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CHERNOV'S CHOICE

Published: December 3, 2004 (Issue # 1026)


A concert by Franz Ferdinand has been finally confirmed by the band, according to the local promoter Svetlaya Muzyka. Britain's latest rock and roll sensation will perform in the city on May 28. However, the location has yet to be chosen.

Once-hot British group The Brand New Heavies are to perform at the Pribaltiiskaya Hotel. The pioneering acid-jazz band will arrive with new vocalist Nicole Ausso and a new album, "All About the Funk." The band was formed by guitarist Simon Bartholomew, bassist Andrew Levy and drummer Jan Kincaid as an instrumental band in London way back in 1985.

Of home-grown bands, Auktsyon at PORT on Friday, Pep-See at Moloko and Dva Samaliota on Saturday and Kacheli at Rossi's on Sunday may deserve attention.

Dva Samaliota will re-release its "secret" album, "Poo," to a wider audience. Originally recorded with the band's late singer and guitarist Vladik Pokrovsky in 2002, it failed to be released because of a condition in the contract with Dva Samaliota's former, Moscow-based management company. According to Mikhail Sindalovsky, the band will launch "Poo" at the Griboyedov club on Dec. 24. The band, which criticized its former company overproducing its most recent album, "Ka-Ra-Bas," is also planning to start recording its next CD soon.

Tequilajazzz has been advertized to perform at the unlikely location of the cabaret venue Gigant Hall, also known as Casino Conti, but will not appear, said the band's frontman Zhenya Fyodorov. Even if Tequilajazzz's name appears on the street posters for the concert, the band is planning to leave for Murmansk on that very day, where it plays on Saturday.

Tequilajazzz recently performed at Moloko club's anniversary concert, but has no immediate plans to play in St. Petersburg, Fyodorov said.

Meanwhile, Fyodorov's new project, The Optymistica Orchestra, with members of Leningrad, Markscheider Kunst and Akvarium's former cello player Seva Gakkel recorded its debut album late last month. It is expected to be released in February. The Optymistica Orchestra will perform at Moscow's 16 Tons on Dec. 11, but no local dates have been scheduled.

Alexei Khvostenko, the Paris-based emigre painter, poet and singer/songwriter, died of a heart condition in Moscow on Tuesday. Nicknamed "Khvost," (Tail) he was best-known among Russian rock fans for co-writing the song "Rai" (Paradise) which was covered by Akvarium as "Pod Nebom Golubym" (Under the Blue Skies) in the 1980s as well as for his collaborations with the local band Auktsyon. Khvostenko has been living in France since 1977. He was 64.

Last week's column contained an error. As an anonymous reader pointed out via email, what is printed on the front cover of Rammstein's most recent album is not the record's title. In reality it is called "Reise, Reise." Its stadium concert last week drew a motley crowd of students, technical intelligentsia, Zenit Football Club fans and skinheads.

- By Sergey Chernov





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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