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Opera in a Time of Crisis: Alexander Rocks in Thessaloniki

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 8:31 AM

Last November a rock opera based on the life of Alexander the Great opened in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. It caused such a sensation that its seven-day run was extended to ten and booked for another three days at the Megaro Mousikis, its "Lincoln Center," at...

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Journey to the Center of the Earth -- Bringing Nature Back to Athens

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Long ago, proud Hellenes considered Delphi and its illustrious oracle as the Navel of the Universe. Now a newly formed Greek NGO called Organization Earth has baptized its headquarters "Center of the Earth."


Was there any hubris involved?


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The Country Cooking of Greece by Diane Kochilas

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 9:30 AM

There will always be people who say, "Who needs another cookbook?" But I'm not one of them. Not when something as rich and engaging as Diane Kochilas's The Country Cooking of Greece comes along. I do agree that we've probably had our fill of manuals, "how to" instructions on everything...

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Boroume Revisited: Food Aid Soars in Athens

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 7:53 AM

December sunshine pours into the fifth floor office of the young charity Boroume (We Can), just off Monastiraki Square in the heart of Athens. But the atmosphere would be cheerful even on a gloomy day. Though faced with heart-rending cries for help 24/7, Xenia Papastavrou and her team...

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Riots and Revolution in Greece: Greening Greece's Rooftops

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 4:45 PM

"Probably, the most revolutionary thing you can do on this earth is grow a riot of color."

Andrew Michael Clements, the 40-something, now Greek, originally English inventor of several approaches for transforming Greece's flat roofs into climate-altering natural riot-of-color ecosystems, isn't just another "back to the land" type who's retreating...

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Greeks Help Out In Africa: A Health Center Goes Up In Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 3:13 PM

You could call it "The Greek Connection."

An Athenian and his wife are lured by the description of an environmentally friendly safari lodge on the coast of Tanzania north of Dar es Salaam. They fly off, looking forward to watching elephants bathe in the sea, stiff-gaited giraffes graze off...

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Death in Athens

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 5:29 PM

"Ask not for whom the bell tolls... ," it tolled for 99 percent of us Greeks yesterday. A pensioner, aged 77, brought a dramatic end to his life in Syntagma Square and shocked the nation. At least, I hope he did, for that was his intention.


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Writers' Workshop in Greece With Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Author

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 1:28 PM

"We write to exist."

That was the statement on Amalia Melis' placard when she joined another 500 poets and writers in central Athens on March 21st to commemorate International Poetry Day. The gathering, which did not disrupt traffic or bring out the riot squad, walked to Constitution Square, stopping...

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The Avlona Prison Toilet Paper Project

(11) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 2:55 PM

The Juvenile Prison at Avlona, 45 km northeast of Athens, is Greece's largest for young offenders. It houses approximately 400 males between the ages of 15 and 21, at least 100 more than its intended capacity.

What follows is a double interview with two women who came to adopt...

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Food Aid Takes Off in Athens

(1) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 2:24 PM

Did you know that one in 11 residents of greater Athens visits a soup kitchen daily? That's about 400,000 people, a figure unthinkable a year ago. And after the tragic events that accompanied the Greek Parliament's vote Sunday night to adopt even harsher austerity measures, the lines for free food...

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Cucina Povera, Greek Style

(8) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 9:56 AM

Cucina povera, the Italian expression meaning the cuisine of the poor, is starting to have a new ring to it here in Greece. In times of plenty -- in other words, yesterday -- it meant the inspired cooking of times gone by, when meat was scarce, eggs were barter tokens...

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At Dinner with the Homeless in Athens, Greece

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 2:24 PM

Like the other dilapidated houses on the block next to the train tracks, the Klimaka shelter for the homeless is covered with bold graffiti. They practically blot out its tomato-red façade and certainly distract attention from the name on its open door. I must have passed it several times on...

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