Russian Night with Museyon Guides and Jauntsetter

03/24/2010 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join Museyon Guides and Jauntsetter for a celebration of Russia's cultural heritage in music and film. Head back to the USSR with our special guests: Russian rocker Mike ‘Vivisector’ Antipow, frontman of Vivisectors’ Gulag Tunes; singer-songwriter Alina Simone, your guide to Russian chanson in Music + Travel Worldwide; and Laurel Maury, who uncovers Russian film locations in Film + Travel Europe from Museyon Guides.

Moscow native Mike ‘Vivisector' Antipow (founder of Vivisectors’ Gulag Tunes) -- on tour in the NYC metro area -- will speak about the history of chanson, a musical reflection of the country’s turbulent history born in tsarist prisons. With a special musical performance.

Alina Simone will give her personal take on the genre of chanson and speak about writing “Jailhouse Rock” for Music + Travel Worldwide.

Laurel Maury will share memories of travels in the USSR and Russia, her love of film and writing “From Russia, with Luxe” for Film + Travel Europe.

Grab your Cossack hat (if you have one) and join us at Word for a night of Russian delights – history will be shared, Music will be played, and Russian delicacies will be served. Budem zdorovy! Facebook RSVP here (appreciated but not required)

Laurel Maury is a reviewer and critic based in New York. She reviews graphic novels for NPR’s online column “Books We Like,” and writes regularly for The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Laurel has had a life-long interest in Russian literature and traveled to Russia as a child, when it was still Soviet, only to revisit St. Petersburg as an adult. In her spare time she knits and is currently working on a novel.

Alina Simone is a singer based in Brooklyn. Her last album, "Everyone Is Crying Out To Me Beware" which covers the music of soviet punk-poet Yanka Dyagileva, was described as either "haunting" or "haunted" by more than a dozen publications, including The New Yorker, Spin, NPR and Pitchfork. She is currently working on a book of autobiographical essays about indie rock, Russia and her weird family to be published next year by Faber.