Dear Friends of BBLA,
The privilege of the one who writes is that he/she can write whatever they want, so I will use this tremendous opportunity and congratulate all those Josephs/Josefs/Jozefs out there on their "Name Day," and will remind others that Josephs "kind of" bring in spring, a season we all enjoy. 

Majda Kallab Whitaker: Dvorak's Recognition of...

The Dvorak American Heritage Association is one of a number of organisations based at the Bohemian National Hall in New York. Its impressive Dvorak Room houses a rich array of items connected to the composer, who did ground-breaking work during a ...

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Thursday, March 7, 7:00 PM
Czech Women Filmmakers in New York

Screening of award-winning short films by three brilliant Czech women filmmakers living in New York City: Marie Dvorakova, Bara Jichova Tyson, and Zuzka Kurtz. 
Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 PM
Norman Eisen: The Last Palace

Presentation of a new book  The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House , with the author Norman Eisen in conversation with Richard Schlesinger.  
Friday, March 15, 7:00 PM
Jan Cmejla's Piano Recital

Jan Cmejla, the fifteen-year-old piano prodigy from Prague, performs works by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Novak. 
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Bohuslav Martinu's Opera Julietta in Context

A colloquium in which leading experts examine the many facets of composer Bohuslav Martinu’s operatic masterpiece –  Julietta  – a work which combines edgy surrealism with extraordinary lyrical power.
Czech Red Cross Marks Centenary - But History Dates Back ...

Wednesday marks 100 years since the establishment of the Czechoslovak branch of the International Red Cross, today known as the Czech Red Cross. It was founded and chaired by Alice Masarykova, the daughter of Czechoslovakia's first president and...

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From Siberia To Freedom: The Odyssey Of The Czechoslovak ...

How an army without a nation fought its way across Russia and on to independence.

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Baseball history! Martin Cervenka Has Become the First...

A Czech-born player appeared in an official MLB game for the very first time on Sunday, when Baltimore Orioles catcher Martin Červenka was subbed in as a defensive replacement in an early-season spring training game in Sarasota.

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Karel Kryl - Singer Who Put Poetry in Protest

Karel Kryl, perhaps the greatest Czech protest singer ever, died on this day 25 years ago, at the age of only 49. Kryl's spare and highly poetic songs such as Bratříčku zavírej vrátka (Close the Gate, Little Brother), composed in the wake of the...

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Research on Czechs in Displaced Persons Camps After 1948
Martin Nekola, historian from Prague, is currently working on a book about Czechs in displaced persons camps in Germany, Austria, and Italy after 1948. He would like to kindly ask the community for interesting photographs, correspondence, camp magazines and brochures, leaflets and other artifacts related to the life in the camps. The material is usually hidden in family photoalbums and archives for many years. Dr. Nekola would be very grateful for the copies he might use in his book.

>> For more information, contact Martin Nekola at
Dusan Tynek - Le Jardin Qui Rit | March 7-9

Disarmingly novel ragged with feeling prismatic and stark. As contemporary choreographers go, Dusan...

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The Key of Dreams | Friday, March 22, 8:00 - 11:00 PM

Carnegie Hall | Bohuslav Martinu: Julietta (US premiere in Czech). Based on the French play Juliette, or The Key of Dreams by Georges Neveux, Martinu’s operatic masterpiece Julietta explores the intersection of dreams and reality.

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to seeing you at our events.
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.