If you’re a parent, keeping your kids engaged and amused – and doing something worthwhile – is always a challenge. And the pandemic hasn’t made it any easier. So it’s a encouraging to have a week of entertainment for both adults and children, starting with a hair-raising street theater piece called DUKTO (pictured above) at Jatka78 on Tuesday. Talk about suffering for your art. Appearances aside, these performers are having fun, as are their audiences.
On Saturday, take your pick of a theater piece that brings the kids onstage to join the performance, or an online animation fest. Or do both. The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival streams at noon, this year focusing on female animators like Fusako Yusaki, who has done brilliant work in claymation. At Jatka78 in the evening, The Star Wanderer takes kids on an imaginative journey following their dreams.
Meanwhile, both rock and jazz have come back in a big way. Lucerna’s summer series at Výstaviště offers both mellow and foot-stompin’ music this week – the former from singer-songwriter Pokáč, and the latter from Monkey Business, which will keep the crowd pumped up for two nights. As a reminder that not all Czech rock is of the head-banging variety, two very good musicians will be fronting first-rate bands. Bassist Eva Turnová is bringing Eturnity and some special guests to Archa, while Dan Bárta is resuming his tour with Illustratosphere at Pivovar Hostivar.
If it seems like you can walk the streets of Prague these days and hear jazz, that’s no illusion. Jazz Dock is continuing its free Saturday afternoon rooftop concerts with Petra Ernyei, who will be accompanied by a swinging sextet. And you probably won’t even need to be in the club to hear the big-band tribute to Duke Ellington on Monday night. On a quieter but no less satisfying note, the talented Tellemarkk trio returns to Jazz Dock for a set on Sunday.
Nor is the classical crowd taking the summer off. The Czech Philharmonic is continuing its refined chamber music series at the Rudolfinum, while the Český Krumlov Chamber Music Festival is preparing a big Baroque weekend, complete with fireworks. And here’s welcome news: The Summer Festivities of Early Music gets underway on Thursday. Travel restrictions have curtailed the program a bit this year, but thanks to the wealth of outstanding early music specialists in Prague, there will be no lack of magical evenings that transport listeners to another era.
It’s a good week for dance, too. Prague’s best alternative rock band, Please the Trees, is collaborating with the avant-garde dance ensemble 420 People for a performance at Jatka78 on Thursday. If you want to get in on the action, Archa is hosting a Radio 1 night on Thursday. And Roxy has restarted its late-night weekend dance parties. Joining a mob of sweat-soaked revelers in an enclosed space probably isn’t a healthy thing to do at the moment. But what a way to go.
Tellemarkk at Jazz Dock
Fresh sounds from a talented trio versed in a wide range of unusual instruments and repertoire
Czech Philharmonic Summer Concert Series: Mráček & Klánský
Chamber music from two members of the award-winning Lobkowicz Trio
Jazz Dock Orchestra plays Duke Ellington
A rousing tribute to the greatest jazz bandleader of all time.
Cink Cink Cirk: DUKTO
Playful street theater from an inventive troupe that makes creative use of simple props
Czech Philharmonic Summer Concert Series: Czech Philharmonic Virtuosi
A quartet of the orchestra’s younger members serve up a tasty assortment of chamber works
Lucerna Music Bar Outdoors: Pokáč
Happy singalong music from a popular Czech troubadour
Lucerna Music Bar Outdoors: Monkey Business
The enduring pop/funk band opens a two-night stand at Výstaviště
Shakespeare at the Castle
The Bard returns for a shortened season on the ramparts
Eva Turnová and Eturnity at Divadlo Archa
The star bassist brings her band and some special guests to the city’s hippest theater
Summer Festivities of Early Music
The annual Baroque festival gets underway with 17th-century music from the French Royal Court
420 People and Please the Trees
A great pairing: Prague’s most innovative dance company and alternative rock band
OTK at Divadlo Archa
Noise rock and dancing late into the night
Flamenco de Sofa: Mónica Fernández
The online festival wraps with an intense performance by this Barcelona dancer
Baroque Nights in Český Krumlov
Two nights of Baroque music, dance and other revelry at the Castle
Holiday Clubbing at Roxy
If you’re ready to get hot and sweaty again, Roxy is ready for you
Prago Union at The Cross Club
The club celebrates “a return to culture and freedom” with a bracing blast of hip-hop
Petra Ernyei: On the Roof and Underground
The jazz vocalist sings at Jazz Dock in the afternoon and Agharta in the evening
The Star Wanderer: Interactive Theater for Kids
Children are invited to join this story emphasizing friendship and following your dreams
Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Online
A collection of shorts from an all-female lineup of directors
Dan Bárta and Illustratosphere
The singer and his band fearlessly go back on the road