10th Russian Documentary Showcase “Images of Russia”

Images of Russia

WHEN: October 17-21, 2016

The films by 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, SMU, Texas A&M – College Station, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, and The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.


We present the following movies:


My friend Boris Nemtsov. Director Zosya Rodkevich

https://vimeo.com/157186803

The film is an intimate portrait of Russian politician and opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in February, 2015 approximately 200 yards away from the Kremlin. Boris Nemtsov, former Vice-Prime Minister of Boris Yeltsin, was a notorious and uncompromising adversary of the Putin-led Russian government.  His assassination triggered rioting and protesting against murders of opponents in Russia today. This film about Nemtsov is a tribute to the memory of a young, talented, and brave man. The camera accompanies him during his pre-election journeys and also in less formal moments.

Zosya Rodkevich, the talented young movie director, the graduate of the School of Documentary Film and Theater of  Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov, will present her movie and participate in Q/A session.


“Save My Speech Forever”. Director Roman Liberov

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgrF5Q_n4Fs

The documentary is a tragic life story of one of the greatest Russian poets, Osip Mandelstam – who died for the opportunity to write. The author, Roman Liberov, dedicates this film as a testament to the famous Russian poet/essayist by utilizing extracts from poems, letters and reviews, archival documents, and fiction as cinematic tools. Elements of documentary, animation, computer graphics, non-fiction, and puppet scenes that are used in this film, create a film language that does not fit into a specific genre.

The movie will be presented by Roman Sivozhelezov, director of photography.


Dates and Venues

DALLAS

October 17, 2016, 11 a.m.

“My friend Boris Nemtsov”

followed by Q/A with Zosya Rodkevich

SMU, Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, Embrey 115

Admission: free


October 18, 2016

“Save My Speech Forever”

followed by Q/A with Roman Sivozhelezov

University of Texas at Arlington

Admission: free


LUBBOCK

October 18, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

“My friend Boris Nemtsov”

followed by Q/A with Zosya Rodkevich

Texas Tech University at Lubbock, International Cultural Center Auditorium – 601 Indiana Ave.

Admission: free


AUSTIN

October 19, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

“My friend Boris Nemtsov”

followed by Q/A with Zosya Rodkevich

University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts Building, Glickman Conference Center, Room 1.302E

Admission: free


COLLEGE STATION

October 19, 2016, 7:00p.m.

“Save My Speech Forever”

followed by Q/A with Roman Sivozhelezov

Texas A&M, MSC 2406A

Admission: free


HOUSTON

October 20, 2016

6:00p.m.

“Save My Speech Forever”

followed by Q/A with Roman Sivozhelezov

University of Houston,   AA AUD 2

Admission: free

Registration: 6:30 PM, Film: 7:15 – 9:00 PM

“My friend Boris Nemtsov”

followed by Q/A with Zosya Rodkevich

Sundance Cinemas – Downtown (Bayou Place), 510 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002

Admission: Non-members – $17, members – $12.

REGISTER HERE


October 21, 2016, 7:30p.m.

“Save My Speech Forever”

followed by Q/A with Roman Sivozhelezov

RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)


TICKETS AT RCC OUR TEXAS:

General admission – $10 / full time students and senior citizens – $8. Cash or check ONLY.

Language: Russian with English subtitles

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

Sponsors & Partners:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works  Russian General Store
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Humanities Texas Wolrd Affairs Council of Greater Houston CREES
Russian Culture Society & McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Tech Office of International Affairs & The CHFoundation
Department of International Studies, Texas A&M
Jordan A&M SMU

 

27th Russian Song Festival – KSP

WHEN: October 28-30, 2016

WHERE: Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, Livingston, TX

ADMISSION: Admission: $20 – in advance; $30 – at the gate. Children are free. Children 16 years old and above are considered adults.
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KSPOur guests: Vladimir Kadenko, Igor & Marina Sarkisov

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.

TCA art works

Useful Contacts:

Group Registration & Campsite Reservation: Anna Frolov (832) 545-7225 or KSPsouth@gmail.com
Concert: Slava Nadvoretsky (713) 366-6687 or slavanad@gmail.com
Volleyball: Andrey Bednov (409) 739-6364 or aabednov@yahoo.com
Kids & Teenagers Concerts: Lenya Zborovsky (832) 922-2292 or theleonz@yahoo.com

Where:

Over and over again we are being welcomed by the Alabama-Coushatta tribe at their wonderful campground near Livingston, TX. It is located off US-190E, about 70 miles (from downtown) north of Houston (via I-59). As always, We will be occupying the campgrounds sections C and D. Amenities include: public bathrooms and showers, Laundromat is within a 3 minute drive, fire rings and charcoal grills, water, volleyball court, covered pavilion and a playground next to the beautiful lake in the pine forest.

