Going on in Our Community

The Very Reverend Archimandrite Christoforos Oikonomidis, presiding priest of the St. Thomas community in Cherry Hill, posed with the Sunday School students and staff. Photo: Steve Lambrou

THRU DECEMBER 14
BEDFORD, NY – A Whole World, and art exhibition at Atelier Omiros, 11-15 Court Rd Suite 13, runs from October 5-December 14. The exhibition title comes from one of the abstract paintings selected for the exhibit, a vast composition measuring nearly eighteen feet wide. This centerpiece of the new exhibition will hang amid an array of other stunning works depicting everything from the four seasons, fashion, to equestrians and Formula 1 racers. More information is available by phone: 914-764-2223 and online: atelieromiros.com.

NOVEMBER 5-8
NEW LONDON, CT – Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 200 Hempstead Street in New London, hosts its annual Greek Festival November 5-8, 11 AM-9 PM daily. Enjoy traditional homemade Greek foods and pastries, guided tours of our Byzantine Church, Greek beverages, take out available. Entertainment includes live Greek band and Greek school dancers. More information is available by phone: 860-442-2377 and online: saintsophianl.org.

NOVEMBER 8
MANHATTAN – The Greek-American Writers Association invites you to an evening of Short Plays, Music and Wine, Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 PM, at St. John’s in the Village, 218 West 11th Street at Waverly Place. The program includes: The Furniture Play by Penelope Karageorge; Comfortable by Nicholas Vasilios Pappas; The Greek Helicopter Mother by Mary Perifimos; and The Arranged Matrimony by Anwar N. Suleiman. Celebrating the season, Nektarios Antoniou will perform Autumn Mood, poems by Greece’s leading poets set to music by Greece’s great composers. A wine reception will follow in the Revelation Gallery. Tickets: $20, $10 for seniors and students. Information and tickets: karageorge24@gmail.com or Eventbrite.com.

NOVEMBER 9
ASTORIA – New York Boite Era Revival featuring Grigoris Maninakis and Special Guests Serafim Lazos, Eleni Andreou, Aggeliki Psoni with Adult Mixed Choir and Kostas Psarros on bouzouki, and Glafkos Kontemeniotis on piano, Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 PM. Greek hors d’oeuvres. Admission $40. Kefalonitiko Spiti, 20-41 Steinway Street in Astoria. Reservations required, limited seating, via email: mikrokosmosgm@aol.com or by phone: 347-366-2265, Popi 516-506-8107, Maria 347-834-3207.

BOSTON – SNIK taking over Boston on Saturday, Nov. 9, 10:30 PM, at Society on High, 99 High Street in Boston. Boston Greek Freaks proudly present a special Greek night with the hottest rapper in Greece, SNIK. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, search: SNIK taking over Boston.

BOULDER, CO – Naropa University’s MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program presents An Oresteia: Why Are You Full of War? at Naropa University Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, November 9. The play festival features three plays by three ancient dramatists, Agamemnon by Aeschylus, Elektra by Sophocles, and Orestes by Euripides, adapted by Anne Carson and directed by Lorenzo Gonzalez. The Saturday Festival Pass features all three plays, including a snack and dinner in between them. The schedule is as follows: Saturday, Nov. 9 Agamemnon: 2 PM, Elektra: 4 PM, Orestes 7 PM, deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, Nov. 7. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite, search: An Oresteia Naropa.

NOVEMBER 13
WASHINGTON, DC – Romaniote Memories: A Jewish journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan, an illustrated lecture and panel discussion with Dr. Samuel D. Gruber of Syracuse University and Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Museum Director
Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue, takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8 PM at the Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington DC. The event is free. RSVP on Eventbrite, search Romaniote Memories.

BALTIMORE, MD – Black Olive Greek Wine dinner with Ted Diamantis takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at The Black Olive, 814 South Bond Street in Baltimore, 7 PM. Join us for a tasting of Greek Wines with Ted Diamantis who has been importing Greek wines for 30 years and has build a portfolio of some of the finest winemakers in Greece. We will explore eight of the top wines from the portfolio with a discussion about the various regions and impact that the new generation of winemakers has had. There will also be an opportunity to purchase these wines. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, search: Black Olive Greek Wine dinner.

NOVEMBER 14
MANHATTAN – Columbia University’s Program in Hellenic Studies, The Greek-American Writers Association, and Somerset Hall Press invite you to a discussion of the graphic novel, “Aivali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922,” featuring from Athens author and comics artist Soloup; translator, Dr. Tom Papademetriou, Stockton University; and panelists Dr. Nicholas Kakkoufa, Columbia University, and Penelope Karageorge, Greek-American Writers Association, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 PM, 930 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University. Reception to follow. (Enter Columbia’s main gate at 116th St. and Broadway and proceed up the main college steps.)

