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Music > Rolling Stones cancel Athens tour June 29, 2006

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British supergroup the Rolling Stones have canceled a performance in Athens originally scheduled for June 25 at the Olympic Stadium.

The veteran act was forced to delay the European leg of its current world tour when guitarist Keith Richards underwent brain surgery several weeks ago after falling from a tree.

Dates in Athens and several other European cities were originally postponed, but the veteran act ultimately opted to trim its itinerary.

Refunds for the canceled Athens show will be available between August 5 and October 5 from the original points of purchase.

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis… June 29, 2006

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marcosbaghdatis.jpgCypriot Marcos Baghdatis, ranked 16 in the world, needed five sets to beat unseeded Brit Alan Mackin in first-round Wimbledon play yesterday.

Eleni Daniilidou lost 6-4, 6-4 to China’s Peng Shuai.

Ostermeier is back, this time with a comedy by Shakespeare June 29, 2006

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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
 
Following on the successful performances of Thomas Ostermeier’s “Nora (The Dollhouse)” based on Ibsen’s play, by Berlin’s Schaubuehne Theater, the Athens Festival is hosting another original Ostermeier creation: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which made its world premiere yesterday, will be on stage at the Pireos 260 venue until tomorrow.

“I thought that this Shakespeare classic was very appropriate since we were coming to Athens. It is a lively, summer play. We have also set up the production in a way that is suitable to an international festival. The actors and dancers are of different nationalities; we have eight different languages in the company. But the important thing in this production is not language, it is the body language. It is about how we tell a story without any words,” said Ostermeier, explaining why he chose the play.

The performance is a collaboration with director and choreographer Constanza Macras (of Greek descent), who has her own dance company in Berlin and has already worked twice with the Schaubuehne.

“It is a performance about love and sex,” said Ostermeier. The German director, happy to be staging a fun play after numerous productions dealing with life’s dramatic turns, promised an uplifting, lively show. The Shaubuehne take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is not set in its original time and place. This version is set in the present, with the heroes finding themselves in a public venue where a party is taking place.

Performances start at 9 p.m. The Pireos 260 venue is situated near the School of Fine Arts. For tickets, contact the Hellenic Festival box office (39 Panepistimiou street, tel 210 3272000).

Moving images from around the world at Synch June 29, 2006

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Event showcases avant-garde, multimedia art

Significant artists such as Andy Warhol, Neil Jordan and Nicholas Rey, together with up-and-coming and specialized artists from film and multimedia, will be featured at the Synch Festival, a showcase of avant-garde artistic expression in music, film and the visual arts.

The “Moving Image – Kinema” section of the event will run alongside the core music section, from July 6 to 8, with screenings to be held at the Goethe Institute (on July 6) in Athens and the Technological and Cultural Park at Lavrion (July 7 and 8 ).

The film section comprises over 120 medium-length and short films from around the globe, which are separated into four thematic units: “A, E, I, O, U,” an international forum of films mostly made after 2000, but also some earlier ones, which reflect the current trends in experimental filmmaking. There is “Underground,” a section of 20 films compiled by Wilhelm Hein, Howard Guttenplan and Claus Loeser that illustrate the rise and fall of the movement; “Super-8,” which, as the title suggests, presents films shot in this film format; and a competition section that has invited Greeks, Greeks of the diaspora and foreigners living in Greece to show their work.

Among the highlights of the screening schedule are Warhol’s “Kiss” and “Mario Banana.” Some researchers of the late artist’s work say that the filming of “Kiss” took place in November-December 1963, though there is evidence to suggest that he may have started the film earlier, in August of the same year, and completed it in late 1964.

According to some sources, the idea for “Kiss,” which depicts closeups of couples kissing for a full three minutes, came about as a reaction to the so-called Hayes Office regulation which prohibited film actors to be shown touching lips for more than three seconds.

“Mario Banana,” on the other hand, was inspired by Mario Montez, a drag queen muse used by Warhol in many films. In this 1964 film, Warhol shows Montez in closeups eating a banana in a humorous yet provocative manner.