How much:

Tickets are $20 per person if purchased online ahead of time (internet sale closes at midnight the day before the event) and $30 if purchased at the gate.  Children are free. Children 16 years old and above are considered adults.Please bring a paper copy of your e-ticket (internet    on your phone might not work!) or have cash with you as we do not accept checks or credit cards.

What (general program overview):

Friday is the “move-in” day. After most people settle in, there will be a Guest Concert at 10 PM where participants have a chance to enjoy the works of festival invited guests from far away states and/or countries. On Saturday morning people who arrived the night before enjoy the outdoors and meet their neighbors, as others enjoy the yoga class on the lawn or continue arriving. Children’s Camp opens at noon offering fun active games. Also at noon adults are invited to participate in a friendly volleyball tournament or to play chess, checkers and dominoes in the pavilion. Usually, there is an additional activity for adults, different from slyot to slyot, organized during the day as well. The Children’s Concert begins at 2:30 PM where young talents get a chance to sing for us, followed by Russian Rock concert for teen and adults at 4:00PM. If you or your kids are interested in performing, please contact Leon Zborovsky (832-922-2292) before 2:00PM on Saturday. At 6:30PM we begin the main attraction of the festival, The Main concert. If you are interested in performing, please contact Slava Nadvoretsky (713-366-6687) before 3 PM on Saturday. It will consist of 2 parts, serious and funny, with a break for dinner, and will last approximately till midnight. After the concert everyone is invited to join one the circles around the campfires for more songs. There will be marked (on the map) locations as well as those that appear unplanned but nevertheless very much appreciated. Sunday is the “move-out” day, as people exchange contact information and sing last few songs before leaving the festival. Sometimes, although rare, there are additional activities planned for Sunday late morning as well.

What to bring:

  • Folding chairs or mats for the concerts.
  • Camping equipment: tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pots and pans, flashlights, lanterns, charcoal, plates, cups and utensils.
  • Food and drinks. Warning: Lake Tombigbee is located in Dry County, so liquor stores (including stores selling beer) are far away from the campground.
  • Most importantly, SONGS, GUITARS and other musical instruments (please no drums).

How to reserve a campsite:

No reservation is required. Tickets will be sold online ahead of time or at the gate (see above). If you come alone or with a friend or two, we will let you know at the gate where you can set up your tent. We designated an International campsite for those non-Russian speakers coming for the first time, so you could find each other if needed – it is on the edge of the campgrounds. However, most non-Russian speakers that attend our festivals seem to choose to be in the middle of all the action, and we do not mind. Just mention at the gate where you prefer to camp.

It is recommended, however, to groups of 3+ tents to make a campsite reservation. To do so, please send the name of your group (come up with a fun name), expected number of tents, the preferred location (quiet/singing zone), and name/cell phone number of personal responsible for the group to KSPsouth@gmail.com. If your group attends multiple times, you will be given an option to reserve a permanent location. Please do not hesitate to email or call Anna: 832-545-7225 (leave msg, she will call you back) with any questions regarding campsite reservations.

Rules:

  1. No stereos, karaoke equipment, or amplifiers of any kind will be allowed.
  2. Parents are responsible for watching their children on or near the moonwalk.
  3. All participants must wear tickets-bracelets purchased at the gate
  4. Children should wear bracelets with campsite number.
  5. Dogs must be ALWAYS leashed or tied off. No dogs near the stage.
  6. We strongly recommend taking all glass containers with you when you leave the festival.
  7. No swimming after 8 PM
  8. Driving vehicles into the woods is not allowed. Please park you cars alongside of the road.
  9. Please leave your campsite clean.
  10. Speed limit on the campground is 20 MPH
  11. Request to concert audience: please refrain from smoking in the middle of the crowd, step aside out of respect to others.
  12. Parents are asked to keep the children away from the stage during the concerts
  13. Dogs are not allowed near the concert stage and we respectfully request that you do not bring them to the concert area if possible.
  14. If someone is violating one of the rules, the sheriff will be called after the second warning.

Directions:

Houston:
Take US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 1 hour 45 min.

Dallas:
Take I-45 S. Exit US-190E exit 116 (168 miles from US75S), turn left on US-190 and drive 44 miles to Livingston, TX. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is less than 4 hours.

San Antonio:
Take I-10 to Houston (188 miles), then US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 4.5 hours.

Austin:
Take TX 71 E (84 miles), then I-10 E to Houston (66 miles), then US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 4.5 hours.

Bryan:
Take TX-21 E (37 miles), then right on I-45 S. Exit US-190E exit 116 (26 miles from TX-21), turn left on US-190 and drive 44 miles to Livingston, TX. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is less 2.5 hours.

Concert by Russian writer Dina Rubina

Rubina

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 7:30p.m.

WHERE:Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz  Houston, TX 77004)

ADMISSION:$30

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The concert by famous Russian author Dina Rubina.

The program in Russian ONLY.

NO English translation.

Вновь в Хьюстоне!

Дина Рубина – автор множества книг и блистательная рассказчица. Ее артистический дар соперничает с литературным талантом.

