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ORTHODOX PHILANTHROPISTS PLANNING TO FINANCE RUSSIAN-THEMED BLOCKBUSTERS INHOLLYWOOD

By Nadia Beard

A group of Russian religious philanthropists have announced plans to finance a number of big budget Hollywood feature films focused on Russia. Andrei Poklonsky, chairman of the Russian Club of Orthodox Philanthropists, told Izvestia that one of the first projects to be funded will be the story from the life of 14th-century Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur, also known as Tamerlane the Great. Australian actor Hugh Jackman is said to be being considered for the lead role.


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ST. PETERSBURG COMPOSER'S OPERA INCITES VIOLENCE

By Sergey Chernov
The St. Petersburg Times

The premiere of a new opera was canceled in St. Petersburg last week after both the refusal of yet another venue to hold it and an assault on the operas composer.


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FINDING SUCCESS IN DIVINE DESIGNS

By Lana Matafonov
The St. Petersburg Times

You know, there is a story about [Leonid] Brezhnev and jeans, says local St. Petersburg tailor Nikita Borisov. As you know, jeans are very strongstiff, you need to wash them before you wear them. Well apparently, he wore them new once and they gave him problems down there [gestures to groin] and so he banned jeans in the Soviet Union, Borisov says laughing. No jeans for anyone! So we started making our own jeans and selling them with fake labels. It was illegal of course, but it was better money. In fact, once, we were inspected by the police and after they examined our jeans, they declared them to be the real thing, thats how good we made them.


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FISH FABRIQUE HITS 20

By Sergey Chernov
The St. Petersburg Times

Fish Fabrique which describes itself as the oldest surviving club in St. Petersburg will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a weeklong series of concerts starting on Monday, Sept. 1. The club, which claims to have hosted five generations of music fans since its opening, has greatly influenced the local music scene and has become part of its history, alongside such venues as Griboyedov and the now-defunct TaMtAm and Moloko.


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UNITED RUSSIA LAWMAKERS FEATURE IN ANTI-GAY ELECTION VIDEO STARRING 'CONCHITA WURST'


The St. Petersburg Times

Two lawmakers in the Murmansk city council representing the ruling United Russia party feature in a video depicting bearded drag-queen "Eurovision" winner Conchita Wurst in which the candidates appear to announce their "anti-gay" platform ahead of the city's municipal elections.




 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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