Going on in Our Community

The Polyphonic Group of the Academy of Hellenic Paideia performed Epirotic songs following the screening of Last Song to Xenitia. Photo by Eleni Sakellis

MAY 3-19
ASTORIA – The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30th Street in Astoria, presents the contemporary Greek comedy Ftistos O Makaritis by Penny Fylaktaki, directed by Ioanna Katsarou. The play debuted in Thessaloniki and has since toured throughout Greece with great success, and is now in Astoria running Friday and Saturday, 8 PM and Sunday, 5 PM through May 19. More information is available by phone: 718-726-7329 and online: greekculturalcenter.org.

MAY 9-23
MANHATTAN – The opening of the art exhibition titled Mythology, featuring paintings by Andreas Kontellis takes place on Thursday, May 9, 6 PM, at the premises of the Consulate General of Greece in New York, 69 East 79th Street in Manhattan. Curated by Louiza Karapidakis, the exhibition runs from May 9-23, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-2:30 PM. RSVP for the opening by May 6: rsvp.nyc@mfa.gr.

MAY 16-19
PISCATAWAY, NJ – Kick-off New Jersey’s Greek Festival season at St. George Greek
Orthodox Church, 1101 River Road in Piscataway, at the 46th Annual Greek Festival,
May 16-19. The new hours of operation are: Thursday, May 16, Noon-10 PM; Friday, May 17, Noon – 11 PM; Saturday, May 18, Noon-11:30 PM, and Sunday, Noon-7 PM. Souvlakia, gyros, and Greek pastries are a few of the amenities one can enjoy in our air-conditioned community center. Entertainment includes live music, singers, and six community Greek folk dance groups. The outdoor Taverna, Take-Out Booth, Bakery, and Gift Shops also return. Master Card and Discover Card accepted. Free parking and shuttle service is available at the Church and Rutgers Stadium. More information is available by phone: 732-463-1642 and online: greekfestival.gocnj.org.

PARAMUS, NJ – St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 51 Paramus Road in Paramus, holds its annual Greek Festival May 16-19. We invite you to share our world famous cuisine, culture, music, and hospitality. There will be fun for the entire family including cooked and grilled food, desserts and pastries, ouzo, beer. Entertainment: Live greek music and dancing. Carnival games for the kids. Hours: Thursday, May 16, 11 AM-9 PM; Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, 11 AM-Midnight, and Sunday, Noon-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 201-368-8881 and online: http://stathanasiosnj.org/blog/.

MAY 17-19
LITTLE ROCK, AR Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1100 Napa Valley Drive in Little Rock holds its 35th Annual Greek Festival May 17-19. The largest ethnic Food Festival in the state of Arkansas, the Greek Festival every year sponsors a number of AR charities and celebrates the diverse cultures of the Little Rock community. It features a scrumptious medley of Greek and Mediterranean menu favorites, including gyros, calamari, pastitsio, sourouta, Greek pizza, and much more. All cuisine can be enjoyed at the Festival or picked up at the Drive Thru. Great activities for children to enjoy throughout the grounds. The Festival also features the popular Old World Market, that includes the famous handmade Baklava along with a wide array of other pastries together with a unique shopping experience that highlights imported gift items from around the world. Entertainment includes the community’s famous Greek dancers along with performances from a wide array of other international entertainment. Admission: $3 or 3 cans of food for food bank. Free parking, and free trolleys to and from the Church grounds. Hours: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 11 AM-9 PM; and Sunday, May 19, 11 AM-3 PM. More information is available by phone: 501-221-5300 and online: greekfoodfest.com.

ALBANY, NY – St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 440 Whitehall Road in Albany, holds its Greek Festival May 17-19. Food shops under the tent serving souvlaki, gyro, Greek salad, loukoumades, spanakopita, and Greek coffee. Greek Pastry Shop featuring homemade pastries. Souvenir and jewelry shops and church tours. Rain or Shine – Indoor accommodations and large tent. Live Greek music by Prometheus Band, dance performances in traditional costumes, and dancing for all. The dancers perform throughout the weekend in the tent and dining room. Hours: Friday, May 17, 6-10 PM; Saturday, May 18, Noon-10 PM; and Sunday, May 19, Noon-7 PM. More information is available by phone: 518-489-4442 and online: stsophia.net/events/2019-greek-festival/.

