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Haridimos shadow puppet workshop and museum

A special treat for young and old alike, this working museum, slightly off the beaten path yet walking distance from the Thissio metro station, brings together some 900 displays – characters and sets designed by Christos, Giorgos and Sotiris Haridimos, a popular troupe of puppeteers – as well as the work of students who participated in the City of Athens’s workshops on shadow puppet making at the Aghios Thomas Cultural Center. The two story museum houses a beautiful and interesting recreation of a traditional Greek business district, circa early to mid 20th century, as well as an area for...

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Free (and nearly free) live music in Athens during February 2008

Looking for a venue to experience authentic live Greek music while you are in Athens? The Phillipos Nakos Conservatory, conveniently located within easy reach of Syntagma Square, hosts free (or cheap) concerts on a regular basis. With so many of Greece’s top musicians having either studied or taught at this internationally known music school, it is no wonder they are able to fill their concert hall with so many talented Greek performers. This is a great place visit to expand your Greek repertoire beyond Never on Sunday and Zorba the Greek! The Conservatory, which is located at 41 Ippokatous Street, near Navarinou Street, will host the following concerts in February 2008: February 5, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  The Conservatory presents Christina Argyri.  FREE February 8, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  A tribute to Miles Davis | Costas Baltazanis – Nikos Dellaportas. FREE  February 9, 2008 at 19:00 (7:00 pm)  The Youth for the Youth concerts | Isidora Kopsida, oboe. FREE  February 16, 2008 at 19:00 (7:00 pm) The Youth for the Youth series | Konstantinos Alexandris, bass trombone. FREE February 19, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  Dellaportas Quartet – featuring primarily original compositions with Nikos Paraoulakis, Chrisostomos Boukalis,Nikos Christopoulos. Bet you never thought about Greek jazz before! FREE   The Conservatory also hosts ticketed events in their concert hall, covering a wide range of musical genres: February 2, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm) Echomethia, classical, flamenco and...

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Free (and near free) Live Music in Athens during January 2008

Looking for a venue to experience authentic live Greek music while you are in Athens? The Phillipos Nakos Conservatory, conveniently located within easy reach of Syntagma Square, hosts free concerts on a regular basis. This is a great place to expland your Greek repertoire beyond Never on Sunday and Zorba the Greek! January events at the Conservatory, which is located at 41 Ippokatous Street, near Navarinou Street, will host the following concerts in January 2008: January 15, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm)  Thessaloniki born musician and actor, Kostas Thomaidis. For a sampling of Thomaidis click here.  FREE January 19, 2008 at 19:00 (7:00 pm)  The Youth for Youth concerts featuring Angleos Politis, pricipal clarinetist with ERT National Symphony. FREE  The Conservatory also hosts ticketed events in their concert hall, covering a wide range of musical genres: January 19, 2008 at 20:30 (8:30 pm) Difono magazine presents Contemporary Greek rocker Pavlos Pavlidis. Tickets available for 20 euro, students 15 euro. The Phillpos Nakas Conservatory is located at 41 Ippokratous Street, near Navarinou Street. It is a couple of blocks off of Solonos street in Exarchia. Share...

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The National Archeological Museum of Athens for techies (and bored teens)

So you are off to Athens, where, along with visiting the ancient sites, you’ll probably spend some time exploring the National Archeological Museum. It has quite a large collection, and while most visitors only spend an hour or so viewing the highlights and your traveling teens may roll their eyes at yet another museum and “more rocks”. Yet inside the museum, along with the endless collections of statues, vessels, bronzes and ceramics, be sure to seek out the world’s first analog computer, the Antikythera mechanism. Discovered off of the island of Antikythera, about 15 miles north of Crete by sponge divers around the turn of the last century, for decades scientists and researchers questioned its use, and even today there are different opinions, though it is widely understood to have tracked solar cycles. Thanks to the work of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, we are learning more and more about the world’s first and oldest “computer” and now, when you visit Athens, you can have a look at it in person. For the techies and scientists out there, lots of info is available the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project – for the laypeople amongst us, check out this New York Times article.      Share...

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Live Music Around Athens for Christmas Week and New Year’s Eve, 2007 / 2008

Or, it’s winter in Athens, what shall we do after dark? Yes, everyone who visits Athens wants to see the Acropolis and wander through Plaka, but the winter months are also the time when the sun sets early and the gatekeepers close up shop at the archeological sites rather early. So much the better, take some time to become Athenian during your visit. Join the locals enjoying a leisurely late lunch followed by a siesta in café in Syntagma with a view of the holiday festivities, or find a seat in Kolonaki square and watch the street scene. Nightfall comes early in the winter months, with early sunsets and shortened daylight hours, coupled with cool temperatures outside. But winter is also when the best of the local Athens music scene comes alive. Visitors to Greece in the summer months miss out on some of the best of what Athens has to offer and while dancing on the beach in Mykonos to the “Hottest Hits of Summer” blaring from speakers may appeal to the masses, those who really want to get the flavor of Greece need to plan on a night of live Greek music at a local taverna, club or bouzoukia. Throughout the city there are lots of options, but since I know the center the best and its where most visitors to the city will likely be staying,...

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