January 25, 1994 |
One of the world's greatest museums was nearly destroyed a few months ago by a forgotten cup of tea. A worker in the fabric section of the Hermitage's Russian History Department had plugged in an electric tea kettle but then forgot about it. The water boiled away, the kettle burned up, the curtains caught fire, and suddenly the Hermitage--home of Rembrandt and Rodin, Matisse and Manet, Scythian gold and Egyptian sarcophagi--was in mortal danger.
May 15, 1991 |
Russia before 1917 was a thriving capitalist marketplace, a bourgeois society where exotic meals, lavish theater and the latest Western fashions were pursued as eagerly as Gorbachev's ouster is today. It was a world where emerging artist Kazimir Malevich pooled his talent with poet Vladimir Mayakovsky to design cartoon-like prints that chronicled World War I for the uneducated masses.
October 12, 1998 |
Whatever the political or economic turmoil in Russia, performing arts remain a reliable export with strong foreign markets. This weekend a 30-year-old ensemble making its U.S. debut, the St. Petersburg State Symphony, capped a five-day Tchaikovsky Festival at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with two programs devoted to the composer. Not its hometown's most noted band, the State Symphony played with a sort of wary confidence under music director Ravel Martynov.
June 6, 1994 |
KCAL-TV Channel 9 was the big winner in the 46th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, picking up 13 statuettes Saturday night--five more than its closest competitor. But it failed to capture the coveted award for best hourlong newscast. Instead, in the equivalent of a movie winning the Oscar as best picture without collecting any honors for its writer, director or actors, KTTV-TV Channel 11's "Fox News at Ten" was named the best 60-minute newscast on local television during 1993. The 10 p.m.
February 15, 1998 |
In the cavernous lobby of the 89-year-old Khudozhestvenny cinema at the head of historic Arbat Street, plush crimson theater chairs nest in rows across the marble floor like dominoes as they await installation. Brass-edged glass ticket booths and a state-of-the-art sound system are the next investments planned at the 600-seat cinema--one of only a handful in Moscow drawing enough moviegoers to bankroll its own floor-to-ceiling renovation.