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Russian Events NY

10th Annual Irart Studio Kids Art Show

Meet the artists on Sunday, May 4, 1:00pm-4:00pm. At the newly opened Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn.


Marina Rubin

Marina Rubin was born in the small town of Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. Her family immigrated to United States in 1989 seeking asylum. Her first chapbook Ode to Hotels (2002) was followed by Once (2004) and Logic (2007). Her work had appeared in over seventy magazines and anthologies including 13th Warrior Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Dos Passos Review, 5AM, Nano Fiction, Coal City, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Jewish Currents, Lillith, Pearl, Poet Lore, Skidrow Penthouse, The Portland Review, The Worcester Review and many more. She is an associate editor of Mudfish, the Tribeca literary and art magazine. Her work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007 and again in 2012. She is a 2013 recipient of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship. Her fourth book, a collection of flash fiction stories Stealing Cherries was released in October 2013 from Manic D Press and is available on Amazon, B&N and other booksellers nationwide.

POTPOURRI (from Stealing Cherries)
we heard about the beach on the other side of the resort, the sign prohibiting all photographs, the mandate to remove clothing at the gate within thirty seconds, or leave immediately. the nudists, we were not like those people, polite and proper we stayed on the prude beach in our bathing suits, discussing politics and the importance of potpourri. by sundown we knew that there would always be just the two of us on this deserted island, as if in the aftermath of a catastrophe, we were the only remaining humans. somewhere out there, hundreds and hundreds of people sporting nothing but sunscreen, sunglasses, sombreros played volleyball, water badminton, ping pong in pairs, legs, arms, balls, breasts, some silicon, some drooping, swinging in a liberated dance of limbs, a return to ancestral truths. we spat on our principles, we embraced those people, we became those people, for the next eight days we wore nakedness, like a luxurious Burberry coat. when it was over, stranded at the Montego Bay airport it pinched our eyes to see all those fully dressed people, and every inseam, every cross-stitch felt like a cut of a blade, fabric, like sandpaper

THE LEFT LEG (from Logic)
on the stone steps
behind the seaport
where three bridges
converged into one,
he pulled my left leg
in a big black boot
over his knee & said
that he doesn’t care
for poetry, bagels or
scallions, or the rain
in Boston where he wasn’t tonight, or the twelve million years
that needed to be understood in order to understand a minute,
but why would one need a minute when he could have twelve
million years, that none of it ever mattered, he only loved
this left leg in this big black boot

They (from Ode to Hotels)
In every can of fruit cocktail with diced apricots, pears and pineapples, bows of apples and nets of gooseberries soaked in sweet sauce, there is always that one plump crimson cherry with an unexpected robust bone inside, forgotten, frightened, frantic, foolishly in love.

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New Year's Eve: Le Chat Noir Masquerade Ball

For one night only, we’d like to invite you on a special journey! From the cobblestone streets of Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century through the back roads of old Europe in the back of the gypsy caravan, and out into the assorted corners of the world. The night will have it all – glorious vaudeville and the world music DJs, the gypsy-cabaret live band and gorgeous burlesque dancers. Jubilant, whimsical and deranged –life is a Cabaret, my friends –celebrate it with us on NYE!
Sexy Photo Booth
Burlesque Dancers
and Surprise Guests
$30*1st tier tickets until*December 8th
$40*2nd tier tickets until*December 30th
$50*3rd tier tickets until*January 1st 1am
$25*reduced admission after 1a
$130**** An all night VIP affair requires reservation Call 212-777-1157 and includes:
* Open Champagne Bar 8p-9p
* Premium Open Bar 9p – 12.30a
* New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu 8p – 12a (Choice of 5 plates)
* Guaranteed seating up to 12:30a
Our Delicious NYE Dinner Menu:
– French Onion Soup
– Pumpkin Soup
– Cheese Plate
– Charcuterie Plate
– Chorizo
– Russian Salad
– Chicken Panini
– Beef Tacos
– Mediterranean Plate
– Fried Calamari
– Brandada de Bacalao
– Crepes (Ham & Cheese)


