As The World Churns 0413
As The World Churns
By Bob Nicolaides-0413, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 23rd World Congress of Philosophy will take place in Athens in August, organized by the Hellenic Philosophical Society.The inaugural session will be held on August 4 at the site of the 4th century BC Lyceum of Aristotle, which was discovered in downtown Athens 17 years ago, while the Congress will run through August 10.The World Congress of Philosophy is a global meeting of philosophers held every five years in a different country under the auspices of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies(FISP).
First organized in 1900, these events became firmly established after the Second World War. Each World Congress is sponsored by one of the member societies, which assumes responsibility for the organization of that Congress.
The Lyceum, named after its 6th century BC sanctuary to Apollo Lyceus (the “wolf-god”, from the word “lykos”, or wolf), had long been a place of philosophical discussion and debate, and had had been the meeting place of the Athenian assembly before the establishment of a permanent meeting area on Pnyx hill in the 5th century BC.
But the Lyceum is mostly renowned for the philosophical school founded there by Aristotle upon his return to Athens in 335 BC after being the private tutor of the then young prince Alexander of Macedon, the future Alexander the Great, since 343 BC.
After his return to Athens in 335 BC and up to his death in 322 BC, Aristotle rented some buildings in the Lyceum and established a school there where he lectured, wrote most of his philosophical treatises and dialogues, and systematically collected books that comprised the first library in European history.
Since Aristotle liked to walk around the grounds as he lectured, surrounded by his students, the philosophical school he founded was called Peripatetic (from ‘peripatos’, which means stroll or walkabout in Greek).
Situated just outside the walls of ancient Athens, the Lyceum was brutally sacked and razed to the ground by the Roman general Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 86 BC, but was later rebuilt.
The site’s location remained unknown for centuries until it was rediscovered in 1996 during excavations for Athens’ new Museum of Modern Art.
Deep in the Iranian heartland there’s a town called Saroo, but what’s so special about Saroo and why should it be different say from Shiraz or Persepolis?
Well, the difference is that residents of Saroo are speaking Greek! The explanation of course is simple, since Alexander the Great took this route on his way back from India.
After setting Persepolis on fire, he left some of his soldiers behind soldiers who created the settlement they called Sarron, (from Σαρώνω, Gr. for sweep) a word used even in modern day Cyprus with the same meaning.
The Web site of the Spanish royal family features pictures of the king, Juan Carlos I, in a blue sash, his bejeweled wife, Queen Sofía, and the couple’s three glamorous children.
But most of the photographs of the dashing Duke of Palma, the king’s son-in-law, were scrubbed from the site last month.
The duke’s official biography was also banished from the site. And for more than a year, the royal family has barred the duke, a former Olympic handball player named Iñaki Urdangarin, from attending official family functions.
With a multitude of graft cases undermining Spaniards’ faith in just about every institution of government, an intensifying investigation aimed at Urdangarin has placed the palace under siege as well, and left the nation’s aging monarch and his aides struggling to quell the crisis…..
The University of Virginia’s president and governing board leader have, in public, maintained an air of united collegiality for the past eight months, hoping to move beyond the summer’s leadership crisis.
Out of sight, tension has continued to build between U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan and U-Va. Board of Visitors Rector Helen Dragas as they struggle for control of the university’s agenda and priorities, according to several people close to the situation…
Recently elected as Fresno (CA) County Supervisor Andreas Borgeas is one of the latest Greek- Americans in the public service spotlight.
Nick Larygakis of HAI tells me that he chatted with him sometime this month about his plans and about the situation in Greece….
The Esperia Palace is just one of the 41 hotels in Attica that have shut down over the last three years, according to data presented early February by the chief of the local hoteliers’ association, Alexandros Vassilikos, reflecting the extent of the problems being suffered by the capital’s tourism industry.
The data showed that the decline in occupancy at Attica hotels amounted to 13.4 percent last year compared with 2011, while prices have dropped by 7.8 percent year-on-year.
Lady Gaga who recently had to have hip surgery that made her cancel her US Tour, is advertising Polaroid but it is unclear how much creative control they have over the ads, though ‘branding’ herself has the potential of a very smart deal on both sides of the handshake…
The Fashion Polices’ special on February 25th was for viewers who wanted to take a deeper dive into Oscar fashion-and Joan Rivers’ biting commentary, let alone George Kotsiopoulos’ tirade on the best dressed…
The US embassy in Athens, in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center and with the support of the City of Athens, has begun a 10-day educational program with the noted Battery Dance Co., a renowned New York City-based dance group that is currently on a six-country European tour.
The troupe recently arrived in Athens to begin conducting its signature arts education program, entitled “Dancing to Connect.”
Having officially began the first week in March with workshops for local dancers and high school students, it culminated with a final performance on March 13 on the Main Stage of the Onassis Cultural Center, with more than 100 students and professionals dancers…..
World renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis was admitted into the hospital with symptoms of dyspnoea and severe coughing. His pulmonologist said Theodorakis has been afflicted by respiratory problems and will remain in treatment at the Medical Centre (Iatriko Kentro) in Athens.
