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Markova                                                                                                                                                                            Gryzlov
To Stand                                                                                                                                                                           Resigns
For Duma                                                                                                                                                                           To Lead
By Vladimir Kovalev

Former vice governor Anna Markova
says she will run for the State Duma in
St. Petersburg’s electoral district No.
                                                                                                                                                                                   In Duma
    Announcing her intention to intro-                                                                                                                                             By Oksana Yablokova
duce to the Duma a new policy toward                                                                                                                                               STAFF WRITER

the regions, she said a lawsuit against                                                                                                                                            MOSCOW — Interior Minister Boris
her, which was opened by the City Pros-                                                                                                                                            Gryzlov resigned Wednesday to take a
ecutor’s Office, is evidence of a worrying                                                                                                                                         seat in the new State Duma, where, he
tendency for regional officials to prose-                                                                                                                                          said, his pro-Kremlin United Russia
cute opponents of administrators backed                                                                                                                                            party will have 298 seats.
by the Kremlin.                                                                                                                                                                        However, Interfax on Thursday
    The lawsuit is based on a complaint                                                                                                                                            quoted a source within the party lead-
filed by Governor Valentina Matviyenko                                                                                                                                             ership as saying this number had al-
over questions Markova asked in a tele-                                                                                                                                            ready grown to 307, after deputies ap-
vised debate during gubernatorial elec-                                                                                                                                            plied join. This would give it a two-
tions.                                                                                                                                                                             thirds majority — the amount needed
    “Taking into account my indepen-                                                                                                                                               in the 450-seat Duma to approve
dence, patriotism, openness and honesty,                                                                                                                                           changes to the Constitution.
I am going to submit papers to run in                                                                                                                                                  Gryzlov, who will lead United Rus-
District No. 207,” Markova said                                                                                                                                                    sia in the Duma and is likely to be
Wednesday at a news conference at the                                                                                                                                              named the chamber’s speaker, also said
Regional Press Institute. “It is interest-                                                                                                                                         at a party congress Wednesday that
ing for me to run there in particular be-                                                                                                                                          United Russia will endorse President
cause the population has already                                                                                                                                                   Vladimir Putin in his bid for re-election
demonstrated its lack of trust in political                                                                                                                                        in a March election.
parties.”                                                                                                                                                                              His remarks came as opposition par-
    She has the support of the New Right                                                                                                                                           ties discussed their election strategies
Forces fund, which has been set up espe-                                                                                                                                           and a group supporting Putin registered
cially to help her campaign, she said. She                                                                                                                                         his re-election bid with the Central
refused to name anyone involved in the                                                                                                                                             Elections Commission.
fund, saying that to do so would lead to                                                                                                                                               The group, the Moscow Judicial
persecution of its members.                                                                                                                                                        Academy, fielded Putin as a presiden-
    The next elections in District No. 207                                                                                                                                         tial candidate in 2000 and the registra-
are scheduled to take place March 14 on                                                                                                                                            tion Wednesday allows it to start gath-
the same day as presidential elections.                                                                                                                                            ering the 2 million signatures required
    About 24 percent of the district’s cit-                                                                                                                                        to join the 2004 race.
izens voted “against all” in Dec. 7                                                                                                                                                    “During the past four years we saw
Duma elections, with Irina Rodnina,                                                                                                                                                that he is what we need, and we decided
who was backed by the United Russia                                                                                                                                                to repeat it,” academy rector Oleg
gathering only 22 percent, Grigory                                                                                                                                                 Kutafin said in televised remarks.
Tomchin, a candidate for the Union of                                                                                                                                                  Putin said last week that he would
Right Forces, or SPS, candidate with 17                                                                                                                                            seek re-election without the support of
percent, and Yury Gatchin, standing for                                                                                                                                            a political party.
the Rodina, or Homeland, party bloc                                                                                                                                                    Gryzlov told the congress of some
taking 8.7 percent.                                                                                                                                                                2,000 delegates gathered in the Rossiya
    The Prosecutor’s Office last month                                                                                                                                             concert hall that the party’s goal would
initiated a criminal case against                                                                                                                                                  be to make sure that Putin wins by a
Markova after Matviyenko complained                                                                                                                                                landslide.
that her opponent in the second round                                                                                                                                                  “Our candidate in the election is
of the gubernatorial elections held on                                                                                                                                             known — he is President Vladimir
Oct. 5 had lied and insulted her during                                                                                                                                            Vladimirovich Putin. Our goal is to en-
the television debates Oct. 2-3.                                                                                                                                                   sure his resounding victory,” Gryzlov
    Among accusations listed by the gov-                                                                                                                     SERGEY GRACHEV/SPT    said after reading a greeting from Putin.
ernor in her complaint were: Markova
                     See MARKOVA, Page 2
                                                 Christmas Joy              The Rev. Robert Raikes reading the Christmas story to children in the Swedish Lutheran Church
                                                                            where an Anglican Christmas Day service was held on Thursday. Orthodox Christmas is Jan. 7.
                                                                                                                                                                                       He added that he had submitted his
                                                                                                                                                                                                        See GRYZLOV, Page 2

New Exhibition Does Away With Ideology
By Ali Nassor                                 years 1830 to 1918, is the brainchild of      ther and further behind. He declined to
SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES           innovators in the museum’s staff. They        name those who had opposed it or the
Organizers of the Museum of the His-          waged a 14-year battle with old-fash-         budget of the museum.
tory of St. Petersburg’s first permanent      ioned decision-makers in higher politi-          But his deputy, Vasily Pankratov,
exhibition say it marks a shift away          cal establishments outside the museum         said the ambitious plan to raise the
from the ideology-dominated historic          over what to put in the vacant space in       state-subsidized museum to promi-
rhetoric of past exhibits to a more fac-      the Commandant House at Peter and             nence and technological heights closer
tual and visual approach towards the re-      Paul Fortress.                                to those of the State Hermitage Mu-
alities of Russia’s imperial capital in a         Museum director Boris Arakchev            seum was hampered not only by a lack
century that dragged the nation into the      said Wednesday it was inevitable that         of funding, but also by authorities
Bolshevik Revolution.                         such an exhibition would become a re-         showing little enthusiasm for it.
    The exhibition, which covers the          ality as society left Soviet attitudes fur-                     See EXHIBITION, Page 2
2   y   Friday, December 26, 2003                                                                   N      E      W      S                                                                      The St. Petersburg Times

GRYZLOV                                       — agreed at a meeting to field joint can-
                                              didates in elections for regional legisla-
Continued from page 1                         tive assemblies in March, senior SPS of-
                                              ficial Boris Nadezhdin said.
resignation to Putin, and the president           Votes for local legislative assemblies
had accepted it.                              will be held in six regions — including
    No one was named to replace Gry-          the city of Moscow — on March 14, the
zlov as of Thursday evening, but Inter-       same day as the presidential election.
fax reported that leading candidates in-          Yabloko and SPS decided Wednes-
cluded Deputy Interior Minister Rashid        day to put off a discussion about their
Nurgaliyev and Konstantin Ro-                 strategy for the presidential election un-
modanovsky, an FSB officer and mem-           til next month.
ber of the Kremlin’s powerful siloviki            After attempts to select a single
clan who currently heads the ministry’s       presidential candidate failed, Yabloko
internal directorate.                         and SPS will now have to debate
    The party won 120 seats on the            whether to boycott the election or call
party-list vote and 126 seats in single-      on their supporters to vote against all
mandate votes in Dec. 7 Duma elec-            contenders, Nadezhdin said.
tions. Since then, Gryzlov said Tuesday,          A Yabloko-SPS council is to decide
52 deputies have joined United Russia,        when it meets again Jan. 15, he said.
giving the party a total of 298 seats.            Meanwhile, Boris Berezovsky’s Lib-
    Gryzlov did not mention constitu-         eral Russia party nominated former
tional amendments in his remarks, and         Deputy Ivan Rybkin to run as its presi-
it remains unclear whether United Rus-        dential candidate Wednesday. The party
sia will try to modify it to extend Putin’s   did not make it into the new Duma.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SERGEY GRACHEV/SPT
time in office, as some political analysts        Rybkin, a political heavyweight in       One of the displays in the new exhibition showing a pre-revolutionary bureaucratic with assorted stamps, seals and a candle.
have suggested. Putin has said he op-         the mid-1990s, was the first State Duma
poses making any such changes to the
                                              speaker and has served as the head of
                                              the advisory Security Council and a          EXHIBITION                                   ters of the first floor. The 15 exhibition
                                                                                                                                        halls display about 2,000 artifacts.
                                                                                                                                                                                      new exhibition covers daily life of citi-
                                                                                                                                                                                      zens from all strata of society. Artifacts
    Gryzlov’s speech was briefly inter-       deputy prime minister.                       Continued from page 1                            The museum has bought hundreds            including paintings, handicrafts, pho-
rupted when several unidentified men              Rybkin said he would decide by Jan.                                                   of thousands of pieces from individual        tographs and graphics portray St. Pe-
threw eggs at his head just as he fin-        5 whether he would run.                         “It was formally closed in 1989 for a     collectors, which, together with donated      tersburgers at work and play and a
ished thanking Putin for supporting the           Berezovsky participated in the con-      number of unspecified reasons,” he           items, have swelled the collection to a       range of settings from the kitchen to ar-
party during the parliamentary election       ference via a video link from London,        said.                                        million items.                                chitecture, transport, the business
campaign. Gryzlov sidestepped the             where he is living after being granted          For more than a decade a dispute              A walk into what used to be a part        world and the world of the bureaucrat,
eggs with a smile. The men were hus-          asylum by Britain earlier this year.         had raged out of the public eye over         of Peter and Paul’s Fortress’ adminis-        expressed through official documents
tled away. Interfax said they might be            At least two other people have de-       how to present the history of the city,      trative building leads one into the world     and the office equipment that created
members of the radical National Bol-          clared an interest in running for presi-     he said. Proponents of the Soviet ap-        of St. Petersburg of 1830 to that of 1918     them.
shevik Party, which has tossed eggs and       dent — Federation Council Speaker            proach — which present life before the       Petrograd.                                       Other objects of special interest in-
mayonnaise at other pro-Kremlin offi-         Sergei Mironov, who heads the small          Revolution as miserable and domi-                It is a travel into the forgotten real-   clude a 16-millimeter film portraying
cials.                                        Party of Life, and coffin magnate Ger-       nated by tyranny — had the upper             ity, technologically infant and culturally    Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main
    Across town from the United Russia        man Sterligov.                               hand with authorities while his embat-       virgin Russian past, but expressed in an      thoroughfare, the earliest model of the
congress, the two liberal parties that                                                     tled group of disciples who belong to a      ultramodern way using the latest tech-        Benz-Velo automobile, a Lloyd cam-
failed to get into the Duma — Yabloko           Staff Writers Anatoly Medetsky and         new school of thought that focused on        nologies that the organizers could af-        era, a Singer & Co. sewing machine
and the Union of Right Forces, or SPS         Anna Dolgov contributed to this report.      historical realities were on the back        ford to install.                              and Mercedes and Smith Premier type-
                                                                                           foot.                                            The exhibition represents a transfor-     writers.
                                                                                              The stand-off meant the Comman-           mation for the museum. In addition, if           “Even a five-year-old or a 100-year-

Kremlin Says Foreigners Are                                                                dant’s House was neglected for 14
                                                                                           years; the museum had had to stage
                                                                                           sporadic exhibitions of its limited num-
                                                                                                                                        Pankratov succeeds, the entire collec-
                                                                                                                                        tion will be reproduced on the Internet
                                                                                                                                        next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                      old babushka will find something of in-
                                                                                                                                                                                      terest to be curious about or at least
                                                                                                                                                                                      something new to learn out of these ex-

Fighting Troops in Chechnya                                                                ber of collection in a building that
                                                                                           needed urgent repairs.
                                                                                              The permanent exhibition occupies
                                                                                                                                            Unlike the traditional approach of
                                                                                                                                        looking at the history of St. Petersburg
                                                                                                                                        through the prism of major events and
                                                                                                                                                                                      hibits,” Arakchev said, pointing to a
                                                                                                                                                                                      miniature five-story wooden house fully
                                                                                                                                                                                      furnished with period interiors and
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                          had surrounded the rebel base and killed     the entire second floor and three-quar-      the lives of prominent personalities, the     miniature tenants.
MOSCOW — In a bid to prove                    all militants they found there.
Chechen rebels’ links to international            The Kremlin has repeatedly said
terrorism, the Kremlin on Wednesday
displayed the passports of an Algerian,
                                              rebels in Chechnya have close links
                                              with al-Qaida and other international        MARKOVA                                      League of Voters in a telephone inter-
                                                                                                                                        view Thursday. “She had quite a big gu-
                                                                                                                                                                                          “It is clear the ‘against all’ vote influ-
                                                                                                                                                                                      enced her decision to run in District No.
three Turks and a German who were             terrorist groups.                            Continued from page 1                        bernatorial election campaign. [The au-       207,” he said.
among 17 militants killed by Russian              Yastrzhembsky accused the ex-So-                                                      thorities] will use all available adminis-        Leonid Kesselman, a political ana-
special forces.                               viet republic of Georgia, which borders      “pressuring” the City Charter Court by       trative resources to stop her because         lyst in the sociology department of the
   A spokesman for President Vladimir         Chechnya to the south, of serving as a       saying that City Hall’s administrative       they don’t want her to have any chance        Academy of Science, said that despite it
Putin said the militants were killed Nov.     “passageway” for the rebels.                 committee that Markova had been head-        of winning.”                                  being likely that more than 10 candi-
23 near the Chechen village of Serzhen-           Georgia’s acting President Nino          ing “was liquidated not without your             “It also depends on results of her ne-    dates will stand in the district, Markova
Yurt. They included Algerian Mo-              Burdzhanadze said she had been in-           [Matviyenko’s] assistance;” Markova          gotiations with [Vyacheslav] Makarov          has a good chance of getting the highest
hamed Kadour, Turkish citizens Halim          formed that the militants killed in          damaged St. Petersburg’s image, by say-      [a colonel at the Aerospace Military          number of votes.
Oz, Mustafa Salli and Naim Dag, and           Chechnya had Georgian visas. She said        ing that Kremlin image makers had “pre-      Academy], who has got good connec-                “Everything will depend on who will
German citizen Thomas Carl Fischer.           Georgian authorities had tightened bor-      sented it [St. Petersburg] in the media as   tions with the local military and who         run in the district,” he said Thursday in
   At a news conference spokesman             der controls since the time the visas        a criminal capital since 2000;” Markova      has often been able to influence the          a telephone interview. “This is a district
Sergei Yastrzhembsky said federal forces      were issued.                                 had accused Matviyenko of buying votes       way a lot of people vote,” she said.          that will attract unsuccessful candidates
                                                                                           by giving goods to voters by saying “Dur-        “It would be useful for St. Peters-       [in the Duma elections] from through-
                                                                                           ing the election campaign you gave           burg to have a representative [in the         out the country.”
                                                                                           each prisoners five sets [of goods] …        Duma] who has a different point of                “But [if Markova wins] she won’t
                                                                                           These are votes that were bought …           view to that of United Russia,” she said.     have any significance [in the parlia-
                                                                                           That is bribery of voters, is this also          SPS’ Tomchin said Markova’s con-          ment],” he added.
                                                                                           called a clean campaign with your            stituency will be based on those who              On the Oct. 5 gubernatorial elec-
                                                                                           name? What you do is illegal.”               voted “against all” on Dec. 7.                tions Markova got 24.18 percent of
                                                                                              “The case was initiated Nov. 18 and           “It is her right to run in District No.   votes, far behind Matviyenko’s man-
                                                                                           I was called for an interrogation to the     207,” Tomchin was quoted as saying by         date which came from 63.16 percent of
                                                                                           Prosecutor’s Office only on Dec. 8,”         ABN news agency Wednesday. “How-              about a quarter of St. Petersburg’s 3.7
                                                                                           Markova said. “This was obviously            ever it seems to me her point of view to      million eligible voters.
                                                                                           done to avoid increasing the protest         counteract, a point of view to fight ev-
                                                                                           vote in the State Duma elections.”           erything that is done, opposition to ev-         W      E     A     T     H         E     R
                                                                                              Markova’s trial is scheduled to start     erything, to all the authorities and to
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                                                                                           Friday.                                      any positive thing — which is basically
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                                                                                              “It seems to me she’s got a chance to     what she did in the gubernatorial elec-                            SUNDAY               10:01
                                                                                           get into the Duma,” said Tatyana             tions — and it would lead people                                   MONDAY               10:01
                                                                                           Dorutina, head of St. Petersburg             nowhere.”                                                          TUESDAY              10:01

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Friday, December 26, 2003                                                                            N     E      W        S                                                          The St. Petersburg Times         y   3

Corruption ‘Down’
                          I N          B R I E F

                                             robbery, have in 2003 turned into the
                                             slaying of two or more people,” Inter-
                                                                                           Basayev Says Blasts His Work
                                                                                           By Andrei Shukshin                           the Russian aggression, carried out by      vast majority are absolutely innocent,”
s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The                 fax quoted Vladislav Piotrovsky, head         REUTERS                                      our brigade’s fighters.”                    Basayev said.
number of corruption crimes in St. Pe-       of the city criminal police, as saying.       Chechen guerrilla commander Shamil              On Dec. 5, two days before the State         Basayev won prominence in Chech-
tersburg was down 40.6 percent this              Fifty-one people died as a result of      Basayev said on a rebel web site that he     Duma elections, a bomb ripped through       nya by staging surprise attacks on fed-
year, Interfax reported the City Prose-      shootings. The biggest number of such         masterminded two deadly suicide attacks      a packed commuter train near the town       eral troops during Moscow’s 1994-96
cutor’s Office as saying Wednesday.          crimes had been registered in the             that separatists had earlier condemned.      of Yessentuki, killing 46 passengers,       military campaign. He was then briefly
    A total of 233 crimes against state      Nevsky, Kirovksy and Krasnog-                     Federal Security Service chief Niko-     mostly students on their way to class.      prime minister during Chechnya’s three
authorities and the state service, includ-   vardeisky Districts, he said.                 lai Patrushev on Friday blamed Basayev          Two days after Putin’s allies scored a   years of de facto independence.
ing 222 cases of bribery were recorded           The police have solved 473 killings       for the attacks that killed 46 people on a   big election win, a female suicide              After Putin sent troops back into
in the first 10 months of 2003, Interfax     since January 2003, Piotrovsky said.          train in the Stavropol region and six out-   bomber killed herself and five others       Chechnya in 1999, Basayev retreated to
quoted Yevgeny Sharygin, first deputy            Sixty-two percent of such crimes          side the National Hotel in Moscow.           outside the National Hotel.                 the mountains, along with elected
head of the City Prosecutor’s Office, as     were committed by people under the                But Sergei Yastrzhembsky, Presi-            Russian officials pointed a finger at    Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov.
saying.                                      influence of alcohol and 41 percent           dent Vladimir Putin’s spokesman on           Chechen separatists. But rebels denied          Maskhadov, seen as a moderate, dis-
    Prosecutors have initiated 179 crim-     were by people facing multiple charges,       Chechnya, said Wednesday that author-        responsibility and condemned “all ter-      tanced himself from Basayev after
inal cases and handed 116 of them to         he said.                                      ities had no firm proof Basayev was be-      ror acts and acts of violence… directed     Chechen separatists seized the
the court, he said.                              Eight businessmen, 10 directors of        hind the attacks.                            against the civilian population” in a       Dubrovka theater in Moscow last year
    “A worrying fact” was that the pros-     big companies and 5 people, purported             “We do not have 100 percent proof        statement posted on the same web site.      and 129 people died when security
ecutor’s office has recorded 1,696 cases     to be members of organized criminal           of this information, but it is one of the       Basayev said in his message that he      forces used a noxious gas in an attempt
of different violations committed by the     groups had been killed this year, he said.    main lines of the inquiry,” he told a        saw any Russian national as a legitimate    to rescue hundreds of hostages.
police with 67 criminal cases initiated                                                    news conference.                             target and vowed to pursue such attacks.        Russian officials say Basayev’s guer-
against 96 police officers, he said.
                                             March Lawmaker Poll                               But Basayev said in a statement
                                                                                           posted late Tuesday on the Kavkaz
                                                                                                                                           “We reject all accusations regarding
                                                                                                                                        students who died as a result of our ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                    rillas are the best-trained and organized
                                                                                                                                                                                    in Chechnya and put up most of the
181 Laws Passed                              s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — Leg-
                                             islative Assembly elections in District
                                                                                           Center web site: “Those were pre-
                                                                                           planned combat operations to oppose
                                                                                                                                        tion. Immeasurably more young people
                                                                                                                                        die here, in our motherland, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                    fight against Moscow’s forces, estimated
                                                                                                                                                                                    to number 60,000.
s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The                 No. 4 will be held at the same time as
Legislative Assembly passed 181 laws         presidential elections scheduled for
in 2003, Interfax quoted Speaker Vadim
Tyulpanov as saying Wednesday.
    A total of 103 draft laws were signed
                                             March 14, Interfax reported Wednes-
                                                 The elections are scheduled after
                                                                                           Beatle-Funded School Playground Opens
by the governor and 50 sent back with        Yury Savelyev, a Legislative Assembly
no signature. The Legislative Assembly       member of the Communist faction, was          By Sergey Chernov                            Foundation.                                 tory, where he was presented with a cer-
has voted on 21 amended laws and             elected to the State Duma on the Rod-         STAFF WRITER                                     “We actually flew into St. Peters-      tificate expressing the conservatory’s
overcome the governor’s veto on 22 of        ina, or Homeland, party list.                 A city boarding school has received a        burg,” McCartney was quoted recently        wish to make him an honorary doctor-
them, the report said.                                                                     playground built from money donated          as saying by Britain’s Observer news-       ate — though he has not yet been
    The legislators have also sent 2
statements to the president, one to the
                                             VNITI Sale ‘Invalid’                          by former Beatle Paul McCartney, who
                                                                                           visited the city as part of his Russian
                                                                                                                                            “Anthea has links there, and after
                                                                                                                                                                                    granted the actual honor.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Vsevolod Gakkel, the head of the
Federation Council and another to            s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — A                    tour this year that culminated in an         Brian did a masterclass at my old           local branch of the Menshikov Founda-
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov.             deal to sell the building that houses de-     open-air concert on Red Square in            school, LIPA, she said I should do a        tion, said McCartney was impressed by
                                             fense research institute VNITI that was       Moscow.                                      master class there,” McCartney said.        a performance that the boarding
Fewer Disasters                              initiated by Dmitry Zuber, the former
                                             general director of the institute’s man-
                                                                                               McCartney gave $5,000 to boarding
                                                                                           school No. 38 after his visit to St. Pe-
                                                                                                                                        “So when we started talking about
                                                                                                                                        Russia, I told the promoters I wanted
                                                                                                                                                                                    school’s students gave to him.
                                                                                                                                                                                        The brief concert included his piano
s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The                 agement company, is invalid, Interfax         tersburg in May. The school is located       to link in Anthea’s offer to do a master    piece “A Leaf” performed by student
number of disasters in the Northwest         reported Thursday, citing the St. Peters-     at 20/75 Rastannya Ulitsa. The play-         class and cut the ribbon at an orphan-      Katya Veselova and “Celebration”
region is down this year with 202 cases      burg Arbitration Court.                       ground is due to open Friday.                age called the Menshikov Founda-            from his 1997 classical work “Standing
registered in the first 11 months com-           Zuber faces criminal charges of               McCartney came to the city at the        tion.”                                      Stone” sung by the school’s choir.
pared to 295 disasters recorded in the       abusing his authority when he made the        invitation of Anthea Eno, wife of musi-          McCartney’s visit to the city also          The foundation is a U.K. charity that
whole of last year, Interfax reported        deal. According to an independent ex-         cian Brian Eno, to officially inaugurate     took in the State Hermitage Museum          operates in St. Petersburg to help musi-
Wednesday, quoting officials at the          amination provided by the institute’s         the work of a charity, the Menshikov         and the Rimsky-Korsakov Conserva-           cally gifted, but deprived children.
Emergency Situations Ministry North-         share holders, the value of the building
west region department.                      is $3.8 million, or six times the price Zu-
   “The number of disasters is con-          ber sold it for.
stantly dropping,” said Alexander
Yefremov, head of the regional Emer-
gency Ministry department Wednesday.
                                             Oblast Extends Terms
   The disasters resulted in deaths of       s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) —
369 people and injuries to 918 people,       Leningrad Oblast legislators approved
the report said.                             two Senators continuing to represent
                                             the oblast in the Federation Council,
Murders for Money Up                         Interfax reported Tuesday.
                                                The oblast’s council extended the
s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The                 term of Sergei Vasilyev, head of the
number of murders committed with a           Federation Council’s financial markets
financial motive has grown in 2003, In-      committee.
terfax reported Wednesday, quoting St.          The deputies also rejected a General
Petersburg and Leningrad oblast police.      Prosecutor’s Office protest against an
   “What used to be cases of theft and       extension of Grigory Naginsky’s term.
                                                                                                                                                                                             The St. Petersburg Times           y   4

