Compact archive March 12, 2008

Mecca presents Felix da Housecat

As the main guest of March in Mecca comes a Chicago based two-time Grammy Award nominated DJ, Producer a Remixer – Felix da Housecat. Felix is an innovator of the current electro sound, he produced multiple worldwide club hits including ‘Silver Screen (Shower Scene)’ (also a top 40 hit on the UK pop charts), ‘Madame Hollywood’, ‘Watching Cars Go By’, ‘Jack U’, ‘My Life Muzik’, ‘Tweak’, ‘The Harlot’, ‘What Does It Feel Like’, ‘In Thee Dark We Live’, ‘Cry Baby’, and ‘Phantasy Girl’ and full length artist albums ‘Kittenz a Thee Glitz’, ‘Devin Dazzle a The Neon Fever’ or ‘I Know Electrikboy’.

Felix remixed platinum artists including Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Nina Simone, Garbage, and Kylie Minogue and released ground breaking albums under the monikers Thee Maddkatt Courtship and Aphrohead. He collaborated with P. Diddy, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Miss Kittin and has headlined clubs, festivals, and special events around the world as a DJ. His new album ‘Virgo Blaktro and the Movie Disco’ out 2007 on [PIAS] Wall of Sound is availiable right now!

No more need to be said.. Felix´s unique performance will be supported by the resident DJs of the Mecca club – DJ Tripmain a DJ Tommy Rogers, the resident of the Duplex Club Prague. Saturday 22th March 2008, entry on door: 490 czk/vip: 1290 czk/ pre-sale 390 czk Start: 22:00 Club Mecca, U Pruhonu street 3, Prague


Chinaski play great Czech pop-rock

‘Zebrik’ – the annual Czech music award given for the best music group every year, went to Chinaski this year. On Saturday in the house of culture in Pilsen, Inwest, the ‘Zebrik, 2007 Loap Awards’ were overrun by Cinaski, who won five of eleven categories. That means, Chinaski is something like the best pop-rock music group of Czech origin, singing in Czech.

In the reader’s prize of Report magazine they took away the traditional statues of the artist Vaclav Cesak called Dancing R for the best music video of the song Zadarmo (For Free); the same song got the most votes in the category ‘The song of the Year’ and their album 07 won the best record prize. Their singer also won the singers category.

Anyway, if you want to hear good Czech pop rock this is probably a good choice. You can watch the award winning video below.


Taste the First-Republic Café in Prague

Into a real first-republic café have changed one of the halls in the Prague City Museum.

Petite tables, chairs and a piano, rightly dressed personnel, good coffee and a glass of water on a silver tray. Everything, as it should be in a good café. “We wanted to attract all the visitors not only to the exhibition, but also to come to sit and feel the atmosphere of the golden age of Prague Cafés.” the author, Dominik Hrodek. So they invited renowned personnel of Café Louvre, to make the café alive.

Historic Café is one of two parts of Prague Cafés and their World (Pražské Kavárny a jejich Svět). In the part close to the entrance the visitors will find mementos to famous Prague enterprises. Daguerreotype pictures, information, and recorded information which you can listen to from an old telephone.

The Exhibition is opened until 31st August 2008 in Prague City Museum, Na Porici 52. If you want to go to have a stylish cup of coffee, its just by the Metro station Florenc.


Devil's Bible left Prague

The one book, closed in a big and special hermetic box, left its homeland for at least another 100 years.

Very strict security regime was established during the transport. The Police had to ensure safety, so one of the most unique books in the world, Codex Gigas, would leave the Czech Republic in good order.

It was dispatched from Klementinum, Prague back to Swedish Royal Library in Stockholm. The transport was described by the speaker of the National Library Katerina Novakova: “Codex Gigas was moved to the airport and an army special has transported it back.”

From September 20th 2007 to 9th March 2008, Devil’s Bible in Prague was seen by 61 768 visitors, four publications were introduced, two documentary movies made and a feature film is being prepared.

Tennis-player Navratilova is a Czech Citizen after more than 30 years

We could call her the most famous female tennis player of all times, and now she gained citizenship of the country, she was born in.

She got it in silence, the same way communist functionalists took it away from her years ago. When she, in 1975, didn’t come back from US Open, and asked for a political asylum there, the communists labeled her as a ‘traitor of the country’.

Now, the legendary tennis player will have both Czech and American citizenship. The owner of 59 Grand Slam tittles, who didn’t end her career until last year, is going to live on in the USA, but she comes back to the CR often. Last year, she introduced her idea to start a tennis academy in the CR.