MAY 18
CORONA – The Pancyprian Association of America Cultural Division presents Imprisoned Graves-Fylakismena Mnimata, composed and directed by Phyto Stratis, on Saturday, May 18, 7:30 PM at the Queens Theater in the Park, 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the theatrical concert features the gifted actors and soloists of the Pancyprian Choir of NY. Tickets available online: brownpapertickets.com.

MAY 19
MANHATTAN – The Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue hosts its 5th Annual Greek Jewish Festival at Broome Street between Allen and Eldridge Streets on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on Sunday, May 19, 12-6 PM. The synagogue community along with numerous community partners will celebrate the unique culture and heritage of the Romaniote Jews in New York City. Experience authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing, live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more! Performers include: Stavros Theodorou Orchestra, Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, Noga Group with Avram Pengas, Hillary Coniglio Lit, Scott Wilson & Efendi, and Axion Estin Panegyris. More information is available online at www.kkjfestival.com and by phone: 212-431-1619.

EASTCHESTER, NY – The 5th Annual Loukoumi Dance Party & Make A Difference Awards take place on Sunday, May 19, 5-9 PM at Mulino’s at Lake Isle, 660 White Plains Road in Eastchester. This year’s Inspiration Award will be presented to
Grammy Award-winning legend Gloria Gaynor, best known for her hit song, I Will Survive. Loukoumi Make A Difference Awards will also be presented to The Sweet Treat Girls, The Mint Brothers, The Hellenic American Academy, The Immaculate Conception School, Our Lady of Grace School, St. Paul School, The Waverly School, Julia Arditi and Malia Hernandez, and Sammy Cook. Online auction is now open: www.biddingforgood.com, search Loukoumi Dance Party. More information is available online: www.LoukoumiFoundation.org.

MAY 20
MANHATTAN – On Monday, May 20, 6-8 PM, Hellenic Professional Women Inc. (HPW) is hosting a Cocktails & Connect – NYC event at Kyma Restaurant, 15 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Please stop by to network, meet someone new or catch up with a friend. Small Bites will be provided by Kyma Restaurant and there will be a cash bar. Please visit www.hellenicprofessionalwomen.org for details.

MAY 21
SUMMIT, NJ – The Greek American Chamber of Commerce Dinner with Renowned Chef and Author Peter Minaki takes place on Tuesday, May 21, 7-10 PM, at Marco Polo Restaurant & Tavern, 527 Morris Avenue in Summit. Please join us for a night of networking, wine, and amazing food cooked by renowned chef & author Peter Minaki. The chef will cook several dishes for the night that all have his own personal twist. As each meal is presented our host, Agapios Kyritsis, will select the wine pairings. All Attendees $40, online registration only. More information online: greekamericanchamber.com.

MAY 22
MANHATTAN – On Wednesday, May 22, 9 AM-6 PM, Capital Link, Inc. invites you to its 18th Annual Closed-End Funds & Global ETFs Forum, featuring keynote speaker Jan van Eck, President & CEO, Van Eck Associates Corporation, at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street in Manhattan. Please visit http://forums.capitallink.com for details.

MAY 30- JUNE 2
HEMPSTEAD, NY – The Cathedral of St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Cathedral Avenue in Hempstead, holds its annual Greek Festival May 30-June 2. Enjoy Greek foods and delicacies, souvlaki, taverna, colossal flea market, loukoumades, wine and cheese, Cypriot grill, Greek pastry cafe, new rides, games, and prizes, Grecian Arts Gift Shop, Giant Agora (Marketplace), with a wide variety of vendors, and guided Church tours. Entertainment: Live Greek music and dancing and Greek dance performances. Free Admission. Free shuttle bus service and extra parking. More information is available by phone: 516-483-5700 and online: stpaulhempstead.org.

JUNE 5
MANHATTAN – New York-based composer and performer Pericles Kanaris returns to his New York residency at Drom with three concerts for the Spring and Summer seasons. The theme for the new performances is “Road to Athens,” as the series will culminate in a concert at the prestigious NOSTOS Summer Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens, Greece on June 30th. The upcoming New York show is Wednesday, Jun. 5, 8 PM. Also featured are the musicians Ben Butler (guitars), Richard Hammond (bass), Peter Douskalis (guitars, assistant director), Agapitos Maganaris (bouzouki, vocals), Gary Schreiner (accordion, harmonica), Jamie Eblen (drums/percussion) and Jessie Reagen Mann (cello). More information is available online: dromnyc.com.

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