Enter Dr. Zhivago’s Russia During “Clark After Dark: Moscow 1917” on January 26

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2007

The grandeur and romance of Dr. Zhivago transforms the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute into 1917 Moscow for the first Clark After Dark party of 2007. On Friday, January 26 the wildly-popular series begins with “Moscow 1917,” the first of three winter revelries taking guests far from the New England winter and spring thaw. Clark After Dark happenings are held on the last Fridays of January, February, and March, from 8 pm to midnight, and include music, late-night encounters with art, light fare, a cash bar, and out-of-the-ordinary activities. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members) per evening, available at the door.

The collision of romance and revolution sets the scene for Moscow 1917. The seeds of the revolution have been sewn, yet the aristocracy maintains a fragile hold on society… the Tsarina collects Fabergéeggs and throws lavish parties while violence erupts in the streets. But for one night pravda prevails, and whether you are a Bolshevik or Romanoff, you’ll enjoy a night of fun and adventure in Dr. Zhivago’s Russia.

Put on your favorite sarafan or rubaska – or a Cossack’s fur hat and breeches – and enter the Imperial Palace, a glittering world of opulence complete with images from Dr. Zhivago and create your own Fabergé egg. Or don your Red Army uniform and express your revolutionary side in the Bolshevik Café by writing radical sayings in Cyrillic on the graffiti wall. Join the intelligentsia in a game of chess played with an oversized board and pieces. Lose yourself in the romance of Russia with a moonlit sleigh ride across the frozen tundra (weather permitting); then warm up with hot sounds on the dance floor.

Experience the tastes of Russia with complimentary snacks including blini with caviar, smoked salmon mousse, salmon coulibiac (a Russian fish pie), traditional teacakes, strawberries Romanoff, and babka. The Red Café offers a cash bar featuring White Russians and Moscow Mules while the Commissar’s Commissary will sell a hearty beef and beet soup with peasant bread, and Shashlik (a Russian lamb dish).

Join a tour of the Clark’s print room with curator of education Michael Cassin for a rare chance to see some of the Clark’s collection of Russian art, from a patriotic cup and saucer that bares the mark of the Tsar to a radically modern print by Kandinsky. Or plan a late-night rendezvous in the Clark’s permanent collection, open until midnight.

Clark After Dark festivities continue on February 23 with “Red Carpet Night” and concludes on March 30 with “South Seas Spring Fling.” The series is sponsored by Jae's Inn and Restaurant in Williamstown and Jae's Inn and Spa in North Adams.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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