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Greek Islands Restaurant August 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Taste World.
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Greek Islands Restaurant
906 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: (317) 636-0700
Web site: www.greekislandsrestaurant.com

Recommended fare: Working stiffs loosen up at lunch and make room for neighbors at night when there are gyro-filled bellies at the tables and gyrating bellies weaving between them. Opa!

Cuisine: Greek/Mediterranean, Variety
Price: $$$
Attire: Casual attire
Carryout available: Yes
Open 24 hours: No
Private meeting rooms: Yes
Liquor: Wine, Bottled Beer
Payment methods: Mastercard, Visa, Diners Club, Discover, American Express
Smoking: Smoking and non-smoking available
Outdoor seating: Yes
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Entertainment: Dancing


Toerien’s Superstar off to Greece August 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Stage & Theater.
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Pieter Toerien’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, running at the Theatre on the Bay until Sunday, is going to be staged in Athens immediately after Easter in 2007.

Toerien said the production would run in the Greek capital for six weeks. And then?

“Well, you never know,” the delighted impresario said. “As we have found with our previous tours, word gets around …”

He said the Greek promoters had read about the hit production, directed by Paul Warwick Griffin with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, on the Internet, and negotiations proceeded from there. Griffin went to Athens to check out the theatre and other aspects of the coming tour and gave it his approval.

Griffin knows this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical intimately. In Artscape’s production by the late David Matheson in the 1990s he alternated in the roles of Christ and Judas, sharing the dual roles with Glenn Swart.

Toerien confirmed that the current principals would be available for the Athens tour: Cito (Christ), Robert Finlayson (Judas Iscariot), as well as Anton Luitingh (Pontius Pilate), Rowan Cloete (Herod), Candida Mosoma (Mary Magdelene), Graham Bourne (Caiaphas) and Timothy Bull (Annas).

Toerien expects that most of the remainder of the large cast would join the Athens tour, but there were bound to be those who had already made other arrangements and would have to be replaced.

Design is by Cape Town veteran designer Keith Anderson. Choreography is by Tim le Roux.

Jesus Christ Superstar deals with the last week in Christ’s life, building up to his crucifixion. The musical first opened in London in the 1970s. When I first saw it in 1978, South African singer Marloe Scott-Wilson, later to return home and become known as the Pink Lady, sang the role of Mary Magdelene.

The play is the third big musical Toerien will be sending overseas. First to tour was his production of Cats, which toured to Scandinavia, the Far East and played in the now partly devastated Beirut, Lebanon.

Next was The Phantom of the Opera, which ends its touring days in Hong Kong this coming weekend.

Toerien has another big musical bubbling under: a revival of Hair, which will go on the boards in the Montecasino Theatre in March.

Toerien also confirmed that a production of Sunset Boulevard remained on the back burner. 

Prince slated for an Athens gig next month August 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.
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But doubt inevitably sets in, following many cancellations this summer

Organizers said Prince, back with fine work, will play in Athens on September 25.

This has been a summer of too many concert cancellations for the domestic circuit, undermining the credibility of announcements for forthcoming events.

Shows by the pop idols Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez were both canceled, presumably because advance ticket sales never really got off the ground. For the organizers, who had arranged to stage the productions at ambitious venues, the market demand did not live up to the hype surrounding the stars.

Then, in a far bigger setback, the popular, resilient and iconic Rolling Stones canceled their Athens date after initially postponing. This entrepreneurial collapse was not the consequence of poor sales, but guitarist Keith Richards’s nasty tumble from a tree somewhere on a South Pacific island, which required surgery and recuperation time. When the aging yet energetic, tree-climbing rocker bid farewell to the hospital doctors and nurses in New Zealand, where Richards underwent surgery, it was decided that the group’s massive touring schedule would need to be pruned. For fans in Athens as well as several other European cities, the band’s eagerly anticipated visit ended up being a no-show.

Latin pop star Shakira did make it here, pleasing her extensive local following of teenage fans and their accompanying parents. Not your typical conveyor-belt pop star, the top-selling Colombian-Lebanese artist maintains considerable artistic control over her work, and she plays decent guitar, too, as was reported from her Athens show, for which she used a glitter-shaded Stratocaster as her tool. At a news conference preceding the show, the pop star even took a anti-war stand on the current conflict in the Middle East.

Though Shakira performed here at the height of her fame, the letdown of the other concert cancellations has left people wondering if Prince will really show up in Athens for a September 25 concert at the Lycabettus Theater, as was announced just days ago. No further information has been provided.

The American musician, whose fabulous fusion of funk, pop and rock as well as his sex-charged image turned him into both a superstar and widely respected artist throughout the 1980s and early 90s, has not been in the spotlight of the music world in the past decade or so as his eccentricities pulled him into the fringes.

Still, he has continued to be prolific in the recording studio and has recently rediscovered his touch for wooing the masses. Prince’s 2004 release, “Musicology,” became his first album to reach the Billboard Top 10 since 1995’s “The Gold Experience.” Its follow-up, this year’s “3121” finds the now-48-year-old musician in fine form again. He may no longer be breaking new ground, but Prince’s last couple of album outings have reinjected purpose into his songwriting and recording.

Time will tell whether this tiny but mighty performer with a reputation for offering thrilling performances will be in Athens for that September 25 date. It would be his first visit here, so public demand is unlikely to be a hindrance. But Prince is known to be a mischievous man, and there are many days and nights ahead of that late-September booking. Stand by for more.

Olympic gold medalist Fani Halkia August 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Athletics.
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fanihalkia.jpg  Greece’s Olympic gold medalist Fani Halkia gets ready for a qualifying round of the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, yesterday.

Halkia, who rose from virtual obscurity to win a gold in Athens 2004 Olympic Games, two years ago, won her heat to claim a place in the event’s semifinal.

Panhellenic Tourist Guides’ Federation > website August 8, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Tourism.
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We welcome you to the official Internet site of the licensed tourist guides of Greece.

In the year 2005 the Panhellenic Tourist Guides’ Federation is celebrating the 20th year since its foundation in 1985.

This website offers the opportunity to the professional tourist guides to contact to each other, to be informed about matters related to their profession, insurance and social security, legislation, education, conventions and seminars, as well as matters concerning environmental protection in archaeological sites and tourist routes of Greece.

In these pages there is also information about tourist guides’ activities, a useful guide to those who are interested in being licensed tourist guides in Greece , articles published about the profession, useful links to other websites and the opportunity to find a professional licensed tourist guide all over Greece .

Related Links > http://www.touristguides.gr/en/default.asp