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!

7th Annual Russian Spring Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:00p.m.

WHERE: “Under the Volcano” (2349 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $10

Flying Balalaika Brothers

In the program:

  • Delicious Russian food: our signature home-made bliny ( Russian pancakes) and savory piroshky with various fillings;
  • Broad assortment of traditional Russian souvenirs for sale;
  • Crafts fair of local Russian artists;
  • Live music: popular Austin-based band “Flying Balalaika Brothers” & “Farsh” (Houston);
  • Cash bar;
  • Special entertainment for kids!

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 Victoria Ochsner, Attorney
Gene Burd     Hanten & Associates, PLLC

 

POSTPONDED: Fall in Love In One Evening

POSTPONDED

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

ADMISSION: $20

Wine and light refreshments will be served

Love songs without words

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.

Advanced tickets purchase is greatly appreciated.

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

 

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf “Love songs without words”

WHEN: Monday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20, RCC members – $16
BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Love songs without words

Program:

  • Presentation by maestro Hans Graf
  • J. Brahms, Scherzo
  • P. Tchaikovsky, Melody
  • F. Liszt, Sonetto del Petrarca
  • R. Schumann, Intermezzo
  • E. Elgar, Salut d’Amour
  • F. Kreisler, Love’s Sorrow
  • 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.

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 writer-humorist Victor Shenderovich

WHEN: Saturday, February 28 2015, 7:00 pm

WHERE: Cullen Hall St. Tomas University. (4001 Mt. Vernon
Houston, TX 77006
)

ADMISSION: $30 at RCC Our Texas or online

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Victor Shenderovich

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.

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

 

Art Exhibition “Black Square Interpretations and Other Suprematist Explorations”

Artists: Tom R. Chambers and Max Semakov

WHEN: March 6 – April 7, 2015

We are open: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: free

Opening Reception and meeting with the artist: Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served

Black Square Interpretations and Other Suprematist Explorations

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square” and introduction to Suprematism.  Tom R. Chambers (Houston, Texas) and Max Semakov (Moscow, Russia) come together at the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” to pay tribute with interpretations of “Black Square” and explorations of other Suprematist forms.

Chambers and Semakov move their works towards Neo-Suprematism that have similarities in method or intent to earlier Suprematist works, but with digital/new media treatment that results in the hybridization of the non-objective form.

Tom Chambers is a documentary photographer/artist, curator, and educator. He has over eighty exhibitions off- and on-line, to his credit. Tom has organized seminars, workshops and exhibitions in digital and media art in the United States, China and Zimbabwe. He is founder of exhibition space Digital Art Online (DAO). The project “My Dear Malevich” by Tom Chambers has received international acclaim.

Max Semakov is a photographer/producer and co-founder of the MiMs Art Group. He is currently involved with the project, “Universe of Malevich” and plans for “Suprematist Park” in Moscow, Russia. The park will represent a space formed with big Neo-suprematist constructions, known as “Architectons”. The shape of the “Architecton” will allow itself to be used as a large bench for reading and having conversations or to be used as a table for laptops, etc. The park will also have a summer cinema hall and a Supermatist pavilion.

All artworks are available for sale.

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: Documentary “Iconoscope”

WHEN: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:30 pm

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

ADMISSION: $8, RCC members – $6

iconoscope

Television had become an essential part of our daily life. It is impossible to imagine our civilization without it. And it is hard to believe  that television was actually invented less than 100 years ago.

The film “Iconoscope” by acclaimed director Vitaly Manskiy is a chance to grasp the entire history of television in 100 minutes of enthralling and paradoxical spectacle.

There are two more principal characters in this film, both of them TV stars, Dan Rather and Igor Kirillov. For the audiences in the U.S. and the Soviet Union their names were synonymous with the television.

Duration of screening: 100 min.

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

 

Photo Exhibit “Redemption” by Eldar Guliyev

WHEN: December 15, 2014 – February 14, 2015
We are open: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: free

Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served

Redemption

We present a unique collection of black-and-white photos taken in Liberia by Houston photographer Eldar Guliyev.

In October 2013 Eldar with the group of Rice University graduate students visited Liberia. Liberia is one of the poorest African countries, which now recovers from the civil war.

Redemption is the name of the series. It also is the name of the largest free hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. I visited many local and rural hospitals and clinics, talk to authorities and people on the streets. The displayed body of work is my representation of the life in Liberia, as I saw it. This is the story of the modern Liberia, its struggles and joys”. – Eldar Guliyev.

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 TMKHouston Azerbaijanis

 

Vika Live Jewelry Showcase “War and Peace”

WHEN: Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:30p.m.

The collection will be on view till February 20, 2015.

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

ADMISSION: free

Vika Live

Local Houston jewelry artist and designer  Vika Filippov known under the brand name “Vika Live” presents a new collection of exquisite jewelry.

Each piece is a work of art with an interesting concept of “War and Peace”.

This new collection was created by Vika to complement the ongoing Igor Karash’s exhibit of beautiful illustrations to one of the most important works of world literature, Tolstoy’s.

“War and Peace” jewelry collection is designed with crystal, natural stone, and pearl accents. Vika Live bracelets, earrings, and necklaces reflect the romantic atmosphere of the XIX century Russia.

The delicate jewelry pieces will be showcased by young models projecting the innocence of Natasha Rostova.

All jewelry is available for sale during and after the show.

Wine will be served at the opening.

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