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Of Rabbits and Wolves

Of Rabbits and Wolves

No matter how many times I watch Diamond Arm («Бриллиантовая рука»), I never cease to wonder at the fact that this film managed to make it to screens all across the Soviet Union in April 1969.
Diamond Arm at 50

Diamond Arm at 50

In honor of the anniversary of the film «Бриллиантовая рука» (“Diamond Arm”), this edition of Учитесь looks at some of the famous крылатые фразы (“winged phrases”), or idiomatic expressions that the film gave to the Russian language.
Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

W.W. Norton has released a new translation, by Michael Katz, of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel. We excerpt here the novel’s opening.
Reading is Hard

Reading is Hard

The core of what we do at Russian Life is stuff a suitcase (issue) full of words and pictures, then hand it to readers so that they can travel to a distant world, to get a taste of places they may never visit.

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Murder and the Muse
December 12, 2016

Murder and the Muse

KGB Chief Andropov has tapped Matyushkin to solve a brazen jewel heist from Picasso’s wife at the posh Metropole Hotel. But when the case bleeds over into murder, machinations, and international intrigue, not everyone is eager to see where the clues might lead.

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

Victory in Europe Day and WWII Veterans Memorial March
May 05, 2019

Victory in Europe Day and WWII Veterans Memorial March

Santa Monica Blvd and Plummer Park | West Hollywood, CA

The WWII Veterans' Memorial March is an act of admiration and remembrance of all who fought against the Nazis during World War II. Participants honor these lives and sacrifices by carrying placards with photos of their relatives, loved ones and friends.

Oleg Butman & Natalia Smirnova Trio
May 17, 2019

Oleg Butman & Natalia Smirnova Trio

Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center | Brooklyn, NY

On Stage At Kingsborough closes its 2018-2019 season with the chance to experience the most electric musical couple on the Russian jazz scene, as part of the Jazz At The Lighthouse series.

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.

Surreal Promenade
February 09, 2019 to June 09, 2019

Surreal Promenade

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

A dog with a human hand for a body, a chameleon with a human profile, and a pensive bear drinking a friendly cup with a soldier: these are some examples of the creatures that inhabit the universe of Sergei Isupov, the Russian born, Massachusetts based sculptor and painter.

Traditional Zhostovo Painting
June 07, 2019 to June 09, 2019

Traditional Zhostovo Painting

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, MA

Learn to paint in the Zhostovo style with Tricia Joiner – one of the world's leading authorities and teachers. This three project course is designed for painters who have never painted in this style or want to hone their skills.

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, 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.

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