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2007

Jan 1-2 Mon Russian Holiday: New Year / (day off)
Holiday greetings and songs

Jan 6 Sat 4 pm Snow Queen
Stone Creek Church, 17844 N. 7th Ave. (1/2 mile north of Bell Road) , Phoenix, AZ 85023 The Russian Children's Center  Golden Key invites children of all ages and their parents to our New Year's Performance Admission: Adults $10; Children $15 (includes a traditional Russian New Year present) Tickets at the local Russian Stores: Yasha from Russia and European Food Market. NOTE: $15 child tickets include a traditional New Year present that can be purchased separately for $10. Separate presents and tickets with presents are only available for purchase through the Russian stores. Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the door. The building has a Fire Marshalls capacity limit. See a photo story and overview of this classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.
Jan 7 Sun Russian Holiday: (Orthodox) Christmas / (day off)
Holiday greetings and songs
Click to ENLARGEJan 8 to 24 16 Ukrainian Orphans Need Host Families for 2 Weeks
International Family Services, a licensed, non-profit adoption agency, is bringing 16 Ukrainian orphans aged 8-13 to Phoenix for a day camp experience and to stay with host families in and around Phoenix. If you are interested in potential adoption or simply want to offer hospitality and to assist in sharing American culture with these children, call Susan Weidner at 480-832-4428. The photo shows campers last year at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale.
Jan 8 thru Apr 30 Russian Impressionism: 1930s-1980s
Overland Gallery of Fine Art, 7155 E. Main St., Scottsdale Talent, Training, Technique Russian Impressionism: 1930s-1980s: Our full-season show of extraordinary collection of museum-quality work that showcases the talents of some of the periods most accomplished artists. Educated in the classic style at Russias famous art institutes, these artists have received wide praise for their impressionistic technique, superb composition, and deep emotional content, creating compelling images that represent no only the highest levels of artistic quality, but are also works of unique historical value.
Russian Art of the 20th Century: Overland Gallery introduced 20th-century Russian art to the Valley of the Sun in 1991, featuring paintings by some of the most renowned artists in the former Soviet Union. Exhibit and sale of Russian Impressionist works. Free
Jan 12 Fri 1 pm Ukrainian-American Social Club Meeting
Menke's Sun City Community Room, 12420 N 103 Ave (1 block south of Grand Ave, then west on on Coggins Drive, long building in the back parking lot), Sun City The club is 23 years old. Election of officers. All Ukrainians and people interested in the Ukraine are invited. Call John & Wanda 623-214-6327, Wrennie 623-583-3156, or Doc 623-972-2318.
Click for MOREJan 14 Sun 11 am to 5 pm Tucson: Family Arts Festival
Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan Music, Dance, Food, Edcuatoin, Information 7th Annual Family Arts Festival, El Presidio Park, Downtown Tucson AZ Global Village, featuring food and entertainment from around the world, the interactive activities for kids, a Crafts Market, and showcases of nonprofit arts and service agencies that demonstrate the richness of the region's communities.
Jan 14 Sun 10:30 am Ukrainian-American Social Club Christmas Gathering
Dormition of the Mother of God Church, Ukrainian Catholic Parish, 3720 W. Maryland Ave, Phoenix The club is 23 years old. Orthodox Christmas will be observed by joining the Catholic Prosphora Christms Dinner after mass at 9:30 am (presented in Ukrianian and English languages). All Ukrainians and people interested in the Ukraine are invited. Cost about $15. Reservations needed for table and ride-share. Call John & Wanda 623-214-6327, Wrennie 623-583-3156, or Doc 623-972-2318. The actual Christmas Eve meal begins with the head of the family sharing prosphora (a bread offering to God) dipped in honey. The sharing of prosphora symbolizes Jesus sharing His life and the honey symbolizes God's blessings. A total of 12 meatless dishes are served throughout the meal commemorating the 12 apostles. Some of the dishes include the: kutia (boiled wheat with honey, nuts & poppy seeds), borsch (beet soup), holubtsi (cabbage rolls), pyrohy (dough with filling), and fish. After each dish, Christmas carols are sung. The mood is solemn yet festive.
Jan 26 to 28 Slavic Folkdance Workshop, Tucson
St. Melany Byzantine Catholic Church,
1212 North Sahuara Ave (North of Speedway between Craycroft and Wilmot, behind Speedway Golds Gym), Tucson, Arizona. Dean and Jack Poloka will be coming from Pittsburgh to teach new songs and dances. This is a good time to see if you like Rusyn folk dance if you haven't tried it yet. The cost is $20 per individual or $30 per family. Times are approximate and subject to change:
  • January 26 Friday 6 - 9 pm
  • January 27 Saturday 9am - 6pm
  • January 28 Sunday 1 - 4pm
For  more information e-mail Leslie Kurtak The regular Rusyny pratice sessions are free and fun.
Jan 27 Sat 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
27 , . 'Biltmore' Fashion Park at 'Vintage Market', 2442 E Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ, 9 2 9 10 pm : $10 Admission. . (520) 512-0206 djtolik@mail.com mp3 (1 ), , E-MAIL djtolik@mail.com "Russian party news" *Superstar presents Another Russian Party. Hosted Cocktail session 9-10 pm. Hosted appetizers all night. Midnight fashion show. DJ Tolik Performing. RSVP by e-mail: MBobrov@aol.com, or phone: 602-741-9770
CLICK to ENLARGEFeb 3 Sat   7:30 pm Russian Masters in Concert
Feb 4
Sun 2 pm Repeat
27th annual grand perfomance of the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Pima Community College (CFA on map), Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road (at Greasewood Road), Tucson, Arizona The largest Russian music concert and dance performance in Arizona by the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, Kalinka Russian Dancers, and Sons of Orpheus Men's Chorus. The beautifully costumed 30-member Orchestra plays the lovely and familiar music of Russia and Ukraine on authentic instruments, including the triangular balalaika, the mandolin-like domra, the Russian bayan accordion, as well as wind and percussion instruments. Performing under the direction of Russian-trained Dr. Alexander Tentser, the concert will feature traditional Russian folk music and classical works by Mussorgsky and Budashkin. The Orchestra will be joined by the dynamic and exciting Kalinka Russian Dancers performing traditional Slavic character dance, and the powerful voices of the Sons of Orpheus Male Choir of Tucson. Click to ENLARGE Special guest artists: Alexander Tsygankov on the Russian three-stringed domra, and Inna Shevchenko on piano. Trained at the world-renowned Gnessin Institute of Moscow, Mr. Tsygankov has become a domra artist of legendary virtuosity and performed as principal domra soloist for many years with the famous Osipov Balalaika Orchestra. He holds many awards, including Distinguished Artist of Russia, and has performed throughout Russian, Europe, Japan, and America. Listen to 3 of his perfomances. His wife Inna Shevchenko studied piano at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, has toured throughout the world with her husband, and last year was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Artist of the Russian People by President Putin. The concerts will be a rare opportunity to enjoy the unusual, haunting and exciting music and dance of Russia, and an enjoyable entertainment for the whole family!  Tickets: $15  adults, $10 students at the Pima College Center for the Arts box office, 520-206-6986, or at The Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell Ave. More information, phone 520- 743-2347, see the Press Release, or visit the Orchestras website at www.azbalalaika.org Photos are from the 2005 show:

