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Via Hrabal Tours Three US Cities

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will present the humorous multimedia presentation VIA HRABAL, about the lives of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal and former Czech President Václav Havel, in Washington, New York and Baltimore as part of the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of Hrabal and the 80th anniversary of the birth of Havel. The performance is presented through the memories of their friends: Tomáš Mazal, Václav Špale, and Jiří Rejthar, with technical support provided by Jan Čapek.

In this unique presentation, Hrabal’s biographer Tomáš Mazal presents a look inside Hrabal’s life, the places and people that influenced his personal and artistic journey. Set designer Václav Špale uses a vivid display of texts, photographs, drawings, and video sequences to showcase a collage of the author’s artistry. Last but not least, Jiří Rejthar, a chef who served both Havel and Hrabal, guides viewers through Czech cuisine and brewing episodes of the two literary greats.               

The performance runs a little over an hour and will be presented in both English and Czech.     


November 18, 2016, at 7 pm
presented in collaboration with the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association Baltimore

Location: Parish Hall of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210   
Doors open at 6 pm, Free Entrance          
Dinner (Havel’s favorite goulash $10, reservation required: supikova836@gmail.com)     
Beer and dessert available as well for purchase.
For additional information, please contact omendel@gmail.com        

Washington Metro Area
November 19, 2016, at 5 pm

presented in collaboration with American Sokol Washington, DC

Location: VFW Club, 1051 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 220102
Doors open at 4:30 pm   | Includes Dinner
(Havel’s favorite goulash, schnitzel, and sweet pancakes will be served.)           
Admission: $15 (Adults), $10 (Children) | For additional information, please contact events@sokolwashington.org               

Following the performance, American Sokol Washington, DC, invites guests to the Kateřinská Fall Dance Party where guests can enjoy games, musical chairs, karaoke, and more...(Party for children starts at 6:30 pm / Party for adults starts at 9 pm)         

New York
November 23, 2016, at 8 pm
Location: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Main Hall, 29-29 24th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
Admission is free.
Before the event, limited portions of Václav Havel’s goulash will be served in the restaurant that evening only, prepared by Jiří Rejthar, Havel’s cook.