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Welcome to the Russian Speakers' Society of Austin!

The Society was created for Austinites and visitors of Austin who come from the former Soviet Union as well as for anybody who has interest in this area of the world.

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ACCLAIMED RUSSIAN WRITER ANDREI GELASIMOV TO APPEAR AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN APRIL 21-23, 2014

Monday, April 21st, 7p
Film Screening & Q&A: "Thirst/Zhazhda" by Andrei Gelasimov
Jesse H. Jones Communication Center - Building B (CMB)  Room 4.122
https://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/events/31279

Join us for a screening of the film Thirst (), based on the book of the same name by Andrei Gelasimov (translated by award-winning translator and long-time Austin resident Marian Schwartz).

Thirst tells the story of 20-year-old Chechen War veteran Kostya. Maimed beyond recognition by a tank explosion, he spends weeks on end locked inside his apartment, his sole companions the vodka bottles spilling from the refrigerator. But soon Kostyas comfortable if dysfunctional cocoon is torn open when he receives a visit from his army buddies who are mobilized to locate a missing comrade. Through this search for his missing friend, Kostya is able to find himself. Check out the trailer on YouTube!

This film has garnered several prizes at international film festivals, including the Diploma of the Jury at the 2013 Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi, first prize at the 2013 Moscow Premier Screenings film festival, and the awards for best screenplay and best first film at the 2013 Honfleur Russian Film Festival in Honfleur, France. Additionally, Mikhail Grubov and Roman Kurtsyn won Best Actor awards at the 2013 Honfleur Russian Film Festival.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 5-6:30p
A Talk by Andrei Gelasimov: "The Writer's Kitchen"
Union Building (UNB) 2.102
https://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/events/31281

Andrei Gelasimov became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story, A Tender Age,which he published on the Internet, was awarded a prize for the best debut. It went on to garner the Apollon-Grigorev and the Belkin prizes, as well, and his novels have been consistently met with critical and popular success in Russia and throughout Europe.

Gelasimov was born in Irkutsk in 1965 and studied foreign languages at the Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. "Thirst" is his first book published in English, followed by three others - all translated by Marian Schwartz - including Gods of the Steppe, which won the 2009 "Big Book" Russian National Bestseller award. Gelasimov won the Best Screenplay and Best First Film awards at the 2013 Honfleur Film Festival for the film adaptation of "Thirst".

Wednesday, April 23rd, 7p
Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin
A Screening & Panel Discusion with Award-Winning Author, Andrei Gelasimov
Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302, 201 East 24th Street
https://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/events/31384

Join us for a screening and talk about the documentary RUSSIAS OPEN BOOK, which celebrates contemporary Russian authors who are carrying on one of the worlds great literary traditions - on their own terms. Excerpts from the authors works are brought to life by vivid animated sequences created exclusively for the film and voiced-over with dramatic readings in English by actor, author, and activist Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Jeeves and Wooster, The Hobbit).

Selected film clips will be screened, with Q&A from the panel following each. The panel will include Professor Michael Pesenson, professor of Russia literature at UT, contemporary Russian author Andrei Gelasimov, and award-winning translator and long-time Austin resident Marian Schwartz, who translated Gelasimov's book Thirst (Zhazhda).   The full-length film of Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin will be aired on KLRU's main channel 18.1 on Thursday, May 8 at 9pm, and on Tuesday, May 20 at 10pm.

Andrei Gelasimov, born in Irkutsk in 1965, studied foreign languages at the Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. He became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story A Tender Age, which he published on the Internet, was awarded a prize for the best debut. It went on to garner the Apollon-Grigorev and the Belkin prizes, as well, and his novels have been consistently met with critical and popular success in Russia and throughout Europe. Thirst is his first book published in English, followed by three others - all translated by Marian Schwartz - including Gods of the Steppe, which won the 2009 "Big Book" Russian National Bestseller award. Gelasimov won the Best Screenplay and Best First Film awards at the 2013 Honfleur Film Festival for the film adaptation of Thirst.
Marian Schwartz has translated over 60 volumes of Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. She is the principal English translator of the works of Nina Berberova and translated the New York Times bestseller The Last Tsar, by Edvard Radzinsky, as well as classics by Mikhail Bulgakov, Ivan Goncharov, Yuri Olesha, and Mikhail Lermontov. Her most recent book translations are Andrei Gelasimovs Gods of the Steppe, Mikhail Shishkin's Maidenhair, Leonid Yuzefovichs Harlequins Costume, and Aleksandra Shatskikh's Black Square. This fall, Yale University Press will be publishing her new translation of Anna Karenina. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships and is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association. Schwartz has lived in Austin twice, 1973-1976, and from 1987 to the present.


sf2014April 26, 7:30 pm

14th Russian Spring Fest

Unity Church of the Hills 9905 Anderson Mill Rd. Austin,TX78750

The first concert of Austins Russian Spring Festival will be held on April 26, 2014, featuring THE RUSSIAN DUO and Austins own FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS.

In THE RUSSIAN DUO, Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, joins Terry Boyarsky, master pianist, to create exuberant, passionate performances. Their collaboration combines the mysterious sounds of balalaika with the expressive range of the piano.

THE FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS features a wide range of Russian music, from dances and gypsy melodies to classical favorites. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion; Derek Strahan on bass balalaika, upright bass, guitar, and saxophone; and Dustin Russell on percussions.

