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Savannah’s Greek Festival > Cuisine to please the palate October 21, 2007

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If you go >

What > 56th Annual Savannah Greek Festival.

When > 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today.

Where > Hellenic Center, 14 W. Anderson St.

Information > Call 236-8256 or go to www.stpaul.ga.goarch.org

Details > Includes authentic Greek foods and pastries (Menus are available online at www.stpaul.ga.goarch.org; click on the Greek Festival), merchandise, grocery products and live music with Nick Trivelas, “A Night In Athens”, featuring George Antonopoulos on bouzouki. Three dance groups from St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church will perform.

Church tours and lectures about the Greek Orthodox religion are also available at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. today.

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“Anasa” means “breath” in Greek October 21, 2007

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“Anasa” means “breath” in Greek. It also is the title of choreographer Melissa Thodos’ new work for her company, Thodos Dance Chicago, which is performing its fall concert at 8 Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport.

Thodos herself is a first-generation Greek-American, the daughter of a father born in a small town south of Olympus and a mother who grew up not far from the Albanian border.

As she explained: “Among the mythic figures I’ve drawn on for this piece are Athena, originally goddess of heroic endeavors and later goddess of wisdom; Aphrodite, goddess of love; Metis, the titan goddess of good counsel, and an ocean nymph, and Atlanta, who was abandoned and saved. What intrigued me was both the community of these women and the individuality of women throughout Greek history. I was influenced by the wars of ancient times, and the fires of very recent times. I also studied the imagery on ancient Greek vases.”

Also on the program will be “Lullaby,” an enchanting new work by Lucas Crandall, associate director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, that is set to Bach; Lar Lubovitch’s “Waiting for the Sunrise”; Shapiro & Smith’s “Dance with Two Army Blankets,” and works by Brock Clawson, Jessica Miller Tomlinson and Stephanie Hilton. Tickets: (312) 902-1500.

Cyprus Church to open office in Brussels October 21, 2007

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Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the Head of the Church of Cyprus, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Spiritual Leader of the Orthodox Church worldwide, have agreed to the opening of a Church of Cyprus office in Brussels.

The Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus and His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in Georgia, where they participated in the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Patriarch Elias assumption of duties and the 1,400 years since the establishment of the ancient monastery of the Holy Cross.

Archbishop Chrysostomos returned to Cyprus via Paris where he had several meetings with religious and state officials. Speaking in Nicosia, the Archbishop said that together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew they discussed issues concerning the Church and Orthodoxy. “For us, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the Patriarch of the Nation and from this point of view we move forward and confront the several issues that appear”, he said.

As regard to his visit to France, Archbishop Chrysostomos said he met with Archbishop of Paris, whom he briefed on the Cyprus issue, focusing on the destruction of the Cypriot cultural and religious heritage in the Turkish military controlled and occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Archbishop further said that during a meeting with the German Ambassador in Nicosia he expressed the wish to meet with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discuss the issue of Cyprus’ stolen icons currently held by the Bavarian authorities. He added that he will raise the same issue with the Pope in Napoli, where he will be next Saturday and ask for his contribution.

Cyprus airports traffic remains strong in September October 21, 2007

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Over 840,000 passengers travelled through Cyprus’ two airports in September 2007, an 11.36% increase on September 2006, reported airports operator Hermes Airports Ltd.

At Larnaka International Airport, passenger traffic increased by 14.24% on September 2006, with nearly 630,000 passengers. At Pafos International Airport, passenger traffic increased by 3.64%, with over 210,000 passengers. Passenger traffic for the year to date is also up 3.54% on 2006 levels.

Jenni Fernando, Marketing Manager for Hermes Airports Ltd, said “We are delighted to see another strong month for passenger traffic at both Airports. We remain committed to the further improvement of the services that we offer at our existing airports at both Pafos and Larnaka, until the opening of the new terminals in 2008 and 2009, respectively”.

Hermes Airports Ltd assumed management of Larnaka and Pafos International Airports in May 2006, under a 25 year concession agreement with the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. As part of a 622 million euros investment programme, new passenger terminals will open at Pafos International Airport in November 2008, and at Larnaka International Airport in November 2009, in addition to significant upgrading of existing passenger terminals.

