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January 13th through March 30th, 2018

Hunter George’s Watercolor Exhibit “Reflections of the Past”

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“Reflections of the Past” runs January 13th through March 30th, 2018.

The Czech Center Museum Houston traces the grand legacy of watercolorist, Hunter George, in a special exhibition entitled “Reflections of the Past”.

The exhibition features imagery of Europe’s romantic landscape and historical architecture produced by the modern-day master of watercolor.  The show demonstrates the undeniable strength and versatility of this venerable medium as it has been used to capture the unique beauty of Central Europe’s countryside.

For more information about the artist, click here.

Date: January 13th through March 30th, 2018.

Time: 10AM to 4PM

Admission : Free

 

 

 

 

January 18th through March 10th, 2018

Art Exhibit Opening

“From the Carribean through the Gulf of Mexico to Texas”

Complimentary Reception (Wine, Hors d’oeuvres & Music)

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“From the Caribbean through The Gulf of Mexico to Texas.” This art exhibition contains a spirited selection from The Charalampous Art Collection, a private collection of Dr. Kanellos Charalampous. Dr. Charalampous is a renowned psychiatrist and professor who is now retired living in Houston, Texas. His collection spans countries from around the globe and his joy is in sharing this collection with others.

The exhibit is going to be on view from January 18th, 2018 through March 10, 2018

 

 

 

February 9th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Milada (2017)

Milada is about one of the most heroic characters of the 20th century and among her native Czechoslovakia’s most tragic figures under the country’s decades-long totalitarian rule. Filmmakers had avoided telling her story for a long time, but nearly 70 years after a show trial staged by the country’s communist regime and a decade after new footage of the excruciatingly biased nine-day trial was discovered, we finally have a film meant to share the full story with us.February 9th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

 

Jan Novak was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the United States at age 17. He was educated at the University of Chicago and has been making his living as a writer. His book Zatim dobry (So Far, So Good, 2004) won the Magnesia Litera Book of the Year award, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the Czech Republic.

Admission : Free

 

 

 

 

 

February 17th, 2018 (Saturday)

Houston Grand Opera  Artist in Residence

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The HGO popular recital series, featuring artists of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, is back once again for the 2018 season!

Join us for intimate evenings of art song at the Czech Center Museum Houston.

Admission : Free

 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2018| 4:30 – 7:30 PM
CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON
4920 SAN JACINTO STREET| HOUSTON, TX 77004

FREE Workshop: Teaching the Holocaust – A joint program of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem

Reflections

 WHAT IS ECHOES & REFLECTIONS?
Echoes & Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust
educational materials and dynamic content, empowering
teachers and students with the insight needed to question
the past and foresight to impact the future. We offer a
variety of ways to examine critical themes of the Holocaust,
including lesson plans, online videos, printable documents,
and survivor testimonials that can be used individually
or as a larger course of study.

FREE Workshop: Teaching the Holocaust – A joint program of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem

Teacher Training Workshop – Program Goals

&       Link for further information

For more information and to register, contact: Sandra Samolik,
development@czechcenter.org / 713-528-2060
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON

 

 

 

 

March 9th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Friday, Free Movie Night

Což takhle dát si špenát (Would would you say about spinach?)

Two swindlers get to prison for alcohol theft. After an exit from prison they are employed for theft of the device for regeneration of old cows. The owner of salon wants to use devices for rejuvenation. But things don’t go as planned. (Do you wish to know what they have said and laugh about? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

April 13th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer (1975)

There are still water spirits among us. One group lives in Prague, led by Mr. Wassermann, who is using his wife’s family as servants. All they need is their old house near the river. But the house is to be demolished. They have to stop it. And the only way is to drown Dr. Mrácek, who is responsible for the demolition. But he falls in love with Wassermann’s niece Jana. He changes to a fish, is mistaken for the water spirit from Germany, is drowned and revived again. The other problem is the flour with ears… and more…(Do you wish to know what flirting techniques were applied in this movie and laugh about? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

April 21st, 2018 (Friday), 8:00PM

Tariq Aidid Live in Concert

HOUSTON, TX, Jan 8, 2018 – Musician, singer and songwriter Tariq Aidid announced that he will be performing live in concert during his EP premier release party on April 21st, 2018 at Czech Center Museum Houston located at 4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77044 from 8pm to 10pm. The evening will be a ticketed event featuring amazing music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, vendor opportunities and a silent auction. Event sponsorship opportunities are available!

Tariq discovered at the age of 10 that he had the talent to sing and play the drums, guitar and keyboard. He took to those instruments naturally, but formed an inseparable bond with the guitar. At the age of 19, Tariq started playing professionally and has performed at many different venues and special events around Houston including most recently the 2nd Annual Total Package Awards held at the Budweiser Brewery Experience and the Ebony Magazine NFL Superbowl Houston Event during Superbowl LI. At a young age Tariq even caught the attention of Houston music industry icon, Mathew Knowles saying, “Tariq’s musicianship and stage presence is incredible”. Tariq has even opened for various artists such as Sun Seeker America Band, K-Ci & JoJo, Fantasia and Tony! Toni! Toné!