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Feb 3 thru Mar 11 Sat & Sun   Peter and the Wolf
Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St. (North of ASU). Tickets:  $18-$22. (480) 350-8119.   Peter and his grandfather, the duck, the cat, the wolf and the hunters make up the cast of this well-loved story and a memorable musical theme accompanies each character through the play. This innovative production provides a delightful introduction to theatre and classical orchestration for the youngest of audiences as Prokofievs tale come to life on stage. Age group: Everyone (three and older).
  • February 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, March 3-4, 10-11
  • Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 24 at 2:00 p.m. is ASL interpreted
Feb 9 thru 22 The Italian Russian language movie, English subtitles
Playing 2 weeks only at Harkins Camelview, Scottsdale, located on the northside of Scottsdale Fashion Square. 99 minutes Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues. Times: 11:15am, 5:15pm, 7:50pm, 10:25pm See Movie Preview, more photos, and download movie trailer video
Feb 9 Fri 1 pm Ukrainian-American Social Club Meeting
Menke's Sun City Community Room, 12420 N 103 Ave (1 block south of Grand Ave, then west on on Coggins Drive, long building in the back parking lot), Sun City The club is 23 years old.  All Ukrainians and people interested in the Ukraine are invited. Call John & Wanda 623-214-6327, Wrennie 623-583-3156, or Doc 623-972-2318.
Feb 10 Sat  12:30 pm to 4 pm Germans from Russia Meeting
Glendale Public Library, Foothills Branch. 19055 N 57th Avenue (north of Union Hills Drive), Glendale, AZ Program: Capture your Ancestral Past, Spark your Future Speaker: Anna Bartkowski, author of Value Meals on the Volga, will trace her family's heritage to the founding fathers of the German-Russian village of Mariental (Russian name: Tonkoschurowka), Russia, on the Volga River (see 1941 map); and share her proven strategy to build an unbreakable bond with your loved ones using the food traditions of Germans from Russia. She will answer the questions:
  • How will yor children or grandchildren remember you?
  • Will they have heard your stories often enough to repeat your anecdotes to their children?
  • Will they know about their German-Russian heritage?
There will be some light refreshments (not a meal). For more information contact, Larry Haas at haasle@juno.com or ehaas3@cox.net.
CANCELLED
Feb 10
Sat 9 to 2 Tucson: Russian Disco /
10 , , , Midway Business Park, 4500 E.Speedway #19 (between Colombus and Swan, ) Tucson. Go behind the European Market to the far back of the parking lot. ! 9 2 - $7 . (520) 512-0206 djtolik@mail.com mp3 (1 ), , E-MAIL djtolik@mail.com "Russian Party News"
Feb 9 thru 22 The Italian Russian language movie, English subtitles
Playing 2 weeks only at Harkins Camelview, Scottsdale, located on the northside of Scottsdale Fashion Square. 99 minutes Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sexual content, language and thematic issues. Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old Russian boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family. Irka (Olga Shuvalova), a teen orphan turned prostitute, helps Vanya (Solintsev Kolya Spiridonov) in his quest to find his mother. See Movie Preview, more photos, and download movie trailer video
Feb 17 Sat 7 pm Mardi-Gras Dance
Hosted by the Ukrainian Women's Association at the Ukrainian American Youth Association, 730 West Elm St. (from 7th Street, go 3 blocks south of Camelback, then west), Phoenix Admission: Adults $10. Pasta buffet dinner extra, free for children 12 and under Dance the night away to the music of our famous DJ Vic Voo Doo Daddy. If you have a costume, wear it. Contact: Oksana, 602-740-2466, or the Association 602-230-8970. Everyone interested in Ukraine and her culture is invited.
Feb 17 Sat 8 pm Vladimir Vinokur Performs
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E 2nd Street, Scottsdale. Russian comedy, parody, dance, and song. Tickets: $50, $65, $70, $80 Russian stores, or phone Anna: 480-820-0285. - . : - . . A smile is your trump card. Program Guest: author-satirist Nikolai Lukinskii. Parody Theater director: Vladimir Vinokun'
Feb 22 Thur   2:30  to 4 pm Melikian Center Open House
ASU Campus, Coor Hall, Room 4554, (north of Gammage Auditorium), Tempe Join the Melikian family and the staff of The Melikian Center for an open house to celebrate the opening of The Melikian Center. The renaming of the Russian and East European Studies Center as The Melikian Center honors the generous $1 million endowment gift by Gregory and Emma Melikian to ASU. Refreshments will be served.
Feb 23 Mon Russian holiday: Protector of Motherland Day (literal: Defender of the Fatherland)
  Den' zashchitnika otechestva Known until recently as Soviet Army Day, popularly viewed as holiday for all men. It's a day off over there. And treated like the male equivalent of Women's Day (March 8).
Feb 28 ... Wednesdays 7 to 8 pm Bible study in Russian
"MIDTown On Main" apartments, 2121 W. Main St. #3081 (on Apache Blvd., 3 miles east of ASU, and 1 mile east of 101 Freeway; or 202 Frwy, exit Dobson south to Main St., right on Main and 1st complex left hand side, gates are open), Mesa 85201. Welcome everyone. Coffee and chai provided. For more information call: 480-219-2914, 480-512-2454, 602-466-1244, or e-mail Peter Pugayev
Mar 1 Thur 9 am Movie: Siberian Dream, Harkins Sedona Theatre 1
Mar 2 Fri 9 pm Repeat, Harkins Sedona Theatre 6
Harkins Sedona, 2081 West Highway 89A, Sedona Siberian Dream, based on critically acclaimed book of the same title, is a character driven story of coming of age in a turbulent world of Russia's Perestroika. One woman's journey that depicts her Buryat endangered culture in Siberia and her battle with communist authorities in the former Soviet Union. Through the eyes of author, actor & fashion icon Irina Pantaeva this film reflects the current issues and their effects on the downfall of the Soviet system and the revival of Buddhism and Shamanism in otherwise oppressed tribe of indigenous people. Irina Pantaeva was born into descendants of Genghis Khan a Buryat nomadic tribe living around Lake Baikal in Southern Siberia. Growing in the family of artists and shamans she came of age amidst the repression of the final years of the USSR at a time when art was censored and individuality stifled. Against all odds Irina finds her own path on the road to creative freedom through her travels across Europe, Asia and the United States. A decade later after fleeing Soviet oppression Irina goes back home to honor her ancestors in the shaman ritual. She has a connection with nature and hears the spirits of her ancestors calling her back. The history of this unique nomadic tribe: its past, present and future are main elements making this film compelling to the Western viewer. The story of the Buryats, an indigenous people of the Southern Siberia, their culture and religion is being told for the first time. 31 min USA 2004 Documentary Feature.
Mar 2-3 Fri-Sun Art Detour 2007: Russian Icons by Laura Fisher Smith
Art Detour is a free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces and other art venues in downtown Phoenix, sponsored by artlink inc.  www.artlinkphoenix.com
  • Cathedral Center for the Arts, 100 W. Roosevelt St.
  • Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N. 1st Ave.
Mar 3 First Saturdays 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
'Biltmore' Fashion Park at 'Vintage Market', 2442 E Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ, 9 2 9 10 pm : $10  . 602-741-9770   , , a E-MAIL MBobrov@aol.com, "Russian party news" *Superstar presents Russian First Saturdays Party. Hosted Cocktail session 9-10 pm. Hosted appetizers until 10 pm, Russian Menu available all night. Midnight Entertainment, and a live Russian DJ Performing all night. RSVP by e-mail: MBobrov@aol.com, www.myspace.com/RussianParties, or phone: 602-741-9770
Mar 7 Wed 6 pm International Women's Day Dinner-Dance Party
Armenia Palace Restaurant, 15820 N. 35 Ave. #12 (1 block north of Greenway Ave, west side), Phoenix, AZ Agenda: 6 pm registration, holiday program, and buffet table dinner (you may bring your own alcoholic beverages), announcements about the holiday celebration by the President of the Arizona Russian Center, concert, competitions for valuable prizes, holiday dance/disco Admission: $20 per person RSVP by Mar 1, phone: 602-368-4541. 180+ attended, see photos 2007 . International Women's Day 2007
Mar 7 Wed 7:30 pm Tucson: National Philharmonic of Russia
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., University of Arizona campus. Tucson Vladimir Spivakov, artistic director and principal conductor, and Olga Kern, piano soloist Under the leadership of Spivakov, the National Philharmonic of Russia is a symbol of a country reconstructed. Founded in 2003 and commissioned by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, the orchestra boasts Russias leading virtuosos committed both to preserving and innovating the countrys rich symphonic traditions. Touring with the ensemble this season is Kern, whose passionate musicianship pairs magnificently into a performance indicative of a country in renaissance. Tickets: $10 to $63.  Box Office: 520-621-3341.  uapresents@arizona.edu See article in Tucson Daily Star Program:
  • Shostakovich Festival Overture
  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Op. 29 "Pathétique"
Mar 7 Wed 9:05 pm Movie: The Abandoned
Cinemark Theatre, Century 20 El Con Mall, 3601 E. Broadway, Tucson Released 2007, 94 minutes, Horror, Rated R for violence/gore, some disturbing images, nudity and language. A Los Angeles movie producer who is an adopted Russian woman who was raised in America flies to Russia. While searching for her birth parents, she discovers that she has inherited her family's estate in Russia, a decript old house in the middle of a dark forest, on an island, all alone. Visiting the homestead she never knew, she meets a man who claims to be her twin brother and the two estranged siblings are forced to uncover the dark secrets behind their mother's brutal murder 40 years earlier. And people were murdered there. Her biological family, in fact. She also meets the zombie version of herself. It turns out that the house wants them back to kill them both, and that Zombie Her is from THE FUTURE! Tickets: $5.25 to $9  Box office: (520) 202-3343
Mar 8 Wed Russian holiday: International Women's' Day
Women receive flowers, presents and are toasted by men.
Mar 8 Thursdays 6:30 pm Russian Language Christian Discussion Group
Christian discussion in the Russian language. All denominations welcome. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. For location, please e-mail Svetlana Yarrow, or call (602) 776-0320
Mar 8 Thur 8 PM National Philharmonic of Russia
Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street (SE corner of Main and Center Streets), Downtown Mesa The leading symphonic virtuosos of Moscow and St. Petersburg have recently formed the National Philharmonic of Russia and are led by the electrifying conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov. Superstar pianist and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern joins this incredible all-Russian cadre of artists on their tour of the United States. Founded in 2003 at the initiative of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Ministry of Culture, the National Philharmonic of Russia has quickly become a musical symbol of the new Russia. Residing at the spectacular new Moscow International Arts Center, the orchestra has hosted some of the worlds greatest artists and makes a 35-concert tour of North America in 2007. Tickets:  $35 to $75 -- Box Office 480-644-6500. See article in Arizona Republic.
Click for MOREMar 10 Sat 2:30 pm Tucson: Rusyny Folk Ensemble at EMAT
EMAT Spring Fair, Foothills Mall, W. Ina Rd. and N. La Cholla Blvd, Northwest-Foothills Tucson Rusyny and 15-20 other European Clubs will have booths with displays of their clubs and their countries. Many clubs will have food and crafts for sale. There will be entertainment on the mall stage from noon to 5 pm both days Hosted by the European Multi-ethnic Alliance of Tucson, Inc. (EMAT) No charge.
Mar 24 Sat 9 am to Noon  Diabetes: How to prevent it
Non-credit continuing education class by Dr. Saida B. Isabekova, D.Sc., Ph.D. held one day only at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. Room B160,  Chandler. Course Number: NC 500 9587, Fee: $34 Diabetes Mellitus is an increase worldwide. While genetic components certainly exist, the principle risk factors for type II diabetes are preventable. The earlier you are examined, the more preventive, low cost measures can be taken to keep the body healthy. In addition to the scheduled class, each student will be invited to have an iris and sclera examination that is helpful to prevent possible complications of diabetes. Iris and sclera examinations on March 22 or 23. $30 is payable to the instructor. More information.
Click for MOREMar 24 Sat 2 pm & 7:30 pm Ukrainian and Eastern European Concert
Pima Community College (CFA on map), Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road (at Greasewood Road), Tucson, Arizona Second Annual Ukrainian and Eastern European Spring Gala Concert presented by the Barvinoc Ensemble and Rusyny Folk Ensemble Ethnic instruments, songs and dances from Eastern Europe and Carpathian Mountains region. Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 Students. Group discount available (8 people and more) 520-744-1131. Get tickets at the PCC box office (520-206-6986), the Folk Shop (2525 N. Campbell Ave) 520-881-7147, and European Market and Deli (4500 E. Speedway Blvd.) 520-512-0206; or mail your check payable to: "Barvinok Ensemble" (postmarked prior to March 15), mail to: Nina Tritenichenko, 6750 N. Morning Glory Dr., Tucson, AZ 85741. Your tickets will be mailed to you. Please indicate how many tickets (general or students) and for which show (2 pm or 7:30 pm) do you need. For more information call 520-744-1131, or visit www.barvinok-us.com   Download the flyerSee last years event.
Mar 24 Sat 1:30 pm Folklore Group Serbia
2nd annual Phoenix Sister Cities WorldFEST, March 23-24, at Margaret T. Hance Park, 3rd and Culver Streets (east side of Central Ave., 1 block south of McDowell Road, behind the main Phoenix, Barr Library, north of Downtown Phoenix A celebration of culture, the arts and food from our sister cities and more. 20 performing groups on 2 stages including this Serbian Folklore Group, 10 sister-city village booths including the Czech Republic. Download the WoldFEST 2007 Program for complete performance times, map of the event, and more.
Click to ENLARGEMar 25 Sun 2 pm Arizona Russian Center Planning Meeting
Phoenix Cholla Branch Library, 10050 Metro Parkway East (inner loop of Metrocenter Mall) just south of Peoria Avenue west of the I-17 freeway, next to Peter Piper Pizza. All interested in planning or volunteering for a Russian educational and cultural center are invited to this public meeting. President Tatyana Bagmanova, Arizona Russian Center, 4212 W Cactus Rd. #80, Phoenix AZ 85029-2902. 13 people attended.
Mar 26 Mon 7 pm Arizona Balaliaka Ensemble
Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N 101 Ave (1 block south of Grand Ave), Sun City The group will appear in colorful costumes playing native Slavic instruments. $20 per person 623--214-6982 The 1-hour concert was followed by snacks and chatting with each other and the performers. Click on photos to Enlarge.
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Mar 26 & 27 Mon & Tue Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program
Annual Conference at the Black Canyon Conference Center: 9440 N. 25th Ave (at Dunlap), Phoenix, AZ. An opportunity for refugees, refugee service organizations and members of the general public to learn and share about the changing dynamics of refugee resettlement, and best practices that are helping refugees to successfully transition to life in Arizona. Program: To Be announced
Mar 30 Fri 10:15 to 11:15 am Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference
2007 Third Annual Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference "Success stories from around the world" March 29-30, 2007 at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Greenway and 59th Ave., Glendale. Successful investment reports from Russia and Eastern Europe presented on the Friday in Concurrent Session 2: Eastern Europe, 10:15 am to 11:15 am:

Success Story Speaker: Patricia M. Cloherty, Chairman and CEO, U.S. Russia Investment Fund and Delta Russia Fund, L.P
Success Story Speaker: Franklin "Pitch" Johnson, Founding Limited Partner and Adviser, Renaissance Capital (Poland and Czech Republic) and Russian Technology Fund
Mar 30 Fri 7:30 pm Moiseev Russian Ballet: Swan Lake
Yavapai College, 1100 E Sheldon, Prescott Moiseev Russian Classical Ballet The story of a prince who falls in love with a swan or rather, he falls in love with princess, who becomes human at night, but awakens each morning as a swan, thanks to an evil sorcerer. Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet is danced by Moiseev Russian Ballet, founded in 1999 with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The necessity of having a young, promising and vibrant theater with potential in classical and modern dance inspired its birth. Tickets: $28, $30, $32
Mar 31 Sat 9 am to Noon Overcoming stress, fear and depression
Non-credit continuing education class by Dr. Saida B. Isabekova, D.Sc., Ph.D. held one day only at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. Room B160,  Chandler. Course Number: NC 500 9045, Fee: $34 Students will learn psychological and physiological techniques that will help develop abilities to keep mood swings under control and self regulate their states effectively. In addition to the scheduled class each student will be invited to have an iris and sclera examination that is helpful to prevent the development of possible inherited and acquired weaknesses. Iris and sclera examinations on March 29 or 30. $30 is payable to the instructor. More information.
Apr 1 Sun 7 to 10 pm Bulgarian Cultural Festival
La Camarilla Racquet, Fitness & Swim Club, 5320 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 First Annual Festival of Bulgarian Culture, Arts, and Sports. Bulgarians in Arizona will have the opportunity to present their achievements in literature, music, photography, fashion design, sports and other fields. This event is inspired by Bulgarian Horizon, the monthly newspaper of the Bulgarian community in Arizona. Special guest of the occasion is Elena Poptodorova, The Ambassador of The Republic of Bulgaria to the United States of America.  The Festival is dedicated to the admission of Bulgaria in the European Union. RSVP to: Daphne Karcheva-Orris, 602-622-5941, by by March 10, 2007. Free entrance includes: program, arts & crafts display, contests and great prizes (car) Guests enter through east entrance leading to the patio. Entertainment program, and food / beverages on the back patio. Art exhibition in several rooms inside.
April 7 First Saturdays 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
'Biltmore' Fashion Park at 'Vintage Market', 2442 E Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ, 9 2 9 10 pm : $10  . 602-741-9770   , , a E-MAIL MBobrov@aol.com, "Russian party news" *Superstar presents Russian First Saturdays Party. Hosted Cocktail session 9-10 pm. Hosted appetizers until 10 pm, Russian Menu available all night. Midnight Entertainment, and a live Russian DJ Performing all night. RSVP by e-mail: MBobrov@aol.com, www.myspace.com/RussianParties, or phone: 602-741-9770
Apr 8 Sun 10:30 am to 11 am Russian Orthodox Easter Celebration
St. Mary Protectress Parish, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the US, 1102 N 10th Street (1 block south of I-10 Freeway), Downtown Phoenix, AZ 85006 After the religious service the Arizona Russian Center invites all to remain in the Church to set the tables together and observe the occasion with a Holiday Feast, and enjoy games and competitions with prizes for the winners. If you stay for the potluck lunch and games, bring a Russian food dish,  colored eggs and/or Easter bread.-- See 13 photos and 2 newspaper articles in Russian for  8 2007 .

