Take One

updated 04/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

More U.S. performers soon may find themselves back in the U.S.S.R. John Denver and Paul Winter toured there earlier this year. Dave Brubeck is playing there now, and pianist McCoy Tyner and the Phil Woods Quartet are talking with the Russians. What's more, Billy Joel is negotiating a tour and Cyndi Lauper has also received an invite. To help persuade Cyndi, Russian pop tsarina Alla Pugachova sent along her latest album and a letter saying she would welcome her. The Soviets will spring for internal transportation and lodging, but Lauper's concert fee would be less than $10,000. Could be worse: When Pugachova performs, she gets only the "official" rate—$75 per concert.

Making Friends is the fitting title for a new U.S.-Soviet joint venture in publishing. The book will chronicle the visit last year of 11-year-old Muscovite Katerina Lycheva with her San Francisco Bay area counterpart, Star Rowe, 11. The book will be published in both countries this August, with an initial run of 50,000-75,000 copies.

Photographer, writer and director Gordon (Shaft) Parks, 74, has been invited to be the first American to direct a joint U.S.-Soviet film. The script is by Russian-born Victor (Hawaii Five-O) Stoloff, 74, who originated the project. Titled Four Faces, the film would follow the lives of four men, from the U.S., Russia, Japan and Germany, who end up dying in WWII. For his cameraman, Parks wants Hiro Narita, who shot the controversial TV miniseries Amerika.

While Amerika was pulling disappointing ratings for ABC, cable's Discovery Channel aired 66 hours of Soviet TV. Now the Soviets want to broadcast some of our typical tube fare, which has never been seen on Russian screens. Belka International, the Manhattan-based company that initiated the idea of a swap, hopes the American side will waive programming and licensing fees, as the U.S.S.R. did.

A newly released Italian movie, Goodbye Moscow, stars Liv Ullmann as Soviet refusenik Ida Nudel, who spent four years in Siberian exile beginning in 1979 and has since been under virtual house arrest near Odessa on the Black Sea. Jane Fonda visited Nudel in 1984 and sends her letters and Hanukkah cards. In an attempt to persuade Gorbachev to let Nudel emigrate to Israel, her sister, Elana Fridman, recently fasted for five days in front of the Soviet Embassy in Vienna. Fonda joined the campaign, sending telegrams to the Soviet ambassador to Austria and the Soviet delegation in the U.S.

Paris couturier Pierre Cardin recently designed a special line of clothes for the Soviet Union. Now the American look has hit Moscow. Ford models Christy Turlington, Monika Schnarre and Renee Simonsen paraded down the runway in the Dom Soyuzov (House of Unions) to launch the Russian edition of the glossy West German fashion magazine Burda Moden. The premiere issue sold out in advance at $7 a copy. Offering Soviet women their first capitalist ads for French perfumes, Cartier jewels and American Express cards, Burda includes patterns for its featured outfits, a boon for Soviet women who can't buy fashion off the rack. Audiences packed all four rehearsals of the show, and Raisa Gorbachev attended the final event. Simonsen later snapped up a $300 mink hat for boyfriend John Taylor of Duran Duran.

Here she is, Miss Siberia. Ludmila Semdyakina of Irkutsk—a city whose women are famed for their beauty—was judged the "most charming and attractive" of eight finalists in a field of some 10,000 women who entered Siberia's first beauty contest ever. Semdyakina lists sports, reading and ballet as favorite pastimes. The judges liked her clean-cut image. Huffed the jury's chairman: "It's clear that the formation of a discotheque 'standard' of behavior and appearance, which some of the girls tried to follow, was beneath all criticism from the aesthetic point of view."

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