Russian Culture Week brings food, music, more

Talent show on March 7 will benefit blind university students in Russia

The Russian Language Program and Brandeis Russian Club are currently hosting Russian Culture Week 2013.

From traditional cuisine to an authentic Russian dance party, this week of evening events will showcase Brandeis’ high Russian population – one of the largest in the Boston area.

On Wednesday, March 6, the Brandeis Russian Club invites students to eat traditional Russian food, listen to Russian music and paint Matryoshka dolls (the famous Russian nesting dolls) in the Ridgewood A Commons, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

International Women’s Day is this week too, and in remembrance of the social and political struggles of women worldwide the Russian Club will host “International Women’s Day and Student Talent Show,” Thursday, March 7,  at 6:45 p.m., in Rapaport Treasure Hall.

The talent show is a fundraiser to support blind students in Russia. All money collected will go towards purchasing walking sticks and voice recorders to enable young blind people in Russia to attend universities and receive higher education.

On Friday, the Russian Club’s presents “Hipsters,” a 2008 musical “dramedy” that depicts vibrant Soviet youth subculture but also questions what freedom of self-expression truly is. The film’s subtitles were translated into English by two Brandeis students as part of their experiential learning course with Irina Dubinina, director of the Russian Language Program.

Concluding the week is the Russian Ball, to be held Saturday, March 9 at 10 p.m. in the Lurias, where Northeastern University’s DJ Mel will spin the latest, greatest of Russian hits. Semi-formal attire is required. Russian desserts will be served.

Admission to all events is free and reservations are not required. For more information, email Karina Gaft or visit the Brandeis Russian Club Facebook page

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