Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our profile on LinkedIn View our photos on flickr
Join Our Mailing List
Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association
BBLA Newsletter FEBRUARY 2018 | Issue No. 62
Manhattan's Bohemian National Hall. Image: Karol Keckes.
 
Dear Friends of BBLA,
 
The 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia at the very end of World War I is the ideal opportunity to remember also the prominent history of the Czech community in New York City. Our member organizations are preparing a series of events for the year 2018: concerts, theater productions, exhibitions, and lectures commemorating famous personalities with ties to New York, including Vaclav Havel, as well as highlighting the close links between the American and Czech nations in modern history.

We have started collaboration with Martin Nekola, an experienced historian focused on the Czech migration to the Americas. Martin has been doing extensive research in New York City over the past several years. We are pleased to feature a series of his articles on the theme "Czech New York." This project will culminate with an exhibit and a publication on the same topic this fall.

Enjoy the opening article and stay tuned!

Yours, 
JosephBalaz
Joseph Balaz, President 
Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association  

OurEventsCHECK THIS OUT

CZECH INDEPENDENCE | 1918 - 2018
COUNCIL OF FREE CZECHOSLOVAKIA - UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION OF ANTI-COMMUNIST EXILE    
by Martin Nekola 

 
Image: Council of Free Czechoslovakia dinner, July 4, 1952, New York City 
 
Exactly one year after the Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia, on February 25, 1949, the Council of Free Czechoslovakia (Rada svobodneho Ceskoslovenska) was founded in Washington, D.C. The governments of twenty-one countries recognized its establishment. Initially, the Council claimed to be a kind of representative umbrella organization for the democratic Czechoslovak exile, but this idea quickly proved unworkable. Many different political groups and stubborn personalities were present, and it appeared almost impossible to unify them with any single platform indefinitely.
 
Indeed, disputes over concepts and objectives soon arose, as well as attempts to rehash postwar developments in Czechoslovakia and to bring a new point of view to controversial topics, such as the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans, the degree of guilt and collaboration with the Communists, and the future of the Slovak nation within Czechoslovakia. After a promising start, the Council - particularly its twelve-member Executive Committee consisting of former politicians, diplomats, journalists, high governmental and military officials - soon suffered from such fundamental fragmentation and contradictions that it could not effectively provide leadership.  
 
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  
PHOTO-COMPETITION 

 
 
Deadline: March 31, 2018
 
The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites Czech-American individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations from around the United States to submit a photo of what it means to be Czech-American to them in order to join in the 2018 celebrations of 100 years of Czech Independence. 

These photos may depict people enjoying Czech food and drink or watching their favorite Czech sports star compete. They may include Czech products, such as technology, cars or bikes, or even toys, being put to the test. They may also incorporate Czech books, films, theater, and language as well as permanent symbols such as signs, statues, memorials or murals. The photos should demonstrate Czech-American inspiration, heritage and pride.  
 

OurEventsWHAT'S COMING IN FEBRUARY

Sunday, February 4, 3:00 - 5:00 pm   
CZECH COMPOSER FOCUS: BOHUSLAV MARTINU    
 
venue:  BBLA at Bohemian National Hall
>> Pay at door $20; Seniors, Students, Czech Center Club Members $10.    
 
Casting new light on the US-based musical activities of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), musicologist Jon Meadow will explore the composer's special relationship with the viola, historically a somewhat under-appreciated instrument. Hear the first movement from Martinu's Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, composed in New York City, juxtaposed with selections from the chamber music that inspired his work, Mozart's Duo in G for Violin and Viola.
 
 
Friday, February 9, 7:00 - 11:00 pm   
VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE PARTY    
 
venue: Bohemian National Hall 
>> Advance tickets are available online until Monday February 5 for $30 at eventbrite.com. Tickets at the door the night of the event will be for $35.    
 
What better way to enjoy the Valentine's Day than to dance? Be sure to wear good dancing shoes, and something red (dress, shirt, skirt, hat, scarf, gloves, socks - anything counts). Bring your loved one or friends, or come alone to dance with us and make new friends. 
 
 
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm   
POSEZENI: REMEMBERING NEW YORK'S LITTLE BOHEMIA     
venue: BBLA at Bohemian National Hall 
>> Open to the public. Suggested donation $5. RSVP to newyork@svu2000.org.     
 
An informal POSEZENI, a chat around a table with wine or beer and memories of the old timers who live(d) in the neighborhood of the Bohemian National Hall. Some of the speakers are also active in the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA), which built the Hall in 1897.  
 
   >> Read more 
 

OurEventsBBLA RECOMMENDS

Sunday, February 11, 3:00 pm                       
KAREL HUSA: MUSIC FOR PRAGUE 1968 CONCERT  
Westchester Symphonic Winds: "Journeys of Consequences"
 
The Winter concert features music which reflects events and transitions which changed the world. In observance of the 50th year since the invasion of Czechoslovakia, our featured work will be the dramatic and emotion-filled Music for Prague 1968, by Karel Husa, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1969. 
 
 
Friday & Saturday, February 16-17, 7:30 pm                      
DUSAN TYNEK DANCE THEATRE: ANNA  

venue:  Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
( 524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019)
 
An evening-length dance inspired by the classic Russian novel Anna Karenina
 
 
Thursday, February 22, 8:00 pm                      
TOMAS KACO, PIANO 

venue: Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall
(West 57th Street, New York)
 
Berklee College of Music graduate Tomas Kaco makes his Carnegie Hall debut. As a solo pianist, his style is a fusion of classical, jazz, and gypsy music. One of 12 children from a Czech Roma family, Mr. Kaco brings his roots to classical and contemporary music.

 
JOIN OUR CONVERSATIONS:

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our photos on flickr  View our profile on LinkedIn 



INTERESTING links
>> expats.cz        
 
>> Los Angeles Review of Books     
>> Nebraska Today        
 
>> Daily News         


previous
NEWSLETTERS

 

older newsletters    

 


SPECIAL OFFER
Complete your ART LIBRARY with the entire collection of  CELEBRATING PRINT MAGAZINE - the art of modern and contemporary printmaking in Central Europe. SAVE $50. 
 

BBLA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Association of Free Czechoslovak Sportsmen

Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council


Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association | 321 East 73rd Street, 3rd floor | New York, NY 10021
(212) 988-1733 | www.bohemianbenevolent.org | info@bohemianbenevolent.org

BBLA is a not-for-profit organization established in 1891 in New York City as an umbrella organization for almost eighty Czech and Slovak immigrant organizations. The mission of BBLA is to preserve and support Czech and Slovak culture in New York City . BBLA ' s member organizations include American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies, Association of Free Czechoslovak Sportsmen, Czech and Slovak Solidarity Council, Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America , Dvorak American Heritage Association and Sokol New York . BBLA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.