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    Odessa Cinemas

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    My ticket to the performance at the Philharmonic

    There are several movie theaters in Odessa:
    Utochkino
    22 De Ribas Street
    Tel.: +38 048 237 70 71

    Golden Duke Movie Center
    11 Academician Hlushko Street
    Tel.: +38 048 777 92 18

    Odessa
    1/3 Spiridon Street
    Tel.: +38 048 226 28 27

    Rodina
    104 Mechnikov Street

    Zvyozdny (Star Movie Theater)
    60a Heroes of Stalingrad Street
    Tel.: +38 048 252 81 94

    Moscow
    41 Varna Street
    Tel.: +38 048 777 02 01

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    Mild Winter Festivities

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Blues Bar, Odessa, Ukraine

    December 2 – RMA # 7
    December 15 – All- Ukrainian barmen competition
    December 15 – The Odessan of the Year contest
    December 18 – Miss Odessa beauty contest (unforgettable show with the most beautiful young ladies of Odessa)
    December 18 – Mrs.Odessa Open women’s beauty contest.
    January 1 – Celebration of the New Year, Odessa style
    January 5 – Richterfest Richter memorial festival
    January 14 – Celebration of the Old New Year
    January 25 – Tatiana Day (merry students’ holiday).February 3 – Rating of Model Agencies presentation # 8
    February 4 – “Seasons” international fashion fastival
    February 14 – St.Valentine’s Day festivities
    February 23 – Day of the Defender of the Motherland

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    Traditional Spring Festivals

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Body Art Festival - 2005, Odessa
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    There is a lot to see and to do in Odessa in every season.
    This is what I found out about the festivals in spring and other seasons. These festivals are planned for 2005, but they have all become traditional already.

    March 6 – Maidan Odessa beauty contest
    March 8 – International Women’s Day (love serenades)
    March 17 – St.Patrick's Day (a sea of Irish beer)
    April 1 – Day of Laughter (this is how we call April Fool’s Day) – funny carnival procession, concerts and shows and ,of course, rock with laughter;
    April 2 – Master Gambs humor festival
    April 7 – Rating of Model Agencies presentation #7
    April 8 – International Day of Tai-zsi and Tsigun
    April 8 – Master Gambs TV humor festival
    April 10 – International Greco-Roman wrestling tournament
    April 15 – Futuris Cup tennis tournament
    April 20 – Two Days and Two Nights international festival of new music
    May 1,2 – Body Art carnival (the world’s longest living picture at 11, Devolan Descent from noon till modnight);
    May 9-11 – Nahata international tournament in karate and kobudo
    May 21 – RMA festival (1,000 the most beautiful young ladies from Ukraine at De Ribas Street in Odessa!).

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    Theater Going Opportunities

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    Theater going is very popular among the Odessans and the visitors of the city.
    There are several different theaters here:
    Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theater
    55 L.Paster Street
    Tel.: +38 048 223 55 66
    The performances usually start at 6 p.m.

    Mikhail Vodianoy Musical Comedy Theater
    3 Panteleimon Street
    Tel.: +38 048 225 09 24
    There are morning performances on weekends for kids that start at noon.
    Matinees, if any, start at 4 p.m. and evening performances begin at 6 p.m.

    Opera and Ballet Theater
    1 Chaikovsky Lane
    Tel.: +38 048 223 13 29
    There are morning performances on weekends for kids that start at 11 a.m. or at noon.
    Matinees, if any, start at 4 p.m. and evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
    You can also attend actors’ evenings where you can see a one-man show of a certain actor.Philharmonic Society
    15 Bunin Street
    Tel.: +38 048 225 69 03
    You can see different concerts or guest performances starting at 5 or 7 p.m.
    Odessa Symphony Orchestra gives concerts here starting at 6 p.m.
    Yumorina (Odessa Humor Festival) is also held here for five days starting at the end of March and lasting till early April.Ostrovsky Young Spectator’s Theater
    50 Greek Street
    Tel.: +38 048 222 48 51
    There are fairy tale performances for kids starting at 11 a.m., sometimes at noon or at 1 p.m.