April 12 thru 19 Movie: The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies
Will play twice during the Phoenix Film Festival 2007, Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd (South of 101-Loop, East of 56th Street), Scottsdale Canadian, Charlie Russell has been raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs in the wilderness of Russia for the past decade. Becoming their surrogate mother he struggles to teach them everything they need to survive a life in the wild. But will it be enough? Documentary, 2006, 89 min.
Apr 14 Sat 9 am to Noon Cardiovascular System: How To Keep it Healthy
Non-credit continuing education class by Dr. Saida B. Isabekova, D.Sc., Ph.D. held one day only at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. Room B160,  Chandler. Course Number: NC 500 9108, Fee: $34 Each student is invited to have an iris and sclera examination for evaluation of cardiovascular system condition. During class, students will gain a thorough understanding of how to prevent cardiovascular diseases.   Iris and sclera examinations on April 12 or 13. $30 is payable to the instructor. More information.
Apr 14 Sat Germans from Russia Meeting
Glendale Public Library, Foothills Branch. 19055 N 57th Avenue (north of Union Hills Drive), Glendale, AZ . Speaker: Dr. Duane Roen, Professor of English, Head Humanities and Arts Department, ASU East College. Dr. Duane will present a workshop on "Writing Family History: A Gift for Generations to Come".  He can make cold genealogical facts come alive and to pass those facts on to our progeny. Dr. Roen has published six books and has authored or co-authored more than 160 chapters, articles, and conference papers in the areas of  rhetoric, composition, and teaching. He is also Co-Managing Editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration, the official journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. He helped established the "Polytechnic Project for Writing and Recording Family History". There will be some light refreshments (not a meal).
Apr 15 Deadline to Pre-Register for: Info-Therapy
May 5 Sat 7 pm Introduction to Info-Therapy: a healthy way to a happy life
May 6 - 10 6 pm to 10 pm 5 Seminars, 4 hours each day

5 Seminars to be held in Location in North Phoenix. First Introduction lecture is FREE and open to the public. Discounts for early registration to seminars During the 25-hour seminar, you will learn the theory and practice of Information Therapy and correction, how to provide aid to yourself and your family, how to create a healthy life and future. The course is 5 lessons, 4 hours each day: May 6-10, 2007, from 6 to 10 pm. Lessons conducted only in the Russian language by the Director of the International Center of Multidimensional Information Therapy (MAGEN), Valentina Kaganskaia. Contact: Rita Biner: (602) 573-4580 Jeanne Lerner: (215) 342-6202; (267) 312-6591 Dr. Saida Isabekova: (480) 458-0546 Cost: $400, $385 if paid by 15 April, North Phoenix
Apr 15 Sun 6 PM Anatoly Mikhailovich Kashpirovsky Lecture & Healings
Apr 17 Tue 8 PM Repeat
Razputin Restaurant, 2734 West Bell Road, Suite 1330 (East of I-17 Freeway, North of Bell Road, in Bell Canyon Pavillions shopping center), Phoenix, AZ.  Phone: 602-978-3155 Kashpirovsky is a Ukrainian psychologist / "psychotherapist" who performed seances for millions on live Soviet television. He performed hypnosis-induced anesthesia in Russia, and was said to cure people who placed their hand over his on their home TV screen. For a few years in the early 1990s at age 50, he was the most popular man in the Soviet Union. When he appeared on national TV, "Soviet citizens drop everything. People halt work and leave dinner tables. The next morning, his eerie talent is the talk of rush-hour subways." Kashpirovsky claims that his methods can heal the entire body healing of: heart attack scars, arrhythmia hearts, stenocardia, hypertension, diabetes, periodontitis, cystitis, ulcers, stretch marks, wrinkles; and other things like: instant elimination of a long-term allergy and/or bronchial asthma, correction of nasal conditions, correction of teeth alignment and pelvic parts, and reduction of stomach size in overweight people Read more about Anatoly Mikhailovich Kashpirovsky. Limited Tickets: $30 from Anna at 480-820-0285, or these 2 Phoenix Russian stores: Yasha from Russia and European Food Market. WARNING by Webmaster: Kashpirovsky's mystical healing claims have been disputed in Russia. The Chelyabinsk state medical academy and court recently fined him for using using hypnosis in ways it should not be used and may be harmful. Expect no miracles or guarantees, but he is persuasive and entertaining.
Click for MOREApr 19 Thur 6 pm Rusyny Folk Ensemble
Van Nuys Eparchy 25th Anniversary, St. Helen Roman Catholic Church, 5510 West Cholla St., Glendale The performance is after the 5 pm Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, in the courtyard, and during the Banquet in the Auditorium. The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Van Nuys will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19, 2007. The culmination of the 25th Anniversary celebration is the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, which will be celebrated at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona. A banquet will follow the Divine Liturgy at St. Helen Parish Auditorium.
Apr 20 thru 29 Tucson: Arizona International Film Festival
127 E. Congress Street, Tucson No films or schedule posted yet.

May 5 First Saturdays 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
"Cinco de Rusky" "restaurant Medizona", 7217 E. 4th Ave (2 blocks north of Indian School), Old Town Scottsdale  AZ, 9 2 9 10 pm : $10  (age 21+) . 480-947-9500 , , a E-MAIL MBobrov@aol.com, "Russian party news" *Superstar presents Russian First Saturdays Party. Hosted Cocktail session 9-10 pm. Body painting display. Hosted appetizers until 9 to 10 pm. Russian Menu available all night. Midnight Entertainment, and a live Russian DJ Performing all night. RSVP by e-mail: MBobrov@aol.com, www.myspace.com/RussianParties, or phone: 602-741-9770
May 5 Sat 7 pm Introduction to Info-Therapy: a healthy way to a happy life
May 6 - 10 6 pm to 10 pm 5 Seminars, 4 hours each day

Seminars to be held in North Phoenix. First Introduction lecture is FREE and open to the public. Discounts for early registration. During the 25-hour seminar, you will learn the theory and practice of Information Therapy and correction, how to provide aid to yourself and your family, how to create a healthy life and future. The course is 5 lessons, 4 hours each day: May 6-10, 2007, from 6 to 10 pm. Lessons conducted only in the Russian language by the Director of the International Center of Multidimensional Information Therapy (MAGEN), Valentina Kaganskaia. Contact: Rita Biner: (602) 573-4580 Jeanne Lerner: (215) 342-6202; (267) 312-6591 Dr. Saida Isabekova: (480) 458-0546 Cost: $400, $385 if paid by 15 April. Seminars held in North Phoenix

