2011 Events

CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 9th ANNUAL RUSSIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

June 27

An exclusive event at Sotheby’s with attendance of Russian American Foundation sponsors, VIPs, international dignitaries and community leaders. Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021. By invitation only

JEWISH-BUKHARIAN HERITAGE IN QUEENS

June 26

The Bukharian community of Queens celebrates its heritage and talents. Best health care centers, fair, gifts and much more.Bukharian Jewish Community Center, 106-16 70 Ave, Forest Hills, Queens. Admission is FREE

“SPIRITS OF RUSSIA” RECEPTION

June 20

A private reception for international dignitaries, community leaders, public officials, sponsors of the Russian American Foundation and celebrities with delicious samples of Russian cuisine, drinks and non-stop entertainment. 301 E 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. By invitation only

“MEMORY OF TIME AND SPACE: RUSSIAN-JEWISH ARTISTS IN DIASPORA” EXHIBIT

June 20

This group exhibit will showcase the diversity and excellence of contemporary Jewish artists of Russian decent. The exhibit will offer an occasion for viewers to meditate on connections between contemporary art and Jewish identity. The participants of the show are well established, award winning artists and sculptors, whose work has been on display in galleries and museums in the U.S. and around the world. Among them Vasily Kafanov (USA), Alexander Okun (Israel), Adomas Jacovskis (Lithuania), Matvey Basov (Belarus) and others. The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 W 118th St #12, New York, NY 10027. Admission is FREE

“AFTER MATCH PARTY” FOLLOWING CHARITABLE FRIENDLY HOCKEY GAME

June 18

Private reception for players, friends and supporters. Tough competitors will celebrate together at the beautiful setting, regardless of match outcome! Aviator Sports & Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn. By invitation only

BATTLES ON ICE

June 18

HockeyCharitable friendly hockey matches between New York team “FDNY Firefighters”, Russia’s team “EMERCOM Firefighters” and team “Legends of the USSR”. Games will feature many icons of hockey, such as: Gymajev, brothers Golikov, Kasatonov, Lutchenko, Lyapkin, Makarov, Shtalenkov, and Yakushev. The spectators will come to see the legends and support teams with all their heart! PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT FDNY WIDOW’S AND CHILDREN’S FUND in honor of 9/11 – 10th Anniversary.

RUSSIAN AMERICAN HEALTH COALITION BREAKFAST AND FORUM “FROM CHERNOBYL TO FUKUSHIMA THROUGH 9/11″

June 17

The event is presented by the Russian American Foundation in cooperation with Project Chernobyl – Project 9/11 and Jewish Community Relations Council of New York with the support of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to UN. Among the topics of discussion: Chernobyl and Fukushima: Lessons on safety to be learned; Role of media and responsibility of governments to inform public on technogenic and natural disasters risks; Challenges to Nuclear Security through the prism of 9/11; Medical, psychological and environmental consequences. United Nations. By invitation only

OPENING RECEPTION “UKRANIAN AVANT-GARDE ART: THE ODESSAN PARISIANS” EXHIBITION

June 14

An opening reception and a private viewing of the exhibition with attendance by the VIPs from the Russian-American community, leaders of New York political, business and art worlds, sponsors of the Russian American Foundation, national and international media. National Arts Club, Grand gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. By invitation only

OPENING RECEPTION “PIECED TOGETHER: MOSCOW MEETS HARLEM” QUILTS AND PATCHWORK EXHIBIT

June 14

An opening reception and a private viewing of the exhibition with attendance by the VIPs from the Russian-American community, leaders of New York political, business and art worlds, sponsors of the Russian American Foundation, national and international media. National Arts Club, Grand gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. By invitation only

UKRANIAN AVANT-GARDE ART: THE ODESSAN PARISIANS EXHIBIT

June 14

UkraineThe distinguished collection of Boris Fuchsmann, Andrei Adamovski and Alexander Suslenski showcases works of members of the “Society of Independent Artists” – an avant-garde group based in Odessa in the 1910s. Until recently it was believed that works of “Independents” disappeared without the trace during the Revolution and Civil War. In 2002, however, it was discovered that in 1919 Yakov Pereman, the chairman of the Odessan Jewish radical party “Workers of Zion” and a generous patron to young Odessan artists had shipped his entire collection to Palestine, thus rescuing for posterity this unique grouping of early twentieth-century art from Odessa. The second time the collection was saved as a grouping was due to the generosity of Boris Fuchsmann, Andrei Adamovski and Alexander Suslenski. National Arts Club, Grand gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. Admission is FREE

ISRAEL DAY IN KINGSBAY YM-YWHA

June 12

Kings Bay Y Community Center, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229.Admission is FREE

