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St. Pete Prepares to Flick the Switch

Published: March 29, 2014 (Issue # 1803)



  • Diners at Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks)will be able to purchase extra minutes to continue dining in the dark.
    Photo: For SPT

The center of St. Petersburg will be plunged into darkness Saturday night in support of Earth Hour – a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event raising awareness on climate change.

Over 20 main buildings and bridges in St. Petersburg will have their lights switched off for one hour, starting at 8.30 p.m. Moscow time, reported Interfax Thursday. Buildings involved in the initiative include the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and the Strelka of Vasilievsky Island, while bridges include the Troitsky, Blagoveshchensky, and Dvortsovy (Palace) and Birzhevoy.

According to Interfax, energy saved in the city during the hour is expected to be double the amount last year due to the increased number of businesses participating.

A big local participant this year will be Japanese restaurant chain Dve Palochki (Two Sticks). Not only will guests dine by candlelight during the hour, but they can also purchase extra minutes to continue dining in darkness after the hour has passed. All proceeds from the purchase of these minutes will be donated to the Altai snow leopard conservation fund also run by WWF.

More than 20 million Russians are expected to take part in the global Earth Hour event, according to WWF Russia campaign director Igor Chestin, reported Itas-Tass Wednesday.

Two billion people across the globe and about 7,000 participating cities joined the event last year. Russia first took part in Earth Hour in 2008, reported Itas-Tass.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Nov. 28


Join table-top game aficionados at the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening. Held every Friday at 5 p.m., aficionados and amateurs alike can come take part in a variety of different games that test one’s intellect and cunning.



Saturday, Nov. 29


Cats, dogs, birds, rodents and reptiles are just some of the things that will walk and crawl at Lenexpo convention center this weekend as part of Zooshow, a two-day exhibition featuring not only man’s best friends but a four-legged fashion show, as well as a food fair that will help pet owners find out more about which kibbles are best for their hungry pets.



Sunday, Nov. 30


Remember the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Russo-Finnish war in 1939 during today’s reenactment titled “Winter War: How it Was.” More than 200 people will take part in recreating the opening salvoes of the battle for the north in Kamenka, a small village situated between Vyborg and St. Petersburg, using authentic equipment and vintage vehicles from the era. The faux battle begins at 2 p.m.



Monday, Dec. 1


Serbia filmmaker Emir Kusturica is the featured guest this evening at the Lensovet Palace of Culture the Petrograd Side. Fans of the director will get the chance to watch his movie “Black Cat, White Cat,” as well as ask questions about his award-winning filmography. Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 p.m., start at 2,000 rubles ($42.50).



Tuesday, Dec. 2


Today is the final day of “Takoy Festival,” a three-week program of plays based on the works of Dostoevsky, Remarque and other famed European writers, whose work is transcribed for theatrical performances. Tonight’s festival finale is “Fathers and Sons,” a two-act drama staged by the Novosibirsk Academic Drama Theater based on Turgenev’s classic about familial relations.



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