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Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:50

Greek music night on October 11

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Thursday, 02 October 2014 23:14

The Pan-Messinian Federation of USA & Canada

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The Pan-Messinian Federation of USA & Canada,  a nonprofit organization established in 1945 which has contributed to the preservation of the Hellenic language, culture and civilization in America and Canada, as well as in the strengthening of the ties between Diaspora Messinians and their homeland, hosts the annual summer school program.  The Pan-Messinian Federation has as members 16 Messinian local associations that operate mainly in the large cities of America and Canada. Pictured above are participants of the Summer School Program 2014, in Neokastro, Pylos, Messinia. For more information visit http://www.pan-messinian.com/en/

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:55

Margaret Skourlis is 2014 Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite

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     Margaret Skourlis, a Greek-American, won the title of 2014 Ms. Supermodel USA-Petite in Fargo, North Dakota on Saturday, Setp. 6 2014.  This is Margaret Skourlis’ first National title, her prior titles include, Ms. New Jersey United States 2010, Ms. New Jersey United States 2009, Miss Kalamata 2003, Miss Kato Melpia 2002, and Miss Messinia 2001.  Margaret will spend her year as a national queen making appearances, doing signings, photoshoots, and giving speeches to help various charities and inspire the youth.  She has a master's degree in business administration and a second master’s in political science.  She is very passionate and active throughout her life in helping the Greek community both inside and outside of Greece.  Many of her relatives are still residing in Greece.

     Margaret attributes her success to her parents for instilling in her to never give up and always go after her goals.  Margaret is not only a beauty queen but a company owner, model, published poet, published writer, and actress.  In her free time she is very diverse in her hobbies which include scrapbooking, traveling, scuba diving, skiing, swimming, playing piano, and Greek dancing.    

     Her passion for the Greek community can be seen in all the organizations, Greek student programs she has taken, and positions she has held to help the Greek community.  She is Vice President of the Intercollegiate Hellenic Society.  Formerly she was President of the Maids of Athena Flushing Chapter #126.  She was one of the selected students that participated and finished the AHIF Foreign Policy Program to Greece and Cyprus in 2011.  She completed twice the D.I.A.S. International Academic Studies program in Crete.  During her former beauty queen titles she made appearances and helped various Greek charities and organizations.

      

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who can say no to a good Patricia Highsmith adaptation? Though her 1964 suspense thriller ``The Two Faces of January’’ is not the easiest story to bring to the screen. Still, the production, shot in Greece and Turkey, is truly lush and the actors - Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst - almost too subtle and nuanced for the roles they play. The result is easy viewing.

Built around a trio of greedy, lying, vapid losers, the film opens in Athens at one of the world’s most clichéd tourist sights, the Parthenon. But it’s 1962 and things looked newer then. Rydal (Isaac), a good-looking young American expat living in Greece, is playing tour guide to a group of breathless college girls while portentously talking about ``the cruel tricks gods play on men,’’ when a swanky American couple frolicking around the ruins catch his eye.

Chester McFarland (Mortensen) is not easy to warm up at first glance. Much older than his pretty wife Colette (Dunst), there’s a shrewdness about him that allows him to size Rydal up on the spot, watching as the boy brazenly short-changes one of the girls on his tour. Rydal tells the couple he’s a Yale grad who’s in Europe while he tries to figure out what he wants to do in life. Chester says he’s an investment broker and hires the boy to take them around. Neither one seems particularly trustworthy and the viewer makes a note.

Over dinner that evening, Rydal can’t take his eyes off the light-hearted Colette, though his own date (Daisy Bevan) seems equally worthy of attention, not to mention rich and available. Since the underground Colette-Rydal attraction is so crucial to the plot, it would have behooved everyone to work on a little chemistry.

In addition to jealousy, Chester has new problems to deal with when a private eye sent by the mob (played tough by a hard-nosed David Warshofsky) tracks him down to his luxurious hotel room, just as he and Colette are tucking into bed. Awkwardly, the men decide to talk in the bathroom, and by the next scene Chester is dragging his unconscious nemesis down the thickly carpeted hall back to his own room. Rydal appears at the wrong moment and is forced to help him, not realizing the trouble he’s getting into.

