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    Theater Going Opportunities

    by hunterV Updated Mar 28, 2015

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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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    Traditional Spring Festivals

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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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!).

    Body Art Festival - 2005, Odessa Humor Land at the central park, Odessa Odessa Jazz Festival
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    What You Can Hear Only in Odessa

    by hunterV Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    Here are some anecdotes that I found in Passage magazine of Odessa. I have translated them for you!

    “Ivan,- a neighbor asks a neighbor,- you have such a big moustache, doesn’t it interfere with eating and drinking?”
    “Treat me and you will see”.
    ....................................................
    Sima shares her secrets with her neighbor Sonia.
    “Tell me, Sima, - Sonia asks,- has you husband ever found unfamiliar men in your wardrobe?”
    “Never. Everybody whom he found was his pal”.
    ...................................................
    A man and his wife are bathing at Langeron beach.
    “Look, Osya, you’re always by me. Are you afraid I may drown, dear? – the man's wife asks.
    “No, darling, but you have so much gold on you, I am afraid of loosing it”.
    ...................................................
    Two friends meet. One of them has a blue eye.
    “What’s happened?”
    “Do you remember that lady we saw the day before yesterday? You said she was a widow.”
    “Yes, I remember her well”.
    “So you should know you were wrong”.
    ..................................................
    Two ballet dancers are chatting behind the curtain after the performance.
    “Look, what’s wrong with Rita?” – one of them asks – She looks outraged”
    “She is upset she was given only fourteen bunches of roses”.
    “Fourteen bunches! Is that too little for her?!”
    “You see, she had paid for fifteen”.

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    Guest Performances

    by hunterV Updated Mar 28, 2015

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    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!

    The cast of the play, Odessa, Ukraine
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    Golden Autumn Festivals

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    September 2 – City Day (concerts and shows, fireworks display)
    September 3 – What?Where?When? game, international festival
    September 6 – United Ukraine” international festival of regional TV and radio stations
    September 7 – David Oistrach First International violinists competition
    September 19-21 – Jazz Festival (world’s best jazzmen carnival)
    October 2 – International Music Day (concerts and musicals at the Philharmonic Society and Opera and Ballet Theater)
    October 3 – Julia Ryabchinckaya memorial festival
    October 7 – RMA # 6
    October 20 – Odessa Guitar Autumn (classic, jazz and flamenco guitar festival)
    October 31 – Halloween at Odessa clubs
    November 10 – International Youth Day (performances of students’ variety theaters called “Clubs of the Jolly and the Resourceful”, song festival, etc.)
    November 18 – Black Sea Cup international karate tournament.

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    For Art Lovers

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    There are several art galleries in Odessa where you can see different exhibitions of painting, ceramics, applied arts, sculpture, china or even puppets:

    Amis
    4 Langeron Street
    Tel. +38 048 234 80 10

    Sea Gallery
    6 Maritime (Primorskaya) Street
    Tel. +38 048 729 33 09

    Yekaterininskaya (Catherine Gallery)
    16 Catherine (Yekaterininskaya) Street
    Tel. +38 048 222 48 97

    White Moon
    9 Rope (Kanatnaya) Street
    Tel. +38 048 715 51 26

    Liberty
    24a Langeron Street
    Tel.:+38 048 222 48 67

    Dialog Art Club
    23 Pushkin Street
    Tel.: +38 048 225 02 35

    Bamboo
    42 Bunin Street
    Tel.: +38 048 237 93 80
    Bridge (Most) Gallery
    3 Sabaneyev Bridge
    Tel.: +38 048 223 63 04.

    Odessa picture galleries
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    Theater Going

    by hunterV Updated Jul 10, 2014

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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.

    The hall of the Philharmonic Society, Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater Opera and Ballet Theater Welcome to Odessa! A view from Maritime Boulevard (Primorsky Blvd.)
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    Hot Summer Celebrations

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    June 2 – RMA #10
    June 2 – Little Star International festival of young talents;
    June 6 – Mini-Miss Odessa, Mini-Mister Odessa, Ukraine South beauty contests;
    June 16 – White Acacia arts festival;
    June 18 – Odessa Open Cup international rating tournament in sport dances;
    June 23-27 – Semyon Trestin international tournament;
    July 5-10 – Cup of Ports All-Ukrainian regatta;
    July 11 – Forsage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
    July 20 – Golden Mercury competition in the sphere of achievements in trade;
    July 22 – Miss Tourism International, Ukraine, Black Sea international beauty contest;
    July 25 - Forsage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
    August 5 – RMA #5
    August 8 - Forcage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”;
    August 17 - Semyon Trestin international tournament;
    August 20 – Nobility Meeting in Odessa “Nobles of the Commonwealth, unite!”;
    August 22 - Forcage Autoshow at the airfield “At Two Poles”
    ;August 28 – Gankevich rock festival.

