Voices from Russia

Friday, 21 November 2014

21 November 2014. Some of My Favourite Things… Bayan Miks and Nadezhda Babkina… VIVAT BAYAN!

00 Bayan Miks 02. 10.08.14

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Let’s take a break from the war and from the gross Uniates. Let’s have something wholesome and life-affirming… this was at a gala concert in Moscow, “Vivat Bayan!” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the bayan’s invention (actually, it was a modified garmon, a Russian concertina). Of course, it’s got S I Voitenko and Dmitri Khramkov, Bayan Miks… the KINGS of the bayan. Now, THIS is RUSSIAN!

BMD

21 November 2014. Time to Smile… The Latest Bonya and Kuzmich Parody… Get Out the Pickles, Rye Bread, and Kolbasa!

00 Bonya and Kuzmich. 13.08.14

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Here’s the latest spoof from Bonya and Kuzmich. Break out the pickles, preserves, rye bread, and kolbasa… enjoy!

BMD

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Jewish Theatre District Spot “Cafe Edison” Closing… #SaveCafeEdison

00 Save Cafe Edison 01. 13.11.14.

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00 Save Cafe Edison 02. 13.11.14

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00 Save Cafe Edison. 13.11.14

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Another old-school New York Jewish institution is about to fall victim to gentrification. The New York Times reported that the owners of the Hotel Edison asked the Cafe Edison, a modest Theatre District coffee shop long favoured by Broadway cognoscenti, to leave its premises in the hotel. While not kosher, Cafe Edison, founded by Polish-born Holocaust survivors, Harry and Frances Edelstein, served deli sandwiches and traditional Ashkenazi Jewish fare, like blintzes and matzoh ball soup. Known, in a nod to its founders and its no-nonsense manner as the Polish Tea Room… in contradistinction to the swanky Russian Tea Room… it was also the inspiration for the setting in Neil Simon’s play, 45 Seconds From Broadway. Simon reportedly enjoyed frequent meals there with his producer Emanuel Azenberg. Other regular patrons included comedian Jackie Mason, actor Henry Winkler, and the late African-American playwright August Wilson. Mimi Sheraton, a former NY Times restaurant critic who published books about bialys and chicken soup, among other topics, featured Cafe Edison in her forthcoming 1,000 Places to Eat Before You Die.

7 November 2014

Julie Wiener

Jewish Daily Forward

http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/208864/cafe-edison-jewish-theater-district-spot-closing/

Also read this, this, this, and this on this beloved “Noo Yawk” eatery

Here’s an online link to a petition to save this iconic Midtown beanery

Editor:

Where will we go for kasha varnishkes and mushroom soup in Midtown if it closes? Kasha varnishkes… real Noo Yawk Soul Food… kasha with bow-tie pasta lubricated with real schmaltz (chicken fat, for them not in the know). Who the hell wants another Disneyfied POS plastic eatery? :-(

Can we save this hole-in-wallsky beanery? We oughta… if not, Big Nick’s (The Burger Joint) on B’way is next…

BMD

Saturday, 8 November 2014

8 November 2014. Get Your Mind (and Soul) Right! The Winter Lent is Upon Us… Here’s are Some Hymns to the Most Holy Virgin and a Cherubic Hymn… Christmas Lent is on the Way

00.1bb A Point of Unity. Catholics woman praying. Basilica of the Virgin Aparecida. BRAZIL

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My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord (the Magnificat). It sounds like New Roman chant sung in Staroslav. Sung at St Tikhon parish in Yaroslavl RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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Ancient Old Russian Stolpvoy/Zanamenny chant harmonised by Irina Denisova. Херувимская песнь (Cherubic Hymn (Hymn of the Great Entrance) from the Liturgy). Sung at the St Elisabeth Convent in Minsk BELARUS. This is the most ancient Russian Orthodox chant form in existence.

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Rejoice, O Ever-Virgin Bride! Sung at the Valaam Monastery in Republic of Karelia RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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It’s My Choice! A Russian Orthodox multifilm (animation) sponsored by the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture… even if you don’t know Russian, watch it for the visuals. The best part is at 11:30… the peasant refuses to carry out the death penalty… now, that’s REAL Russian Orthodox! One note… if you voted Republican, you voted AGAINST the Russian government that sponsors such wholesome presentations. Crank world, ain’t it? Holy Rus or Greedy Mammon America… which one do YOU want?

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The winter lent is almost upon us. Just as Easter has 40 days of abstinence preceding it… so does Christmas. Orthodoxy has four lents… the Great Lent, before Easter, the Christmas Lent, before Christmas, the Peter and Paul Lent, before the feastday of Ss Peter and Paul, and the Assumption Lent, in August before the feastday of the Assumption of the Virgin. Get in the mood, kids… there’s a season for celebration and a season for fasting… and a season of fasting is upon us. Keep it focused and keep it straight…

BMD

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