December events

Here are some events happening around the USA in the month of December! Enjoy!

December 8 – NY

Pianist, Irina Nuzova

Pianist, Irina Nuzova

Brooklyn’s Dweck Center hosts Russian pianist, Irina Nuzova,who  is critically praised for her intensity of feeling and profound interpretations. She will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and three pieces of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliette. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Where: Dweck Center , Brooklyn
When: December 8, 4pm
Contact: 718-230-2198

December 11 – MN

Join The Museum of Russian Art for a lecture with Edward Kasinec! Kasinec takes a closer look at the early career of the single more important figure in 20th century Russian-American cultural and economic contacts, Armand Hammer, M.D.. This richly illustrated talk focuses on Hammer’s collecting of paintings, decorative arts, books and manuscripts during his stay in Soviet Russia in the 1920s, and his “creative” marketing and sale of these objects in post-depression America.

Edward Kasinec is a Research Scholar and Staff Associate at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. He was previously a Reference Librarian and Archivist for the Harvard University Library and the Ukrainian Research Institute Library; Librarian for Slavic Collections, University of California, Berkeley, Library; and Emeritus Curator, Slavic and Baltic Division, The New York Public Library.

When: December 11, 2013, 7pm-8pm
Where: The Museum of Russian Art
Cost: Members: $5, non-members $10
Contact: 612-821-9045

December 11 – NY

"Broken Silence", a film based on Holocaust stories

“Broken Silence”, a film based on Holocaust testimonies

Brooklyn’s Dweck Center and Aleksandra Sviridova present a film based on personal testimonies from Holocaust survivors as an installment in their ongoing Russian film series. The testimonies were recorded by Steven Spielberg’s SHOAH Foundation with which Sviridova collaborated for a number of years. In Russian with English subtitles. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 4 tickets per person.

Where: Dweck Center , Brooklyn
When: December 11, 7pm
Contact: 718-230-2198
Tickets: Please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword “Brooklyn Public Library”

December 14 – MA

The St Petersburg Men's Ensemble

The St Petersburg Men’s Ensemble

The Museum of Russian Icons hosts the St Petersburg Men’s Ensemble!

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble was founded in 2003 to popularize Russian folk songs and secular and ecclesiastic compositions. They regularly perform internationally; their holiday concert here at the Museum has become an annual holiday tradition.
Where: Museum of Russian Icons
When: December 14 5pm-6pm
Tickets: $15 for members, $18 for non-members, $2 off for WOO Card holders. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.
Telephone: 978-598-5000

December 14 – MN

Join The Museum of Russian Art and St Mary’s Cathedral Choir for an afternoon of Orthodox music.

When: December 14, 2013, 2pm-3pm
Where: The Museum of Russian Art
Contact: 612-821-9045

December 15 – NY

Von Bremzen and Genis

Von Bremzen and Genis

Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for another installment in their ongoing Russian literary series! Long-time friends Von Bremzen and Genis discuss two of the most enduring Russian passions: food and literature. Von Bremzen just published Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, a spellbinding take on food in the history of the Soviet Union and of her own unconventional family. Genis is the author, most recently, of Reading Lessons: A Bookworm’s Kamasutra, which offers 35 lessons on literary hedonism. This event is in Russian. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 3 tickets per person.

Where: Dweck Center , Brooklyn
When: December 15, 1pm
Contact: 718-230-2198
Tickets: Please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword “Brooklyn Public Library”

December 19 – NY

Tolstoy's classic, War and Peace

Tolstoy’s classic, War and Peace

The Dweck Center hosts another installment in their “Great Books Discussion” series, and this month they are examining Tolstoy’s War and Peace. This epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy follows peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers, as they struggle with the problems unique to their era.

Discussions will be led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya, the author of Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845-1887. She is working on the completion of two new monographs: Tolstoy and the Fates of the Twentieth Century and a philosophical-literary study titled Writing and Confinement.

Where: Dweck Center , Brooklyn
When: December 19, 2pm
Contact: 718-230-2198

Taryn Jones graduated in 2008 from the University of Victoria (Canada) with her BA in history and anthropology. During that time, she also studied Russian and art history, and was heavily involved with the university’s Russian Studies course union. In January 2012, she will begin her studies at the University of British Columbia in a double Master’s program in library and archival science. Ideally, she would like to work in a gallery or museum’s library or archive. She has traveled throughout Russia on numerous occasions, and first studied in St Petersburg in 2007. In 2009, she traveled across the country, beginning at the Mongolian border and going westwards towards St Petersburg. In recent years, she has studied art history and museum studies in St Petersburg with SRAS. Most recently, she wrote articles for SRAS’s “Cheap Eats” feature and interned in the Youth Education Center of the State Hermitage, where she researched artists, edited English-language texts and translated Russian texts to English. Taryn’s specific artistic interests are the Wanderers, Socialist Realism and photography.
Taryn Jones
Taryn Jones
Taryn Jones

About Taryn Jones

Taryn Jones graduated in 2008 from the University of Victoria (Canada) with her BA in history and anthropology. During that time, she also studied Russian and art history, and was heavily involved with the university’s Russian Studies course union. In January 2012, she will begin her studies at the University of British Columbia in a double Master’s program in library and archival science. Ideally, she would like to work in a gallery or museum’s library or archive. She has traveled throughout Russia on numerous occasions, and first studied in St Petersburg in 2007. In 2009, she traveled across the country, beginning at the Mongolian border and going westwards towards St Petersburg. In recent years, she has studied art history and museum studies in St Petersburg with SRAS. Most recently, she wrote articles for SRAS’s “Cheap Eats” feature and interned in the Youth Education Center of the State Hermitage, where she researched artists, edited English-language texts and translated Russian texts to English. Taryn’s specific artistic interests are the Wanderers, Socialist Realism and photography.