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What’s On > exhibitions around Greece July 25, 2006

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THESSALONIKI
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
154 Egnatia street, tel 2310 281567/240002.
Exhibition of paintings by German artist Helmut Middendorf, which the artist created in the mid-70s as well as over the past decade. (To September 24.)

ANDROS
Kaireios Library
Hora, tel 22820 22262.
“The Sea:” Exhibition of about 70 engravings inspired by the sea, from the album published earlier this year by the Union of Greek Engravers. (To September 15.)

ANDROS 
The Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art on Andros is hosting an exhibition of sea-themed paintings (oil paintings and watercolors) by acclaimed artist Panayiotis Tetsis, until September 24. Films about Tetsis’s life and work are screened daily and guided tours as well as educational programs for kids aged 6 to 13 have been scheduled for August.
Goulandris Museum,
Andros, Hora,
tel 22820 22490.

CRETE
Center for Mediterranean Architecture
Katehaki Square, Hania, tel 28210 40101/201.
“World of Colors:” Group exhibition of works by Ukrainian artists. (To August 6.)

HALKIDIKI
Artforum Sani Gallery
Sani, for information: tel Thessaloniki 2310 317327.
Retrospective exhibition of works by Philip Tsiaras, who explores the relationship between writing and art depiction. (To August 5.)

KALAMATA
Municipal Gallery
5 Papazoglou, tel 27210 88991.
Retrospective exhibition of works by Vrasidas Vlachopoulos, who specialized in large thematic units. (To September 2.)

NAXOS
Venetian Museum
Hora, tel 22850 24893/22387.

SYROS
Cyclades Gallery
Old Customs Building, Ermoupolis.
Retrospective exhibition of works by distinguished modernist artist Nikos Hadzikyriakos-Ghikas, on the centennial of his birth. (To August 28.)

What’s On > events around Greece July 25, 2006

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MUSICAL JULY
Little Theater of Epidaurus
Epidaurus, tel Athens 210 9282900/Epidaurus 27530 22026.
Shows start at 9.30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hellenic Festival box office (39 Panepistimiou street, tel 210 3272000).

– Friday & Saturday: “Piandaemonium:” Pianists Haralambos Angelopoulos, Antonis Anissengos, Eftychia Veniota, Domna Evnouchidou, Nikos Zafranas, Stefanos Thomopoulos, Lenio Liatsou, Maya Luescher, Irini Mavrou, Christos Noulis, Thodoros Tzovanakis and Costas Hardas will interpret works by Thodoros Antoniou, Vassos Nikolaou, Giorgos Koumentakis, Nikos Skalkottas, Albert Lavignac, Mack Wilberg and George-Emmanuel Lazaridis.

HALKIDIKI
Sani Festival
Sani, Cassandra. For information/tickets: tel Thessaloniki 2310 317327.
Tickets can also be purchased at Thessaloniki’s Stereodisk store (4 Aristotelous Sq), Public at the Sani Resort in Halkidiki, and Wow in Sani Marina.

– August 4: Ethnic by the Hadouk Trio (Didier Malherbe, Roy Ehrlich and Steve Shehan). (9.30 p.m. on Sani Hill.)
– August 5: World music, influenced by film music, jazz and more, by Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento and his quartet (keyboardist Lincoln Continentino, bassist Gastao Villeroy, drummer Lincoln Cheib and guitarist Wilson Lopes). (9.30 p.m. on Sani Hill.)
– August 6: Mixture of traditional Latin with jazz, tango, cante jondo and groovy blues, by Minino Garay and Los Tambores del Sur. (9.30 p.m. on Sani Hill.)

ICARIA
Summer Festival
For information: tel 22750 22215/24047.

– Tonight: Medieval Spanish and Cretan music by Spanish ethnic ensemble L’ham de Foc. (At Evdilos.)
– Thursday & Friday: Mediterranean music by Tunisian singer Lamia Bedioui and the Theros band. (At Aghios Kyrikos on Thursday and at Raches on Friday.)
– Sunday: Compositions by Astor Piazzolla and other Argentinean melodies by the Tangarto ensemble. (At Evdilos.)
– July 31: Concert by Poland’s Motion accordion trio. (At Evdilos.)