The most puzzling piece of plotting is why the McFarlands check out of the hotel in the dead of night, leaving their passports behind. The moment they leave the hotel they are on the lam, in a foreign country, without any way to get home. Sensing easy money to be made, Rydal follows them like a guardian angel and whisks them into hiding on the scintillating island of Crete, where a lot of story takes place. Suffice it to say things go from bad to much worse.

The film’s major plus is its exotic atmosphere. It’s a time when you could still meet men like Chester who had been on the European front in World War II and returned as tourists, and when smart Ivy League grads could bum around the continent instead of paying off student loans.

On his first trip behind the camera, the British-Iranian Amini shows his skill at working with actors and sensing the way they can fill out literary characters. His screenplay generally feels more naturalistic than Highsmith, the dialogue less spare. As Chester’s wife and Rydal’s potential seductress, Dunst has the least exciting role of the lot, something of a bone over which the men contend, glowering at each other. Mortensen’s elegant-until-cornered Chester is a layered character with quite a moral range, from nefarious swindler to a man able to make a grand redemptive gesture. He cuts an ugly but human figure vis-a-vis Rydal’s petty con man. But as Chester points out, it’s only a matter of time before the younger man turns into him.

``The Two Faces of January,’’ a Magnolia release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for ``some violence, language and smoking.’’ Running time: 96 minutes.

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By Deborah Young

The Hollywood Reporter

MPAA rating definition for PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:03

Yannis Pappas to perform in Chicago

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UP Comedy Club at The Second City is proud to annouce that from October 23-25, Greek comedian Yannis Pappas will be performing five shows at UP Comedy Club. Pappas is currently the co-anchor of “Fusion Live,” a one-hour news magazine program on Fusion Network, which focuses on current events, pop culture and satire. Fusion launched in September 2013 as a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Yannis has a Half Hour Comedy Central Special that can be found on Amazon and iTunes.

 He has also been featured on AXS TV, VH1’s “Best Week Ever”, CBS and Good Morning America on ABC. He was the first comedian to do stand-up ever on the New Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (it was a test show and didn’t air, but Yannis thinks it’s still kind of a cool thing). He tours the world as a stand-up comedian and is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. He has also been on TV in Canada a few times and Denmark and Greece. 

www.secondcity.com

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 08:01

Heaven and Earth: opens at Art Institute of Chicago

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A new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, presents more than 60 superb artworks of the Byzantine era, from the 4th to the 15th centuries. Organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports of Athens, Greece, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, and originally exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the exhibition includes major artistic holdings from Greece consisting of mosaics, sculptures, manuscripts, luxury glass, silver, personal adornments, liturgical textiles, icons, and wall paintings. About one third of the original exhibition will be presented in the Art Institute’s Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art from September 27, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:48

U of I lecture: Greek Jews After the War

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The City Mayors foundation included Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris on the shortlist of 26 candidates for 2014 World Mayor Prize.

 

CHICAGO---All the Greek relatives are coming for Christmas. What could possibly go wrong? Supporters of breast cancer research and treatment will find out Thursday, October 2 at POP: Power of Pink, a benefit featuring the Midwest premiere of Robert Krantz’s new film “Christmas with the Karountzoses” at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge.

The Pink Carpet rolls out at 5:30 p.m., when director and actor Robert Krantz joins the Philoptochos Society chapters from the Ascension of Our Lord, Saints Peter and Paul and St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Churches at their third annual POP breast cancer benefit. The event is open to the public, and will showcase the new film in Park Ridge’s iconic Pickwick Theater. The movie begins at 7 p.m.

Ticket price of $35 includes the film, popcorn, drink and a POP goody bag. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and other Philanthropic endeavors of the Philoptochos Society, a philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Church.

This is the third year the three churches, located in Lincolnshire, Glenview and Park Ridge and serving families throughout the northern suburbs, have hosted a combined breast cancer event. Their collaborative efforts won first-place honors at the national Philoptochos Society convention this summer.

Robert Krantz will answer audience questions after the film. Krantz wrote and starred in the 1999 feature “Do You Wanna Dance,” filmed in Chicago’s Greektown.

For tickets, call any of the three churches, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or purchase online at www.eventbrite.com.

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COURTESY: POP: Power of Pink

 

EXCLUSIVE: Associate Editor Maria A. Karamitsos chatted with Robert Krantz about his new film, why this event is so important, and more.

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