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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 March 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2016 17 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia A book by Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis In an Australia we still remember, in each suburb and every country town, was the Greek café or milk bar - open all hours, 7 days a week. Remember The Niagara, The Parthenon, The California, The Astoria and Paragon? They gave us more than milkshakes, lollies, ice cream and home-style meals. With Modernist designs, American gadgetry and coloured light, cafés brought atmosphere, a touch of glamour, at times a hint of Hollywood - a little break from the mundane reality of local life. As the good old days faded away, Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski took their camera, tape recorder and pen into this vanishing world. They captured the faces and stories, the style and the ethos that gave our popular culture one of its most memorable expressions. Acclaimed actor Lex Marinos will try to convey some of our communities’ most inspiring stories. Spatial Relations Smyrnios Contemporary hosts Yvonne Boag The Sydney launch will take place at NSW Parliament House at 6.30 pm as part of the 2016 Greek Festival of Sydney, on Tuesday 15 March. For further details or if you want to register early, please see the following website: www.greekfestivalofsydney. com.au/festival16/events/ march/greek-cafés-andmilk-bars-of-australia.html The duo will also be presenting a public lecture at the famous Paragon Cafe, Katoomba, on Sunday 3 April at 2.00 pm. Afternoon tea will be available for $12. Copies of the book will be available from early April via www.cafesandmilkbars.com.au Creative kids Imaginative jewellery and accessories made by little hands Young minds were given a chance to run free in the Hellenic Museum's kids contemporary jewellery workshop held in the courtyard of the museum last Saturday. Led by jeweller Dr Nicole Polentas and Hellenic Museum curator Sarah Craig, the wor kshop gave kids the chance to explore and create exciting new wearable art. Traditional and non- traditional materials were used to create necklaces, earrings and brooches. All participants in the workshop got to take their new art home with them after the Saturday afternoon workshop. Smyrnios BT Contemporary is an innovative and exciting new venture for Tina Smyrnios and codirectors Nick Thodos and Gene Bensimon. Nine years after the closing of Smyrnios Gallery, the first purpose built commercial gallery in Victoria, a new art space aspires to deliver an exciting exhibition schedule of interstate and Melbourne-based artists, working across conceptual and object-based practice. More than 2800 square feet of a beautifully renovated site will house a multi-gallery exhibition area and a project space hosting a new Australian artist every four weeks. Smyrnios Contemporary also functions as a stockroom, featuring works from a loyal stable of emerging, mid-career and established artists, while also working with curators, collectors and art advisors to help facilitate the placement of art in private, corporate and public institutions, and in the near future, will be participating in tailored exhibitions at numerous art fairs. Until 19 March 2016, the disarmingly simple yet expansive work of Yvonne Boag will be showcased, visualising the artist's understanding and unique response to the world around her. She creates tension between form and colour, place and character, expressing her emotions and her response not only to the landscape and the city, but also to the visual features of language and experience. Currently inspired by South Korea, Boag lets rhythms and undulations flow across the surface of her paintings and prints as easily as conversation. In particular, the work deals ons and with the distinctiveness with the distinctiveness of difference in experience, how strangely familiar and yet familiarly strange the city of Seoul could be for a woman who has lived and travelled from Paris to the remote Aboriginal community in Lockhart River in far North Queensland. For more information head to www.smyrniosbt.com.au Hellenic high tea success Melbourne foodie fans gathered in the courtyard of the Hellenic Museum A sophisticated high tea with a Greek twist was held in Victoria on Sunday 6 March, attracting hundreds of food and dessert enthusiasts from Melbourne eager to indulge in some eastern Mediterranean fusion cuisine. The sold-out event - held in partnership with the 2016 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - saw more than 300 people enjoy Hellenic-flavoured high tea items while ensconced in the leafy surrounds of the museum's courtyard. With two seatings on the day, staff worked diligently behind the scenes to create a stunning atmosphere and ambience that surpassed many traditional high tea options. And with the wonderful Melbourne sun shining, participants of the high tea got a chance to enjoy sitting outside sampling the many food options on offer while sipping their Greek Island Iced Tea or frappe martini. Former executive chef at Hotel Windsor Jerome Tremoulet delivered a stellar menu, with stand-out dishes such as fetta and oregano gougeres; slow-braised lamb cigarillos with whipped yoghurt; orange blossom curd tarts; vanilla meringue, loukoumi and rosewater cream; Attiki honeyed yoghurt, compressed watermelon, lemon balm and candied olive and traditional scones served with whipped cream and Greek spoon sweets.
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