KALAVRYTA
Brass & Woodwind Instruments Festival
For information: tel 26920 23880/24234/23780.

– Friday: Concert by the municipal band. (9 p.m. on the main pedestrian street.)
– Saturday: Concert by trumpet player Andrea Giuffredi.
– Sunday: “Jazz in the Street” with various ensembles and the Andrea Giuffredi Quartet. (9 p.m. in the main square.)

KAVALA
Ancient Philippi Theater
Tel. 2510 620566/220876-7.

– Sunday: Classical music concert with the winner of the international Mozart piano competition, with the participation of Kavala’s Municipal Conservatory orchestra, as well as the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

PATRAS
2006 European Cultural Capital
Events take place at different venues around the city. For information, call 2610 368000 or log on to www.patra2006.gr.

– July 31: Latin compositions by Carlos Guastavino, Silvestre Revueltas, Michael Daugherty, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, with guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. (9.30 p.m. at the Roman Odeon.)

SAMOS
Manolis Kalomiris Festival
Events are held at various venues across the island. For information and tickets, call Samos 22730 80005 or Athens 210 5248304.

– Saturday: Russian piano duet Maxim Mogilevsky and Svetlana Smolina will interpret works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Liszt and Dvorak. (9 p.m. at the Vathy Town Hall.)

TINOS
Summer Festival
Events are held at different venues around the island. For information, contact the Municipality of Tinos, tel 22830 22234/23780.

– Friday: Flamenco with Greek-Spanish ensemble Ronda al Alba. (At the Church Lyceum.)
– Saturday: Piano recital by Dimitris Sgouros. (At the Foundation of Tinos Civilization.)

What’s On > events in Athens July 25, 2006

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ATHENS

Rematia Theater
Profitis Ilias Street, Polydrosso, tel 210 6894005.
– Tonight: Traditional music from the villages of southern Italy and Sicily, with the Encardia ensemble. (9 p.m. Tickets are available at the Halandri Metropolis music store and the Ianos bookstore, 24 Stadiou street.)

Underworld
Themistocleous & 5 Gamveta street, tel 210 3840965.
– Tonight: Dark alternative music by American band Calla, which will present its new album “Collisions.” (9 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticket House, 42 Panepistimiou, tel 210 3608366).

ATHENS FESTIVAL
Events are held at different venues and start at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hellenic Festival box office (39 Panepistimiou street, tel 210 3272000).

– Tomorrow & Thursday: Show by Liza Minnelli. (At the Herod Atticus Theater).

– Sunday & July 31: Georg Friedrich Handel’s opera “Tamerlano,” set in the 15th century, is directed by Thomas Moschopoulos and features interpreters Mata Katsouli, Mary-Ellen Nezi, Tassis Christoyiannopoulos, Nikos Spanos, Irini Karayianni and Petros Magoulas. The sets and costumes are by Dionysis Fotopoulos and the video is by Nancy Biniadaki. The choreography is by Angeliki Stellatou. (At the Pireos 260 venue.)

PETRA FESTIVAL
Petra Theater
Damari Petroupolis, tel 210 5012402.
Tickets are available at Ticket Shop (tel 211 9559900), Virgin music stores and Cine Petroupolis (168 25th Martiou street, Petroupolis, tel 210 5012391).

– Tonight: “West Coast Rock:” Rock by Athens bands Tsopana Rave, 8 to 2, SAM, September and Gymna Kalodia. (9.30 p.m. Admission is 10 euros).

– Tomorrow: Journey around the musical traditions of the world, with 14 musicians and actors headed by actor/director Thomas Kindynis. (9.30 p.m. Admission is 20 euros).

Pampered in Paphos July 25, 2006

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Life is a bed of roses at the Thalassa.

We’ve come along way from the ‘good old days’ when star-rated hotels trumpeted their idea of luxurious living by offering clients a reception area in salmon and purple tones, industrial strength vinyl flooring and a bank of deeply intimidating receptionists.

In one’s boudoir one would then expect to encounter an unholy battle between swirley carpeting, flowery bed spread, and ‘rouched’ checked curtains – a lethal combination that would bring more sensitive souls out in a rash.

