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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Skating Away


Before winter comes to an end, pull your ice skates out of the closet and glide on over to Gorky Park's free public skating rink, one of the city's biggest. With music played over loudspeakers, a rinkside cafe and nearby paths also covered in ice, it is an ideal wholesome excursion for the kids. Skate rental cost 10 rubles ($1.75) per hour. Admission to the park, open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., is 10 rubles for adults and half that for children under 12. Tel. 237-1266. Nearest metro: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya.


Fingerpickin' Good


Warm up on a wintry Sunday night at a solo concert by acclaimed Moscow guitarist Alexander Frauchi, who will play music by Bach, Paganini and Koshkin's "The Prince's Toys." Frauchi, a professor at the Russian Academy of Music, takes the stage at 6 p.m. in the Oval Hall of the Cherkassky and Vasilchikov Estate, 46 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa. Tickets cost 20 rubles ($3.50). Tel. 290-5180. Nearest metro: Barrikadnaya.


Books, Coffee, Gessen


Head to the Shakespeare & Company Bookstore on Saturday at 7 p.m. to hear Masha Gessen read from "Dead Again," her 1997 book about the state of Russia's intelligentsia. Gessen, a columnist for The Moscow Times, will field questions after the reading. Admission is free and Starbucks coffee is available at the shop at 5/7, 1st Novokuznetsky Pereulok. Admission is free. Tel. 951-9360. Nearest metro: Paveletskaya.