Czech culture at home: 5 tips for what to stream, eat, and read this weekend

New open-air gallery debuts in Prague, free live opera, an inspirational memoir, and Czech-Mex meal kits on your doorstep.

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Published on 29.01.2021 14:22 (updated on 29.01.2021)

STREAM: The Lady Terrorist (Teroristka)

Newly streaming on Netflix with English subtitles, this 2019 Czech black comedy directed by Radek Bajgar sees a retired school teacher (Iva Janzurová) taking matters and a rifle into her own hands, as she becomes fed up with injustice. "The Lady Terrorist" features Czech greats Pavel Liška as a former pupil currently on probation and Tatiana Vilhelmová as the mayor. See more on IMDB.

EAT: Nacho, taco, and burrito kits to go

Spice up your home cooking efforts this weekend with a new service that delivers all the ingredients for homemade Mexican (Tex-Mex) dishes to your doorstep. Meal kits from MexicanFood.cz come with corn tortillas, salsa verde, and a variety of fixings for a Mexican feast at home. Their burritos, enchiladas, taco, and nacho sets, come complete with recipes.

LOOK: New open-air gallery in Prague; online exhibit debuts

Photos by Kevin V. Ton, will be on view until Mar. 25 at Vltavská metro exit
Photos by Kevin V. Ton, will be on view until Mar. 25 at Vltavská metro exit

A new outdoor gallery opened near the Vltavská metro station this week, which will offer four exhibits to Praguers this year. The first "People from Vltavská" by street photographer Kevin V. Ton, will be on view until Mar. 25. The outdoor gallery is a joint project of the Gallery of the City of Prague and the Transit Authority. GHMP has announced an open call for curators of the other three planned exhibitions, which will change every three months. For those who wish to explore Czech culture from home, a new 3D exhibit devoted to Czech architecture of the '70s and '80s has been released by the National Technical Library. View Ještěd, the Karlovy Vary Thermal Hotel, Kotva department store, and other national treasures up close at a distance.

LISTEN: Verdi for free courtesy of the Czech State Opera

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Giuseppe Verdi's controversial opera "Rigoletto" premiered in Venice in 1832 and was based on the play "Le roi s'amuse" by Victor Hugo. On Saturday, Jan. 30, a new production of by the State Opera and young Czech director Barbora Horáková Joly, winner of the prestigious British International Opera Award 2018 in the Discovery of the Year category, will be broadcast live on Czech Television (20:00). “We want to focus on the title character, what led him to serve a bored, amoral, and decadent male society, in which all values ​​collapse,” says the director.

READ: One Hundred Miracles: A Memoir of Music and Survival

Image via United States Holocaust Museum / www.ushmm.org
Image via United States Holocaust Museum / www.ushmm.org

The remarkable memoir of Zuzana Růžičková (Bloomsbury, 2019), Holocaust survivor and world-famous harpsichordist is an especially poignant read following International Holocaust Remembrance Day this week. Ruzickova grew up in 1930s Czechoslovakia but was uprooted from her home, transported from Auschwitz to Hamburg to Bergen-Belsen when the Nazis invaded. Bereaved, starved, and afflicted with crippling injuries to her musician's hands, Zuzana would go on to become one of the twentieth century's most renowned musicians and the first harpsichordist to record the entirety of Bach's keyboard works. Her 2017 memoir was told to writer Wendy Holden prior to Růžičková's death in 2017. Available locally at Shakespeare and Son Prague.

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