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    Theater Going

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    The hall of the Philharmonic Society, Odessa
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    The Odessans and the visitors of the city have always loved going to the theaters of Odessa.
    The Opera and Ballet Theater
    is known all over the former Soviet Union countries.
    The Philharmonic Society
    often stages guest performances of different theaters.
    You can also attend a concert or a variety show there.
    I was lucky to attend a performance at both theaters and was very impressed by them.

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    beggars can be choosers?

    by arturowan Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    The attitude of 0dessites is unlike any other I have experienced & is not easy to define; contrary & paradoxical as it is. Perhaps this is best typified by their reaction to receiving gifts, something that you might assume to be gratefully taken, considering the proportion of the population claiming they're too poor to afford food...
    In general, 0dessites are appreciative of a kindness, but it is tempered with a peculiarly strident perfectionism, that contradicts the adage; "beggars cannot be choosers..." I had the opportunity to talk to an 0dessite whose sister had lived in the States since she was 6, so this local woman had fluent English from visiting her there. She recited to me an incident when in USA, of being offered a new pair of jeans from an American friend of her sister, which, though being the correct size/fit, were turned down due to some displeasing detail. My 0dessite informer explained how her sister was caused great embarassment by this refusal & accused her of being "rude", as soon as their friend had gone...
    The woman reciting this to me, had no reserve in repeating the story or impressing upon me that Americans are so false for accepting things they do not really want. I believe this reflects the fundamental attitude difference between east & west, (& I did not mention at the time that us British are supposed to be more ingratiating than our American kin in such situations...)
    My 0dessite informer was indigant that by being honest, she was regarded as being rude - a concept that with other folk in the city I have observed & experienced is not understood. I can appreciate her viewpoint, but for someone living in the second most prosperous country on the planet, I just cannot make sense of this perfectionist choosiness in a nation with a Third World standard of living...
    There are genuine beggars of the streets of 0dessa, who are grateful for just a few kopeek in their cups, but others pretending to be borderline this status, are some of the choosiest folk I have had the misfortune of encountering in any culture! 0ne such person was the reason I ever visited the city in the first place, (though she had only married an 0dessite to raise her standard of living , & was originally a refugee from Tiraspol). She actually believed she was Russian aristocracy & had a birthright to be resident of the Winter Palace - but all she posessed to justify this, was the obnoxious ATTITUDE...
    Despite impressing upon me how she was, "living lika dog", too poor to eat properly or afford her rent, on my arrival she decided we had to eat in restaurants everyday & go the short distances there by taxi, because it was too much effort for her to walk in her high heels! The taxi fare alone cost the price of going to a supermarket & buying provisions, ironic, considering her insistance I rent an apartment so as to have a kitchen, yet the 1 time she actually cooked for me, she accused me of treating her as 'slooshanka' (maid)! I have never met a more choosy pedantic person in all my life - every time she opened her mouth it was to criticise some aspect of my appearance & anything I gave her had to be inspected for hours until she could discern some flaw in it that offended her perfectionist vision.
    In my country, her behaviour would be regarded as ill-mannered & egocentrically rude, like a badly brought up child, & in truth, that is what this 33 year old divorcee, still was - so do not go to 0dessa expecting politeness for generosity - you might receive a RUDE surprise...

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    'dooshna'

    by arturowan Written Mar 28, 2011

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    0dess'ka 0blast is a hardwater area - something you only have to turn any tap on to discover!
    Limescale emerges in flakes & even when boiled in strong tea or coffee, taints the taste. In Soviet times, drinking water was delivered daily by tanker, but now you have to go to the pathetically few & far between, for a city of 1.1million people, standpipe stations, with plastic containers to store your water in. To counteract the limescaling of pipes, an unforunate tradition has arisen in 0dessa, in August, when the weather is described as , "dooshna" (suffocatingly hot) to turn off hotwater systems. The result of which is THE worst thing about the city if you visit in this month - THE STENCH! You really do have to experience it to believe how bad it is - not only of unwashed bodies, but stale, sweaty clothes as well...Even in the evenings, when the streets are not so crowded, the air is still tainted by this pervasive odour...By far the worst afflicted is public transport, making trams & trolleybuses unusable, unless you're adapt at holding your breath, as the locals appear to be...

