Sokol Artists’ Village in the Colors of Autumn

In 1923, after Vladimir Lenin approved legislation allowing cooperative ownership of housing, a group of Muscovites joined together to build a small village at the outskirts of Moscow. Inspired by British urban planner Ebenezer Howard’s notion of a “garden city” that mixed urban amenities with individual houses and garden belts, the group of teachers, artists,…

How Russia Got its Michelin Stars

“What are my plans for tonight? I’m going to get drunk,” Andrei Shmakov, the chef of Savva restaurant, told after receiving his Michelin star award in front of a packed audience. This seemed to be the predominant mix of tension and joy chefs and restauranteurs  experienced as the Michelin red guide finally came to Russia.…

What’s On in Moscow Oct. 15-17

Book fair at dawn The Rassvet (Dawn) Palace of Culture near the 1905 metro station has been putting on interesting literary and other evenings lately. This weekend they have decided to jump the gun, as it were, on the big Non-Fiction Book Fair coming up in early December and throw their own book fair this…

9 Moscow Restaurants Awarded Coveted Michelin Stars

French gastronomic bible the Michelin Guide awarded nine Moscow restaurants with its coveted stars on Thursday, unveiling its first lineup of recommended eateries in Russia’s up-and-coming food scene. Long derided as a gastronomic wasteland, Russia’s restaurant scene has emerged in recent years from a post-Soviet reputation for blandness, with establishments in Moscow regularly making lists…

Russia’s Breakthrough Contemporary Art Market

Simon Rees, art director of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, spoke to The Moscow Times about the state of the contemporary art market in Russia today. Judging by this year’s fair, the market is booming. Art arrived from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Georgia, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S. Prices…

Pumpkin With Sea Buckthorn on Top

I don’t go berserk over pumpkin season. I like my latte as God intended it: free from cloyingly sweet pumpkin spice syrup, and while I appreciate a well-crafted creamy pumpkin soup with frizzled sage, I’d just as soon have a bowl of borshch. And this blasé attitude towards the most famous member of the gourd…

What’s On in Moscow Oct. 8-10

Enjoy golden autumn This year Moscow seems to have missed its usual “old woman’s summer,” those few days of warm weather that suddenly appear and as suddenly disappear amidst the cool days of fall. Instead we went from summer to gloomy autumn in the blink of an eye in early September. But after a month…

When Russian Art Went to New York in 1924

The Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow has once again organized a show of little-known but fascinating Russian art. “Other Shores” is a partial reconstruction of an almost forgotten exhibition held almost 100 years ago in New York, in 1924. The exhibition included works by Petr Konchalvsky, Igor Grabar, Mikhail Lariononv, Aristarkh Lentulov, Boris Grigoriev,…

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…