The Desert of Forbidden Art, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 1

The film will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center on October 31st at 3:00pm and November 1st at 8:00pm. For tickets go to

The Desert of Forbidden Art is about the second largest collection of Russian Avant-Garde art in the world.  The Nukus museum, where it is housed, is in one of the poorest regions of the world, Central Asia, but the collection is worth millions.  Most of this art has never been seen before and is virtually unknown in the west.  The New York Times calls the collection, “One of the most remarkable collections of 20th-century Russian Art.”  Ben Kingsley, a collector himself, voices the museum’s collector, Savitsky.  Under Soviet rule, Savitsky risked everything to collect this “forbidden” art, and stash it away in his museum in Uzbekistan.

The Desert of Forbidden Art has already screened at the National Gallery of Art in DC, the MFA Boston, and many festivals.  The film will air on the Emmy-award winning PBS Independent Lens.  We’ve won best doc at Palm Beach, and most recently the Cine Golden Eagle Award.  We hope this film will interest you and your students.  Please feel free to visit our website for our trailer and other materials.

Music: Open Microphone, Crepe Bistro, November 5

Open Mic
Crepe Bistro (186 N. Wells)
Friday, November 5, 8pm

Русские в Чикаго – Russian Chicago invites to you join Chicago Russian Community at this Open Microphone event downtown.

Open Microphone means that anyone can come up to the microphone and perform a song or two.

A number talented local Chicago musicians are expected to attend.

For more information, please visit the event’s page.

(Come an hour or two early and hear Arkady Pevchin play the accordion during Crepe Bistro’s happy hour).

Film: Civil Status: The Films of Alina Rudnitskaya, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 4

From our friends at Gene Siskel Film Center:

Civil Status:The Films of Alina Rudnitskaya
2006-8, Alina Rudnitskaya, Russia, ca. 90 min.
Thursday, November 4, 6pm

Often absurd and occasionally shattering, Alina Rudnitskaya’s documentaries are tragicomic field notes on the bracing cultural and political changes of “New Russia.” This evening, in a rare U.S. appearance, Rudnitskaya presents three films from her award-winning body of work. In BITCH ACADEMY (2008), she follows a group of women who go back to school to become “strong women” by learning to seduce millionaire sugar daddies. Some revel in the school’s provocative hands-on lessons while others grimly choke back tears–only hinting at the troubles they hope to escape–as they struggle to master this new form of empowerment. In CIVIL STATUS (2005), Rudnitskaya observes the everyday drama of work at the Civil Registry office, where the ladies-only staff transforms the joy, fury, and grief of new brides, divorcing husbands, and recent widows into bureaucratic procedure. And, in BESAME MUCHO (2006), she sketches an intimate portrait of an amateur choir in rural Tikhvin as they rehearse for a group of Italian diplomats. In Russian with English subtitles. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)

Filmmaker Alina Rudnitskaya will be present for audience discussion.

Film: Room in Rome, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 12-18

Information from our friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center:

2010, Julio Medem, Spain, 109 min.
With Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko

“Beautifully crafted, superbly played…fresh and sexy.” —Jonathan Holland, Variety

Director Medem (SEX AND LUCIA) has a way with erotic themes, and he proves it once again with this sumptuous tale. Two young women, tomboyish Spanish brunette Alba and lithe Russian blonde Natasha, meet on their final night as tourists in Rome and end up spending the night together. In the atmospheric confines of Alba’s room, they flirt, tease, and seduce each other, all while trading tales of erotic exploits and other loves too fantastic to be true, or are they? One Internet poll named ROOM IN ROME one of the 100 most anticipated films of the year, and the trailer online has viewing numbers into the stratosphere. See for yourself. In English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Basque with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (BS)


Fri, Nov 12th at 6:00pm
Fri, Nov 12th at 8:15pm
Sat, Nov 13th at 3:00pm
Sat, Nov 13th at 5:15pm
Sat, Nov 13th at 8:00pm
Sun, Nov 14th at 3:00pm
Sun, Nov 14th at 5:15pm
Mon, Nov 15th at 6:00pm
Mon, Nov 15th at 8:15pm
Tue, Nov 16th at 6:00pm
Tue, Nov 16th at 8:15pm
Wed, Nov 17th at 6:00pm
Wed, Nov 17th at 8:15pm
Thu, Nov 18th at 6:00pm
Thu, Nov 18th at 8:15pm

Film: Reenactments, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 18

Information from our friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center:

1959-2010, Various directors, Poland/Romania/USA, ca. 75 min.
November 18, 6pm

“Artistic reenactments do not ask…what really happened…instead, they ask what the images we see might mean concretely to us.” —Inke Arns

Artistic reenactments do not aim to affirm or glorify the past, but rather to examine an event’s relevance in the present. They call into question our very understanding of this present–along with its social, political and cultural potential. This program, curated by artist and SAIC faculty member Irina Botea, proposes a trajectory of reenactment that cycles through highly mediated events and famous works of art, from a propaganda film made by the Romanian secret police in 1959 to Sharon Hayes’s Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds (2003), in which the artist attempts to recite from memory Patty Hearst’s infamous tapes to her parents after being kidnapped in 1974. Also featuring work by Ion Grigorescu, Ciprian Muresan, Mathew Paul Jinks, Kerry Tribe, and Artur Zmijewski, among others. Various formats. (Irina Botea)

Curator Irina Botea will be present for audience discussion.