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

 

Exhibition “The Evolution of the Soviet Posters”

Soviet PostersWHEN: August 12 – October 15, 2016

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

Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 7:30 PM
Soviet-style refreshments will be served.

ADMISSION: Free
All works are available for sale.

The exhibition will feature a collection of famous posters from the Soviet Era including published prints as well as original posters from the 1970s.

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 Russian General Store

 

20th Century Art Music Meets Jazz

WHEN: Friday, September 23, 7:30 PMWHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20
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JazzRussian Cultural Center Presents: A Jazz Musical Evening with Mikhail and Anna Smigelski

Performers: Mikhail Smigelski | voice, piano, guitar; Anna Smigelskaya | piano, Sam Singeltary | trumpet, drums

Concert will include works by:  Joplin, Copland, Milhaud, Weil, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Stockhausen, Kapustin, Peterson, Pass, jazz standards.

Wine will be served

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 Russian General Store

 

Christmas in July – Russian Holiday Bazaar

WHEN: July 1August 15, 2016
We are open: Monday – Friday: 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m.; Saturday: 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

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

Russian Holiday Bazaar

As summer temperatures rise, many people crave for the atmosphere of cooler temperatures, gift giving, and holiday spirit.

The celebration of Christmas in July provides an opportunity to purchase authentic and handmade gifts at the RCC “Our Texas” for loved ones.

All the gifts available come either directly from Russia or from within the Russian community of Houston.

We offer:

  • Beautiful icons;
  • Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes, hand-painted with the Russian fairy-tale motifs;
  • Handmade wooden Santas in Russian style – “Father Frost”;
  • Famous blue-and–white china – Gzhel;
  • Vintage porcelain figurines;
  • Russian nesting dolls – Matreshkas,
  • Golden wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.”

And much, much more.

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

Photography Classes

Photo
WHEN: Thursdays at 7:00p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00p.m.
WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)
  •   Classes for all levels;
  •   Digital and analog photography;
  •   All genres: street, portrait, landscape and social photography;
  •   Plein-air classes at the little-known places of Houston and Galveston.

Group and Private Classes are available.
The study program is tailored to the students’ requests.

Instructor:  well known Houston photographer Vladimir Frumin, continuous partcipant at the FOTOFEST,  winner of Carol Craw Fellowship Award ( 2015) and Sony Photography Award nominee. The photos by Vladimir has been exhibited multiple times and published in the prestigious magazines Black and White and Easy Rider.

Cost:
$30 – group class or
$50 – individual class

Duration: 1.5 hour

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 Russian General Store

 

Update our air conditioning

donate now

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” and your continued attendance at our events. We hope that you enjoy our unique art evenings, musical concerts and film screenings.

We strive to improve our venue to make it the state-of-the-art facility. Last year, thanks to tremendous support from the community, we were able to complete two huge projects: first, we replaced all of our gallery lighting second, we beautified our exterior walls with two eye-catching murals.

Our next goal is to improve the building’s air conditioning system. We dream of being able to invite guests to our movie screenings, musical evenings and concerts year-round and to create a more comfortable environment for the students of our Russian language classes—both children and adults.

Please help us to achieve this goal!

RCC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and your charitable gifts are tax deductible.

Please make your check payable to:
Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas”

and mail it  to:
2337 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005

DONATE NOW:

https://www.causes.com/campaigns/101777-update-our-air-conditioning

Thank you in advance for your support!

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf “Sergey Rachmaninoff”

Graf

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 7:30p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20, RCC members – $16

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Wine will be served

Hans Graf, Musical Director of Houston Symphony 2001-2013 and now Conductor Laureate is back in town!

Maestro will participate in University of Houston Texas Musical Festival and lead Festival Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1.

In conjunction with this concert we organize the Evening with maestro Graf dedicated to Sergey Rachmaninoff.

In the program:

  • Presentation by Hans Graf;
  • Excerpts from the documentary about the composer;
  • Preludes by Sergey Rachmaninoff.

Performers: Tali Morgulis, professor of piano, and her student, Sonya Bondouil, Moores School of Music.

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 Russian General Store

 

Art Exhibition “Light and shadows” by Elena Rabinovich

WHEN: June 10August 31, 2016

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

Opening Reception and a meeting with the artist: Friday, June 10 7:30p.m.

ADMISSION: Freerabinovicn

Houston artist Elena Rabinovich creates her artworks in various genres, using oil, pastel and acrylic.

With more than 10 years in active painting, she has been a member of the Houston Art Society, Long Star Art Guild and Sugar Land Area Artists (now Imperial Art Alliance).  Elena participated in the several art exhibitions in Houston where her paintings have been awarded first, second and third place prizes and commendations and Best of Show awards.

About 50 paintings by Elena Rabinovich are kept in private collections. Her artworks have been exhibited at Muir Fine Art 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 funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Russian General Store