What’s On in Moscow Sept. 24-26

Buy a book or two dozen The Moscow International Book Fair (Sept. 24-27) is one of Moscow’s biggest book fairs — in fact, it’s two book fairs: one on Red Square in the summer and another, bigger one at the Expo Center in the fall. A few hundred publishing houses, periodicals, bookstores, museums, and organizations…

Kirill Serebrennikov’s ‘Flu’ Comes to Russia

Last week Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Petrov’s Flu,” the director’s first film since his release from house arrest, premiered with a bang at Moscow’s elegant Art Theater.   The film had already been shown to Western festival audiences. At the Cannes festival “Petrov’s Flu” cameraman Vladislav Opelyants won the well-deserved CST Award for Technical Artistry. Serebrennikov did…

The Exotic Glamor of Eggplant Caviar

The very mention of “eggplant caviar” will make even the most recalcitrant Russian smile. This is not an indication that they love eggplant, but rather a devotion to classic Soviet cinema. The phrase reminds them of a fabulously funny moment in the hit 1970s time-travel film, “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession,” based on a play of the same…

What’s On in Moscow Sept. 17-19

Opera legends Opera stars including Placido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli and Rolando Villazon will sing in honor of Russian soprano Anna Netrebko’s 50th birthday on Saturday in the State Kremlin Palace. Leading Russian music producers Filipp Kirkorov and Igor Krutoy will also perform. Ticket prices start at 5,000 rubles ($69) and are as high as 65,000…

What’s On in Moscow Sept. 10-12

Fireworks for the big day Russia’s capital turns 874 on Saturday. There’ll be firework displays in 26 locations around Moscow at 9 p.m. to celebrate, including Gorky Park, Sokolniki and various spots along the Moscow River.  While there are fewer events than usual because of Covid, and everyone must follow guidelines and register for all…

What’s On in Moscow Aug. 3-5

Chekhov’s Dachshunds On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., the Anton Chekhov estate of Melikhovo is holding its 15th annual dachshund festival. Why? Because Anton Chekhov was one of the first owners of dachshunds in Russia. He got a pair of them from his friend and editor, Nikolai Leikin. They were named by Chekhov’s sister,…

What’s On in Moscow Sept. 3-5

Chekhov’s Dachshunds On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., the Anton Chekhov estate of Melikhovo is holding its 15th annual dachshund festival. Why? Because Anton Chekhov was one of the first owners of dachshunds in Russia. He got a pair of them from his friend and editor, Nikolai Leikin. They were named by Chekhov’s sister,…

Uncovering the Secrets of Russian Costume

Embroidered silver plumes of gala dresses and sumptuous kokoshniki lavishly embroidered with pearls… fine brocade dresses of the Tsar’s ladies in waiting and couture dresses of contemporary Russian designers… ecclesiastical garments and exquisite royal outfits from the famous 1903 Winter Palace costume ball — the evolution of Russian fashion comes alive as more than a…

‘Context.Diana Vishneva’ Shatters the Classical Dance Wall

Context. Diana Vishneva, a festival of international contemporary choreography, kicks off on Sunday, bringing together ground-breaking choreography from Spain, Estonia and Russia and showcasing an extraordinary premiere inspired by Farah Pahlavi, the widowed empress of Iran. Making room for new Russian dance Vishneva, the festival’s artistic director, would like to firmly establish Russian choreography in…

What’s On in Moscow Aug. 27-29

Spasskaya Tower International Music Festival Every year when summer meets autumn, Red Square is transformed into a stage and thousands of people come to watch marching, twirling, dancing, high-stepping military bands and groups from all over the world. This year it appears that the coronavirus has kept many of the popular performers in their home…

This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Russian Museum

As Russian tourists flock to local resorts and historical sites, they are immersing themselves in Russia’s rich and turbulent history — quite literally. Across the country, Russian history parks and museums are fusing together expert knowledge and modern technology to plunge visitors into the 1380 battle of Kulikovo Field, a tsar’s feast or the Bolshevik…

What’s On in Moscow Aug. 20-22

Masterpieces from Italy If you haven’t seen the exhibition of masterpieces from Siena at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, this is a wonderfully quiet weekend to stop in. Siena in the 13th to the 15th centuries was one of the great centers of art in Europe on the cusp of the Renaissance. The show…

Keep Cool With Herby Adjika Cucumber Salad

Food-related news in Russia caused a chuckle this week thanks to the story of Ksenia Ovchinnikova, a devout Orthodox Christian who is suing McDonald’s in Omsk because, she alleges, their advertisements for mouthwatering hamburgers caused her to break the rigid Lenten Fast. Ovchinnikova is asking for compensation for moral damages and the afront to her…

On the Grill: Salmon and Corn Shashlik

And just like that, it’s August, a month when almost anything can happen, and in Russia usually does. Each year the country braces itself for “The August Curse,” the month’s propensity towards natural disasters from hurricanes to floods, and even peat bog fires, combined with a tragic number of air and rail crashes and the…

What’s On in Moscow Aug. 6 – 8

Nargiz With most theaters on tour or closed for the month, a lot of Moscow’s entertainment has migrated outdoors. On Saturday night the Green Theater at VDNKh Park is welcoming Nargiz, a singer from Uzbekistan with a spectacular voice and modern folkloric style. Born to a musical family in Tashkent, Nargiz won many singing awards…

Russia’s Color Revolution

At the trendy Khlebozavod and Flacon design factories — former industrial spaces turned into shops, galleries and cafes — it seems like everyone’s hair is rainbow-colored. Young men and women have hair that ranges in color tone from pale to neon: mint, lilac, blue, purple, various shades of pink. Some have all their hair dyed,…

What’s On July 30 – Aug. 1

The Changing of the Kremlin Guards This Saturday at noon you can once again see the Changing of the Presidential Guards in the Kremlin after another coronavirus surge necessitated a temporary halt. Although it is not strictly a performance, the guards twirl and swing and shoot their rifles and march in perfect harmony and symmetry.…

Moscow Coffee Co-op Rallies Around LGBTQ+ Community

A popular Moscow coffee shop and an up-and-coming Russian photographer have teamed up to support the country’s LGBTQ+ community. Artyom Temirov, the founder of the Chernyi Co-operative, and his employees, wanted to support some of their customers and friends by donating the profits from sales of specially roasted coffee from the Brazilian grower Fernando Heringer…

Blistered Beet Shashlik with Halloumi

Vegetarianism is on the rise in Russia, of that there can be no doubt. Once unthinkable, today young, urban Russians are eschewing meat like never before for reasons that range from ethics to health concerns. Meatless meals are no longer confined to the forty days that precede Easter, but are becoming integral parts of restaurant…

What’s On in Moscow July 23-25

MAKS Air show For a lot of folks, one of the great traditional events of the summer in Moscow is the MAKS (International Aviation and Space Show) held at the Zhukovsky Airport, located 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) of bumper-to-bumper traffic southeast of Moscow. It opened on Tuesday, but the weekday hours are mostly for…

Russian Season at the Cannes Film Festival

This year Russia sent six films to the Cannes Film Festival, four in competitions and two in non-competitive categories. And the filmmakers brought home three awards: the Grand Prix for the film “Hytti Nro. 6” by Juho Kuosmanen co-produced with Russia — shared with the film “Ghahreman” (Hero) by the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi; the…