SEATTLE, WA – The University of Washington (UW) Hellenic Studies and Hellenes of the Northwest invite you to join them on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7-8:30 PM to celebrate the award-winning work of three recent recipients of the Rouvelas and Kaltsounis awards in the Hellenic Studies program at UW. They are: Jasmine Jones, Angels Outside the House: Single Women in Britain, the U.S., and Greece (Rouvelas Prize 2019); Sarah Breitenfeld, Ostraka: Political Pre-Cursers to Katadesmoi? (Rouvelas Prize 2019); and Owen Harris, Welcome Home from Abroad – ‘Greek’ Syrians and
‘Syrian’ Greeks in the Hellenic and Turkish Republics (Kaltsounis scholarship 2019). Please come and hear them talk about their research, Hellenic Studies, and what the awards have meant to them. The event takes place at St. Demetrios Church, Small Hall (upper church level), 2100 Boyer Ave East in Seattle. More information is available via email: Alexander Hollmann, hollmann@uw.edu.

NOVEMBER 15
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Boston Byzantine Music Festival presents Exile with Boston’s celebrated Pharos Ensemble, renowned musician and scholar Dr. Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, and the Byzantine Choir of the Hellenic College Holy Cross directed by Professor Rev. Romanos Karanos on Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 PM, at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street. Pharos Ensemble’s members include Eirini Tornesaki on voice, Vasilis Kostas on laouto, George Lernis on percussion and Panos Aivas on kanu. This collaboration is a rare opportunity for them to join forces and present the original work, Exile, as well as repertoire of Greek traditional music from the Asia Minor and Byzantine traditions. More information and tickets are available on Eventbrite, search: Exile – Boston Byzantine Music Festival.

NOVEMBER 15-17
MIAMI, FL – The 40th Annual Miami Greek Festival, the premier fundraiser for the St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 7901 North Kendall Drive in Miami, takes place November 15-17. For three days, Greek music, food, and dancing fill the air and create an opportunity for our guests to experience Greek culture. In addition, this event raises money that not only maintains our Church, but also supports our community outreach events. Live music Friday and Saturday night provided by Ellada! Enjoy the new beer and wine, Greek folk dancing, and church tours. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 AM-11 PM and Sunday, 11 AM-9 PM. Follow on Instagram: @MiamiGreekFestival. For more information, visit: standrewfl.com/miamigreekfestival.

NOVEMBER 16
ORANGE BEACH, AL – St. Athanasios Greek Night Dinner Dance at The Wharf, 4671 Wharf Parkway West in Orange Beach, takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16, 6 PM. Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, pastries, music, dancing and fun. Featuring the New Orleans Hellenic Dancers with music by Nick Trivelas. Donation: $65, all inclusive. More information available on Eventbrite, search: St Athanasios Greek Night Dinner Dance.

BOSTON, MA – Join Worldwide Friends of Ugandan Orphans for Pavlo, live in concert, Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 PM at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. Pavlo is an international award-winning guitarist, whose Mediterranean music is a blend of Greek, Flamenco, Latin, and Balkan influences, wrapped in contemporary pop. Proceeds from Pavlo’s concert will build a school for Ugandan orphans. Tickets available online: www.berklee.edu/events/pavlo-concert-0, and you can donate to ugandanorphans.org. Tickets range from $35-$107; $107 tickets include a meet & greet with Pavlo after the concert. More information available on Eventbrite, search Pavlo Live in Concert.

SAN JOSE, CA – Duo Melis, Greek guitarist Alexis Muzurakis and Spanish guitarist Susana Prieto, perform on Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 PM, at the First United Methodist Church, 24 North 5th Street in San Jose, presented by South Bay Guitar Society. They made their debut in 1999 at the International Guitar Festival of Volos, Greece. They have won numerous awards both individually and together. In 1999, they won first prize at the International Guitar Duo Competition in Germany. The following year they won the Guitar Duo Competition in France. Since 2006, Alexis and Susana have taught at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg in France. They will present a masterclass on Sunday. Tickets available on Eventbrite, search: Duo Melis.

NOVEMBER 17
SEATTLE, WA – The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State and the Greek Heritage Society of Southern California present a screening of the documentary The New Greek Americans 1960-2018 on Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 PM, at St. Demetrios Cultural Center, 2100 Boyer Ave East in Seattle. Suggested donation: $10. Donations to benefit the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State. For reservations: 206-325-8554