                                                                                FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2003

Putin Threatens To Khodorkovsky, Lebedev                                                                                                                                                      I N

                                                                                                                                                                                           Sewage Plant Loan
                                                                                                                                                                                                            B R I E F

Revisit Privatizations Refused Bail By Courts                                                   By Simon Ostrovsky                           be spared the severity of the law.
                                                                                                                                                                                           s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The
                                                                                                                                                                                           European Bank for Reconstruction and
                                                                                                                                                                                           Development on Tuesday signed a
                                                                                                                                                                                           credit agreement with Vodokanal St.
By Alla Startseva                                                                               STAFF WRITER                                     A Khodorkovsky attorney, Anton            Petersburg to fund the completion of
STAFF WRITER                                                                                    MOSCOW — Jailed former Yukos                 Drel, confirmed the court decision.           the Southwest Sewage Treatment Plant,
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin                                                               chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky will re-              Khodorkovsky’s lawyers said the           Interfax reported.
on Tuesday asked big business to help                                                           main in pre-trial detention for another      court had no grounds to keep their                A Vodokanal press release an-
the state resolve the country’s social                                                          three months, a Moscow court ruled           client in prison and called the ruling        nounced that the EBRD will provide a
problems and threatened to undo                                                                 late Tuesday afternoon.                      “illegal,” citing a number of procedu-        credit line in the amount of 25 million
fraudulent privatizations — indicating                                                              Another court rejected a plea by         ral violations by the court and prose-        euros to allow contractor Nordvod to
for the first time that the investigation                                                       lawyers for Platon Lebedev, a Yukos co-      cutors. The Basmanny court, they              implement the project. Vneshtorgbank
into Russia’s richest man, Mikhail                                                              founder, to release him from jail while he   said, should have released Khodor-            will underwrite the loan.
Khodorkovsky, might not be isolated                                                             awaits trial on charges of massive fraud.    kovsky on bail.                                   The cost of completing the plant is
and could spark renationalizations.                                                                 After two days of start-and-stop             The lawyers said they would appeal        170 million euros. The additional funding
    Putin, at a meeting with businessmen                                                        hearings, the Basmanny district court        the ruling and threatened to take the         will come from Vodokanal itself, Finnish
at the Russian Chamber of Trade and                                                             ruled in favor of the Prosecutor Gen-        case to the European Court of Human           and Swedish government funds, grants,
Industry, confirmed earlier statements                                                          eral’s Office, which requested an exten-     Rights in Strasbourg, France.                 foreign bank loans and private capital.
that the government doesn’t plan a mas-                                               FOR SPT   sion of Khodorkovsky’s prison term un-           Lawyer Genrikh Padva told Ekho                The plant will reduce drainage of
sive revision of privatization results but    Russian President Vladimir Putin                  til March 25.                                Moskvy radio that prosecutors used an         330,000 tons of untreated waste water
added that he was not referring to those      sentatives of the business community to               That date falls almost two weeks af-     outdated version of the criminal code in      into the city’s reservoirs per day and
that “did not observe the law.”               participate in making the decisions.              ter the presidential elections, keeping      quoting the charges against Khodor-           treat 85 percent of the city’s waste water.
    He didn’t name names, but he gave             “One of the mechanisms would be               one of the most vocal opponents of           kovsky. A new version of the code — in            The project was initiated in 1987 but
notice to those involved that they had        an export duty, another would be a tax            President Vladimir Putin locked away.        force since the beginning of December         stalled in 1995 for lack of financing. Com-
better watch out.                             on the extraction of natural resources,”              The court ruling came only hours af-     — is much softer and sentences are            pletion of the plant is slated for 2004.
    “I keep hearing here and there that       he said.                                          ter Putin said people who cheated dur-       shorter, said Padva.
the laws were complicated and that it was
impossible to observe them. Yes, the laws
                                                  However, these mechanisms are
                                              “pure anti-corruption” and may be un-
                                                                                                ing the controversial privatization of
                                                                                                state assets — through which Khodor-
                                                                                                                                                 “It should have been much harder for
                                                                                                                                             them to convince the court that it is dan-
                                                                                                                                                                                           $1Bln Investment
were complex and knotty, but it was quite     fair when applied to oil companies                kovsky made his fortune — would not          gerous to society to let him out,” he said.   s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — In-
possible to respect them,” Putin said.        working on low-profit wells, he added.                                                                                                       vestment in the Leningrad Oblast econ-
    “If five, seven or 10 people broke            Last week, Putin said the govern-                                                                                                        omy will exceed $1 billion in 2003, In-
the law, that doesn’t mean others did
the same,” he said.
    “Those who were involved in deliber-
                                              ment should tax oilfields based on their
                                              individual characteristics rather than
                                              through the existing flat-rate system
                                                                                                Gordeyev: U.S. Beef Banned                                                                 terfax quoted Governor Valery
                                                                                                                                                                                           Serdyukov as saying Thursday.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Serdyukov said at a meeting with
ate fraud” should not enjoy more favor-       that encourages companies to increase             By Alla Startseva                            suspension would effect neither the do-       former regional leaders that investment
able conditions than those who obeyed         extraction at less-productive wells.              STAFF WRITER                                 mestic market nor meat prices.                has remained at the 2001-2002 level.
the law and “did right,” he said. “The lat-       Vedomosti reported Tuesday that               MOSCOW — Russia imposed a ban on                 American meat accounts for 4 per-
ter may not have earned as much money,
but now they sleep soundly.”
                                              some government officials are interpret-
                                              ing Putin’s remarks as a direct order and
                                                                                                imports of American beef on Wednes-
                                                                                                day after U.S. veterinary officials
                                                                                                                                             cent of the country’s total beef imports,
                                                                                                                                             or less than 20,000 tons annually, he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Nokian Plant in 2004
    His comments came as a court ex-          that the Economic Development and                 confirmed the first case of mad cow dis-           Russia’s move came after the largest      s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) —
tended the detention of Russia’s richest      Trade Ministry has drafted a new tax              ease in the world’s largest market.          importers of U.S. beef, Japan and South       Nokian Tyres will start construction of
man, Yukos founder Mikhail Khodor-            aimed at forcing oil companies to boost               “We have received official confirma-       Korea, as well as Thailand, Malaysia,         a tire plant worth $120 million in the
kovsky, who is accused of fraud and tax       production by making them pay almost              tion that in the U.S. state of Washington    Australia and Taiwan, banned imports          Leningrad Oblast in 2004, Governor
evasion in a 1990s privatization.             all of their profits into the federal budget.     the first case of mad cow disease was re-     on Wednesday.                                 Valery Serdyukov said on Thursday.
    Putin said big business must help the         Yevgeny Primakov, president of the            ported,” Agriculture Minister Alexei             “This is very bad and very sad news.          Interfax quoted Serdyukov as saying
government solve the country’s social         Russian Chamber of Trade and Industry             Gordeyev said.                               It may shake the whole world’s meat           that the plant, due to be completed in
problems and that he was looking for          and, like Putin, a former spymaster, sup-             “In connection with that and in ac-      business,” said Dmitry Rylko, general         2005, will be built in three stages and
ways to raise taxes on oil profits.           ported Putin’s call Wednesday, saying             cordance with the law, the veterinary        director of the Institute for Agricultural    eventually reach capacity of 6 million
    “Business cannot and must not avoid       politically stability “may become an illu-        service has decided to temporarily sus-      Market Studies, or IKAR.                      tires per year.
resolving social problems,” Putin said.       sion” if nothing is done to tackle poverty.       pend shipments of beef from the United           “It won’t have a direct effect on Rus-        Nokian, a Finnish concern, last sum-
    Those problems include the devel-             “It’s a question of life and death for        States to Russia,” Gordeyev said.            sia, but if the situation in the United       mer announced intentions to build a
opment of small and medium-sized              businessmen to have political stability               “When we are sure that safety is pro-    States worsens and lasts too long, it may     plant in Russia.
business as well as health issues, the en-    in the country,” he said.                         vided to Russian consumers and to the        drive up beef prices. And that would              About 14 percent of tires imported
vironment and labor rights, he said.              The Russian Union of Industrialists           animals, a new decision will be made.”       also harm Russia,” Rylko said.                to Russia are Nokian tires. More than
    “Our collaboration should become          and Entrepreneurs, the lobbying group                 Gordeyev said it was difficult to tell        Russia is the world’s No. 3 beef im-      75 percent of Nokian products are sold
useful for everyone. There is enough          representing most of the oligarchs, had           how long the testing procedures would        porter. The beef industry saw herds           outside of Finland.
work in the social sphere for everyone.”      no immediate comment.                             last but mentioned that resolving a sim-     shrink from 57 million head in 1992 to
    Putin also said the government is
considering how to redistribute oil com-      Staff writer Catherine Belton contributed
                                                                                                ilar situation with Canadian beef im-
                                                                                                ports in May took 2 1/2 months.
                                                                                                                                             26.6 million in 2002, of which only 1 per-
                                                                                                                                             cent is beef cattle and the rest dairy cat-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Philip Morris Izhora
pany windfalls and that he wants repre-       to this report.                                       Gordeyev said the U.S. beef import       tle, according to the Agriculture Ministry.   s ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — Philip
                                                                                                                                                                                           Morris plans to invest $296 million in
                                                                                                                                                                                           tobacco product manufacture in the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Leningrad Oblast, Governor Valery
                                                                                                                                                                                           Serdyukov announced Thursday.
                                                                                                                                                                                               The total amount of the Philip Mor-
                                                                                                                                                                                           ris Izhora investment program to last
                                                                                                                                                                                           through 2005 exceeds $600 million. Pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                           duction will be expanded to 70 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                           cigarettes per year.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Philip Morris Izhora manufactured
                                                                                                                                                                                           40 billion cigarettes last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                               The company also has a plant in
                                                                                                                                                                                               Philip Morris contributed a total of
                                                                                                                                                                                           $900 million in taxes to local and fed-
                                                                                                                                                                                           eral budgets in Russia between 2000
                                                                                                                                                                                           and 2002.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Severstal-Rouge Plans
                                                                                                                                                                                           s MOSCOW (SPT) — Severstal is
                                                                                                                                                                                           drafting an investment program and
                                                                                                                                                                                           business plan for 2004 for Rough Indus-
                                                                                                                                                                                           tries, the bankrupt American steelmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                           acquired by the Cherepovets firm for
                                                                                                                                                                                           about $280 million, Interfax reported.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Severstal, located in the Vologda re-
                                                                                                                                                                                           gion, plans to invest between $200 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                           lion and $300 million in Rouge in the
                                                                                                                                                                                           near future, with regular investment pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                           jected at between $40 million and $45
                                                                                                                                                                                           million per year.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Before the acquisition, Rouge Indus-
                                                                                                                                                                                           tries had losses of $52.3 million in 2002
                                                                                                                                                                                           with sales of $1.1 billion. Total debt at
                                                                                                                                                                                           the start of 2003 stood at $573 million.
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Rodriguez Trade Called Off At Last Minute Christmas

ARLINGTON, Texas — The trade
talks began in private right after the
                                                                                                                                             their relationship is a good one,’’ Boras
                                                                                                                                             said. “In the end, there was a real ques-
                                                                                                                                             tion about what the level of Boston’s in-
                                                                                                                                                                                              Critical In
World Series.
   Alex Rodriguez confirmed the day
he won his first American League Most
                                                                                                                                             terest level was.’’
                                                                                                                                                Had Rodriguez gone to Boston, the
                                                                                                                                             Red Sox presumably would have
                                                                                                                                             traded longtime shortstop Nomar Gar-
            BASEBALL                                                                                                                         ciaparra, possibly to the Chicago White          AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Valuable Player award that the Texas                                                                                                         Sox.                                             LONDON — Christmas is supposed to
Rangers had talked to him about a deal.                                                                                                         The collapse of the deal was fine             be the season of good will to all men —
    Now after nearly two months of                                                                                                           with new Boston manager Terry Fran-              it is just that nobody bothered to inform
discussions, the proposed trade of $20                                                                                                       cona.                                            Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
million-a-year players is off the table.                                                                                                        “I’ve been looking forward to                      The managers of Manchester
For now, baseball’s two highest-paid                                                                                                         Manny and Nomar being with us, so                United and Arsenal normally manage
players are staying put: Rodriguez in                                                                                                        nothing has changed for me,’’ he said.
Texas and outfielder Manny Ramirez                                                                                                              Rodriguez and Ramirez agreed to                             SOCCER
in Boston.                                                                                                                                   their big contracts on the same day,             to hold off until around mid-March be-
    Texas owner Tom Hicks said on                                                                                                            three years ago during the winter                fore firing their first shots in the psy-
Tuesday — his deadline to resolve the                                                                                                        meetings in Dallas. To gauge if there            chological warfare that has become
issue — that the deal was too compli-                                                                                                        was interest in Ramirez, Boston                  such a traditional part of an English
cated to complete. The Rangers now                                                                                                           placed him on irrevocable waivers fol-           Premiership title run-in.
plan for Rodriguez to remain their                                                                                                           lowing the World Series, but he went                 This year however the mind games
shortstop next season, the fourth of his                                                                                                     unclaimed.                                       have kicked off with less than half the
record $252 million, 10-year contract.                                                                                                          “Manny is focused on continuing his           season gone, both Ferguson and
    Hicks and Red Sox owner John                                                                                                             career with the Red Sox,’’ said his              Wenger seeking to extract maximum
Henry talked twice Tuesday, their first                                                                                                      agent, Jeff Moorad. “I have said all             benefit from the mid-season stutter that
conversation in four days. And they fi-                                                                                                      along that Manny would be happy in ei-           has cast doubt on Chelsea’s ability to
nally agreed — that they were done                                                                                                           ther instance.’’                                 push their more experienced rivals all
talking about the proposed trade.                                                                                                               Ramirez has five years and $97.5              the way to the wire.
    “We both recognized there was too                                                                                                        million left on his $160 million, eight-             “The decisive period is in March or
big a gulf to bridge,’’ Hicks said. “Nei-                                                                                                    year deal.                                       April and we have experience of the
ther one of us thought it would take the                                                                                                        During negotiations last week, the            pressure of that time,” Wenger re-
public profile it did, or get as complex                                                                                                     players’ association said the final seven        marked ahead of Friday’s visit of
as it did.”                                                                                                                                  years and $179 million left on Ro-               Wolves to Highbury.
    Asked if there were last-minute ne-                                                                                                      driguez’s agreement could be restruc-                “United as well, but Chelsea, they
gotiations or compromises on the                                                                                                             tured but not reduced. A proposal by             don’t. They have that expereince as a
Rangers’ part in an effort to complete                                                                                                       the Red Sox to cut $28 million to $30            group of players but not as a team.”
the deal, Hicks said, “Not really.’’                                                                                                         million was rejected.                                Ferguson, who will also enjoy home
    “We mainly made sure that we com-                                                                                                           The players’ association said it              advantage for the visit of Everton,
municated what each team’s position                                                                                                          would approve a change that would                meanwhile has been busy ramming
was,’’ he said. “As the decision-makers,                                                                                                     lower the contract by $12 million to $13         home the importance of his side sitting
it was important for us to talk to each                                                                                                      million in exchange for Rodriguez get-           at the top of the table at Christmas
other.’’                                                                                                                                     ting the right to use Boston’s logo and          given their past record of changing
    Rodriguez told The Fort Worth                                                                                                            trademarks in marketing deals. In addi-          gears in the closing stages of the season.
Star-Telegram in its Wednesday edition                                                                                                       tion, he’d be able to become a free                  “Historically we have always shown
that it had been a challenging process                                                                                   TONY GUTIERIEZ/AP   agent after the 2005 season.                     great determination in the second half
he just wanted to end.                         Rodriguez walks away from the plate after a strikeout in Texas on July 6, 2003.                  But Lucchino proclaimed the trade             of the season,” Ferguson said. “I hope
    “Basically, I’m glad it’s over, and I’m        Hicks insisted that the deadline was general manager Theo Epstein issued a                “dead,’’ blaming the union for not ap-           we can keep that up.”
just proud to work with an owner like          final. He even sent a letter to season- joint statement Tuesday saying “no fur-               proving the steeper reduction.                       Chelsea bounced back from two suc-
Tom Hicks,’’ Rodriguez was quoted as           ticket holders Tuesday pledging that ther discussions regarding this transac-                    Reliever Jay Powell is glad Ro-               cessive defeats with its win over Fulham
telling the newspaper. “We went                next season’s team would be built tion are planned.’’                                         driguez is staying in Texas.                     at the weekend.
through the process hand-in-hand.              around Rodriguez. The Rangers have          Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras, also                 “He’s one of the most respected                   But the three points came at the
Now, we’re going to work together to           finished last in the AL West four agreed that the deal was dead and that                      guys in the clubhouse, and we were               price of losing Ireland winger Damien
get the Texas Rangers headed in the            straight seasons.                        the player’s relationship with Hicks was             hoping he would stick around,’’ Powell           Duff for up to six weeks with a dislo-
right direction. I’ll do my part on the            Henry, Red Sox chairman Tom still good.                                                   said. “I don’t know anybody in the club-         cated shoulder and the Blues face an-
baseball field, and he’ll do his part.’’       Werner, president Larry Lucchino and        “He learned about his owner, I think              housethat wants to see Alex leave.’’             other exacting examination of their title
                                                                                                                                                                                              credentials when they make the short
                                                                                                                                                                                              trip to Charlton.

