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May 11-13

Ivan Vyrypaev's new play "Sun Line"

Tantsy Minus

May 11

Although Tantsy Minus’s height of popularity was in the late 1990s and the early naughts, Vyacheslav Petkun’s band is still going strong. The band’s last release, the EP “Tri” (Three), was just one year ago. Come to their concert at 16 Tons to sing along to the greatest hits “Gorod” (“City” - an ode to hishometown of St. Petersburg) and the somewhat cheesy “Polovinka” (“My Other Half”).

1 Ulitsa Presnensky Val. Metro 1905 goda. +7 (499) 253 1550. 

Sun Line at the Meyerhold Center

May 12

Many consider Ivan Vyrypaev the best comtemporary Russian playwright, and so every new production based on his work is an event — especially if it's also a completely new play. Directed by Viktor Ryzhakov, the artistic director of the Meyerhold Center, the plot of “Sun Line” is rather simple: a quarrel between the spouses that goes all night long. This is classic Vyrypayev, with repetitive dialogue and abusive language. What's unexpected is a somewhat Hollywood ending. The incredible and intense acting of Yuliya Peresild, known primarily as a film actress, and Andrei Burkovsky make “Sun Line” one of the main premiers of the season.

23 Novoslobodskaya Ulitsa. Metro Mendeleyevskaya. +7 (495) 363 1043.


May 12

Alt-J, whose unwieldy name refers to the combination of computer keys needed to produce a triangle symbol, is an alternative trio from the U.K., whose debut album “An Awesome Wave” won the Mercury Music Prize. They've released two more albums since then and their concert at Izvestiya Hall this Saturday will be part of the tour to support their latest effort, “Relaxer.” Alt-J combines elements of electronic, folk and guitar music into quite danceable indie rock. 


5 Pushkin Square. Metro Pushkinskaya. +7 (495) 125 1208.

Marathon Concert at Electrotheater

May 12

To celebrate this season's opening of the courtyard at Stanislavsky Electrotheater, a nine-hour improvisational concert will be played on its stage. Two duos, onefrom Switzerland - Christian Müller and Christian Kobi and one from Moscow –KGXXX, founded by composer Dmitry Kurliandsky and sound artist Andrei Guryanov.These four musicians will improvise, combining the new academic, minimalisticand electronic music at the beautiful setting of a newly restored theater courtyard. Come for an hour or the whole nine.

23 Tverskaya Ulitsa. Metro Tverskaya. +7 (495) 6997224.

					Explore the growing connections between man and machine.	
Explore the growing connections between man and machine.

“I Am Not a Robot” at Electromuseum 

All Weekend 

Curated by Olga Deryugina, “I Am Not a Robot” is an exhibition at the experimental Electromuseum. It is part of the captcha algorithm, designed to distinguish between human and machine, that we encounter in our daily interactions with a computer. But such a distinction might become obsolete in the future, as machine and human gradually become more and more linked to each other. “I Am Not a Robot” explores this notion through the eyes of Russian and international up-and-coming artists. One of the works tells a story of the artists' grandmother who has been transported into a space museum, while another explores images on damaged flash memory cards. 

1 Ulitsa Rostokinskaya. Metro VDNH.+7 (499) 187 1045.

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