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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Deep-Seated Design

You won't find any gems nestled in the cushions of these chairs, but those with an eye for luxury will find other charms to the "One Hundred and Twelve Chairs" exhibit at the State Historical Museum. The display, which features the sitting places of some of Russian history's most glorious bottoms - Catherine the Great's and Tsar Alexander I's among them - is open through March 27. The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Metro Ploshchad Revolyutsii. Tel. 292-3731.

The Sins of the West

Take anyone but your best friend's wife to see "Un Ballo in Machera," Verdi's operatic tale of a man who makes the fatal mistake of falling in love with the wife of his own best friend. The only of Verdi's operas to be set in the United States, the opera ("Bal Maskarad" in Russian) is being performed Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bolshoi Theater, 1 Teatralnaya Ploshchad. Metro Teatralnaya. Tel. 292-9986.

Tragedy on Stage

Those in the mood for stage drama of the non-musical variety should head to the Vakhtangov Theater, where director Yevgeny Marcelli will lead a talented cast in a performance of Shakespeare's classic tragedy "Othello." Starring Vladimir Simonov as Othello and Sergei Makovetsky as Iago, the play is being performed Thursday at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 26 Arbat. Metro Arbatskaya. Tel. 241-1651/1679.