Compact archive September 17, 2007

Painter and Rector Jiri Sopko in Rudolfinum

JIŘÍ SOPKO, picture source: Contemporary painter and rector of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts Jiri Sopko is one of the most respected artists in the Czech Republic.

Jiri Sopek’s name is inseparably connected to the Czech painting scene from the end of 20th century. Since the 70’s his expressively and emotionally colorful canvasses, that are at the same time ironic, have been a welcomed member to dozens of exhibitions.

His art is commonly classified as the so called Czech Grotesque.

You can see his canvases in Rudolfinum Gallery (Galerie Rudolfinum) everyday except Monday, since 10am until 6pm. The Exhibition ends 18. 11. 2007


Czech crown strongest in modern history

czech crown The Czech crown has reached it’s new record peach, as it was possible to trade 27,40 CZK/EUR. The Czech currency thus overruned its record peach towards the referential currency from 2007 february, when it traded for 27,41.

Czech crown has moved it’s maximum to the American dollar, too. As Patria Online informed, it was able to trade it for 19,77 CZK/USD. The reason for it was, according to analytics, stock jobbing of investors, who are expecting the money rates to lower. Dollar loses on the world markets, and weakens to world currencies.

“From the point of view of current events there is no immediate reason, there were neither new economic indicators, nor decisions. The crown, however, reacts on the foreign markets activity, where the investors are afraid of behaviour of the American Central Bank open new speculative positions.” the analytic Vladimir Pikora commented.

Surprising evenings in the Aero cinema

Aero cinema in Prague has chosen an interesting way, how to attract people to the screenings: there will be special evenings, called “Naslepo” (“Blind”), where visitors won´t know, which movie they are going to see.

The movies screened on these days will be special – those that cannot be seen in other cinemas (they are not in usual distribution in the Czech Republic), but which are nevertheless interesting and worth seeing.

People won´t pay any entrance fee before the screening on “Naslepo” nights. They will pay afterwards, according to how much they liked the movie. The first Naslepo screening will take place on 19th September at 8:30 pm. Aero cinema is situated in Prague Zizkov district, in Biskupcova Street 31. You can get there by a tram (9, 10, 16 or 19, stop Biskupcova). The nearest metro station is Zelivskeho (A line).


Erik Truffaz Quartet in Prague

Erik Truffaz Erik Truffaz, one of the most respected European jazz musicians of the present time, will perform in Prague, Palac Akropolis, on Thursday. His music combines experimental jazz with hip hop and drum´n´bass and he is therefore called “Miles Davis of acid jazz”.

The music of “Erik Truffaz Quartet” (trumpeter Truffaz, keyboardist Muller, jazz drummer Erbetta and bassist Giulliani) is appreciated as creative, uncompromising and masterful. Erik Truffaz has already recorded more than 10 albums and he has achieved success also in the USA.

Music fans in the Czech Republic will have a chance to hear Erik Truffaz Quartet on Tuesday (18.9.) in Ostrava, on Wednesday 19.9. in Brno and 20.9. in Prague. The show in Prague starts at 7:30 pm and a ticket costs 400,- CZK (available at Ticketpro). Palac Akropolis is situated in Kubelikova Street 27, in Prague Zizkov district. Truffaz will be supported by Sophia Hunger.


Jazzmen play for the Czech Prezident

Johnny Griffin On Wednesday the 19th of September, the 35th sequel of “Jazz on the Castle” is going to take place. The president Vaclav Klaus is going to initiate consers of such outstanding jazzmen as an American tenorsaxophonist Johnny Griffin, one of the most remarkable characters of the modern jazz.

Provided that there will be nice weather, the musicians will start playing at 8pm in the garden “Na Valech”. In the case of rain the consert will take place in Spanish hall.

The primary initiative of jazz conserts came after the Velvet Revolution. Jazzmen and rockstars arrived to Prague to play as a praise for the former president, Vaclav Havel, who is a big fan of rock and jazz music, and a symbol of the overturn to the west culture.