Neil Jordan, director of “The Crying Game” and “Breakfast on Pluto,” among others, will be represented at the festival by his 14-minute “Not I,” which was inspired by the 1972 Samuel Beckett play in which a woman in a chair has a spotlight just on her mouth and struggles in a monologue to say the word “I.”

Other films worth noting are Kenneth Anger’s 2005 “Mouse Heaven,” which takes an unconventional look at the symbolism of Mickey Mouse, and Paris University professor Frederique Devaux’s “K” series on women in Algeria. Devaux has made over 30 documentary and experimental films, and has published numerous books on art and cinema.

Another unlikely take on a daily theme is Nicholas Rey’s 1996, 10-minute “Terminus for You,” in which the filmmaker juxtaposes cinema with subway escalator posters from the point of view of the passengers on the moving staircases. 

Hitch in Acropolis restoration June 29, 2006

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Restoration work on the Acropolis monuments has hit “another small delay” but this should not hinder the overall course of the project, Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said yesterday after touring the ancient site, “Kathimerini” newspaper reports.

The ministry will release further funding, if necessary, to tackle the latest glitches, which have arisen in the Temple of Athena Nike and the Parthenon’s vestibule, Voulgarakis said. Since 1999, more than 28 million euros has been spent on restoring the Acropolis, the minister said, noting that 86 percent of these funds came from the European Union. Voulgarakis said cutting-edge technology would be used to analyze the condition of the Acropolis’s peripheral walls, which will also be restored.

Voulgarakis also expressed his satisfaction with the progress in construction of the New Acropolis Museum, which he said was ready for the return of the Parthenon Marbles (currently in the British Museum) and other fragments in other foreign museums. “Greece now has the infrastructure to accommodate all the missing parts of the Parthenon,” he said.

The minister also heralded planned features for the new museum, including a virtual-reality theater which will project three-dimensional movies about the history of the Acropolis monuments.

As for the old Acropolis museum, its possible demolition is being debated. “The building is no architectural monument,” the president of the Committee for the Conservation of Acropolis Monuments (YSMA), Haralambos Bouras, said.

Holiday in Greece – Rent Private Vacation Rentals at a Bargain Price June 29, 2006

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If you have an interest in beauty, art, architecture and the classic culture that gave us our civilization, then a visit to Greece is just the ticket. And a vacation rental of a villa, a beach house or another type of private home will give you a chance to experience this wonderful country that is impossible when going from hotel to hotel.

There are so many places in Greece that choosing a location for your vacation rental can be mind boggling. Choices include beach houses, apartments, cabins, condos, and other types of holiday homes. Securing lodging is easy though, when you see what is available. And the locations in Greece are wonderful. Crete, the largest of the Greek islands is beautiful and has many archeological sites to visit, as well as tourist attractions like Knossos and Phaistos. Crete was home to the ancient civilization of the Minoans, from 2600 BC to 1400 BC, and in more recent times gave the world the famous writer, poet and novelist Nikos Kazantakis.
 
Athens is known as the birthplace of democracy. This ancient city was home to the Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. Named after the goddess Athena, Athens is one of the most famous cities in the world, and one of the oldest. As a city state Athens figured prominently in ancient history as well as myths and legends of the ancient world. The Greek capital, now home to more than three and a half million people, has been called the cradle of civilization due to the many achievements of its culture. Birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens is home to art and architecture, including the famous Acropolis.

Wine, honey, olive oil, and sheep herding are just a few of the products that can be sampled fresh if our holiday home is in Thassos. This island figures prominently in ancient history and is named after Thasus, son of Phoenix and leader of the Phoenicians who first settled the island and erected a temple to Heracles. Imagine a vacation on Thassos, staying in a private home near a beautiful beach, enjoying sun and sand and dreaming of the long ago days of great civilizations. You will be sure to enjoy the native cooking, picking up a bit of the Greek language, and staying with some of the most hospitable people on earth.
 
