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Making Waves

Making Waves

One hundred and sixty years ago, the inventor Alexander Popov was born. In 1895, he created the first radio receiver. Or did he?
Funny Little Characters

Funny Little Characters

If a Russian fox met an American fox, would they get along? If Russian folklore is to be trusted, the answer is a definite нет (no).
Cold Case

Cold Case

A mysterious tragedy that killed nine students in the Urals in 1959 is suddenly making headlines in Russia.

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Why Don't Russians Smile?
January 10, 2014

Why Don't Russians Smile?

By The Editors

It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

War and Peace: 7 Fun Facts
July 01, 2015

War and Peace: 7 Fun Facts

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

How many characters are in Tolstoy's War and Peace? Could it have been any shorter? Did Tolstoy himself love it or hate it? Find out the answers to these – and more! – questions in this quick list of little-known War and Peace facts.

Events for Russophiles

Curator's Talk with Lisa Crossman
March 23, 2019

Curator's Talk with Lisa Crossman

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Join Fitchburg Art Museum Curator Lisa Crossman for an engaging look at the art of Konstantin Simun in his latest exhibition, The Sacred in the Profane.

King Lear
September 20, 2018 to March 24, 2019

King Lear

Traveling | Multiple Cities, US

Yury Butusov's brilliant, award-winning staging of King Lear tells us a story in which the collapse of a family, the collapse of a country, and the collapse of an individual are all connected to each other.

Exhibition of Rare Russian Prints
November 23, 2018 to March 25, 2019

Exhibition of Rare Russian Prints

Green Lion Gallery | Bath, ME

Green Lion Gallery & From Russia With Art are presenting an exhibition of etchings and other prints by some of Moscow’s leading artists.

Rachmaninoff, Borodin & Shostakovich Piano Trios
April 20, 2019

Rachmaninoff, Borodin & Shostakovich Piano Trios

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Museum of Russian Art is honored to present Rachmaninov, Borodin & Shostakovich Piano Trios Featuring: Natalia Moiseeva, violin; Tanya Remenikova, cello; Denis Evstuhin, piano.

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: The Centennial
May 19, 2019

Mieczyslaw Weinberg: The Centennial

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue | New York, N.Y.

Celebrating on of 20th-century most prolific composers with a rare performance of his 24 Cello Preludes along with Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition.

2019 Spring Gala
May 20, 2019

2019 Spring Gala

The Metropolitan Opera House | New York, NY

American Ballet Theatre's 2019 Spring Gala on Monday evening, May 20 will pay tribute to the 10th Anniversary year of Alexei Ratmansky as ABT Artist in Residence.

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert
June 01, 2019

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater | Rockville, MD

The Washington Balalaika Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary with three world-class domra virtuosi, a master of the balalaika, a brilliant and talented conductor and an orchestra of sixty musicians.

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert
June 02, 2019

Washington Balalaika Society 30th Anniversary Concert

Wakefield High School | Arlington, VA

The Washington Balalaika Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary with three world-class domra virtuosi, a master of the balalaika, a brilliant and talented conductor and an orchestra of sixty musicians.

Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane
February 22, 2019 to June 30, 2019

Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

The Sacred in the Profane offers a survey of Simun’s unique capacity to find forms that appear in ancient art and Christian iconography in molded plastic and other consumer objects since his arrival to the United States from Russia in the early 1980s.

Jacques' Menagerie: Hnizdovsky Prints from the Christina and George Gamota Collection
March 16, 2019 to July 07, 2019

Jacques' Menagerie: Hnizdovsky Prints from the Christina and George Gamota Collection

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Jacques Hnizdovsky's art expressed his capacity for joy, humor, and hope, most often in of animals from the Bronx Zoo, and has been widely recognized and beloved for over half a century. This exhibition presents a single collection of Hnizdovsky prints (woodcuts, linocuts, and etchings), as well as one of his paintings, which are rarely seen.

The Body in Soviet Art
February 23, 2019 to September 01, 2019

The Body in Soviet Art

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Body in Soviet Art examines the depictions of the human form in Soviet art, featuring more than fifty works created in the 1950s-1970s.  Representations of the human body have varied over time and across cultures.  Soviet art placed a unique emphasis on the working body as part of a Soviet collective.

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