Articles by Avery Johnson



Parachuters Raise $25,000 for Kids Cancer Fund

As 15 white parachutes opened successfully and floated to earth on Saturday, members of the Nastenka Fund breathed a sigh of relief.

Missing Faberge Egg Has Homecoming

The 12th Faberge egg to be returned to Russia makes a curious reappearance this week at Gostiny Dvor's second annual ""New Russian Style"" exhibit.

Missing Faberge Egg Has Homecoming

The 12th Faberge egg to be returned to Russia makes a curious reappearance this week at Gostiny Dvor's second annual ""New Russian Style"" exhibit.

Middlebury Marks 25 Years Training Russophiles

Middlebury College in the small town of Middlebury, Vermont, has a highly developed foreign focus for a liberal arts school tucked in the insular Green Mountains.

Repatriate Finds a Home in Russian Insurance

Forty-seven-year-old Paul Goncharoff says he is convinced that the development of the insurance industry is essential to the formation of Russian civil society.

Hare Krishna Offer an Alternative Kind of School

For the past 12 years, Moscow's Bhaktivedanta Gurukula shcool has been educating students using a curriculum that includes classes on ancient Indian literature and Sanskrit.

Exhibit Has History of Horses & Men

""The Horse and Rider"" celebrates this special connection with artifacts collected from across the former Soviet Union, dating from the Bronze Age to the 16th century.

Exhibit Has History of Horses & Men

""The Horse and Rider"" celebrates this special connection with artifacts collected from across the former Soviet Union, dating from the Bronze Age to the 16th century.

The Stage Where Silence Holds Sway

A physical-theater adaptation of ""Jonathan Livingston Seagull,"" staged by Moscow's Specialized Institute of the Arts, shows that one need not be able to speak or hear to entertain an audience.

The Stage Where Silence Holds Sway

A physical-theater adaptation of ""Jonathan Livingston Seagull,"" staged by Moscow's Specialized Institute of the Arts, shows that one need not be able to speak or hear to entertain an audience.

Circus Welcomes Purim Celebrants

Although many of the calendar's Jewish holidays are sober observations of historical events, the two-day Purim festival is one of cheer: of donning masks, using noisemakers, eating, drinking and generally making very merry.

Circus Welcomes Purim Celebrants

Although many of the calendar's Jewish holidays are sober observations of historical events, the two-day Purim festival is one of cheer: of donning masks, using noisemakers, eating, drinking and generally making very merry.

Atypical Activist Ready for Field or Courtroom

On the wall above Greenpeace Russia's campaign director Ivan Blokov's desk hangs a collage of environmental protest posters, bumper stickers and photographs.

New Music Studio Begins Its Season

The New Music Studio ensemble will kick off its spring season Monday with a concert featuring music from the postwar rebirth of the avant-garde.

New Music Studio Begins Its Season

The New Music Studio ensemble will kick off its spring season Monday with a concert featuring music from the postwar rebirth of the avant-garde.

They Make Music With a Mere Wave of the Hand

Invented in 1920 by Soviet musician, inventor and engineer Lev Theremin, the instrument that bears his last name is widely considered the world's first electronic instrument, a precursor of the synthesizer.

They Make Music With a Mere Wave of the Hand

Invented in 1920 by Soviet musician, inventor and engineer Lev Theremin, the instrument that bears his last name is widely considered the world's first electronic instrument, a precursor of the synthesizer.

Hockey Rivals Team Up for Children's Hospital

The goalie who played for the Soviet Union against Canada in 1972 is helping bring the two sides together again Tuesday at a charity party to raise money for sick children.

Playing With Dragons and Half-Elves on Sundays

At Labyrinth, a club devoted to role-playing and adventure card games, a band of ""Dungeons & Dragons"" devotees organizes a trip into their own fantasy world Sunday afternoons.

It's All About the Food, Says Celebrity Chef

Frenchman David Desseaux makes a mean sauce, but his real claim to fame is that he is one of post-Soviet Moscow's very first celebrity chefs.

It's All About the Food, Says Celebrity Chef

Frenchman David Desseaux makes a mean sauce, but his real claim to fame is that he is one of post-Soviet Moscow's very first celebrity chefs.

Chat Someone Up at English Conversation Club

Georgy Cheremsky, the Moscow English Conversation Club's bard and theatrical director, started attending club meetings for the love of the language.

Winter Cocktails

No matter what foods I prepare during the holidays, I always serve them with a few hot cocktails. My favorite drinks include a tasty glogg, a fruity wassail and a creamy Tom and Jerry.

Winter Cocktails

No matter what foods I prepare during the holidays, I always serve them with a few hot cocktails. My favorite drinks include a tasty glogg, a fruity wassail and a creamy Tom and Jerry.

A Guide to Great Gifts for Under the Tree

It's easy to play the part of a generous St. Nick with the perfect gifts this holiday season with the help of a few well-stocked gift shops and fairs.

A Guide to Great Gifts for Under the Tree

It's easy to play the part of a generous St. Nick with the perfect gifts this holiday season with the help of a few well-stocked gift shops and fairs.

Area Churches Make Western Christmas Merry

Since Dec. 24 and 25 are regular working days in Moscow, it can take a little effort to create all the trimmings and trappings of a Western Christmas.

Gymnastics Machine Still Finely Tuned

Russian gymnasts still train at Krugloye Ozero, a bunker-like sports center some 30 minutes' drive outside of Moscow, which the national team has called home since 1971.

Bells Inspire International Tug of War

The 17 Russian bells that ring every Sunday at Harvard's Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, are sorely missed at their original home, at Moscow's Danilov monastery.

Bells Inspire International Tug of War

The 17 Russian bells that ring every Sunday at Harvard's Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, are sorely missed at their original home, at Moscow's Danilov monastery.