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Eulogies for Yuri Kuznetsov

The very romantic Soviet and Russian literary tradition of writing poetry to commemorate one's departed friends is still alive and well in Odessa.  After the great pianist passed away, after a prolonged (and inimitably...

My Odessa: Zhanna Kiseleva

My choice of a favorite spot in Odessa is prosaic — it’s 5a Oleshi Street, and I live here. This used to be quarantine housing, there are two arches connecting the two buildings. It...

KVN and Odessa: Between Humor and Politics

KVN (Club of the Cheerful and Resourceful) is both a game and a TV show, created for Soviet TV in the middle of the last century. KVN is a combination of student's comic theater,...

Interview with French Philosopher Michel Onfray

Michel Onfray is widely acknowledged to be one of France’s most prominent thinkers. A self described ‘Anarchist Hedonist’ he is an original and important philosopher who has worked within multiple domains of Continental and...

My Odessa: Anastasia Sleptsova

Anastasia Sleptsova is one of the leading personalities in the Odessa and Ukrainian tech worlds, and is involved with numerous technology forums and organizations. I have several favorite places in Odessa and all of them...

Jamala: The Voice Of Ukraine

Raised on jazz, soul and the traditional songs of her Crimean Tatar people. She experienced the temptations of easy fame and betrayal. She lost her family home to annexation and conflict. Persevering, she won...

On Human Rights And Contemporary Journalism With Natalia Antelava

Natalia Antelava is an award winning, Emmy-nominated journalist, and a native of Tbilisi, Georgia. She is a former foreign correspondent for BBC, where she covered events from West Africa to the South Caucasus to...
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Yuri Kuznetsov, Odessa’s Great Jazz Pianist Passes On

This morning Odessa said goodbye to Yuri Kuznetsov, it’s greatest Jazz pianist, with almost five hundred of his friends and loyal fans gathering for a daytime service in the philharmonic building. Kuznetsov was the...

My Odessa: Nikolay Karabinovych

The Fine Arts Museum is a very important place for me, as it must be for any artist. If I have a free hour then I’ll go to Sofievskaya Street. It is an old...

Central Bar Owner And Nightlife Impresario Daniel Salem Talks About The Odessa Colonnade

My favorite place in Odessa is the Colonnade across from the Vorontsov Palace. It is very special to me because of my mother — she is the one who first made me love it....