"Next To You" benefit festival, Russian Center 06/13/2015

Please support this event! Do not find excuses.

I really would like to come, but I can not - well, you could get a ticket for someone or donate.

I do not have any money to spare - donate one dollar or better yet come and volunteer and donate your time, we need as many volunteers as possible.

I am far away and I can not do anything - at least spread the word!

All this could have been done much better - join us and make it better! This is a community event, everyone is welcomed.

Do whatever but - DO NOT BE INDIFFERENT!

"Next To You" benefit festival - San Francisco, CA

Festival will showcase three days of documentary films, an all day music event, and master classes/roundtable discussion on alternative approaches to autism. Please note that this is a grassroots, Russian/American citizen diplomacy venture and "we" is the group of individuals passionate about our cause. We are NOT financed by any grants, corporations, or any government organizations Russian or American, everything is underwritten by private individuals.

We hope to create an annual forum/festival and this is the very first one.

All proceeds of the festival will go to "Anton's Right Here" Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Unique center for special education and rehabilitation for people on autism spectrum of all ages.

Special thanks go to:

Program includes:

Wednesday, June 10th | 7 pm | Delancey St. Foundation Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107

"Great and Eternal", a documentary film about the legendary Soviet/Russian band "Grazhdanskaya Oborona" or "Civil Defense" if translated literally.

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Thursday, June 11th | 7 pm | Delancey St. Foundation Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107

"Encore" a documentary film about another legendary Soviet/Russian band "AuktYon"

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Friday, June 12th | 7 pm | Delancey St. Foundation Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107

"Anton's Right Here" a documentary film that started it all, becoming an education center baring the same name. The making of this film was a start of something much greater than just a documentary.

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Saturday, June 13th | 2 pm - 12 am | Russian Center of San Francisco
2450 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Full day benefit festival. Day program will feature classic and contemporary music and dance. Evening program will include a mix of world fusion, free jazz, avant-garde and experimental genres. Russian side will be represented by Leonid Fedorov, Vladimir Volkov, Alexei Pliousnine and others. American side will be represented by Henry Kaiser, Stephen Kent, Beth Custer, Peter Valsamis, among others.

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Sunday, June 14th | 2 pm | Woodside Town Hall
2955 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062

"Special Azure Family Concert: Music Fun as Therapy" co hosted by Alexei Pliousnine (Muzconstructor, Anton's Right Here, Krug II) and Stephen Prutsman (Autism Fun Bay Area). Azure Concerts are tailored events for children and adults with Autism or related challenges, and their families and caregivers. All behaviors are welcome! In presentation with Autism Fun Bay Area.

Followed by roundtable discussion on alternative approach to understanding autism, co hosted by Deborah C. Gordon, Mayor Pro Tempore (Woodside, CA). More information on Sunday's events and schedule is coming soon.

Free, but registration is needed.

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Russian Events in partnership with:

Presents: "Next To You" benefit festival at Russian Center of San Francisco.
2450 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

All proceeds will go to Anton's Right Here Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Learn more about Anton's Right Here.

Full bar open and good food is served throughout the day. (sorry CASH ONLY). Children's menu. Children's games and activities! So you can enjoy the show as well.

1:30pm - Doors Open

2:00pm - Cultural Program - Part I (Grand Ballroom)

1) Nino's Rhythmic Gymnastic club - Russian dance, Ukrainian dance ,  Gypsy, Jewish and  Flamingo dances

2) Julia Zharova & Ivan Shvarts - Tango. Music  by Haris Alexio

3) Russian center dancers - Alexey Prokoshin  (Dance Teacher) Olga Prokoshina (Art Director)

4) Pavel Prejomishev - Poetry (А. Блок: "Скифы", Пушкин "Mедный всадник", "Kлеветникам")

5) Maria Aliakrinskaia & Roman Shatsov


3:30pm - Cultural Program - Part II (Grand Ballroom)

1) Nicholas Yurkevich - " Hopak " - Ukrainian dance

2) Max Berenshteyn - Dance from ballet  "Taras Bulba"

3) Irina Brodskaya - Two songs

4) Natalie Dale & Alexandra Mizenin - "Beyond the Silent River"

5) Maria Aliakrinskaia & Roman Shatsov

4:30pm - Russian House Kedry with special program (Gold Room)

5:00pmHenry Kaiser - Under the Ross Sea (Antarctica) video presentation / live guitar (Grand Ballroom)

5:30pm - Henry Kaiser & Alexei Pliousnine - live guitar (Gold Room)

6:00pm - Trance Mission - Stephen Kent, Beth Custer, and Peter Valsamis (Grand Ballroom)

7:15pm - TBA (Gold Room)

8:00pm - Leonid Fedorov & Vladimir Volkov (Grand Ballroom)

10:00pm - Midnight Family Dance - mix of music you can dance to with your entire family. Facebook page for Family Dance

12:00am - Event ends.

Ticket Information

Prices at the door - CASH ONLY

Time @ the door / Age Under 12 13-20 21-64 65+
1:30pm - 4:30pm Free $10  $20 $10
4:30pm - 9:30pm Free $30  $50 $30
9:30pm - 11:30pm Free $10 $10 $10


Important - Please read:

Since we have a full day event you have several options to attend.

  1. Come only for the day program
  2. Come for evening program (this ticket includes all day pass)
  3. Come only for Midnight Family Dance (no ticket needed, pay $10 at the door after 9:30pm)

You can get two types of tickets online, they are cheaper. Type 1 - Day Program Only, Type 2 Full Day Pass. Please note: tickets will not be mailed to you, you will be placed on will call list. You can bring your confirmation email as a proof of payment. You will be given a custom colored bracelet depending on the ticket you've purchased.

Can't attend but still would like to support our cause? Please donate!
(Learn more about donating to us)

Parking Information & Directions

We recommend covered parking garage instead of street parking. Fillmore Street Annex Garage (SF Japantown) is located about 5 blocks away from Russian Center and open until 1:30 am

Russian Center of San Francisco

Japantown Fillmore St Annex Garage