May 9 Wed Russian Holiday: Victory Day
The President of Russia sends congratulatory letters to all the veterans. There are parades, feasts, presents and flowers to give thanks to the people who fought for the defense of Russia. In all the cities there are meetings in which a leader or the mayor of the city gives speeches about the achievement of people in the war and veterans tell about their adventures in the war. Also see: "Women, War and Memory"
May 9 Wed 7 pm (Victory Day Celebration, Dinner)
Restaurant "Razputin", 2734 W. Bell Rd., Suite 1330. (east of I-17 Freeway) Phoenix, AZ 85053 No charge for veterans. For the public, the restaurant menu is discounted for this free event. Bring your own drink or order from the bar. Families and children welcome. Veterans invited to sit at the head table Program includes songs, speeches, poems about veterans for peace, a special dance presentation from Los Angeles, and a disco social dance. Hosted by the Arizona Russian Center. For more information and to RSVP please call 602-368-4541, or e-mail: azrussiancenter@hotmail.com. See photos from 2005 event in English and Russian See 3 Russian newspaper articles and 16 photos for 2007.
May 12 Sat 9 am to Noon Understanding Thyroid Function
Non-credit continuing education class by Dr. Saida B. Isabekova, D.Sc., Ph.D. held one day only at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. Room B160,  Chandler. Course Number: NC 500 9109, Fee: $34 This class is designed to present the physiology of the thyroid, proper nutrition and preventive measures to stay healthy. Each student is invited to have an iris and sclera examination for an evaluation of the condition of thyroid.   Iris and sclera examinations on May 10 or 11. $30 is payable to the instructor. More information.
May 13 Sun Mother's Day
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May 19 Sat 7 pm The Evolution of Orthodox Music
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 4436 E. McKinley Ave (east of Chinese Culture Center, take 44th St south from 202 Freeway), Phoenix AZ "Stevan Hristich" Serbian Church Choir, Phoenix AZ, presents a FREE educational concert. Music is an important aspet of Eastern Orthodoxy. Follow the historical progression from Byzantine and harmonized chants through the intoduction of polyphonic music to contemporary compositions. Hear the selections by some of the most recognized names in the history of music Bortnjanski, Tchaikovski, Kedrov, Rachmaninov, Mokranjac, Hristov, Grechaninov and Tajcevic presented in their intended setting and in their original Old Church Slavonic text ... the music of prayer. Donations appreciated. Refresshments after.
June 2 Sat 5 pm Children's Day Potluck Dinner-Party
Celebrate International Children's Day, also called The International Day of Protection of Children (June 1) Vintage Market at the Secret Gardens, 2501 E Baseline, South Phoenix Phone: 602-276-4554 Bring your kids and a favorite dessert food for all kids to eat and for a contest for the best desert (torti, blintzi, pirozhki, frukti, ...) Prizes for 3 winners and an interview for the Arizona Russian newspaper with photos. Photos of this event will appear on the ARC website Sponsors: Kstati << >> the first local Russian newspaper, Vitali Feaigin owner of Vintage Market at the Secret Garden. Hosted by the Arizona Russian Center (ARC). The event is free but dinners can be ordered from the restaurant menu. The International Day of Protection of Children started in 1950 after being declared by the International Democratic Federation of Women meeting in Moscow in 1949. See 25 photos for
June 2 First Saturdays 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
"restaurant Medizona", 7217 E. 4th Ave (2 blocks north of Indian School), Old Town Scottsdale  AZ, 9 2 9 10 pm : $10  (age 21+ ) . 480-947-9500 , , a E-MAIL MBobrov@aol.com, "Russian party news" *Superstar presents Russian First Saturdays Party. Hosted Cocktail session 9-10 pm. Body painting display. Hosted appetizers until 9 to 10 pm. Russian Menu available all night. Midnight Entertainment, and a live Russian DJ Performing all night. RSVP by e-mail: MBobrov@aol.com, www.myspace.com/RussianParties, or phone: 602-741-9770
June 4 thru Aug 27 Intensive Beginning Russian Language Courses
Critical Languages Institute, Arizona State University, University Drive and Mill Avenue, Tempe Intensive summer language courses provide the equivalent of a full year's academic work (eight ASU credits) in eight weeks. CLI summer classes are tuition free. The only charge is a $400 registration and processing fee. Financial aid may be used for CLI summer classes. For upper-level high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and community members.
Jun 4 thru 29 2007 Academy Summer Dance Workshop
Scottsdale Dance Academy, 7850 E. Evans Road #106, Scottsdale   $45 - $45 Ages 3 through pre-professional. Classes include ballet, pointe, variations, Russian character, modern, flamenco, jazz, musical theater, pilates, and musical theory. Consult academy to register and for times and prices. Schedule is based on student's level. (480) 948-8202 Ballet instructor Nadiya Kovtun was trained in Voronezh, St. Petersburg, and Kiev
Jun 16 to Sept 2 Space Is the Place
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 East Second Street (at  Drinkwater Blvd.), Downtown Scottsdale Galleries 3 and 4, SMoCA Art of 16 artists from 7 countries. Attitudes about space travel have changed radically between the time the Soviets launched Sputnik nearly fifty years ago (and the space race of the Cold War) and todays regular traffic of international space shuttles. ... Star City, a holy relic of the early space race that was once a top-secret Russian cosmonaut training facility. ... Russian artist Oleg Kulik created Cosmonaut (sculpture right), 2003, wax and mixed media, 54 x 30 x 30 inches, courtesy XL Gallery, Moscow. Admission: $7 adults, $5 students, free for SMoCA members and children under 15.
Jun 20 thru Aug 1 Wed   2 to 3 pm Summer Russian Language Classes for Children
We will help your kids (ages 3-7) to remember Russian. 6 wednesday afternoon classes. $10 per lesson, or $50 prepaid for all 6 lessons. Central Phoenix location. Additional child care after class available. Please call Svetlana Yarrow for more information 602-776-0320, or e-mail syarrow@gmail.com We don't meet on the holiday July 4.
Jun 21 Thur 11 am From Russia With Love: Stories of a Klezmer Tour of the Ukraine
JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix Rabbi Plotkin discusses his experiences on a Klezmer cruise in Russia. Held at the new Jewish Family & Children's Service   Free to all (602) 943-2198
Jun 30 Sat Bard Song Concert with Tamara and Genadii  Kurilov
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July 7 First Saturdays 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
"restaurant Medizona", 7217 E. 4th Ave (2 blocks north of Indian School), Old Town Scottsdale  AZ, 9 2 9 10 pm : $10  (age 21+ ) . 480-947-9500 , , a E-MAIL MBobrov@aol.com, "Russian party news" *Superstar presents Russian First Saturdays Party. Hosted Cocktail session 9-10 pm. Body painting display. Hosted appetizers until 9 to 10 pm. Russian Menu available all night. Midnight Entertainment, and a live Russian DJ Performing all night. RSVP by e-mail: MBobrov@aol.com, www.myspace.com/RussianParties, or phone: 602-741-9770
Aug 9 Thur 7:30 to 8:30 pm Coffee & Cabaret Concert with Master Guitarist Grisha Nisnevich
TE-Music  An Incredible Evening of Music, Coffee and Cabaret with Master Guitarist Gregory "Grisha" Nisnevich.  Gregory began his music studies in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 4, then went on to study at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music in Israel, where he laer became a faculty member.  He has won several international guitar competitions including the Contemporary Music Competition in Israel.  Gregory's repertoire as a soloist includes not only music by Israeli and Russian composers, but also an extended "standard" repertoire of a perfoming guitarist that includes Baroque, classical, Spanish and 20th century music. This event is free and open to all - bring your friends!!!
CLICK for MOREAug 12 Sun 12 noon Russian Childrens' Center: Meet your teachers
Russian Childrens' Center Classes begin Sunday, August 19th
Aug 31 Fri 2 to 3 pm Book Signing: Russian Empire
ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 4403, (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map) Arizona State University, Tempe Book Signing by author Mark Von Hagen, Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700-1930 Please join us for a welcoming and book signing event honoring Mark von Hagen, the newly arrived History Department professor and chair. Copies of Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700-1930 will be available for purchase during the event. Mark von Hagen teaches history at Arizona State University. He is the author of Soldiers in the Proletarian Dictatorship: The Red Army and the Soviet Socialist State, 1917-1930 (Cornell, 1990); co-edited Kazan, Moscow, St. Petersburg: Multiple Faces of the Russian Empire (Moscow, 1997); co-edited After Empire: Multiethnic Societies and Nation-Building: The Soviet Union and the Russian, Ottoman and Habsburg Empire (Westview, 1997); co-edited Culture, Nation, Identity: the Ukrainian-Russian Encounter (1600-1945) (Toronto, 2003); and Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700-1930 (Indiana, 2007). He has written articles and essays on topics in historiography, civil-military relations, nationality politics and minority history, and cultural history.
September ASU Course: Language and Identity
A new general Slavic studies course on Language and Identity, Fall 2007, (Mon, Wed 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm) The class will feature live appearances of the persons in situations of language conflict (ethnic, territorial, gender, age). We will read and watch movies about the people who:
  • Speak the same language but call it different names
  • Speak mutually unintelligible dialects yet call it the same language
  • Do not want to speak their native tongue
  • Want to clean their native language from foreign influences
  • Use their language variety everywhere
  • Lock their language variety at home or office
Instructor: Danko.Sipka@asu.edu, http://www.public.asu.edu/~dsipka ASU course SLV 394, SLN 83375
Sept 6 - 23   Thur - Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm  Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard"
The Rogue Theatre performs Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at The Zuzi Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Avenue at University, Tucson. Set in 1904 on the brink of the Russian revolution, The Cherry Orchard is Anton Chekhov's final play and masterpiece about a way of life, both lovely and ghastly, disappearing into history. The Rogue Theatre's production will feature the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, which will perform both during the play and in a Musical Pre-show beginning fifteen minutes before curtain. Call 520-551-2053 or visit www.theroguetheatre.org for reservations and information. Tickets may be purchased online. Tickets $18 (Preview September 6: $13 tickets, and Pay-What-You-Will Nights on Thursdays September 13 and 20)
Sept 11 Tue 7:30 to 9 am Sunbelt World Trade Association Meeting
Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, 4001 N. Country Club Road, Tucson AZ 85716 The Sun Belt World Trade group welcomes Roza Simkhovich, senior lecturer in the University of Arizona department of Russian and Slavic Studies. She will speak on "Doing Business in Eastern Europe" at this breakfast meeting. Contact: 360-2240, Curt Pedersen <pederca@msn.com> Cost: $12 general, $10 members. Roza also organizes the CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum
Sept 20-21 Trpčeski  Plays Tchaikovsky
Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street (north of Washington St.), Downtown Phoenix. From the majestic first movement inspired by a Ukrainian folk song to its emotionally charged finale, virtuoso Simon Trpčeski bring to life Tchaikovsky's much-loved 'First Piano Concerto.' Though still in his mid-twenties, Trpceski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years, playing with many of the world's great orchestras and delighting audiences world-wide. As The Times raved: 'Trpceski is the real deal. A pianistic talent in a thousand.'
Sept 28 Fri 4 to 5 pm Anton Chekhov and The Seagull
ASU Lyceum Theatre (map), 901 South Forest Mall, Arizona State University, Tempe George Gutsche, University of Arizona, is a Chekhov scholar who will introduce the life, time, and mind of Anton Chekhov on the opening night for MainStage Theater's production of "The Seagull."
Sept. 28 thru  Oct. 7 Checkov's: The Seagull
ASU Lyceum Theatre (map), 901 South Forest Mall, Arizona State University, Tempe Chekhov's comedic masterpiece offers a window into the pain and absurdity of the human condition, through subtle humor and witty dialogue.   Tickets $7, $22. Herberger College box office, 480.965.6447, School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337 --

Sept 29 Sat 8 am to 5:30 pm The Kettlebell Functional Fitness Seminar
Innovative Fitness Solutions, 7701 E. Gray Road Suite 6, Scottsdale Taught by certified Russian Kettlebell instructors.
  • Earn NSCA and NASM CEUs while learning one of the most cutting-edge training tools in the industry.
  • Learn how to increase your business by helping your clients decrease body fat faster and reduce back pain.
  • Improve your group fitness class by introducing the most effective team training tool available.
  • Increase your marketing by being one of the first to be a kettlebell fitness instructor in Arizona.
  • Learn how kettlebell training can be more effective than yoga, running, and machine training combined!                                                
Price: Early Bird Special: $129, after August 21: $169 Copntact: Email: info@arizonakettlebells.com, Phone: 602-620-3591
Sept 30 Sun 3 pm to 9 pm ACYO Annual Picnic
El Dorado Park, 2311 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale Hosted by the Armenian Apostolic Church of Arizona Contact: ACYO 480-451-8171. Armenian Church Youth Organization celebrated The Independence of the Republic of Armenia at their annual picnic, with  Armenian music, a bounce castle for the kids, multiple games of bingo, a few raffles, and even a game of soccer between the yerdasarts and the adults. We served a kebab/chicken plate, cake for dessert to celebrate our independence! Thanks to George Sotiri for providing music, Hye-Ways for the moon bounce, and a big thanks to the Martirossian and the Carapetian families for donating rice and helping with the picnic. See photos in Jarakite, page 8.
Click for MOREOct 5 & 6 Fri & Sat Tucson Slavic Festival
5th Annual Tucson Slavic Festival at St. Melany Byzantine Catholic Church, 1212 North Sahuara Ave (North of Speedway between Craycroft and Wilmot, behind Speedway Golds Gym), Tucson, AZ 85711 Lots of food and 9 performaing groups: Dancing for the Lord/A Time to Dance, Lajkonik, Polish dancers, The Bouncing Czechs, Mzekala (Balkan music), and:

Oct 5
Fri 6 pm Rusyny Folk Dance Ensemble and Barvinok Ensemble
Oct 5 Fri 6 pm Rusyny Folk Dance Ensemble and Barvinok Ensemble
Oct 6 Sat 8 pm Arizona Balalaika Orchestra and The Kalinka Russian Dancers

Listen to more music at
AZBalaika.org or Richka.com and Watch videos at AZBalaika.org or Richka.com.
Oct 6 First Saturdays 9 to 2 Phoenix: Russian Party /
Medizona Restaurant, 7217 E. 4th Ave, Old-Town Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Live Body Painting, Fashion, and Photography. All this fun, all under one roof. The event is at MEDIZONA in  Scottsdale. RSVP by Emailing Mbobrov@aol.com, or call 602-741-9770 Music, Photos & Video: Myspace.com/RussianParties
Oct 6 to 21 Fiddler on the Roof
Thur, Fri, Sat 7:30 pm
Sun 2 pm and 7 pm
PVCC Center for the Performing Arts (CPS), 18401 N. 32nd St.(at Union Hills, near Freeways 51 & 101), Phoenix Enter campus south from Union Hills on 34th Street to park near theater on your left. In Tsarist Russia, the father of five daughters attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughterseach daughter's choice of husband moves progressively further away from established customsand with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Read the history of this classical story made into a Broadway musical Tickets: $40 - $60, discounts for children and seniors. Student rush price (1/2 hour prior to curtain) is $15. A joint production of Paradise Valley Community College and Arizona Jewish Theatre to celebrate their dual 20th anniversaries.

