28 October 2007

"A Most Unusual Girl" -- Public Art near Babushkinskaya

A couple of weeks ago, the cultural events rag Афиша ran a piece on an apartment complex not far from Babushkinskaia Metro that sponsored a group of Russian and Dutch graffiti artists to put up murals. Here are some photos from the trip I took up there.

Back in the day, Komintern Street was in the center of town, running by the Lenin Library. I thought it had disappeared entirely, but was surprised to find its current incarnation on the outskirts, near the apartment complex with the murals. Internationalism, continued?

And, was there really a Lada Crown Victoria?

Recent listening: Nas, Hip Hop is Dead; Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me; John Coltrane, A Love Supreme.

Recent viewing: Mongol, Ocean's 13, Apocalypse Code, Good Will Hunting, Coffee and Cigarettes.

Recent non-diss reading: Sharon Rudahl, A Dangerous Women: A Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman; Sujata Massey, A Samurai's Daughter; Tom Stoppard, The Coast of Utopia; Russian magazines: Gastronom', Afisha, Russkaia zhizn', and the Russian Cosmo if my roomate leaves it on the kitchen table. (Reviews forthcoming.)