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The Sad Beat of St. Pete

Published: February 28, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Many Petersburgers may feel like Grumpy Cat after reading these results.
    Photo: pressdemocrat.com

St. Petersburg has been listed as the second unhappiest city in Russia, according to a smile survey by Jetpac City Guides – a new app that uses image processing technology to analyze 100s of millions of Instagram photos to prepare its city guides for 6000 cities around the world.

The new app scans faces and locates and measures smiles by the shape of the mouth. When analyzing Russia, the app found that smaller and more rural cities did well, as did towns with many students. The top three happiest cities in Russia as ranked by Jetpac’s Smile Score were: Saransk, located in the Volga basin, East of Moscow; Lipetsk, located on the banks of the Voronezh River in the Don basin, southeast of Moscow; and Naberezhnye Chelny, located on the Kama River, east of Kazan. Interestingly, Russia’s two capitals were found at the bottom of the ranking despite their population size and popularity with tourists. The bottom three cities in Russia were Moscow, St. Petersburg and Gelendzhik - a resort town in Krasnodar Krai, situated on the Gelendzhik Bay of the Black Sea.

As a country Russia fared better than others despite its reputation for not smiling – overall the country scored higher than Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and China.





 


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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