Oct 10 Wed 7:30 to 9 pm Sonora Winds Celebrates Russian Music
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 3806 E. Third St., Tucson AZ 85716 The Sonora Winds' first concert of the season features Russian works such as Stravinsky's "Firebird" and Shostakovich's "Festive Overture." John Snavely directs. Contact: 520-258-8488, Robin Leebardt
Oct 11 Thur 7:30 pm All Tchaikovsky
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 85251 Resident Conductor Lawrence Golan and The Phoenix Symphony present the passion and power of Tchaikovsky. This program features the dazzling "Capriccio Italien" and the tender Mozartiana Suite No. 4, and then concludes with the masterful Fifth Symphony a work the composer described as total submission to destiny. Tickets: $28, $40, $52 (See bottom of page.) Click on a piece title for more information and sound clips.
Oct 12 Fri 8 pm All Tchaikovsky
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N Pima Rd (at Happy Valley Road), Scottsdale, AZ 85255 Resident Conductor Lawrence Golan and The Phoenix Symphony present the passion and power of Tchaikovsky. This program features the dazzling "Capriccio Italien" and the tender Mozartiana Suite No. 4, and then concludes with the masterful Fifth Symphony a work the composer described as total submission to destiny. Tickets: $30 (See bottom of page.) Click on a piece title for more information and sound clips.
Click for MOREOct 13 & 14 Sat & Sun Tucson Meet Yourself
FREEE Concerts City Hall Stage, El Presidio Park, 160 W Alameda St (at Church St., between the Old County Courthouse and City Hall.), Downtown Tucson Show me a people with more songs. Arizona Balalaika Orchestra & Kalinka Russian Dancers put on quite a show. Along the string of wooden barges, the exuberant songs of the barge haulers are heard over the Volga, from its mouth down to the sea. If repression can be heard to crumble, it is in the brittle peal and cascading play of Russian church bells. More, it is in the sinuous, subtle lines, the rooted, resonant tones and the close, colliding harmonies spun out in majesty by the church choir; in the sturdy syllables of Old Slavonic, a language kept alive by the Russian Orthodox Church. -- The Rusyny Folk Ensemble songs, dances and costumes reflect the areas of Slovakia and Czech Republics, the Ukraine, Poland and Hungary. Read more Listen to music at AZBalaika.org, or Richka.com. Watch video at AZBalaika.org, or Richka.com, and MySpace.com/Rusyny
Oct 13 Sat 8 pm All Tchaikovsky
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St., Downtown Phoenix, AZ 85003 Resident Conductor Lawrence Golan and The Phoenix Symphony present the passion and power of Tchaikovsky. This program features the dazzling "Capriccio Italien" and the tender Mozartiana Suite No. 4, and then concludes with the masterful Fifth Symphony a work the composer described as total submission to destiny. Tickets: $19, $29, $39, $49  (See bottom of page.) Click on a piece title for more information and sound clips.
Oct 13 Sat 9 pm to 2 am Phoenix: Russian Party /
At Restaurant "Bellagio Palace" (formerly "Armenia"), 15820 N. 35 Ave (north of Greenway Rd), Phoenix, AZ "Russian Disco Party of the Year" by DJ TOLIK and the Dance Group "La Girls" v programme: Fashion Show (novinki odezhdy i prichesok) i drugie razvlecheniya! V stoimost' bileta vhodyat holodnye zakuski i 2 napitka   Tickets: $20 in all Russian stores, or $25 at the door Tickets include 2 drinks and cold snacks. Everybody is welcome ! See flyers in Russian and English.
Oct 14 Sun 7 pm Gevatron
The Israel Center, 3822 E. River Road, Tucson Established in 1948 as a choir of kibbutz members, Gevatron is considered Israels national singing ensemble. Its repertoire includes Eretz Israeli original songs, oldies, Russian ballads, Yemenite folk tunes and Yiddish songs in Hebrew translation. Contact: 520-577-9393 $10 in advance, $12 at the door general, $5 students and free for children 11 and younger.
Oct 14 Sun 2 pm All Tchaikovsky
Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.(east of Center St.), Mesa Resident Conductor Lawrence Golan and The Phoenix Symphony present the passion and power of Tchaikovsky. This program features the dazzling "Capriccio Italien" and the tender Mozartiana Suite No. 4, and then concludes with the masterful Fifth Symphony a work the composer described as total submission to destiny. Tickets: $21, $31, $41, $51  (See bottom of page.) Click on a piece title for more information and sound clips.
Oct 20 Sat 11 am to 4 pm Germans from Russia: Oktoberfest
AZ Sun Chapter at the Leisure World, Recreation Center II Promenade, Pool side Patio, 908 South Power Road, Mesa Speaker Geri Harris, Mesa Regional Family History Center, will present "Where is My Ancestral Village?"   The Chapter will provide brats (sausage), rolls, condiments and beverages, but you bring a salad or dessert to share and your own table service (fork, spoon, plate, napkins). A donation of $5 each will be expected from all.   If you plan to attend, you must contact Herb Babitzke at: 480-641-3711. This is a gated community so the only way you can get in is if you contact Herb and he gives your name to the gate keepers.  Directions from the West side to Leisure World is: Take US 60 east until you reach Power Road. Exit here and turn left (north) over the freeway. Go north 1/2 mile to Southern and turn left (west) past the shopping center. Go for about 1/2 mile to the first traffic light, Leisure World Blvd. Turn right (north) to a security kiosk. Give the security person your name and tell him that you are going to the Germans from Russia Picnic at the promenade behind Rec 2. Drive 1/2 north to Rec 2 parking and walk to the rear of the building around the left side. About this time you should see us in the promenade area.   If you are coming from anywhere else, go to Power Road and head south to Southern Ave.  Go west on Southern until you come to the first opening into Leisure World Blvd. In any case you should enter at the south gate on Southern Ave across from the shopping center, then go north 1/2 mile to the swimming pool recreation center area parking lot.   To get the newsletter for the Arizona Sun Chapter of the AHSGR, pay $10 local dues by October 23 to: Ed Bischoff, 6318 E. Portia St,  Mesa, AZ 85215, or at the meeting. To join the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia, pay $60 which includes the local membership and newsletter.  E-mail: Larry Haas
Oct 20 Sat 7:30 pm Tucson: Ladies of Distinction
Desert View Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke, Tucson Local professional dancer and actress Jane McLaughlin portrays four women in this one-woman comedy. Her characters include Marina, a retired Russian ballerina; Fuchsia-Ann O'Tara, a dysfunctional tap dance teacher; Juanita Liebchen-Gemeinschaft, a precocious and confused 5-year-old child, and Fifi La Farge, La Prostituée Francaise Executive. Tickets from SaddleBrooke Country Club: $16, contact: 520-818-1000.   See: Accent: Back onstage at age 70: One-woman show is opportunity for actress to resume her career. By Cathalena E. Burch, Arizona Daily Star, 10.19.2007
Oct 28 Sun 10 to 11 am Christianity in Russia Part 1
Koch Chapel, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell Ave.(north of speedway, across from UofA campus), Tucson Az 85719 The End of the Atheistic Empire: Christian Resurgence in Russia is a 3-part lecture series on consecutive Sundays based on John and Carol Garrards new book, Faith and Patriotism in the New Russia: From Party to Patriarch, to be published in 2008 by Princeton University Press. Dr. John Garrard, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Arizona, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC (2004-2005) to research From Party to Patriarch: Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent, the basis for this book. This will be his tenth book, the fourth he has published with his wife and co-auther, Carol. Their interest in the revival of Christianity in post-Soviet Russia stems from their two missions of mercy they led in 1992 and 1993 to provide medical supplies and other aid donated by the congregation of Our Saviours Lutheran Church to a Russian Orthodox chuch and school in Moscow. Contact: 520-327-6521, Jennifer Strand Cost: Free. Public invited.
Oct 21 Sun   3 Movies on Cox TV Channel 42 TCM
12 am (midnight) The Battleship Potemkin
120 minutes U.S. broadcast premiere of the 2005 restoration of Sergei Eisensteins The Battleship Potemkin (1925), accompanied by a new orchestral score, which Eisenstein himself authorized for the films Berlin premiere in 1926. The Battleship Potemkin is a landmark work both for its innovative use of montage and for its sheer power as propaganda. In particular, the Odessa steps sequence is arguably the single most famous and widely quoted passage in the history of film. The Soviets hired Sergei Eisenstein to direct a multi-episode series marking the 20th anniversary of the 1905 revolution in Russia. The first episode was originally intended to focus mainly on the strike that took place in St. Petersburg in October 1905, with the June 1905 mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin to serve as a prologue. However, bad weather and logistical difficulties compelled Eisenstein and his crew to relocate to Odessa, and the Potemkin mutiny expanded into a full-fledged feature in its own right. The film is divided into five acts: Men and Worms, Drama on the Quarterdeck, An Appeal from the Dead, The Odessa Steps and Meeting the Squadron its structure deliberately recalling classical tragedy.
12 pm (noon)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
In Russia before the revolution, a Jewish milkman tries to marry off his daughters who have plans of their own. Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey. Dir: Norman Jewison. Color-181 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
3 am Ninotchka (1939)
A coldhearted Soviet agent is warmed up by a trip to Paris and a night of love. Comrades Iranoff, Buljanoff and Kopalski are sent to Paris to raise money for the Russian government by selling the confiscated jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. Hoping to enjoy their one trip to Paris, the comrades decide to stay at a luxurious hotel instead of a cheap one until the sale is completed. When one of the hotel's waiters, the impoverished Russian count, Alexis Rakonin, overhears the comrades talking about the jewels, he immediately goes to Swana, who is now residing in Paris. Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. BW-111 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS
Oct 25 & 26 Thu & Fri 9 am to 3 pm Big Russian Book Sale
ASU Cady Mall at Hayden Library, Arizona State University, Tempe ASU Russian Language Club will sell 100s of donated books (over 30 boxes of Russian language, literature, linguistics, Russian-Soviet studies, ..) Prices:. $5 max for the most expensive table books, most books for $1, some $0.50 or $0.25 each. Proceeds go to the ASU Student Award Fund. Last year's sale raised $400.
Oct 25 Thur 3 to 4:30 pm Three Riffs on the Phoneme *g in East Slavic
ASU Durham Languages and LiteraturesBuilding, Room LL-165, Taylor Mall & College Ave,  Arizona State University, Tempe Dr. Michael Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University, guest lecture: "Pulling Out All the Stops: Three Riffs on the Phoneme *g in East Slavic." The variegated development of Late Common Slavic *g across East Slavic territory had a profound impact on the morphological and lexical differentiation of East Slavic dialects that ultimately produced major anomalies in the histories of Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian. These include adjectival and pronominal endings spelled with but pronounced as [v] (Russian), asymmetrical infinitive formation (Ukrainian and Belarusian), unexpected invocation of the Lord (Russian), the barking of Russian dogs, the marking of money (Ukrainian), and the pronunciation of Gamburg, Gitler, Gimalai, and gimn for foreign Hamburg, Hitler, Himalayas, and hymn (Russian). Download flyer (.PDF) Lecture is FREE, but parking is not.
Oct 25 Thur 7 to 8:30 pm The Apocalyptic Context of Ivan the Terrible
ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 174 (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map.) Arizona State University, Tempe Special lecture by Dr.Michael Flier, Harvard University, for the  Distinguished Lecture Series in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The Arizona Center for Medieval Studies, the Melikian Center, and the School of International Letters and Cultures are honored to welcome Michael Flier to present the 2007 Distinguished Lecture in Medieval Studies. Lecture is FREE, and parking is free after 7 pm.
Oct 25 Fri 8 pm Romance & Rachmaninoff
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., Downtown Tucson Tickets start at $18.
Oct 26 Fri 7 pm and 10 pm Day Watch
Gallagher Theater, ASU Student Union Memorial Center, Arizona State University, Tempe 2006 Russian film. Admission: $3.
Oct 26 Fri 7 pm and 10 pm Gogol Bordello
The Rialto Theatre,  Hütz, who moved out of Ukraine after the Chernobyl incident and lived as a refugee until age 15, has traveled the world bringing a musical message of celebration and ageless wisdom.  Gogol Bordello's unique style of traditional yet hard-hitting music has labeled them with the accurate term "gypsy punk." Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev wore what looked like a bulletproof vest and had his gray hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Click for MOREOct 27 Sat 4 to 5 pm Arizona Balalaikas: ArtsFest 2007
Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley (North Tucson) Celebration of visual, 9 groups performing , and culinary arts, with musical entertainment, 9 food demonstrations and vendors, more than 75 exhibitors of juried fine arts, and 10 children's entertainment Hosted by the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, (520) 797-3959. Formerly known as Arts in the Park, this community celebration will keep you and your entire family busy for two whole days. Admission is FREE, donations greatly appreciated.
Oct 28 Sun 10 to 11 am Christianity in Russia Part 2
Koch Chapel, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell Ave.(north of speedway, across from UofA campus), Tucson Az 85719 The End of the Atheistic Empire: Christian Resurgence in Russia is a 3-part lecture series on consecutive Sundays based on John and Carol Garrards new book, Faith and Patriotism in the New Russia: From Party to Patriarch, to be published in 2008 by Princeton University Press. Dr. John Garrard, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Arizona, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC (2004-2005) to research From Party to Patriarch: Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent, the basis for this book. This will be his tenth book, the fourth he has published with his wife and co-auther, Carol. Their interest in the revival of Christianity in post-Soviet Russia stems from their two missions of mercy they led in 1992 and 1993 to provide medical supplies and other aid donated by the congregation of Our Saviours Lutheran Church to a Russian Orthodox chuch and school in Moscow. Contact: 520-327-6521, Jennifer Strand Cost: Free. Public invited.

