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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Kyiv Music Festival

We have a weekend of music lined up.

First, tonight. Everyone's favorite Ukrainian rich guy, Viktor Pinchuk, has given the gift of Paul McCartney to the people of Kyiv. Sir Paul will give a free concert in Independence Square. And because we're such powerful people (well, because we have a friend who is nice to us) we have tickets to what the Ukrainians call the 'Fan Zone', basically what would be floor seats up by the stage, but without the seats. Estimates put the total attendance at about 800K to 1 million people.

Monday, Mr. Ukraine himself, Lenny Kravitz, is coming to town. Lenny's father is of Ukrainian Jewish descent. His mother played the wife of the white dude who were George and Weezie's neighbors on 'The Jeffersons'.

Tomorrow morning I'm playing in a tennis tournament organized by the Foreign Ministry, so I'll have to represent for the Embassy. And, this morning, we said goodbye to our friends Ali and Eric and their two boys, who are moving to Hawaii.

So all in all, a full weekend.


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