Compact archive November 17, 2006

Cinematic Orchestra in Prague

For the first time Prague can look forward to the concert of popular jazz and electronic band The Cinematic Orchestra that takes place in Roxy Club on 22nd November.

This British band was founded in 1999 by Jay Swinscoe who worked for Ninja Tune label in South London. In his free time he and his band worked on the band’s first album Motion that has become very successful. This year the band is busy with recording a new album and giving lots of concerts.

The concert of The Cinematic Orchestra starts at 19:00 in Roxy club, tickets can be bought for 460 CZK in Roxy club and through Ticketstream and for 495 CZK through Ticketpro.


Rhapsody in Blue will finish The Strings of Autumn

Last concert of the The Strings of Autumn International Music Festival will be devoted to the original version of Rhapsody in Blue that was performed by piannist George Gershwin and Paul Whiteman’s jazz orchestra in 1924.

Rhapsody in Blue and other Gershwin’s evergreens will be performed by famous Czech musician and actor Ondrej Havelka and his jazz orchestra Melody Makers and piano virtuoso Karel Kosarek.

The concert takes place in Dvorak Hall in Prague’s Rudolfinum on Sunday 19th November at 19:30. Tickets are available at the box offices before the concert for 400 CZK and 600 CZK.


Fake goods in Wenceslas Square

If you plan to buy new branded shoes while you are in Prague, you might like to know the places you should avoid. Prague customs officers were surprised that fake good were offered not only in the markets but also in classical shops in very known places.

Police raids discovered that shoes sold in one shop in Wenceslas Square considered to be Adidas were fake. Vietnamese shopkeeper whose shop is near the equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas had 26 fake pairs of shoes. The shopkeeper had even Adidas logo on his shop.

Customers should pay attention to prices. Too cheap goods are suspicious, e.g. the Vietnamese shopkeeper sold “Adidas” pair of shoes for 350 CZK, which is too little even in the “cheap” Czech Republic.

17th November - the national holiday in the CR

17th November is a national holiday in the Czech Republic. In the Czech calender you can read Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day. Today Czech people commemorate the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ended the communist regime in the former Czechoslovakia.

The events on 17th November 1989 commemorates a memorial plaque dedicated yesterday on the building of Faculty of Science at Charles university in Albertov. Albertov was the starting point of the student march that started the demonstration.

Milada Horakova, a politician and one of the victim of the communist regime, was awarded American “medal of freedom” last Tuesday. The medal was given to her daughter together with a letter from the President George W. Bush.

Novakova, who build up the system of foster care and adoption, was executed for alleged conspiracy and treason. She is now a symbol of anti-Communist resistance.