Thursday, August 21, 2014
 
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HEAD FOR THE WOODS, RUSSIANS

ByMichele A. Berdy

: dense, virgin forest .


Photo: Christian Holmér / Flickr

STOMPING CATS IN ST. PETERSBURG AND LACE PANTIES: RUSSIA'S 12 MOST SURREAL LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

By Alexey Eremenko
The St. Petersburg Times

Sometimes, a song can cost you a lifetime of achievements, a lesson Russian rock legend Andrei Makarevich may soon learn the hard way.


Photo: wikimedia commons

THE IRON CURTAIN TRAIL

ByTom Ball
The St. Petersburg Times

Formore than 40 years, theIron Curtain partitioned Europe, but now, nearly aquarter ofa century after thesymbolic division disappeared, it is being remembered andrevived as acycle path called theIron Curtain Trail.


Photo: Dmitry Alexeenko / Wikimedia Commons

CITY VIEW: FOR THE BIRDS

By Gus Peters
The St. Petersburg Times

Along the steep embankment walls encasing the Fontanka river and a stones throw away from the Engineers Castle is a statue of a small little bird known to locals as Chizhyk Pizhyk. The statue is of a siskin, better known as a goldfinch or barley bird in some parts of the world, and it maintains a tiny yet significant presence on its perch along the river.


Photo: locarno film festival

RUSSIAN WINS TOP PRIZE


The St. Petersburg Times

Russian actor Artyom Bystrov was named best actor atthe annual Locarno Film Festival held inthe Swiss city ofthe same name.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PHILANTHROPISTS SET THEIR SIGHTS ON HOLLYWOOD


The St. Petersburg Times

Russian Orthodox philanthropists are set to finance a wide range of Russian-themed Hollywood films, Izvestia reported Wednesday.


FINLAND PUTS ON BEST IN SHOW AT FLOW

By Sergey Chernov
The St. Petersburg Times

It was to be expected that Manic Street Preachers, OutKast and The National were going to have the biggest crowds at Flow Festival, held in Helsinki, Finland earlier this month. But alongside the big international names, the almost 130 acts that performed at the festivals nine venues across three days also showcased some of the most interesting live acts from the Finnish music scene.




 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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