Now, having honed his musical talents and cultivated fresh material, at only 24 years of age, Tariq is ready to give the citizens of Houston an amazing show they will never forget! Demonstrate your support and join Tariq for a wonderful evening of fun, entertainment and music to soothe your soul.

Tickets: $15

 

 

May 11th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981)

(Czech: Tajemství hradu v Karpatech, literally “The Mystery/Secret of the Castle in the Carpathians”) is a 1981 Czechoslovak comedy film directed by Oldřich Lipský. It is based on Jules Verne’s novel The Carpathian Castle (called Tajemný hrad v Karpatech in Czech translations). The movie tells the story of the deranged, experimenting Professor Orfanik who lives in a castle near the town of Werewolfville in the Carpathians.

The film marks Lipský’s third and final collaboration with the humorist Jiří Brdečka, and also features special props by Jan Svankmajer and music by Luboš Fišer. This production remains one of few very popular comedy films even today, being often played on public holidays on main TV channels. (Do you wish to learn more about Czech humor and understand the jokes? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

June 8th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Run, Waiter, Run! (1981)

It’s a hilarious Czechoslovakian comedy concerning a bookshop owner with serious financial troubles and with a penchant for women. He decides to make some money by pretending to be a waiter after a drunk customer at a restaurant mistakes him for a waiter and payed his bill to him.

Filmed in the era of communism, in 1981, there is much hidden humor and references that you need to watch for. (The movie will be presented with English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

July 13th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

The Three Veterans (1984)

Tri veteráni (in Czech), is a family movie, where three veterans are given magic artifacts by elves that can magically create gold, servants and any other object. They encounter greedy characters and one of them falls in love with a princess. (Do you wish to enjoy a Czech family movie? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

August 10th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Pelíšky

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Acclaimed Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk directs this bittersweet coming-of-age story set in the months leading up to the ill-fated 1968 Prague Spring. Teenager Michal Sebek (Michael Beran) develops a serious crush on his hip neighbor, Jindriska Kraus (Kristyna Novakova). The problem is that his family is headed by a dull-witted army officer who believes that the latest East German Tupperware will sufficiently shame those American imperialists, while her father is an ardent foe of the Communists saved from prison only because he is a war hero. Much to the parents’ dismay, the younger generation couldn’t give a fig for politics. Instead, Michal sports a Beatles mop-top and runs a local film group specializing in Hollywood and pre-war French films, while Jindriska starts hanging out with a mysterious hipster. Pelisky was screened at the 1999 Vancouver Film Festival. (The movie will be presented with English subtitles)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

September 14th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Divided We Fall (2000)

(Czech: Musíme si pomáhat literally translated as We Must Help Each Other) is a 2000 Czech film directed by Jan Hřebejk. Telling the story of a childless couple which agreed to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia,.

The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Anna Šišková won a Lion award for best actress.

Admission : Free

 

 

 

October 12th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Accidental Army

October 2018 marks the centennial of the founding of Czechoslovakia and the formal beginning of U.S.-Czech diplomatic relations. See The Whole Amazing Story of Czechoslovakia – from Professor Masaryk’s diplomacy and the Legion’s small beginnings early in World War One, to their triumphant return to the First Republic and their President, Thomas G. Masaryk.
Admission : Free

November 9th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Forbidden Dreams

(Czech: Smrt krásných srnců) is a 1986 Czech drama film directed by Karel Kachyňa. This drama comedy is based on a book by Ota Pavel. It was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Czechoslovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 60th Academy Awards. (Do you wish to know what his forbidden dreams were? Then come to the CCMH, we have the English subtitles!)

Admission : Free

 

 

 

December 14th, 2018 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Kolya (1996)

Kolya (Czech: Kolja) is a 1996 Czech drama film about a man whose life is reshaped in an unexpected way. The film earned critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady’s man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather – Louka.

Admission : Free

 

 

January 11th, 2019 (Friday), 7:00PM

Free Movie Night

Citizen Vaclav Havel Goes on Vacation by Jan Novak

In the summer of 1985, Vaclav Havel decided to go on a roadtrip – to visit friends, and also to test the extent of his civil liberties as a citizen of communist Czechoslovakia. The results were Kafkaesque in their absurdity: over the course of nine days, Havel was arrested twice, charged with “incitement to disturb the peace,” and held in jail for a total of four days. All of his hosts had their homes searched, and several of them were detained as well. For the remainder of his trip, Havel was followed by some 300 plainclothesmen, one of whom nearly drowned while discharging his duties. Still, the massive surveillance had its upside: whenever Havel got lost, the state security men helpfully pointed him in the right direction, sometimes without even asking where he was headed. Jan Novak’s documentary reconstructs this memorable holiday, interspersing footage from the reenacted journey and commentary by its original participants with sunny, optimistic news clips that aired on Czechoslovak television that August.

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