Nov 2 & 3 Fri & Sat Tucson: CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum
The 14th annual University of Arizona CIS Business Forum at the Tucson Hilton East, 7600 East Broadway (east of Kolb Road), Tucson An up-to-date analysis of political, economic, and legal aspects of business ventures in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, with case studies of successful American businesses and strategies for success. Government representatives, scholars, professionals, and business leaders will present slide-show reports and answer questions. For more information call Roza at 520-298-6599. If you would like to be a presenter, e-mail or fax (520-298-6599) Roza Simkhovich. Registration $155 (students $25) + $18 luncheon. Early registration ends Oct. 2. Thursday evening reception at hotel. Download Registration forms and brochure Of 23 technical presentations, 19 are about Russia or the FSU:
  • Ellen S. House, desk officer, Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, US Department of Commerce. How the US govermnet helps you to enter Eurasian markets.
  • Eric Nielsen, director, Arizona US Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Service with operations in Phoenix and Tucson. The Arizona USEAC is part of a network of 250+ US Commercial Service offices worldwide providing end-to-end solutions for US exporters. US Commercial Service: Your Sales Channel Partner."
  • Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite, associate dean and director of MBA Programs in Management and Organizations at the University of Arizonas Eller College of Management. Research, teaching and technical assistance engagements in emerging and transition markets around the world, including Russia. World Bank Group, US Department of State, the Eurasia Foundation and the US Agency for International Development.
  • Géza Vass, Consul for Commercial Affairs, Hungarian Consulate General in Los Angeles.
  • Elin Suleymanov, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, also Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
  • Diane (Di) Landau, general advisor, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Republic of Azerbaijan. The Ministry's Regional Innovation Zone infrastructure project will invest millions of dollars in ICT opportunities.
  • Dmitry Beskurnikov, executive director, Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the US and director of San Francisco Global Trade Council. Aid to Russian businessmen establishing business contacts with foreign partners. RF CCIs role as a tool in promoting the development of economic ties between the Russian Federation and the US.
  • Don McClure, president of Digital Element, Inc. Price versus Quality the evolution of Russia as a technology development partner.
  • Doug Goodman, managing partner of Ridgetop Capital, LLC, a privately-held Arizona based investment firm specializes in technology and real estate. Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster. Discusses case histories in the development of high-technology commercial products for the semiconductor industry using engineers in Ukraine, Armenia, and Russia, comparing the results with India and France; and describes best practices to partner in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Republics.
  • Gennady Serdyuk, co-founder of Verixiom, Inc-startup, which specializes on hardware design outsourcing. From 2002-4,  head of Ridgetop Group's Kiev Office. He is involved with Ukrainain High-tech Initiative, a non-profit organization to find customers for Ukrainian companies. Mr. Serdyuk will describe offshore software and hardware (electronics) development in Ukraine, along with particularities, which follow from Ukrainian legislation and present resources.
  • Dr. Robert P. Breault, chairman and founder of the Breault Research Organization, Inc. (BRO), an optical engineering software developer and consulting company.Participated in the analysis sensors on the Hubble Telescope, and other sattelites. Co-Chairman of the Arizona Optics Industry Association (AOIA) since 1992. Formation of the optics clusters in Arizona and 29 other regions of the world. "The Growth of the Arizona Optics Cluster in the Last Few Years.
  • Ned Lyerly, senior vice president, global franchise development, for CKE which owns the Carls Jr. and Hardees restaurant chains will speak about their recent start-up in Russia.
  • Bill Washburn, president, Foodpro International, Inc., an international engineering consulting firm, will share his views about "Doing the Right Things vs. Doing Things Right," with examples from processing walnuts in Moldova and food distrobution from Moscow.
  • Don K. Sowers, CEO and founder of Global Medical Staffing, LLC, specializes in recruiting and training international nurses for registered nursing jobs in the US. The company has offices in ... Moldova ...  Ukraine ...  Westward Ho! The Global Migration of Medical Professionals from East to West.
  • Tim C. Bruinsma, partner and head of the International Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP speaks about new opportunities for project finance in Russia and the CIS.
  • Steven Crosby, executive vice president and senior investment officer of Agribusiness Management Company (AMC), a private equity fund manager focusing on the former Soviet Union Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova.
  • Radomil Novak, founder and CEO of CzechINVENT Technologies Agency and CEO of CzechUS, LLC a consulting company based in California. Was CEO of CzechInvest, the national investment and development agency of the Czech Republic. Will speak on applied research and innovation.
  • Yulia A. Vasileva, president of Transamerican Trade Consulting, LLC, and program manager for the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the US. Facilitates commercial transactions between Russian, CIS, and North American businesses. "Transam TCYour Reliable Partner During Your Whole Stay on The New Market."
  • Dr. Robert Bowie, of Russian Mindsets Consultancies, studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, taught Russian language, literature, folklore and culture at Miami University for 30 years. Fulbright Scholar in Russia. Translator, International Red Cross in Central Asia, presented lectures on fund raising in Kiev, Ukraine, and Minsk, Belarus, and coordinated seminars on mutual funds, for PaineWebber in St. Petersburg, Russia. Now a cross-cultural consultant for Russian professionals working in American business and for American businesspersons about to relocate to Russia. Risky Business (Demographics, Geopolitics, Economics): Problems Facing Russia in the Near and Distant Future.
  • Silvio Pitter of Aginsky Consulting Group(ACG) specializes in strategic market entry and global business development for clients interested in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. ... will address the questions about risks and strategies companies should consider when conducting business in Russia and the CIS, and the numerous benefits they can obtain by doing so.
     Friday Sessions 8 AM to 6 PM
     Saturday Sessions  8:30 AM to Noon
  1. US and Arizona International Business Initiatives
  2. CIS and Eastern Europe: The Political and Economic
    Scene and Business Opportunities
  3. Case Studies. Technology Transfer
  4. Food and Health Industry.
  5. Investment and Finance.
  1. (Continuing) Investment and Finance
  2. Discussion and Marketing
Nov 2 Fri 2 to 3 pm Teaching Russian in the U.S.
ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 4411 (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map) Arizona State University, Tempe Theory and Practice of Elementary Language Instruction: Examples From the Teaching of Russian in the U.S., a lecture by Dr. Karen Evans-Romaine Dr. Evans-Romaine is an Associate Professor at Ohio University and director of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. She is a co-author of Golosa, one of the most widely-used introductory texts in Russian, and has taught extensively in the United States and in Russia. She was a Fulbright Scholar 2006-07. See some of her work online:
CANCELLED Club is closed and for sale
Nov 2
Fri 8 pm to 1 am Tucson: Russian Disco /
Restaurant "Micha's del Norte" (formerly "Mountain View"), 1220 E.Prince Rd (at Mountain Ave), Tucson , AZ DJ TOLIK priglashaet vseh otmeitt svoy birthday! Starts at 8 pm. Dinner for about 60 people served at 9 pm to 10 pm. First come, first served. DISCO PARTY from 10 pm to 1 pm. You have to buy liquor at BAR ONLY! If you bring liquor with you or in your car, you will be asked to leave my party! Vhod - FREE admission Everybody is welcome ! Zal max. na 100 chelovek, ne opazdayte! Maximun cuopancy is 100, so don't be late!
CLICK to ENLARGENov 3 & 17 Sat  6:30 pm  Flagstaff: NAU Russian Dinner & Show 
17th annual Russian Dinner and East European Cultural Evening at Rees Hall,  Federated Church (Sitgreaves and Aspen) Downtown Flagstaff, across from the main Public Library Traditional Russian foods and a cultural program (music, dance, play performance, singing, slide show, displays). Prices: $25/adult, $45/couple; $9/student,  $7 children ages 5-12, children under 5 free. Prices at the door: $30/adult, $48/couple, $10/student, $9 children ages 5-12. Tickets may be reserved in advance at the cheaper rate and picked up the day of the dinner. See pictures, menu, program from 1998 More information and tickets: Anne Slobodchikoff, office: 928-523-6223, home: 928-774-7812. Click on picture to enlarge.

Nov 17 Sat  6:30 pm Repeat: NAU Russian Dinner & Show
Nov 3  Sat 9 pm  Halloween Dinner - Costume Party
" " Razputin Restaruant, 2734 W Bell Road, Suite 1330 (East of I-17 Freeway, North of Bell Road, in Bell Canyon Pavillions shopping center), Phoenix  . , . , , . , . The new restaruant owners invite everyone to celebrate Halloween in the remodeled hall. We invite you to a masquerade which Arizona has not seen. Abundantly covered tables, the excellent specially prepared entertaining program, competitions and prizes for the best costumet. All this is waiting for you at this evening party in our hall, equipped with the new most contemporary light and audio equipment. $65 [per person] 602-978-3155
Nov 4 Sun Russian Holiday:
Unity Day, Day of Peoples Unity, or Day of National Unity The newest official Russian holiday first celebrated in on Nov. 4, 2005. This "Unity Day" replaces the former "Day of Accord and Reconciliation" (Nov. 7) which had already replaced the Soviet "October Revolution Day". The anniversary of the socialist revolution of October 1917, which established communist power, still survives. The system is gone, but many still cling to the custom. Also translated: "Civil Unity Day:, and "Peace and Harmony Day". Wikipedia: "Unity Day (Russia)"   Radio Free Europe: "New Russian Holiday Has More Behind It Than National Unity". Associated Press (Nov 4, 2007): "A Russian holiday created by the Kremlin to replace the traditional celebrations of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution has been usurped by far-right nationalists, who are fielding tens of thousands of supporters for marches in Moscow and other cities on Sunday." See the The Public Opinion Foundation Database: Holidays for data for 21 survey results.
Nov 4 Sun 10 to 11 am Christianity in Russia Part 3
Koch Chapel, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell Ave.(north of speedway, across from UofA campus), Tucson Az 85719 The End of the Atheistic Empire: Christian Resurgence in Russia is a 3-part lecture series on consecutive Sundays based on John and Carol Garrards new book, Faith and Patriotism in the New Russia: From Party to Patriarch, to be published in 2008 by Princeton University Press. Dr. John Garrard, Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Arizona, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC (2004-2005) to research From Party to Patriarch: Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent, the basis for this book. This will be his tenth book, the fourth he has published with his wife and co-auther, Carol. Their interest in the revival of Christianity in post-Soviet Russia stems from their two missions of mercy they led in 1992 and 1993 to provide medical supplies and other aid donated by the congregation of Our Saviours Lutheran Church to a Russian Orthodox chuch and school in Moscow. Contact: 520-327-6521, Jennifer Strand Cost: Free. Public invited.
Click for MORENov 4 Sun 3 pm Moscow Ballet: Nutcracker
Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 E Buena School Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Tickets: 800-320-1733, 520-515-2820,  Events Hotline: 520-515-2821 The Moscow Ballet celebrates its 15th anniversary tour of its Great Russian Nutcracker. ... over 90,000 U.S. children have danced along side the companys all-star cast over the past 15 years. Childrens choirs will sing Christmas carols prior to the performance in the lobby and an a cappella piece during the snowflake scene  Dancers are from Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools; and they are honored as Artists of the USSR, Honored Artist of Russia, and with Moscow and St. Petersburg IBC awards. The set designers have created a spectacular holiday production with numerous new scenes and larger than life puppets. See more photos. Read history and story.
Nov 4 Sun 6 pm Moscow Ballet: Carmen
Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 E Buena School Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Tickets: 800-320-1733, 520-515-2820,  Events Hotline: 520-515-2821 The Carmen Suite is a 1-act, 50-minute ballet choreographed for Bolshoi star Maya Plisetskaya in 1967, which performed at the some 130 times. Carmen Suite, or Karmen Suita [ ], is set to music re-scored from Bizet's original by Plisetskaya's husband, Russian composer Rodion Shchedin. Plisetskaya's dramatic portayal of Carmen, reportedly her favorite role, helped confirm her as a legend and the ballet soon took its place as a landmark in the Bolshoi repertoire. Carmen falls in love with Don Jose, then leaves him for a glamorous toreador (bull fighter). The ballet's action takes place in a bullring around which are seated masked individuals representing a faceless crowd of spectators. Carmen makes her entrance; more....
Nov 6  Tue 8 pm  Avraam Rousso: Voskreshenie [Resurrection]
Virginia G. Piper Theatre, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street  (map) , Scottsdale Hear "Voskreshenie" music and lyric, more photos Tickets: $45, $50, 455, 460, $65, 470 and $80 (VIP, permission to photograph) from Anna at 480-820-0285 or at these Russian stores: European Food Market, Yasha from Russia, European Delight.

Nov 7 Wed  3 to 4 pm Lukashenko's Belarus
ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 4411, (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map) Arizona State University, Tempe Lecture by Steve Gillen, Department of State, US Embassy in Belarus, Second Secretary. Foreign Service Officer and ASU graduate Steven Gillen discusses the political-economic situation in Belrus after the former Soviet republics 2006 presidential elections and the challenges faced by American diplomats as they implement U.S. policies aimed at focusing international attention on the Lukashenko regimes systematic human rights violations. On September 10, Steven Gillen traveled to Baranovichi to observe the trial of youth activist Yaroslav Grishchenya.  The Embassys presence reflects the determination of the United States to continue focusing the international communitys attention on the Belarusian governments misuse of its judicial system to stifle freedom of expression and association. Aleksandr Lukashenko (in photo) has been President of Belarus since 1994 and runs it like the last dictatorship in Europe.
Nov 7 to 16 Old World Folk Songs & Stories
Desert Shadows Elementary School, PVUSD, 5902 E. Sweetwater Ave. (1/2 mile south of Thunderbird Road, east of Sereno Park), Scottsdale Loca Rosa (Tish Dvorkin <LocaRosa480@msn.com>) presents 2 perfomances and 24 workshops during her Artist in Residence program in conjunction with Scottsdale School Literacy Program. Loca Rosa is an experienced, professional entertainer and educator. She has been selected to the AZ Commission on the Arts Residency Roster continuously for 14 years and is the only artist on the Roster specializing in Russian-Jewish Folk Songs and Stories. She has over 15 years experience as a Music Specialist teaching in Greater Phoenix-area public and religious schools and has entertained and worked with folks from pre-school age to seniors. Non-profit organizations are eligible for matching grants from city, state and federal arts associations for many of the programs offered by Loca Rosa. The Artist in Residence project funded by matching grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Desert Shadows PTA. You may attend these FREE events by checking in at the Elementary School Office for a visitors pass. School Office: 602-493-6080.
November 7 Wed 2 Performances November 8-16 4 workshops every day
  • 1:30-2:00 pm, K-Grade 3 (Multi-Purpose Room)
  • 2:10-2:55 pm, Grade 4-6 (Multi-Purpose Room)

