This weekend in Prague: Sweet treats by the river and gender-flipped Shakespeare

Plus: See the censored Czech classic 'The Joke,' hear indie-pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker, and take a walking tour of Letná.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 21.07.2022 16:26:00 (updated on 22.07.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

Visit

Prague Castle has an extensive collection of art, and some masterpieces will be at the Imperial Stables from July 22 to Oct. 31. Not to drop names but you can expect to see works by Hans von Aachen, Bartholomeus Spranger, Peter Paul Rubens, Lucas Cranach, Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto.

Portrait of a Young Woman by Titian. Image: Prague Castle.
Portrait of a Young Woman by Titian. Image: Prague Castle.

New works by Michal Ožibko are at Kampus Hybernská until Aug. 14. The artist is known for his hyper-realistic portraits.

The second edition of Matter of Art runs to Oct. 23 at several venues across Prague. The group show has new works made over the past two years. Admission is free.

It's your last chance to see Art Is Abstraction (Umění je abstrkce), which runs at Chodovská tvrz until July 24. The group show includes works by Czech artists such as Zdeněk Sýkora, Jan Kotík, Adriena Šimotová, and Hugo Demartini.

Savor

Enjoy Dolce Vita at Smíchovská Náplavka on July 23. This street food festival has an emphasis on sweets, but you can also find other foods to fill up on.

Relax with sparkling wine at the Bubbles by the Pool Party at Manifesto Anděl on July 23. Entertainment this time is by DJ Kamu.

The roof of Lucerna on July 23 will become Mexico on the Beach. Expect special drinks and food as well as some dancing.

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Watch

You can now see the massive action scene on a tram and other mayhem that was filmed in and around Prague. The expensive action film The Gray Man finally debuts on Netflix on July 22. The adaptation of a Mark Greaney spy novel stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. See some of our previous coverage here.

The three-hour final version of Francis Ford Coppola's war epic Apocalypse Now is at kino Aero on July 22. This newest revision adds some more character development and brings the material closer to what Coppola originally intended.

After 95 years, Tarzan and the Golden Lion is back on the big screen in a restored version at Edison Film Hub on July 22. The film had been considered lost for decades, but a complete copy was found in the 1990s. Boris Karloff appears in a supporting role.

Jim Jarmusch's comedic drama Mystery Train rolls into Letni kino u Keplera on July 23. Three strange stories are all linked by the same Tenessee hotel.

The Czech New Wave film The Joke (Žert), based on a novel by Milan Kundera , is showing in a restored version with English subtitles at letní kino Kinská at July 23. The story concerns a man who tells a joke that costs him his career.

Listen

Seattle rock band Pearl Jam has canceled the long-planned concert at O2 Arena on July 22. Lead singer Eddie Vedder has fallen ill and is unable to sing. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

The Sounds of Žofín festival features wind bands from across the world. There are ticketed concerts at Žofín and free concerts at the Wallenstein Garden until July 23.

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker will be at Meetfactory on July 23. His breakout single was "Talk Is Overrated" in 2017. He also had hits with "All the Kids Are Depressed" and "You Were Good to Me."

International deep house producer and DJ Nora En Pure presents Purified at Křižík Fountain in Výstaviště on July 24 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The big out-of-town festival this weekend is Sázavafest, at Světlá nad Sázavou on July 21–23. The lineup is Czech and Slovak bands such as Marek Ztracený, Lucie, Tomáš Klus, Olympic, and Mig 21.

Two harpsichord masters will be at Břevnovský klášter on July 24 as part of the Summer Festivities of Early Music. The evening called Le Chant du rossignol will use music from the 17th and 18th centuries that imitated sounds of nature.

Sports

The Livesport Prague Open women's tennis tournament runs from July 23 to 31 at Sparta Prague Tennis Club in Stromovka. World number two Anett Kontaveit will be among the competitors.

Explore

The people behind Open House Praha have a walking tour of Letná in English on July 24. You can learn more about the National Technical Museum, the National Museum of Agriculture, the Ministry of the Interior, and the huge functionalist residential building nicknamed “Molochov.”

A sightseeing trip by train will still take place on July 23, leaving from Prague-Smíchov at 9:54 a.m. and going in a loop to Týnec nad Sázavou and Čerčany before returning. This was planned as a steam train trip, but due to the risk of fire a standard engine will be used.

The new app Play Prague helps you to explore the city, learn about its history and find out about some EU-funded projects. There is an English language option in the menu. If you score enough points, you can go to CAMP and get prizes such as discount cards for visits to the Prague Planetarium or Botanical Garden.

Stage

The 14th international dance festival Let's Dance has shows that the public can watch are at Divadlo ABC on July 22, while workshops take place in dance centers until July 24.

Comedian and English teacher Sean Reardon headlines Velvet Comedy at Pracovna on July 22, As a bonus, if that is the right word, you can also expect some rap.

A gender-flipped cowboy-themed musical staging of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is playing for one performance only on July 23 at Divadlo Na Prádle. In Lisa Wolpe's staging, the men are the ones in need of some social discipline.

Illusionist Michal Nesveda presents Miracle Factory (Továrna na zázraky) at Gabriel Loci on July 23. While the spoken part of the show is in Czech, the magic tricks are universal.

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