Theater: “War Reflections: A Night of New Russian Readings”, University Theater, January 14, 2010


a night of new russian readings



ONE NIGHT ONLY January 3rd, 2011

Friday at 7:30pm

FXK Theater, 5706 S. University, Chicago, 60637

FREE includes post show discussion


Written by Yury Kavdiev
Translated by John Freedman
Directed by Brian LaDuca

Jason Shain – Young Man


Written by Maksym Kurochkin
Translated by John Hanlon
Directed by Zeljko Dukich

Ellenor Riley Condit – Uncle Kolya
Isabel Olive – Sergei
Jessica Kadish – Peter
Kate Cornelius-Schecter – Woman

In partner with the Soviet Arts Experience

UT/TAPS will present an evening of back-to-back staged reading by contemporary Russian playwrights. This one night only event will see the U.S. premier of Fighter Class “Medea”, as well as a reading of the one man piece / I Am The Machine Gunner, both new Russian plays that reflect the influence of the war time Soviet Union and its effect on contemporary Russian perspective.

“War Reflections: A Night of New Russian Readings”
Friday, January 14, 2011, 7:30 pm
FXK Theater, Reynolds Club, 3rd Floor,
5706 South University Avenue

Dance: Swan Lake, The State Ballet Theater of Russia, Auditorium Theatre, February 4 and 5, 2011

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – Swan Lake

Dates: February 4 and 5, 2011
Times: Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Price: $30 – $87

“…full of enchantment…” The New York Times

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings the world’s most beloved ballet to glorious life!  This company of distinguished dancers (known in Russia as the Voronezh State Theatre of Opera and Ballet) has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world.

Music by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by M. Petipa and L. Ivanov

4 easy ways to purchase tickets

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This event is part of The Soviet Arts Experience (October 2010-January 2012), a Chicago-wide showcase of works created under (and in response to) the Politburo of the Soviet Union. Visit for a full schedule of events.

15th European Career Fair, MIT, Resume Submission Deadline December 3



January 22, 2011


Looking for a full-time job or an internship, thinking of studying or

pursuing a professional career in Europe?

Then the European Career Fair (ECF) at MIT is a great place to start your search.

Discover the many opportunities that international companies, academic

institutions and non-profit organizations from Europe have to offer.

Submit your resume online at

Registration is free!

The deadline for resume submission is Friday December 3, 2010.

ECF 2011: What to expect?

  • January 22, 2011 – Career Fair Day with exhibits and presentations by representatives from industry, academia and research.
  • January 23 24, 2011 – Interviews for selected candidates.  ECF-affiliated seminars on career development, opportunities and other activities.

ECF 2011: Why should you attend?

  • It’s big! The ECF is the largest career fair of its kind in the US with more than 130 companies and over 4000 participants.
  • Variety! ECF aims to represent the full breadth of the European job market, whether you are looking for a job in industry or in the non-profit sector.
  • Diversity! ECF welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and all levels of experience.
  • Interviews! Our searchable database allows employers to view your resume, and schedule interviews with selected candidates.
  • Networking! You will have the opportunity to connect with many employers and other candidates on the day of the Fair.

Submit your resume today!

For more information visit our website at

Visit us also on Facebook and LinkedIn

Feel free to forward this information to all interested parties!

Best of luck and see you at the ECF 2011.

The ECF 2011 organizing team.

Fellows Program at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Deadline January 10

The Davis Center is pleased to announce a new Fellows Program for 2011-2012. The Fellows Program will bring together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. The Program will be coordinated by faculty from across Harvard University whose research interests include aspects of the selected theme.

In 2011-2012, the Fellows Program will be coordinated by Professors Terry Martin (History), William Mills Todd III (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Rawi Abdelal (Harvard Business School). The theme for 2011-2012 is “Informing Eurasia: Informational Approaches to Eurasian Cultures, Politics and Societies.” Eurasian studies currently has no sub-field of “Information Studies,” but historians, literary critics, and social scientists working on Eurasia have recently produced novel work on surveillance, the social construction of collective identities, autobiographical and documentary self-fashioning, horizontal and vertical communication (rumors, petitions, denunciation), political policing, censorship and Aesopian strategies, the construction of economic and political data, and the impact of such information on political and economic decision-making. The Davis Center invites scholars working on, or interested in pursuing, such informational approaches to Eurasia to apply to our Fellows program.

In addition to pursuing their own research, Fellows will participate in a bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that will explore informational approaches to Eurasian studies. Papers will be presented by the visiting Fellows, Harvard faculty, and invited outside speakers. For more detailed information on the fellows program, and opportunities to apply for postdoctoral and senior fellowships, visit the Davis Center web site

Additionally, the Davis Center will be hosting an online question and answer session on December 15 from 12-2 p.m. Details will be posted on the Davis Center website by the middle of November.