Sprewell Fined For Cursing                                                                                                                                                                        Arsenal in contrast should have
                                                                                                                                                                                              been able to run off any Christmas Day
                                                                                                                                                                                              excesses with ease when they enter-
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                           earlier. I’m just glad I could do the talk-                                                                                                    tained bottom side Wolves at Highbury
NEW YORK — Minnesota’s Latrell                 ing now,’’ Sprewell said after the game.                                                                                                       while Manchester United rarely gives
Sprewell was fined $25,000 by the NBA              Isiah Thomas, the Knicks’ new team                                                                                                         anything away against Everton.
on Wednesday for cursing at New York           president, was upset the Knicks didn’t                                                                                                             The corresponding fixture last sea-
Knicks chairman James Dolan and                try to stop Sprewell’s behavior during                                                                                                         son was one in which Wayne Rooney
screaming at the team’s bench during the       the game.                                                                                                                                      gave one of the first glimpses of the
Timberwolves’ 98-92 win Tuesday night.             “All I know is, something happened                                                                                                         prodigious talent that was to make him
   The penalty was issued by NBA se-           in our house last night that I hope won’t                                                                                                      England’s youngest international and
nior vice president Stu Jackson.               happen again,’’ Thomas said Wednes-                                                                                                            scorer within a year.
                                               day at the Knicks’ practice facility in                                                                                                            But despite his undeniable progress,
         BASKETBALL                            Greenburgh, N.Y.                                                                                                                               the 18-year-old is likely to once more
   Sprewell, who was traded to Min-                Thomas also said that the struggling                                                                                                       start the game from the bench as Ever-
nesota and scored 31 points in his re-         Knicks need to increase their intensity.                                                                                                       ton boss David Moyes continues to use
turn to New York, turned to Dolan and              “I would say right now, we’re                                                                                                              his most prized asset sparingly.
unleashed a stream of curses after his 3-      down,’’ he said. “And sometimes peo-                                                                                                               It is a strategy that seems to be
pointer gave Minnesota a 94-89 lead            ple kick you when you’re down. We                                                                                                              working. Rooney has come off the
with 1:14 left.                                have to stand up, and we will stand up.’’                                                                                                      bench to score in his last two matches
   Referee Dan Crawford came over                  Also on Wednesday, Peja Stojakovic                                                                                                         and Everton appear to be on the road
and warned Sprewell to stop during the         of the Sacramento Kings was suspended                                                                                                          to recovery after a disappointing start
ensuing timeout, but Sprewell kept it up       for one game by the NBA for making                                                                                                             to their campaign.
anyway and directed his next rant at the       improper contact with a game official.                                                                                                             For under-fire Liverpool boss Ger-
Knicks’ bench. The tirade earned him a             Stojakovic, who scored a career-high                                                                                                       ard Houllier, the visit of Bolton to An-
technical foul.                                41 points in the Kings’ 114-97 victory                                                                                                         field represents a no-win situation.
   Sprewell began screaming at Dolan           over Memphis Tuesday night’s game,                                                                                                                 Victory will do little to ease the pres-
during the first quarter, the first exple-     brushed official Bernie Fryer with 1:17                                                                                                        sure on the Frenchman. Anything less is
tive-filled harangue making Dolan              remaining in the second period and re-                                                                                                         bound to trigger a fresh round of ques-
blush. Sprewell turned and shouted at          ceived a technical foul.                                                                                                                       tioning of Liverpool’s ability to secure
Dolan several more times during the                “I overreacted on that,’’ Stojakovic                                                                                                       the return to the Champions League on
course of the game. Dolan eventually           said. “I apologized to him at halftime.’’                                                                                                      which Houllier’s future now depends.
smiled at the taunts.                              Stojakovic missed the Kings’ game                                                                                                              Liverpool is hopeful Harry Kewell
   “All the little games he’s been play-       on Christmas Day against the Dallas                                                                                        JULIE JACOBSON/AP   will be fit to return to the forward line
ing this year, I let him do the talking        Mavericks.                                    Sprewell, with a new uniform but the same attitude, cursing his former teammates.                alongside Emile Heskey.

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                                                                                                   and party events in                             earlier this month.                                          f r o m t h e s h o w s t o p-
                                                                                                   the city’s nightclubs                           Director Ron Padova                                          ping Morgan State
                                                                                                   is dazzling.                                    discusses his film.                                          University Choir.
                                                                                                   Page       ii.                                  Page       ii.                                               Page        viii.
Dates and times are                                                                                                                                                                                             Antigone Jean Anouilh’s modern treatment of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Sophocles classic about a woman whose
correct at time of                                                                                                                                                                                              destiny is to say no to the king. Directed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Temur Chkheidze. Bolshoi Drama Theater
publication, but last-                                                                                                                                                                                          Running Wanderers Directed by Vladimir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tumanov, this contemporary piece is based on
minute changes are                                                                                                                                                                                              the reminiscences of a girl and her mother,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                with relevance to the lives of women today.
not infrequent, so it’s                                                                                                                                                                                         Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Elder Son Igor Vladimirov directs
best to check. Unless                                                                                                                                                                                           Alexander Vampilov’s play about fathers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                sons, and the collision between two
otherwise stated,                                                                                                                                                                                               generations. Lensoviet Theater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                PREMIERE! Synchron Swiss playwright
plays and films are in                                                                                                                                                                                          Thomas Huelimann’s recent tragi-comedy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                setin sound effects studio where an actress
Russian. Stage events                                                                                                                                                                                           and a director who are in a loveless marriage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                are dubbing a porno movie. Oleg Ribkin
start at 7 p.m. or at                                                                                                                                                                                           directs. Lensoviet Theater, small stage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                A Thief in Heaven A two-act tragicomedy by
the time indicated.                                                                                                                                                                                             Neapolitan playwright Eduardo de Filippo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater
Last admission to                                                                                                                                                                                               She Stoops To Conquer, or the Mistakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of a Night Mikhail Chernyak directs William
most museums is one                                                                                                                                                                                             Goldsmith’s drama about a young woman who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                must put her wits and her lover to the test in
hour before closing                                                                                                                                                                                             order to win his heart. Molodyozhny Theater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                PREMIERE! Don’t Part With Your Loved
time.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ones Alexander Golibin directs this classic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Soviet play by Alexander Volodin, about a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                couple who fall in love, get married, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                divorce — only to realise that they can not live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                without each other. Theater on Liteiny

stages                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oblomov A play based on Ivan Goncharov’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                novel about the ultimate “superfluous man,” a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                man so lazy he often never got out of bed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vlad Furman directs. Mironov Theater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Papa! Poor, Poor Papa! Igor Selin directs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Arthur Kopit’s “pseudo-tragicomedy” about a
friday, december 26                                                                                                                                                                                             child’s view of the often-cruel rules of adult
                                                                                                                                                                                                                life. Priyut Komedianta Theater
ballet                                                                                                                                                                                                          PREMIERE! Dachnitsy Boris Voitskhovsky
Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet                                                                                                                                                                     directs Vladimir Karasev’s contemporary ironic
about the tragic fate of a swan princess.                                                                                                                                                                       comedy. Theater Komedianty
Hermitage Theater                                                                                                                                                                                               The House That Swift Built Grigory Gorin’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                theatrical fantasy exploring the last few days
opera                                                                                                                                                                                                           of illustrious British satirist Jonathan Swift.
The Golden Cockerel Rimsky-Korsakov’s                                                                                                                                                                           Directed by Natalya Nikitina. Theater Dozhdei
opera based on Pushkin’s satirical poem about
                                                                                                                                                                                               FABRIZIO FERRI

the eponymous, prophetic golden bird. Staged
in the style of traditional Japanese kabuki                                                                                                                                                                     sunday, december 28
theater by Japan’s Nenosuke Ichikawa.
Mariinsky Theater                                                                                                                                                                                               ballet
Iolanta Alexander Bashlovkin stages                 Acclaimed Italian flautist Andrea Griminelli, who has performed with Pavarotti on Red Square and with                                                            The Nutcracker The Vaganova Ballet
Tchaikovsky’s lyric opera about a blind             Rostropovich at Carnegie Hall, makes a rare recital appearance at the St. Petersburg Opera on Dec. 30.                                                      Academy performs Tchaikovsky’s adaptation
princess who is cured by love. Mussorgsky                                                                                                                                                                       of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale. Mariinsky Theater
Theater                                                                                                                                                                                                         Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet
                                                  Mumu Veniamin Filshtinsky stages Turgenev’s      Dear, I Can’t Hear What You Say When the        and a host of other colorful characters.                     about the tragic fate of a swan princess.
concert                                           short story about the tragic fate of the serf    Water Is Running in the Bathroom A              Mussorgsky Theater                                           Hermitage Theater
St. Petersburg Academic Symphonic                 Gerasim. Maly Drama Theater — Theater of         production based on two plays by Leonid         PREMIERE! Gianni Schicchi Puccini’s one
Orchestra Conductor Vladimir Verbitsky, with      Europe                                           Zorin and Robert Anderson, respectively,        act comic opera, staged by Yury Alexendrev,                  opera
participation of the brass section of the         Console My Sorrows Sergei Buranov stages         about the difficult relationships between       based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno about                 Cinderella Olga Mukartova stages Boris
Admiralty Navy Band and cello soloist             Georgy Korolchuk’s lyrical comedy about          playwrights and directors. Priyut Komedianta    the realtives of a recently dead Florence                    Asafiev’s children’s opera based on the tale by
Alexander Rudin, takes on Kalinnikov’s            knowing one’s roots, as seen through a family    Theater                                         nobleman squabbling over his inheritence. The                Charles Perrault. Mussorgsky Theater
Symphony No.1, Glinka’s Symphony on two           whose generations are scattered across the                                                       title character is the lawyer who outwits them.              PREMIERE! Gianni Schicchi Puccini’s one
Russian themes and Tchaikovsky’s Variations       globe. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater                                                           St. Petersburg Opera                                         act comic opera, staged by Yury Alexendrev,
on the rococo theme for cello and orchestra       The Swallow Alexei Tolstoy’s play about three    saturday, december 27                                                                                        based on an episode in Dante’s Inferno about
from the “1812” overture. Shostakovich            individuals who flee tumultuous 1916 St.                                                         concert                                                      the realtives of a recently dead Florence
Philharmonic                                      Petersburg to find solace in a peasant village   ballet                                          “Fairy Tail Subjects in Music”: Rimsky-                      nobleman squabbling over his inheritence.
“Divertissement” Ensemble Artistic director       until the Revolution catches up with them.       Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet     Korsakov Youth Symphony Orchestra                            The title character is the lawyer who outwits
and violin soloist Ilya Ioff presents a program   Directed by Semyon Spivak. Molodyozhny           about the tragic fate of a swan princess.       Algirdas Paulavichus conducts the orchestra                  them. St. Petersburg Opera
of Mozart, Boccherini, Strauss, Piazzolla and     Theater                                          Hermitage Theater                               with soloists of the academy of the young
Chaplin. Shostakovich Philharmonic Small          Dead Souls Vlad Furman directs Sergei                                                            operatic singers of the Mariinsky Theater in a               concert
(Glinka) Hall                                     Russkin, Nikolai Dik and Alexei Feukin in an     opera                                           family program that includes Pokofiev’s “Peter                    FESTIVAL Fifth International “Arts
                                                  adaptation of Gogol’s novel. Staged in memory    Ruslan and Lyudmila Lotfi Masuri’s              and The Wolf,” and Lyadov’s “Baba-Yaga”                      Square” Winter Festival Maestro Yury
theater                                           of Arkady Raikin. Mironov Theater                production of Glinka’s opera based on           suites. Sergei Losev narrates. 3 p.m.                        Termikanov opens the winter’s premier
Out of Order, or No. 13 A situation comedy        The Lucky Catch A comedy by Pierre               Pushkin’s verse tale about a young bride who    Shostakovich Philharmonic                                    cultural event — this year subtitled “Russia-
by British dramatist Ray Cooney about a           Marivaux, directed by Andrei Andreyev, and       is kidnapped by an evil magician. Mariinsky     Classical Operetta Evening Soloists of the                   America, Musical Bonds” — by conducting the
government minister, a young woman with           starring Alexander Zhdanov, Irina Kushnir and    Theater                                         Academy of Young Operatic Singers of the                     St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra plus
whom he is about to embark on an affair, and      Viktor Anisimov. Theater on Liteiny              The Barber of Seville Stanislav Gaudasinsky     Mariinsky Theater in a program of Kalman,                    soloist Sarah Chang in a performance of
a dead body. Alexandriinsky Theater               The Imaginary Invalid Whizz-bang lighting        stages Gaetano Rossini’s classic two-act        Offenbach and Strauss, conducted by Yuri
Twelfth Night Grigory Dityakovsky stages
Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and
jealousy. Bolshoi Drama Theater
                                                  and other special surprises spice up Moliere’s
                                                  last play. Directed by Gennady Trostyanetsky.
                                                  Lensoviet Theater
                                                                                                   opera based on the comedy by Pierre
                                                                                                   Augustin de Beaumarchais about the
                                                                                                   adventures of the irrepressible barber Figaro
                                                                                                                                                   Vedeneyev and accopnied on the piano by
                                                                                                                                                   Larissa Gergieva. Shostakovich Philharmonic
                                                                                                                                                   Small (Glinka) Hall
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ii                friday, december 26, 2003                                                                                                                                                  the st. petersburg times

                                              icy reality melts into illusions
                                              By Matthew Brown
Boris Grebenshchikov of the seminal           STAFF WRITER

local rock band Akvarium, who turned          A beautiful woman who turns into a
50 in November, suffered a bit of over-       flame, the surface of the frozen Neva
exposure and even a certain loss of                    blowing like leaves of paper, a

street credibility this year — appearing               poet silhouetted in winter twi-
with a pro-President Putin party candi-                light whose head is replaced by
date on state television before the gen-               the moon are just some of the
eral election earlier this month and ac-               memorable images from “Elle
cepting honors from the state.                fait fondre la glace” (‘She Melts The
    This Sunday, he will appear to be         Ice’), a short film made in St. Peters-
honored by his local counterparts,            burg last winter which had its premiere
when the second volume of a tribute           at Dom Kino this month.
album will be launched with a concert             The 9-minute film, made by Paris-
at Stary Dom.                                 based American Ron Padova and
    Produced by Andrei Tropillo, the          based on his own poem, mixes live ac-
producer of illegal home-made al-             tion and computer generated special ef-
bums of the semi-banned Akvarium              fects to bring to life a magical medita-
in the 1980s, the record is called            tion on love, death and creativity.
“Zemlya — Nebo” (Earth —                          Set to an excerpt from Stravinsky’s
Heaven) and includes dozens of                “Firebird,” the film opens in the Sum-
bands covering Grebenshchikov’s               mer Garden where a man in black,
songs.                                        with letters that spell “poet” on his
    Though the club’s press release for       back (played by Padova), sees the
the launch concert lists Tequilajazzz,        statue of a “muse” (played by Russian
Vyacheslav Butusov and 5nizza as              model and actress Lyuba Stupakova)
“guests,” there is no guarantee that all      come to life. He follows her through
these acts will actually perform.             snowbound St. Petersburg reciting the
    “It tends to be a little chaotic,” said   poem she inspires as she uses magical
the club’s spokesperson.                      powers to alter the environment
    While the lineup of the event is yet      around her: streetlights come on as she
to be confirmed, Stary Dom’s                  snaps her fingers; church bells ring with
spokesperson said that Greben-                her laughter; her crying brings on a rain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FOR SPT
shchikov himself would be definitely          shower.
present at the concert. Tickets cost be-          The poet and film-maker insists that
tween 150 and 300 rubles.                     by using computer generated special ef-      Padova, playing the Poet, walking through the Summer Garden in winter comes upon a lifelike sculpture.
    Iva Nova, who failed to provide           fects to create explicit connections be-
the copies of its debut CD for its            tween the words of the poem and the             Padova is not embarrassed to admit       Luc Besson films “Leon” and “The                      Consul in St. Petersburg Stephane Vis-
launch concert at Red Club in                 images on the screen, the work is not an     that there was a real-life Russian muse     Fifth Element,” of Brian De Palma’s                   conti — interested in cultural exchange
November, will perform both its old           exercise in symbolism.                       behind the poem, which was written          “Femme Fatale” and of the upcoming                    during the city’s 300th anniversary —
and new songs at Fish Fabrique on                 “It’s straightforward,” Padova ex-       when he first visited St. Petersburg two    “Catwoman” movie with Halle Berry.                    helped get funds for the 35mm print of
Friday. The all-girl folk rock band will      plained when he was in St. Petersburg        years ago.                                     Arbogast, who wanted to make the                   the movie which was shown on the big
also take part in the New Year Party          to supervise the premiere. “The poet            “Later it struck me that the frozen      movie “just for fun,” managed to secure               screen at Dom Kino.
at Moloko on Wednesday. See the ar-           sacrifices himself for his muse and turns    Neva is like a blank sheet of paper and     technical resources to make the film,                    Although Visconti is no relation to
ticle on this page for more of the New        literally into an ink stain on the ice.”     the city is a place where people write      while TV cultural critic Pierre-Andre                 the Italian filmaker, Padova notes dryly,
Year parties at the city’s music clubs.       The ice, in turn, literally behaves like     their own story,” he said.                  Boutange also helped get funding. It                  this was just one of many moments of
    Dobranotch, one of the most pop-          blank paper. And in the end the muse            Padova, who has spoken French            was made with a digital camera in St.                 “poetic fusion” surrounding the mak-
ular local folk bands, will perform —         literally turns into fire to melt the ice.   since childhood, moved to Paris ten         Petersburg in January 2003, while post-               ing, and part of the aesthetic, of “She
after a hiatus — at                               There are clear references to Rus-       years ago after he had read Henry           production was completed in France by                 Melts The Ice.”
Moloko on Jan. 2.                             sian cultural archetypes from Stravin-       Miller’s “Black Spring.” The film is        August.                                                  “When we made the film, it had
    According to vi-                          sky’s firebird (the film uses a 1946         based on a poem originally written in          The film’s beautifully-shot images                 been a cold winter and we were confi-
olin player Mitya                             recording made by the Russian com-           Frenchby Padova. French, English and        and use of light showcase St. Peters-                 dent we could shoot on the ice safely,”
Khramtsov, Dobra-                             poser) to the madman of Gogol’s “Di-         Russian versions of the movie have          burg’s “magical” qualities like few re-               Padova said. “But the day after we fin-
notch’s sound has                             ary of a Madman” and, of course, Bul-        been made.                                  cent films have.                                      ished ... it began to melt!”
changed due to the                            gakov’s “Master and Margarita.”                 In preparing to make “She Melts             While the film is easy to reproduce                   The film has since been shown at the
band’s two new                                    “I was also influenced by the ‘Slavic’   The Ice,” Padova was able to catch the      and show on a small scale on DVD, said                Hermitage Theater and will have its
members — accordion player Andrei             magic realism of Akhmatova and               attention of Thierry Arbogast, the          Padova, he had conceived it as a full-                French premiere at the Russian Cul-
Sapkevich and drummer Ussama,                 Blok,” he said.                              award-winning cinematographer of the        sized cinema film. The French General                 tural Center in Paris on Jan. 17.
who joined the band earlier this year.
    Sapkevich grew up in Moldova and
hence boasts good knowledge of
Moldovan and Romanian folk. Before
joining Dobranotch he played with
both gypsy and Russian folk bands.
    “[Lebanese-born drummer] Us-
                                              clubs put on top acts for new year
sama keeps drawing us in the direc-           By Sergey Chernov                            dance party on Red Club’s three dance                                                             table cost 1,500 rubles (food and drink
tion of Arab music,” said Khramtsov.          STAFF WRITER                                 floors — including the second floor’s                                                             included). For those without tickets the
    “We don’t understand [the music],         As the New Year approaches, the local        cocktail hall will be dedicated to ever-                                                          entrance will be probably free, though
but he plays some rhythms and some-           music clubs think of interesting ways and    popular Soviet retro and disco.                                                                   they will not be admitted if the place is
thing comes out of it. He even                        popular acts to attract the public       Red Club’s New Year party will start                                                          packed.

