Dear Friends of BBLA,
What does the sound of floor-sanding machines mixed with whiffs of polyurethane coating have in common with names like Kvitova, Pliskova, Nadal and Shapovalov? Well, the annual US Open tennis extravaganza in Flushing and our annual "Sprucing up the Bohemian National Hall Ritual" actually always remarkably coincide with each other at the end of August. .

Vit Horejs: Puppets Can be Better Actors than People

Actor and puppeteer Vit Horejs was born in Czechoslovakia but spent most of his life in the United States, where he emigrated in his late twenties. He worked for the legendary Black Light Theatre before establishing his own Czechoslovak-American...

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Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival
The 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival , the Central European contemporary theater honoring Vaclav Havel, presents four performances in the original languages with English supertitles, followed by talk-backs with the artists and after parties hosted by the countries' cultural institutes and consulates general in New York City. 

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 pm
The Kidnappers of Nonexistent Time: Czech Surrealism in the 1930s and its Influence

Illustrated presentations by an art historian Meghan Forbes and artist Gabriel Levicky. 
Sunday, September 23, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Dvorak: The Chamber Music Survey with Martinu Quartet

The Martinu Quartet will guide listeners on a transcendental listening journey as DAHA continues to explore the chamber music of Czech master Antonin Dvorak. 
September 24 - November 5
Czech and Slovak New York, 1848-2018

Explore the many locations in New York City with connections to Czech and Slovak history, and recall important personalities, organizations and periodicals.
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Night Before the Funeral
stage reading, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

A death in the family brings everybody home, but a brief peace is broken by family squabbles, politics, and life crises.  
Wednesday, September 26, 5:00 pm
Power of the Powerless in China
panel discussion, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

A panel discussion moderated by Carl Gershman, the President of the National Endowment for Democracy, with Liao Yiwu , Liu Xia and Andrew Nathan.
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 pm
play, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

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?
Friday, September 28, 6:00 pm
Pankrac 45
stage reading, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

Set during the “national cleansing,” Pankrac 45encompasses the atmosphere of hostility and loss of morale. The script evaluates guilt, the blindness of vengeance, responsibility for one’s actions, and remembering. 
Friday, September 28, 7:30 pm
Eve of Retirement
play, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

A play by Thomas Bernhard, one of the most important German-language authors of the postwar era who pushes his contempt for Austria as a nest of unregenerate Nazis and anti-Semites to an outrageous extreme in this play. 
Saturday, September 29, 12:00 & 3:00 pm
performance, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

An alternative musical show in the streets of New York. Using a portable sound system and headphones, the audience will be taken for a walk around Yorkville, the neighborhood of Bohemian National Hall.
Saturday, September 29, 7:30 pm
Cezary Goes to War
play, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

The play deconstructs military ethos and pride to make the audience aware of their toxic dimensions and oppressiveness. It draws on the author’s personal experience of having to appear before an army conscription committee.
Thursday, September 27, 6:00 pm
Reality Czech: The 2018 Gala
A gala evening commemorating one hundred years of Czech and Slovak independence during the  2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival . Honoree: The Honorable Madeleine Albright. The evening's program will reflect Vaclav Havel's dedication to human rights, theater, and cultural diplomacy.

In Praise of Karel Capek

The Enthusiast Two things keep Karel Capek's "War With the Newts" from getting the recognition it deserves: its cover and its title. The best translation's cover design, black text on teal, has all the panache of a dishwasher manual. And the...

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Saturday, September 8, 6:30 pm
Silver Strings
Concert of Silver Strings Chamber Orchestra from Bratislava, Slovakia with a rich repertoire of classical, baroque and current music.

venue : Church of St. John Nepomucene, 411 East 66th Street, New York City
Thalia Docs: Zuzana-Music is Life

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment...

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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.droppable-1520868403757droppable-1520868410177