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GEORGIA: PLAYING WITH THE COUNTRY'S DANCE DNA

By Monica Ellena, Justyna Mielnikiewicz
The St. Petersburg Times

Three long-limbed, statuesque women swirl across the stage in red dresses. Their drooping sleeves slash the air. Their bleached, buzz-cut heads glow in the dim light.


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PRE-REVOLUTIONARY NAMES MAKING A COMEBACK IN RUSSIA

By Peter Spinella
The St. Petersburg Times

The most popular first names in Moscow over the past century and those currently gaining in popularity reveal an inverse dynamic, with several pre-revolutionary favorites making a strong comeback.


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'SUNSTROKE' BEATS OUT 'LEVIATHAN' AT RUSSIA'S EAGLE AWARDS


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Nikita Mikhalkov's "Sunstroke," set in post-revolutionary Crimea, took the best film prize at Russia's Golden Eagle award ceremony, beating out Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan," which has been nominated in the best foreign-language film category at next month's Academy Awards.


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ST. PETERSBURG NOISE-POP QUINTET READIES DEBUT

By Timothy Misir
The St. Petersburg Times

Five years after the release of "Happy Songs for Happy Zombies," Pinkshinyultrablast's first EP, the Russian shoegaze/dream-pop band will finally release its debut album, "Everything Else Matters," on Monday.


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MINISTRY, DUMA BACK PROFANITY IN MOVIES EDICT


The St. Petersburg Times

The Culture Ministry said it would consider the idea of allowing swearing in films, after a group of prestigious Russian film directors asked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier this week to amend a 2014 law prohibiting profanity in works of art, but had no intention of changing its position that the ban was right in comments provided by the ministry's press service.



RUSSIA'S EDUCATION WATCHDOG SAYS WIKIPEDIA SHOULD BE BANNED


The St. Petersburg Times

The deputy head of Russia's education watchdog said Thursday that Wikipedia should be banned, the TASS news agency reported.


CHURCH SPOKESMAN SAYS 'LEVIATHAN' MADE FOR WEST


The St. Petersburg Times

The spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church harshly criticized director Andrei Zvyagintsev's award-winning film "Leviathan" on Wednesday, suggesting it was meant "to please the West," though inadvertently admitting to having downloaded it illegally.


ARTISTS DETAINED FOR ATTEMPTING TO EXORCISE THE GHOST OF LENIN WITH HOLY WATER


The St. Petersburg Times

Two members of an art collective were detained for flinging holy water at the Moscow mausoleum containing Vladimir Lenin's corpse, in an apparent bid to resurrect the revolutionary leader.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous’ in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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