brought a belly dancer to our concert                 for their New Year parties —         at 10 p.m. Tickets cost 700 rubles and a                                                             Fish Fabrique, famous for introduc-
at Red Club.”                                         which people traditionally used      reservation (that includes food and                                                               ing Halloween parties to St. Petersburg,
    Griboyedov, the popular bunker                    to hold at their homes, and          drink) costs 3,000 rubles.                                                                        is habitually not putting much effort
club, has swapped Ground Level, its                   never out on the town, even as           The bunker club Griboyedov whose                                                              into its New Year party.
tradional Monday deep-house parties                   recently as 10 years ago. Here is    DJ Re-disco has been a huge hit this                                                                 With the doors opening at 11 p.m.,
for something unusual for a dance club.               what some of the clubs are plan-     year with his retro Soviet pop and disco                                                          the club will mainly leave providing the
    Since the start of December Anton                 ning for the New Year’s Eve.         program will devote its New Year party                                                            festive mood to the public. The party
Belyankin, one of Griboyedov’s art di-            Red Club, which has hosted proba-        to these styles.                                                                                  will be crowned with Chirvontsy, who
rector and bassist of the ska band Dva        bly the best performances on the local           Headed by Re-disco, also known as                                                             will take the stage on 2 a.m.
Samaliota has been promoting                  club scene in the past year, will attract    Denis Medvedev, who combines spin-                                                                   The band, formed by some of the ex-
“Heavy Mondays” — parties entirely            people with a concert by popular             ning vinyls at clubs with playing drums                                                           members of the currently mega-popular
devoted to all kinds of rock music,           cabaret-tinged band Billy’s Band —           with the trash-pop band Selyodka as                                                               band Leningrad, is currently a club hit
from 1950s rock and roll to punk and          which has been preparing a special New       well as with the duties of one of Gri-                                                            with its blend of rock, urban folk, ska and
heavy metal.                                  Year program for the occasion.               boyedov’s art directors, the night will                                                           reggae. Entrance fee will be 400 rubles.
    “We want to promote rock in our               The Tom Waits-influenced Billy’s         also feature DJs Mono, Korablyov, and                                                                Moloko will host a party featuring
city,” said Belyankin, who performs at        Band will focus on Vadim “Billy”             Solnechny Veter. Anton Belyankin of                                                               both DJs and live acts. Two bands will
                                                                                                                                                                                   FOR SPT

his parties under the moniker DJ              Novik’s own songs, including some new        the ska band Dva Samaliota will play                                                              perform, Iva Nova and dub band Carib-
Mirny Atom (“Peaceful Atom,” an               ones, according to Novik, who spoke by       some hard-rock vinyls.                                                                            ace.
ironic reference to a Soviet propa-           telephone from Moscow this week.                 From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. the party will    Vadim “Billy” Novik of Billy’s Band.                     In the vein of Caribace, the dance
ganda cliche) .                                   Apart from the recently premiered        be only for those who bought tickets in                                                           part will be provided by Roots Music
    Belyankin, who boasts a huge col-         “Kladbishche Devichyikh Serdets”             advance. (A $100 ticket guarantees a        gether a special New Year show.                       Sound System. Its DJs Angryman, Sun-
lection of rock vinyls, complains that        (Cemetery of Girls’ Hearts), Billy’s         seat, plus food and drink.)                     “We’ll be playing children’s songs,               shine, Maxim and Slickyman will spin
you cannot hear genuine Western               Band will introduce “Otorvyomsya Po-             Everybody else will be admitted         but in a very unusual way — it’ll be very             roots, reggae and dub.
rock on local radio except on Radio           Pitersky” (Having Fun in a St. Peters-       only after 1 a.m. (entrance fee will be     funny,” said Kacheli’s singer and gui-                   Expect Ded Moroz, Snegurochka
ROKS and no-one is bothered to pro-           burg Style) and “Ya Ne Vernus” (I Will       400 rubles). The club will be open until    tarist Lyokha Lysy. He added that there               and all kinds of special events.
mote rock parties.                            Not Return).                                 11 a.m.                                     will be also a portion of Kacheli’s own                  The party will start at 10 p.m. and
    “They used to play rock at discos            “There will be mainly a Russian-lan-          Tsinik, the grungy student bar in its   material.                                             end at 7 p.m. The entrance fee will be
in the 1970s [in Russia],” he said.           guage program, with probably only            the second incarnation since it opened          The concert is scheduled for 11 p.m.              400 rubles.
                                              three or four Waits covers,” said Novik.     at its new location a year ago, will host   even though Kacheli is not reputed for
                 — By Sergey Chernov             The concert will be followed by a         punk band Kacheli, which is putting to-     starting its gigs on time. A seat at a                See club guide (Page iii) for details.
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                                                                     Orlandina – A new art-rock club located in the same
                                                                     building that the Pereval club occupied from 1995 to 1997.
                                                                     The place has been completely renovated and redesigned
                                                                     by the artist Nikolai Kopeikin, who works with the art-rock
                                                                     band NOM-Zhir. The club belongs to the owners of the
                                                                     popular Caravan and Rock Podval record shops, as well as
                                                                     the Caravan Records label. Capacity between 100 and 150
                                                                     people. Nightly concerts at 7 p.m. Entrance 50 rubles (Mon-
                                                                     day through Thursday), 100 rubles (Friday through Sunday)
                                                                     36a Ulitsa Mira. M: Petrogradskaya. No phone; call Caravan
                                                                     at 110-6536 for information.

                                                                     Popugai — The city’s first reggae bar, opened in January
                                                                     2002. With occasional live concerts, Bob Marley as back-
                                                                     ground music and a name that means “Parrot,” this club
                                                                     offers a mix of international cuisines and a wide choice of
rock, etc.                                                           beer at prices from 40 to 100 rubles per half liter. Daily,
                                                                     noon to midnight. Free entrance. 1 Fonarny Pereulok, M:
Boom — A new club that made itself known to local                    Sennaya Ploshchad. Tel.: 311-5971.
club-goers with a concert by urban-folk band La Minor in
late August. The venue used to be located far from the               Red Club — Opened in September 2001 in a former horse-
usual club route on Okhta (on the right bank of the Neva             fodder warehouse behind Moscow Station. With two
River) but ceased to exist three years ago. Now it has               stages, cheap drinks and live concerts, it hosts some of the
reappeared, with the same management, at a more con-                 top local club bands and a variety of foreign acts, from
venient location at Naberezhnaya Reki Fontanki., five                Marc Ribot to Damo Suzuki. Daily, 6 6 a.m. Entrance
minutes walk from Nevsky Prospect. Free entrance-70                  70to 350 rubles. Concerts at 8 p.m., Thursday through Sun-
rubles. Fri.-Sun. 50 Nab. Reki Fontanki. M: Gostiny Dvor.            day. DJ parties (diverse music styles) follow at midnight. 7
Tel.: 312-8086.                                                      Poltavskaya Ul. M: Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Tel.: 277-1366.
City Club — Located above the rockabilly bar Money
Honey, with a more mature crowd aged between 20 and                  Stary Dom — Translated as Old House, the club has
40, City Club specializes in pop/rock, blues, reggae and             been opened by the local stadium punk band Korol I
Latin. Hot food, three bars, pool and Russian billiards, plus        Shut. Defined by the management as "any music that
real fireplaces — but nasty security. Live shows Monday              doesn't make you sick," the venue's repertoire is mostly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SERGEY GRACHEV/SPT
through Sunday at 8:20 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, also at 1 a.m.        based on Russian mainstream. Pop or house are abso-
Entrance 60 rubles. 28-30 Sadovaya Ul., Apraksin Dvor, Ko-           lutely exluded. The club is designed to hold between 600
rpus 13. M: Gostiny Dvor. Entrance through Money Honey.              and 800 fans, but can hold up to 1,000 at a good night.
Tel.: 310-0549.                         115 Pr. Metallistov (Polyustrovo Hotel). Take minibus-taxi
                                                                     no. 107 from Finlyandsky Station. Tickets will cost between
Corsar – Large, college-like, cavernous underground pub              80 and 500 rubles ($2.60 to $16.25). Tel.: 303-8200, 540-          Pop band MultFilmy will use its Russian Christmas show on Jan. 7 to launch its first compilation album.
that features frequent live concerts and a pool table. Al-           9344.
most empty on weekdays. Rockabilly, blues, rock and roll.                                                                               Called "Best of," it includes a flash game developed by the band's frontman Yegor Timofeyev as a bonus.
Sunday through Tuesday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Wednesday
through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 a.m. Entrance 40 to 50 rubles
when a band is playing. 14 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul. M: Nevsky
Prospect. Tel.: 219-4184.                                            Aquatoria — Huge entertainment complex with bowling,
                                                                                                                                        La Plage — This beach-theme nightclub opened last
                                                                                                                                        March at the same venue where the notorious Candyman
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jimi Hendrix Blues Club — What was once the Arme-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           nian cafe “Shagane” (Armenian cuisine is still available)         gay
                                                                     billiards and disco. Marine-themed interior, Eurodance, lip-       was until December 1999. Mostly Eurodance, but some                now offers live blues, rock and jazz concerts, with videos        Cabaret Located in a former Soviet “Palace of Culture”
     Cynic — A new location for the infamous and once                synching pop stars, male and female striptease shows.              trendier pop and, on occasion, rock sounds make their              from the likes of Eric Clapton and Blue Cheer in between.         close to the Mariinsky Theater, Cabaret resembles a
hugely popular grungy student hangout. Still oriented to-            Tuesday through Sunday, 10 p.m to 6 a.m. Live shows start          presence felt as well. Two levels, two bars, restaurant.           Open 24 hours. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Entrance 50 to         provincial disco for most of time, except for its transvestite
ward the bohemian crowd and expats, it’s now larger and              at 12:30 a.m. or 1:30 a.m. Entrance 200 rubles (men), 150          Thursday through Sunday, 10 6 a.m. Entrance 80 to           70 rubles. 33 Liteiny Pr. M: Chernyshevskaya. Tel.: 279-          shows, with actors impersonating Soviet pop stars, ac-
cleaner. Occasional free gigs by some of the city’s finest           rubles (women) on weekdays; 300 rubles (men), 200 rubles           380 rub. Free entrance for girls wearing bikinis. Students get     8813.                                                             cording to the local gay site Cheap bar. Thursday
underground bands. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to               (women), weekends and holidays; more on special occa-              50-percent discount at the door on Thursday and Sunday. 17                                                                           through Sunday, 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance 50 to 300 rub. 34
3 a.m.; Friday, Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 a.m. 4 Per. Antonenko. M:         sions. 61 Vyborskaya Nab. M: Lesnaya. Tel.: 245-2030, 118-         Prospect Kosygina. M: Ladozhskaya. Tel.: 525-6313.                 Neo Jazz Club — What the restaurant “Mukha Tsoko-                 Ul. Dekabristov (door No. 3), M: Sennaya Ploshchad. Tel.:
Sennaya Ploshchad. Tel.: 312-9526, 312-8779.                         3518.                                                                                        tukha” (opposite the Mukhina Art College) turns into at           114-5056.                                                                                                                                                                                           night. Neat design, although the place has still yet to find
                                                                     Astoria — Mostly pop and gypsy-style shows, but the odd            Plaza — The newest rival to Hollywood Nites and La Plage,          its own atmosphere. Specializes for the most part in mel-         Greshniki — The decor suggests that Greshniki (“Sinners”)
Dostoevsky Art Bar — Long, narrow room with two lines of             concert by more leftfield acts. Open 24 hours. Entrance 200        this nightclub/restaurant in a 19th-century building on the        low jazz styles, with duos and trios usually performing           is more of an S&M joint, with chains hanging across the
tables, a bar and a small stage. Eclectic crowd of managers          to 3,000 rubles. 20 Malaya Morskaya Ul. M: Nevsky                  Strelka in August 2000. The clientele arrives in jeeps to see      without a drummer. Capacity 35 to 40. Armenian and Eu-            spiral staircase and a curious medieval-castle interior. The
and foreign tourists. Mostly cover bands playing rock, blues,        Prospect. Tel.: 313-5020.                                          Moscow pop stars. Restaurant open dailym 9 p.m. until last         ropean cuisine. Daily, 9 midnight. Entrance 50 rubles      bar staff are dressed as either demons or fallen angels and
and Latin, often too loud to talk. Sunday through Thursday,                                                                             client leaves. Club program, Tuesday through Sunday, 10            after 8 p.m. 14 Solyanoi Per. Tel.: 273-3830.                     the strippers in leather. Daily, 6 p.m to 6 a.m. Entrance free
noon to 1 a.m. (Friday, Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.) Bands play         Bada Boom — An entertainment center on the city’s                  p.m. to 6 a.m. Entrance 100 to 1,500 rubles. 2 Nab.                                                                                  to 70 rubles (men), 100 to 200 rubles (women), 29 Nab.
daily, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a second set (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.) on   northern outskirts including a casino, nightclub, strip club,      Makarova. M:Nevsky Prospect/Sportivnaya. Tel.: 323-9090.           Palitra Art Cafe — Yet another medium-priced art cafe             Kanala Griboyedova. M: Gostiny Dvor. Tel.: 318-4291.
Friday. Cover charge on weekends. 15 Vladimirsky Pr. M: Dos-         restaurant and several shops. Usually disco nights and                                                                                with live jazz and blues and, less frequently, some rock
toeyevskaya/Vladimirskaya. Tel: 310-6164.                            Russian pop singers performing. Open 24 hours. Entrance            Tribunal — Often packed, playing the better Russian pop,           and country. Photo and art exhibitions. Music program is
                                                                     100 to 500 rub. 113A Pr. Engelsa. M: Ozerki. Tel.: 510-0911        a bit of rock and a fair amount of classic mainstream, with        basically equivalent to Jimi Hendrix Blues Club, Neo Jazz         Mono — This tiny, unremarkable little club is friendly and
     Fish Fabrique — Despite the spartan interiors and                                                                                  an all-pervading tequila theme. Good beer-and-munchies             Club and Sunduk Art cafe. Daily, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Con-          smart. With a bar, minute stage for cabaret and what must
menu, this place is still a favorite for local rock musicians        Chaplin Club — On the scene since April 1997, Chaplin              place, with a nice interior, but on the pricy side. Daily, noon    certs daily, 9 p.m. Entrance 30 rubles when a band is play-       be the smallest dance floor in the city lined with seating for
and alternative artists, with the bonuses of table hockey            Club was formed by the clown group Litsedei, the rem-              to 6 a.m. Free entrance. 1 Pl. Dekabristov. Tel.: 311-1690         ing. 5 Malaya Morskaya Ul. M: Nevsky Prospect. Tel.: 312-         40 or so, the overall impression is that they are expecting a
and underground films. Daily, 3 p.m. until the last person           nants of Slava Polunin’s once-famous collective. Clowns                                                                               3435.                                                             crowd of gnomes. Intimacy guaranteed, private dancers
leaves. Live gigs start at 10:30 p.m.; film program on Sunday        and comedians fill most of the schedule. Daily, noon to 11                                                                                                                                              available (200 rubles), helpful staff. Daily, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
from 8 p.m. Entrance 50 rubles. 10 Pushkinskaya Ul. (en-
trance through the arch at 53 Ligovsky Pr.). Tel.: 164-4857.
                                                                     p.m. Entrance 80 to 300 rubles when live bands or clowns
                                                                     are performing. Seating capacity is limited to 48; reservations    jazz & blues                                                       Sunduk Art Cafe— Another small place with a pleasant
                                                                                                                                                                                                           atmosphere and live music. Alhough it used to feature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Entrance 20 to 50 rubles (men), 50 to 100 rub. (women). 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kolomenskaya Ul. M: Ligovsky Prospect. Tel.: 164-3678.                                              recommended. 59 Ul. Tchaikovskogo. M: Chernyvshevskaya.            Blues Billiard — Blues bar, billiards and gambling ma-             restaurant musicians and Soviet pop songs, it has recently
                                                                     Tel.: 272-6649.                                 chines. The repertoire is lovingly compiled by ex-Akvarium         featured mostly jazz, blues and some rock. Daily, 10 a.m. to
Friday — This club divides its time between rock concerts,
electronic-music festivals and parties with DJs. Friday, Sat-        Gigant Hall — A venue for the nouveaux riches located in
                                                                                                                                        guitarist Alexander Lyapin, who often performs there him-
                                                                                                                                        self. Daily, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Strip shows, Thursday, 9 p.m. to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           11:30 p.m. Entrance 30 rubles from 8:30 p.m. 42 Fursh-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           tatskaya Ul. M: Chernyshevskaya. Tel.: 272-3100.                  lesbian
urday, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Occasional live concerts, 6 p.m. to 10      the former Gigant cinema occupied by the Conti Casino.             11 p.m. Free entrance. Live blues concerts start at 9 p.m.                                                                           Tri El — Russia's probably only fully lesbian club; not just a
p.m. (when announced.) Entrance 80 to 150 rub. 10-12                 Inconveniently located if you don’t have a car. Mostly pop         Thursday through Sunday. 48 Ulitsa Professora Popova. M:                                                                             lesbian night at a mainstream venue as they usually do.
Moskovsky Pr. M: Sennaya Ploshchad. Tel.: 310-2317.                  shows, approximately three times a month. Entrance 100 to
                                                                     600 rub. 44 Kondratevsky Prospect. M: Ploshchad Lenina.
                                                                                                                                        Petrogradskaya. Tel.: 234-4448.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           house, techno etc.                                                Lesbian strip and gender-bending shows, Fri.-Sat.; occa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sional concerts, Thurs.; dance parties. Women only, except
Front — A rehashed underground club located in a bomb                Tel.: 540-1355.                                                          Che Cafe-Club — Launched a few months ago just                    Griboyedov — Located in a bomb shelter and operated          Thurs. and Fri.; closed, Sun. Mon., Tues., 5 p.m.-midnight
shelter and featuring live rock and pop/rock bands, with a                                                                              off Nevsky Prospect, Che has became one of city’s most             by the band Dva Samaliota, Griboyedov is generally full and       (free entrance); Wed., 9 p.m.-6 a.m.; Thurs., 7 p.m.-midnight;
similar repertoire to Fish Fabrique and Moloko but with a            Hali-Gali — One of the few places where Muscovites want            popular hangouts. Although named after the legendary               cool, with a good habit of booking alternative bands to mix       Fri., 9 p.m.-6 a.m.; Sat., 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Pool on week-days, 80
portion all kind of bikers and psychobilly fans in its audi-         to go when they deign to visit. Great place if you speak           guerrilla, Che is aimed primarily at trendy, well-off young        with its standard rave and techno. One of the best in the city.   rub./hour. Entrance 50 to 150 rubles. 45 5-aya Sovetskaya
ence . No techno! Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Live concerts, 9       good Russian but, without it, you’ll miss the point of the         people. Open 24 hours. Live music nightly, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.       Wednesday is disco night. Daily, 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. Entrance 60     Ul. M: Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Tel. 110-2016.
p.m. Entrance 100 rub. (including a beer.) 31 Ul.                    cabaret. Don’t miss splashing out 450 rubles to sink a me-         3 Poltavskaya Ulitsa. M: Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Tel.: 277-7600.     to 80 rubles. Free from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. 2A Voronezhskaya Ul.
Chernyakhovskogo (watch for a bunker in the yard). M:                ter of beer, there is a prize at the end of it. The program                                                                           M: Ligovsky Pr. Tel.: 164-4355.
Ligovsky Prospect. Tel.: 340-9111.                  starts at 10 p.m., after which the door will only let you in       Jazz & Phrenia — The second, more recently opened
                                                                     “for a consideration.” Open daily. Entrance from 600 rub. 15       branch of the jazz club/restaurant is much more conve-             Jakata - Open since Dec. 2002, the elitist club claims to host
Liverpool — None-too-cheap theme bar based on the                    Lanskoye Shosse. Tel.: 246-3827.                                   niently located in the heart of the city. Music program            trendy local and international DJs and seems to be very
mop-top legends, with photos and other paraphernalia                                                                                    comprising jazz, blues, fusion and Latin. Daily, noon to 5         choosy about its audiences. With memberships cancelled
hanging everywhere, and videos of the Beatles playing                Havana — Smart Cuba-themed club with live bands and                a.m. Entrance 50 rub. when a band is playing. Concerts start       from Dec. 2003, the public can get in only if it passes strict
constantly. Live bands playing Beatles covers and                    three dance floors playing Latino, house and pop. Restaurant,      at 9 p.m. 91 Nevsky Pr. M.: Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Tel.: 277-       face control. Coffee bar and restaurant now open from noon
1960s/70s hits at night. Sunday through Thursday, 11 .a.m            chill-out room, pool, and free popcorn for all. Daily, to 6 a.m.   5130.                                                              daily. Mon., Tues., noon-midnight; Wed.-Sun., noon-6 a.m. 5
to 2 a.m.; Friday, Saturday, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.) Live concerts,       Entrance 30 to 60 rubles; Friday, Saturday, 75 rubles; free on                                                                        Ul. Bakunina. M: Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Tel. 346-7462.
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (three sets.) Free entrance. 16 Ul.                Wednesdays for “real Latinos” with passports. 21 Moskovsky         Jazz Blues Phrenia — This jazz club/restaurant is located
Mayakovskaya. Tel: 279-2054.                        Prospect, M: Tekhnologichesky Institut. Tel.: 259-1155.            on the right bank of the Neva River, quite a way from the          Mama — Launched by the people who founded Tunnel,
                                                                                                                                        center of the city. Capable of holding up to 70 people, the        Mama has been on scene since February 1997. Decadent
Manhattan/Kotyol — Art club with bar, billiard room and              Marstall — Usually packed with goggle-eyed foreigners              club has a dance floor, billiards and pool (three tables).         house-party feel, featuring some of the best techno in St.
very strangely organized toilets. Originally intended for the        (whose passports get them in for free), Marstall runs a            Daily, 8 p.m. until the last visitor leaves. Concerts start at 9   Petersburg. Drum’n’bass/jungle, visiting and resident
underground art elite, it has since changed management               dazzling array of strip shows, with the most athletic              p.m. 29 Pr. Udarnikov. Bus or marshrutka taxi from M:              DJs. Very young crowd, so if you’re over 20 you may feel
and direction a number of times. Daily, 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. Live        dancers and the most creative costumes in town. Bar and            Ladozhskaya. Tel.: 529-0529.                                       out of place. Friday, Saturday, 11:50 p.m. to 6 a.m. En-
concerts start at 10 p.m., except Friday, Saturday (11 p.m.)         restaurant. Daily, noon to 6 a.m. Strip shows start at 11 p.m.                                                                        trance 60 rubles. 3B Mal. Monetnaya Ul.. M: Gorkovskaya.
Entrance 60 to 100 rubles after 9 p.m. 90 Nab. Reki Fontanki.        5 Kanal Griboyedova. M: Nevsky Prospect. Tel.: 315-7607.                 Jazz Philharmonic Hall — Staid, state-sponsored              Tel.: 232-3137.
Tel.: 113-1945.                                                                                                        jazz venue, intended by its founder, local jazz patriarch
                                                                     Metro — Someone has spent a great deal of money on                 David Goloshchokin, to be Russia’s answer to New York’s                  Par.spb — A house club opened with a concert by
     Moloko — Probably the best underground rock club                Metro, and the results, while hardly intimate, have been a         seminal Blue Note club. Mostly mainstream and Dixieland            Julie Cruise, of “Twin Peaks” fame, in November 2001. Of-
in town, where Tequilajazzz, Spitfire and Markscheider               great success. Now, Metro has a fully functioning third            repertoire, with the occasional drop of blues. Home of the         ficially an extension of the International Cultural Center, lo-
Kunst like to perform. Often compared to the seminal,                floor, containing a relaxing saloon-bar and yet another            annual White Nights Swing jazz festival. Concerts most             cated on the same premises. Photo and art exhibitions, cult
now-defunct TaMtAm Club, Moloko has won a solid repu-                dance floor, enabling it to accomodate even more well-off          days, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Entrance 100 to 120 rubles. Tick-       film screenings. Very rare live concerts. Fri.-Sun. 11 p.m. to
tation among acts and student audiences, which are its               local teenagers. Chewing gum is forbidden. Daily, 10 p.m.          ets in advance at box-office, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. 27 Zagorodny        8 a.m. Entrance 100 to 500 rub. 5B Alexandrovsky Park. M:
mainstay. Wednesday through Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight.              to 6 a.m. Entrance 66 to 250 rub. 174 Ligovsky Pr. Tel.: 166-      Pr. M: Vladimirskaya/Dostoevskaya. Tel.: 164-8565.                 Gorkovskaya. Tel.: 233-3374, 238–0970.
Entrance 60 to 80 rubles. 12 Perekupnoi Pereulok. M: Pl.             0204.                                   
Alexandra Nevskogo/Pl. Vosstaniya. Tel.: 274-9467.                                                                                                                                                         PORT — Intended to blow the competition away when it                                                    Monroe — Sex-oriented Marilyn Monroe theme club. The                    Jazz Time Bar — A new addition on local jazz                  first opened, with a great layout and loads of space. Needs
                                                                     interior features faux-Greek frescoes depicting naked men,         scene that has been launched by one of the co-owners               to be full, otherwise its emptiness is overwhelming. Origi-
Money Honey — The city’s first and premier rockabilly bar,           minotaurs cavorting with teenage boys and women play-              of the established JFC Jazz Club. It is located in the three       nally for the progressive crowd, now it attracts all kinds, in-
complete with a confederate flag and posters of Elvis Pres-          ing penis-flutes. Bar, a dance floor playing unimaginative         small rooms once occupied by the ill-fated Ryba Jazz               cluding suburban kids and thugs in shell suits. Techno and
ley and Marilyn Monroe. Usually packed with a rowdy                  house and pop, Japanese chill-out room with incense and            cafe. Jazz, blues and Latin. Live concerts Wednesday               pop, plus a billiards room. Daily, 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. Techno par-
crowd of technical students and leather-clad teddyboys.              soft porn, booths with erotic channels for individual “relax-      through Sunday at 9 p.m. Daily, 11 a.m. until the last per-        ties with resident DJs at 10 p.m. Friday, Saturady. Entrance
Coat check can only handle half the crowd. Bar open from             ation” and very strange toilets. Daily, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. En-      son leaves. 41 Mokhovaya Ul. M: Chernyshevskaya. Tel.              40 to 400 rubles. 2 Per. Antonenko. M: Sennaya Pl. Tel.: 314-
11 a.m. Shows daily at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Entrance 40            trance 25 rubles until 6 p.m., 50 rubles afterwards. 8 Kanal       273 5379.                                                          2609.
rubles. 28-30 Sadovaya Ul., 14 Apraksin Dvor. M: Gostiny             Griboyedova, M. Nevsky Prospect. Tel.: 312-1331.
Dvor. Tel.: 310-0549.                                                                JFC Jazz Club — Probably the most innovative and              Tunnel — The pioneering techno hangout has recently
                                                                                                                                        progressive jazz venue in town. Less formal atmosphere,            reappeared, after a five-year hiatus, in its former location
Neva-Da! — An “American-style” entertainment center                  Ostrov — Glitzy joint where illy amounts of money and              with all styles up to avant-garde and improv. Occasional           — a bunker. Now, it specializes in all kinds of electronic
boasting a copy of the Statue of Liberty in the middle of the        couture clothing are always welcome. Rotating dance                classical and folk concerts. The latest addition is Ethno          dance music. Two dance floors, chillout room. Military
hall. Mostly rockabilly bands that can be seen at Money              floors, good shows, fashionable and relatively friendly            World, a monthly concert of world music. Mostly jazz               stylings. Thursday through Saturday, midnight to 6 a.m. En-
Honey perform. Open 24 hours. Concerts start at 9 p.m. En-           crowd. Cafe and chill-out room. Friday through Sunday, 9           crowd and expats. Bar and snacks. Daily, from 7 p.m. En-           trance 150 to 300 rub. Corner of Lyubansky Per. and Zverin-
trance 50 to 100 rub. 2 Klochkov Per. M: Pr. Bolshevikov. Tel.:      p.m. to 6 a.m. Entrance 300 rubles. 37 Nab. Leytenanta             trance 60 to 100 rub. 33 Shpalernaya Ul. M: Cherny-                skaya Ul. M: Gorkovskaya. Tel.: 233-4015. www.tunnel-
440-9950.                                                            Shmidta. M: Vasileostrovskaya. Tel.: 328-4857.                     shevskaya. Tel.: 272-9850.                 
iv                  friday, december 26, 2003                                                                                                                                                                      the st. petersburg times

