Going on in Our Community

FILE - Greek American Folklore Society members in traditional Greek costume performed folk dances, including the sousta, at their 36th anniversary dinner dance. (Photo: TNH/Kostas Bej)

FEBRUARY 15-17

LECANTO, FL – Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 4705 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy SR44 in Lecanto, holds its Spring Greek Festival, February 15-17. Enjoy Greek bakery items, food platters (dine in or take home,) jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, religious items, live Greek music and dancing. Festival hours: Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 AM-8 PM; and Sunday, Feb. 17, 11 AM-5 PM. More information is available by phone: 352-527-0766 and online: stmichaelgoc.org/festival.html.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach, holds its 44th Annual Greek Festival, February 15-17. Enjoy Greek foods, pastries, vendors, Greek jewelry, art, live Greek music band, and Greek Folk Dancing with the Heart of Greece Dance Group. Kids zone also available. Admission: $5 Donation (Friday, Noon-4 PM, Admission is free). Paid Parking: Festival grounds, $10 for main lot and $5 for grass lot. Free parking with shuttle service from St. Juliana’s, south of Southern Blvd. on Olive Avenue. Hours: Friday, Feb. 15, Noon-11 PM; Saturday, Feb. 16, 11 AM-11 PM; and Sunday, Feb. 17, Noon-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 561-833-6387 and online: greekfestwpb.com.

FEBRUARY 15 & 18

TARPON SPRINGS, FL – Greek Violin Workshops on Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18, 3:30-5 PM at Safford House Museum, 23 Parkin Ct. in Tarpon Springs. Fee: $5 suggested donation per class The City of Tarpon Springs will present workshops in Greek violin style and repertoire for intermediate and advanced students. Michalis Kappas will journey from Greece to provide workshops in the traditional violin music of the island of Kalymnos. An archaeologist by profession, Dr. Kappas learned from the best traditional Kalymnian players of the older generation and began performing at events (glendia, panigyria, weddings) when he was 17. He appears on a recording of traditional Kalymnian music and has performed extensively at festivals in Europe and the U.S. Students should bring a violin. For further information, please contact Tina Bucuvalas, email: tbucuvalas@ctsfl.us, phone: 727-937-1130. The workshops are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

FEBRUARY 16-17

PALM DESERT, CA – St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Desert, 74109 Larrea Street in Palm Desert, holds its 23rd annual Greek Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, 11 AM-8 PM. Enjoy authentic Greek food, appetizers, heavenly pastries, Greek wine, Greek beer, Greek coffee, souvenir Agora Market with over 20 unique vendors, complimentary Church Tours with Byzantine Art and Mosaic Iconography, Greek Grocery, Book Store, and Greek Novelties, live Greek music and Greek dancing demonstrations of traditional and folk dances, and Hercules Kids Zone. Admission $3, Active U.S. Military, Police, Firefighters, and kids under 12: Free. More information is available by phone: 760-568-9901 and online: pdgreekfest.org.

FEBRUARY 17

TARPON SPRINGS, FL – Music of the Dodecanese Islands, instrumental performance and dance, takes place on Sunday, Feb. 17, 7-11 PM at 42 W. Morgan Street in Tarpon Springs. Levendia Dance Troupe and the City of Tarpon Springs present an evening of lively music and dance from the Dodecanese with Michalis Kappas from Kalymnos, Greece, on violin, and Panayotis League on laouto (Greek lute) playing nisiotika, the music of the Aegean islands. $10 Admission, $10 mezedes (appetizers plate), cash bar. For more information, contact Tina Bucuvalas by phone: 727-937-1130 or email: tbucuvalas@ctsfl.us.

FEBRUARY 20

CHICAGO, IL – The National Hellenic Museum presents the Trial of Hippocrates 6:30 PM at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E Randolph Street in Chicago. Following the highly-acclaimed successes with The NHM Trials of Socrates, Antigone, and The Parthenon Marbles, the NHM once again partners with prominent judges and attorneys to take on another case with ancient roots and modern consequences, The NHM Trial of Hippocrates. Guilty or not guilty? You decide. Doors open at 6 PM. Tickets are $100 per person in advance and can be purchased online at harristheaterchicago.org or by phone: 312-334-7777. More information is available online: nationalhellenicmuseum.org.

FEBRUARY 21

MANHATTAN – The Hellenic American Cultural Foundation invites you to Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art on Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 PM, at the Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street in Manhattan, presented by Kiki Karoglou, Associate Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Free admission but RSVP required. Please visit www.hacfoundation.org/2019 for details.

FEBRUARY 22

MANHATTAN – The Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Meet & Greet with Deep Dating Founder, Vana Koutsomitis, at Nerai, 55 East 54th Street in Manhattan, on Friday, Feb. 22, 7 PM. Please contact info@hellenicamerican.cc for details.

FEBRUARY 22-24

PETERSBURG, FL – St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th Street N. in St. Petersburg, Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 AM-11 PM; and Sunday, Feb 24, 11 AM-6 PM. Enjoy the food, music, and culture of Greece! Homemade Greek foods and pastries, church tours, Kids Zone, raffle, silent auction, vendors selling various hand-crafted art and jewelry, and so much more. Greek DJs spin lively beats amid other live performances by Greek musicians. Free Greek dance lessons from seasoned instructors. More information is available by phone: 727-345-8235 and on Facebook.

FEBRUARY 23

FLUSHING – You are invited to a performance of Medea by Euripides at the Queens Theater in the Park at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 14 United Nations Ave S, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 PM. The production is in loving memory of Nikos Mouyiaris, Founder & Benefactor of the Pancyprian Theatrical Group. Directed by award-winning director Leonidas Loizides. For tickets, please visit hellenism.me/event/medea or phone: 917-854-9577.

FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 23

MANHATTAN – Garden Muses, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Greek-born artist Margaret Tsirantonakis is on view February 23-March 23 at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 25th Street in Manhattan. A reception will be held on Saturday, Mar. 2, 3-6 PM. The gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM. More information is available online: princestreetgallery.com and by phone: 646-230-0246. For more information about the artist, visit: mtsiran-art.com and Instagram: @mtsiran.

FEBRUARY 24

ASTORIA – The Hellenic Film Society USA presents the Greek film The Other Me (ETEROS EGO) at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, on Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 PM. In this psychological thriller, the police ask a troubled professor of criminology to help them catch a serial killer. English subtitles. For tickets, visit hellenicfilmusa.org.

FEBRUARY 25

MANHATTAN – Hellenic Professional Women Inc in collaboration with LinkedIn invites you to a presentation on how to Maximize LinkedIn to your Best Potential at the LinkedIn offices at the Empire State Building on Monday, Feb. 25, 6-8 PM. For more information and to register to attend this event, please visit hellenicprofessionalwomen.org.

MANHATTAN – The Monthly Social & Networking with the Manhattan-based AHEPA Family Chapters, Delphi #25 and the Daughters of Penelope, Evryklea Chapter #36, at Kellari Taverna, 19 West 44th Street in Manhattan, takes place Monday, Feb. 25, 6-8 PM. All existing members and those interested in becoming members are invited to attend. Please contact ahepa25.delphinyc@gmail.com for details.