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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. 

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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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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

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

Check back this weekend!

Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:26

Philoptochos Meets David Bowie

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CHICAGO--- St Andrew's Women's Philoptochos Society (SAWPS) will host a special event this November 8, melding the artistry of legendary performer David Bowie with the group’s good works. A special viewing of the new exhibit, David Bowie Is and a luncheon, will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago. The fundraising event will also invite fellowship, and assist in helping Philoptochos achieve its mission of helping those in need.

             “The MCA will host this amazing exhibition, beginning September 23,” said Peggy Papaioannou, SAWPS past president and advisor to the board and CFO of the MCA. “Our Philoptochos President Vonnie Karafotias challenged the SAWPS board to come up with an event that would be different and fun…David Bowie Is, fit the bill. It was also a way to introduce people to the MCA.”

                “The timing was great, and it all came together quickly,” added Cynthia Melas, event coordinator and SAWPS board member.

                The exhibition is the first international retrospective of the performer’s career, chronicling his creative processes and collaborations that produced works spanning multiple media and genre. Anyone familiar with Bowie’s music will note that his shows are more spectacle than music concert—they were also part interactive art installation, part fashion show and part theatrical performance—and have inspired countless artists.

               More than 400 objects, including album artwork, photographic, original fashions, handwritten lyrics, set designs and more will be featured in the exhibition. Also on display, will be stage creations from Bowie’s various stage personas, including Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and more. Previously unreleased storyboards, musical score and other writings will also be revealed.

              David Bowie Is is an immersive show – all guests will receive a head set. The music and information will continually change, providing insights into things that may not be obvious or just hovering below the surface.

            The exhibition was originally conceived and curated for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, by curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh. At the MCA, the exhibition is curated by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator.

             Wildly popular, it continually sold out, and then began to tour around the world, including Berlin, Brazil, Canada and more. The Chicago installation is the only U.S. showing of the exhibit. From here, it will travel to various cities in Europe.

             While it may seem like an odd pairing, the event is exciting, as it steps out of the norm and offers something for all.

          “We began speaking about the event, and men really expressed interest, which is a nice way to include everyone,” said Peggy. “Bowie has had such an influence on art and culture. The event will sell out quick during its run, and this is a great opportunity to see it, while helping the Philoptochos meet its goals.”

If you haven’t been to MCA, and prefer more traditional art forms, here’s a chance to step out of your comfort zone for a moment, open your mind and see what else is out there.

             “Generations in the past took a step out and discovered these artists we now call classics and love today,” Peggy continued. “Remember, years ago, no one liked Picasso.”

             St. Andrew’s Women’s Philoptochos Society supports and helps those in need here in our community and beyond.  Philoptochos assists the elderly, the sick and the poor.  Their efforts assist Orthodox missions, IOCC, St. Basil’s Academy, local hospitals, a neighborhood food pantry and other places.  Philoptochos works to make the lives of others better.    

             Tickets to the event (including lunch) are $65. Timed entrance is at 11:00 am. There will be no late admittance. Lunch will follow at MCA’s Puck’s Café. Tickets are limited. Contact 847.757.3835 or 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. .

 

 

Monday, 15 September 2014 10:33

Persians By Aeschylus At The Getty Villa

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Performances of the play Persians by the Greek master tragedian Aeschylus began its theatrical run at the Getty Villa on September 4th as its ninth outdoor production. The play has tremendous historical significance as it is the only play surviving that is based on an actual historical event, the Battle of Salamina in 480 B.C. won by the Greeks against the Persian naval force, who were far superior in numbers, marking the beginning of the Persian Empire’s downfall. The play was produced just ten years later and won  first place at the Athenian festival of Dionysos.

The 13th District Order of AHEPA Scholarship Foundation held its Annual Academic Awards Dinner on May 6, 2014 at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst. Twenty seven scholarships were presented to students who have excelled academically.

Monday, 15 September 2014 09:55

Films from Greece coming to Chicago

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The Chicago International Film Festival will feature the following movies from Greece. All screenings are at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL. For more information log on to www.chicagofilmfestival.comFestival  

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