‘BEYOND ATTICA: ART OF MAGNA GRAECIA’
On loan to the Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne) from the Koumantatakis family, ‘Beyond Attica: Art of Magna Graecia’ is an extraordinary collection of vases from Athenian black-figure to later red-figure ware from south Italy. Discover the rich variety of pottery techniques and styles of decoration used in the ancient Greek world. On show now. For more information visit https://www.hellenic.org.au/beyond-attica
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is on until this Sunday 18 August at the refurbished Capitol Theatre. The program features 382 films and 31 premieres. Among them are two Greek short films: ‘The Distance Between Us and the Sky’ (2019) directed by Vasilis Kekatos and ‘Patision Avenue’ (2018) by Thanasis Neofotistos. For further information and tickets, visit http://miff.com.au
Following an overwhelming response, the Alpha and Omega Greek 3rd Dinner Night is back this Friday 16 August at Reservoir RSL (251 Spring St, Reservoir), go along for a night of food and glendi. On from 6.00 pm-12.30 am. Tickets $40.00 p.p. (children aged 6-10 $25.00) includes set menu and live music. Preforming on the night will be Aetos Band. For bookings contact Christos Ambelidis on 0406 101 574.
LONSDALE STREET GREEK FOOD WALKING TOUR
Take part in a guided walking tour of Melbourne’s original Greek Precinct, Lonsdale Street this Saturday 17 August from 2.00-5.00 pm. Learn about the migration of Greeks to Melbourne, and the food and culture they brought with them. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2Od0WU0
THE GREEK GRAMOPHONE EXPERIENCE
Join Wayne Simmons and Con Kalamaras this Sunday 18 August at the Merri Creek Tavern (111 High St, Northcote) at 4.00 pm for a unique live performance delving into the rich history of Greek music that was recorded in 1920’s and 40’s Greece. You could call it abrasive, coarse and unrefined, or you could call it an historical, artistic, and social commentary on a rapidly changing country. This performance is a collection of works that paved the way for generations to come, no glitz, no plate smashing … just a collection of brutally honest and achingly beautiful songs. Free to attend.
ALTONA NORTH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL 2019
The Greek Orthodox Church of North Altona & Districts (272 Millers Rd, North Altona) is hosting its annual Greek Festival this Sunday 18 August from 12 noon-5.00 pm. A great day for the family there will be plenty of food and activities, along with entertainment by Michael Liagourdis who will be performing traditional music from all over Greece, along with dance performances by the Greek Dancing Groups. Free to attend.
LA TROBE LECTURE: GROWING UP ‘GREEK’ IN THE 50s AND 60s
La Trobe University’s Greek Studies (Department of Languages and Linguistics) and the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora in conjunction with the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (168-170 Lonsdale St, Melbourne) present a lecture by Dr Konstandina Dounis on ‘A Parallel Universe: Growing up ‘Greek’ in the 50s and 60s’ on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.
‘MALAKAS WITH ATTITUDE’ DINNER + SHOW
Catch George Kapiniaris’ latest comedy show ‘Malakas with Attitude’ at Eleni’s Kitchen + Bar (28 Anderson St, Yarraville) on Friday 23 August at 8.00 pm. The comedian takes a swipe at malakas everywhere! Tickets $95.00 includes show and dinner. To book (essential), call (03) 9943 4233 or visit https://bit.ly/2GLwxGu
GREEK DANCING LESSONS WITH RUSH
RMIT United Society of Hellenes (RUSH) is hosting Greek dancing lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds, taking you from the bare basics to different styles around Greece. On Friday 23 August get an introduction to the dances of the islands. Taking place at RMIT (Building 8, Level 3, Room 10, Wales Cor, Melbourne). Free to attend.
COOKING CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FARE
Expand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XJ9DZK
LECTURE | MODERNISM IN THREE DIMENSIONS: PICASSO’S SCULPTURE VIS-A-VIS ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN ART
Professor Clemente Marconi will present a lecture at The Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne) on Tuesday 3 September, exploring Picasso as a sculptor and his engagement over the years with Greek and Roman art. Despite the artist’s continuous and explicit references to Greek and Roman art in his paintings and graphic work, only a handful of such references can be found in his sculptures. An inescapable conclusion is that it was precisely the artist’s closeness to ancient art that allowed him to drastically subvert tradition and transform sculpture, changing the course of this medium in the 20th and 21st centuries. Cost $20.00 member, $25.00 non-members, drinks and canapes provided. To book (essential), visit https://bit.ly/2KFpMHk. 6.00 pm start.
