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GROMYKA: DISTORTED SOVIET RETRO CHIC

By Sergey Chernov
The St. Petersburg Times

If were seeing the restoration of the U.S.S.R. in Russia at the present, Gromyka may be the best soundtrack for it. Hailing from Petrozavodsk, the band sports the Soviet Politburos pie hats, suits and painted eyebrows an allusion to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.


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KONCHALOVSKY'S STOIC ODE TO ISOLATION

By Simon Knapper
The St. Petersburg Times

Andrei Konchalovskys latest film, which earned him a Silver Lion at the Venice film festival last month, is one of three notable films made recently set in the Russian north. It follows on the heels of Boris Khlebnikovs A Long and Happy Life (2013), a contemporary Russian High Noon whose backdrop is the ethereal autumnal beauty of the Tersky Coast, and the celebrated Russian Oscar hopeful Leviathan (2014) by Andrei Zvyagintsev, which echoes Khlebnikovs plot of the individual pitted against a predatory state, set on the Barents Sea coast in the Murmansk region.


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MUSIC & MEDIA: ALIVE AND KICKING AT 25

By Sergey Chernov
The St. Petersburg Times

Music & Media, Finlands music industry conference, marked its 25th anniversary last month with a weekend packed with panels, Q&A sessions and the Lost in Music festival. Held in Tampere, Finlands third-largest city, which is 180 kilometers north of Helsinki and is also known as the Manchester of Finland, the festival featured more than 130 music acts performing at 18 venues across the city.


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EXPLORING THE FIELD OF MARS

By Gus Peters
The St. Petersburg Times

The Field of Mars is a stones throw from the banks of the Neva and kitty-cornered on the Moika River and the Lebyazhaya Kanavka river, which separates the iconic field from the Summer Garden. One of the citys largest open spaces, it is dotted by trees and bushes aligning the paths that cut a geometric pattern in every direction.

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13 GHOSTS: CLASSIC HALLOWEEN CHILLERS

By Chris Gordon
The St. Petersburg Times

Sitting down in front of a horror film guaranteed to give you nightmares is as much a Halloween tradition as dressing up in costume, bobbing for apples and hiding from trick-or-treaters once the candy has run out. Whatever scares you most, there is sure to be a film that plays on your particular fears and sends chills up and down your spine. Films like Dracula and Frankenstein may have started the ball rolling, but it was during the 1960s, 70s and 80s that the genre produced some of its most memorable and original films.




 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Centers Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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