Former artistic director Yannis Houvardas returns to the Greek National Theater with a modern and quirky production of "The Misanthrope," a Moliere classic embraced by stage artists around the world for its adaptability and the way it exposes hypocrisy, regardless of time and place. The production is in Greek, but comes with English subtitles every Saturday (8.30 p.m.) and Sunday (7 p.m.).
"What are you going to be when you grow up?" actress Marika Kotopouli asked 12-year-old Demosthenis (Dimos) Skoulakis while visiting the boy's parents in the family's Athens home in the early 1950s. "An artist," he responded without hesitation. "Yannis, come meet a colleague," she said laughing to her friend, the artist Yannis Tsarouchis.
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres) has published a video paying tribute to Yannis Behrakis, the late photojournalist whose poignant images helped raise international awareness of the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees trying to escape war at the peak of the migrant crisis in Greece in 2015 and 2016.
Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters' most decorated and best-loved photographers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.
After joining the news wire 30 years ago, Behrakis covered many of the most tumultuous events around the world, including conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya, a huge earthquake in Kashmir and the Egyptian uprising of 2011.
"Yiannis Moralis: Master Teacher," on display at the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, sheds light on the celebrated Greek artist's capacity as a teacher and on the profound influence he had not just on hundreds of artists who passed through his classroom at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1947 until 1983, but on the Greek art scene as a whole.