If Woodstock was three days of sun, fun and music; think of the "Na Zdorovye -- L'Chaim -- To Life Festival `98" as three days of bagels, blinis and entertainment. Set for lower Manhattan's Battery Park, the Sept. 6-8 Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jewish emigrees from Russia settling in New York.
Three stages will offer appearances by The Moscow Circus, the Children's Ballet of Russia and the New American Chamber Orchestra, plus roving musicians, storytellers and dancers will make the rounds. Martial art and gymnastic exhibits will also be part of the fest, with various booths offering handicrafts and food (including Kosher food, of course). Russian films will be screened at the Museum of the American Indian across the street.
An ensemble of "New York's Own Russian Kids" will offer orchestral selections, as well as sing a few Broadway standards.
Sponsored by the NY Association for New Americans with Global Entertainment Productions, Ltd., the festival runs 11 AM-9:45 PM daily.
-- By David Lefkowitz