MUGA PRESENTS: SPASTA 2019
Macquarie University Greek Association (MUGA) is hosting a Greek taverna night this Friday 16 August at Koutouki (138 Norton St, Leichhardt). Kicking off at 7.00 pm, there’ll be delicious food and drink served up, along with live music to add to the atmosphere. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2JUuwID
GREEK COOKING CLASS
Celebrate Mediterranean flavours with an authentic Greek cooking class. Hosted by Sophie Stokes from ‘In Sophia’s Kitchen’ you will be transported to Greece on a plate, preparing a range of dishes in the morning. Then you will get to sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labour overlooking beautiful ocean views. It will be a delicious celebration of food and in turn, Greek culture. Taking place this Sunday 18 August at The Corner Pantry (Shop 5/11 Beach St, Harrington) from 10.00 am-1.00 pm. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2Llt7xI
CHORUS: A CLASSIC GREEK TRAGEDY REWORKED FOR MILLENNIAL AUDIENCE
What is the cost of a woman’s success when it comes at the expense of her family? Agamemnon is about to find out. In this new version of Aeschylus’ classic Greek tragedy, Agamemnon is a pop icon just returned home from her nine-month, round-the-world concert tour. Agamemnon has returned home to take care of unfinished business: dump her former partner Chris, grab her stuff and make off with her new flame, Kass. But Chris has other ideas for their first night together in nine months, hoping for a kind of reconciliation – and at least the chance to process the unresolved grief he holds for the death of their son, Gene less than a year ago. Suddenly memories that Agamemnon has tried so hard to keep buried begin to surface so vividly she could die – and she very well might. This original Australian work is partially told by a lively chorus. On at The Old Fitz (Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo) from 28 August-21 September. Cost from $35.00. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2McDSmJ
CARLOS HOPONTOPOFUS BIG GREEK COMEDY NIGHT
Do you remember the Wog Rock Cafe in Hamilton in the ’90s? Carlos Hopontopofus became an icon in his outrageous one-man comedy floor show, and now he’s back! Performing at Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club (20 Ocean St, Merewether) on Friday 30 August, it’ll be a brilliant night of great comedy, authentic Greek cuisine and dancing to the grooves of DJ Honeypuff. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XRtlPc
GREEK & AUSTRALIAN WINE TASTING
Somerled Wines (89 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf) is hosting a wine tasting this Sunday 18 August looking at Australian and Greek wines. Join Rob and specialist sommelier Clare Aslanidis for a long table tasting. There’ll be four Somerled wines alongside four style-comparable Greek wines accompanied by an array of nibbles including traditional Greek dips prepared in-house. On from 11.30 am-1.00 pm. Cost $70.00 p.p. To book, visit https://bit.ly/33bFMJp
MODERN GREEK LECTURE SERIES
The LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture continues its lecture series on Tuesday 20 August at Flinders at Victoria Square (182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide) from 6.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.
PRESENTATION BY HELEN ZAHOS: ‘MAKING A DIFFERENCE, ONE PERSON AT A TIME’
Nurse Helen Zahos will be giving a presentation ‘Making a Difference, One Person at a Time’ at the Solomos Society (Respite Hall, Greek Community Centre) on Wednesday 21 August. Helen will talk about her work as a humanitarian, emergency nurse and paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world, including assisting during the refugee crisis on the border of Greece and on Lesvos. Recognised internationally for her volunteer work, Helen has been nominated for multiple awards including Australian of the Year (Qld) 2016 and 2017; International Greek Women’s Awards 2017; and Finalist for Volunteer of the Year (QLD) in 2019. 7.30 pm for a 7.45 pm start. Admission $3.00 members, $6.000 non-members, includes light supper at conclusion of the presentation.
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