Concert by Russian bard Leonid Sergeev

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 7:00p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20
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Leonid Sergeev

In the program:

  • New songs
  • Presentation of the new album

The concert is in RUSSIAN. NO translation available.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

Movie Screening: The Cranes are Flying

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2015, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $8 / RCC members – $6cranes

Russia, 1957. Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines…and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris’s draft-dodging cousin makes increasingly forceful overtures. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama, bolstered by stunning cinematography and impassioned performances.

Duration of the screening: 97 minutes

Language: Russian with English subtitles

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

Tango Cafe

WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $15 – in advance online;  at the door – $18
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For the «Porteños» (the locals of Buenos Aires) tango is more than fancy steps. It’s the way of life.

We invite you to experience the special atmosphere of the dance parties (milongas) in the Capital of tango – Buenos Aires.

Program includes:

  • movie screening  – documentary about tango tradition in Buenos Aires,
  • Q/A session,
  • glass of “Malbec”,
  • empanadas and
  • milonga.

Dancers and people who love tango are welcome.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

Concert by Russian singer Galina Khomchik

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20
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In the program:

  • Songs by popular Russian bards;
  • Presentation of the new album.

The concert is in RUSSIAN. NO translation available.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

24th Russian Song Festival – KSP

WHEN: April 24 – 26, 2015

WHERE: Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, Livingston, TX

ADMISSION: $20.00

KSP
Our guests: Galina Khomchik, Alexey Kudryavtsev, Elena Lebedeva

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.

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Stained-glass Artworks by Tatsiana Saleh

WHEN: March 9 – May 31, 2015

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: FreeStained-glass Artworks by Tatsiana Saleh

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.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

Photo Exhibition “Allies. 70 Years of Victory”

WHEN: April 9 – May 30, 2015

WHERE: Houston Public Library (500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX, 77002) and RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

OPENING CEREMONY: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. at Houston Public Library

ADMISSION: freeAllies. 70th Anniversary

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.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Consulate General of Russia

 

Evening in Memory of Elena Obraztsova

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $15, RCC members – $12Elena Obraztsova

We dedicate this evening to the memory of Elena Obraztsova, world-famous opera diva.

In the program:

  • Mark Zaltsberg, a good friend of the great opera singer, shares his memories of her;
  • Documentary “More Than Love” by Marina Goldovsky;
  • Records of Obraztsova’s singing from the collection of Mr. Zaltsberg.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

We have a home!

Dear Friends of the Russian Cultural Center,

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:

  • Meryl Abbott
  • Anya Barnes
  • Sergei Belostotsky
  • Olga Bennett
  • Mark Bernadiner
  • Irina Borisova
  • Donna Collins
  • Aleksandr Dadashian
  • NYS Co. of Dallas, TX
  • Konstantin Dragomirov
  • Viktoria Filippov
  • Alex Genin
  • Maestro Hans & Margarita Graf
  • Tanya Grinblat
  • Dmitri Grinblat
  • Ariana Grinblat
  • Michael Hanten
  • Michael Harrison
  • Brian Jones
  • Anna Kazanskaya
  • Lilya Khakimova
  • Mikhail Kolonin
  • Mark Krasnov
  • Richard Kummins
  • Richard Layfield
  • Yuri Lebzak
  • Larisa Loiferman
  • David Mandel
  • Bruce Misamore
  • Tamara and Alex Mitrofanov
  • Elena Mitrofanova
  • Julio Montano
  • Mila Moroz
  • Mark Nolan
  • Alla Novowiejski
  • Liya and Alex Ostrovsky
  • Galina Oxley
  • Hana Pinard
  • Vladimir Potoman
  • Pawel Przyticki
  • Anna Levitina and Alex Kogan, Russian Grocery Store proprietors
  • Alex Rutman
  • Yulia and Maksim Skormin
  • Tatiana Sorkin
  • Aaron Spack
  • Katherine Streit
  • Mikhail Tuvim
  • Olga Vainer
  • Irina Volgina
  • Valeriya Volodina
  • Natalya Waight
  • Lisa Whitaker
  • Elena Wunderlich
  • 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

DONATE NOW:

https://www.causes.com/campaigns/89157-replace-our-gallery-lighting-to-energy-saving-fixtures

Thank you in advance for your support!