The Czechmate Diary…


Czech activities in the USA: Calendar for August 07′ July 1, 2007

Filed under: Czech happenings around the USA — Tanja @ 4:55 pm


1. New York, NY (the Czech Center)

  • What: “Meet Contemporary Czech Design” exhibition
  • When: July 07′ – Sept. 15th

2. Astonia, NY (Bohemian Beer Garden)

  • What: Showing of various Czech movies
    • Aug. 5th: Holiday Makers (Ucastnici Zajezdu)
    • Aug. 12th: Bored in Brno (Nuda v Brne)
    • Aug 19th: Skritek (Skritek)
    • Aug 26th: Devided we fall (Musime si pomahat)

3. Prague, Texas (Czech Heritage Society of Texas)

  • What: “Prazska Pout” (Prague Fair) Fair
  • When: Aug. 15th
  • What: St. Cyril and Methodus Catholic Church Picnic
  • When: Aug 26th
  • Where: Cistern, Texas……CLICK ON “MORE ” TO SEE MORE ACTIVITES!! (more…)

Czech stuff: calendar for July 07′ June 27, 2007

Filed under: Czech happenings around the USA — Tanja @ 4:51 am

National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library images-1.jpg

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


  • July 4th – UpBeat! Concert Series (Czech Plus Band)
  • July 13th – Czech Village Concert series (Czech Plus Band)
  • July 14th – UpBeat! Concert Series (Leonard’s Reyman’s Accordion club)
  • July 18 – UpBeat! Concert Series (Cedar Rapids Municipal Band)
  • July 19th – Learn at Lunch (lecture on Czech puppetry)
  • July 20th – Czech Village Concert Series (Leonard Reynman’s accordion club)
  • July 21st – Puppetry workshop
  • July 23rd through Aug. 2nd – Traditional Czech Wooden Marionette Making workshop
  • July 27th – Emil Viklicky alive (Jazz band)


Czech and Slovak Heritage Association (Baltimore, Maryland)


Towson, MD

  • July 15th – Sokolfest XXV

Washington, DC
July 29th – TATRA Auto Exhibit


Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

Astonia, NY

  • Showing of Czech movies
  1. July 1st – Pupendo
  2. July 8th – Wrong Side Up (Pribehy obycejneho silenstvi)
  3. July 15th – Cozy Dens (Pelisky)
  4. July 22nd – Wonderful years that sucked (Bajecna leta pod psa)
  5. July 29th – The Ride (Jizda)



Miro Zbirka rocks New York / Miro Zbirka rokuje New Yorkem June 26, 2007

Filed under: Czech happenings around the USA — Tanja @ 4:56 am

zbirka.jpg Famous Slovak rock/pop star Miro Zbirka was playing last night at the church of St. Nepomuc in Manhattan, NY. New York is his only stop on this year’s American tour (two years ago he also played in Chicago and Los Angeles) and then he is heading for Canada. Miro rocked the house (well, church…) with the all-time favorites such as Atlantida, Biely kvet( White flower), or 22 dni (22 Days). When the press asked him about how he liked playing in New York he replied: Playing abroad for the Czech/Slovak audience becomes very emotional since a lot of these people left their homeland a long time ago. Some of them have not been back home for seven or nine years. That’s why it’s understandable that a concert like this fulfills not only the musical cravings but it also reminds them the times when they were still at home (=Czech Republic, Slovakia). These kind of people absorb my music on a different, more emotional, level”. What most people don’t know about Zbirka is that his mother is English so he sings in both languages: in Slovak and in English.

By the way, did anyone go see him??


CZ: Znama sovenska rokova hvezda starych a novych casu Miro Zbirka v nedeli rokoval ve slovenskem katolickem kostele sv. Jana Nepomuckeho na Manhattanu. New York je jeho jedina zastavka v Americe (oproti roku 2005, kdy take mimo New Yorku koncertoval v Los Angeles a Chicagu) a pote se chysta potesit fanousky take v Kanade. Kostel se otrasal starymi hitovkamy jako Atlantida, Biely kvet, nebo 22 dni. Zbirka uvedl, ze krajanske obecenstvo v zahranici je jine nez na co je zvykly z domacich koncertu: ” Je to o emocich, protoze je tu mnoho lidi, kteri odesli uz pred delsim casem. Potkavam se tu take s lidmi, kteri nebyli doma sedm nebo devet let. Koncerty jim plni i nektere veci mimohudebni, pripominaji jim casy, kdy byli doma. Takove koncerty vnimaji divaci daleko emotivneji.” Malo lidi vi, ze jeho matka byla anglicanka a proto take zpiva v obou jazycich, jak anglictine, tak v cestine.

Koupil jste si na nej nekdo listky???



New encyclopedia on important Czech Americans / Nova Encyklopedie vyznamnych Cechoamericanu June 11, 2007

Finally! Our time has come! / Nas cas nadesel!