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    Ukrainian Train Hospitality

    by om_212 Updated Sep 8, 2010

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    when traveling by train, be prepared that your travel companions might be too excited to meet you. for some of them, you will be the first foreigner they have ever met on the train, or even in their life. Most likely they would not speak your language, but they will try to impress you with Ukrainian hospitality. Th Ukrainian hospitality might translate into ask you to share a dinner with them and in some cases, offer you a drink "za znayomstvo" ('nice to meet you' drink). The drink can range from a beer to numerous shots of vodka. Usually a polite ‘thank you’ and ‘no’ (dyakuyu, ya ne pyu - ukr.) will do, but if your travel companion keeps insisting, say that you take medication that do not go with alcohol (ya pryimayu liky - ukr.) In rare instances, which will hopefully never happens, your companion might keep bugging you. in that case, ask a conductor to move you to another compartment.

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    The beautiful Odessa

    by LarisaLove Written Aug 11, 2007

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    Old Odessa

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    In 1794 Odessa was founded by Catherine the Great.
    Then In 1764 the Empress formed the territories newly acquired
    in the S-West other empire into a province called Novorossiya, New Russia.

    The city name came because of a mistake!
    It was meant to be called after the ancient Greek city of Odessos or Ordissos,
    which was believed to have been founded in the
    area.
    But really, it was somewhere near the present day town of Varna in Bulgaria.
    But Catherine the Great liked "Adessa" — as it is pronounced by the Russians
    and Ukrainians.
    The population of Odessa is today just over 1 million people.
    It is one of the newest of European cities and maybe one of the biggest
    growth rate in the 19th Century.

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    ODESSA DAY

    by A-Friend-Of-Belarus Written Jan 13, 2007

    September 2, the Odessa day. It's a day when the whole city is on the streets and the central manifestation is being held on the Potemking stairs where crowd listens to various Ukrainian/Russian pop-rock bands that play on the stage just above the stairs and in front of the "Morskiy vokzal".

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    Unmarried Ukrainian Women with Children

    by bilgeez Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Unmarried Ukrainian women have low levels of having children. A country where most people don't admit to being very religiously oriented, divorce rate is high and promiscuity is not aggressively discouraged.
    Sample group is Confidential Connections Gallery of Ladies Personal bios.
    Total sample group:2033
    Total group with children: 864
    Percent of total with children: 42.5
    group age 23 and younger: 408
    age 23 and younger with children: 9
    percent of group age 23 and younger with children: 2.2
    Percent of age group 23 and younger with children compared to total group: 0.44
    Total sample age group 24 and above: 1625
    Percentage of age group 24 and above with children: 52.65
    Percentage of age group 24 and above with children compared to total group: 42.05
    Incidents of women under 23 with children is almost non-existant. I found no women under 20 with children in the sample group.
    I know in Slavic cultures women are taught to be more demure and not be aggressive toward men.
    The difference is not much greater in the survey of a similar group of women in Buenos Aires.
    What I found in this survery are that of unmarried women in Buenos Aires, that very few younger women have children and even less than half of the older single women have children.
    Sample group is Fiancee Connections Gallery of Ladies Personal bios info.
    Total sample: 640
    Women with children: 124
    Percentage of total with children:19.4
    Women 23 and under:417
    Women 23 and under with children: 22
    Percentage of women 23 and under with children: 5.27
    Percentage of women 23 and under with children of total: 3.44
    Women 24 and over: 223
    Women 24 and over with children: 102
    Percentage of women 24 and over with children: 45.7
    Percentage of women over 24 with children in whole group: 15.9
    I was surprised this percentage was so low, but then, Argentina is a largely Catholic country, and moral standards are very high.

