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The Tsarina's Pen

The Tsarina's Pen

Catherine the Great was a prolific letter writer and her missives offer a uniquely intimate view of her personal life and political development (to say nothing of her humor and passion).
The Popular Assembly

The Popular Assembly

Krylov on democracy and how leaders are chosen: "However just the rules and laws, in unjust hands or beaks or paws they can be bent to serve the goal of leaders loath to lose control."
The Freedom Factory

The Freedom Factory

The story of a real-life military factory told through monologues collected from anonymized workers, managers, and engineers. (novel excerpt)
River Art

River Art

Curling snow drifts along the Dnieper River remind of a Hokusai painting.
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Driving Down Russia's Spine
June 01, 2016

Driving Down Russia's Spine

The story of the epic Spine of Russia trip, intertwining fascinating subject profiles with digressions into historical and cultural themes relevant to understanding modern Russia. 

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.

Woe From Wit (bilingual)
June 20, 2017

Woe From Wit (bilingual)

One of the most famous works of Russian literature, the four-act comedy in verse Woe from Wit skewers staid, nineteenth century Russian society, and it positively teems with “winged phrases” that are essential colloquialisms for students of Russian and Russian culture.

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.

Events for Russophiles

Pop-up Makerspace: Plastics!
February 19, 2019 to February 24, 2019

Pop-up Makerspace: Plastics!

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Recycle your used plastic (milk jugs, yogurt containers, plastic bags, anything that can be repurposed) and create a work of art at the same time.This edition of the Museum's Pop-up Makerspace encourages children and families to find a second purpose for their single-use plastics that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Russian National Orchestra in Concert
February 26, 2019

Russian National Orchestra in Concert

McCallum Theatre | Palm Desert, CA

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra during its February 2019 tour across the US. This concert in Palm Desert, CA features works by Rachmaninov.

Russian National Orchestra in Concert
February 27, 2019

Russian National Orchestra in Concert

Granada Theatre | Santa Barbara, CA

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra during its February 2019 tour across the US. This concert in Santa Barbara, CA features works by Rachmaninov.

Russian National Orchestra in Concert
February 28, 2019

Russian National Orchestra in Concert

Segerstrom Concert Hall | Costa Mesa, CA

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra during its February 2019 tour across the US. This concert in Costa Mesa, CA features works by Glazunov, Chopin, and Prokofiev.

Russian National Orchestra in Concert
March 02, 2019

Russian National Orchestra in Concert

Mondavi Center for the Arts | Davis, CA

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra during its February 2019 tour across the US. This concert in Davis, CA features works by Rachmaninov.

Russian National Orchestra in Concert
March 03, 2019

Russian National Orchestra in Concert

Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, CA

Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra during its February 2019 tour across the US. This concert in Davis, CA features works by Rachmaninov.

Smile Upon Us, Lord
February 10, 2019 to March 03, 2019

Smile Upon Us, Lord

Traveling | Multiple Cities, US

​Rimas Tuminas' adaptation of two novels by fellow Lithuanian, Grigory Kanovich, is a dreamy, ruminative, comedic road trip, centering around the parlous fortunes of Eastern European Jews at the start of the 20th century.

31st Annual Russian Festival
March 01, 2019 to March 03, 2019

31st Annual Russian Festival

Russian Center of San Francisco | San Francisco, CA

The 31st Annual Russian Festival at the Russian Center of San Francisco is a celebration of Russian food, music, song, dance and arts and crafts.

An Evening of Russian Music and Ballet
March 08, 2019

An Evening of Russian Music and Ballet

Mizner Park Auditorium | Boca Raton, FL

Featuring stars from the Russian National Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet. Expect an exhilarating evening of Russian ballet, including music from Swan Lake and other favorites.

Interactive Lecture  Amulets, Talismans, & Reliquaries
March 09, 2019

Interactive Lecture Amulets, Talismans, & Reliquaries

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Throughout history, humans have been found to use a variety of found and manipulated materials to adorn themselves for purposes including religious worship, rites of passage, and as powerful symbols of protection for the wearer.

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.

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