“PIECED TOGETHER: MOSCOW MEETS HARLEM” QUILTS AND PATCHWORK EXHIBIT

June 12

This Quiltscross cultural exhibition marks the first time the Russian-American and African-American communities have joined forces to present this unique display of cultural identity. Over two dozen quilts showcase the diversity and exuberance of some of the most talented Russian and African-American crafts and fiber artists. National Arts Club, Grand gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. Admission is FREE

TOGETHER IN NEW YORK: COMMUNITY HEALTH & SPORTS DAY

June 12

Concert program includes appearance of stars of off-Broadway show “ImaginOcean”, Yevgeni Shapovalov. Best of the youth groups from the Russian American community perform. Entertaining events and ethnic performances by local and international artists, carnival attractions, and mouth-watering foods. Representatives of health care centers educate visitors and provide free medical testing. Oceana Hall, 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn 11235. Admission is FREE

9th RUSSIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL OPENING RECEPTION WITH MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG

June 9

Traditionally, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg opens the Russian Heritage Festival with an exclusive black tie event. This year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will be honoring Mr. Slava Zaitsev, Russia’s Internationally acclaimed Haute Couture designer; Mr. Boris Fuchsmann, Co-owner at INN International Trading & Sharing GmbH and Ukrainian Media Group; H.E. Mrs. Byrganym Aitimova, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations; Mr. Edward Mermelstein, Managing Partner at Rheem Bell & Mermelstein and Mermelstein Development; Ms. Irina Shayk, first Russian model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Among invitees are Russian American Foundation’s sponsors, community, business and corporate leaders, celebrities, national and international media. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028.By invitation only

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT RECEPTION

June 8

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will salute the Russian Heritage Festival® with a private reception for community leaders, VIPs and RAF’s Sponsors. 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209. By Invitation only

WORLD PREMIER OF “DOWNTOWN EXPRESS” DIRECTED BY DAVID GRUBIN

June 7

PQBrilliant American violinist Philippe Quint stars in a new film from the producer of Brokeback Mountain and Amadeus. Shot entirely on location in New York, Downtown Express tells the story of a Russian violinist coming to the big city to study at the Juilliard School – mirroring Quint’s own life experience. Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025, 212 864 5400. Tickets are available for purchase in the box office: $20.

SIBERIAN VIRTUOSI. CONCERT OF TOMSK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA UNDER THE BATON OF MAESTRO SERGEY KHANUKAEV

June 7

ConcertMaestro Sergey Khanukaev performs with the outstanding American musicians of Russian descent – pianist Vladimir Pleshakov and violinist Philippe Quint. The concert program of the Russian premiere orchestra includes Serenades by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra – Vladimir Pleshakov soloist (piano), Waltz and Melody by Tchaikovsky – Philippe Quint soloist (violin).Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025, 212 864 5400.Tickets are available for purchase in the box office: $30.

OPENING RECEPTION “DESIGNER TO THE STARS” – SLAVA ZAITSEV RETROSPECTIVE

June 2

Preview of Slava Zaitsev’s winter collection. Among invitees are Russian American Foundation’s sponsors and supporters, community, business and corporate leaders, celebrities, national and international media. National Arts Club, Grand gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. By invitation only

OPENING RECEPTION “TRAIL OF TREASURES: FROM ANCIENT DAYS TO MODERN KAZAKHSTAN”

June 2

An opening reception with attendance of international dignitaries, representatives of Kazakh Diaspora, business leaders, public officials, sponsors of the Russian American Foundation, national and international media. National Arts Club, Grand gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. By invitation only

“DESIGNER TO THE STARS”- SLAVA ZAITSEV RETROSPECTIVE

June 2

Slava Zaitsev, also known as the“Red Dior”, is Russia’s preeminent Haute Couture designer. The exhibit includes the preview of the winter collection 2011-2012 and presentation of vintage pieces from museum collections that span Slava’s 30-year illustrious fashion career. Original Slava Zaitsev’s costume sketches and photographs of his runway shows will be also on display. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. Admission is FREE

“TRAIL OF TREASURES: FROM ANCIENT DAYS TO MODERN KAZAKHSTAN” EXHIBIT

June 2

The exhibition dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The collection features original art-work by Krym Altynbekov, based on archaeological finds of jewelry and artifacts created by nomadic tribes who inhabited Kazakh Lands. The exhibition celebrates the rich simplicity and elegance of the Kazakh steppe nomadic tradition. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY (212) 475-3424. Admission is FREE

“NEW YORK – MOSCOW – JERUSALEM” PHOTO EXHIBIT

June 1

JerusalimThe Photo Exhibit showcases the three great cities seen by photo artist from three countries. Showcased at the Citigroup Center, Lexington Avenue and 54th street, New York, NY 10022. Admission is FREE

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