Despite the unforgiving bitterness of Russia's winters and the country's history of political unrest and oppressive social laws, Russians know how to have a good time. And you too can party Northern Asia-style, when Hotel St. Germain (2516 Maple Ave.) hosts its annual Russian Winter Festival. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with the national elixir, vodka, served in shot glasses made of ice (you know, for a touch of authenticity). A feast of kielbasa, piroshki and potato pancakes follows, topped off with a mélange of the Russian imperial court’s sweetest offerings. Once you're good and full of chilled vodka, kabobs and specialty chocolates, you'll want to take selfies with the cardboard cutout of Russian Prime Minister, and noted punk rock-hater, Vladimir Putin — the best way to commemorate this “partiya.” Get your ticket for $95 by calling 214-871-2516.
Fri., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 2015