                                                                                       which are only sold in the Paulaner        Palkin Restaurant                           p.m. – 30-percent discount. Begin           The ZOV ILYICHA Restaurant
                                                                                       Restaurant at the Pulkovskaya Hotel.                                                   your holiday from noon! Enjoy a
                                                                                       Restaurant is open daily from noon to                                                  variety of salads, soups: Crema de
                                                                                       1 a.m.                                     Exquisite Russian and French cuisine,       champinon, Sopa Azteca or Frijoles
                                                                                       1 Pl.Pobedy. Tel. 140-3932.                200 years of the traditions of the          Char-ros, main dishes: Tacos de             .... More then on the ten monitors -
                                                                                                                                  famous Palkin restauranteurs and a          pastor, Sabana invierno, Tacos de           kissing Brezhnev, everywhere, where
                                                                                       indian                                     beautiful interior attract real connois-    bistec or Calamares a la Mexicana.          is possible - statues, busts and heads
                                                                                                                                  seurs of fine cuisine to 47 Nevsky Pr.      Open daily, noon until the last guest       of Lenin - the quantity transforming
                                                                                       Swagat Restaurant                          A la carte menu, Premier menu,              leaves. Parking. English and Spanish-       propagation in madness. All this gets
                                                                                       Beautifully designed Indian                special banquet menu. Sample the            speaking staff. Credit cards accepted.      mixed up with the erotic staff of the
                                                                                       restaurant, where you get value for        tastes of the good old days – hare in       57/127 Voznesensky Pr., corner of           Penthouse, sexy waitresses-pioneers
                                                                                       money. Authentic fare of Kebabs,           homemade aspic, pot-au-feu chicken          Voznesensky Pr. and Nab. Reki               and really excellent meal. The
                                                                                       Curries and Biryanies. Business lunch      or foie gras. Fresh oysters, lobsters       Fontanki.                                   restaurant suggests the best soviet
                                                                                       for only $10 from noon to 4 p.m.           and seafood. Extensive wine list.           To reserve a table, or book a banquet,      and European meals: form live oysters
                                                                                       Arrangement for banquet parties, live      Cheese and des-serts. Orders taken          call 310-1534.           to Moskalsky borszh with real Ukraine
                                                                                       dance every evening. Exceptional           in advance by telep-hone. Open daily,                                                   bacon. ZOV ILYICHA is not a clone of
a paid service: $ under $10,               brunch. Used English-language books         wines and Hookah with flavored             noon to midnight. Major credit cards        old-russian cuisine                         a revolution museum, but a dream of
$$ under $25, $$$ over $25                 and magazines, plus an art gallery.         tobacco. English-speaking staff, free      accepted.                                                                               former pioneers. NEW! Every evening
                                           Open daily, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.               parking. Friendly. Open daily from         47 Nevsky Pr. Tel.: 103-5371.               Demidov Restaurant                          DJ with a program "Vinil 80-ies"NEW!
all-english pub/club                       82 Nab. Moiki. Tel.: 315-1675. $-$$         noon to 11 p.m. Major credit cards                                                                           Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
                                                                                       accepted.                                                                                                                          from 21-00 - live music. We sing hits
The Red Lion                               catering                                    91 Bolshoi Pr., Vasilievsky Ostrov.        TimeOut                                                                                 with Olga Pavenskaya. The Restaurant
                                                                                       Tel.: 322-2111, 322-4428.                                                              Want to live history today? Take a          is open every day from 13:00 till 02:00.
                                                                                       Web site:                                                     break from the hassles of modern life       34 Kazanskaya Ul. (7 Per. Grivtzova).
                                                                                                                                                                              with a memorable dining experience          Tel.: 117-8641 Visa, MC accepted.
Enjoy an exciting and unforgettable        Give your next event a touch of             Tandoor Restaurant                         New country restaurant "TimeOut"            at Demidov Restaurant. From classical
adventure day or night at the first        excellence with our five-star catering      Delicious food. Good vegetarian            invites visitors from St. Petersburg,       Russian cuisine to antique interiors        russian
authentic English Pub in St.               services. Banquets, buffets and full        selection. Very popular. English           from near and far. Only 30 minutes by       and gypsy music, Demidov creates
Petersburg. Come and join the fun in       event planning.                             spoken. Business lunch from noon to        car Primorskoye Shosse and at your          the ambiance of Russia from                 Kazemat
the beautiful surroundings of              Corinthia Nevskij Palace.                   4 p.m. for only $10. Open daily from       service is a restaurant with the star       centuries ago. We also cater for
Alexandrovsky Park. Experience the         Tel.: 380-2001. Fax: 380-1937. $$$          noon to 11p.m.                             dishes of European, Far Eastern and         parties and banquets, and serve
genuine atmosphere you have been                                                       2 Voznesensky Pr., near St. Isaac’s        Caucasian cuisine. Booking by phone.        business lunch weekdays until 5 p.m.
looking for, Traditional English Pub       Tandoor Restaurant                          Cathedral. Tel.: 312-3886. Some credit     Free-of-charge parking spaces.              for 300 rubles. 30-percent discount
Food, and satisfy your thirst with more    We provide small to medium-sized            cards accepted. $$                         Banquet hall for up to 160 persons.         on alcohol with the purchase of a           For a taste of history, come to us!
than 30 kinds of beer. Every Monday,       outdoor catering services for parties                                                                                              business lunch. For a quick snack,          Stylish interior, live music, disco
you can listen to live music starting at   and banquet functions. Reasonable                                                                                                  visit our cafe for home-style Georgian      program. Only we have dancing
8 p.m. Tuesday, all ladies enjoy three
hours of Unlimited Free Cham-pagne
                                           prices. 2 Voznesensky Pr.
                                           Tel.: 312-3886. $$-$$$
                                                                                                     New Year’s Eve                                                           cooking. Countdown, Adamant,
                                                                                                                                                                              restau-rant club, cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peter and Paul Fortress, Ioanovsky
from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., as well as                                                                      in Patio Pizza                                                     accep-ted. Open from noon until the         Ravelin. Tel.: 230-0350. Patrons will be
disco music all night. On Thursday,        european                                                                                                                           last guest leaves, major credit             admitted to the Fortress grounds until
try your voice in our Thursday
                                                                                                         with Planet Sushi                                                    cardsaccepted. 14 Nab. Fontanki.            2 a.m. Password Kazemat.
Karaoke Competition starting at 8          Crocodile Whisky Bar                                                                                                               Tel.: 272-9181.
p.m. Then, if you’re still standing, put                                                                                                                                                                                  Sadko
on your dancing shoes. Every Friday                                                                                                                                           Shuvalovka                                  Sadko’s ever-popular Russian buffet.
and Saturday, there’s live music and                                                                                                                                                                                      Traditional Russian delicacies on a
Super Disco Music all night. Draft         More than 25 varieties of whisky                                                                                                                                               groaning board – the ideal way to
beer 41 rubles. Great food, big menu,      (Scotch, Irish, American, Canadian).                                                                                                                                           learn what real Russian cooking is all
affordable prices. All-day breakfast.      Friendly atmosphere and excellent                                                                                                  Russian village Shuvalovka a Center         about. Splendid variety of cold
And, as always, superior service. Open     European cuisine at the lowest price                                                                                               of Russian traditional culture. Master-     appetizers, hot dishes and
24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days      you can get. Expats most welcome.                                                                                                  classes on national crafts, fortune         tantalizingly irresistible desserts. It’s a
a year: we never close.
4 Alexandrovsky Park. Tel.: 233-9391.
                                           Modern photography exhibitions.
                                           Chess and backgammon. Crocodiles
                                                                                                        Ti c k e t s f r o m $ 1 3 0                                          telling. Restaurant of Russian cuisine
                                                                                                                                                                              Sobranie with 300 seats. Folklore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Russian lunch that’s bound to lift your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          spirits! Only $16.
M: Gorkovskaya, next to Baltiisky Dom      are all over the interior, but our                            (ticket includes Italian buffet, Sushi,                              musical programs, the organi-zation         Daily, noon to 4 p.m.
Theater                                    bartenders are pleasant and alert.                               entertainment program, disco)                                     of corporate holidays and banquets. A       Tel.: 329-6000. Corner of Nevsky Pr.
                                           Open daily from noon to midnight.                                                                                                  skating rink, ice slopes, hire of skates    and 1/7 Mikhailovskaya Ul.
american                                   All credit cards accepted.                                                                                                         and sleds. A New Year's Eve at the          E-mail:
                                           18 Galernaya Ul. (near St. Isaac’s          international                              Live music, picturesque coast. We           restaurant Sobranie: a celebratory
City Bar                                   Square). Tel.: 314-9437.                                                               offer mutually advantageous                 supper, a musical program with              St. Petersburg
                                                                                       Arbat-Nord                                 cooperation to tour agencies and            cheerful lotteries, fireworks, snow
                                           Odyssey                                                                                agencies for the organization of            entertainments and a skating rink -
                                                                                                                                  banquets and corporate holidays.            250 y. e.
The only real AMERICAN food in                                                                                                    Take a time-out.                            Petrodvorets, St. Petersburgskoye
town. New Menu! New American                                                                                                      Sestroretsk, Severny Plyazh, opposit to     Shosse (between Strelna and                 A Russian restaurant in authentic St.
Cook! Mondo presents BBQ ribs&             Enjoy the setting of a sunlit terrace       Cozy restaurant in hotel “Arbat-Nord”      350, Primorskoye Shosse. Tel. 337-          Petergof). Tel.: 427-5344; 427-5393,        Petersburg style, located in one of the
chicken, Ceasar Salad, Nachos &            just like at the seaside of the             is an ideal place for carrying out of      6776, 346-5220.                                         most beautiful places not only in our
more. Fresh BAGELS & CREAM                 Mediterranean Sea. It is difficult not to   Celebratory buffet, banquets,                                                                                                      city, but in whole world, opposite the
CHEESE! (also available by the             be tempted by the refined dishes of         corporate parties. We shall offer you      Vegas                                       oriental                                    Church on the Spilled Blood. Business
dozen), fresh-ground burgers made          the Mediterranean created by our            variants of the refined menu from                                                                                                  lunch daily from noon until 5 p.m. A
to order, hand-cut french-fries and        kitchen team. Restaurant at the             dishes of the European kitchen, the                                                    Kalif Restaurant                            great wine list and irreproachable
killer apple pie. Breakfast menu           Pulkovskaya Hotel. Located in the           special menu for vegetarians, an                                                                                                   service. Live music and dancing
including pancakes & maple syrup.          lobby of the first block. The restaurant    extensive choice of alcoholic drinks.      The restaurant of the Vegas entertain-                                                  begins at 8 p.m. The new program of
Celebrate New Year Eve for 1,000           is open daily from noon to 11 p.m.          For fans of sports demonstration of        ment complex is happy to offer you                                                      a renowned Russian-style variety
rubles (including buffet, punch and a      1 Pl. Pobedy. Tel.: 140-3933.               sports matches on the big screen. The      dishes of American, European and            Beautifully designed oriental               show starts at 9 p.m.
glass of champagne at midnight).                                                       stylish interior, a friendly atmosphere,   Russian cuisine. “Can-Can” Chili and        restaurant. Extensive menu. Daily folk      Call 314-4947 to reserve a table.
ISIC discounts. Internet music,            fusion                                      faultless service do each visiting of      bliny with caviar, T-bone steak or a        music and belly dancing. Live music         5 Kanal Griboyedova.
English video & book swap.                                                             the restaursnt unforgettable.              Vegas hamburger prepared by our             daily, except Tuesday and Wednesday.
Opened as always till the last client.     Aquarel                                     4 Artilleriiskaya Ul. Tel.: 103-1897.      chefs will make an unforgettable            Three-minute walk from the                  vietnamese
10 Millionaya Ul.                                                                                                                 impression. And shooters sampled in         Hermitage. Open daily from noon to
Tel.: 314-1037, fax 315-8575.                                                          Dvorianskoye Gnezdo                        the Ice-Bar, with its bar of ice, provide   midnight.                                   Pagoda Mot Kot
                                                                                       (Noble Nest)                               a pleasant continuation of your             VISA, Mastercard, Union accepted.
cabaret                                    St. Petersburg’s most fashionable                                                      evening’s entertainment.                    21 Millionnaya Ul. Tel.: 312-2265.
                                           restaurant. Exclusive wine list. Two                                                   6 Manezhnaya Pl. Tel.: 110-5000.
HALI-GALI                                  levels. Second level – fusion                                                                                                      pub                                         A new theme restaurant featuring
                                           restaurant; third level – grill and bar.    The city’s top restaurant, located in      italian                                                                                 original Vietnamese cuisine from the
                                           Exclusive desserts. Club-style jazz -       the Trianon of the Yusupov Palace.                                                     Leo’s pub                                   Chan Service Group. There are three
                                           funky music. DJs & special events on        Excellent cuisine combined with            La Strada Restaurant                                                                    main halls, individual dining cabins, a
From 23 December Hali-Gali presents        Fridays and Saturdays.                      impeccable service and a wide range                                                                                                waterfall, a goldfish pool, handmade
new program: All about sex: in jest...     The best panoramic views in the city.       of exceptional wines. Live music                                                                                                   furniture, and a bamboo hut. The
and for real. And as always - the          Petrograd Side, near Birzhevoi Bridge       starting at 8 p.m. Open 7 days a week                                                  Real British pub atmosphere. 17 kinds       pleasant and romantic atmosphere,
discotheque after the show. For all        (Malaya Neva area). Tel.: 320-8600.         from noon to midnight. Reservations        Italian restaurant-pizzeria under a         of original beer, 50 kinds of wiskey. VIP   European comfort, oriental hospitality
time - Excellent French Meal.                                                          recommended.                               crystal cupola. Unique interior in the      hall with separate beer taps. One of        and exotic taste of the delicious
Attention! Not normative lexicon.          german                                      Call 312-3205 or 312-0911 for              style of a small Italian street with a      the largest oak bars. Open from             cuisine. Welcome to sunny Vietnam
Tickets for the show from 350 rub. For                                                 reservations. 21 Ul. Dekabristov           Florentine balcony. Salad bar and           noontime until the last guest leaves.       right here in St. Petersburg. Open
dancing from 200 rub. Tuesday -            Bierstube Restaurant                        (near the Mariinsky Theater).              home-made pasta. Pizza prepared             Business lunch - 150 rub.                   from noon until the last customer
Saturday - 20:00 - 04:00. Show: 21:00,     German-style pub restaurant.                $$-$$$                                     right before your eyes. Open daily          21 Voznesensky Pr. Tel.: 314-3925           leaves. Credit cards are accepted. 10-
lasts for 2,5 hours. Dancing: 24:00.       Traditional dishes and draft beer.                                                     from noon to 11 p.m.                                                                    percent discount before 5 p.m. on
Tickets are sold from 18:00. Visa, MC      Business lunch: Monday through              Fontanka Restaurant                        27 Bolshaya Konyushennaya Ul.               russian-french                              weekdays. Live music daily starts at
acceptable.                                Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.                Stylish interiors. Eye-catching view.      Tel.: 312-4700.                                                                         7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg, 23 Lanskoye Shosse.        Open daily from noon to midnight.           Traditional Russian and European           140 Moskovsky Pr. Tel.: 327-0199.           Onegin Restaurant                           Tel.: 273-0184, 275-1446.
Tel.: 246-9910.                            57 Nevsky Pr., Ground floor,                delicacies. Buffet breakfast: 8 a.m to                                                                                   , 50
                                           Corinthia Nevskij Palace.                   10 a.m. Live music: 7 p.m. to midnight.    mexican                                                                                 Ul. Chaikovskogo.
cafe                                       Tel.: 380-2001, fax: 380-1937.              Open from 8 a.m. to midnight. All                                                      Russian-French cuisine, cigar room,         M:Chernyshevskaya.
                                                                                       major credit cards accepted. We            Tequila-Boom                                restaurant, two bars, VIP hall. Club
Cafe Idiot                                 Paulaner                                    promise you a warm Russian                 Viva-fiesta!                                format. New menu: crab soup with
                                                                                       welcome!                                                                               Aioli, green asparagus with parmesan        For more information
                                                                                       43/1 Lermontovsky Pr.                                                                  ice cream and royal Dorado. 20-             or advertising,
Great Russian and vegetarian food                                                      (Sovetskaya Hotel, entrance from                                                       percent discount from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.      please call the advertising
served all day. Jazz, cappuccino, fresh    A Bavarian Minibrewery offering the         Fontanka Nab.)                             From Friday to Saturday-show                Major credit cards accepted. English-
juice, specialty teas. Happy hour from     real feeling of the Bavarian Alps.          Free parking lot.                          program Latin-American dancing with         speaking staff. Open daily, 5 p.m. to 5
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weekend             Try our non-filtered types of beer,         Call 140-2614 for reservations. $$         the ledaing bands. From noon to 5           a.m. 11 Sadovaya Ul. Tel.: 117-8384.        at 325-6080
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Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 and
Dvorak’s Symphony No.9. Shostakovich
                                                     sherbet fizzes with turkish delight
                                                      By Joseph James Crescente III                      pop. Couches line the walls, and a ban-          mixed with herbs. She complimented                     After having dined at a very over-
theater                                               SPECIAL TO THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES                quet room is in the back.                        this with two side dishes, rice sprinkled          priced restaurant recently, it was such a
PREMIERE! The Little Tragedies Grigory                Babies are usually loud, rough around                  We started off with a couple of half-        with olive oil and sesame seeds, and               relief to see prices with a human face.
Kozlov presents a modern interpretation of            the edges, and altogether sloppy. This is          liter Bochkarov beers (70 rubles; $2.39)         roasted vegetables (60 rubles; $2.05               Indeed, the most expensive item on the
this example of Pushkin’s less well-known

