KSP-South is a group of enthusiastic people that organizes biannual gatherings called Slyots (literally translated as “fly-ins”) and helps unite all Russian-speaking people who enjoy the Russian style of camping.
KSP in translation stands for the Club of Amateur Song. These songs are usually written by average people about their ordinary lives, yet the simple human experience of each song is translated into a powerful message of wisdom and truth, about the value of friendship, family, and love.
Slyots of KSP-South are held twice a year, and organizers try very hard to make everyone feel welcome, even those whose song selection varies slightly from the traditional KSP style. By bringing together the Russian speaking community, KSP-South not only allows them to experience their culture, but also to expose their spouses, children and friends to this beautiful Russian tradition.
With questions write to us at KSPsouth@gmail.com or call at 713-395-3301. Also, if you (or someone you know) would like to receive email reminders from us regarding KSP events, please let us know.
Tatsiana Saleh is from Minsk, Belarus. She is art-and-craft professional and art teacher. Tatsiana works in silk, acrylic and oil painting techniques. She started creating stained-glass artworks in 2013. Her works are kept in galleries and private collections in the United States, Europe, Russia and Belarus.
OPENING CEREMONY: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. at Houston Public Library
The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Elbe Day, April 25, VE (Victory Europe) Day, May 7, and Victory Day, May 9, as it is known in the former Soviet Union. To commemorate these historic events, we present the photo exhibition “Allies. 70 Years of Victory.”
This exhibition consists of photographs taken during WWII by various Soviet photojournalists. One part of it will feature photos from the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. These photographs depict political figures of the highest rank, such as President Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov. These photos emphasize diplomatic efforts of Russia, United States, Great Britain and France during the war. They will be presented at the gallery of the Houston Public Library – Downtown.
The other part of the exhibit is a collection of photos by a famous Soviet photographer, Samariy Gurariy. Gurariy documented major events and figures of the Soviet era and is noted as being Stalin’s favorite photographer at the time of the Yalta Conference. He is also known for his work as a prominent front line military photographer. His WWII images will be shown at RCC’s CaviArt Gallery.
We’d like to share some wonderful news: the Russian Cultural Center now has a permanent home. After all the efforts we made to find a location, fate intervened and allowed us to purchase the building at our present location. It’s small, but it’s all ours!
In order to do so we have had to take on significant debt (we would like to stop here to express our heartfelt thanks to friends of RCC who were willing to lend us these funds), fill out reams of paperwork, endure many formalities but now – the building is ours! If we had not had such a strong response from you, our friends and supporters, to our call for support last summer, we would never have dared taking the crucial step and purchase the building. But your response to our appeal helped us to believe in our strength and validated the mission of the RCC. We realized that the Russian Cultural Center is needed; that our supporters want us to remain in Houston’s Museum District, close to major urban centers of art and culture, near to Rice University and the University of St. Thomas; and that a center representing not just the Russian, but the culture of all the former Soviet republics, was considered of value to Houston.
Please allow us once again to thank our friends and patrons who helped us raise the close to $ 8,000 that assisted in the down payment. They are:
NYS Co. of Dallas, TX
Maestro Hans & Margarita Graf
Tamara and Alex Mitrofanov
Liya and Alex Ostrovsky
Anna Levitina and Alex Kogan, Russian Grocery Store proprietors
Yulia and Maksim Skormin
Elena and Mark Zaltsberg
It is due to your support and generosity, dear friends, that has helped RCC to survive and to grow!
Of course, we pale in comparison to the Czech Cultural Center, located just a few blocks from us, which justly and proudly calls itself a museum. Some visitors to RCC complain about the parking, some about the cramped venue and urge us to tear everything down to the studs and rebuild. Dear friends, patience, please, not everything can be done at once! Our present finances do not yet allow us to build a “Palace of Culture”, even though we dream of it in the future. Our first task is to implement less ambitious but much needed projects. We need to paint the interior walls, which we will do this summer, when there are fewer activities going on in the center.
Our most pressing project, however, is to replace the gallery lighting to energy-saving lamp fixtures. 60 bulbs burn in our art gallery alone, producing a great deal of ambient heat, overheating the light switches, spinning the electric meter. Rather than paying the soaring electricity bills, we need install LED replacement bulbs and new switches at an estimated cost of $2,500.
We will make these improvements step-by-step, of course, but anyone who donates even $10 to us will be able to see exactly where his donation went. Just touch one of the light switches when you come to the next exhibition, you will see your dollars at work: No burnt fingers!
To mark the 70th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany, 1945-2015, we are preparing a unique exhibition of historic photographs, which we want to show the greatest number of residents and visitors to the city, many of whom have very little understanding of the war that cost over 50 million lives, over 20 million from the Soviet Union alone. The exhibition will open one month prior to the Victory Day, April 9. We need to open it in our gallery with new lighting. We will be very grateful for any financial assistance in the implementation of this project. You can send a check to our address or make donations online by visiting our website www.ourtexas.org. Your donations to the Russian Cultural Center, an IRS Registered 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible. As an incentive, some members of our Board of Directors have pledged to match your donation up to $100. Take the challenge, donate today.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Russian Cultural Center, thank you, Sophia Grinblat
RCC is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization and your charitable gifts are tax deductible.
Please make your check payable to the
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas”
and mail it to 2337 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005
This game is based on research study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions.
S. Prokofiev, March from the “Love for three oranges”
Performers: Oleg Sulyga, violin, Alina Uddin, piano
Oleg Sulyga started his musical education in native Moscow, later continuing in Dallas, Paris, and Houston under guidance of Emanuel Borok. As a member of world-renowned orchestra “The Moscow Virtuosi” led by Vladimir Spivakov he performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Currently Oleg is a member of Houston Grand Opera orchestra. He also plays with such ensembles as Mercury and Arc Lyrica, and appears in concerts with Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony.
Alina Uddin is an accomplished Ukrainian-born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared on different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and US. Alina holds Master’s degrees from National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and Moore’s School of Music, University of Houston. In 2014 she founded Tune In Music Academy, a program created with the aim of helping everyone, regardless of age and musical education, to learn or to continue learning to play piano.
Victor Shenderovich is well-known Russian writer and publicist.
He is a member of Russian Pen-club and the winner of many Russian and international awards, such as “Golden Ostap” at St. Petersburg Festival of Humor, and “Golden Pen of Russia”. Victor Shenderovich was also awarded a prize by Moscow Helsinki Group in nomination “Human rights protection by means of arts and culture”.
He was an author of TV programs “The Dolls “ and “Altogether”. Now Victor Shenderovich contributes to the programs of Russian radio station “Echo of Moscow” and writes for the magazine “New York Times”.
His literary works and plays have been translated into English, German, French, Finnish and Polish languages.