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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.
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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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

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.

SF Symphony plays Bach and Shostakovich
May 30, 2019 to June 01, 2019

SF Symphony plays Bach and Shostakovich

Davies Symphony Hall | San Francisco, California

Celebrate the artistry of the San Francisco Symphony when Concertmaster and violin soloist Alexander Barantschik leads a rousing performance of J.S. Bach's ebullient E major Violin Concerto. Then, experience Shostakovich's intense and probing wartime monument, the Eighth Symphony, under the direction of conductor Juraj Valčuha.

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.

First Sunday
June 02, 2019

First Sunday

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, MA

Enjoy free admission to The Museum of Russian Icons all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation.

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8
June 06, 2019

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Museum of Russian Art is proud to present a special midday concert to celebrate the beginning of Days of Russian Culture at The Museum of Russian Art. Please join us! Featuring Minnesota Orchestra Musicians: Assistant Concertmaster Rui du, Celine Leathead, Principal Voila Rebecca Albers, and Principal Cello Anthony Ross Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8.

An Evening with The Luther College Balalaika Ensemble
June 07, 2019

An Evening with The Luther College Balalaika Ensemble

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

As part of the 3rd Annual Days of Russian Culture at The Museum of Russian Art, The Luther College Balalaika Ensemble ensemble will perform renowned Russian, Romany, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk songs. We hope you can join us!

40 Years in a Musical Millennium
June 08, 2019

40 Years in a Musical Millennium

Lake Merritt United Methodist Church | Oakland, California

Men of Slavyanka Russian Chorus will join with Slavyanka alumni and Yale Russian Chorus alumni from around the country to celebrate Slavyanka's 40 years – and Russia's timeless tradition of male singing! Spiritual hymns, boisterous folk songs, and much more!

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.

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

Introduction to Traditional Zhostovo Painting

Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton, Massachusetts

Learn to paint the Zhostovo style from one of the world's leading authorities and teachers. This three project course is designed for painters who have never painted this style before or who want a refresher class to hone their skills. Daisies, cornflowers and a classic rose with an ornamental border will be painted. DecoArt will provide the Americana acrylic paints to be used in the classroom.

Days of Russian Culture at The Museum of Russian Art
June 09, 2019

Days of Russian Culture at The Museum of Russian Art

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

The Museum of Russian Art is honored to present this dynamic weekend for all to engage in our mission of creating education, engagement, and enlightenment through the art of Russia. Enjoy the art exhibitions in our beautiful galleries and a sampling of cultural events that celebrate the art, culture, history, and people of Russia.

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