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By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated



"My Head Lost into the Stars" by Vlasta Mijac 


» (E) Danijel Zezelj at Gardner Museum in Boston
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


Danijel Zezelj at Gardner Museum


May 16, 2005

BOSTON, MA.- The Gardner Museum celebrates a milestone in its 13-year-old contemporary arts program this summer with Stray Dogs, graphic illustrations by its 50th Artist-in-Residence, Croatia-born cartoonist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj. Merging a quasi-documentary style with darkly poetic and musical sensibilities, Stray Dogs explores the hauntingly dark side of human experience. Zezelj’s project is a boldly impressionistic representation of the world as he sees it.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, a graphic novel by the same name, Stray Dogs, takes the form of a memoir for a woman journalist. Part illustrated biography, part dreamlike musing, the richly descriptive narrative-in-drawings are a visually eclectic mix of individuals and settings, from moody cityscapes to shadowed interiors that take on themes of exile, solitude, illness, displacement, and growing old in America. The work was inspired, in part, by the artist’s residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in May 2004.

Danijel Zezelj is a cartoonist and illustrator from Zagreb, Croatia. The author of thirteen graphic novels and short comic collections, his work has a hauntingly dark and lonely nature and Kafkaesque illustrations that often examine the darker side of life. For eight years, he lived in Seattle where he worked for The New York Times Book Review and DC Comics. Zezelj now lives in New York City.

Stray Dogs also marks a milestone in the Gardner Museum’s 13-year-old contemporary Artist-in-Residence program, presented in celebration of and by the museum’s 50th Artist-in-Residence. Created in 1992 to continue Mrs. Gardner’s legacy of patronage for contemporary artists and directed under Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director and Pieranna Cavalchini, Curator of Contemporary Art, the Artist-in-Residency program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum supports and showcases contemporary art and its creation. The Artist-in-Residence program supports artists’ needs for contemplation and an engaging environment. Visiting artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, composers, installation and performance artists, storytellers and writers live, contemplate and create at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, responding to the Museum’s intimate installations, architectural beauty, and archival histories to inspire creative
thinking, artistic exploration and ideas for new work. 2005 marks a year of contemporary art at the Gardner – featuring three consecutive Artist-in-Residence exhibitions and an unprecedented eight visiting contemporary artists.

» (E) Klapa Subrenum performing in Chicago on May 18th, 2005
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Sylvan Winds and Pedja Muzijevic at Carnegie May 25, 2005
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Jama Jandrokovic at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Classical music's Sex and the City World Premiere of Five Lovers - FREE
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


A special complimentary tickets for CROWN readers

Jama Jandrokovic at the Alice Tully Hall,

New York May 20, 2005 at 8 PM


Nenad Bach and CROWN invite you to be a special complimentary guest* for a one
night only vocal performance by friend Jama Jandrokovic. After gracing the
stages of esteemed venues such as Carnegie and Steinway Halls, Ms.

Jandrokovic has returned from touring Europe to make her debut performance
at Alice Tully Hall.

Ms Jandrokovic  who has been described by the
European press as "graceful...silvery, sonorous...with ecstatic, imaginative
interpretation" will perform the world premiere of Five Lovers, at Lincoln
Center's Alice Tully Hall on Friday, May 20, 2005 at 8 PM. Five Lovers is a
staged world premiere concert based on Ms. Jandrokovic's autobiographical
collection of poetry, which chronicles her romantic journey as a newly
single young woman in New York City attempting to reinvent herself. The
poems of Five Lovers have been set to music by American composers Lori
Laitman; Luna Pearl Woolf; and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Music,
Paul Moravec. Five Lovers is directed by Gina Lapinski, stage director at
The Metropolitan Opera.

Among the artists also appearing on the program are a Winner of the American
Book Award, poet Diana Gioia (who will read from his poetry); and cellist
Matt Haimovitz, one of classical music's most adventurous artists, who was
the first classical artist to play at New York's infamous CBGB club, in a
performance that was filmed by ABC News for its half-hour feature,
'Nightline UpClose.'
Five Lovers
May 20, 2005 at 8 PM
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $40, $30, $20
Available at the Alice Tully Box Office (212) 875-5050
CenterCharge (212) 721-6500
online at 

*To reserve your complimentary tickets please send an email to Linda Ward  by May 18th. All tickets will be
left at the Alice Tully Box Office for pick up ½ hour before the performance.

