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The Big Weekend List of Things to Do: Friday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 9

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Friday, February 7

The multi-genre entertainment and comic book convention Comic-Con is coming to Prague, of all places. Screenings, competitions, lectures, workshops, Q&A sessions, games to participate in – these are just some of the things on hand. Guest stars include Ron Perlman (Hellboy himself plus so many other films), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings and a gazillion other films), Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf), Vladimir Furdik (the Night KIng on Game of Thrones), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Caspar Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Tarzan, Sleepy Hollow, Alita), Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Rogue One), Tracey Scoggins (Lois and Clarke, Babylon 5, Dynasty), Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool, Better Call Saul, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare), Predrag Bjelac (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Prince Caspian), Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, also Deathly Hallows, and The Witcher), Ladislav Beran (Hellboy) and Daniela Tlumacova (Last Jedi, the Fantastic Beasts films). And that’s just TV and movies – comics people will be there as well, including Prague-based artistic genius Stewart Moore, as well as writers like Ben Aaronovitch (who wrote for Doctor Who and Blake’s 7). The Prague Film Orchestra will perform, there’ll be plenty of cosplay, a multimedia show about Alfons Mucha, a Star Wars model exhibit, modern and retro video and board games, and much much much more. Three days of nerd overload! Individual tickets for Friday and Sunday are still available (Saturday is sold out) for 690kc each, or you can still get a full three-day pass for 1890kc. Starts at *14.00h today and at *09.00 the other two days. At O2 Universum. More Info Here.

2-Michelin-Star Chef Gaetano Trovato visits Grand Cru Restaurant for this last of three nights, preparing a special five-course tasting menu prepared with in-house chefs Svatopluk Hemmer and Saša Pavlovič: St. Jacob’s mussels with parsnip, granny smith apple, algae & caviar; lobster risotto with kefir, pumpkin & tangerine; pigeon cooked in vermouth with chestnut, venison with foie gras, beetroot & pomegranate; and finally a dark chocolate, ginger & hazelnut truffle. Menu is 2990kc, and you can add a wine pairing for another 1490kc. Reservations essential. *17.30-22.00h. More Info Here.

Eagles & Butterflies (USA) U.K.-born, L.A.-based producer/DJ, Chris Barratt — aka – Eagles & Butterflies breaks all boundaries across the electronic music spectrum. His productions flow seamlessly through downtempo, techno, house and beyond, with releases on Innervisions, Bedrock, Exit Strategy, Sapiens and his own imprint Art Imitating Life. He’s playing Roxy.  For tickets, see More Info Here. 

Ponrepo shows the BBC documentary “Climate Change – The Facts” presented by Mr. Nature himself, Sir David Attenborough. Entry is FREE. Discussion afterwards. *18.00h. More Info Here.

Fotbol je Film is a two-day film festival that focuses on, you guessed it, football. Five of the six screenings are 100kc each, the other is FREE. At Kasárna Karlín. Also tomorrow. *Various times. More Info Here.

FebDok is a month-long festival of documentary films from all over Europe, running the 2nd through the 27th at Screenshot. Many are English-friendly. Most are 120k. *Various times. More Info Here.

A screening of the documentary “Rush Hour”, which looks at commuting in Istanbul, Los Angeles and Mexico City. With English subtitles. At CAMP – Centrum architektury a městského plánování. FREE but register. More Info Here.

Jeff Fritz and Melanie Rada, the folks behind Akanda, have another new show ready. Called COLD As A Witch’s TIT, it’s based on the old tales of Baba Yaga. At A Maze in Tchaiovna. FREE, but donations are welcome. *19.00-22.00h. More Info here.

Dennis Hopper and Bruno Ganz star in the Wim Wenders 1977 film “The American Friend”, about an art forger and murderer. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s third installment in her series of books about Tom Ripley, Ripley’s Game, it’s a sort of neo-noir set in the late 70s Hamburg. In English, German and French with English subs. At Ponrepo. 80kc. *20.30h. More Info Here


Saturday, February 8

The southern parts of the city show they can masopust just like everyone else. Things kick off with mask making at Kulturní Centrum Zahrada in Chodov, then a procession starts at Opatov metro station, then games and fairy tales songs with dancing at Komunitního centra Matky Terezy in Chodov, plus snacks and other fun. The songs and games cost 50kc to get in without a mask, 40kc with a mask, and everything else is FREE. *10.00-17.00h. More Info Here.