Greece is a country that at one time ruled the known world, through Alexander the Great. And even when military conquest was no longer part of its agenda, many believe that Greek culture conquered Roman culture from within, with the Romans copying Greek art and architecture and even religion. When the Roman Empire split into Eastern and Western halves, it was the Greek half of the empire, the Byzantine Empire of Constantine, which lasted far into the middle ages. Greece is truly a country to enjoy and to learn from, and the most enjoyable way to learn about Greece is through a vacation, with lodging in a private home.
 
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At Mylos, dining is a treat, and you’re treated like family June 29, 2006

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Expect to be nurtured as well as nourished at Mylos, a welcome addition to the competitive restaurant scene in the Greektown section of Eastern Avenue.

The year-old restaurant offers classic Greek fare — everything from stuffed grape leaves and cucumber-yogurt dip to moussaka and gyros, with baklava for dessert. The twist here is that it’s all homemade, from the breads to the bechamel, and it’s all dispensed with a heaping portion of mothering.

Eating at Mylos, we felt as though we were visiting a beloved relative. We were offered a bread with a crisp crust and dusted with sesame seeds called lagana, because it was Lent. We were told that the chocolate cake didn’t look so good and were given a free portion of gently warmed galaktompoureko (a kind of custard pie) instead.

When we ordered coffee, we were urged to try the Greek coffee. When we asked which was better, the chicken Chesapeake ($18.95) or the chicken kebab ($11.95), we were given a look that clearly — but gently — said that we were crazy to ask. In a Greek restaurant, you get the kebab. And we were told to get it with rice.

No consideration seemed to be given to the fact that the kebab was much cheaper — this was about giving customers the best, not about getting the most money from them.

“I try to do it like you are eating at home,” says Popi Giorgakis, who is in charge of the cooking.

She and her son, Nick, had plenty of experience working at local diners — he at the Towson Diner, she at Nautilus — before they opened Mylos. The interior is simple and welcoming, with a bar on one side and a dining area adorned with a mural of Greece on one wall. Greek music played.

Though the menu includes a few non-Greek choices, including a crab pretzel, burgers and barbecue chicken wings, it seems silly to order anything but the Greek food, which was uniformly yummy.

Dips provided a good starting point. The melitzanosalata ($3.50), a creamy-smooth eggplant dip, was made potent with giant slices of raw garlic, while the tzatziki ($3.50) combined the tanginess of rich Greek yogurt with the soothing mildness of cucumber. Another dip, the taramosalata ($3.50), featured a thick block of cream cheese dusted with fish roe.

But the best appetizer was the stuffed grape leaves, served warm and covered with a lemon sauce that Popi makes for this dish. The leaves were rolled around a hearty mix of seasoned rice studded with bits of lamb and beef, creating a perfect contrast between the lightness of the leaves and the richness of the filling.

At $5.95 for six, this appetizer was large enough to serve as a meal. But that would mean missing the moussaka ($11.95), a giant slab of fried eggplant covered by potatoes, ground beef, bechamel and a sprightly tomato sauce, the whole thing dusted with parmesan cheese. Or the chicken kebabs, with tender marinated meat speared alongside tomatoes, peppers and onions.

And then there was the broiled seafood platter ($18.95), a buttery slice of tender flounder, seasoned with Old Bay, two plump and spicy shrimp and an admirably lumpy crab cake.

Entrees come with a side dish, either a generous Greek salad or an enormous plate of Greek string beans, simmered in a tomato sauce.

Desserts included the custard pie ($2.95), served warm so the honey on top melted into the creamy-firm flan, and, of course, baklava ($2.95), prepared with as much love and attention as everything else on the menu, with crisp layers of filo, plenty of ground pistachios and lots of honey.

My advice is to check it out.

Details
Cuisine Seafood, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern, Greek 
Entree Prices $12 – $18, $6 – $11, $18 – $24 
Nightlife Bars 
Payment Method All Major Credit Cards 
Restaurant Features Late Night 
Restaurant Type Bars & Pubs