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Parea for Easter celebrations March 28, 2007

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For those of the Greek Orthodox tradition, or those who just enjoy a good late-night party, Parea is hosting a midnight Greek banquet on April 1, complete with live Greek music.

The four-course prix fixe will start with lamb-stuffed grape leaves. At the end of the meal, guests will take home a loaf of tsoureki, the traditional sweet bread served at Greek Easter. Cost $100.

Parea, 36 East 20th Street, 212-777-3455.

Architecture meets politics March 28, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Exhibitions.
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Archival material depicting the former Sarajevo Parliament before reconstruction work began.

architecture_politics.jpg  Political content has been a steady element in the conceptual art of Vangelis Vlahos.

His work currently being shown at The Breeder Venue continues the artist’s search into the relationship between architecture and public projects, with the design of political strategies and geopolitics. The work “1992” is the outcome of the artist’s research into Greek foreign policy in the Balkans, specifically in the region of the former Yugoslavia.

Funding by the Greek government for the renovation of Sarajevo’s former Parliament building, which was all but destroyed during the Bosnian war, provides the occasion for the artist’s exploration into Greece’s role in the Balkans. Conceived of and presented as an objective documentation of facts, the work includes archival material the artist has collected from the press, state archives or on the Internet.

Monthly progress reports on the reconstruction projects, newspaper clippings analyzing Greece’s role in the Balkans and all sorts of state documents are put together in the fashion of an investigative report. Displayed on a large, square table that brings to mind the large maps in the drawing of geopolitical strategies, the archives are bound in dossiers and presented together with two architectural models: One shows what the building looked like before the war and the other shows its redesigned, renovated version.

Vlahos reveals the symbolic function of buildings and discloses the inextricable, but often hidden, link between form and content. In another work, also presented at The Breeder, Vlahos has used the same concept and methodology to trace the political subtext behind the new National Bank building in Thessaloniki. The building’s construction is seen against the expanding Greek public sector investment projects in the Balkans.

Vlahos has probed the intricate, political content that underlies public architecture in many of his previous works, as for example, in the case of US Embassy in Athens or the Athens Tower. His work now being shown at The Breeder was also presented in last year’s Sao Paolo Biennale. Minimal and tight in meaning, his work hones our awareness of architecture, and by extension culture, as an instrument for the implementation of political strategies.

“1992” at The Breeder, 6 Evmorfopoulou Street, Athens, tel 210 3317527, through April 5.

Athenians look at ancient river March 28, 2007

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heridanos_river.jpg  Athenians look at an encased section of the ancient riverbed of the Eridanus at the Monastiraki metro station in central Athens.

The encased riverbed is on display behind one of the station’s platforms and protected by glass walls and a glass floor. Works on a metro extension from Monastiraki to Aegaleo, in western Athens, have unearthed many more ancient relics which will be displayed at three new stations, due to open in May.

New start for lung transplants March 28, 2007

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Greece is to start conducting lung transplants again, following the success of an operation last November on a 66-year-old man with chronic lung disease, doctors told reporters in Athens yesterday.

Doctors from the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center’s transplant unit said they could now carry out lung transplants on a regular basis but appealed for donors, referring to a “worrying” drop in the number of lung donors.

Thessaloniki’s Papanikolaou Hospital had carried out lung transplants in the 1990s but stopped in 2000 for reasons that were not clarified. Since then, Greeks requiring lung transplants have been obliged to travel abroad.

The press conference was also attended by Ioannis Taratsas, who had been dependant on oxygen cylinders in order to breathe until undergoing a successful lung transplant operation last November.

According to doctors, the Onassis Center would be able to conduct around 10 transplants annually if sufficient donors can be found. Two people are currently awaiting surgery, they said.

Men’s Water Polo Quarterfinals in the Books at Worlds March 28, 2007

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The quarterfinal round of men’s water polo action is in the books after an exciting day of action at the FINA World Championships.

15th-Place Match > New Zealand grabbed a 10-9 victory over Japan. Lachlan Tijsen and Timothy Grace nabbed hat tricks for New Zealand, while Satoshi Nagata led Japan with three goals as well.

13th-Place Match > China upended South Africa, 13-12, in a sudden death penalty shootout. Han Zhidong paced China with six goals, while teammate Yu Lijun accounted for three goals. Wayne Cowden and Rick Diesel each notched three goals for South Africa.

Classification 9-12 > The United States downed Canada, 16-11, in a classification match. Tony Azevedo went off for six goals, while Aaron Feltham led Canada with four.

In the other classification match, Australia defeated Romania, 15-9. Gavin Woods paced Australia with four goals, while teammates Trent Franklin and Timothy Neesham each connected for hat tricks. Gheorghe Dunca led Romania with four goals.

Quarterfinals > Serbia crushed Greece, 8-3, to advance to semis. Filip Filipovic and Aleksandar Sapic led Serbia with two goals. Dimitros Mazis, Theodoros Hatzitheodorou and Antonios Vlontakis each notched a goal for Greece.

Croatia dominated Russia, 13-3, in its quarterfinal match. Zdeslav Vrdoljak led a balanced scoring attack with three goals for Croatia, while Aleksey Agarkov, Alexander Aksenov and Marat Zakirov each scored for Russia.

Spain edged Italy, 7-5, to move on to the semifinal round. Guillermo Molina and Marc Minguell led Spain with two goals, while Francesto Postiglione and Goran Fiorentini did the same for Italy.

In another quarterfinal thrashing, Hungary beat Germany, 13-6. Daniel Varga led Hungary with four goals, while Heiko Nossek accounted for half of Germany’s scoring with three.

Russians rebound to snatch victory March 28, 2007

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The Greek women’s waterpolo team, a silver medalist at the 2004 Olympics, was deprived of a semifinal place at the World Championships in Melbourne after Russia, the European champion, clinched a 10-9 win in a quarterfinal clash yesterday.

Greece led throughout the game and held an 8-5 lead into the third quarter but froze in the final period of play. Russia edged ahead for the first time in the game with less than a minute to play.

Also through to the quarters, the Greek men’s team meets Serbia today.

2007 Final Four presented in Athens March 28, 2007

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The countdown to the 2007 Final Four officially began in Athens, Greece on Wednesday with a press conference in which Euroleague Basketball expressed its great satisfaction about bringing the competition’s signature event to the Greek capital in six weeks.

The Final Four, to be held at OAKA Olympic Sports Complex from May 4 to 6, is the biggest indoor sporting event to take place in Athens since that city successfully hosted the Summer Olympics in 2004.

“The Final Four is an opportunity for fans across Europe, and especially here in Athens, to fully enjoy their passion for basketball,” Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu told the press. “It also offers us the opportunity to be close to our fans.”

Bertomeu also announced the participating teams for the fifth edition of the International Junior tournament, which runs concurrently with the Final Four: FMP, Cibona, Maccabi, Montepaschi, Olympiacos, CSKA, Prokom and Zalgiris.

Bertomeu was joined at the press conference by the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Nikitas Kaklamanis, and the President of the Hellenic National Committee for UNICEF, Mr. Lambros Kanellopoulos. Euroleague Basketball and UNICEF Greece will promote a special campaign for social responsibility during the Final Four that will include various activities.

“The Final Four is also an opportunity to bring us closer to the general population and to try and make a difference,” Bertomeu said. “Euroleague Basketball, its coaches and players have a commitment to those who are in need.”  

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