                                                      the dish
                                                               often true of new restaurants             while we studied the curious menu.               each). She enjoyed the rice, an often              menu is 210 rubles ($7.17). The menu is
stage writing which comprises four dramatic
                                                               too. Not so for Sherbet, a new            Having never been to Turkey, most of             bland staple, describing it as “fluffy and         broad and varied, although nearly ev-
sketches in verse, including “Mozart and
Salieri,” written in 1830. Alexandriinsky Theater              Turkish-influenced restaurant             the items were unfamiliar. We chose              wonderful” and rather enjoyed the veg-             erything has a Turkish twist to it. I
      Arcadia Estonian director Elmo Naganen                   and club that opened a few                three appetizers. The cheese plate (110          etables, a combination of summer                   wasn’t conscious that it was a Turkish
directs an award-winning production of Tom                     weeks ago about seven minutes             rubles; $3.76) was layered with four             squash, green peppers and tomatoes.                restaurant until about half way through
Stoppard’s 1993 play, a witty and erudite work                 walk       from       Ploshchad           dairy delights: Edam, Brie, Blue                 While she was munching away, I sank                the meal. This was a relief, since most
concerning Lord Byron’s mysterious                             Vosstaniya. I stopped by before           Cheese, and a Russian variety. Served            my teeth into Chicken Sultan-Style (180            ethnic restaurants these days try so
disappearance from Britain in 1809. 6 p.m.                     I planned to eat there to check           with a garnish of grapes and walnuts, it         rubles; $6.15). Nearly boneless yet bone           hard to seem authentic. This place
Bolshoi Drama Theater                                 the address and was frightened I might             was simple but tasty. Next came spiced           shaped, it was a tender and moist entree,          didn’t have to; it was more comfortable
      Stars in the Morning Sky Alexander              be dining at another posh, overpriced              eggplant salad with vegetables (90               topped with sesame seeds and stuffed               being itself, and the result is a self-as-
Galin’s award-winning perestroika-era hit
                                                      French restaurant. The interior was                rubles; $3.07), known in Russian as              with apple. It was surrounded by dried             sured, casual and slick eatery.
about prostitutes in the Soviet Union. Maly
Drama Theater — Theater of Europe                     sleek and no menu was posted — often               “spicy fire.” Our server warned us that          fruit, fresh basil, and pomegranate                    The staff is cool, calm and collected,
King, Queen, Knave Vladislav Pazi directs an          a sign of ridiculously expensive fusion            it was very hot, but it was actually quite       seeds. For a garnish I had lemon tinged            attentive and friendly. Our server made
adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel           dishes and a pretentious atmosphere.               mild. It was delicious and in addition to        baked potatoes (60 rubles; $2.05), which           great recommendations and made us
about a love triangle. Lensoviet Theater              But, this was not what I found later.              the eggplant contained chilis, onions,           were served correctly.                             feel extremely welcome. He made the
Chichikov Alexander Isakov directs Mikhail                My companion and I were greeted                tomatoes, and coriander. This was fol-              With no room for dessert, yet with-             odd mistake, but we were so relaxed
Bulgakov’s scenes based on Gogol’s “Dead              instantly by our server, who helped us             lowed by Dolma (120 rubles; $4.10), a            out will power to resist, we indulged.             that it was impossible to get angry. If
Souls.” Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater               with our coats. We were seated in our              Turkish dish I had tried before. The             First came quince with pomegranate                 Middle Eastern pop, Christmas trees,
All in the Family Mikhail Chernyak directs a          chosen location, an intimate table at              minced lamb and onion wrapped in                 seeds, mint, walnuts, cinnamon and                 wire mesh lamps, and wall-to-wall mir-
vaudeville about the trials and tribulations in
                                                      the window. The snow was falling, the              grape leaves, and drenched in blue               vanilla ice cream, an unusual and                  rored restrooms are your cup of Turk-
an aristocratic family. Molodyozhny Theater
The Master Builder Vladimir Tumanov directs           people sliding on the ice, yet we were             cheese sauce, didn’t disappoint. Perhaps         delectable combination (60 rubles;                 ish coffee, then make this your next
Henrik Ibsen’s play about an architect/artist         safe in a warm and lively world. Sher-             it was a little too saucy, but there was         $2.05). This was followed up with a                destination for a meal — and a party!
fighting for emancipation from God. Theater           bet’s atmosphere is quirky, friendly and           plenty left over to dip our fresh bread in       creamy cinnamon pumpkin cheese
on Liteiny                                            alive. It almost feels like there’s a party        (40 rubles; $1.36.)                              cake, which was, in the words of my                Sherbet, 26 Vosstaniya Ul. Tel: 272 7613.
Enter a Free Man Georgy Tovstoganov Jr.               going on. In fact there are parties with               My companion, a strict vegetarian,           companion “one of the nicest desserts              Open Sunday to Thursday from 12 p.m.
directs Tom Stoppard’s witty play based               different DJs every Friday and Satur-              was not able to select anything off of the       I’ve ever had.” I had a frothy cappucino           until 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday un-
around a monologue by a frustrated inventor.          day, according to our server. The waiter           proper dinner menu, but she made do              (60 rubles; $2.05) and my companion an             til 2 a.m. Menu in Russian only. Credit
Mironov Theater                                       at the next table was frequently seen              with the kefir-based Dovga soup (110             espresso (50 rubles; $1.70). I also had a          cards not accepted. Dinner for two with
Strong Tea With Biscuits Vladimir Grishanin
                                                      dancing to the house staple, Turkish               rubles; $3.76). It was creamy, warm and          fresh apple juice (90 rubles; $3.07).              alcohol: 1,350 rubles ($46.15).
directs Somerset Maugham’s drama about a
brilliant actress who loses the ability to
distinguish between real life and acting. Priyut    O Fool, I Shall Go Mad! A Rudolf Furman             farmer and his love for an ageing Parisian        University under artistic director and             friday, january 2
Komedianta Theater                                  production, based on texts ranging from             actress. Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater          conductor Andrei Alexeyev perform “Old
The Wedding Mikhail Levshin’s interpretation of     Shakespeare to Brecht, about the life of Andrei     PREMIERE! The Duel Roman Smirnov                  Grand Piano” at 7 p,m. Shostakovich                ballet
Gogol’s much-loved comedy. Theater Komedianty       Mironov, after whom the theater is named. The       directs an adaptation of Chekhov’s                Philharmonic, Small (Glinka) Hall                       The Nutcracker The Vaganova Ballet
The House That Swift Built Grigory Gorin’s          title is a quote from King Lear that held           philosophical short story about ways of                                                              Academy performs Tchaikovsky’s adaptation
theatrical fantasy exploring the last few days      particular relevance for Mironov. Mironov Theater   dealing with life, seen through the               theater                                            of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale. 11 a.m. Mariinsky
of illustrious British satirist Jonathan Swift.     Easy Money Alexander Isakov directs                 interrelationships of a group of Muscovites       Out of Order, or No. 13 A situation comedy         Theater
Directed by Natalya Nikitina. Theater Dozhdei       Alexander Ostrovsky’s play about a swindler         living in the Caucasus. Theater on Liteiny        by British dramatist Ray Cooney about a            Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet
                                                    and moral values in 19th-century Moscow.            O Fool, I Shall Go Mad! A Rudolf Furman           government minister, a young woman with            about the tragic fate of a swan princess.
                                                    Priyut Komedianta Theater                           production, based on texts ranging from           whom he is about to embark on an affair, and       Mussorgsky Theater
monday, december 29                                                                                     Shakespeare to Brecht, about the life of          a dead body. Alexandriinsky Theater
                                                                                                        Andrei Mironov, after whom the theater is         Mysterious Variations Alexei Serov directs         opera
ballet                                              tuesday, december 30                                named. The title is a quote from King Lear that   Andrei Tolubeyev and Valery Degtyar in a           The Golden Cockerel Rimsky-Korsakov’s
     La Sylphide Marius Petipa’s staging of                                                             held particular relevance for Mironov. 12 p.m.    psychologically dynamic drama by Eric-             opera based on Pushkin’s satirical poem about
Auguste Bournonville’s 19th-century Romantic        ballet                                              Mironov Theater                                   Emmanuel Schmidt. 6.30 p.m. Bolshoi Drama          the eponymous, prophetic golden bird. Staged
ballet about a young Scot who falls in love              The Nutcracker The Vaganova Ballet             PREMIERE! Fatal Love Vlad Furman stages           Theater                                            in the style of traditional Japanese kabuki
with a beautiful sylph on the eve of his            Academy performs Tchaikovsky’s adaptation           his own play based on Boris Lavrenev’s short      The Apple Thief Tatyana Kazakova stages            theater by Japan’s Nenosuke Ichikawa.
wedding. Mariinsky Theater                          of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale. Mariinsky Theater        story “Forty First” about two people              this play by young Moscow writer Kseniya           Mariinsky Theater
                                                    Swan Lake Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular ballet         overcoming obstacles to reach each other. 7       Dragunskaya, about a woman who believes in         Cinderella Olga Mukartova stages Boris
opera                                               about the tragic fate of a swan princess.           p.m. Mironov Theater                              freedom above money and power. Akimov              Asafiev’s children’s opera based on the tale by
Yevgeny Onegin Stanislav Gaudasinsky                Hermitage Theater                                                                                     Comedy Theater                                     Charles Perrault. 11 a.m. Mussorgsky Theater
stages Tchaikovsky’s opera based on                                                                     wednesday, december 31                            Comedy Evening An evening of humour with
Pushkin’s novel in verse. Mussorgsky Theater        concert                                                                                               Konstantin Melikhan, starting at 6.00 p.m.         concert
                                                          FESTIVAL Fifth International “Arts            ballet                                            Theater on Liteiny                                 SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
concert                                             Square” Winter Festival American                    Nijinsky: Communion With God A ballet             How He Lied to Her Husband Subtitled “A            St.Petersburg TV and Radio Children’s
     FESTIVAL Fifth International “Arts             conductor Daniel Hege, with soloist Stefan          based on the life of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and   Warning to Playgoers,” this one-act Shaw play      choir: “Christmas Music” Music by Russian
Square” Winter Festival Conductor and               Jackiw, tackles American popular classics           his struggle with schizophrenia. A                targets the fatuous, idle rich and their desire    and foreign composers performed under the
soloist Yuri Bashmet of “Moscow Soloists”           including Bernstein’s “Divertissement,” Samuel      collaboration between Farukh Ruzimatov and        for culture with wicked comic timing, and a bit    baton of artistic director and conductor
Ensemble is joined by soloist Wu Man to             Barber’s violin concerto, Aaron Copland’s           actor Sergei Bekhterev that combines ballet       of physical comedy thrown in for good              Stanislav Gribkov. 5 p.m. Shostakovich
perform a program of works by Takemitsu,            “Appalachian Spring,” Gershwin’s “American in       with readings from Nijinsky’s diaries. Rimsky-    measure. Mironov Theater                           Philharmonic
Harrison, Britten, Schuber and Mahler.              Paris,” and even John Williams’ “Star Wars”         Korsakov Conservatory Theater
Shostakovich Philharmonic                           score. With the St. Petersburg Philharmonic                                                                                                              theater
                                                    Orchestra. Shostakovich Philharmonic                opera                                             thursday, january 1                                Even a Wise Man Stumbles Alexander
theater                                                   Andrea Griminelli The would-renowned                La Traviata French director Charles                                                            Ostrovsky’s classic about a cynical and
     The Winter’s Tale British director Declan      Italian flautist makes a rare recital appearance    Roubaud stages Verdi’s classic about a            opera                                              unprincipled man who tries to get what he
Donnellan directs Shakespeare’s tragicomedy,        in St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. St. Petersburg Opera      consumptive courtesan and her lover, and          The Barber of Seville Stanislav Gaudasinsky        wants by any means possible. Director
which examines the power of jealousy. A 1999                                                            how their relationship is destroyed by the        stages Gaetano Rossini’s classic two-act           Alexander Golub brings a new approach to the
Golden Mask Winner. Maly Drama Theater —            theater                                             hypocritical morals of 19th-century society.      opera based on the comedy by Pierre                play, making it a parable of modern political
Theater of Europe                                   The Marriage Alexander Galibin directs              Mariinsky Theater                                 Augustin de Beaumarchais about the                 life. Alexandriinsky Theater
King, Queen, Knave Vladislav Pazi directs an        Gogol’s grotesque farce about a man who             PREMIERE! Die schweigsame Frau Richard            adventures of the irrepressible barber Figaro      Deceit on Long Legs Nikolai Pinigin directs
adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1928 novel         narrowly escapes getting married.                   Strauss’ comic opera of 1935 staged for the       and a host of other colorful characters.           Italian actor-director Eduardo De Filippo’s
about a love triangle. Theater on Liteiny           Alexandriinsky Theater                              first time in Russia in this production by Olga   Mussorgsky Theater                                 comedy about family intrigues. Staged in a
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy A play               Treachery and Love Timur Chkheidze directs          Mukhortova. Mussorgsky Theater                                                                       black-and-white color scheme, with elements
based on Woody Allen’s 1982 film of the same        Friedrich von Schiller’s tragedy on despotism.                                                        theater                                            of commedia dell’arte and music from early
name, in which sex and science mix when a           Bolshoi Drama Theater                               concert                                           Family Portrait With a Stranger Alexei             Italian Neorealist films. Bolshoi Drama Theater
group of friends gather in a country house at            The Moscow Choir A play by Lyudmila            FESTIVAL Fifth International “Arts Square”        Maximov directs Sergei Lobozerov’s                       The Winter’s Tale British director Declan
the turn of the century. Komissarzhevskaya          Petrushevskaya examining the fate of three          Winter Festival: New Year’s Eve Concert           contemporary play about the romance                Donnellan directs Shakespeare’s tragicomedy,
Drama Theater                                       generations of a Moscow family on the eve of        The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra         between an urban artist and a rural girl.          which examines the power of jealousy. A 1999
     The Great Catherine Gennady                    an international festival, at the beginning of      conducted by Nikolai Alekseyev see in 2004        Bolshoi Drama Theater                              Golden Mask Winner. Maly Drama Theater —
Trostyanetsky directs the truly great Olga          the Khrushchev era. Igor Konyaev directs.           with a program of symphonic music.                Weightless Princess Natalya Kolomova               Theater of Europe
Samoshina in George Bernard Shaw’s short            Maly Drama Theater — Theater of Europe              Shostakovich Philharmonic                         directs a fairy-tale play about how love defeats   PREMIERE! The Shadow Tatyana Kazakova
comedy about the life of the Russian empress.       PREMIERE! The Fears of Tsar Solomon Pyotr           New Year’s Eve Concert The Youth                  a curse placed on a princess. 6.00 p.m. Maly       revives Yevgeny Shvarts’ satirical fable from
Theater on Liteiny                                  Shereshevsky directs the story of an amorous        chamber orchestra of the St.Petersburg State      Drama Theater — Theater of Europe                  1940 about a man’s relationship with his
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                                                                                                                                                                              rock, etc.                                        rock, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                              Project Olimpiisky/Ekstaz Pop rock. Moloko.            Dobranotch Folk. Moloko. 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              7 p.m.                                            Jets Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Doggy Doggy Rockabilly. Money Honey.              Red Hot Rockabilly. Money Honey. 12:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              The Phantoms Rockabilly. Money Honey.             jazz & blues
                                                                                                                                                                              Midnight.                                         Black Magic Electric blues. Jazz Blues
                                                                                                                                                                              Kurylyov Band/Kabriolet Rock. Orlandina.          Phrenia. 9 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              8 p.m.                                            Forrest Gump Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              jazz & blues                                      El Corazon Latin. JazzTimeBar. 9 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Konstantin Tedeyev (guitar, vocals) Blues,        Anna Guzikova Jazz songs. JFC Jazz Club.
                                                                                                                                                                              rhythm and guitar, soul. Jazz Blues Phrenia.      7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              9 p.m.                                            Los de la Plaza Spanish party. Palitra Art
                                                                                                                                                                              New Year Ball Alexei Kanunnikov Jazz Band.        Cafe. 8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Jazz Philharmonic Hall. 7 p.m.                    Komanda S Blues rock. Sunduk Art Cafe.
                                                                                                                                                                              Vladimir Lytkin Band Mainstream. Jazz             8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Philharmonic Hall (Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              New Year Jazz Party JazzTimeBar. 9 p.m.           party mix
                                                                                                                                                                              Lera Gehner Jazz songs. JFC Jazz Club. 7 p.m.     DJs Stefano, Serge and Satin House.
                                                                                                                                                                              Splash Point. Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.     Griboyedov. Midnight.
                                                                                                                                                                              8:30 p.m.                                         United Colours of House DJ Strong, Primat,
                                                                                                                                                                              Vladislav Pankevich (piano, vocals) and           Kfear, Lovesky, Antonio and Raf. Deep and
                                                                                                                                                                              Yury Snegurov (bass) Jazz classics. Neo Jazz      funky house. Par.spb. 11 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Club. 8 p.m.                                      The World of Drum ‘n’ Bass DJs J Majik
                                                                                                                                                                              Vladimir Slobodin (guitar) and Konstantin         (U.K.), Took, E-Zoom, B-Face, Spazm, Bes,
                                                                                                                                                                              Murashko (guitar) Spanish music. Palitra Art      Diss, Mikha Voron, Oleg Pak, L*Motive, Nose
                                                                                                                                                                              Cafe. 8:30 p.m.                                   and Shtaket. Tunnel. 11 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              Yury Silkin (guitar, vocals) & Co. Jazz, blues.
                                                                                                                                                                              Sunduk Art Cafe. 8:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                              party mix
                                                                                                                                                                              Roots Music Sound System DJs Sunshine,

