Indulge in Karlsson’s Plyushki

Though I long to see the back of it, the Omicron variant has opened up vast swaths of time in my schedule. Easing back into self-imposed semi lockdown at this point feels like slipping on a comfy pair of fuzzy slippers: meetings on Zoom, business trips cancelled, and lots of unmolested time to fiddle in…

What’s On in Moscow Jan.14-16

Spend an afternoon with great art Three great art shows are closing at the end of the weekend, so buy your tickets online and catch them while you can. The marvelous Museum of Russian Impressionism’s show called “Other Shores” about an art show that went to New York in 1924 is incredibly interesting and a…

Moscow’s First Days of 2022, in Photos

Russia’s New Year holidays came to a close on Jan. 10, meaning Moscow’s residents headed back to work after a week of rest and relaxation. This year, Moscow residents returned from holiday to bitter winter temperatures and warnings of an impending coronavirus surge. However, some are using the extreme cold to honor the age-old tradition…

Fabergé Takes London by Storm — Again

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — “Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution” is the Victoria and Albert Museum’s third exhibition dedicated to the Russian goldsmith. A show in 1977 was the first major exhibition on Fabergé to be held by a national museum in the United Kingdom. The second exhibition was co-organized by the V&A, the Fabergé…

In Moscow, a Young Artist With Nomadic Visions

In December, Moscow’s JART Gallery opened a large exhibition of the whimsical work of Evgeniya Dudnikova, a 25-year-old artist from the town of Ramenskoye, not far from Moscow. The exhibition “Nomads,” curated by Alexei Korsi, is Dudnikova’s first. The show includes works in several media: prints, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and wall-hangings made of organic plastics…

You Can’t Hurry Kharcho

Winter weather dominated the headlines this week as a freak snowstorm brought Washington D.C. to its knees, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by Moscow’s veteran expatriates, who greeted the 19-hour delays on I-95 with wry amusement, as they trudged through yet another daily deluge of snow that has become the norm in the Russian…

New Year Highlights in Russian Theater

Moscow’s theaters have taken a hit over the past two years in the wake of changing Covid-19 restrictions, but the main theaters have survived, and a ‘new normal’ is being established. It seems only fitting in the Chinese year of the tiger— the symbol of fearlessness — that the 2022 programs for Moscow’s central theaters…

New Year Arts Highlights in Russia’s Regions

Travel restrictions due to covid might have kept Russians staying in the country, but they also helped them discover some great places to vacation and enjoy cultural activities. The practice of inviting innovative directors and performers to such places as Perm, Ekaterinburg, Voronezh, Ivanovo, and Tula has become popular in opera and ballet, while local…

New Year Music and Opera Highlights

With less fear of lockdowns and disruptions due to covid, the main concert halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg have already set their schedules for the coming year. Here are a few highlights for lovers of opera and classical music. Moscow Philharmonic celebrates its 100th anniversary The famous Moscow Philharmonic, which puts on concerts at…

New Year Museum Highlights

The major museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg have what looks to be an amazing year planned – so much so that it might take some skill in time management to see everything. Here are our picks for museum-hopping in 2022 to see classical and modern, Western and Russian art, photography and new technologies installations…

New Year Dance Highlights

Dance in Russia in the coming year will be many things: orderly and chaotic, experimental and classical, beautiful and surprising. We asked ballet companies what premieres and events to expect in 2022. Here are our advance picks. Woland’s Ball at the Bolshoi Theater Definitely not to be missed is the new ballet of “Master and…

Clowns Celebrate Russian Master Comic Nikulin

Award-winning comics on Sunday showcased the art of clowning and tomfoolery as they honored Russia’s brightest circus star Yuri Nikulin who would have turned 100 at the weekend. During a gala in the second city St. Petersburg entertainers from a variety of countries including Russia, Italy, Brazil and Mexico delighted the audience with skits and animal acts involving…

Everyone Loves a Dumpling

I’m getting a cold. It hasn’t actually arrived yet, but I can feel it hovering in the wings from the way every single one of my eyelashes hurts. I can also tell that it won’t be a killer cold — not bronchitis or strep throat, just one of those annoying 24–36-hour bugs featuring sniffling, sneezing,…

What’s On in Moscow Dec. 10-12

Three holiday markets This year many of the usual holiday markets are not being held due to the surge in coronavirus. But there are a few, including the historic fair on Red Square that first began about three hundred years ago. This year the booths are selling traditional souvenirs, Christmas tree decorations, felt boots and…

Samsa: The Silk Road Snack

It’s always a good idea to be wary of street food in the Former Soviet Union, but sometimes the intoxicating smells of yeasty pancakes, frying onions, or the pungent odor of grilled meat present almost irresistible temptation. I find this particularly challenging when it is cold and damp outside and those brightly colored trucks and…