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CHERNOV'S CHOICE

Published: February 18, 2005 (Issue # 1045)


Thin Lizzy will not take part in the Heroes of Rock festival at Ice Palace this week because the band has put all its European dates on hold after a concert in Limerick, Ireland that takes place on Saturday, according to a posting on guitarist John Sykes' official web site, www.johnsykes.com. No reason was given for the pullout.

Meanwhile, another band taking part billed as Sweet is in reality Andy Scott's Sweet since Brian Connolly's Sweet, which existed simultaneously with the Andy Scott version for some years, folded with Connolly's demise in 1997. The old rockers, including Ian Gillan and Ken Hensley, are scheduled to perform at Ice Palace on Wednesday.

Kacheli, one of the best live bands on the local club circuit, will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a series of concerts in February and March, kicking off with a free gig at Tsinik this week. The band, which started out performing the kind of pop rock that many bands played in the city in the early 1990s, has since developed into something entirely different, describing its style as alco drive.

Kacheli will perform at Tsinik on Wednesday and at Platforma on Thursday. The band has asked Leningrad's Sergei Shnurov to appear at the Platforma gig as a guest. Kacheli's most recent album Ne Uchi Otsa... (Don't Teach Your Father...) was released on Shnurov's Shnur'OK label last year.

Now a hot club hit in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Billy's Band, which recently provided the soundtrack to the dark comedy Nochnoi Prodavets (The Night Salesman), will showcase its new album with two shows this week.

Called Otorvyomsya Po-Piterski (Having Fun, Petersburg Style), it is the band's third studio album. The CD's highlights include the Prodavets theme song Ya Ne Vernus (I Won't Return), 32 Rubles described by singer and double bass player Billy Novik as rock and roll on trash cans, and an odd number called Tak Ya Padal (I Was Falling), which, he says, reflects my love of Nirvana and Tatu.

In concert, the original trio will be augmented by members of Billy's Big Band, the band's occasional expanded lineup, Yevgeny Bobrov on drums and Mikhail Zhidkikh on saxophone. Billy's Band will perform at Red Club on Friday and Saturday.

International acts to perform in the city this week include Pascal Parisot. Parisot used to perform in French piano-bars with a repertoire of covers of French chanson hits ranging from Edith Piaf to Serge Gainsbourg, adding some Brazilian classics, until he started to write his own material.

His current set is a mix of chanson, electronica and Latin. Parisot will perform at Platforma on Saturday.

On the more extreme front, Exploited, the veteran U.K. punk band that once proclaimed that Punk's Not Dead and is still a popular subject of graffiti, will return to the city to perform at PORT on Saturday, while the grindcore band Napalm Death will play its local debut at the same place on Wednesday.

- Sergey Chernov





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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