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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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    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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    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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    What You Can Hear Only in Odessa

    by hunterV Updated Nov 9, 2013

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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”.
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    Sima shares her secrets with her neighbor Sonya.
    “Tell me, Sima, - Sonya 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”.
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    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”.
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    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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    Golden Autumn Festivals

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Vorontsov caf��, Odessa

    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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    Odessa picture galleries

    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.

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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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    Hot Summer Celebrations

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Rating of Model Agencies, Odessa

    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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    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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    Some Humor From Odessa

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    In the hall of the Philharmonic Society, Odessa
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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!”
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    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!”
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    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!”

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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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    Odessa Humor Carnival

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Odessa Humor Carnival 2006: www.amadey.biz
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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.

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    Coffee Drinking Pleasure

    by hunterV Updated Oct 1, 2011

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    Cuba Caf��, since 2007
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    Coffee drinking is becoming more and more popular in Odessa.
    There are a lot of coffehouses 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…
    free Wi-Fi zone (3 MB)

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    It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World...

    by arturowan Updated Nov 15, 2013

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    In 0dessa there are many sculptures & the significance of many of them will only be clear to a local..
    But 1 of the most significant to the city itself, but perhaps most easily overlooked & neglected, is the bronze chair on a red granite plinth, right in the centre of the City Garden (or 0stap Bender Square, as fans of the book prefer to call it...)
    The chair is a tribute to the locally written satirical novel, 'Dvenattset Stoolev' - THE 12 CHAIRS, (which is also known as 'Babushkin Secret', when performed by the Moscow State Circus, & has inspired similar tales, such as Arthur Conan Doyle's, Sherlock Holmes adventure, 'The 6 Napolean's', & I think had a little to do with the inspiration behind the 1963 film, 'It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World')...
    The plot centres upon a set up 12 chairs upholstered in English blue chintz, which have been split up, due to the Russian Revolution & the anti-gentry policies of the Bolsheviks...
    1 of these chairs has hidden in the cushion, a fortune in diamonds, & to track it down is the basis of the plot, that involves the strangely named book's hero - 0stap Bender, & his even more amusingly nicknamed, female sidekick, 'Pussy'...
    (Da, some humour is transferable from Russian into American-English...)
    Not only did Ilya Ilf & Yevgeny Petrov, set the scene leading into the adventure, within 0dessa, though changing its name to Chyornomorsk ('black sea') - they specifically set the plot at addresses on its many streets, such as Mala Arnautskaya, (where I once rented an apartment...)
    If your interest in 0dessa goes beyond passing tourism & has developed into a fascination for this enigmatic city, then The 12 Chairs is essential studying, not least because it paints a picture of the city as 1 built not on rock'n'roll, but counterfeiting & dodgy dealings, & this was written in 1928!
    Even more amazingly, all manuscripts at this time, were subject to censor from the Bolshevik committee concerned with public enlightenment & entertainment, & were only passing those propagandist to Bolshevist ideals...
    Yet, The 12 Chairs take an irreverent slant on the revolution & Russian culture, yet not only did the manuscript survive the censor, it was published, & to influence generations to come...
    Both authors tapped into a colourful vein, that is somehow the essential 0dessa, & has been for at least a century...

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    "nyerusski" ?

    by arturowan Updated Feb 11, 2014

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    Kiev might be Ukraine's capital (& 'the mother of Russian cities'), but 0dessa is reputedly the nation's most cosmopolitan, owing mostly to it being the biggest, bustling port on the Black Sea.
    But, is it 'cosmopolitan' by western standards, or Russian-speaking standards?
    I would compare it to my hometown, Harwich, England, in terms of its cosmopolitan status - it has some history behind it, certainly & is also an international hub of tourist entry & exit, as well as freight, but of the local folk?
    The attitude is not really 'cosmopolitan' at all - disappointingly so in the case of 0dessa, where locals do not even seem to understand the basic concept of tourism...
    (All tourists are looking for a wife, or smuggling contraband, or spying...)
    0dessa might be the most cosmopolitan city in all Ukraine, but like all Russian-speaking states, it has not caught up with western-thinking towards foreigners & their slang reflects this - "nyerusski" - means; "No Russian (spoken)" & is equivalent to westerners saying, "dumb"; i.e; being speechless = stupidity...
    The tragedy about this is that 0dessa was originally a multi-cultural city, & its coat of arms reflects this - the anchor has 4 flukes, representing each of the languages the founders of the city knew to be commonplace on the streets - Italian; French; Greek; & Russian...
    The streets of the city were paved by Italian labourers, & in order to commemorate this, not only were a street & a boulevard named in honour of their country, but all the original roadsigns were bilingual Russian/Italian...
    0dessa has always had a high immigrant population, especially of Jewish people, hence another street is also named in their honour...
    So where did this vision of multi-culturalism from 2 centuries ago, go wrong & turn into insular, 'if it ain't Russian, it ain't wrong', sort of thinking?
    The tide turned in this cosmopolitan metropolis, when the Bolsheviks took supremacy - it was their philosophy that Russia was at the centre of the Soviet Union, & Russian, by law, became the predominant language...
    It became a centralised policy, known as 'Russification'...
    Communist politics were isolationist, & also paranoid, (under Stalin, to a pathological extreme)because Russian aristocracy were bi-lingual French/Russian-speaking...
    They spoke French in front of their servants, to prevent their gossiping, so the Bolsheviks were consequently mistrustful of any non-Russian conversation...
    Even though 0dessa remained a trading port, interchange with foreigners diminished & local thinking became increasingly suspicious, as all westerners, as well as Jews, were regarded as the enemy...
    So, 0dessa became what it is today - a Black Sea centre of trade, that regards itself as more Russian than Ukrainian - a sad evolution for the town that was founded on the principle of multi-culturalism, before this concept had even been invented for the betterment of all...

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