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Schedule of Events
All programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the Library auditorium, unless otherwise designated.
Saturday, March 10, at 12 pm: Cookbook Club Features Russian Cooking. Attendees are invited to select a recipe from Kachka: a Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales, make it at home, and bring it in to share with the group. Registration is required; visit the online calendar or call 847-256-6930. Once registered, you may pick up a copy of the book. Call Jill M. with two recipe choices in mind; otherwise you will be contacted a week prior to the event. Please understand that we cannot guarantee allergy-free dishes.
Sunday, March 18, at 2 pm: Russia in the Movies - From the Bolshevik Revolution to the Cold War. Film studies professor Michael Smith discusses Russian-made cinema from the early 1920s through the mid-1950s. The presentation also will examine movies depicting Russians and Russian culture that were made during that era by filmmakers from other countries. Clips to be screened include The Battleship Potemkin, Man with the Movie Camera, Alexander Nevsky, Ninotchka, and Doctor Zhivago.
Thursday, March 22, at 7 pm: Evening Book Discussion. A discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow, led by local book club leader and reviewer Nancy Buehler.
Sunday, March 25, at 2 pm: Irina Feoktistova Performs Russian Piano Music. Ms. Feoktistova, who has performed in the major halls of St. Petersburg and toured Europe and the United States as a soloist and accompanist, plays a concert of classical Russian works, including some of the piano pieces referenced in A Gentleman in Moscow.
Tuesday, April 3, at 7 pm: Making Sense of a Complex Story - The Trump-Russia Investigation. Wilmette resident and retired litigator Steven J. Harper discusses the Trump-Russia Timeline that he created as a means of identifying and assembling all of the relevant facts about this chapter of American history. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell called the Timeline, which is hosted on journalist Bill Moyers's website (billmoyers.com), “the greatest tool that we journalists have to work with every day as we stare at this story.”
Sunday, April 8, at 2 pm: An Afternoon of Russian Music and Dance. Chicago Cossacks, a Russian and Ukrainian folk music and dance ensemble, performs in concert on traditional instruments. All musicians in the ensemble received formal music degrees in the former Soviet Union.
Tuesday, April 10, at 10 am (please note change in time): Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion. A discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow, led by local book club leader and reviewer Nancy Buehler.
Thursday, April 12, at 7 pm: The Hermitage - Russia's Artistic Treasures. Dr. Alice Boone, Woman's Board Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, will talk about the collections in the State Hermitage Museum, founded in 1764 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, by Empress Catherine the Great.
Wednesday, April 18, at 7 pm: Russia in the Twentieth Century. Northwestern University professor Gary Saul Morson discusses what Russia was like in the twentieth century and presents an opportunity to reflect on the history that affected so much of humanity since the Revolution took place a century ago. Prof. Morson has for many years taught Northwestern's most popular undergraduate class, which is devoted to in-depth examination of Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
Sunday, April 22, at 3 pm: Author Amor Towles Discusses A Gentleman in Moscow. Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette. Mr. Towles talks about his best-selling novel. No tickets required. A book signing will be held following the program. Copies of Mr. Towles's books will be available on site for purchase from The Book Stall.