All events, sponsored by the Utah-Russia Institute at Utah Valley State College, the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Russian consulate general in San Francisco, are free except a Friday, June 12, dinner. It is scheduled at 5 p.m. at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 279 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City. Entertainment is free, but there is a charge for food served.
Russia Days events will begin Monday, June 8, and continue through Sunday, June 14, in Provo, Salt Lake City and other communities. An art and artifact display, "Russia in Utah and Utah in Russia," will continue through June 30 at the LDS Museum of Church History and Art, 45 N. West Temple.
The latter exhibit is a joint effort of the LDS Church and the Russian Orthodox community.
Count Nikolai Tolstoy, the recognized leader of the Tolstoy family, will lecture on the Tolstoy heritage and renewed efforts to establish a monarchy. It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Ragan Theater, Utah Valley State College, Orem, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at West Jordan City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd.
Four visual displays are planned. A contemporary Russian art show will be at the Schorr Gallery in West Jordan City Hall June 8-13. The cross of St. Spyridon, the primary Tolstoy family heirloom, will be displayed for the first time in the United States at the LDS museum June 8-10.
A new Russian commercial aircraft, the Tupelov 204-120, will be exhibited from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. June 9-11 at the Executive Terminal of the Salt Lake International Airport, 337 N. 2370 West. The plane will be flown from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on each of the three days.
Here's a sample of numerous other events: A performance of Dostoevsky's play, "The Idiot," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, in Room 205 of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, and on Thursday, June 11, (at a place and time to be announced) in Salt Lake City; a Russian folk dance and music performance at UVSC's Ragan Theater at 6 p.m. June 11; a violin concert by the Gruppman Duo at 8 p.m. June 11, in the Provo Tabernacle and at 7 p.m. June 13, at West Jordan Middle School; and an illustrated lecture, "The Orthodox Church in Russia: A Brief Report on Its History and Present Situation," by a Russian official on religion at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 279 S. 300 West. The center is located just north of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
An all-Russian concert by the Mormon Youth Chorus and Symphony is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
For more information call UVSC at 222-8994 or visit the Russia Days Web site at (www.uvsc.edu/russia).