Concert today at 7pm in benefit of Russian political prisoners

Singer Alexey Paperny, essayist/poet Dimitry Bykov, and Shenderovich, a writer described as “satirical”. Mir Concert Hall, Tvetnoy Boulevard 11. Right by the Old Circus.

I’m probably going. Company welcomed. I’ll be offline soon but my number is +7 985 217 3241.

Bykov, in my opinion, is the one destined to become a classic for capturing zeitgeist in its totality. Let me know if you see any of Bykov in English translation. I would especially recommend his Zh/D to anyone looking for the core formula of Russian-ness. Shenderovish is one of these “Russian comics” that use humour to package and fortify their message that’s anything but funny. Paperny is somehow associated with the fashionable and slightly alternative club scene. 

Tolstoy Museum on Pyatnitskaya

tolstoy_museum_pyatnitskayaPyatnitskaya 12, the main drag of Zamoskvorechye. Although called “museum” this place is more of a low-key cultural center. Painting and drawings, usually from the Tolstoy era, are regularly exhibited there, and small semi-private music events. It is one of many small hubs of “cultural” activity scattered around but not usually mentioned in guide books. Go to the Tolstoy Museum page and scroll down for photos of what’s inside. Steps from my apartment that you can rent at a very reasonable rate.

Festival of Traditional American Music

It’s happening now. Please note the April 11 2013 even in the Dom center, Zamoskvorechye, Moscow. If you need company Alla (see www.moscowdrivers.net > Other talents) may be happy to accompany you. Or even I will if a visit to Second Wind (see here under Lifestyle > Alcoholism) with all the appropriate excesses follows.