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CENTRAL BANK RATE
President Says Basayev Claims U.S. Musicians
Sell-Offs At Risk Suicide Blasts Top Festival Bill
Putin tells businessmen to Chechen warlord says latest Baltimore choir headlines
foot social bill, Page 4. attack his work, Page 3. Arts Square fest, ATT.
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.
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.
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
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
Friday. any positive thing — which is basically
“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
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-
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
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
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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-
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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parties film festival
Out with Digital Now in
the old special its fifth
and in effects year, the
with new! and Arts
Just 10 poetry Square
years ago it was come together in “She Winter Festival goes
unusual to spend New Melts The Ice,” a from strength to
Year’s Eve anywhere short film made in St. strength. The
but at home in St. Petersburg last winter undoubted highlight of
Petersburg — now the which had its big- this year’s American-
choice of special gigs screen premier here themed fest is a visit
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
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.
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
continued on page v
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
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
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.
the st. petersburg times friday, december 26, 2003 iii
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. www.caravanrecords.spb.ru/or-
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 p.m.to 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
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. www.moneyhoney.org/cityclub/ 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 p.m.to 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 Xs.gay.ru. 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. www.aquatoria.ru www.laplage.ru tukha” (opposite the Mukhina Art College) turns into at 114-5056.
www.cynic.spb.ru 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 a.m.to 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 www.greshniki.gay.ru
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.
www.fishfabrique.spb.ru 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. www.chaplin.spb.ru 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. www.triel.hot-
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. mail.ru
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. www.griboedovclub.ru
Ligovsky Prospect. Tel.: 340-9111. www.frontclub.ru 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. www.liverpool.ru 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. www.kotel.spb.ru 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. www.par.spb.ru
Entrance 60 to 80 rubles. 12 Perekupnoi Pereulok. M: Pl. 0204. www.metroclub.ru www.jazz-hall.spb.ru.
Alexandra Nevskogo/Pl. Vosstaniya. Tel.: 274-9467. PORT — Intended to blow the competition away when it
www.molokoclub.ru 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. www.clubport.spb.ru
rubles. 28-30 Sadovaya Ul., 14 Apraksin Dvor. M: Gostiny Griboyedova, M. Nevsky Prospect. Tel.: 312-1331.
Dvor. Tel.: 310-0549. www.moneyhoney.org www.metroclub.ru/monro.html 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. www.jfc.sp.ru club.ru
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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
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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 -
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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
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Curries and Biryanies. Business lunch or foie gras. Fresh oysters, lobsters Fontanki. restaurant suggests the best soviet
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The Red Lion catering 91 Bolshoi Pr., Vasilievsky Ostrov. TimeOut with Olga Pavenskaya. The Restaurant
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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
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and Saturday, there’s live music and Traditional Russian delicacies on a
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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 www.pagoda.ru, 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
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served all day. Jazz, cappuccino, fresh A Bavarian Minibrewery offering the Fontanka Nab.) From Friday to Saturday-show Major credit cards accepted. English-
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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
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.
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.
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.
Roots Music Sound System DJs Sunshine,
Angryman, Slickyman and Ska-Messer
Reggae, dub, dance, hall, rock steady, ska.
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
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
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-
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.
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 www.artsquarewinterfest.ru