THRU JUNE 30
ONLINE – Health and Religion, a series of online courses organized by the Prolepsis Institute in collaboration with the Hellenic Society of Medical Students of Greece and under the auspices of the Medical School of Athens, began on November 4 and runs until June 30. The courses are supervised and coordinated by the Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Lecturer in Surgery at Harvard Medical School Dimitrios Linos. Professors of Medicine and other schools and universities including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Duke, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and well-known Greek doctors, theologians, and writers are participating. The lectures include Perspectives from a Jewish Physician with Marta Herschkopf on June 2, The “Spiritual History” of the Patient and Its Significance in the Everyday Clinical Practice and Therapeutic Management of Chronic Diseases with Archbishop John Kokkakis on June 16, and Medicine as Eucharist with Metropolitan John Zizioulas on June 30. More information, including the detailed program of presentations and speakers, is available online: www.healthandreligion.gr. All the courses are also available on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3AZgQpL. The Radio Station of the Church of Greece and The National Herald are communication sponsors of the courses.
THRU MAY 22
BROOKLYN – The Anahita Scrolls solo art exhibition by Aphrodite Navab is on view through May 22 at the A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. More information about the exhibition is available online: https://www.airgallery.org/.
LOS ANGELES – The 16th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) takes place May 9-15 with in-person screenings and virtual screenings, webinars, workshops, and panels May 10-29. The Olympia Dukakis Tribute event presented by Apollo Dukakis takes place May 14. More information is available online: https://www.lagff.org/.
HAMILTON, NJ – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road in Hamilton, hosts its Greek Festival May 19-22. Enjoy authentic Greek food and wine, homemade pastries and gourmet foods, and Outdoor Grills with gyros and souvlaki. Flea market, gift shops, and dance lessons also available. Entertainment includes Greek music and dancing. Hours: Thursday, May 19, 5-10 PM; Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, Noon-11 PM; and Sunday, May 22, Noon-7 PM. More information available by phone: 609-586-4448 and online: https://www.stgeorgehamilton.com/.
PARAMUS, NJ – St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 51 Paramus Road in Paramus, hosts its Greek Festival May 19-22. The community invites you to share their 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, live Greek music and dancing, and rides and carnival games for the kids. Hours: Thursday, May 19, 5-9 PM; Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 11 AM-Midnight; and Sunday, May 22, Noon-8 PM. More information available by phone: 201-368-8881 and online: https://stathanasiosnj.org/blog/.
OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Greek Festival, one of the largest cultural celebrations in Northern California, is back May 20-22 for its 50th year on the picturesque grounds of Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland. Everyone is invited to enjoy the rich cuisine and culture of Greece along with live music and dancing, plus shopping from a wide variety of vendors offering unique items. Hours: Friday, May 20, 4-10 PM; Saturday, May 21, 11 AM-10 PM; and Sunday, May 22, 11 AM-9 PM. Admission: Adults $5, Free for children 12 and under. More information is available online: https://oaklandgreekfestival.com/.
NEW BRITAIN, CT – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 West Main Street in New Britain hosts its Dionysos Greek Festival May 20-22. Enjoy authentic Greek food including pastitsio, spanakopita, tyropita, gyro, souvlaki, loukoumades, baklava, kataifi, and much, much more. Hours: Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 11 AM-1AM; and Sunday, May 22, 12-8 PM. More information available by phone: 860-229-0055 and online: https://stgeorgenb.com/festival/.
NEW YORK – Cosmos FM presents a concert tribute to the 1922 Asia Minor- Smyrna Holocaust in cooperation with Grigoris Maninakis and the Mikrokosmos ensemble on Sunday, May 22, 5-8 PM, at the Chiotes Hall at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 337 East 74th Street in Manhattan. With lead vocalist Grigoris Maninakis, vocalist Aggeliki Psoni, Kostas Psarros on bouzouki/vocals, Glafkos Kontemeniotis on piano, Mavrothi Kontanis on oud/vocals, Megan Gould on violin, Kostas Baltazanis on guitar, Angelos Papadatos on bass, Steve Vavagiakis on percussion, and narration by Michael Stratis. More information is available by phone: 718-204-8900
ASTORIA – The Mikis Theodorakis Tribute Chrysoprasino Fyllo, a Pancyprian Choir concert, takes place Sunday, May 22, 7:30 PM at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street in Astoria. The concert features well-known works by the late legendary composer performed by the talented soloists and members of the Pancyprian Choir. Tickets are $25 at the door. More information is available by phone: 917-821-0281
ONLINE – The Association of Greek American Professional Women (AGAPW) in collaboration with ALLILONnet continues the online spring 2022 Conversation with Women Leaders Lecture Series, featuring fireside chat presentations on contemporary topics. On Monday, May 23, 7-8 PM, with Athina Petropoulou, PhD, on Radar Systems for the Non-Expert, introduced by Pannie Trifillis, PhD. Join the conversation online via Zoom: https://bit.ly/3HPFvPG.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 43816 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, hosts its Greek Festival May 27-29. Enjoy Greek food, pastries, cooking demonstrations, and church tours. Entertainment includes Greek music and dancing. Hours: Friday, May 27, 4-11 PM; Saturday, May 28, 11 AM-11 PM; and Sunday, May 29, 12 Noon-11 PM. More information is available by phone: 248-335-8869 and online: http://www.yassoogreekfestival.com/.
NOVATO, CA – Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Highland Drive in Novato hosts the Marin County Greek Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29 Enjoy Greek food and delicacies, YiaYia and Me cooking demonstrations, Greek music and dance, lectures, Byzantine chanting, and Church Tours. Hours: Friday, May 27, 5-9 PM; Saturday May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 11 AM to 9 PM. More information is available by phone: 415-883-1998 and online: https://bit.ly/39nezLy.
CLEVELAND, OH – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 2187 West 14th Street in Cleveland, hosts its 50th Annual Greek Festival May 27-30 Hours: Friday, May 27, Saturday May 28, and Sunday, May 29, noon-midnight, and Monday May 30, noon-7 PM. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at, Cleveland, Ohio in Tremont. Enjoy homemade Greek delicacies and authentic Greek cuisine such as stuffed grape leaves (dolmades), moussaka, pastitsio, lamb shanks, and the ever popular gyro and souvlaki. Also partake in imported beer and wine then head over to the bakery station for delicious homemade baklava, loukoumades, and kourambiedes. Entertainment includes live Greek music and dancing. More information is available by phone: 216-861-0116 and online: https://www.tremontgreekfest.com/.
NEW YORK – The Greek-American Writers Association and the Hellenic American Project presents a program of poetry and music followed by a wine reception in the garden at St. John’s in the Village, 224 Waverly Place in New York’s Greenwich Village, on Saturday, June 4, 7:15 PM. Celebrate Greek Independence Day in June!