SVU (Society of Arts and Sciences; Spolecnost pro Vedy a Umeni) is planning to create an encyclopedia of famous personalities with a Czech descent. To qualify you:

  • must have done something important in your life
  • had to be born either in Czech or in America but have a Czech descent
  • had to be born after the colonization of America

If you think you qualify send your resume/biography to:

Good Luck! / Hodne stesti!


What “Czech” is happening in the month of June (updated)… June 9, 2007

Filed under: Czech happenings around the USA — Tanja @ 3:51 pm

BOSTON: June ? (still undecided) – the Czech and Slovak association is having “Jarni Diskoteka” (daning and beer hour).

NORTH MIAMI: June 3rd (; the American Czech-Slovak Club is having two actions:

  • David Koller is performing at the American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club.
  • International Children’s Day

CHICAGO: June 5th – Czech and Slovak Cultural Center in Minnesota is having a Czech Day (Daley Plaza, Chicago). You can enjoy some Czech cuisine, folk music, souvenirs as well as the Robert Balzar Jazz trio.

NEW YORK: June 10th – Czech Center in New York is having traditional “Ptacky Dinner” which is a very yummy rolled beef with all kinds of stuff in it.

Tabor, SOUTH DAKOTA: June 14.-16th – “Czech Days”.

St. Paul, MINNESOTA: June 18th-22nd – “Czech and Slovak Culture Days”; Sokol Hall (CSPS), St. Paul, 385 Michigan St.

YUKON, OK: And if you feel like enjoying some dancin’, the Czech Hall teaches you how to “polka” and that’s on every Saturday night.


Manthattan welcomes Czech designers / Manhattan vita ceske navrhare May 26, 2007

Filed under: Czech happenings around the USA — Tanja @ 5:05 am

interior-design-art-lights-lighting-ideas-uk-fireworks-one-backlit.jpg Czech Centre in New York is having an exhibition called “Meet contemporary Czech design”. It opens at the beginning of June and will run through September 12th throughout the different locations in Manhattan. Different Czech designer groups such as Prague studio Symbio will present product design, graphic design, decorative accessories, furniture, glass and jewelry. The show will also have a lecture on Czech design as a whole. The director of the Czech Center, Monica Koblerova explains the purpose of this event: “We want to show that we have great designers who can easily match up with the world’s top designer trends”. For detailed schedule of this exhibit visit

CZ: New Yorkske Ceske Centrum porada exhibici zvanou “Meet contemporary Czech design”. Od zacatku cervna do 12. zari bude mit New Yorkske publikum moznost tuto vystavu v ruznych castech Manhattanu shlednout. Ruzne umelecko-vytvarne skupiny jako je prazske studio Symbio zde presentuji nabytek, elektronicke pristroje, osvetleni, sperky a dekorativni predmety ze skla. Program take obsahuje prednasku o ceske designerovske tvorbe. Direktorka Ceskeho Centa, Monika Koblerova, dodava: ” Chceme ukazat, ze mame skvele designery dobre srovnatelne se svetovou konkurenci”. Pro vice podrobny program teto vystavy navstivte


Cafe Prague: favorite place of Madeleine Albright and the Colorado Bears May 24, 2007

Filed under: Czech happenings around the USA — Tanja @ 12:27 am

Cafe Prague Are you planning on visiting Colorado sometime soon? Why don’t you make a little side trip to Georgetown, a cute little town just outside of Denver? It is a hometown to famous Cafe Prague, a Czech restaurant that serves anything from a hotdog to Svickova (Beef roast in a special Czech creamy sauce) and Palacinky (Crepes – Czech style). The owner Martin Stribal says that his food is being sought after not only by the local Czechs such as famous hockey players such as Milan Hejduk, Martin Skoula, and Radim Vrbata or famous Czech American Madeleine Albright but also by the local bears (they periodically eat out of their trash bins)! Mr. Stribal says that even though the restaurant stays busy, Czech kitchen unfortunately won’t make them millionaires. Well the truth is that as good as our cooking cuisine is, it is still mostly a peasant style food, so one can’t expect to make a bank on it as some French and Italian restaurants do with their food. “Czech kitchen” and “Fine Dining” just don’t go together – and I am quite alright with it because there is nothing better than a slice of fresh baked Czech bread (Sumava…hmmmm) dipped into a bowl of Zelnacka (Sourkraut soup).

CZ: Planujete navstivit Kolorado? A proc si neudelate objizdku do Georgetown, roztomileho mestecka na okraji Denveru? Zde sidli mistni ceska restaurace Cafe Praha. Serviruji tu jak hotdogy, tak Svickovou, Vepro-knedo-zelo a ceske palacinky. Manazer Martin Stribal konstatuje, ze jeho kuchyne je zadouci nejen pro Cechy z okoli jako jsou slavne hokejove hvezdy Milan Hejduk, Martin Skoula a Radim Vrbata, ale take tu velmi chutna Cecho-Americance Madeleine Albrightove a pry i mistnim medvedum (pravidelne vyziraji odpadky)!