Top Greek-related News Articles–Week of April 3-9

Check out our staff’s top picks of Greek-related news articles we’ve seen on the internet.

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Our staff’s top picks for Greek-related news articles this week:



Awarded Digital Artwork Inspired by Ancient Knossos

The Cretan city of Ancient Knossos, an archaeological treasure home to the mythical Labyrinth and site of the most important and better known palace of the great Minoan civilization, inspired the commissioned digital artwork by the internationally acclaimed visual artist Elizabeth Price, winner of the 2013 Contemporary Art Society Award and one of the most innovative and exciting British artists today in the world of contemporary art.  Read more



The Greek behind Coppola’s “The Godfather”

What do Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Michelangelo Antonioni, Arthur Penn and Wim Wenders have in common? They have all collaborated with Dean Tavoularis, a production designer of Greek descent, who was responsible for the art direction of some of their most important films. Architect and artist Dean Tavoularis won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Coppola’s “The Godfather II” and has been nominated four more times for William Friedkin’s “The Brink’s Job”, “Apocalypse Now”, “Tucker” and “The Godfather III”. “Tucker: The Man and  his Dream” also earned him a BAFTA for Best Production.  Read more



How a tiny British town revived the first modern Olympic Games – and five more facts you didn’t know

It’s arguably the most prestigious sporting event in the world, with winning a gold medal topping the list of hopes and dreams of every elite athlete.

The modern Olympic Games’ 120th anniversary has been marked with a Google Doodle, but while the Games themselves are recognised all across the globe, did you know how important a role the UK played in shaping them? Read more



Meet “The Durrells” in Idyllic Corfu!

Gerald Durrell, the renowned English naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter, was 11 years old when his mother decided to move to the island of Corfu with him and her other three children. It was on this beautiful Ionian island, where the scent of olive groves and the reflections of nature in the shimmering turquoise waters dominated, that Durrell began to collect and keep local fauna as pets. The impact of the island on young Durrell’s memory was so intense, that this experience served as basis for creating his bestselling ‘Corfu Trilogy’ memoirs, beginning with “My Family and Other Animals” and its successors “Birds, Beasts, and Relatives” and “The Garden of the Gods”, plus a few short stories like “My Donkey Sally”. Read more



Nia Vardalos Joins ABC Series ‘The Catch’

Coming off the strong box office opening for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Nia Vardalos has joined the cast of ABC’s new thriller drama series The Catch, from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, as a recurring. Details about her character are sketchy, but I hear she will play Leah Wells, a neurotic but formidable counterfeiter. The casting reunites Vardalos with Rhimes after guest-starring on her long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in 2012. Read more


UMass Lowell unveils digital archive of Sen. Paul Tsongas’s papers

The late Sen. Paul E. Tsongas seemed to always be ahead of his time, working on legislation on climate change and gay rights as early as the late 1970s.

UMass Lowell students and the public will be able to read about his stance on such issues, which are still highly prevalent in today, in a digital archive of his congressional papers unveiled Tuesday morning. Read more



Gabriella Papadakis, Guillaume Cizeron repeat as ice dance world champs

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France repeated as ice dance world champs Thursday, defending their title despite missing the Grand Prix season because of injury.

They were followed by two American teams, marking just the third time the U.S. has had multiple ice dance medalists at the same world championships. Read more



Justin Trudeau walks in Montreal’s Greek Independence Day Parade

Montrealers who have watched Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jet-set around the globe were able to see him back in his home riding of Papineau today for the annual Greek Independence Day Parade.

The parade started at 1 p.m. in the Parc Extension neighbourhood. Trudeau was an obvious crowd favourite, even though attending the parade is a tradition for the politician. Read more



What’s Your Favorite Wine?

Greek wine is enjoying a very exciting point in its history, both in quality and in sheer variety. Producers with different visions are making serious wines, expertly matching grape to specific types of soils and climates.

If I were to pick three personal favorites, I’d have to start with Biblia Chora Ovilos White (PGI Pangeon) from Kavala in northern Greece in the 2012 vintage, which combines crisp and fresh Assyrtiko – like a Sancerre or a Chablis – with a richer texture and white stone fruit from the Semillon grape, bringing lovely concentration on the palate. Read more

That’s it for this week! Check back next Saturday for a new list of our staff’s top picks for Greek-related news on the web. Be well!

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