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The Big Weekend List of Things to Do: Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1

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Friday. February 28

Public Sleeping Day

Is there something in Prague that doesn’t work right and it kind of makes you crazy? Think you might have, or be able to come up with a solution? Then the Prague Innovation Marathon might be for you. Create a team of 2-5 people and put together a proposal outlining the problem and your solution(s). If your idea is deemed worthy, you will meet with mentors and experts in the appropriate fields to try and actually come up with an actual solution that can be implemented quickly. There are funding prizes of 50, 30 and 20,000kc for the top ideas. You could actually make a real difference. Register in advance, but then the marathon itself happens today at CAMP all day. *09.00-17.00h. More Info Here

The Audio Video Show Praha is massive, with tons of equipment both new and old; the largest of its kind in the country. Over 100 exhibitors over five floors, workshops, lectures competitions, and more. At the famously ugly Don Giovanni Hotel, out in Prague 3 by the Želivského metro station and the cemeteries. Entry is 150kc/day. Also runs tomorrow. *10.00-18.00h. More Info Here.

The Festival of New Theatre, Malá Inventura, is back with 10 days with dozens of shows in several locations. Many are only in Czech but many are also English-friendly. There’s a lot of experimental and boundary-pushing stuff here, including lecture performances, shows involving the audience wearing headphones and much, much more. Get accredited at Kavárna U Hrdinů in Prague 7, or go for individual tickets. But be warned, a lot of these will sell out, so seriously consider being an early bird on things that really strike your fancy. Prices vary. See a map of all the venues here. Until Feb. 29. *Various times. More Info Here.

A theatre work in progress, What lies beside the hate, that examines the differences and similarities between personal hate and impersonal, anonymous hate. It’s quite experimental, a combo of object theater, dance and devised performance. There’s a discussion afterwards. At prostor39. *18.30-19.30h. FREE. More Info Here.

The Festival of Indian Independent Films features four films over two days, each with both Czech and English subtitles. 130kc each. At Kino Pilotů. Also tomorrow. *19.00h. More Info Here.

A screening of the 2019 documentary “Daniel”, about photographer Daniel Rye who was kidnapped by ISIS in 2013 and kept prisoner in Syria for 398 days. After the film, there’ll be a discussion and debate. With Czech and English subtitles. At Edison Filmhub. 150kc. *19.00h. More Info Here.

A second performance in English of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at Kasárna Karlín. It’s a benefit for Prague NGO Konsent, with most of the proceeds going to them. It’s cash only, pay at the door, but you can reserve in advance. *19.30, but doors open at 18.30h. Pretty much sold out, but they may have a few tickets hanging about. More Info Here.

Local music star Justin Lavash, who has a wholly unique sound,  teams up with the Time Wait’s Tribulations, a Tom Waits cover band, for an evening of pretty darned original music. At žižkovšiška. 150kc. *20.00-01.00h. More Info Here.

If you’ve been missing the Jim Rose Circus, today’s your lucky day. Prague Fear House will host a show by Fly High Tribe, who pierce their bodies with big hooks and things, and then do acrobatics. And, of course, drinks and spooky decor. The show is FREE. *20.30-02.00h. More Info Here.

Super hip hotel and hangout Mama Shelter is throwing a latin-themed Carnival, with drinks specials like mojitos, banana-coffee martinis, Pasado de Modas, El Patróns and Mamacitas for 125-135kc, plus a rum bar with some very rare rums on hand that you can taste and even buy a bottle of. And DJs, snacks, dancing and more. *21.00-02.00h. More Info Here

 

Saturday, February 29

Leap Day

An African market opens up for a day at Prague 7’s multifunctional space město moře. Exotic fruits and other food items, spices and many more items not normally found round here in these parts. FREE entry. *10.00-16.00h. More Info Here.

If you’re a Drum and Bass fan, the Let It Roll Winter Festival is at Forum Karlin. Acts include Mark Wilkinson is playing. “Afterglow” or “Heartbeat” were a huge success and these songs have found their own place in the sets almost all known Drum’n ‘ bass DJs in the world.

Dva kohouti is featuring smoked and grilled fish from Petr Benda and Pepa Kalenda, plus a special 16 ° beer, DJs and a surprise for Leap Day at 14.00h. Also going on tomorrow. *12.00-02.00h. More Info Here.

Now here’s a food and drink pairing to seriously consider – beer and donuts! Five beers to taste, five donuts to sample (works out to around half a liter of beer and one and a half donuts total, so plenty of room left for more goodies here or in the area). It’s in English, but Czech help is available. 650kc. Reservations are a good idea. At Lya Beer Café down at the bottom of Krymská. *13.00-15.00h. More Info Here.

