Since the Cold War ended, we've been neglecting our Russian cultural relations. Sure, Oprah stuck a Tolstoy book on her reading list and Aleksandr Petrovsky was a charming character on Sex and the City, but we long for more than these cursory glimpses. So we're bundling up and heading to the 10th annual Russian Winter Festival, a centuries-old welcome wagon for spring filled with music, songs, dance and art. The Russian-American Center of Dallas has trucked in the Los Angeles musical dynamo Limpopo, costumes and allas well as a Russian-Jewish musical group, classical pianists and flutists and the Dallas ISD Russian choirall to sing you your favorite Russian folk songs. You'll like it more than Anna Karenina, we promise. The Russian Winter Festival starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Caruth Auditorium at Southern Methodist University, 6101 Bishop Blvd. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors and free for SMU students and those under 12. Call 1-800-462-7980 or visit centralticketoffice.com. Park free at Hillcrest Road and Binkley Avenue or at the Meadows Museum garage north of Mockingbird Lane on Bishop Boulevard. For more information, visit RussianAmericanCenter.net.
Sat., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.