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December 15, 2012 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS - Hundreds of Greeks and activists from 19 other European countries took to the streets of Athens on Saturday in protest against a far-right party that critics fear could feed extremism across the continent. The rally against Golden Dawn, viewed by many as one of the more dangerous groups of reactionaries in Europe, comes amid reports of increased vigilantism and attacks on migrants waged by its members and supporters since the party catapulted onto Greece's tumultuous political landscape in June, winning 18 seats in the nation's 300-member parliament.
April 18, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Think of Byzantium, and a color leaps to mind. That color is gold. The empire ruled from the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for a thousand years between AD 324 and its final collapse in 1453. At the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, where a rare and stunning exhibition of Byzantine art recently opened, gold is everywhere. It's the ground on which biblical scenes unfold, from the tender nativity of Jesus to the brutal Passions and miraculous resurrection of Christ.
October 12, 2012 | By Chris Foster
USC center Khaled Holmes, who has a degree in classics, was pressed by The Times' Gary Klein to name the character he most identifies with. Holmes considered Odysseus and Achilles, then settled on Hercules. “With everything thrown at him, he found a way to just conquer it somehow,” Holmes told Klein. Good call. A closer look makes Hercules the better choice for a USC player. Achilles and Odysseus were responsible for the fall of Troy. In the Iliad, Achilles was the demigod who chased Hector, the protector of Troy, around the city three times before killing him. Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, devised a plan for a wooden horse that allowed the Greeks inside the city.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
September 27, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
The House of Atreus looks good on leather. Leather couches that is -- part of the seating at T1, the Bergamot Station Arts Center and new home of City Garage. The company's inaugural production, the skin-flashing, free-associative “Orestes 3.0: Inferno” suits this funky black box space. Playwright Charles L. Mee has made a career out of tweaking the Greeks, and this world premiere is a mash-up of two of his plays. Director Frédérique Michel's visually striking result plays something like sampling: dynamic, but diffuse.
April 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Greek employees at U.S. military bases Wednesday began a two-day strike to demand higher pay and improved fringe benefits. Giorgos Alexandrou, employee union president, said shortly after the strike began that "it is 100% successful."
October 9, 2004
Re "Was a Greek Tragedy Thwarted?" Oct. 2: There are a few problems with Greg Krikorian's piece on security at the Athens Olympics: First, it was not FBI Agent Jim McGee's "job" to "keep terrorists from attacking the Games." Greece had that responsibility. The story reads as though the U.S. was the only nation involved in security preparations, although probably 95% of the expense and the manpower was supplied by host country Greece. There was more "chatter" about an Al Qaeda attack in American newspapers than there was in the communiques monitored by U.S. and NATO spooks.
July 15, 2010 | By Diane Kochilas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the Athens I knew when I first moved here almost 20 years ago, the taverna was still an institution. That was in the early 1990s, before a stock market boom, the Olympics, and the return of a generation of young, cosmopolitan Greeks who had left to study abroad and came back home with a taste for sushi and risotto. That was then — when Greeks shucked tradition for the excitement of the new, rendering the once-sacrosanct taverna obsolete. This is now, however, an era humbled by the sobering reality of an economic crisis of herculean proportions.
Since the earliest days of mankind, when our cave-dwelling forebears first sat trembling in the darkness after an angry peal of thunder from above, people have sought to create a belief system that brought order and understanding to a frightening and uncertain world. But it took a Greek named Homer to weave the tangled lineage of stories and legends into classic form around 750 BC, giving the people around him the closest thing they had to a bible.
February 21, 2011 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 70 years later, Athens, one of the last European capitals to commemorate those who perished at the hands of Nazi forces, finally has a Holocaust memorial. But since its dedication in May, synagogues have been targeted, Jewish cemeteries desecrated, Holocaust monuments elsewhere in Greece vandalized and the Jewish Museum of Greece, in the capital, defaced with swastikas. What's more, an alarming chunk of Athenians in November supported the election of a neo-Nazi candidate to the capital's city council.
