Five cultural events for the week of Nov.4–10

The Museum of the History of GAZ in Nizhniy Novgorod. Source: Press Photo

The Museum of the History of GAZ in Nizhniy Novgorod. Source: Press Photo

"Victory" on wheels, Miss Universe in Moscow, film score magic and more.

Nov. 4 (Monday)

The exhibition "Heroes of the Time: Legendary GAZ Cars" will take place in the GUM Trading House. One of the exhibits is the Pobeda (“Victory”) model — the first Soviet passenger car with a monocoque body.

Originally, the car was planned to be released under the name "Homeland," but, when news of this reached Stalin, he furrowed his eyebrows, smiled and asked: "So what is the price of the homeland?” After this, the name was immediately changed to "Victory."

According to the exhibition organizer, "In addition to cars, the exhibition will display the objects and photographs of the Nizhny Novgorod Museum of the History of GAZ — unique documents, personal belongings of leaders and designers and foremost people in the GAZ production, awards received by the Gorki car factory and its cars."

the 10th International Jazz Festival

The Dana Leong band will perform in Vladivostok. Source: Press Photo

Nov. 7 (Thursday)

In Vladivostok, the 10th International Jazz Festival begins. The Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Big Band of the Primorsky College of the Arts will be performing at the opening ceremony.

Featuring in the concert will be improvisations played by the Mark Bertume Trio (France) and David Helboka (Austria), the Dana Leong Trio (U.S.), and a composition of local jazz bands. The program will end with the Australian singer Fantine, who will perform to the accompaniment of Igor Butman’s jazz quartet.

Nov. 8 (Friday)

At the Moscow Apostle Muraviev’s Museum House, Christie's auction house will open an art exhibition of Russian masterpieces.

art exhibition of Russian masterpieces

The Bathers. Source: Press Photo

Works by Viktor and Apollinari Vasnetsov and Konstantin Makovsky will be brought to the capital for the first time in the last hundred years. Later, the paintings will be auctioned in London.

One of the top lots in the exhibition will be the famous painting, “The Bathers," by avant-garde artist Ilya Mashkov, who left Russia in 1913.

This painting, done in the style of neo-primitivism, combines the traditions of classical and modern art.

Its approximate price tag, according to experts, is £600,000–800,000 ($964,560–1,285,600). In addition, the exhibition will bring the works of Lucas Cranach the elder, Pieter Brueghel the younger, Jan Brueghel the elder and Gustave Courbet.

Nov. 9 (Saturday)

At Moscow Crocus City Hall, the final stage of the "Miss Universe" beauty contest will be held. For the first time in the competition’s 60-year history, the most beautiful girl in the world will be chosen in Russia.

This year, the jury will be headed by Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the American rock band Aerosmith, and he will have the final say in the selection of the pageant contestants. Television presenter Thomas Roberts and singer Melanie Brown Mel B of the Spice Girls were invited to host the show.

"Miss Universe" beauty contest

Miss Universe comes to Moscow. Source: Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

After the semifinal, which will take place on Nov. 5, the final 16 contestants will be chosen in the competition. The competition will have three main stages: bikini, evening gown parade and an interview.

The two-hour finale of the contest will be broadcast in 190 countries around the world. More than a billion viewers watch "Miss Universe" online annually, making this competition one of the most popular shows in the world.

Nov. 10 (Sunday)

"The Movie Magic,” a concert played by the pianist and composer Anton Batagov, will be held at the Moscow House of Music. In addition to film music, Batagov is known for having created the musical arrangements for the leading Russian TV channels. In the late 1980s, he began to promote Russian music abroad.

"The Movie Magic,” a concert played by the pianist and composer Anton Batagov

Anton Batalov. Source: Press Photo

Batagov was the first in Russia to perform the works of such luminaries of the avant-garde and minimalists as Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Cage. The pianist's discography includes over 30 albums.

His music is a fusion of classical minimalism, avant-garde and art-rock, in addition to bell-ringing, chanting of Buddhist lamas and sounds of ancient ritual practices. In the U.S., Batagov’s works are regularly broadcast by major radio stations.

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