For in-depth project information including sound files, poetry and more
please visit

» (E) Freedom from Despair Draws Large Crowds in Ontario
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
» (E) Studying the Jewish community in Zagreb, book coming out
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Culture And Arts | Unrated


Studying the Jewish community in Zagreb, book coming out

Someone you should know: Nila Ginger Hofman
by Jeannette Castillo
Staff Writer

A number of professors are involved in national and international communities, Dr. Nila Ginger Hofman, a professor in the department of anthropology, has been studying the Jewish community in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

Dr. Hofman came to the United States in 1984 from the Netherlands. Dr. Hofman has been studying the Jewish community in Zagreb and, based on her involvement and hard work in the Jewish community, she will have a book coming out titled, “Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia.â€?

Dr. Hofman came to DePaul in the fall of 2001 and worked for the department of international studies for two years. She then joined the department of anthropology in the fall of 2003. “I really like teaching at DePaul which provides a great opportunity for students to learn outside of classroom through a number of courses including Discover and Explore Chicago. I also much enjoy the diverse body of students studying at DePaul,â€? said Dr. Hofman. “I have been involved with a number of action-based research projects in and around Chicago. Some of them have involved DePaul students as co-researchers. These projects range from working with women who inject heroin to undocumented immigrants.

“The objective of my courses is to inspire critical, creative and analytical thinking in students. DePaul’s focus on experiential and service learning allows me the opportunity to move learning and teaching outside of the classroom,â€? said Hofman.§id=1

» (E) A slice of Croatia in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Croatian Life Stories | Unrated

A slice of Croatia in the heart of Kuala Lumpur

THE Uptown Place, or “Little Croatiaâ€? as it is affectionately known, is intended to display the Croatian culture, tradition and hospitality to locals as well as foreign visitors.

The Croatian ambassador Zeljko Cimbur, who launched the club, said the Croatian embassy endorsed and supported the idea of having a Croatian club as a meeting place for all.

“We have left our bitter war memories behind us to move forward. We want to build a good relationship with Malaysia as we see the potential of developing bilateral ties,â€? Cimbur added.

Although the outlet's co-owner Erwin A. Jullius has assimilated well into Malaysian society, he wanted to introduce the traditional and cultural identity of his roots.

Jullius (left) and Cimbur at the launch.
The 33 year-old, who originated from Croatia has been residing here since 1994 working in the food and beverage industry. He has married a Malaysian Chinese from Malacca and even obtained Malaysian citizenship two years ago.

He spent his first six months in the country staying in rural villages to adapt to the Malaysian way of life.

“It helps a lot to understand the local culture. Given the opportunity, I am dedicated to learn.

“I would also like to share my experiences with others,â€? said Jullius, who converses in Bahasa Malaysia and Hokkien.

“Great ideas come naturally to me. But, my biggest obstacle is to find the funds to realise these dreams,â€? the father of a five year-old girl and two year-old boy added.

The simple establishment at Changkat Bukit Bintang started its operation in October last year. It was a result of Jullius’ business partnership with an English lady Erika Maitland.

The warmth and friendliness at the drinking joint makes it a melting pot for patrons from different backgrounds and cultures.

It offers Croatian liqueurs like Travariea and Pelinkovac along with the soothing tunes of Croatian romantic and folk songs sung by the legendary Oliver Dragojevic 'u Areni.

Niell Hogg, who is a regular, said the place has the ability to draw people together.

“Just look around, it’s easy to start a conversation and share experience with others,â€? said Hogg, who works as an IT consultant.

English tourists Michael Parkinson and Paddy Lawler, who arrived in the city as a stopover before Australia, were also seen having a good time there.

Some of the 50 members of the Croatia’s folk dance ensemble Lado led by general manager Ivana Lusic who were in the city to perform as part of its Asia Pacific tour were also present at the launch.

The group established in 1949 presents traditional Croatian regional dances.

Mireal Coko, 29 from Singapore took the opportunity to mingle around with the members of the group.

“I grew up abroad. But, I am a Croatian at heart. The Lado represents Croatian heritage because of its originality in dance choreography, musical instruments and costumes,â€? she said.


» (E) Captivated by the plant
By Nenad N. Bach | Published 05/20/2005 | Croatian Life Stories | Unrated
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