Friday, November 11, 2011

Radio Prague Today 11.11.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Time travel, Sci-Fi, films by Todd Haynes highlighted at 12th Mezipatra Queer Film festival

This Thursday saw the opening of the 12th annual Mezipatra Queer Film festival in the Czech Republic. In this week's Arts, I talk to the head of the festival Aleš Rumpel, who discussed not only this year's main theme but also its focus on the work of Todd Haynes. Also discussed are gay and lesbian issues in the Czech Republic, gay studies, as well as queer interpretations of the popular Sci-Fi series Star Trek.

Business News 11.11.2011

In this week's business news: lower house approves package of reform bills, coalition agrees to postpone tax reform until 2014, EC revises Czech growth forecast downward and Czechs pessimistic about the future.

Czech underground legend Ivan Martin Jirous dies aged 67

One of the legends of the Czech underground, poet Ivan Martin Jirous, died in Prague on Thursday at the age of 67. Ivan Jirous, or Magor – literally "the crazy one" as he was affectionately called by his friends – was perhaps best-known as the artistic manager and spiritual leader of the underground band The Plastic People of the Universe, but this eternal rebel was also a sensitive, contemplative poet and master of the Czech language.

Saint Martin's vintage arrives in Prague

In recent years, Saint Martin's day has become a welcome opportunity for Czech winemakers to present their young wines. The revived tradition of Saint Martin's wines has caught on, and November 11 has become a fixture in the calendar of Czech wine-lovers. One of the main wine festivals in the capital is held on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, in the Vinohrady neighbourhood.