A Russian-Czech food pop-up for Shrovetide called Slavic Carnival with three Russian dishes and four Czech ones. Things like buckwheat crepes with mustard sauce, Kulebyak with duck cooked in nutmeg alongside a cauliflower and plum stew, cake made from beeswax ice cream with sunflower seeds and cedar nuts, vegetable tartar with quail egg and beetroot chips, smoked trout with horseradish and lime, classic Kulajda, breaded chicken with cabbage dumplings…it all sounds pretty darned good! At the Ambassador Zlata Husa Hotel on Václavské nám. Yeah, it’s pricey, at 3500kc, but this is a pretty high-end seven course lunch here. *13.00-17.00h. More Info Here.

Think you can go the distance? Got a lot of energy that needs dissaptating? Then come to this Dance Marathon, where participants will dance for six solid hours (with short breaks for bathroom and hydration). If you can do all six hours, you get a free dance lesson. At the Centrum Tance on Wenceslas Square, right next to Marks & Spencer. 490kc. More Info Here.

The Tibetans have their own lunar new year, called Losar. Technically, it ran Feb. 24-26, but there’s a one-day minifestival at the New Town Hall today. Music, dance, chants, talks, workshops and much more to ring in the year 2147, the Year of the Metal Rat. Entry is 250kc, with proceeds going towards adopting Tibetan children. *14.00-23.00h. More Info Here.

Pop on over to Café Kolíbka for Gyoza Night – an evening of fresh, delicious gyoza (the Japanese take on the pot sticker dumpling). There’s yaki-gyoza (pan-fried pork) and sui-gyoza (boiled pork). Six dumplings for 90kc. *17.00-23.00h. More Info Here.

A fresh take on Händel’s opera Agrippina from the Met, with Joyce DiDonato in the lead as the power-hungry mother of soon-to-be-Roman-Emperor Nero and Harry Bicket conducting. This production updates the setting to shed a light on corrupt power politics of our own day. Simulcast at both Aero (400kc) and Světozor (500kc) at *18.45h. With Czech and English subtitles. More Info Here.

A masquerade ball at Hotel Pyramida with the theme “Monsters and Spooks” is a great excuse to dress up in your scary finest. Prizes for best costumes, a raffle with some pretty good prizes, live music and more. 290kc. *19.00. More Info Here.

German electroband Milky Chance plays a sold out show at Forum Karlin. Tickets are nearly impossible to get… but if you’re connected there might be some out there! Good luck!

Since the year 2000, February 29th is designated Open That Bottle Night – meaning the special bottle of wine you’ve been saving but never get around to having. It will eventually go off, so tonight could very well be the night to savor it. To that end, Vinotéka sv. Klára, up at the Botanical Gardens, will feature a number of rare bottles of the good stuff, including a tasting of eight curated samples for 450kc starting at *19.00h. Reservations for that are a good idea. But there’s fun all day, and they’re open later than usual today. *11.00-23.00h. More Info Here.

Audio Video Show Praha concludes (see FEB. 28) More Info Here

Malá Inventura Festival of New Theatre concludes (see FEB. 28) More Info Here

Festival of Indian Independent Films concludes (see FEB. 28) More Info Here.

 

Sunday, March 1

World Compliment Day

A day devoted to the nature-conscious lifestyle, Planet Fest hits the Roxy for a festival designed to inspire. Talks and presentations about zero waste, green cities, veganism, slow lifestyle, conscious development, natural farming, permaculture, natural building, electric vehicles, vehicle sharing and much more. The whole event is zero waste and all food and drink are vegan-friendly. FREE. *11.00-19.00h. More Info Here.

The Český lev is our Oscars, and there are a lot of films up for various awards. The gang at Edison Filmhub are showing many of them with English subtitles, so everyone can see what’s in the running. Český lev v Edison Filmhub English-friendly screenings start today and run through March 7. 150kc per film. *Various times. More Info Here.

The Million Moments folks are back in business, organizing a protest against authoritarian tendencies here in CZ. Not only the antics of Babiš (who, for example, appoints a new Justice Minister right after the police say they will indict him, and then the new person reverses that decision), but what they see as a coalition of (or at least tacit cooperation between) ANO with KSCM (the Communists) and SPD (basically Fascists) gaining power and influence through connections at the Castle (Babiš, Zeman and friends). Poland and Hungary have already seen changes to their governmental structures due to corruption and inattention by the populace, and they don’t want similar things to happen here. This is why this protest is called We Don’t Want to Go the Way of Hungary and Poland. It all starts at Hradčanské Náměstí at *16.00h, then they march down to Staroměstské Náměstí for a demonstration *17.00-18.30h. More Info Here.

Ponrepo screens Alfréd Radok’s first film, the 1948 “Distant Journey”, in a new digitally restored print with English subtitles. It’s a very experimental film, blending fiction with actual footage of the Holocaust that had just ended a couple of years before. It was banned from being shown in Prague and then, after a brief run in smaller towns, banned everywhere. It was finally unearthed and shown on Czech TV after the Velvet revolution, and critics around the world have hailed it as a masterpiece. 120kc. *18.00-20.00h. More Info Here

Smoked and grilled fish at Dva kohouti concludes (see FEB. 29) More Info Here.

 

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