Compact archive January 3, 2008

Rapper Mike Jones concert in Prague

mike jones Mike Jones (b. 1981) is an American southern rap artist and actor.

‘The only ordinary thing about Mike Jones is his name.’ (msnbc)

Thanks to innovative marketing schemes like making his personal phone number public and saying his name as often as possible, the Houston rapper has managed to shoehorn his “Still Tippin”’ single into heavy rotation nationwide. Now comes his debut album, “Who Is Mike Jones?”, which promises to spread his Texas drawl even further. You can listen it for free at his webpage

20th January 2008, MIKE JONES /USA/ live, Tickets in advance ( 390 CZK, 490 at the spot. Club Roxy Dlouha 33, Prague 1


Contemporary American Art in Prague Rudolfinum

uncertain states of america Rudolfinum Gallery brings a unique possibility for seeing the things that momentarily move the world of art in the United States: Uncertain States of America exhibition

The exhibition is organized in cooperation of Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo. Curators of the exhibition:Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Birnbaum a Gunnar B. Kvaran.

First shown at The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo (October 2005), this project comprises a remarkably succinct compilation of recent evolutions in painting, sculptures, video and other artistic forms used by the new generation of American artists.

Uncertain States of America offers an expanded look at a series of major installations by an emerging generation of artists (most of them were born after 1970). Their source material derives not only from today’s media-saturated world, free-form use of new materials, techniques and procedures which permeate each other and are juxtaposed, but also a canny knowledge of new art-historical references and an ability to respond in a complex and sophisticated way with a various extent of personal commitment as well as a certain distance in an age of political and social dissonances.

American Art in the 3rd Millenium. Rudolfinum Gallery, Adress: Alsovo Nabrezi 12, Prague 1 Until 24th February 2008


Political Parties in the Parliament of the Czech Republic

czech heraldry The political scene in the Czech Republic is dominated by four large parties.

Parties in Chamber of deputies

Civic Democratic Party (ODS – Občanská demokratická strana) – major right-wing party Leader: Miroslav Topolanek

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD – Česká strana sociálně demokratická) – major left-wing party Leader: Jiri Paroubek

Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM – Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy) – an heir of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia Leader: Vojtech Filip.

Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-CSL – Křesťanská a demokratická unie – Československá strana lidová) – major conservative party Leader: Ing. Roman Linek

Green Party (SZ – Strana Zelených) – centrist green party Leader: Martin Bursik

TO: 1st January 2008

Klaus' New Year's Speech: We Live Well

“People living in the Czech Republic live through the best period in their history.” This and more was declared in the new year’s speech of the present president and economist Vaclav Klaus. “Let’s say it loud, let’s say it proud – even when we have much personal and social problems, which we create around, we now live in the best period, the country has ever been in”.

Representatives of other political parties (except the ODS) have labelled his speech as careful and over-positive, as a speech of a president, who wants to be elected again.

The ex-president and freedom fighter Vaclav Havel said in a TV talk show: “The important thing is, the head of the state should be a person who opens the country to get new, fresh air. We need new blood, new impulses.” By which he gave support to the other candidate, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Jan Svejnar.

And the problems of both candidates? Critics say the problem of Svejnar is nobody knows him here, and one of Klaus is people here know him too much already.

St. Catharina wants to be new Prague city part

svata katerina prague Hora Svate Kateriny (Mountain of St. Catarina) wants to became a new part of Prague. The only problem is, that it lies 120 km from the metropolis.

According to the councilmen from Svata Katerina this is the only way, how to get money for maintainable life; “Hora Svate Kateriny gets 8600 CZK (307 €) for one its citizen, meanwhile in Prague the appropriation is 17 000 CZK (607 €) per year. With such a budget, we are not able to keep the willage in the state the law oreders us to.”

The advocate Pavel Marecek stated, it is not possible according to the law, as the two municipalities are not neighbours. But the councilmen from Svata Katerina already know that and are appealing for the law change.