Compact archive November 28, 2006

Functional bullets found in Kampa

Kampa is a popular place near Vltava river in Prague. Yesterday somebody found functional projectiles on one of the benches there. An expect in pyrotechnics took the bullets to the safe place to destroy them.

According to the police, there were 17 bullets coming from the World War II. The bullets might have been found by a worker who was digging nearby in Certovka stream on Sunday.

It is not the first case this year that somebody has found a unexploded ammunition in Prague. Last June an artillery shell was found and destroyed in the storehouse in Veleslavin.

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International music festival Alternativa

14th international music festival Alternativa is devoted to music streams that are called alternative. The festival takes place in Archa Theatre (Na Porici 26), Palace Akropolis (Kubelikova 27) and Kastan – the scene of Unijazz (Belohorska 150) from 1st December to 9th December 2006. The festival is held under the auspices of the Lord Mayer Pavel Bem.

Visitors can look forward legendary Belgian Univers Zero from Belgium (1st December in Archa) who will perform in the Czech Republic for the first time. Last evening of the festival is devoted to the 5th anniversary of Guerilla Records Publishing. For the programme click here.

The prices of the tickets differ according to the performances. Tickets can be bought at Arche theatre, Palace Akropolis, Unijazz reading room and Ticketpro.

Fans have a chance to chat with the world famous player on the theremin, Eric Ross, in the reading room of Unijazz (Jindrisska 5 street, 2nd staircase, 4th floor) tomorrow from 11:00.

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Opera In the Penal Colony for the last time in Prague

Today it is the last chance to see the opera In the Penal Colony with the music of Philip Glass in the Czech Republic. The opera can be seen in Prague’s Roxy club tonight.

This opera was inspired by Franz Kafka’s short story and based on libretto by Rudolpha Wurlitzer. World’s premiere of this opera was on 31st August 2000, Czech premiere was on 14th and 15th December 2005. This last performance in the Czech Republic will be played by Agon Orchestra and conducted by Petr Kofron. The director is Miroslav Bambusek.

The opera starts today at 19:30 in Roxy Club (Dlouha 33 street). Tickets for 150 CZK are available at the Infocentrum of Roxy Club.

Two waggons against drugs on Prague's Main railway station

Another project for young people can be seen these days on the Main Railway station in Prague. This project is devoted the prevention of drugs. This action is widely discussed and has many supporters and opponents.

From today the public can enter two wagons, former mail vans. There is dark inside and red arteries are drawn on the walls. The space inside doesn’t look cosy at all. A short film presents a group of young people who took a pill of Ecstasy and had an car accident. Pieces of the crashed car can be seen in the waggon. The other waggon shows famous and successful faces. Posters say that everyone can chose: drugs or being successful.

More waggons are expected soon. The next one should represent a housing of a drug addict – garbage and horrible smell. All this should prevent young people from starting with drugs.

American writer Michael Cunningham is coming to Prague

American writer Michael Cunningham, the author of famous novel The Hours, is coming to Prague. He accepted the invitation of Prague Writers’ Festival. Cunningham’s fans can look forward to the date 16th December.

Cunningham is one of the most widely read authors today. This Pulitzer Prize holder is known for his novels The Hours (the film version of this novel won an Oscar), A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood or Specimen Days.

At midday on 16th December Cunningham will give autographs in Big Ben Bookshop (Mala Stupartska 5 street). He will also give a public reading from his works in the small hall of the Municipal Library of Prague (Marianske namesti 1 street) on 16th December 2006 from 19:30. After the reading there will be a discussion with the author. Tickets cost 100 CZK, they will be sold in Municipal Library of Prague from 1st December.