Movie series:“If”(“Αν”)

Dir.: Christopher Papakaliatis , Greece, 2012

Sunday, December 10, 3 PM, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus

In Athens during the current economic crisis, Demetris (Papakaliatis) is a highly independent man, living a fairly normal life. He’s a confirmed bachelor at the age of 33 – his roommate is a female German shepherd called Lonesome. One night, Lonesome wants to be taken out. Demetris tries to change her mind but Lonesome insists. It’s at this moment that he must make a decision. And his choice will change everything. If Demetris goes out, he will meet Christina, the love of his life. If he stays in, he will not meet her and his life will take a different track. The film flips back and forth between both choices and, on the way, asks, ‘Does true love exist?’ ‘What is the impact of a severe economic crisis on people?’ ‘Can the crisis destroy a couple?’ A love story shown from two different angles in a changing world. Not Rated; includes one intense sexual scene. In Greek with English sub-titles. 111 minutes.

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BBC:The mystery behind Greece’s temples

Greece2A very interesting article about Greece’s temples was posted on BBC’ s travel section “The mystery behind Greece’s temples”. The article author, Stav Dimitropoulos, explains how her grand father used to tell her  temples sympolize something bigger than humans and how she met Manolo Fernandez, a Spanish language teacher and amateur astronomy enthusiast, who shares her grandfather’s opinion – that the placement of Greece’s temples was not random.

Fernadez suggests that if you look at a map, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. Apollo in Delphi, Aphaia in Aegina and the Parthenon, the same: they all form perfect isosceles triangles!

An excellent summer read special if you have visited or planning to visit Greece.

Power and Pathos Bronze Sculptures of the Hellenistic World

  • Presented by: Jens Daehner
  • Date: 11/29/2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

pathosFrom the fourth century BCE to the first century CE, artists of the Mediterranean world created richly detailed bronze sculptures of unparalleled realism and expression. Only a few of these ancient masterpieces survive. Jens Daehner, associate curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum who recently curated a celebrated exhibition of Hellenistic bronzes for the Getty Museum, discusses the importance of bronze in antiquity and artistic innovations of the Hellenistic period.

Leonard Cohen’s days in Hydra

avishai-cohen-montreal-1189Leonard Cohen, who just passed way at the age of 82, great singer and poet spend 10 years in Hydra island of Greece. According to greekreporter.com …”A restless spirit, Cohen started as a writer and travelled a lot. In September 1960, he purchased a house on Hydra island, where he found his muse and the sunny solitude he needed to write. In fact he wrote his The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) while living on the island. It was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind debut album cut, “So Long, Marianne”.  ” … see more here

Lesvos Hospital Aid Update

Our help is on its way to Portland’s Sister City — Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece!

The container full of humanitarian medical supplies and equipment was placed aboard a ship in New York on Saturday Oct. 22 and is now on its way to the port of Piraeus in Greece. It is projected to arrive on November 19. It will then be placed on a truck bed, driven onto a large ferry boat, and taken to the island of Lesvos and then to the Mytilene General Hospital.

 Approximately 10 volunteers joined staff members of Partners for World Health and loaded the container by hand – box by box – on Friday Oct. 14. It took five hours to fill the 40-foot container with nearly 900 items – the most that has ever been sent in one load, according to staff. In addition to tons of supplies of all kinds, included were four hospital beds, examining tables, chairs, walkers, and IV poles, plus equipment like defibrillators, etc.

 This extraordinary project of the Hellenic Society of Maine was made possible by our more than 90 individual donors and businesses, by a group donation from the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, and by one person in particular, Jeffery Choney — all who gave the more than $21,000 needed to make this happen.

 A special thanks to the members of the band, Skordalia, which performed the kick-off benefit concert; and to the USM School of Music for the venue. Invaluable assistance with customs issues was provided by Consul General of Greece in Boston, Mrs. Iphigenia Kanara. Shipping is being handled by Mike’s Shipping in Revere, Mass.

 Once all expenses for this project are settled, any remaining money will be used to send smaller boxes of supplies to the hospital.

 Thank you, thank you all!

Hellenic Society of Maine