Here are a few events happening around the US in the month of May! Enjoy!
May 5 – NY
Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for the May installment of their Russian Literary Series, featuring author Ludmila Ulitskaya. Ulitskaya is among the most important Russian authors alive today. She is a critically acclaimed novelist and short-story writer whose works have been translated in all major languages. She is a recipient of the 2001 Simon de Beauvoir Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. In Russian. RSVP by calling 718-230-2222. Limit two per person.
The Russian Literary Series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center
When: May 5, 4:00 PM
May 5 – MA
Join Boston’s Museum of Russian Icons for a performance of the Holy Trinity Seminary Choir! The Holy Trinity Monastery Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY serves the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) by preparing students for service to the Church. The Holy Trinity Seminary Choir (HTSC), distinct from the Holy Trinity Monastery Choir, will perform a special concert at the Museum of Russian Icons on Saturday, May 5. The seminarians strive to immerse themselves in the rich musical tradition of the monastery and explore other musical traditions. The (HTSC) performs compositions from the Moscow Sydonal School, the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, the Trinity St. Sergius Lavra and the ancient traditions of Georgia and Bulgaria. As part of their education, they visit parishes throughout the (ROCOR) to share the rich tradition of the monastery and seminary.
Advance purchase of tickets recommended; $12 for museum members, $15 for non-members.
Where: Museum of Russian Icons
When: May 5, 3:oo – 4:30 PM
May 13 – NY
Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for the May installment of their Russian film series. Director Vladimir Mirzoev adapts Pushkin’s Boris Godunov and sets it in modern-day Russia, complete with luxury cars, laptops and looming presidential elections looming round the corner. A brilliant and tragic satire on both today’s Russia and the archetypal Russia which existed long before Putin and even Pushkin himself. In Russian only. Drama, Russia, 2011, 128 min.
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center
When: May 5, 2:00 PM
May 26 – MA
Join the Boston’s Museum of Russian Icons for a culinary walking tour entitled “From Russia With Love”. Ahla Food Tour’s Russian culinary tour takes visitors through Brighton and Brookline.
Where can you find the best Russian borsch, pirozhki, and caviar? What is the Russian way to drink tea and vodka? Discover the answers at our 3-hour culinary adventure while tasting delicious authentic Russian specialties: light fluffy blintzes, delicate Siberian dumplings, imported caviar, mouth-watering desserts, and half-dozen more.
Take a shopping tour at Whole Foods Market; learn how to make traditional Russian dishes and find out the unique Russian ingredients that can spark up your every-day meals. Visit treasured Russian food stores and restaurants: Russian Village, Babushka Deli, and Vernissage; discover “hidden” Russian food in The Fireplace and Athan’s; and enjoy interesting personal stories about their owners. Find the best spots in Washington Square for entertainment, live music, and amazing food.
Tickets: $40 for members, $45 for non-members.
Where: Meeting at Whole Foods – 15 Washington Street, Brighton MA
When: May 26, 2:00-5:00 PM
Phone: 978-598-5000 to register.
Ongoing Exhibitions – MN
Starting May 13 and running until September 16, the Museum of Russian Art will be showcasing images from the collection of Thomas Werner in their exhibition “Photography from the USSR: Soviet Life, Russian Reality”.
This exhibition presents over fifty photographs from the four final decades of the Soviet era, a period that corresponds with TMORA’s concurrent painting exhibition From Thaw to Meltdown. Drawn from the collection of Thomas Werner, professor and director of the BFA program at New York’s Parsons New School for Design, these black-and-white images show Soviet citizens in social, educational, and familial settings that both conformed to the dictates of the regime and reflected their own versions of reality.
Images of food stores, daycare centers, schools, and construction sites showing citizens at work and leisure provide an insider’s view of the realities of Soviet life under socialism. The photographs are one of a kind prints made from the original negatives, reflecting a multiplicity of lifestyles in the seemingly uniform environment. Life under socialism provided extensive material for photographers. From becoming a young pioneer to bathing in a communal men’s bathhouse, Soviet Life, Russian Reality provokes a dissection of stereotypes in the presentation of Soviet realities.
The exhibition also includes amateur photographs and an intriguing selection of artifacts such as Communist Party membership booklets, Army ration books, and Party certificates and commendations. Soviet Life, Russian Reality closes September 16.
Where: Museum of Russian Art
Telephone: (612) 821-9045