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                                                                                                                                                                              Angryman, Slickyman and Ska-Messer
                                                                                                                                                                              Reggae, dub, dance, hall, rock steady, ska.
                                                                                                                                                                              Griboyedov. Midnight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anna Akhmatova Museum at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fontanka House Daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                              wednesday, december 31                            Closed Monday and the last Wednesday of
  Leanne Benjamin (r), as Cinderella, and Mariinsky Theater alumnus Vyacheslav Samodurov, as the prince,                                                                                                                        every month.
  rehearsing for The Royal Ballet’s production of “Cinderella” at the Royal Opera House in London this week.                                                                  rock, etc.                                        Permanent Collection Exhibits about the life
                                                                                                                                                                                    New Year Party featuring Chirvontsy.        and work of Anna Akhmatova, whose poetry
                                                                                                                                                                              The concert starts at 2 a.m. Ska punk, rock.      and life are indelibly associated with some of
shadow based on a Hans Christian Andersen        saturday, december 27                                Boris Grebenshchikov Tribute Album                                      Fish Fabrique. 11 p.m.                            the darkest days of the history of the city,
tale and orginally suppressed by the Soviet                                                           Launch Concert Stary Dom. 8 p.m.                                              New Year Party Caribace, Iva Nova,          including the Siege of Leningrad.
authorities. Akimov Comedy Theater               rock, etc.                                                                                                                   Roots Music Sound System (DJs Angryman,           Christmas Dreams Children and art students
A Thief in Heaven A two-act tragicomedy by       Richard Deutsch (Austria) and Georgy                 jazz & blues                                                            Sunshine, Maxim and Slickyman). Dub, folk         present paintings, drawings, ceramics and
Neapolitan playwright Eduardo de Filippo.        Bagdasarov (Moscow) GEZ-21                           Mikhail Chernov (tenor saxophone) and                                   punk, roots, reggae, dance hall. Moloko.          objet d’art in this seasonal exhibition. Dec. 24
Komissarzhevskaya Drama Theater                  (Experimental Sound Gallery), 10 Pushkinskaya        Friends Mainstream. Jazz Blues Phrenia.                                 11 p.m.                                           through Jan. 31.
The Master Builder Vladimir Tumanov directs      Ul. (entrance from 53 Ligovsky Pr.). 9 p.m.          9 p.m.                                                                  The Rattlesnakes Rockabilly. Money Honey.
Henrik Ibsen’s play about an architect/artist    Soundscript 33’ Dub, acid jazz. Fish Fabrique.       Mikhail Kostyushkin Band Mainstream. Jazz                               8 p.m.                                            Bread Museum Tuesday through Saturday, 10
fighting for emancipation from God. Theater      10 p.m.                                              Philharmonic Hall. 7 p.m.                                               Buoyant Band Rockabilly. Money Honey.             a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Liteiny                                       Para Bellum Goth rock. Front. 9 p.m.                 Hedgehogs Acoustic pop. JazzTimeBar.                                    Midnight.                                         Permanent Collection One of St.
PREMIERE! The Virtuous Burglar Mikhail           Petlya Nesterova Pop funk. Griboyedov.               9 p.m.                                                                  New Year Party Eskimo, Stigmata, L.O.V.           Petersburg’s more arcane visitor attractions,
Levshin stages Dario Fo’s farcical love story.   10 p.m.                                              Sound Set Jazz rock. JFC Jazz Club. 7 p.m.                              Punk, alternative. Orlandina. 10 p.m.             this museum — as its name suggests —
Theater Komedianty                               Dubsinthe/Ole Lukkoye Art rock.                      Valery & Ex3 Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.                                  New Year Party featuring Billy’s Band       showcases one of the great staples of Russian
                                                 Manhattan. 9 p.m.                                    8:30 p.m.                                                               Red Club. 10 p.m.                                 cuisine in all its understated glory.
                                                 Rtut/Tribal Massive Orchestra Art rock,              Catherine Loriot (vocals) and Maria                                     New Year Party Dva Penny Dlya
                                                 noise, experimental, acid jazz, trip-hop.            Danilova (piano) French chanson night. Neo                              Leprikona/Celtic City Experience/Stary Olsa       Chaliapin Apartment Museum Wednesday

gigs                                             Moloko. 7 p.m.                                       Jazz Club. 8 p.m.                                                       Celtic folk. Stary Dom. 10 p.m.                   through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Closed the last
                                                 The Cadillacs Rockabilly. Money Honey.               Yury Silkin, Alexei Lyapko, Viktor Matveyev                                                                               Friday of every month.
                                                 8:30 p.m.                                            and Friends Guitar night. Jazz, blues,                                  pop                                               Permanent Collection The museum is laid
                                                 Big Livers Rockabilly. Money Honey.                  flamenco. Palitra Art Cafe. 8:30 p.m.                                   Fabrika Zvyozd Ice Palace. Ice Palace, 1 Pr.      out in the apartment in which world-famous
                                                 11:45 p.m.                                           Panama Rhythm and blues. Red Fox. 8 p.m.                                Pyatiletok. M: Prospect Bolshevikov. Tel.: 118-   operatic bass Fyodor Chaliapin and his
                                                 Mikhail Borzykin Televizor frontman                  Black Magic Electric blues. Sunduk Art Cafe.                            6313, 118-6318. 7 p.m.                            family lived from 1914 through 1922, the last
f r i d a y , december 26                        performs solo. Orlandina. 8 p.m.                     8:30 p.m.                                                               Oleg Pogudin Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, 6           apartment in which Chaliapin lived in
                                                 L.O.V./F-Kultura/Slyozy/MDM@/                                                                                                Ligovsky Pr., M: Ploshchad Vosstaniya, 275-       Russia.
rock, etc.                                       PsiFucktor/Last Ketchup Punk, alternative.           party mix                                                               1273. 6 p.m.
Gin Tonic Rock. City Club. 8 p.m.                Orlandina. 11:30 p.m.                                DJs Gvozd, Zemine and T. Half Drum ‘n’                                                                                    Ethnographic Museum Daily, 10:30 a.m. to 6
Brazilia Pop rock. City Club. 12:30 a.m.         Punk Rock New Year Party Tarakany!                   bass. Griboyedov. Midnight.                                             party mix                                         p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed
Iva Nova Folk punk. Fish Fabrique. 10 p.m.       (Moscow), Priklyucheniya Elektronikov                Tanzploschadka DJ Re-disco and guests.                                        New Year Party DJs. Griboyedov. 8 p.m.      Monday and the last Friday of each month.
Dead Kedy Alternative. Front. 9 p.m.             (Moscow), Tri 15 (Moscow), Prazdnik (Korolyov),      Soviet retro, disco classics. Par.spb. 11 p.m.                          (reservations), 1 a.m. (general public)           Permanent Collection Almost half a million
S.O.K. Reggae. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.               Elizium (Nizhny Novgorod), 1.5 Kg Otlichnogo                                                                                 New Year Party featuring the Jet Fighters         items, including artifacts, drawings, pictures,
Torba-Na-Kruche Pop rock. Moloko. 7 p.m.         Pyure, Kabzon (Novgorod). Stary Dom. 8 p.m.                                                                                  Manhattan. 11 p.m.                                negatives and manuscripts, that give a
Jets Rockabilly. Money Honey. 8 p.m.                                                                  monday, december 29                                                     New Year Party DJs Strongs, Lovesky, Primat,      picture of the traditional cultures of more
Red Hot Rockabilly. Money Honey. 12:30 a.m.      jazz & blues                                                                                                                 Kfear, Chak, Korablev, Raf, Sahaj and             than 150 different peoples from across
Voinstvo Sidov/Troll Gnyot Yel Rock.             Los de la Plaza Spanish party. Jazz Blues            rock, etc.                                                              Kislovsky. Par.spb. 11 p.m.                       Russia.
Orlandina. 8 p.m.                                Phrenia. 9 p.m.                                      Mad Snow Party Geklberry Finn, Insane                                   New Year Party featuring Haddaway Plaza.          Parade of Peoples An exhibition about the
Spoiled/Pir Vo Vremya Chumy Rock.                Leningrad Dixieland Band “Jazz Dancing.”             Snegovix, Lunatic Home. Rock, alternative.                              10 p.m.                                           peoples of the Caucasus, Central Asia and
Orlandina. Midnight.                             Jazz Philharmonic Hall. 7 p.m.                       Friday. 7 p.m.                                                          New Year Party Triel Lesbian Club. 10 p.m.        Siberia. Closing date to be confirmed.
Zimovye Zverei Rock. Stary Dom. 8 p.m.           Anna Guzikova & Co. Jazz songs.                      EU Electronica. GEZ-21 (Experimental Sound                              New Year Party DJs Tomy Yamomota                  The Northern Capital Photographs by
                                                 JazzTimeBar. 9 p.m.                                  Gallery), 10 Pushkinskaya Ul. (entrance from 53                         (Finland), Abraham (Finland), Mikha Voron,        Mikhail Pikalov. Closing date to be
jazz & blues                                     Doo Bop Sound Acid jazz. JFC Jazz Club.              Ligovsky Pr.). 9 p.m.                                                   Oleg Pak, Van Nosikov , Chris Shuttle, Phunky     confirmed.
El. Coyotas Latin. Jazz Blues Phrenia. 9 p.m.    7 p.m.                                               Vragi Punk. Griboyedov. 10 p.m.                                         D, Natasha Urman (Moscow), L*Motiv, Quest,        Transitions — Contemporary Canadian
Take Five Saxophone night. Jazz Philharmonic     Forrest Gump Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.         The Cadillacs Rockabilly. Money Honey.                                  Nose, 2K, Kosinus, Slutkey, Dark and 108.         Indian and Inuit Art Traditional themes and
Hall. 7 p.m.                                     8:30 p.m.                                            8 p.m.                                                                  Tunnel. 11 p.m.                                   subjects in Inuit culture re-interpreted by 24
David Goloshchokin Band with Elvira              Panama Rhythm and blues. Neo Jazz Club.              Red Hot Rockabilly. Money Honey. Midnight.                                                                                modern artists and sculptors. Nov. 12
Trafova on vocals Mainstream. Jazz               8 p.m.                                               ChCh/Bubentsy/Odinoky                                                                                                     through January.
Philharmonic Hall (Ellington Hall). 8 p.m.       Black Magic Electric blues. Palitra Art Cafe.        Lyotchik/Yekaterina Achilova Rock.                                      thursday, january 1                               Museum Restorers of St. Petersburg An
El Corazon Latin. JazzTimeBar. 9 p.m.            8:30 p.m.                                            Orlandina. 7 p.m.                                                                                                         exhibition of nearly 100 items from 13
       Igor Timofeyev and Bright Funk, pop       Big Livers Rockabilly. Red Fox. 8 p.m.                                                                                       rock, etc.                                        Petersburg museums. Dec. 2 through Feb. 5.
jazz. JFC Jazz Club. 7 p.m.                      Komanda S Blues. Sunduk Art Cafe. 8:30 p.m.          jazz & blues                                                            Jane Air Nu metal. Moloko. 7 p.m.
Komanda S Blues. Neo Jazz Club. 8 p.m.                                                                Live Jazz and Blues Jazz Blues Phrenia.                                 The Barbulators Rockabilly. Money Honey.          Art Center Pushkinskaya 10 Various times
Panama Rhythm and blues. Palitra Art Cafe.       party mix                                            9 p.m.                                                                  8 p.m.                                            of opening.
8:30 p.m.                                        Do Re Mix DJs Vissardi, Timidzh, Khottabsky,         David Goloshchokin Jazz violin night. Jazz                              The Rattlesnakes Rockabilly. Money Honey.         Christmas Festival of Modern Art
Shoobie Doobie Swing. Red Fox. 8 p.m.            Bump and Keet Two-step, R&B. Griboyedov.             Philharmonic Hall. 7 p.m.                                               Midnight.                                         “Paintings — Gifts for Chritsmas.” Group
Neva Rockets Country and western, blues,         Midnight.                                            New Year Jazz Party JazzTimeBar. 9 p.m.                                      Kirpichi Alternative. Red Club. 11 p.m.      exhibit. Dec. 20 through Jan. 25. Museum of
rock. Sunduk Art Cafe. 8:30 p.m.                 Africa-Brazil Party DJs Kfear, Strong,               Olga Ponomaryova Blues rock. JFC Jazz                                                                                     Nonconformist Art.
                                                 Korablev, Samant, Steven, Kirill Frolov and          Club. 7 p.m.                                                            jazz & blues                                      The Last Enlightenment Drawings by Vadim
pop                                              Pugo. Par.spb. 11 p.m.                               Magic Bus Electric blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues                            Panama Rhythm and blues. Jazz Blues               Filimonov. Dec. 20 to Jan. 18. Museum of
Alexander Rozenbaum Urban folk,                  DJs Natasha Urman (Moscow), Mikha                    Club. 8:30 p.m.                                                         Phrenia. 9 p.m.                                   Nonconformist Art (Museum Wing).
gangsters’ and soldiers’ songs. Oktyabrsky       Voron, Slon, L*Motiv, Quest, Phunkee D,              Natalya Smirnova (piano) and Alexander                                  Gulf Stream Blues. Jimi Hendrix Blues Club.       Christmas Festival of Modern Art “Small
Concert Hall, 6 Ligovsky Pr., M: Ploshchad       Chris Shattle, 2K, Nose, Dark and Waks               Charsky (double bass) Mainstream. Neo                                   8:30 p.m.                                         Art”. Dec. 20. through Jan. 25. Petersburg
Vosstaniya, 275-1273. 7 p.m.                     Tunnel. 11 p.m.                                      Jazz Club. 8 p.m.                                                       Sweet Little 60s Rock and roll. Palitra Art       Archive and Library of Independent Art.
                                                                                                      Konstantin Tedeyev (guitar, vocals) Blues,                              Cafe. 8:30 p.m.                                         “300 years of Petersburg, a view from
party mix                                                                                             rhythm and guitar, soul. Palitra Art Cafe.                              Black Magic Electric blues. Sunduk Art Cafe.      Geneva”. Photographs by Swiss photographer
City Punk Techno Trance Party DJs R2,            sunday, december 28                                  8:30 p.m.                                                               8:30 p.m.                                         Jean-Jaques Kissling. Dec. 20 through Dec 28.
Fuckir, KiraDebosh and Pepelats. Front.                                                               Alexei Lyapko (guitar) and Dmitry Silkin                                                                                  Kino-Phot 703 Gallery.
11:30 p.m.                                       rock, etc.                                           (keyboards) Original compositions. Sunduk                               party mix                                               Andrei Chezhin “Fish”. Black and white
DJs Korablev and Sahaj Griboyedov.               Port (812) Pop punk. Front. 9 p.m.                   Art Cafe. 8:30 p.m.                                                     New Year Breaks DJs Oxide, Nose and Slim          photography. From Dec. 27. Fotoimage Gallery.
Midnight.                                        Proiskhozhdeniye Vidov/Soundscript 33’                                                                                       Feet Two-step, 1980s electropop. Griboyedov.      Sofiya Azarkhi “Palaestra” Collage. Through
Residents@St. Petersburg Party DJs               Art rock, dub, trip-hop, acid jazz. Moloko. 7 p.m.   party mix                                                               Midnight.                                         Dec. 28. Navicula Artis.
Lovesky, Spirit (Moscow), Phil (Moscow),         The Barbulators Rockabilly. Money Honey.             Heavy Monday DJs Mirny Atom, Mono and                                   Love House DJs Kosinus, Slutkey, 2K, Arram        Arseny Fominikh “The End of The World”
Arram Mantana, Phunky D and Stefano.             8:30 p.m.                                            Zausents Rock and roll, rock, hard and heavy,                           Mantana, L*Motive, Zalogin, Jonio el Nino,        Paintings and drawings. Dec 27 through Jan.
Par.spb. 11 p.m.                                 Heavy Metal Show Orlandina. 7 p.m.                   punk. Griboyedov. Midnight.                                             Yelkashu and Mikha Voron Tunnel. 11 p.m.          25. New Academy Museum.
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Marble Palace Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                 St. Petersburg City Administration: Pages            exhibition of works by little-known Uzbek-
Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Tuesday. A            of History (1875-1917) An exhibition of              born artist Kalmykov and some of his more
branch of the State Russian Museum.                    documents, portraits, personal objects and the       famous contemporaries. Closing date to be
Permanent Collection The collection of                 like documenting the history of the city             confirmed.
renowned local collectors Jacob and Joseph             administration. Closing date to be confirmed.        Memories of Italy Benois Wing. Through May.
Rzhevsky; an exhibition about Grand Duke                                                                    Dieter Blum: “Bodycathedrals” Images
Konstantin Romanov, grandson of Nicholas I             Pushkin Apartment Museum Daily, 11 a.m.              from the leading German photographer. Nov.
and one of Russia’s leading Silver Age (early          to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday.                            27 through Feb 2. Benois Wing.
20th century) poets; a display of weaving and          Permanent Collection Exhibits relating to            Natalya Savinova. Ceramics This personal
other crafts from the 15th through the 18th            the life and work of St. Petersburg’s — and          exhibition of Natalya Savinova showcases
centuries; plus the Ludwig Museum, an                  Russia’s — best-loved poet, Alexander Pushkin,       works which have already became classics
extensive collection of most trends in                 the author of such classics as “Yevgeny              from the State Russian Museum collection, as
modern art.                                            Onegin” and “The Bronze Horseman.”                   well as the artists own recently-created works
Festival of Video Art [PRO]SMOTR Aernout               “Again I Stand Above The Neva.”                      new to the public. From Nov. 5 through
Mik. Territorim. KIMSOOJA. Needle-woman.               Celebrating 200 years since the birth of the         January. The Benois Wing
Nov. 19 through Jan. 18.                               poet Fyodor Tyutchev with an exhibition of           Kharmsizdat Presents Thirty books created
     Marat Gelman’s Gift Works on loan                 paintings, drawings and memorabilia. Dec. 11         within the publishing project of Mikhail
from the famous Moscow-based gallery                   through Jan. 1.                                      Karasik. Participants worked in the genre of
owner and collector covering trends in                                                                      the “artist’s book.” Three poets, three art
contemporary Russian art. From Nov. 26.                Smolny Cathedral Exhibition Hall Daily, 11           historians, and seventeen artists take part.
Closing date to be confirmed.                          a.m. to 6 p.m.                                       From Dec. 25. The Benois Wing
Bernd Schwartzer. Europa. Abstract                     Permanent Collection Two exhibitions, about               Boris Kustodiyev (1878 - 1927) Works
paintings and collages. Dec. 4 through Feb. 4.         the architecture of Smolny Cathedral and the         by the prominent Russian painter whose
                                                       history of Smolny Convent. In addition, it is        works are nationalist in spirit yet delicate in
Mikhailovsky (Engineers’) Castle Daily, 10             possible to tour the cathedral’s bell towers to      execution. Includes a famous portrait of
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed        enjoy panoramic views of the city.                   Fyoder Chaliapin said to be the singer’s
Tuesday. A branch of the State Russian                 Children of the World Are Playing                    favorite. Dec. 28 through Feb. 28.
Museum.                                                Children’s toys, clothes and drawings from           Strogonov Palace Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Subjects of Antiquity in Russian Art An                Russia, America, Asia, Australia and Europe.         Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Tuesday. A
exhibition of works by Russian artists, based          Through Jan 15.                                      branch of the State Russian Museum.
on themes from antiquity. The idea fulfils the                                                              Gallery of Russian Porcelain The first of a
dream of Paul I, who had the palace built, to          State Hermitage Museum Daily, 10:30 a.m.             series of exhibitions planned as part of the
create a museum of antiquity-themed art in St.         to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed        cycle “Russia’s Private Porcelain Factories.”
Petersburg. Closing date to be confirmed.              Monday.                                              The exhibition showcases works produced by
The Renaissance in the Works of Russian                The Stroganoff Collection The exhibition             the Gardner Porcelain Factory, one of the
Artists About 50 copies of works by Russian            tells the story of one of the most celebrated        largest private enterprises in Russia. More
artists from the Renaissance era. Like the             noble families in Russia, the Stroganoffs,           than 500 exhibits reflecting the various stages
exhibition “Subjects of Antiquity in Russian           through works by Rembrandt, Botticelli,              of porcelain production in Russia. Closing date
Art,” the exhibition is based on an idea of Paul       Giodano, Poussin and Watteeau, collections of        to be confirmed.
I. Closing date to be confirmed.                       icons, malachite vases, snuffboxes, furniture        Festival of Video Art [PRO]SMOTR Uri
The History of the Castle and its Owners               and works from classical antiquity and China.        Katzenstein. Home. Nov. 19. though Jan. 18.
Documents, photographs, artworks and other             Oct. 14 through Jan. 25.                             Igor Mukhin. “Moscow-Paris”
artifacts documenting the often dark history of        The Fate of One Collection: 500 Carved               Photographs. Through Jan. 19.

