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Moscow's cultural scene is famously enormous and varied - but where to start? Our arts-savvy editorial team trawl what's on offer, to bring you our selection of Culture Picks for your leisure time. Current and upcoming recommendations are:
30.05.16  20:00 Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 38 gold and 27 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played nearly 4,000 concerts in over 80 countries. Elton is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles. He has had 56 top 40 singles in the United States, a total second only to Elvis Presley. He achieved seven #1 albums in the three-and-a-half-year period from 1972 to 1975 — a period of concentrated success surpassed only by the Beatles. In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s. Read more
Crocus City Hall 
14.05.16-13.06.16 Geliy Korzhev
One of the most powerful and vivid artists of the 20th century, Geliy Korzhev was born on July 7, 1925 in Moscow. In 1950 he graduated from the Moscow Surikov Art Institute, where he studied under Sergey Gerasimov. The artist gained wide popularity in the 1950s-1960s, when his canvasses Raising the banner, Lovers and the well-known cycle of works Burned by the War were displayed. Korzhev said: “Life without art, without painting simply loses all sense to me. In creativity I value freedom more than anything. Freedom is to paint what I want and the way I feel and can”. Korzhev represented holistic Russia, with its victories and, to a greater extent, with its sorrow, defeats, and grief. He's a unique phenomenon - a painter of Russian grief. Read more
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
18.06.16  17:00 Ahmad Tea Music Festival: PJ Harvey, Maccabees, Django Django
Ahmad Tea Music Festival invites you to enjoy a wonderful open-air evening of great British music in a beautiful city center park. This year Festival, sponsored by the popular brand of English tea is also to be held in an open venue, perfect for summer events - the Museon Park of Arts. The headliners will be legendary PJ Harvey, Maccabees and Django Django. During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey. Over the course of her career, Harvey established herself as one of the most individual and influential songwriters of her era, exploring themes of sex, love, and religion with unnerving honesty, dark humor, and a twisted theatricality. At the outset, she led the trio PJ Harvey, which delivered her stark songs with bruisingly powerful, punkish abandon. This spring sees the release of PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, on April 15th through Island Records. The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. Ahmad Tea Literature Summer will keep experience of the British literature festival in Russia this year. So Ahmad Tea Music Festival 2016 will be an excellent performance of the summer season. Read more
19.06.16  14:00 Maxidrom 2016: Rammstein, Editors, IAMX, Crazy Town
Maxidrom is a cult musical nationwide annual event, taking place in Russia since 1995. It unites the brightest stars of Russian and foreign rock-music. Powerful live sound, a uniquely constructed stage, the best musicians - these are the main Maxidrom features. In the history of the festival Maxidrom has welcomed the best Russian musicians. In 2003, Maxidrom achieved International festival status. The world-known starts such as Apocalyptica, H.I.M, Chumbawamba, Placebo, Reamonn, Hooverphonic, Franz Ferdinand, The Servant, Thirteen Senses, The Cardigans, Fools Garden, IAMX, Pete Murray and Brainstorm performed on Maxidrom stage. This summer, after 3 years waiting, Maxidrom will come back with headliner - group Rammstein. In Maxidrom 2016 will perform Editors, Agatha Christy (Vadim Samoylov), IAMX and Crazy Town. This year Maxidrom has a goal to become a big City event: with different areas such as social, sport, entertainment, etc; several stages: Main,Plaza Stage, Dance tent; Free access to all activities during Festival (except Main Stage). Maxidrom is ready to amaze, shok and delight again, as over 20 years. Read more
Otkritie Arena 
30.06.16  20:00 Tyler, The Creator (USA)
Tyler, the Creator is the alternative hip-hop crew's main rapper, producer, and source of inspiration. He got his first taste of fame when The Los Angeles Times ran a "teen on the street"-type story on the then 16-year-old skateboarding enthusiast, who was also interested in music and fashion. In 2007 he began making music with Odd Future's core members - Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, and Hodgy Beats -- and by the summer of 2010 their bizarre, surreal, and filthy material had earned them a loyal following. It was during that year that a video Tyler directed for the Odd Future track "French" took off, topping a million views by December and drawing attention to the slew of crew-related mixtapes that followed, including Tyler's own, Bastard. He was also signed to the XL label in 2010 for a one-album deal. When Tyler's XL album Goblin arrived in 2011, it became the first Odd Future-related product to be released through the usual music industry channels. Wolf followed in 2013, with Left Brain and Frank Ocean returning as guests. Like Earl Sweatshirt's album from the same year, Tyler's 2015 effort Cherry Bomb leaked to online streaming services before its official release date. The album also featured uncredited guest appearances from Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Read more
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