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Countdown to New Years 2008 in Athens, Greece

Wow, back in Chicago, where I returned to a White Thanksgiving, I just realized that New Year’s Eve is almost here and I’ve got lots of folks who’ve flown halfway round the world to ring in 2008 with the Greeks. I’d better get back to my events list, since the New Year is almost here … Share...

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Art in Exarchia

Visitors to Athens during December who are interested in getting off the beaten path in search of something really different to bring home from their holiday have until the 12th of January 2008 to visit the gallery at Babel, where both artists, known and unknown, are hosting a holiday exhibition. So if you are in the market for original Greek art, heading over to Exarheia might be on your agenda. The art show, featuring paintings, small sculpture, modern art, lighting, candles and other objects, at reasonable prices (yes, that is what the press release says!) by known and yet unknown visual artists including Sotos Anagnos, Gabriel, Christos Dimitriou, Lazaros Zikos, Giorgos Katsaros, Christos Kollias, Kate Koutroupousi, Panos Koutroubousis, Kosmas Likikakis, Dimitra Likogianni, Pares Mallis, Kostas Maniatopoulos, Fiona Mousakiti, Katerina Baramouti, Aris Baramoutis, Giorgos Botsos, Daniela Stamatiadi, Taxis, Ada Tsetsoni, Nikos Tsipokas, Pavlos Chabidis and Dimitris Chrisarfidis., which is open daily until January 12, 2008, is open from Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 AM until 9:00 PM and Mondays and Saturdays until 4:00 PM. For more details you can reach them at 210.3825430, Fax: 210.3828222. The exhibition space is located at Lontou 1 at Zoodoxou Pigis in Exarheia. Share...

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Greek music 101 for everyone

OK, first things first, I’m no music expert. But today, to save writing the same email over and over, it’s time for a mini Greek music lesson. The post about Dalaras seems to have sparked some interest as well as some questions – My top choice for everyone visiting Greece? Giorgos Dalaras. Yes, a few of my Greek friends may disown me, but let’s face it, not only has he brought popular Greek music around the world, he has also brought the world’s music to Greece. He is continuously reinventing himself, and after selling more than 10 million albums in his career, he is perhaps the best place to start for a Greek musical restrospective. Dalaras is a great intro to Greek music – his music is really varied and the great thing about him is that you’ll hear a bit of everything from authentic Greek blues to Latin to contemporary Greek pop. There are so many pop singers today in Greece that I have a hard time keeping track. Anna Vissi and Elli Kokkinou are really popular “Madonna” types – Vissi’s concerts have her being lowered onto the stage by wire lift, with lights flashing, etc. She was also Greece’s entry to Eurovision last year (she didn’t win) – Elena Paparizou (http://www.helenapaparizou.com), the Greek entry two years ago (she DID win). Marios Fragoulis, a handsome young Greek opera...

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New Acropolis Museum first exhibit opens!

The doors of the long awaited new Acropolis Museum, located at the base of the Acropolis in the Makrigianni neighborhood of Athens, opened today! Currently only the first floor of the museum, with an exhibition entitled “The Museum and the Excavation” will be accessible to visitors. A short video presentation is online which highlights the construction of the museum as well as the early stages of transferring artifacts to their new home. In an historical city like Athens, new construction often brings to light archeological finds. In the case of the Acropolis Museum, builders unearthed a neighborhood which thrived from the fifth to twelfth centuries, at the foot of the Acropolis. The exhibit chronicles the excavation and artifacts from this ancient neighborhood in the Makrigianni area of downtown Athens and is open to the public every day between 10.00 and 12.00 daily.   The exhibition is located at the ground floor of the Weiler Building, 2-4 Makriyianni Street, next to the site of the New Acropolis Museum. The museum is easily reached by foot or by metro (Acropolis station). Share...

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What to do for Christmas in Athens? Experience Dalaras.

The sun came back to Athens today and as Athenians race around for last minute gifts, the city’s holiday festivals are in full swing. While the Greeks spend the holidays with friends and family, the city is still filled with visitors wondering just what there is to do in Athens on days like Christmas day when the archeological sites and museums are closed. Well, contrary to popular belief, the city of Athens does not roll up on Christmas Eve. Already mentioned on this blog was the Christmas Eve open air celebration at Technopolis, but for those who want to share the musical spirit or just experience a bit of very traditional modern Greek culture, consider spending Christmas Eve or Boxing Day (December 26, the day after Christmas) with Giorgos Dalaras and friends at the Palace Theater. Right from the Start (“Ola apo tin arxi”) is a retrospective of Greek music featuring Dalaras and a group of young singers, actors and a 14 piece band. Ticket prices range from 27 to 73 euro and at the time of this entry were still available for both December 25 and December 26, 2007 and can be ordered online here: http://www.ellthea.gr/show_event?id=153&lang=en. For visitors to Greece not familiar with Dalaras, he is, on some level, synonymous with Greek music. The child of a rembetika singer in the 50s and 60s, Dalaras released his first...

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