March 7, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
In the first season to come together after last year's closing of the long-running Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, the similarly sized Greek Theatre in Griffith Park is unveiling a noticeably busier 2014 season, with shows by many of the acts that had played the Gibson in years past. David Byrne will headline a May 8 show built around the music of Nigerian electro-pop musician William Onyeabor also featuring members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem and others; Los Lobos will host the band's third Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 3 with Ozomatli and Mariachi El Bronx; New Order will perform on July 13; Dierks Bentley tops a multi-artist country bill on Aug. 8; and Tejano band Intocable arrives on Oct. 24. In fact, the Greek has a substantial slate of Latino and Hispanic acts confirmed, also including Argentine jazz pianist Raúl di Blasio (May 31)
February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Team USA may not be getting its Chobani Greek yogurt any time soon as a shipment containing 5,000 cups of the protein-packed snack is snagged in a trade dispute between U.S. and Russian authorities. While some athletes appear to be shrugging off the lack of Chobani, the conflict has become a punch line of late night television, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Russian authorities to free the "yogurt trapped in a holding pattern at Newark Airport" in New Jersey.
December 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The family of a Marine whose body was returned from Greece without his heart has broadened its lawsuit to include the Greek government and a hospital. Craig and Beverly LaLoup of Coatesville, Pa., are also suing the U.S. Defense Department over the remains of their son, Sgt. Brian LaLoup, who committed suicide in Greece, where he was stationed. The family said it learned about the missing organ accidentally, weeks after the Marine's burial. The family also says it was eventually given a heart that wasn't his. “This is his heart.
November 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Leveraging the wildly anticipated, international, multimedia debut of the "Doctor Who" anniversary special, BBC America is smartly following "The Day of the Doctor" with the premiere Saturday of "Atlantis. " The new fantasy-action-adventure series is a crazy, narratively exasperating yet still quite appealing mess of Greek mythology, early mathematics (Pythagoras is a character) and vague Mediterranean history. It nicely capitalizes on the sly humor of icon tweakage, the growing popularity of genre heroes and the success of the Percy Jackson series.
October 31, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre and Eric Sondheimer
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
October 25, 2013
Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 8 to 10 Note: This is adapted from a recipe by Alexandra Panousis. 5 medium artichokes Juice of 2 lemons 2 onions, cut into 1/2 -inch lengthwise slices 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 cup olive oil 5 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped Salt 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed 1 cup water 1 green bell pepper, diced 2 Japanese eggplants, cut in 1/2 -inch...
Under heavy political pressure, officials of California's mammoth public employee pension fund voted Monday to rescind approval to hire an investment consultant whose comments about the slaughter of Armenians and Greeks under Ottoman Turkish rule were seen as insensitive and inaccurate. Board members of the California Public Employees' Retirement System also voted unanimously that consultants hired to assess its foreign investments will be required to "put a premium on historical truth."
August 19, 2002
Eric Weinberger suggests for the New York City memorial readings Sept. 11 something like an oration from the Greek historian Thucydides on sacrifice and valor (Commentary, Aug. 14). Here's another apt line from Thucydides: "What is history? Greeks killing Greeks." This might resonate too. Hank Rosenfeld Santa Monica
October 18, 2013 | By Paula Woods
Over the course of nine novels, Scott Turow's Kindle County has become one the best-known settings in American literature. While fictional locations are not uncommon in the crime genre - the city of Santa Teresa in Ross Macdonald's and, later, Sue Grafton's mysteries comes most readily to mind - Turow's character-driven legal thrillers are more aligned with the artistic vision of William Faulkner, whose novels and short stories are set in Yoknapatawpha County,...
October 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Greek police announced Friday that they were seeking the biological parents of a blond, blue-eyed girl about 4 years old who was found during a raid two days earlier on a Roma camp in central Greece, news media reported from Athens. The child, who was called Maria, was spotted by a female prosecutor who accompanied police on the raid and became suspicious of the girl's origins because she looked nothing like the couple who initially claimed to be her parents, the ekathimerini news site reported.
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