Going to Chicago – Finally!

Greetings, friends, and Happy (almost) Summer!

I admit, I have been responsible for a few Bulgarian movie nights recently.  The photo above is from the screening in San Diego on the last day of March.  Many thanks to the Vasil Levski Foundation for organizing the event and inviting me to present Children of the Silent Revolution!

The next movie nights are coming up this week in Chicago.  Finally, I am going back to my old hometown for two screenings — on June 7th and June 8th! Here are the links to the listing on the Viktori Pictures website and the Facebook event with all the details.  If you are in Chicago, I’m looking forward to seeing you very soon. Please, invite your friends and share with others who may be interested.

These events are organized by the Bulgarian Center Magura and I’m very grateful and excited to be able to share the documentary with the community in the Windy City.  The Bulgarian web portal Eurochicago published an interview with yours truly about the movie.  Check it out here (it is only in Bulgarian).

I lived in Chicago for 7 years and a significant part of the movie takes place there. Below is a still from the film from my second visit to the city, before I moved there.

And finally, a personal note for your music listening and book reading pleasure this summer.  A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon an awesome track from an artist called Drumspyder, who mixed a traditional Bulgarian horo (folk dance) music with some electronic beats, resulting in a very original and quite perfect to my ears concoction of sound.  Here is the link where you can listen for free:

I’ve also been reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the first time in English. I read the book as a kid in Bulgarian and remembered almost nothing of it.  I’ve been finding it quite entertaining and am very impressed by Mark Twain’s use of the English language.  Of course, he is a master of American literature, but I know a lot of the subtleties of his writing are lost in translation and could only be appreciated if the reader is intimately familiar with the author’s culture. So if you are looking for something to read this summer, do yourself a favor and revisit this classic.

Until next time, enjoy the sun!