  • 9:05-9:45 am, Grade 1 (Classroom)
  • 10:00-10:45 am, Grade 3 (Classroom)
  • 11:05-11:40 am, Kindergarten (Music Room)
  • 12:35-1:20 pm, Grade 2 (Classroom)
Nov 9 Fri 1 to 2 pm Restrictionist Immigration Sentiment in Eurasia
ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 4411, (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map) Arizona State University, Tempe   Lecture by Dr. Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University (See Vita). Over half of respondents in a 2005 public opinion survey in Russian supported the slogan Russia for the Russians. Who supports this goal? Do they support the deportation of non-Slavic immigrants, both legal and illegal? What do they think about rising Skinhead violence? In addition to sketching social portraits of those Russians who are likely to be aggressively xenophobic versus those who are likely to be tolerant and acceptant of diversity, Allexseev's presentation examines the impact of politics, economics, demographic trends, and the media on the interethnic attitudes of Russian citizens.   See home pages at the University of Washington, and San Diego State University. Read some of his publications online:
Nov 12 Mon Call for Participation Deadline: Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program Annual Conference
The 2008 Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program Annual Conference is an exciting opportunity for refugees, refugee service organizations and members of the general public to learn and share about the changing dynamics of refugee resettlement, and best practices that are helping refugees to successfully transition to life in Arizona. The planning committee is currently soliciting abstracts for the 2008 conference. Formal abstracts must be submitted by November 12, 2007 via fax at (480) 893-7775 or e-mail to refugeeresettlement@kc-a.com. Final presentations will be due on January 15, 2008. Authors must be available to present during the conference on March 31 through April 1, 2008 in Phoenix.
Nov 13 Tues 1:30 to 2:30 pm Exploring Uzbekistan
International Education Week ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 4411, (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map) Arizona State University, Tempe   Fulbright scholar Feruz Akobirov presents a virtual tour of the Central Asian land of Uzbekistan, once part of the Silk Road, later part of the Soviet Union, and now an independent country. Learn about Uzbekistan's traditional cultures; its modern popular culture; the response of Uzbek youth to global issues; student life; the ethnic minorities; foreign relations; and more in this multimedia presentation. Feruz Akobirov holds a B.A. First Class in Journalism, Political Science and English from the University of Mysore (India), and an M.A. in English from Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan). He has presented extensively in the United Kingdom and is currently teaching Uzbek language and culture at Arizona State University.
Nov 17 Sat   10 am & 11:30 am Nutcracker Sweet Tea Party
The Wright House, 636 W. University Dr (west of Country Club)., Mesa The 12th annual Nutcracker Sweet Tea Party program includes a light luncheon buffet, a performance by Ballet Etudes, pictures and autographs with characters from "The Nutcracker", story time and unique boutique gift items all held on the beautiful grounds of the Wright House. Presented by the Ballet Etudes Guild. See videos.   Tickets: $12 Phone: JoDee Gorrie (480) 507-6029, or any of the 4 Jeanne's School Dance studios.
CLICK to ENLARGENov 17 Sat  6:30 pm  Flagstaff NAU Russian Dinner & Show 
17th annual Russian Dinner and East European Cultural Evening at Rees Hall,  Federated Church (Sitgreaves and Aspen) Downtown Flagstaff, across from the main Public Library Traditional Russian foods and a cultural program (music, dance, play performance, singing, slide show, displays). Prices: $25/adult, $45/couple; $9/student,  $7 children ages 5-12, children under 5 free. Prices at the door: $30/adult, $48/couple, $10/student, $9 children ages 5-12. Tickets may be reserved in advance at the cheaper rate and picked up the day of the dinner. See pictures, menu, program from 1998 More information and tickets: Anne Slobodchikoff, office: 928-523-6223, home: 928-774-7812. Click on picture to enlarge.
Nov 23-25, 30, Dec 1-2 9 performances The Nutcracker
Chandler Center for the Arts,  250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, Arizona 85225 Celebrating Ballet Etudes 21st anniversary of this holiday classic and valley tradition, this performance appeals to audiences of all ages with its stunning sets and colorful and imaginative costumes. For the first time, Ballet Etudes will be performing The Nutcracker with a live orchestra. Share this performance with the entire family to jumpstart the holiday season. Read ballet history and story.   Tickets Tickets: $12-$28 Box Office 480-782-2680, Ticketmaster.com: 480-784-4444. Disounts for groups of 20 or more.
Nov 30, Dec 1 Fri,Sat 3 performances The Nutcracker
Yuma Ballet Theatre perfoms at  Snider Auditorium, Yuma Union High School, 400 6th Ave.(at 4th St.), Yuma, AZ Dancers are only in high school but practice about 22 hours a week. YBT is committed to the children of Yuma through our outreach program, our scholarship funds and our educational developmental programs. We hope you will help us to fulfill our mission for the youth of our community and choose to be involved in dance. Your contribution will help our organization grow and contribute to our community's desire for the experience of the fine arts, as well as offering financial scholarships towards experiences in the realm of dance for our youth. Tickets: Adult $10, Seniors $8, Children (12 and under) $5. Phone: 928-341-1925. Yuma Ballet Theatre, 3140 S. 4th Ave Ste D-7, in the Southgate Mall, also at The Ark, and Angelyna's Dance Bag. Local ballet companies teach the art (Yuma Sun, Nov 30, 2006).
Nov 30 thru Dec 16 Cinderella: The World's Favorite Fairytale
Sun 2 pm Fri 7:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. (Center Street & First Ave), Mesa, 85201 For ages 5 and older. Cinderella, the universal fairytale, comes together in this magical version of the poor girl who finds her prince. The Cinderella everyone knows and loves introduces children to the character from three distinct cultures: the Chinese Plum Blossom, Vasilisa of Russian folklore and Rough Face, from the Native American Micmac tribe. The three tales are woven together in a delightful play that enchants audiences of all ages and shows that no matter where you are in the world, dreams do come true. Performed by Stageworks Studio. Tickets: $15; $14 students and children; Phone: (480) 644-6500
Dec 1 Sat 9 am Arizona AATSEEL Meeting Fall 2007
ASU Durham Languages and Literatures Building, Room LL-2, Taylor Mall & College Ave, Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages will hold a bi-annual meeting at ASU. 8 papers and presentations. Free event. Public invited. Contact president: Tatyana L. Dhaliwa
 
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Program:   1 Play, 7 Presentations, 1 Discussion
  9:00 am   9:30 am   Reception, coffee, chai : tea, ponchiki : donuts
  9:30 am 10:05 am "Gor'ko, " Russian-language play by Tatyana Dhaliwal, faculty associate, ASU, and ASU students
10:05 am 10:25 am   Testing sociocultural competence of students mastering Russian as a foreign language in Moscow and Arizona by Olga Butyrskaya-Scarborough, postgraduate student, Peoples Friendship University, Moscow
10:25 am 10:30 am  Break
10:30 am 10:50 am Developing a bilingual dictionary: principles and implementation by Danko Sipka, professor, ASU
10:50 am 11:10 am Specifics of teaching Russian in Central Asia RUS411 by Saule Moldabekova, faculty associate, ASU & Natalia Zoubtsova, ASU
11:10 am 11:25 am "Old Russian Village in Mexico: What's Left of the Russian-Molokan Descendants in the Guadalupe Valley, North Baja California" photo story by Mykolas Vaidilauskas, ASU. Field research data for his independent senior project in Spanish and Russian languages, Lee Croft advisor. See website: Molokans in Mexico: Guadalupe Valley 
11:25 am 11:30 am  Break
11:30 am 11:50 am New Russia and its authors by Olga Cullinan, masters thesis, UA
11:50 am 12:15 am Global simulation in third year Russian by Elena Shishkin, PHD Candidate, CERCLL, UA
12:15 am 12:30 am  Faculty discussion
12:30 am 12:50 am "English Invades Russian Advertising: Loan-words in both languages are everywhere" photo story by Andrei Conovaloff of street and print ads observed in Russia, Summer 2007.
Dec 1 Sat 11 am to 11 pm Armenia Festival
Melikian Hall, Armenian Apostolic Church of Arizona, 8849 E. Cholla Street (north of Shea), Scottsdale Homemade Armenian Food & Desserts (served until 9pm) Gift Boutiques and Middle Eastern Market ~ Entertainment for All ~ Fun & Games for Kids (11 am5 pm) Armenian Cooking Demo (1pm) ~ Live Auction (2pm) ~ Armenian Folk Dancing Demo (2:30pm) NEW!! Enjoy Dinner & Listen/Dance to LIVE Armenian Music with The Reem Band (7pm -11pm) Learn More About Armenian Culture at the Armenian Education & Museum Center. Imported Armenian Wine and Cognac For Sale in the Market Plus, RAFFLES!! PRIZE Raffle Wheel and...CASH Raffle: First Prize: $2,000, Second Prize: $1,000, Third Prize: $500 Chances of Winning 1:150. Call Gini Topalian at 480-991-9842 for tickets. Support your church and educate your friends about our Armenian culture!  600+ people attended.
Dec 1 Sat 3rd Set: 9:15pm to 10pm Old World Celebration of Winter Festival Songs & Stories
The Music Corner, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Youth Room, 500 West Maryland Ave. (between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Ave), Phoenix, AZ 85015 Tish Dvorkin (Loca Rosa) welcomes in December. December 4 is the first night of Chanukah so the program of Chanukah songs, Russian kolyadki (carols) and European winter solstice lore will be a great way to start the holiday season. Door opens at 7 pm Information: (602) 881-5951 Admission: Volunteer Donation.
Dec 1 Sat 7 pm Nutcracker
Dec 2 Sun 3 pm Repeat
Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 E Buena School Blvd (map) Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 An elaborate, magnificent show of 75 dancers and actors put on every year in the first week of December. The Sierra Vista Ballet is celebrating 33 years of excellence coaching ballet dancers and 33 years of presentation of outstanding Ballet shows, an impressive track record that has become a milestone in the history of the City of Sierra Vista Arizona, and an American Ballet Theater Legacy. Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children, at The Chamber of Commerce, ACE Harrdware, Safeway, Oscar Yrun Community Center, and at the Ballet office, 1251 Palo Verde Dr. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635. Tel 520-458-1560. Also at the door prior to show time. Tel: (520) 515-2820 Events Hotline: (520) 515-2821 See Reviews.
December 7  Thur Russian not official holiday: Constitution Day
This was instituted in memory of the nation-wide referendum held on December 12, 1993, which resulted in the adoption of the first Constitution of the Russian Federation. The original Soviet Constitution was first observed on December 5th, and then changed to October 7th in 1977. In today's Russia, Constitution Day (December 12) is not considered a popular holiday, for many people Constitution Day is simply an additional day off.
See the The Public Opinion Foundation Database: Holidays for data for 21 survey results.
Dec 7 Thur   Book Presentation: (A Flight of Cranes)
ASU Melikian Center, Coor Hall, Room 4403, (10th St. and Myrtle Ave., north of Gammage Auditorium) (See ASU Google map) Arizona State University, Tempe (A Flight of Cranes, 1927) is a novel by Sigmund (Zenon) Bychinsky which explores the Ukrainian pioneer experience in Saskatchewan between the 1890s and 1920s. Bychinsky is a native of western Ukraine who moved to Canada and became a Protestant minister, a community activist, and "The Pioneer of Ukrainian Canadian Literature" as a writer and editor. Kliuch zhuravliv (A Flight of Cranes) is an almost 800-page novel portraying the lives of two generations of immigrants from western-Ukrainian Galicia region to Western Canada. In this major literary work, Sigmund Bychinsky offers a fascinating story dealing with the pioneer Ukrainian experience in Canada and covering a time span from 1892 to 1922. The book was finished in 1945 but just published this year. Jars Balan, coordinator of the University of Alberta's Kule Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, will read from Bychinsky's stories and present the new release of this important work.
Dec 7,8,9 4 performances The Nutcracker
Ballet Yuma performs at Snider Auditorium, Yuma Union High School, 400 6th Ave.(at 4th St.), Yuma, AZ Bring the magic of the Christmas season into your heart with The Nutcracker, brilliantly choreographed for Yuma audiences for the past 23 years. Join Clara as she falls asleep and dreams of an adventurous journey through the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets and is entertained by many colorful characters along the way! Whether you are beginning a new family tradition or continuing an old one, The Nutcracker is sure to entertain and delight the entire family!   Local ballet companies teach the art (Yuma Sun, Nov 30, 2006). Tickets $10, $15, $20 only at Dillard's Yuma Palms Center, 1461 S Yuma Palms Pkwy (Highway 8, at 16th St.), the exclusive ticket outlet for Ballet Yuma. More info: Ballet Yuma, 3942  S. Avenue 4 1/2 E, Yuma, AZ 85365. Phone: 928-314-4762. Email: academyyba@roadrunner.com
Dec 7,8,9 4 performances The Nutcracker
Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. (east of Center St.), Mesa For the first time, Ballet Etudes will be performing The Nutcracker with the Symphony of the Southwest. Celebrating Ballet Etudes 21st anniversary of this holiday classic and valley tradition, this performance appeals to audiences of all ages with its stunning sets and colorful and imaginative costumes. Share this performance with the entire family to jumpstart the holiday season. See videos.   Read ballet history and story. Tickets: $16-$36.  Box Office: 480-644-6500. Dicounts for groups 20 or more.
Dec 7,8,9 4 performances Southwest Nutcracker
Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 South Church Ave., Tucson, AZ Tucson Regional Ballet (TRB) and Tucson Symphony Orchestra, with special guest dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. This original, full length ballet translates the traditional Nutcracker to Tucson in the 1880s complete with coyotes, cavalry and rattlesnakes. The live musical accompaniment, lovely costumes and breathtaking, professionally designed sets; along with the giant growing Christmas Tree, enhance the strong dancing of the TRB. Tickets: $33 adult; $21 child, students, seniors. TRB Box Office: (520) 885-0862. TCC Ticket Information: 260 S. Church, (520) 791-4266. Ticket Masters: (520) 321-1000. Read ballet history and story
Dec 7 to 27 24 performances The Nutcracker
Ballet Arizona performs with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street (north of Washington St.), Downtown Phoenix. A full-length ballet with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The most lavish holiday production ever created for an Arizona stage. Last season, critics gave The Nutcracker Five Stars, called it Spectacular and said It [will] leave the audience gasping. Heres your chance to see the lavish new sets and magnificent costumes from around the world and to experience first-hand this magical holiday event! Ballet Arizona awarded Best Nutcracker 2006 by The Phoenix New Times. Read ballet history and story

