1.2.19: До свида́ния, Санкт-Петербу́рг!

Is there a more beautiful phrase in the Russian language than До свида́ния? Dosvedanya… I love the way it sounds as it rolls off the tongue: a little bit melancholy, a little bit romantic, a little bit more of “until we meet again” than just plain old “goodbye”. Yes, our wonderful month here has come to an end and we’re feeling a little bit melancholy and romantic too… Much love and gratitude to CEC Artlink for sparking this special encounter and to all the amazing people who make Saint Petersburg so magical… Until we meet again!

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12.31.18: Party of the Year

File Under: artists, celebration, celery puree with caviar, clementines, eleven pm party start, elf (adorable), Gluklya the Most Generous Host (thanks so much for inviting us!), fireworks, friendships (new and old), laughter (lots), painting, performance, poetry, presents, Prosecco, Pushkin, Putin, smoking, songs (from sentimental to singalong to Sufjan Stevens), sparklers, speeches, staircase (dramatic), Super 8,  tequila + vodka + vodka + vodka, weaving, wee hours, welcome, wild dancing, windows, winter walk, and zzzzzzzzzzz for us at 5 am but the Russians party on…

 

12.30.18: Stalin In The Silverware

As regular readers of this blog well know, there are few things we love more than a good flea market. Udelnaya, Russia’s biggest, certainly qualifies. But throw in a fresh snowfall, the Day-Before-New-Year’s-Eve shoppers searching for the perfect last-minute gift, steaming samovars, tasty lamb stew pirozhki, winter coats in every shape and color, communist-era Christmas tree ornaments galore, some seriously powerful pensioners, and Udelnaya goes from Good to A+++ Amazing!

 

12.29.18: A City Symphony Saturday Night

The video projector’s set up, the art’s on the walls, the Christmas tree is decorated, the PA’s arrived, the candy is out, there’s snow in an old pot to cool down the beer and champagne, the seating’s arranged, the coat rack and slippers are waiting… Let’s have a party!!!

The Sound We See: A Saint Petersburg City Symphony premiered on a cold December night to a packed house full of warm hearts. Congrats to Anton, Olga, Anna, Alice, Sophia, Inna, Jonas, Elena, Roman, Evgeniya, Masha, Ilya, Igor, Ilya, Polina, Cynthia, Pavel, Masha, Juliana, Anna, Leda, Polina, Arseny, Anna, Emil, Dinara, Viktoria, Nina, Alexancer, Nastya, Amet, Nikita, Levon, Alexey, Leonid, Valeriya, Anastasia, Lyuda, Egor, Nikita, Natalva, Vasil, Nikita, Victoria, Vitali and Nikita: your images celebrating the creative people and places of your city are poetic, powerful, poignant and political. Hats off to our intrepid musicians Alexey and Sasha for working together for the first time to come up with a stellar score in a mere four days! Big appreciation to Eve’s Rib for hosting, and sharing your passion for feminist art and activism with us. And a super special thanks to CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residency for the generous support and making this project possible. Art CAN bring people and nations together and make this world just a little bit brighter!

12.27.18: The Solitary Ramble

Sometimes even the sweetest of sweethearts need to go their separate ways. Known variously around here as Paolo Time, Free Day or just The Solitary Ramble, Paolo heads off to the hinterlands in search of controversial modern landmarks and ice-fishers while Lisa goes literary, exploring the last living quarters (and hat, plus wallpaper) of Dostoyevsky and the first living quarters (and shoes, plus butterflies) of Nabokov. Reunited at the Astoria Hotel for late afternoon tea while a louche version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” drones in the background, the best part of being apart is coming back together to compare notes (and photos!) on a grand day apart…