January Events

Here are some events taking place in the USA during the month of January! Enjoy!

January 9 – NY

WarandPeaceJoin Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for another installment of the Great Books Discussion Series.  This month, the discussion focuses on 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.

When: January 9, 2:00pm
Where: Dweck Center
Telephone: 718-230-2198

 

January 9 – NY

A still from the film, "The Movie is Over"

A still from the film, “The Movie is Over”

Join the Dweck Center for another installment of the Russian Film Series.  This month, Aleksandra Sviridova presents a documentary that reveals an extraordinary story of a simple Russian woman named Lena, a wife and mother, who decides to leave her family and marry a convicted murder serving a life sentence. In Russian with English subtitles.

When: January 9, 7pm
Where: Dweck Center
Telephone: 718-230-2198
To register: www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword “Brooklyn Public Library”. Limit 4 per person.

 January 11 – MN

Celebrate New Years Soviet-style!

Celebrate New Years Soviet-style!

The Museum of Russian Art will host a mask painting workshop for children! In conjunction with the Around the Tree; Holiday Traditions from the Soviet Era exhibition, featuring Russian masks used to celebrate the New Year during the Soviet era, the Museum is offering a Mask Painting Workshop for children ages 6 to 11 years. Each class is limited to 24 children.

Each child will paint one mask from a group of five animal designs. Tempera paint and brushes are included, plus two complementary adult passes to the Museum. Please dress to paint! There will also be a short story time included.

Coffee and a light refreshment will be served.

The workshops will be held at the Mayflower Church in the lower level.

When: January 11, 10:30-11:30 am (ages 6-8) and 1:00 pm-2pm (ages 9-11)
Where: Museum of Russian Art
Registration required
Telephone: Lynda Holker, 612-821-9045

January 19 – NY

Vladimir Voinovich

Vladimir Voinovich

Join the Dweck Center for January’s installment of the Russian Literary Series! Vladimir Voinovich, a veteran of Russian letters, makes a repeat visit to the Library. Voinovich wrote the novel Monumental Propaganda, an acerbic critique of post-Communist Russia. His novels, prohibited by the Soviet authorities, are cult classics in Russia. This event is in Russian.

Where: Dweck Center
When: January 19, 1:00 pm
Telephone: 718-230-2198
Registration: visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword “Brooklyn Public Library”. Limit 3 per person.

January 23 – NY

Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for another installment of the Great Books Discussion Series.  This month, the discussion focuses on 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
When: January 23, 2:00 pm
Telephone: 718-230-2198

January 29 – MN

Join the Museum of Russian Art for a lecture by Katya Chavchavadze Redpath entitled “Stranger than Fiction: An Anecdotal and Personal History of the Romanovs in the Caucasus,” A Romanov descendant weaves a quirky sense of destiny into family stories of kidnapping, revenge, and romance in the east-west encounter of the 19th century Caucasus. Katya Chavchavadze Redpath, originally from Washington D.C., is a writer, mother and organic farmer, diving her time between New York City and Vermont.

When: January 29, 7-8 pm
Where: Museum of Russian Art
Telephone: 612-821-9045

 

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.