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the Mikhailovsky (Engineers’) Castle. Closing          Stones from the Collection of Duke of
date to be confirmed.                                  Orleans An exhibition showcasing 500 gems,
Festival of Video Art [PRO]SMOTR Mark                  dating from the 4th century BC to the mid-
Wallinger. Threshold to the Kingdom. Nov. 19           18th century, which represents one third of

through Jan. 18.                                       the collection of the Dukes of Orleans.
The French in St. Petersburg Documents,                Through December.
paintings, architectural models and drawings,          Russian Foreign Ministry. Petersburgian
and model ships illustrating France’s influence        Epoch 1802-1917. Bicentenary of the                                                                        The Emperor from “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” as portrayed by
on the city. Oct. 23 through Jan. 15.                  Ministry’s Creation An exhibition dedicated
                                                       to Russia’s foreign ministry, from its               Catch Me If You Can (2002, U.S.) Based on             doll-maker Olga Adrianova in a new exhibition of dolls of favorite
Museum of the History of St. Petersburg                foundation by Alexander I through 1917.              the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a               characters from fiction now showing at St. Petersburg’s Toy Museum.
Daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5         General Staff Building. Closing date to be           successful con artist who made the FBI’s 10
p.m. Closed Wednesday.                                 confirmed.                                           Most Wanted list before he turned 21.
Permanent Collection The Saint Peter and               Festival of Video Art [PRO]SMOTR Bill                Steven Spielberg directs. Leonardo DiCaprio         NEW! La Petite Lili (2003, France-Canada)      NEW! The Rundown (2003, U.S.) A “retrival
Paul Cathedral, which also houses the graves           Viola. Based on Pantormo. General Staff              and Tom Hanks star. Molodyozhny. Through            Based on Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,”   expert” is sent by mafia to the jungle of Brazil in
of most of the Romanov dynasty; History of             Building. Nov. 19 through Jan. 18.                   Dec. 28.                                            Claude Miller’s film observes the romantic     this adventure comedy. The Rock, Seann
the Mint; Museum of Old Petersburg,                    St. Petersburg — Paris 1800-1830                                                                         relationship between a young cinematographer   William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher
Engineers’ House; Trubetskoy Bastion Prison;           Paintings, drawings, sculpture and other             NEW! Finding Nemo (2003, U.S.) Set mainly           and a young actress. Ludivine Sagnier stars.   Walken star. Peter Berg directs. Crystal Palace.
Cosmonaut and Rocket Museum, Ioannovsky                objects examine the relationship between             under the sea, Pixar’s next animation has a         Dom Kino. Starts Dec. 27.                      Through Jan. 11. Kolizei. Through Jan. 7.
Ravelin; The Pechatnya printing workshop;              Russia and France during the reign of Tsar           clown fish called Nemo as its main character.
Nevskaya Panorama (views along the Neva                Alexander I. From Dec. 6.                            Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich direct.              NEW! Lost in Translation (2003, U.S.) “The     S.W.A.T. (2003, U.S.) A drug mafia boss
River); Walking tours along the top of the             Museum of The Guards A new addition to               Avrora, Crystal Palace. Through Jan. 11. Kolizei,   Virgin Suicides” director Sofia Coppola’s      attempts to get out of prison offering a $100m
kurtini and bastions of the Peter and Paul             the Hermitage in The General Staff Building,         Mirage Cinema. Through Jan. 14.                     bittersweet comedy of love and friendship.     reward. SWAT team tries to prevent it. Samuel
Fortress also leave from Nevskaya Kurtina.             the museum’s exhibit comprises militaria from                                                            Scarlett Johansson and Charlotte Bill Murray   L. stars. Clark Johnson directs. Crystal Palace.
Sergei Kompaneichenko “Labyrinth of                    the history of the Imperial Guard from the time      Freddy Vs Jason (2003, U.S.) Razor-clawed           star. Avrora, Mirage Cinema.                   Through Jan. 11. Parisiana. Through Jan. 7. Neo.
Truth” Photographs. Nevskaya Kurtina. Dec. 9           of Tsar Alexander I to the last tsar, Nicholas II.   dream demon Freddy Krueger makes his                Starts Jan. 1.                                 Through Jan. 7.
through Jan. 9                                         From Dec. 9.                                         comeback, sending a newly resurrected Jason
                                                             Mark Rothko: A Centenary                       Voorhees to get the Elm Street kids. Robert               The Return (Vozvrashcheniye) (2003,      NEW! Scary Movie 3 (2003, U.S.) The third
     Museum of the Political History of                Celebration Abstract Expressionist paintings         Englund and Ken Kirzinger star. Ronny Yu            Russia) A father returns home after a long     addition to the popular parody-horror series.
Russia Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed                 and drawings by the celebrated post-war              directs. Parisiana. Through Dec. 31.                absence to take his two sons on a              Charlie Sheen, Anna Faris, Leslie Nielsen and
Thursday.                                              American modern artist Mark Rothko, who                                                                  mysterious trip. Andrei Zvyagintsev’s          Simon Rex star. The 1980 hit “Airplane!” co-
Permanent Collection A range of                        was born Marcus Rothkowitz in Dvinsk,                House of Fools (Dom Durakov) (2002,                 directorial debut, which won the Golden Lion   director David Zucker directs. Barrikada.
exhibitions that give an insight into what             Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia) 100 years            Russia-France) Director Andrei                      at the 60th Venice Film Festival. Dom Kino.    Through Jan. 2. Leningrad. Through Jan. 5. Kolizei.
makes Russia and St. Petersburg what they              ago. Exhibit on tour from the National Gallery       Konchalovky’s award-winning drama focuses           Through Dec. 30.                               Through Jan. 7. Mirage Cinema. Through Jan. 14.
are today, including “Russia in 1917 and the           of Art in Washington D.C. From Dec 16                on the mentally ill patients of a hospital in
Beginning of the 1990s,” “Business Russia,”            through Mar. 8.                                      Chechnya, who are completely unaware of
“From the Sublime to the Ridiculous”                         Limoges Enamels: Fire Art of the 20th          the war with Russia. Canadian singer Bryan
“Thoughts About the Duma,” “The                        Century Over 60 works from the famous                Adams has a cameo. Molodyozhny. Starts
Kshesinskaya Mansion: Time and People,”                enamel workshops of Limoges, France,                 Dec. 29.
“Reforms and Reformers.”                               covering artistic and technical movements in
Thank You, Comrade Stalin This thoughtful              the 20th century, presented in collaboration         NEW! Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003, U.S.) A female
exhibition of items documenting people and             with the Limoges Municipal Museum of                 assassin and a member of DiVAS (Deadly
the state in the Soviet Union from the 1920s           Eveche. Dec. 16 through Jan 26.                      Viper Assassination Squad) awakes from
through the 1950s has proved so popular that                 Parmigiano Marking 500 years since the         four-year coma to take revenge her former
it has been added to the permanent collection.         birth of the great artist, the Hermitage displays    boss and lover, who nearly killed her. Quentin
Right, Left, Which Side? Documents,                    drawings, engravings and decorative items            Tarantino’s triumphant return after a five-year
photographs, books, weapons, clothes, paintings        from its collection. From Dec 23. Closing date       hiatus. Avrora. Through Jan. 11. Mirage
and assorted other objects documenting the             to be confirmed.                                     Cinema. Through Dec. 31.
history of political parties in Russia at the end of   Chinese Popular Print From the Hermitage
the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.      collection. From Dec. 23. Closing date to be         NEW! Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Closing date to be confirmed.                          confirmed.                                           (2003, U.S.) Started out as a follow-up to
Russian Politics. St. Petersburg Face.                 Porcelain Christmas From the Hermitage               “Space Jam” (1996), this live-
About 300 items documenting the influence              collection. From Dec. 23. Closing date to be         action/animation comedy features Daffy
and style of St. Petersburg in Russian politics,       confirmed.                                           Duck, Bugs Bunny and the other cartoon
from the founding of the city in 1703 through          “My drawing in the Hermitage!” Traditional           characters. Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman
the years when the imperial court was based            annual exhibition of childrens’ art. From Dec.       and Steve Martin star. Joe Dante directs.
in the city to today’s St. Petersburgers at the        28. Hermitage Theater Foyer.                         Avrora. Through Jan. 11. Crystal Palace.
center of power, including President Vladimir                                                               Through Jan. 31. Leningrad. Through Jan. 5.
Putin and UES head honcho Anatoly Chubais.             State Russian Museum Daily, 10 a.m. to 5             Kolizei. Through Jan. 7.
Closing date to be confirmed.                          p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
Exhibition of Dutch Master Photographers               Permanent Collection The world’s finest and          Love Actually (2003, U.K.) Set in London, this
Photographs of world “hot spots.” Nov. 28              most extensive collection of works by Russian        Christmas comedy follows the lives of eight
through Dec. 28.                                       artists, from 12th-century icons through to          couples. The directorial debut of script writer
                                                       some of the latest movements in                      Richard Curtis. Avrora. Through Jan. 11. Crystal
Museum of the Political History of                     contemporary art. For other exhibitions              Palace. Through Jan. 14. Mirage Cinema.
Russia Annex Monday through Friday, 10                 organized by the Russian Museum, see the             Through Dec. 31.
a.m. to 6 p.m.                                         listings for the Marble Palace, Mikhailovsky
Permanent Collection The exhibition “The               Palace, Mikhailovsky (Engineers’) Castle and         Master and Commander: The Far Side of
VChK-KGB-FSB Against Espionage and                     Stroganovsky Palace.                                 the World (2003, U.S.) Set in 1805, with
Terrorism,” including photographs, documents           Irina Yaroshevich Sculptures and drawings            Napoleonic Wars raging, this period action
and video footage documenting the state                by this Russian artist. Benois Wing. Closing         movie takes Ship Surgeon and Navy Captain
spooks’ valiant fight against espionage,               date to be confirmed.                                on a journey to the far side of the world.
economic crime, terrorism and their repression               Sergei Kalmykov and the Russian                Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany star.
of Soviet citizens.                                    Avant-Garde, 1920s and 1930s An                      Barrikada. Through Jan. 2.
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festival highlights russia-u.s. ties
By Galina Stolyarova                         supported it, and the event was                           In previous years, these talents have
                                             grandiose. I felt I wanted to say thank               included Chinese pianist Lang Lang
St. Petersburg’s top winter cultural         you to the American people and their                  and Kazakh conductor Alan Buribayev.
event, the International Arts Square         country, too.”                                        This year, it will be U.S. violinist Stefan
         Festival, which begins this            Temirkanov also confessed to liking                Jackiw. On Tuesday, Dec. 30 the

         week, has a novel theme in its      Broadway musicals and expressed re-                   Shostakovich Philharmonic will host a
         fifth year to help anyone beat      gret that one has yet to be staged in St.             performance by Jakiw accompanied by
         the cold weather blues. Kicking     Petersburg. “I take every opportunity                 the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony
         off on Sunday, this year’s festi-   to see a good Broadway musical be-                    Orchestra under the baton of U.S. con-
         val, which runs until Jan. 7 is     cause they do wonders there, and I love               ductor Daniel Hege with a program
         devoted to musical parallels        them,” Temirkanov said. “But finan-                   featuring Bernstein’s Divertissement,
         and contacts between Russia                                                               Samuel Barber’s violin concerto, Aaron
and America.                                                                                       Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and
    Launched by Yury Temirkanov, the                                                               Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
renowned artistic director and principal                                                               On New Year’s Eve, according to
conductor of the St. Petersburg                                                                    Arts Square tradition, Temirkanov is
Shostakovich Philharmonic, in 1999 the                                                             organizing a luxurious ball in Yusupov
festival has already become the city’s                                                             Palace. In keeping with another tradi-
flagship winter cultural event. This                                                               tion, the festival’s faithful partner the
time, maestro Temirkanov, who is also                                                              State Russian Museum — which is lo-
artistic director of the Baltimore Sym-                                                            cated on the other side of Plashchad
phony Orchestra, has invited a number                                                              Iskusstv — is holding an extensive exhi-
of U.S. musicians to perform at Philhar-                                                           bition, this year of works by early 20th
monic, which is located on the corner of                                                           century Russian painter Boris Kus-
Ploshchad Iskusstv (‘Arts Square’) and                                                             todiyev.
Mikhailovskaya Ulitsa.                                                                                 “This exhibition will be a genuine
    According to festival director Kath-                                                           discovery to visitors,” said Russian Mu-
leen Charla, the central event of the fes-                                                         seum director Vladimir Gusev. “Festive
tival is a performance by the Morgan                                                               and informal, cosy and cheerful, har-
State University Choir from Maryland,                                                              monious and absurd, smart and naive
which will present an All-Gershwin                                                                 … all so typical of Russian life, as the
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Concert at the Philharmonic on Jan. 6.                                                             artist used to say.”
Accompanied by the St. Petersburg            Kustodiyev’s “Merchant’s Wife.”                           Gusev does admit there is a lack of

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Philharmonic Orchestra under the ba-                                                               an obvious, if any, connection between
ton of Temirkanov, the choir will per-       cially such a project is far too heavy a              the festival’s American theme and the
form pieces from “Porgy and Bess,”           burden for any Russian organization at                Kustodiyev exhibition. But the director                 Artistic director Yury Termikanov will host a New Year’s Eve ball on Dec. 31.
“Rhapsody in Blue” and “An Ameri-            the moment. And I am really sorry                     explains it by technical difficulties.
can in Paris.”                               about that.”                                          “Both the museum and the festival
    “Maestro Temirkanov already per-
formed with these musicians in Balti-
                                                 The festival opens with virtouso vio-
                                             linist Sarah Chang performing
                                                                                                   have to plan big events well in advance,
                                                                                                   and by the time when we had to have
                                                                                                                                                           Fifth International Arts
more and was fascinated,” Charla said.       Shostakovich’s Violin concerto No. 1 on               our plans for certain, the American
“This gospel choir is one of the best of
its kind in the United States.”
     On Jan. 7, the choir will be back on
                                             Dec. 28, with Temirkanov conducting
                                             the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Or-
                                                                                                   theme hadn’t become an issue,” Gusev
                                                                                                   said. “We do think that Kustodiyev is a
                                                                                                   safe and winning choice because his art
                                                                                                                                                           Square Winter Festival
stage for a unaccompanied recital fea-           Born in Philadelphia, Chang first                 is so multi-faceted in showing the Rus-                     Dec. 28 Festival opening reception.     Year’s Eve Ball. The ball, an annual
turing folk songs, spirituals and popular    held a violin at the age of four. Four                sian spirit: Kustodiyev shows you the                   The Grand Hotel Europe                      tradition for the International Winter
melodies from American musicals con-         years later, she was noticed by Zubin                 parade, enlighetened and ceremonial                                 Dec. 28 Opening of the festi-   Festival Arts Square, includes an inti-
                                                                                                                                                           festival calendar

ducted by Nathan Carter, the artistic di-    Mehta and Riccardo Mutti, and was in-                 Russia, and its humble and naive, sim-                           val: St. Petersburg Philhar-       mate concert in the palace’s private
rector of the choir.                         vited to perform with the Philadelphia                ple yet crafty provinces.”                                       monic Orchestra with Maestro       theatre, a sumptuous dinner, entertain-
    Commenting on the importance of          Symphony and New York Symphony.                           On Jan. 2, the Marble Palace of the                          Yuri Temirkanov conducting.        ment, dancing and a spectacular fire-
the American theme in this year’s festi-     Now 21, Chang has performed on the                    State Russian Museum will host a musi-                           Sarah      Chang,       Soloist.   works display in the courtyard.
val, Temirkanov said the idea came to        world’s greatest stages, including at the             cal and literary evening devoted to the                          Shostakovich Violin Concerto,      Yusupov Palace.
his mind in the spring of this year, when,   Berlin Philharmonic and in Carnegie                   poetry and music of Russian and Amer-                            No. 1. Dvorzak, Symphony                Jan. 2 Musical/Literary evening:
on his suggestion, Baltimore hosted a        Hall, and has an exclusive contract with              ican authors from modern era. Also, as                           No. 9. Grand Hall of the           “Love for all Seasons”, a program de-
festival of Russian art on the occasion      EMI Classics.                                         part of the festival, on Jan. 3 at the                           Shostakovich Philharmonic.         voted to the music and poetry of Russia
of the St. Petersburg’s 300th anniver-           For Chang and most other guests                   Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Petersburg                               Dec. 29 Yuri Bashmet con-       and America. The theme of human pas-
sary. “When I proposed such a festival       the performances will be their debuts in              choreographer Boris Eifman presents                              ducting and performing with        sions as reflected in music from Glinka
to the authorities in Baltimore, I wasn’t    the city. Every year Temirkanov uses                  his new musical “Who’s Who” set to                               the “Moscow Soloists”. Guest       to Knaifel, from Ives to Copland and in
hoping for much. I really saw it as a        the festival to introduce up-and-coming               tunes by Sergei Rakhmaninov, Duke                                Soloist, Wu Man, pipa player.      poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky and
symbolic gesture,” Temirkanov said.          young talent to St. Petersburg audi-                  Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Samuel                               Toru Takemitsu, Three frag-        Dickenson to Frost. With the Xenia En-
“But then forty-three organizations          ences.                                                Barber.                                                          ments form the music to the        semble. Small Hall of the Shostakovich
                                                                                                                                                                    films “Jose Torres”, “Black        Philharmonic.
                                                                                                                                                           Rain”, “Face of Another”. Lou Harri-           Jan 3. Premiere: Boris Eifman’s St.
                                                                                                                                                           son, Concerto for pipa with string or-      Petersburg Ballet Theatre performing
                                                                                                                                                           chestra. B. Britten, Lachrymae Opus         the new ballet “Who’s Who”. St. Peters-
                                                                                                                                                           48a. F. Shubert, G. Mahler, “Der Tod        burg Mussorgsky State Academic Opera
                                                                                                                                                           und das Madchen”. Grand Hall of the         and Ballet Theatre.
                                                                                                                                                           Shostakovich Philharmonic.                     Jan 4. St. Petersburg Philharmonic
                                                                                                                                                              Dec 29. Gala Reception to mark the       Orchestra      with    Maestro      Yuri
                                                                                                                                                           opening of the Boris Kustodiyev exhi-       Temirkanov. Dmitri Hvorostovsky,
                                                                                                                                                           bition. The State Russian Museum.           Soloist. Mahler, “Kindertotenlieder”.
                                                                                                                                                               Dec. 29 through Feb. 28 Exhibition      Tchaikovsky, Symphony No 4. Grand
                                                                                                                                                           of the works of prominent Russian           Hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic.
                                                                                                                                                           artist Boris Kustodiyev (1878-1927).            Jan. 5 Piano Recital by John Lill.
                                                                                                                                                           Marking the 125th anniversary of Kus-       Beethoven. Sonata, No. 21. Barber.
                                                                                                                                                           todiyev’s birth, 300 works of all genres    Sonata, Opus 26. Chopin, Ballade, No.
                                                                                                                                                           are on show including two panel por-        4, Opus 52. Prokofiev, Sonata, No. 8,
                                                                                                                                                           traits, “Peter the Great” and “Alexan-      Opus 84. Small Hall of the
                                                                                                                                                           der I”, that are exhibited for the first    Shostakovich Philharmonic.
                                                                                                                                                           time. Sketches of the murals for                Jan. 6 St. Petersburg Philhar-
                                                                                                                                                           Moscow’s Kazan railway station, a reat-     monic Orchestra with Maestro
                                                                                                                                                           tributed portrait of M. Heilik, drawings    Yuri Temirkanov. All Gershwin
                                                                                                                                                           from the collection of the Russian Na-      Concert, featuring the Morgan State
                                                                                                                                                           tional Library and many other well-         University Choir (Baltimore, U.S.A.),
                                                                                                                                                           known works from more than 20 muse-         directed by Dr. Nathan Carter. Selec-
                                                                                                                                                           ums and private collections from Russia     tions from “Porgy and Bess.” Fazil
                                                                                                                                                           and abroad are also on show. The State      Say, Soloist. “Rhapsody in Blue.”
                                                                                                                                                           Russian Museum.                             Grand Hall of the Shostakovich Phil-
                                                                                                                                                               Dec. 30 St. Petersburg Symphonic        harmonic.
                                                                                                                                                           Orchestra with Daniel Hege, American           Jan. 7 Close of the festival: Recital
                                                                                                                                                           guest Conductor. Stefan Jackiw, Soloist.    by the Morgan State University Choir
                                                                                                                                                           Barber Violin Concerto. The music of        (Baltimore, U.S.A.). Folk songs, spiri-
                                                                                                                                                           Leonard Bernstein. Grand Hall of the        tuals and show tunes. Grand Hall of the
                                                                                                                                                           Shostakovich Philharmonic.                  Shostakovich Philharmonic.
                                                                                                                                                              Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve concert with         Jan. 7 Closing reception of the festi-
                                                                                                                                                           the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Or-         val. Foyer of the Grand Hall of the
                                                                                                                                                           chestra. Nikolai Alexeyev conducting.       Shostakovich Philharmonic.
                                                                                                                                                 FOR SPT

                                                                                                                                                           Symphonic favorites. Grand Hall of the
The Morgan State University Choir brings gospel and Gershwin to the Shostakovich Philharmonic on Jan 7.                                                    Shostakovich Philharmonic.                  More information available at:
                                                                                                                                                              Dec. 31 Maestro Temirkanov’s New

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