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SOVIET CLASSIC CENSORED ON TELEVISION

ByAnna Dolgov
The St. Petersburg Times

ARussian television channel has bleeped amild expletive during thelate-night airing ofa Soviet-era cult classic, director Eldar Ryazanovs film Garage, prompting bewilderment andridicule fromartists andviewers.

UNDERSTANDING GOPNIK CULTURE

ByMichele A. Berdy

: intolerant, insular thug .


Photo: Ilde Vonbingen/ flickr

RUSSIAN BIENNALE COMMISSIONER FIRED

By D. Garrison Golubock
The St. Petersburg Times

Grigory Revzin, anarchitectural critic who had been selected tocurate Russias pavilion atthe 2014 Venice Biennale ofArchitecture, announced Apr. 7 that he had been fired bydirect order fromCulture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.


Photo: Courtesy of Manifesta

MANIFESTA SCREENS FILMS

By Gus Peters
The St. Petersburg Times

Manifesta, the biennial contemporary art festival that St. Petersburg is scheduled to host this year, has already run into its fair share of criticism. Artists have begun to boycott the event because of the situation in Ukraine, while St. Petersburgs city hall has scrambled to rescue the reputation of an event that some in the local art community deem inappropriate considering the political climate.


Photo: Wartski, London

FABERGE MASTERPIECE GIVEN ROYAL TREATMENT

By Alexei Moskin
The St. Petersburg Times

With Easter just a few days away and the recent discovery of the Third Imperial Easter Egg, thought lost for over 100 years, at a flea market in the U.S., all eyes are on the legendary imperial jeweler Carl Faberge and a new book about decorative art in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Photo: Alexander Popov / Aurora Fashion Week Russia

YOUNG TALENT DAZZLES AT AURORA FASHION WEEK

By Nadya Voznesenskaya
The St. Petersburg Times

The latest incarnation of Aurora Fashion Week Russia, or AFWR, not only celebrated some of Russias most talented designers but also gave shoppers the chance to update their wardrobe with the newest styles during the White Nights sales and the Aurora Market, as well as the opportunity to refine their pallet at the Aurora Plate food festival.


Photo: Ali Sar / SPT

PUSSY RIOT LANDS IN U.S.

By Ali Sar
The St. Petersburg Times

HOLLYWOOD An image of young women clad in colorful outfits peeping through ski masks while being detained and clobbered by the police has been a part of the evening newscasts in the U.S. for some time, most recently during the Sochi Olympics.

AUTHOR FOCUSES ON REVOLUTIONARY FILM

By Sergey Chernov
The St. Petersburg Times

The Film Theater of War, is a new book by film critic and author Mikhail Trofimenkov about film and revolution. The book covers 25 years of cinematography in dozens of countries around the world where as an announcement by its publisher states blood was flowing and film was being exposed in the name of great ideas.


A LIFE SPENT IN THE SERVICE OF COGNAC

By Lana Matafonov
The St. Petersburg Times

Like many things in Russia, drinking cognac is not as straightforward as it first appears. For starters, you could be drinking cognac, or find yourself drinking konyak. While both are popular alcoholic drinks enjoyed across the country, the differences between the two go much further than just the spelling.




 


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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianitys holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the deserts most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDAs Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBAs Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.