Premiere screening of Stateless: a documentary film about the emigration of Soviet Jews during the late 1980's

In the late 1980’s, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that their final destination, America, no longer welcomed them with open arms. In 1988, American policy suddenly changed and thousands of Soviet Jews were stranded in Italy. Stateless.
This documentary captures that unique slice of history from the point of view of the émigrés as well as expert accounts of the situation from influential Jewish leaders including David Harris of the AJC, Mark Handelman of NYANA and Mark Hetfield of HIAS among others.
Stay after the screening for a panel discussion with the filmmaker as well as Mark Hetfield, Mark Handelman and others!
Stay even longer and enjoy a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
For tickets, please click here.
This project is made possible through a grant by the BluePrint Fellowship project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Litvakus concert

Litvakus will perform a program of rarely heard and newly discovered traditional Eastern European Jewish, Belarusian, and Polish music at American Folk Art Museum at Lincoln Center in New York. This is a FREE show, since it is part of Free Music Fridays series.


Finding Home: Parallels in mythology from around the world

The Jewish Art Salon catalyzes and celebrates contemporary art with Jewish themes. The Salon is an innovative and global community of artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts
RJeneration partners with the Jewish Art Salon to invite you to “Finding Home: “Parallels in mythology from around the world”. An event for you as the writer and teller of your own life story.
This lecture and workshop will bridge world mythologies to individual stories. Presenter: Siona Benjamin, a painter from Bombay, living in the US connects mythology to personal stories in a sensitive and though provoking way. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India.
Siona will compare mythological stories like the Indian Matsya , Jonah and the fish ,Noah’s Ark , Aleksandr Pushkin’s “The tale of the fisherman” , Gilgamesh , a Babylonian myth from 2000 BC. We will discuss the science/geology of the “flood” or massive change. Participants will bring ideas and objects from home that speak of their family, culture, religion, identity, transformations. In a facilitated journey, participants will connect the parallels in mythologies of the world with their own personal stories.
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Light buffet dinner 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Program
Siona Benjamin is a painter from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons. She has been recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for an art project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Her NY solo exhibit will open March 6 at the Flomenhaft Gallery.
This programs are sponsored by Center Without Walls, a project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group. Co-sponsored by the Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts.

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Of Freaks and Men: The Films of Aleksei Balabanov

Arguably the most radical, defiantly uncompromising Russian director to emerge since the collapse of communism in that region, Aleksei Balabanov, who died suddenly this year at age 54, captured the Wild West atmosphere of the post-Soviet era in movies that oozed with caustic irony, macabre humor, and outré violence. Moving between offbeat experimental works and more mainstream, but equally personal, genre films, Balabanov—already a cult sensation in Russia—is ripe for discovery. All films directed by Aleksei Balabanov.


Hannukah with Golem

With the Unemployed Fortune Tellers and Burlesque with Minnie Tonka.

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Первые Вулфовские чтения, в залах выставки Аси Додиной и Славы Полищука

Первые Вулфовские чтения. Литературный вечер в залах выставки Аси Додиной и Славы Полищука. Cерия “Что Остаётся” / “What Remains”, живопись, графика
Слава Полищук “Что остаётся”. Издательство StoSvet Press. Презентация книги эссе.
Литературные чтения. Участвуют: Слава Полищук, Ирина Машинская, Александр Стесин, Григорий Стариковский, Лиля Панн, Виктор Пан, Алла Стейнберг, Борис Лейви, Александр Избицер, Андрей Грицман, Михаил Рабинович
В программе прозвучат записи песен Олега Вулфа в авторском исполнении
“The essays in WHAT REMAINS are rich in historical and artistic information, cultural criticism, autobiography and vividly described scenes that range from great works of art to rats on subway tracks and run-down army barracks. Not surprisingly, Slava is able to convey images with marvelous precision.” Сибелан Форрестер, переводчик книги Славы Полищука
Олег Вулф:
Слава Полищук:
Литературный проект “StoSvet”