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Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

Paul Robeson, the American singer and actor and a political activist, had a cake named after him in Russia.
Pushkin is a Meme

Pushkin is a Meme

In which an artist tries to get out of a job illustrating a brochure and ends up getting sucked into a Pushkin meme vortex.
At Zima Junction, 1943

At Zima Junction, 1943

A poem from the new volume Alcestis of the Underworld, by a regular translator of works published by Russian Life Books.
The New Ideological Fetish

The New Ideological Fetish

"A classical authoritarian power... does not pay that much attention to what the population thinks, and when it does, this attention is usually limited to a bunch of platitudes loudly proclaimed as the official ideology..."

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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.

Events for Russophiles

Yefim Bronfman plays Prokofiev with the SF Symphony
June 20, 2019 to June 22, 2019

Yefim Bronfman plays Prokofiev with the SF Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, CA

One of the most formidable Prokofiev players of our time, Yefim Bronfman returns to the San Francisco Symphony to summit the towering peaks of the Second Piano Concerto.

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.

Ravel's Luminous and Spellbinding Tale: A Semi-Staged Event
June 27, 2019 to June 30, 2019

Ravel's Luminous and Spellbinding Tale: A Semi-Staged Event

Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, CA

In the semi-staged event of the season, this enchanting program explores the wonderment of youth. The fantastic world of a young imagination comes to life in a dazzling production of Ravel's The Child and the Magic Spells. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind performance by an all-star cast and featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard!

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, MA

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.

Michael Tilson Thomas & Gil Shaham: Music of Tchaikovsky
July 10, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas & Gil Shaham: Music of Tchaikovsky

Frost Amphitheater | Stanford, California

Michael Tilson Thomas leads the SF Symphony in the inaugural series performance of an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring the Russian composer's exhilarating Symphony No. 4 – a whirlwind of electrifying emotion and cinematic imagery – and his achingly beautiful Violin Concerto, performed by the brilliant Gil Shaham. Famous for his formidable technique and generosity of spirit, Shaham ranks among the greatest violinists of our time.

Festival of Russian Music
July 27, 2019

Festival of Russian Music

Bates Recital Hall | Austin, TX

The Balalaika and Domra Association of America presents their Russian Festival Concert at the Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music, University of Texas on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Prosopon School of Iconology
August 05, 2019 to August 10, 2019

Prosopon School of Iconology

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, MA

Learn to paint icons with renowned instructor Vladislav Andrejev in this six-day intensive icon workshop. Registration deadline: July 12

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.

Virgin of Vladimir Mosaic icon on View
April 15, 2019 to September 01, 2019

Virgin of Vladimir Mosaic icon on View

Chapel at the Sheen Center for Culture and Thought | New York, NY

The Virgin of Vladimir, also known as Virgin of Tenderness, a micro mosaic icon by Oksana Prokopenko is now on view at the Chapel of the Sheen Center.

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge
March 30, 2019 to October 13, 2019

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers | New Brunswick, NJ

Irina Nakhova: Museum on the Edge is the artist’s first museum retrospective in the United States. Nakhova stands apart both from the first generation of Moscow conceptualists and from her younger peers. Unlike many of her colleagues, in whose works the narrative or textual component plays a prominent role, Nakhova draws on the visual and cultural dimensions of her dialogue with art history for the conceptual content of her work.

Zhostovo: A Russian-American Odyssey
April 06, 2019 to October 20, 2019

Zhostovo: A Russian-American Odyssey

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

A new mini-exhibition of trays and boxes painted in the traditional Zhostovo-style will be on view in the lobby at the Museum of Russian Icons through October 20.  These treasures are created by American decorative painter and teacher Tricia Joiner, and Zhostovo Master Painter Vyacheslav (Slava) Letkov.

46th Annual Russian Festival
October 18, 2019 to October 20, 2019

46th Annual Russian Festival

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (near Johns Hopkins Hospital) | Baltimore, MD

Don't miss the Annual Russian Festival, marking more than 45 years in Baltimore. During this festive weekend, we invite you to savor the authentic foods, prepared by the parishioners, browse the import kiosk, visit the children's corner, and enjoy the dance groups and musical ensembles.

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