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.