Dec 11 Tue 5:30 pm Bi-annual Sister Cities Dinner Meeting    
Dunin Residence, 138 W Juniper, Flagstaff Contact: Ms. L.C. Dunin  928-214-0552 Flagstaff Sister-City: Barnaul, Siberia, Russia New members are welcome to attend this informal gathering for a potluck dinner, discussion of current Sister City events and activities, and friendly chit-chat, laughter, and good cheer.
CLICK for MOREDec 14, 15 Winter Holiday Party and Performances
Dec 14 Fri 6 pm Russian, some English
Dec 15 Sat 12:30 pm English only

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
(430-seat theater), 33606 N. 60th St. (1/2 mile south of Carefree Hwy), North Scottsdale A festive, family treat presented in the Russian tradition for children of all ages and their parents. Program:
  • Nutcracker New Year Adventure Childrens Holiday Party in the finest Russian traditions. Meet with Father Frost, Snow Maiden and childrens favorites Clara, Fritz, Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker.
  • Music Gala Music Concert by Olga Ruvinova Piano Studio students.
  • Sugar Plum Fairy Ball Ballet performance Divertissement from P.Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker
  • Children's Holiday Activities
  • Art Studio Rainbow Exhibit
  • Holiday Shopping including Unique Russian Gift items
  • Photos with Sugar Plum Fairy, Father Frost and Snow Maiden
  • Door Prizes
Tickets:
  • Adult  $15 Senior (62 & over)  $13 Child under 12  $10
  • $2 discount per Adult ticket if you purchase tickets at the School or by mail before December 12. Download ticket order form and flyer (PDF). School phone: 602494-3400
  • Traditional Russian Holiday Gift $10 extra per child (available pre-ordered only). The number of presents is limited. Please do not wait until the last day and RSVP by either sending the email to NBor@cox.net or call Natallia at 602-315-7722, or Anya 602-617-7593.
Hosted by the Arizona School of Classical Ballet and Russian Children's Center Golden Key.
Dec 15 Sat  11 am 4 pm Christmas Potluck Party
East Mesa Christian Church, 706 S Greenfield Road (1 mile north of 60 Freeway), Mesa, AZ Old Fashioned German-Russian (GR) Potluck: A-K bring salad or vegetable dish; L - Z bring dessert.  Coffee and cold beverage provided. Jim Messer will present a slide show about his recent trip to Ukraine. All persons interested in learning more about GR's, please call me at 623-583-2040 or e-mail at haasle@juno.com. Join the Club, get the newsletter.
Dec 15 Sat 1st set: 8 pm to 8:45 pm Old World Folk Songs
Fiddlers Dream Coffeehouse & Acoustic Showcase, The Society Of Friends Campus, 1701 E. Cactus Wren Drive (east of 51 Freeway, north of Glendale Ave.), Phoenix AZ Directions: from Glendale Ave. go north on 17th St., turn right at Cactus Wren, take next right into Fiddlers parking lot Loca Rosa plays Russian, Russian-Gypsy, Jewish and other multi-ethnic folk songs. Loca Rosa creates a vibrant picture of Old World culture with traditional, original and humorous folk songs. She captivates audiences with passionate Russian-Gypsy love songs, memorable Yiddish melodies and haunting Near Eastern rhythms. You will be enchanted with her heartfelt, poignant vocals, her wide range of instrumental talent and her dramatic skill in storytelling Door opens at 7:15pm Information: 602-997-9795 Admission: $3
Dec 17 Mon 7 to 9 pm Russian Cultural Festival
PVCC Center for the Performing Arts (CPS), 18401 N. 32nd St.(at Union Hills, near Freeways 51 & 101), Phoenix Enter campus south from Union Hills on 34th Street to park near theater on your left. An evening of soulful Russian-language song, theater and dance. featuring the Orzu Theater Troupe and pianist Zhanna Tevan. The Orzu Theater Troupe are Bukharian Jews from originally from Uzbekistan. They translated their humorous skits and song into Russian with English explanations. Director Berta Maksumov says: Well perform three traditional stories about the older generation and the trouble they sometimes have dealing with the newer generations.  Children, 5 to 10-years old in Uzbek cosutume will perform traditional dances. See videos of the Dental Office, Gypsy Dance, and Kids Dance. Pianist Zhanna Tevan will play five Russian folks songs. She immigrated 17 years ago. Admission Free. 50 seats left on Dec 6. E-mail your name and how many seats you need to info@elenasart.com. You will be contacted by e-mail. Organized by Russian language instructor and artist Elena Thornton, from Moldova. Sponsored by a grant from the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Dec 17 Mon 8 pm Marina V: Modern Fairytale CD Release Show
Cave Creek Coffee Company & Wine Bar, 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 Tickets: $10. Buy tickets online and get a free song that did not make the new album.   Russian chocolate for everyone! See more at my website, and myspace.com/MarinaV Russian songs by request. Marina Gennadievna Verenikina was born and raised in Moscow to professinal parents. Her piano teacher scolded her for trying to write her own songs, but she continued to compose quite young, and learned English by translating and memorizing the Beatles songs. During high school while 15 years old, she won a national scholarship in USA for a year, beating thousands of Russian students. Upon returing to Moscow, her family was breaking up, Russia was in chaos, and she missed America. She got an office job to pay her way back to the US, earning more than her scientist father. By 17 she was in Illinois trying to be a musician. With lots of ups and downs her musical career is just starting. She recorded her first CD album in 2005 and became a US citizen. She lives in Los Angeles and perfoms mostly in the southwest. Read more bio...
Dec 18 Tue 7 pm Marina's Special Russian Holiday Show
Nightclub: Suite 301 , 501 S. Mill Ave Ste 301 (3rd Floor at 5th and Mill Ave), Tempe, AZ 85281 (above Hooters :) Admission: $7 at the door, age 21+. Special discount prices for drinks: $2 wine and draft beer. Russian chocolate for everyone! See more at my website, and myspace.com/MarinaV Russian songs by request. Marina Gennadievna Verenikina was born and raised in Moscow to professinal parents. Her piano teacher scolded her for trying to write her own songs, but she continued to compose quite young, and learned English by translating and memorizing the Beatles songs. During high school while 15 years old, she won a national scholarship in USA for a year, beating thousands of Russian students. Upon returing to Moscow, her family was breaking up, Russia was in chaos, and she missed America. She got an office job to pay her way back to the US, earning more than her scientist father. By 17 she was in Illinois trying to be a musician. With lots of ups and downs her musical career is just starting. She recorded her first CD album in 2005 and became a US citizen. She lives in Los Angeles and perfoms mostly in the southwest. Read more bio...
Dec 21 Fri 7:30pm Tucson: The Nutcracker
Dec 22 Sat 2pm Repeat
Berger Performing Arts Center, Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), 1200 W. Speedway (1 mile west of I-10 at Grande Ave), Tucson AZ A Time to Dance Youth Ballet presents this holiday favorite, which features local young talent from the Youth Ballet. New, innovative and creative choreography and lavish costumes. The talented intergenerational, volunteer cast and crew ranges in age from 3 to 70+. Artistic Director, Dee Dee Doell <ChristDancer@aol.com>. Tickets: $7.50, advance; $10 at the door on showdays. Phones: 520-320-1566, 520-327-5137, 520-272-3400.
Dec 22 Sat 2pm Slavic Christmas Celebration
Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S 6th Ave (at 12th Street), Downtown Tucson, AZ 85701 Rusyny perfoms "Carpathian Folk Dance & Music" Rusyny specializes in dance, music, and song of the Rusyn culture. Rusyns are a unique ethnic group from the Trans-Carpthian Mountain regions of Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland and Romania. Like the Basque, Rusyns have their own ethnicity and not their own country, though they predate the countries that contain them.
CLICK for MOREDec 23 Sun 4pm Ded' Moroz and Snegurochka
DC Ranch Homestead Community Center, 9797 E. Union Hills Drive (at N. Perimeter Drive), Scottsdale, AZ 85255 A New Year's Party with traditional yiolka, Christmas tree, for children up to 6 years old and their parents. Call us at 602-315-7722, or e-mail  NBor@cox.net, to get a special invitation ticket as the number of presents will be limited to the number of reservations. Hosted by the Russian Children's Center Golden Key.
Click for MOREDec 29 Sat 3 pm Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Avenue, Downtown Tucson
Tickets $25 to $60 Call: 520-321-1000, or Ticketmaster.com.
The Moscow Ballet celebrates its 15th anniversary tour of its Great Russian Nutcracker. ... over 90,000 U.S. children have danced along side the companys all-star cast over the past 15 years. Childrens choirs will sing Christmas carols prior to the performance in the lobby and an a cappella piece during the snowflake scene  Dancers are from Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools; and they are honored as Artists of the USSR, Honored Artist of Russia, and with Moscow and St. Petersburg IBC awards. The set designers have created a spectacular holiday production with numerous new scenes and larger than life puppets. See more photos. Read ballet history and story
Dec 29 Sat 9 pm to 1 am Tucson: New Year Dinner-Disco /
Celebrate the new year with DJ TOLIK. at the restaurant "Micha's del Norte" (formerly "Mountain View"), 1220 E.Prince Rd (at Mountain Ave), Tucson , AZ Dinner for about 60 people from 9 to 10 pm. First come, first served. Disco Party from 10 pm to 1 pm You have to buy liquor only at the bar! If you bring liquor with you or in your car, you will be asked to leave my party! Tickets at the door $10 No reservation needed. Everybody is welcome ! Zal max. na 100 chelovek, ne opazdayte! Maximun cuopancy is 100, so don't be late!
Click for MOREDec 30 Sun 7:30 pm Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Downtown Phoenix Tickets: $25 to $62. Phone (480) 784-4444 The Moscow Ballet celebrates its 15th anniversary tour of its Great Russian Nutcracker. ... over 90,000 U.S. children have danced along side the companys all-star cast over the past 15 years. Childrens choirs will sing Christmas carols prior to the performance in the lobby and an a cappella piece during the snowflake scene  Dancers are from Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools; and they are honored as Artists of the USSR, Honored Artist of Russia, and with Moscow and St. Petersburg IBC awards. The set designers have created a spectacular holiday production with numerous new scenes and larger than life puppets. See more photos. Read ballet history and story
Dec 31 Mon 8 pm New Year's Eve Celebration
Razputin Restaurant & Bar (formerly: "Jan's European Restaurant & Bar"), 2734 West Bell Road, Suite 1330 (East of I-17 Freeway, North of Bell Road, in Bell Canyon Pavillions shopping center, across from movie theater), Phoenix, AZ Good Russian food (all you can eat ... red caviar, champagne, vodka, ... ), live Russian music (4-man band), Ded' Moroz and Snegurochka, and lots of fun! Call Dmitri for reservation. 602-978-3155  Tables are limited.10-seat table: $1,500 ($150 per person, in 10-person minimum group).

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