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End of Budget Travel?

End of Budget Travel?

After years of threatening to ban cheap dormitory-like hostels and any other accomodation in residential buildings, Russian lawmakers have approved a measure that could cause many private individuals to stop renting out beds, driving up lodging costs for young travelers.
The Shah Bird

The Shah Bird

An excerpt from the fine new novel Zuleikha, by Guzel Yakhina, about a woman's survival in Siberia exile, inspired by childhood memories of the author's grandmother.
Russians on the Border

Russians on the Border

Nestled up against the US border with Canada there is an unusually high concentration of Russian- Americans. This requires some investigation...

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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

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.

Folk Ways: Songs & Dances from Rural Russia - Featuring Nitka
June 09, 2019

Folk Ways: Songs & Dances from Rural Russia - Featuring Nitka

The Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis, MN

As part of the 3rd Annual Days of Russian Culture at The Museum of Russian Art, the TMORA-affiliated folk group Nitka will present a dynamic night of Russian folk dancing and singing. "Folk Ways: Songs & Dances from Rural Russia" is a concert steeped in the old ritual tradition of Russian circle dances, singing games, solemn ritual events, rare traditional songs from different regional traditions.

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