It’s been a crazy few weeks in Chicago. It’s cold; the warm days are over… Wait! It’s warm again; no, it’s cold the next day. It’s been 24 years and I still can’t get used to this insane weather. What else? The Chicago International Movie Festival is still in full swing. Even though I don’t get a chance to see much this year. And the Cubs! My goodness, just when everyone sort of had forgotten about baseball in this city, things got wild. I pass by Wrigley Field everyday driving my kids to school and, as exciting as things are, it’s a royal pain in the butt to get through due to all the human and automobile traffic. Sorry, I’m not a baseball fan! Never was, never will be. I am a fan of boxing, however.
Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin crushed David Lemieux in a highly anticipated boxing match, bringing him to 34 wins in 34 professional fights with 31 KOs. Although surprisingly PPV buys did not even come close to the projected numbers, as reported only 150,000 people subscribed to watch the fight, which is a significantly low number. I can’t wait for Golovkin vs. Cotto or Golovkin vs. Canelo! Regardless of PPV numbers, watching Golovkin fight is great.
Now to our cover story in this issue of “Russian Chicago”. I haven’t seen Sergey Shnurov for almost 10 years. Prior to that, we hung out a lot as “Leningrad” – an up-and-coming rebel ska band back then – toured US several times in a few years. We kept in touch, but our paths would never cross for one reason or another. In recent years we’ve entertained the idea of bringing “Leningrad” back to US, but every time something would go wrong and we had to start over. Until the day everything went right. A lot has changed since 2005. “Leningrad” is now a truly legendary band that sells out arenas, and Sergey Shnurov has transformed into a rock, fashion and literature icon as well as an intellectual hipster, if you will. Those in power, who treated him as a bum, now quote him. He is truly unique and “Leningrad” band has millions of followers. On November 29th we are bringing “Leningrad” to Chicago and it is a big deal for us. I hope you make it to the concert and enjoy it to the fullest, as we don’t know when another opportunity to do so comes again in the future. I also hope you will enjoy this week’s cover story as a little treat for the upcoming show. Talk soon and cheers!