Thursday, January 11

Exhibition: Homo Ludens

A game erases the power imbalance between the speaker and the listener. A game is where equals interact to experience catharsis. At this exhibition, art becomes a game in the works of contemporary artists following in the footsteps of St. Pete’s underground art scene. Be ready to see lots of colors, different art forms, and even some familiar characters in a new setting.

Friday, January 12

Movie night: Scrapper

One reviewer described this movie, the debut of British director Charlotte Regan, as a simple but touching story of a 12-year-old girl coming of age and overcoming grief. The girl, Georgie, lives alone in her London flat – a space filled with magic – when suddenly her long-estranged father appears and disturbs the equilibrium. Adding to the equation of a perfect Friday-night film, that same reviewer compares it to Amelie (2001), a classic of magic realism – what more would you need to end the year’s first work week? This particular screening is a special one and will be introduced with a talk from the editor-in-chief of Seans film magazine. 

Saturday, January 13

Brusnitsyn ice rink

  • Until March 3, Mon-Thu: 12 pm - 10 pm; Fri-Sun: 10 am - 10 pm
  • Brusnitsyn Culture Quarter
  • 200-450 rubles (200 rubles for students on weekdays; skates rental fee is 400 rubles)

Even though the holidays have ended, it’s no reason to dial down on the winter fun. Why not explore one of the city’s newer ice rinks at Brysnitsyn Culture Quarter? If you love skating with the view of the Gulf of Finland but have seen all there is to see at Sevkabel Port, this will be a special treat for you. Make sure to dress accordingly and get ready to have a great day outside.

Sunday, January 14

Organ concert: Winter Night’s Dream

Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Shostakovich will be your company for the afternoon – or rather, their seminal organ compositions combined in a single dreamy concert. As a bonus, this is your chance to visit St. Catherine’s Cathedral and do some exploring in that part of Vasilyevsky Island. 

Monday, January 15

Exhibition: Jonas LeRiche. Transhuman

  • Until February 18, 11 am - 11 pm, except for Tue
  • Erarta museum
  • 1,000-3,000 (includes an annual pass)

Belgian-born artist Jonas LeRiche offers his take on transhumanism, the merging of nature and technologies, in his magnetic photographs. Will you agree with the creator’s rather optimistic outlook on the future of humanity? Find out at Erarta. 

Tuesday, January 16

Exhibition: Foxfire

  • Until February 25; Tue - Sun: 12 pm - 8 pm
  • Anna Nova Gallery
  • 200 rubles (discounted tickets available)

On display are works of contemporary artist Fedor Hiroshige, who draws from different sources, including Japanese folklore, united by the image of fire. A post-ironic puzzle, this exhibition offers you the chance to piece together the artist’s personal mythology, treating your visit to the gallery as a quest – for meaning, artistic symbols, or whatever you wish to find. 

Wednesday, January 17

Mats Ek’s ballets on the big screen

Our favorite TheatreHD is treating audiences to another screening of two personal pieces choreographed by famous Swedish maestro Mats Ek. Both The Place and Bye were created for renowned dancers about to retire from their careers; each of them is full of feeling, telling a story of transformation and stepping into a new stage in life.