Actress Jennifer Aniston has reportedly been offered a book deal that will talk about her marriage and break-up with actor Brad Pitt.
According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, publishers have offered Aniston mega bucks for an authorized biography. She is also in the midst of planning her own real-life love story, plans that now include changing her last name to Theroux.
Wedding preparations are well under way for Aniston, 44, and her screenwriter-actor fiancé Justin Theroux, 41.
Two days ago People Magazine reported that Aniston had the wedding bands, a wedding date and a wedding dress all picked out.
The wedding-in Hawaii, maybe- supposedly will take place sometime after filming wraps up on the currently-untitled Elmore Leonard project, at which time she’ll change her last name to Theroux, a thing she didn’t do when she married Brad Pitt…….
Tina Fey plays a College Admissions officer in Admission, The flick, a romantic comedy which premiered early in March also has a dramatic weight, a good thing for Tina who’s been dealing with comedy all along…
14-year-old Ariel Winter who plays geeky Alex Dunphy on the ABC comedy has been permanently removed from the care of her mother, Chrisoula Workman who was physically and emotionally abusive.
She is now under permanent guardianship under her sister Shanelle Gray, 34. Chrisoula’s son, Jimmy Workman, now 32, played Pugsley Addams in the 1991 Addams Family flick…
Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid battle over Vegas on CBS..Two of the posthumously honored at this year’s Oscars are cinematographer Harris Savides and critic Andrew Sarris….
The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney and featuring Marisa Tomei in her most irritating role, features Phaedon Papamichael as the Director of Photography…
And another Papamichael, well this one goes as Papamichalis and his first name is Harry, is cinematographer as well and strives to get a movie on Greek American, Oscar-caliber actress Olympia Dukakis which he called Olympia Dukakis Undifined.
The project is progressing nicely, thank you, but lots more money have to be infused before the movie becomes reality, so anyone willing to contribute get in touch by email at email@example.com .
The film will be produced by Becky Lee Nordensten and Anthoula Katsimatides and is edited by Vasia Markides…
Wow, it’s like being back in 2008 again. Or at least back in 2012, watching that scene from Game Change when Julianne Moore does an impression of Sarah Palin watching Tina Fey also do an impression of Sarah Palin.
The Greek-German comedienne is also starring in a recent movie production of Paul Weitz, a comedy/drama called Admission.
Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos is no longer the lone anchor since his co-host Robin Roberts rejoined him after a bone-marrow transplant…
The spring of 2013 marks 20 years since the founding of American Thymele Theatre by Greek American international character actor of stage and screen Stephen Diacrussi.
Over the years, American Thymele Theatre has produced a variety of plays with a Greek theme both in local theaters and in national tours. Its repertory, which has included 19th century Greek plays in translation as well as in their original Greek, to its recent, high profile NYC Euripides Summer Festival, has captured the attention of thousands and the acclaim of many critics for authenticity and diversity of its repertory.
Diacrussi who rarely appears or directs for ATT manages to work as an actor in many historical and classical roles for other companies and films: He recently appeared as Pablo Picasso in “Living With History,” Pontius Pilate in “Once Upon A Tree”, Pope Gregory I in “Saints Alive”, the French tailor Jean in the film “The Invitation” and in two Shakespearean character roles, Stephano in “The Tempest” produced by Globe Repertory, and as the Porter in “Macbeth”, directed by Hamilton Meadows, performed in original 17th century English pronunciation which just closed at the Chernuchin Theatre in New York.
If you have seen the movie Notorious of the early Fifties, you must remember the name of the Greek actor who portrayed Joseph the butler alongside Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains.
What was the actor’s name? You can answer by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org and the names of the winners will appear in next month’s column.
The restaurant sector took a big hit in 2011, following a drop in consumers’ disposable income due to the recession and the increase of VAT tax from 8 pct to 23 pct, according to a Hellastat report recently released..
Leading the drop in revenues was the pizza sector, with 30 pct in losses, followed by the souvlaki sector (28 pct), the fast food stores (26 pct), the sandwich and snack chains (24 pct), coffee stores (24 pct) and brand restaurants (23 pct). T
he numbers have forced stores to leave the market, while 2012 data showed that labor in the sector fell by 20 pct. In 2011, Hellastat’s report showed, the McDonald’s chain sold 19 of its stores in Greece to Premier Capital, while the Applebee’s chain pulled out of Greece entirely due to significant losses and inability to meet its financial obligations….
My Big Fat Greek Restaurant Temecula in Temecula, CA is now putting finishing touches on construction and conducting a job fair to ready itself for a mid-March 2013 soft opening, to be followed by a Grand Opening ribbon cutting and celebration to feature live music later this Spring….
Mike Psilakis’ Kefi in Manhattan will be closed for a few months for unspecified reasons. Meanwhile, the same chef’s MP Taverna that supposedly is replacing Mexxo-Mezzo hasn’t opened yet because of problems with the city, but his other establishment in Long Island I hear is doing just great…
Star chef Christos Christou who recently opened the successful Yefsi on the Upper East side will be guest-cooking for president Obama at the White House come mid-April…