio, and archival recordings for his alma mater, the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The program will include:
Frédéric Chopin
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat major, op. 22
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
Mazurkas, Op.50, No. 1 and 2

Karol Szymanowski
Mazurkas Op.50, No. 13 and 15
Etude in B-flat minor, Op. 4, No. 3

Frédéric Chopin:
Waltz As-dur, Op.42
Scherzo h-moll op.20

After the concert, please join us for the reception with the artist in attendance.

Listen to Michał Korzistka

Polish historical archives need your help

The wonderful Josef Pilsudski Institute of America needs our help with moving expenses. Any amount is gratefully appreciated. They lost their lease on the current location and all the Polish letters, paintings, books, and articles they collected, to show our historical heritage, need to be moved in March to a new location.

You can see for yourself the treasures the Institute accumulated by viewing their website: www.pilsudski.org/portal/en/collections/archiv

The entire collection in the Institute’s archives can be accessed by anyone who wants to learn more about Poland and our history. This campaign, asking for financial assistance, should be dear to all of us to help preserve our history.
Please, make a donation via, CrowdRise to keep the Institute going.
To see more about this fundraising campaign use the following link:

APS Board Elects 2015 Officers

The Austin Polish Society Board of Directors elected the following officers at the December 4, 2014 board meeting to serve for the year 2015:

President: Angelika Firlej
Vice President: Joanna Gutt-Lehr
Secretary: Art Gmurowski
Treasurer: Karolina Camara

Congratulations and thank you for the willingness to volunteer your service, time, and energy to our great organization and the Austin community!

Officers are nominated based on their track record of successful volunteering and for their outstanding leadership skills. It is a great opportunity and a big responsibility. The APS Board members make a difference in the community.

We want to renew our invitation to all the APS members to stay informed about the organization by attending our monthly board meetings. We welcome your interest and feedback. Please share your ideas and thoughts with us. We meet on the first Thursday of each month (starting in February) at the Carver Branch Library Meeting room at 7pm. In January, the board will meet to discuss and plan the direction and events for the year 2015. You can also pass any comments or suggestions for the APS Board members or officers online by following the link Contact us.

Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin – 2014

Please read a 2014 update letter from Dr. Mary Neuburger, Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies regarding the Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin. Endowment Update

The Best Pierogi in Texas!

Porter Ale House & Gastropub Pierogi
Stopped by the Porter Ale House & Gastropub, 3715-A South First Street and met one of the owners, Joe Bixel, who served up the best potato and cheese pierogi in Texas! Garnished with authentic tangy beet/horseradish and a dill sour cream, and topped with delicious caramelized onions…fantastic! Just like being in Poland! Check this new place out (newly rated as one of the top 15 restaurants in the USA) for a taste of home. Thanks, Joe!
See the write-up: draftmag.com

Biblioteka internetowa Wolne Lektury

Darmowe, opracowane, pełne teksty lektur, e-booki, audiobooki i pliki DAISY na wolnej licencji.