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    Ukrainian Women and Smoking

    by bilgeez Updated Apr 2, 2005

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    Although cigarettes are plentiful and cheap in Ukraine, it appears that many women there do not smoke. Many men seem to. But for some reason most women do not pick up the habit. It may be a gender or cultural bias, or a conscious part on women to remain healthy. (Most Ukrainian women seem to take pride in keeping in shape and in their appearance.) Also, from my unscientific survey, younger women in Ukraine seem to be smoking less than their older sisters.
    My sample was taken from Confidential Connections Gallery of Ladies Personal Bios.
    Total sample size: 2013
    women who reported affirmatively to one of five sample questions about smoking habits: 352
    Percent of women who admitted to smoking: 14.9
    Percent of sample who are 23 years old or younger: 19.9
    Percent of age group who admitted to smoking: 12.9
    Percentage of women 24 years and older who admit to smoking: 16.0
    The variance is 5.71 and standard deviation is 2.39.
    What I find interesting is that in Buenos Aires the statistics are almost the direct opposite.
    A much larger percentage of women admit to smoking and a much larger proportion of younger women smoke versus older women.
    My sample was taken from Fiancee Connections Gallery of Ladies Personal bios.
    Sample size: 640
    Women who admitted to smoking: 334
    Percentage of women who smoke: 52.2
    Percentage of women in sample who are 23 years or younger: 65.1
    Percentage of age group that smokes: 58.5
    Percentage of smokers in age group 24 years and older: 44.4
    This opens up for some interesting hypotheses. There are three and a half times as many smokers in the Portenas group than the Ukrainian. But the percentage falls down quite markedly after 24 years in the Portenas group.
    Almost five times as many women smoke in the 23 and under Portenas group as the Ukrainian Group.
    Cigarettes are cheap and plentiful in both countries.
    I haven't researched how aggressive each country is in trying to reduce smoking. I hadn't noticed anything very overt in Ukraine the times I have been there.

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    Guest Performances

    by hunterV Written Nov 26, 2004

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    The cast of the play, Odessa, Ukraine

    Guiest performances and concerts of Russian actors are not rare in Odessa and are attended by lots of people, both Odessans and the visitors of the city.
    This is the program of the performance I saw in November 2004:
    Intimate Life after Noel Coward presented by Mikhail Boyarsky and his theater in St.Petersburg.
    It was a great performance.
    The auduence broke into applause at the end and the spectators presented the actors with lots of flowers...
    Simply unforgettable!

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    Odessa's cultural life

    by Klod5 Written Jul 18, 2003

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    While Odessa is famous for its cultural traditions and fine architecture, on a sightseeing tour of the city, the visitors become familiar not only with the most original and known part of Odessa, but with its, not without reasons to be said, rich history. We are proud that a whole galaxy of artists, poets and scientists made a considerable contribution to extending its glory. It would suffice it to mention such prominent figures as Mechnikov, Pirogov, Mendeleev, Pushkin and Bunin lived here. The Odessa Theater of Opera and Ballet, second best theater in Europe after one in Vienna, heard the singing of Shalyapin and Sobinov, saw performances of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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    Mikhail Zhvanetsky - Chairman of World Wide Club

    by Klod5 Written Jul 18, 2003

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    Writer famous for his extraordinary satirical works. Author of numerous brilliant stories and sketches. Born in Odessa, lived in Odessa and Leningrad, now lives in Moscow. Honorary Citizen of Odessa.

    A test for a sense of humor
    (translation from M. Zhvanetsky's story)
    A street of Odessa. A dove dropped a piece of *** on the head of a man. The man referred to an odessan lady who passed by with a baby and asked her for a tissue. The answer was : "Are you really gonna catch up with it?"

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