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.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wine will be served
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.
Puppet Show “KOLOBOK and FATHER FROST” (in Russian)
Present from Father Frost to each child!
The Kolobok, (traditional Russian and Ukrainian pie/ small bread), suddenly becomes animated and escapes from “babushka” and “dedushka”s (old wife and man) home. The fairy tale’s plot describes Kolobok’s repetitive meetings with various animals (rabbit, wolf, and bear) who intend to eat it, but Kolobok cunningly escapes. With each animal Kolobok sings a song in which he explains his escape deductively: “I got away from Grandmother, I got away from Grandfather, and I will certainly get away from you”.
Father Frost is a fictional character who in some Slavic cultures plays a role similar to that of Santa Claus. Father Frost is said to bring presents to children; however, unlike the secretive Santa Claus, the gifts are often delivered “in person”, at New Year’s Eve parties and other New Year celebrations.
Purchase your tickets in advance as the seating is limited.
We offer unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. Each and every one of them is hand-made in accordance with centuries-old Russian traditions.We have a broad assortment of unique gifts that will satisfy the most demanding tastes.
Wooden figures of Father Frost;
Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes, hand-painted with the Russian fairy-tale motifs;
Great collection of unique, hand-made jewelry by local artist;
Famous blue-and–white china – Gzhel
We also have vintage porcelain figurines by the famous Lomonosov (Imperial) Factory and golden wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.” And of course, there are the famous Russian Matreshkas or nesting dolls.
“Pussy Riot – The Movement”, narrated by Daryl Hannah, covers nearly three years of the Pussy Riot saga. It begins with the arrest of the remarkable women: Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alekhina and Katia Samutsevich on a dark street in Moscow and continues through the two-year imprisonment of Nadia and Masha, their “early” release and continued activism at the Sochi Olympics and throughout Russia and the world.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Wine will be served
Once again, we present artworks by contemporary artist Valentina Kisseleva. Her prior exhibitions at our center: “Midsummer Dream” and “Romantic Posters of Brezhnev Era”, the latest accompanied by collection of postcards of the same period, have been a great success.
This time we showcase the unique collection of hand-painted versions of postcards that dedicated to the Christmas and New Year Holidays. Commissioned in the former USSR, these state/house-published postcards were originally created by Kisseleva in the 1970’s and published or reprinted into thousands of copies for state-wide distribution. Nevertheless, each one of them is artwork in itself. They are magic and colorful, and with elements of fairy tales.
Hans Graf, former Music Director and conductor laureate of Houston Symphony returns this month to lead the orchestra in performing music by Ravel and Debussy.
In conjunction with these concerts Russian Cultural Center presents the evening with maestro Graf dedicated to French music.
Presentation by maestro Graf;
Debussy: “Reflets dans l’eau” & “Hommage à Rameau”, played by Alina Uddin, piano – teacher at the International Music Academy (Houston);
Ravel: Sonatina in F-sharp major, played by Tomas Jonsson, piano – student at the International Music Academy (Houston).
Tomas won the Silver Medal and was awarded the special award for Best Prelude at the 2011 International Chopin Youth Competition. And in December, 2012, he was selected Winner in the Houston Young Artist Competition.
The International Music Academy was founded in 2005 by Ekaterina Ryndina-Loudermilk, graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow and Rice University.
The best works of independent Russian movie makers will be screened in five cities of Texas: Houston, Dallas, Austin, College Station and Lubbock. Our partners are: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington -Dallas, Texas A&M – College Station, University of Houston, and Texas Tech University.