Hermes Airports Ltd is an international consortium of 9 shareholders, bringing local and international expertise to the project. The shareholders are Bouygues Batiment International (22%), Egis Projects (20%), Cyprus Trading Corporation Public Limited (11.34%), Hellenic Mining (11.33%), Vancouver Airport Services (11%), Aer Rianta International (11%), Iacovou Brothers Construction (5.665%), Charilaos Apostolides Public Limited (5.665%) and Aeroport Nice Cote d’ Azur Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie (2%).

Cycladic Art > a bronze age beauty on display in USA October 21, 2007

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cycladic_female_figure.jpg  A Female Figure, 16 1/4 inches X 55/8 inches, attributed to the Bastis Master, in display at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA.

The particular female figure has that mid-century modern look of stripped-to-the-bones attenuation with only the barest suggestion of features, except for a very prominent nose. On first glance, it’s almost impossible to think of her as antique, but she is very, very old. She’s a Bronze Age beauty, created circa 2500-2300 B.C.

Works like this were found in burial sites in Greece’s Cyclades islands, but their function is unknown. “Bastis”, by the way, was not the name of the actual artist, it’s the surname of a donor who gave a similar sculpture to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

FIM Supermoto Grand Prix in Greece October 21, 2007

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The FIM SuperMoto World Championship is back for its final appearance of 2007, the Grand Prix of Greece, which will take place on the demanding track of Megara.

The fast Greek course, which played host to its last GP back in 2005, will mark the end of the quests for the S1 and S2 World Titles.

The events’ schedule are as follows >
Saturday, October 20th : Greek Championship S3, Junior, Ladies, Newcomers Free Practice at 8:00 am; Greek Championship S1, S2 Free Practice at 8:15 am; EC Open Free Practice 1 at 8:30 am; EC S3 Free Practice 1 at 9:00 am; EC Open Qualifying Practice at 9:35 am; EC S3 Free Practice 2 at 10:05 am; Greek Championship S3, Junior, Ladies, Newcomers Time Practice at 10:35 am; Greek Championship S1, S2 Time Practice at 11:00 am; S2 Free Practice 1 at 12:00 am; S1 Free Practice 1 at 12:45 am; EC Open Time Practice at 1:20 pm; S2 Free Practice 2 at 2:00 pm; S1 Free Practice 2 at 2:45 pm; EC S3 Time Practice at 3:20 pm; S2 Time Practice at 4:00 pm; S1 Time Practice at 5:00 pm; Greek Championship S1, S2 Race 1 at 5:50 pm; Greek Championship S3, Junior, Ladies, Newcomers Free Practice at 6:15 pm; Greek Championship S1, S2 Race 2 at 6:40 pm.

Sunday, October 21st : EC Open Warm Up at 8:15 am; EC S3 Warm Up at 8:40 am; S2 Warm Up at 9:05 am with Superpole immediately after; S1 Warm Up at 9:45 am with Superpole immediately after; EC Open Race 1 at 10:40 am; EC S3 Race 1 at 11:25 am; S2 Race 1 at 12:25 am; S1 Race 1 at 1:25 pm; EC Open Race 2 at 2:25 pm; S2 Race 2 at 3:25 pm; S1 Race 2 at 4:25 pm; EC S3 Race 2 at 5:25 pm.

About Megara City in Greece > Megara’s circuit played host to its last GP in 2005, and now it is back into the calendar with a newly modified sky section, which will be about 150 metre long. This permanent facility has a fast layout.

Megara is a very important town in Greece, as it was the birth place of the famous philosopher Euclid. Megara, having about 30.000 inhabitants, is located in  Attica, in the west of the country, and is 40 kilometres away from Athens.

Exhibition of a great master’s paintings October 21, 2007

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An exhibition of works by Domenikos Theotocopoulos titled “El Greco and his Workshop” was opened Tuesday evening by H.M. Queen Sofia of Spain and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

Eight paintings by the Cretan master, including “St Veronica with the Holy Shroud” from the Santa Cruz Museum in Toledo and “The Adoration of the Shepherds” from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with others by his pupils and assistants including his son Jorge Manuel Theotocopoulos, are on show until 5 January 2008, at the Athens Museum of Cycladic Art.

Related Links > http://www.cycladic-m.gr