Tag Archives: Russia

Putin Out! Besos públicos en repudio a Putín.


In Buenos Aires, activists are organizing a Kiss-In demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy. Poster via Dan Nicoletta and Damaris Hidalgo. Hosted by Casa Brandon. July 10th, 7pm…

Dutch photo of Russian sailor: delicious GUP cover boy

Photo: Joost van den Broek. GUP: Guide to Unique Photography. 027 Double Anniversary issue.

Authentic Caucasian Food

Authentic Caucasian food, served at the Chabad in downtown Moscow by handsome, dark-eyed waiters from the Caucuses.

What do Caucasians eat, exactly? Chopped salads. Spicy chicken. Fresh herbs. Ground lamb. Flaky pastries for dessert.




Vitas Bumac wrestles a Violin into Submission, escapes his Cage and Shatters Glass. Smile!

It’s called Smile. Sure it is. A cold-war gumshoe dandy delivers ear-splitting wails while theatrically clutching  a violin we only hear simulated on the high end of his five-octave range. A noose swings provocatively, a caged canary escapes, glass shatters.  This one from the always strange and inventive Vitas Bumak. Nostalgia, loss, grief and rage filtered through an arch sense of cornball drama. The stuff of opera and life and good enough reason to…Smile! More Vitas here and here.

Vitas Bumac shatters Glass, sprouts Gills. Sexy Russian Pop Opera!

 Sexy Russian Pop Opera singer Vitas Bumac composes, orchestrates, designs the costuming and art-directs his videos and stage productions. The live version of this piece, complete with a hooded orchestra, can be found here.

The extrordinary voice of Vitas Bumac – sexiest Russian since Nureyev.

Singer and composer Vitaliy Vladasovich Grachyov, known as Vitas, was born in the Ukraine in 1979. In 2002, he performed his Philosophy of Miracle at the Kremlin, becoming the youngest person to ever perform at the State Palace. Vitas, who designs his own costumes and staging, presented his fashion line, Autumn Dreams, later that year. Vitas’ performances easily move between and combine opera, synth-pop and rock genres. With hooded orchestras, hybrid processions and sartorial excess, his performances are underwritten with mystery, ritual and an erotic charge that explodes regularly into a spine-chilling male soprano that has little to do with the grating tones of typical falsetto. More here and here.