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    Odessa Cinemas

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    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

    My ticket to the performance at the Philharmonic
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    Some Humor From Odessa

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Misha is boasting to his friends.
    “Once at a party I bet I would eat fifteen sandwiches and I won the argument!”
    “And without any consequences?”
    “Alas. With consequences! Since that time nobody has ever invited me to any company!”
    ............................................................
    A secretary enters her boss’s reception room and pours a jar of ink on his head. Then she climbs the table and starts dancing on it.
    At this moment the door opens and her friend says,
    “Stop it, Valya! It was just a joke about your inheritance of $100,000!”
    .............................................................
    Father says to his son,
    “I have already got used to your wearing my trousers, my suites, shirts and taking my car, but please leave that actress alone!”

    In the hall of the Philharmonic Society, Odessa Odessa T-shirt from the Humor Carnival Odessa T-shirt from the Humor Carnival The monument to rabinovich, the hero of anecdotes
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    Mild Winter Festivities

    by hunterV Updated May 25, 2011

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    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

    Blues Bar, Odessa, Ukraine
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    Odessa Humor Carnival

    by hunterV Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    Odessa Humor Carnival has been held there since 1973. Unlike all other cities of Ukraine, April Fool's Day is a day off in Odessa. Traditionally the Mayor of Odessa proclaims April 1 a day off. And, if it is a week day, it is transferred to the nearest Saturday. The holiday program starts at noon in Cathedral Square.
    Then April 1 Procession starts.
    It proceeds to: De Ribas Street - > Richelieu Street - > St.Panteleimon Street -> Kulikovo Field.
    The last stop of the Procession is the place where the evening gala concert takes place. At 6 p.m. there is usually an April 1 fireworks display.

    Odessa Humor Carnival 2006: www.amadey.biz The Carnival emblem @ Odessa Carnival @ Odessa Carnival Odessa Humor Carnival
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    Coffee Drinking Pleasure

    by hunterV Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    Coffee drinking is becoming more and more popular in Odessa.
    There are a lot of coffeehouses here, among them Cuba Café in Tiraspol Street (formerly Year 1905 Street) near Staroportofrankovskaya Street that was dedicated in 2007.
    The café has a unique atmosphere, excellent Illy coffee, the best capuccino in the city, and, of course, free Wi-Fi zone.

    Cuba Caf��, since 2007 Cuba Caf��, since 2007 By the excursion tram around Odessa
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    Monument to sailor's wife...

    by arturowan Written Jan 18, 2014

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    "1 half of 0dessa citizens goes to sea - while other better half, waits for them - staring intensely into the distance..."
    This is an old 0dessan saying, & sums up the intrinsic nature of this city, founded as an international trading port...
    A monument to demonstrate this side of 0dessa, was unveiled on the 2nd September 2002
    Monument to sailor's wife, depicts a local mother, holding in arms outstretched towards the sea, an infant, in demonstration of faith that her seafaring husband, returns from his voyage...
    The sculpture is an elegant design by local sculptor, Aleksandr Tokarev, who also created the astonishing Monument to 0range (see separate article...)
    Monument to Sailor's wife is a simpler design, recreating the human form, faithfully in bronze, & mounted on the dockside @ Port 0dessa...
    A loudspeaker at the base of the sculpture, plays a lament, composed by local composer, Leonid Utoyosov (see separate article...)
    Appropiately, the sculpture can often be viewed with a commercial vessel alongside, & the ceremony of unveiling dedicated the design to all mariners transiting the Black Sea port, some of whom might be away from their families, in the case of giant container ships, or tankers, as much as half of a year...

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    Count Lanzheron...

    by arturowan Written Jan 25, 2014

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    Any visitor to 0dessa will become familiar with the name Lanzheron - the city's central beach bears that name, & it's reached from Lanzheronskaya 0ulitsa...
    Alike many thoroughfares in 0dessa, the street name is a memorial to somebody of importance in the city's history, in this case, Count Alexandre Andrault de Langeron...
    (Being a French name, the 'g' in the surname is soft, whereas in Russian, a 'g' is always hard, so in that language it's translated for proper pronunciation, as the letter equivalent = 'zh'...)
    Born on 24th January 1763 in Paris, the Count became a founding father of the city, succeeding the Duke of Richelieu as governor, so realising the initial plans for the new port...
    By imperial decree, 0dessa was declared a place of stowage for export goods, & so became a Free Port on 16th April 1817
    0ther contributions Count Langeron made to 0dessa, were the establishment of the city's first local newspaper, a botanical garden, & a mineral water source in the City Park...
    Count Langeron came from an aristocratic French family & spent his life in the army, serving in the war with Sweden, 3 times in the Russo-Turkish war, & the battle of Austerlitz, from which he was dismissed in disgrace & sent to 0dessa...
    Despite being a Frenchman, he served in the American War of Independence, & actually ended up fighting against Napoleon, when he joined the Russian army, with which he remained throughout his life, until ill health put him into administerial roles...
    Before becoming Mayor of 0dessa, he served as Military Governor of Kherson...
    He died in Saint Petersburg on 16th July, during the cholera epidemic of 1831

    Lanzheron Beach in Soviet times...
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