Only if staying at one of the world’s so called ‘Grand Hotels’ could one ever aspire to ownership of the freebie shower cap or miniature bottle of dodgy shampoo. And before you went down to partake in the delights of the set dinner menu, you could always saunter down to the foyer to peruse the contents of the gift shop, where you could choose between heavily retouched postcards of the establishment, china shoe ornaments, hotel branded biro pens, or a really ugly lumpy key ring.

A million light years have passed since those days: we are now firmly in the era of boutique/designer establishments. Trying to cater for a guest’s every need is the name of the game, so they will feel at ease within the confines of the hotel, happily deciding to stay put, at the hotel’s fine dining rooms and cocktail bars.

The Thalassa, located on a small peninsula overlooking Coral Bay in Paphos, is the very latest in sophisticated niche marketing, having launched itself on the select tourist market with the opening of its rather discreet doors to the public this season. (more…)

Olive oil, gold spoons and rose wine July 25, 2006

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Ideally a good day out should combine a reasonable feeding of the mind and spirit, a leisurely lunch and the chance throughout to rack up a few rolls of film (or a batch of evocative digital images). This particular trip combines all the above elements, at the same time throwing in a bit of special retail therapy for good measure.

The destination is the lovely village of Anogyra, a place just bursting with character as displayed in the proliferation of 300-year-old limestone houses, a 14th century well and monastery as well as an excellent winery. Then, just outside the village, there is the Olive Oil museum, which sells delicious organic olive oil along with a selection of olive oil products which make for original gifts.

The first indication visitors to the village have that this is a rather special place comes with the sight of the dramatic ruins of the Holy Cross Monastery, set just off the road amongst a field of carob and almond trees. With the site of the village dating back to the Neolithic period (8200-3900BC), archaeologists have recently been working on excavations in and around the area and the word is that, here in this sleepy village, artefacts of great historical importance could well be found. Mind you, there is also a tale told by the villagers about the original inhabitants of the monastery; the monks here were seemingly so rich they used to eat off silver plates using solid gold spoons. Apparently this stash of cutlery and pricey crockery is still waiting to be discovered after it was hidden in a specially-constructed underground tunnel for safe keeping. (more…)

Avocado and smoked salmon phyllo tower July 25, 2006

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Avocado and smoked salmon phyllo tower

Serves 4

50g Avocado diced
50g ripe tomatoes diced
10g chopped fresh basil
100g mayonnaise
50ml lemon juice
200g smoked salmon cut in thin strips
10g chopped dill
12x8cm baked phyllo sheets (round shape and brushed with butter before baking)
4 smoked salmon roses
garden greens

Mix avocado and tomato with half of mayonnaise. Add chopped basil and half of lemon juice.

In a second bowl, mix smoked salmon and chopped dill with the other half of the mayonnaise and lemon juice.

Place one of the phyllo sheets on a plate. Top with avocado mixture and cover with a second sheet of baked phyllo. Top with the smoked salmon mixture and cover again with the third baked phyllo.

Place another layer of phyllo and place the smoked salmon rose and garnish with garden greens.

Simple and attractive > finger food for summer July 25, 2006

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It may not be August yet but summer is not over so make the most of it and party on with some easy to make nibbles.

For feta lovers there is nothing like Saganagi with a sprinkle of oregano on bread cases. Ground Cayenne pepper gives a kick to the avocado and make sure that you choose a ripe, unblemished one. All three of these recipes can be made well in advance. Bake and store bread cases in an airtight container a week in advance; make the two dips and form the rice croquettes into rounds the day before but keep refrigerated until needed.

STAR AVOCADO TARTS
Makes 30

1 large, ripe avocado
225g/1 cup cottage cheese
2 small spring onions
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Juice of one lemon
Pinch of salt
10 wholemeal bread slices
10 white bread slices

Place all ingredients, except bread slices, in a blender and whiz until creamy. Refrigerate until needed.
Set the oven to 160°C (325°F/Gas mark 3). Roll out sliced bread thinly and stamp out star shapes. Line a 12-hole cup cake tray with the bread, pressing down to shape and bake for 10 minutes or until golden in colour. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Use a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle to fill the cases with the avocado filling. Decorate with a cherry tomato and some chopped spring onion leaves.

SAGANAGI FLOWER TARTS
Makes 24 (more…)