Both of these groups perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance. Join us for an innovative and exciting performance.

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 FREE

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Infromation: 512-335-4449

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sf2014May 31, 7:30 pm

14th Russian Spring Fest

Unity Church of the Hills 9905 Anderson Mill Rd. Austin,TX78750

The summer concert on May 31, 2014 will present the "Trio Voronezh" from Eugene, Oregon with collaboration of the "Flying Balalaika Brothers". "Trio Voronezh" is a musical ensemble that produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played upon Russian folk instruments. Trio Voronezh's astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, folk and contemporary repertoire. The diverse repertoire of the Trio includes the works of Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov, as well as Russian folk songs, Argentine tangos, gypsy dance music, bluegrass and popular songs by Gershwin. The ever-expanding concert material is arranged by the members of the Trio, and performed with extraordinary virtuosity and musical lyricism entirely from memory.

On the 2-d part of concert the Flying Balalaika Brothers are comprised of Russian-Ukrainian-trained musicians who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990's and have since settled in Texas. When a voice from a Texas crowd yelled out, "This sounds like zombie music! Zhenya realized they had an opportunity to incorporate humor into his sound because it seemed so foreign to Texas audiences. Sergey Vashchenko has a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting, Teaching, and Balalaika Performance from the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory in Sverdlovsk, Russia and was a contender for Grammy Awards in the World Music Category in 2003 and 2008. His partner, Zhenya, graduated from the Tchaikovsky music college in Vologda, Russia in 1984. Sergey and Zhenya have brought all of this formal training and talent with them to Austin, Texas where they have created a non-profit organization called Musical Connections and a band called The Flying Balalaika Brothers. MC and the FBB's enjoy a symbiotic relationship - the non-profit provides financial support for educational workshops Sergey and Zhenya conduct at area schools in three languages - English, Russian, and Spanish - while the band personifies the nonprofit. Recently the FBB's have released a new CD called Op, Op, Romale, loosely translated as "Hey, Hey, Gypsy people". The album incorporates humor into a mix of Russian, Romani-Gypsy, and American music. The album is sung predominantly in English, although the Russian language is sprinkled throughout. Out of 16 tracks, only 4 are sung completely in Russian. The album release is the culmination of two years of studio work.

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 FREE

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Infromation: 512-335-4449

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church

Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church

Fr. Aidan may be contacted at hieromonachusaidanus@yahoo.com. Those who need a baptism, wedding, or funeral/memorial service should contact him by email as well as by phone, so as to ensure the fastest response.

Services are in English with some Russian, in the Russian traditions. For a detailed calendar of services, click here.

Easter - April 20

Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church
(512) 696-6890
http://www.orthodoxaustin.org


 

 

 


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Look for a Russian person interested in teaching Russian to babies and children.

Requirements:

  • Born and raised in Russia
  • Have Russian as a first language
  • Have a working permit
  • That you enjoy being with children

Contact: Cristina Giacoman cristina@rainbowaustin.org

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RUSSIAN SCHOOL

Russian School under Russian Speaker Society of Austin is starting enrollment for new semester kids 5+ years. We teach all levels of Russian language, Speech development, Drawing, Dance and Theater. If you wish your child learn Russian language in group of peers or considering teaching in our classes, please contact Galina Aglyamova at aglyamova@gmail.com

Russian lessons in Austin and via Skype.

Experienced Russian teacher offers summer classes for children and adults who want to learn the Russian language.

College and students of Slavic and Eurasian Studies are also very welcome.

For children I have a Russian immersion program combined with elementary education level taught in public schools.

Courses for adults will depend of their language level and individual wishes.

For more information you can go to my web site:

www.russian-teacher.net

Email: russianvskype@gmail.com

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Dear Friends!

We are thrilled to announce that the First Russian Restaurant in Austin is coming very soon.

We are currently seeking positions:

  1. Cooks with knowledge of Russian/Uzbek/Ukrainian cuisine.....USSR cuisine
  2. Assistants of cooks with knowledge of USSR cuisine, preferably with experience
  3. Baker (pirozhki, chebureki, blini)
  4. Person who could grill
  5. Waiters/Barmen/Salesperson
  6. Singers/Entertainers

Please feel free to contact us via our company email: russianbistro@gmail.com or
call us +1 347 8400093
Varda

HELP NEEDED

ADVITA FUND USA

Advita Fund USA was founded in October 2007 (tax ID: 26-1300404).

Patients in Russia and the former Soviet Union face unique challenges:

  • lack of national bone marrow donor registry;
  • bureaucratic red tape that families have to struggle with to obtain governments treatment quotas;
  • lack of supporting medications that have to be purchased privately;
  • high cost of imported equipment and medications, and
  • inadequate federal financing of healthcare

As a result, thousands of children remain untreated, receive inadequate care, or run out of money long before the treatment is completed. While close to 80% of children with cancer are cured in the West, only 50% survive in Russian hospitals. We strive to close this gap.
Your donations are used to pay for bone marrow transplants, cancer drugs and supporting medications, and other necessary medical procedures.
The fund is staffed by volunteers only.
Thank you for your kindness!

Advita Fund USA is a volunteer-run organization - it means we pay no salaries to our staff and incur only minimal administrative expenses, so that most of the money we raise goes to patients we support.

You can make the donation at the ADVITA website or send the check for Diana or Ksenia to St. Prince Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church in Houston.

http://www.advitausa.org/

 

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