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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Shop and Whatever

See the play by Mark Ravenhill whose very name, never mind its content, caused no end of controversy when it played in London. "Shopping and Fucking," a.k.a. "Shopping and F******," tells the story of a group of young people who see no hope for their future and spend all their time, well, you can guess. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Playwright and Director Center at the Russky Dom Theater Club, 6 Sretensky Bulvar. Tel. 924-5990. Metro: Turgenevskaya.

Support the Soul

The Sergiyev Posad monastery, 70 km outside of Moscow, is one of the most sacred of Russia's holy places and definitely worth a day out one weekend before the weather gets too grim. English-speaking tour guides are available and are not only helpful for explaining the history of the monastery's many astounding buildings, they also have keys to churches that are locked to independent visitors. Trains leave from the Yaroslavsky Station and cost 25 rubles for a round trip. Entrance to the monastery is free.

Support the Home Side

After a relaxing, soul-enriching day at the monastery, try something slightly different at the Russia-Ukraine Euro 2000 qualifying game Saturday night at Luzhniki Stadium. Will Russia continue its comeback in Group 4 by beating Ukraine? How much will you pay a scalper to find out? The game starts at 8 p.m. at 24 Luzhnetskaya Naberezhnaya. Tel. 201-1785. Metro: Sportivnaya.