To our great regret, by the time this year's first LifeStyle issue comes out, the 8th international Faces of Love film festival will already be in full swing. The festival started Jan. 13 and will continue until Jan. 23 at Rolan, Dom Kino and Mir Kinotavra movie theaters.
This year's installment looks like a winner, and includes such movies as Todd Haynes' "Far from Heaven," which many American critics named the best film of 2002. Other notable films to be shown at the festival include David Cronenberg's new "Spider" and the Russian film "Sky.Airplane.Girl" from Vera Storozheva and starring Renata Litvinova as a strange woman with a soft voice and a wildcat temperament.
Indian Maharaja interiors
The exotic Indian Maharaja Interiors exhibition-fair will be running in the Moscow House of Artists from Jan. 17 to Feb. 2. Despite the fact that Russians have traditionally been intrigued by Indian culture, the Indian art of furniture making, both ancient and modern, remains a little-known aspect of Indian culture in Russia. The furniture to be displayed at the exhibition - including intricately carved tables and chairs, cupboards, chests and massive boxes made of rare wood and traditional Indian bronze sculptures - could become the pride of many upscale antiquarian salons or museums. And don't miss the unmatched Eastern textile articles adorned with mysterious ornaments.
Italian food fest
The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow's Baltschug Restaurant will present its Italian Food Festival from Jan. 20-26.
Held in cooperation with three renowned Italian Orient Express hotels, the festival will showcase modern culinary creations prepared by internationally recognized master chefs in town especially for this event.
Renato Piccolotto, head chef at the legendary Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin in Venice, will reveal the culinary secrets of the Cipriani Cooking School, the training ground for some of the world's most famous chefs. Attilio Di Fabrizio, head chef at the Hotel Villa San Michele in Florence and the Hotel Splendino & Splendido Mare in Portofino, will be on hand to demonstrate the mastery that has taken him recently to food festivals in London and Tokyo. Meanwhile, meat and seafood specialties, flavored with regional herbs and oils to bring out the romantic taste of Liguria, will be presented by Roberto Villa, head chef at the Hotel Splendido in Portofino. A special buffet and a la carte selections will feature regional delicacies direct from the menus of the Baltschug's partner hotels.
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will be on hand with her husband, Pieter van Vollenhoven, in Moscow to see the Dutch Introdance Ballet Company perform on Jan. 21. Since it was established in 1971, Introdance has developed into one of the biggest and best-known ballet companies not only in the Netherlands, but throughout Europe. Introdance represents an interesting and unusual phenomenon of European ballet culture, and you can catch it at Bolshoi Theater's new stage from Jan. 21-22 at 7 p.m. presenting its new program, "Angels," comprising four one-act ballets: "Messiah," "The Captured," "Five Poems," and "Palimpsest."
Clown in town
Clown Vyacheslav Polunin is popular throughout the globe, and fans have been known to fly around the world to catch one of his performances. In fact, he's so in demand that his performance schedule is booked a year ahead. He is loved and remembered in Russia, too, although many here are still unaware of the fact that he has been living abroad for quite a while. Now Polunin resides in London and tours around the world giving performances here and there.
Muscovites will get a chance to see Polunin perform in Moscow at the Mayakovsky Theater from Jan. 21 to Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. He will present one of his most recognizable programs - "sNEZHNOYE SHOW" - a pun in Russian that can be translated as a "tender/snowy show." The program comprises several improvisations, which are all well known and loved by the Russian public, including the Asisyai - a funny man wearing yellow overalls and red fleecy slippers - a character that won Polunin his fame back in the 1980s.