Masopust continues at Pražská tržnice in Prague 7, every Saturday until February 15. Tons of fun and stuff to eat and drink. This Saturday there’s pork from Eko Farma Rybnik, Belgian fries from Big Fries, cheese and mead from Dobré Zrno (as well as bio produce), beer from Pivovar Ládví Cobolis, wines both hot and cold from the Palava from Frank Kraus, hot chocolate and chocolate cakes from Od Bobu, more pork, koláče and so on. Live music from Redbeard. Traditional mask making and other fun as well. *10.00-18.00h. More Info Here

Experience a Middle Ages crafts market underneath Old Town Hall, with lectures and demos on things like flax spinning, coinage, dyes, medieval food, carpentry, weaving, bow making, medieval music, shoemaking and more. There’s a different talk every hour, and each one is 90kc. *10.00-19.00h. More Info Here.

The other side of the river gets their masopust on with Malostranské masopustní veselí 2020 – a party that gets bigger every year. Procession starts at the venerable U Černého Vola, then wanders past the castle and down Nerudova, Thunovská, Malostranské náměstí and Mostecká. Along the way, the gang will periodically stop and groove to the tunes of the Prague Fair Orchestra and the Bruncvík Boys Choir. Around *15.00 or 16.00h, they hit Kampa, where there’ll be a big party that includes zabijačka and  slivovice. FREE. *13.00h start. More Info Here.

Czech female alt-rock group Zuby Nehty perform at Klub Varšava in a show that’s sure to be a good one. A bit of a blast from the past for some of us, but these gals still got it going on. 160kc. *19.00h. More Info Here.

Ponrepo shows the hypnotic and beautiful 1987 Wim Wenders film “Der Himmel über Berlin”, better known in English as “Wings of Desire”. Written by Wenders, Nobel laureate Peter Handke and Richard Reitinger, and with incredible cinematography by Henri Alekan, it stars Bruno Ganz as an angel who wants to be human. They say it’s an English version with Czech titles in the FB event, but the film is actually in German and English, so don’t really know what is happening there (did they get an all-English-dubbed  version, or are they just mistaken?) At any rate, it’s 80kc. *20.30h. More Info Here.

Comic-Con continues (see FEB. 7) More Info Here.

Fotbol je Film concludes (see FEB. 7) More Info Here.

FebDok continues (see FEB. 7) More Info Here.


Sunday, February 9

Oscar Night

Vegan Žižkov Fest is at prostor39, and is more than just a food festival. There are talks, information stalls, and more, plus the whole event is zero-waste. Entry is voluntary, so pay what you like. *12.00-19.00h. More Info Here.

Kino Lucerna screens “Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood”, which is an examination of the life and work of one of Spain’s most famous artists and the man many call the first modern artist. 250kc. *16.30h. More Info Here.

Sound artist and founder of Afrorack Aaron Guice teams up with hip hop producer Ali the Architect for a workshop titled “Now Let Me Fly: Translations of time and cultural practice in modular synthesis”. This is pretty deep level stuff, including “the concepts and discover the signal flows necessary for producing complex micro rhythms that are organic and expressive”,ideas on sonic research, methods of shaping rhythm and timbre and other aspects of the “methodology for building complex, polyrhythmic structures on a modular system.” Whew! Yet, they say that it’s suitable for beginners. At Synth Library Prague in Nusle. In English. 200kc. Limited capacity, so reserve. *17.00-19.00h. More Info Here.

Cirkopolis – Festival of New Circus returns for a week of incredible new circus acts. At Palác Akropolis, Ponec, Kasárna Karlín and a private flat in Prague 2. Shows are 350kc a pop. Until the 15th. *18.00h and *20.00h each day. More Info Here.

The Oscars happen tonight starting at 18.00h PST, which is 2 in the morning our time. One of the nominated animated short films is “Daughter” by FAMU student Daria Kashcheeva. So, Klub Famu is throwing an Oscars party, with a live stream of the event for night owls that just cannot wait (or want to see all the glitz and speeches). *The evening starts at 22.00h with some music, then a screening of various FAMU short films at 12 midnight, and finally the Oscars from 02.00-06.00h. They say capacity is “unlimited”, but that seems unlikely. FREE. More Info Here.

Comic-Con concludes (see FEB. 7) More Info Here.

FebDok continues (see FEB. 7) More Info Here.


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