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Horseball - France vs. Kyrgyzstan
Sat, Oct Protected content at the Horse Sports School at Elebesova (formerly Bakinskaya) #204a (north end of Sovietskaya)

Demonstration and a game of Horseball, an Olympic sport similar to the Kyrgyz game of Kok-Boru but using a BALL rather than a goat carcass!

Four French horsemen and the president of the Federation of International Horseball will participate in this event, with Kyrgyz and French teams competing in a friendly game.

FREE ADMISSION

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English-language Art Documentary Film Showing Tel. Protected content

Thurs, Nov Protected content at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
"The Desert of Forbidden Art"
Free Admission, but seats should be reserved by calling Protected content
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Film Synopsis taken from the "Desert of Forbidden Art" website:
How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are either executed or sent to mental hospitals or gulags.

Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artists' works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for te art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of Protected content , encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. The develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.

Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists' children and rare archival footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Described as "one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art" and located in one of the world's poorest regions, today these paintings are worth millions, a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats and art profiteers. The collection remains as endangered as when Savitsky first created it, posing the question whose responsibility it is to preserve this cultural treasure.

Philharmonic Tel. Protected content
Thurs, Oct Protected content (Small Hall) Organ Concert: V. Vasilieva
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State Dance Ensemble "Ak Maral"
Sat, Oct Protected content
75-year Anniversary Concert of the Philharmonic (a repeat from end of September)
Participation by all of the Philharmonic's soloists and ensembles

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