Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Slovak Beatles Revival, "The Backwards" to Play Three PA Shows‏

Here's an announcement from Slovak Cafe.

BREAKING NEWS ... JUST CONFIRMED!
Beatles Revival Band from Slovakia Adds Pittsburgh Show to U.S. Tour

"After 30 years I have again heard the sound of The Beatles," - Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison (1998, NYC).

-- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --

April 23, 2009 - PITTSBURGH, PA: Back by popular demand! “The Backwards,” a Beatles revival band from Kosice, Slovakia will now make THREE stops in Pennsylvania during their 2009 U.S. tour. The group just confirmed to include a third show for Saturday, May 16 at the Sokol Club, Pittsburgh. This show is in addition to the previously announced performances scheduled for Johnstown, May 17 and McKeesport (Pittsburgh) May 19, 2009.

The “Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association” (WPSCA) will host the first show in the PA lineup at the Sokol Club, located on the South Side of Pittsburgh, PA. This event is scheduled for Saturday evening, May 16 with doors opening at 7:00 p.m., showtime at 8:00 p.m. The Sokol Club is located at 2912 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA.

Aces and Slovak Cafe will the second show of the PA Tour, Sunday May 17 at Aces Banquet Hall at 316 Chestnut Street, (Cambria City) in Johnstown, PA . Doors open 5:00 p.m. for social hour with the show beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The WPSCA will host the final PA show at the McKeesport Palisades (near Pittsburgh), Tuesday evening, May 19. Social hour begins 7:00 p.m. with the performance starting at 8:00 p.m. The Palisades is located at 501 Water St, McKeesport PA.

All shows are open to all ages. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Cash bar and food available at additional cost.

ADMISSION (all shows):
Adults: $10 advance, $12 at the door.
Youth & Students: $8 for youth ages 10 to 17 or college students w/ valid ID
Under Age 10 admitted free!

The Backwards began their career in Kosice, Slovakia in 1996. They started to interpret the music made famous by the Beatles with a complete sound and sense of detail. Their performances are guaranteed, note for note, to be the best live performance on stage.

"After 30 years I have again heard the sound of The Beatles," - Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison (1998, NYC).

To back this claim, The Backwards, twice have taken top prize at the International NY Beatlefest in 1998 and again in 2003 defeating 36 bands for this title. The group is also a headliner at the national Beatles festival, "Abbey Road on The River " held annually in Louisville KY and have performed at the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.


PA TICKET INFORMATION:

Saturday May 16, 2009
Sokol Club, 2912 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA.
Sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association
To reserve or purchase tickets, call: WPSCA (412) 531-2990
or send a check and self-addressed envelope to WPSCA, Manor Oak Two, Suite 500, 1910 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh PA 15220.

Sunday May 17, 2009
Aces Banquet Hall, 316 Chestnut St., Johnstown PA
Sponsored by Aces and Slovak Cafe
To reserve or purchase tickets, call: Aces (814) 536-4176

Tuesday May 19, 2009
McKeesport Palisades, McKeesport (Pittsburgh) PA
501 Water St, McKeesport PA
Sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association
To reserve or purchase tickets, call:
Palisades (412) 370-2971 or WPSCA (412) 531-2990
or send a check and self-addressed envelope to WPSCA, Manor Oak Two, Suite 500, 1910 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh PA 15220.

To reserve your tickets, call the contact listed for each show. You may also email a request to slovakcafe@yahoo.com indicating show date and number of tickets requested. Paypal accepted for email reservations. Contact slovakcafe@yahoo.com for payment order request.

For more about the group including videos, see the official website at www.thebackwards.sk.

Keep up to date with tour details as they become available, please see www.slovakcafe.com or email to slovakcafe@yahoo.com.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Traditional Easter Breakfast

Here's a photo of the traditional Slovak/Rusyn Easter breakfast I enjoyed at home this morning. Paska, hrutka/syrek (Easter cheese), hrin (beets & horseradish), klobassy, ham, hard-boiled egg--each food symbolic. The cloth in the background has been in my family for many years--my mother used it to cover our Easter basket when we took it to church on Holy Saturday for the traditional Easter blessing. The plate (well-used as it is) has also been in my family a very long time--part of a set of dishes belonging to my mother.


Easter has always been a special holiday in my family.

Christos Voskres is Slovak for Christ is Risen!

Recipes for the above-reference foods and an explanation of the Slovak/Rusyn Easter traditions are available in my book, Baba's Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes & Traditions (Gateway press). Click here for information on how to order a copy.
Happy Easter!


I received this lovely postcard from a colleague and fellow Slovak.



Veseu Velku noc

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Turn of the Century Pittsburgh Comes Alive in Speak American

Oscar Winner Eric Simonson’s play set in 1904 Pittsburgh

May 7 – 31, 2009



Speak American is set in 1904 Pittsburgh where a group of newly immigrated Slovak, Bulgarian, and Polish steelworkers are enrolled in an English class taught by a plucky beginner. Through the teacher’s dealings with the class and their boss, we are caught up in their indomitable will and dreams of a better life.

Eric Simonson is an American writer and director in theatre, film and opera. His film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin won the 2005 Academy Award for short subject documentary.


PRESS/OPENING NIGHT

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 8 pm

EASTERN EUROPEAN NIGHT
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 8 pm

Regular Run Schedule

Tues. at 7 pm; Wed. thru Fri. at 8 pm; Sat. at 5:30 & 9 pm; Sun. at 2 pm

Where: City Theatre, one block off Carson at Bingham and 13th Streets, South Side.

Tickets

$17 to $60

Students and age 25 and younger may reserve $17 tickets in advance or may purchase rush tickets for $10 cash or $17 with a credit card at the Box Office beginning two hours before showtime.

Seniors (age 60 and older) may purchase $17 rush tickets at the Box Office beginning two hours before showtime.

Groups of 10 or more receive significant discounts. Call Mike McLaughlin at 412.431.4400 ext. 286 or email: mmclaughlin@citytheatrecompany.org

Tickets are available at 412.431.CITY (2489) or CityTheatreCompany.org