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Onassis Cultural Center NY Kicks Off Fall 2013 Cultural Series Today

Public dialogues led by the noted philosopher and author Simon Critchley, a new series; a tribute to celebrated filmmaker Costa-Gavras launching new conversation series "Profiles" hosted by Paul Holdengräber; a discussion about the contest in today's world between tyranny and freedom; and a concert pairing prominent U.S. and Greek composers of the same generation, Giorgos Koumendakis and Steven Mackey, will be among the programs that the Onassis Cultural Center NY will offer in its Fall 2013 Cultural Series.

Now in its twelfth year of programming, the Onassis Cultural Center NY (OCC NY) has organized more than one hundred twenty cultural events to date as part of its mission to explore all aspects of Hellenic culture. Throughout the 2013-14 season, the OCC NY will present or co-present its roster of public events and programs at leading cultural venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn while the Center's Midtown gallery is under renovation.

Among the distinguished participants in the Fall 2013 Cultural Series will be theater critic Hilton Als, theater director Thomas Ostermeier, artist Alexandre Singh, "master curator of the arts" Paul Holdengräber, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, pianist George Emmanuel Lazaridis, authors Artemis Cooper and Ben Downing, NYRB Classics series editor Edwin Frank, and scholars Alexander Nehamas, Waller R. Newell, Barry Strauss, and Ryan Balot.

Ambassador Loucas Tsilas, Executive Director of the Onassis Foundation (USA), stated, "The sheer variety of the subjects and viewpoints in our Fall 2013 Cultural Series testifies to the vitality of Greek art and ideas throughout the world today. From ancient traditions of drama and politics to contemporary trends in cinema and music, the many aspects of Hellenic culture continue to thrive everywhere-including the careers of the esteemed participants in these programs, and the institutions that are our valued collaborators."

The categories of events on the Fall 2013 calendar are:

Public Dialogues: The third year of the wide-ranging series On Truth (and Lies) led by Simon Critchley, now co-presented by the OCC NY and the Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM), and Profiles: Costa-Gavras, launching "Profiles" a new series of public dialogues between Paul Holdengräber and celebrated cultural figures.

Music: Concerts at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Princeton University.

Film: the seventh New York City Greek Film Festival, with four special OCC NY screening events at theaters throughout Manhattan.

Books and Ideas: a discussion on Patrick Leigh Fermor in Greece, presented in collaboration with The New York Review of Books on the occasion of the publication of Artemis Cooper's biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (New York Review Books), and a discussion about the ongoing ramifications of ancient Greek political theory and practice, on the occasion of the publication of Professor Waller R. Newell's Tyranny: A New Interpretation (Cambridge University Press).

About the Onassis Cultural Center NY: In carrying out the mission of the Onassis Foundation (USA), the Onassis Cultural Center NY (OCC NY) is the venue for presenting a wide range of programs that explore all phases of Hellenic civilization-ancient, Byzantine, and modern. The OCC NY collaborates with American and Greek institutions as it showcases cultural and artistic activities, such as art and archaeological exhibitions accompanied by publications, gallery tours, conferences, and educational programs; concerts, lectures, and panel discussions; public conversations; literary events; film and theatrical performances. The OCC NY attracts visitors from around the United States to its free events and exhibitions. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center NY, visit


Sunday, September 22, 12 pm
On Truth (and Lies) in Beauty
Host Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor at The New School for Social Research, is joined by Hilton Als, theater critic for The New Yorker, andAlexander Nehamas, Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, to explore the notion of beauty, in conjunction with the new opera Anna Nicole, part of BAM's 2013 Next Wave Festival. A special Brooklyn Book Festival event co-presented by BAM and the OCC NY.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom (209 Joralemon Street)
Free admission

Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm
George Emmanuel Lazaridis in Concert
A solo piano recital, organized by the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Onassis Foundation (USA)
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)
Free admission
For tickets, contact the Merkin Hall box office at 212-501-3330.

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm
Naked Hands (Gymna Heria)
U.S. premiere of Giorgos Skevas's documentary film about the U.S. career of Greek conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, focusing on his years with the Mineapolis Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. This event is presented in conjunction with the seventh New York City Greek Film Festival (October 3-16), co-presented by the NYC Greek Film Festival and the OCC NY, the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and the Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation.
CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue)
Free admission. For reservations: (indicate which film)

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 pm
Profiles: Costa-Gavras
Host Paul Holdengräber inaugurates this new OCC NY series of cultural dialogues by engaging writer-director Costa-Gavras in a conversation about his career and political cinema.
BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, Lepercq Space (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)
Free admission
Reservations begin September 26:

Wednesday, October 9 , 7:00 pm
Black Box
U.S. premiere of Gerasimos Rigas's documentary film about young dancers rehearsing for a performance at the National School of Dance in Athens, Greece. This event is presented in conjunction with the seventh New York City Greek Film Festival (October 3-16).
Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street)
Free admission. For reservations: (indicate which event)

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 pm
What If... (An...)
U.S. premiere of the popular drama of romantic indecision in the age of economic crisis, starring writer-director Christopher Papakaliatis and Marina Kalogirou. This event is presented in conjunction with the seventh New York City Greek Film Festival (October 3-16).
Ziegfeld Theater (141 West 54th Street)
Tickets: $15

Sunday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Kisses to the Children (Filia eis ta paidia)
U.S. premiere of Vassilis Loules's documentary film (also known as Children in Hiding) on the German occupation of Greece, focusing on the childhood experiences of five Greek Jews who were hidden and saved by their fellow Greeks. This event is presented in conjunction with the seventh New York City Greek Film Festival (October 3-16). Proceeds from this screening will benefit the Jewish Museum in Athens.
NYIT Auditorium (1871 Broadway, at West 62nd Street)
Tickets: $15

Monday, October 14, 7:30 pm and Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 pm
Music of Giorgos Koumendakis and Steven Mackey performed by distinguished PRISM Saxophone Quartet and George Emmanuel Lazaridis
PRISM Saxophone Quartet and pianist George Emmanuel Lazaridis perform a concert showcasing the music of one of Greece's most important contemporary composers, Giorgos Koumendakis, and the music of an outstanding U.S. composer of the same generation, Steven Mackey.
October 14: Princeton University, (McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center). Organized in collaboration with the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Music, Princeton University. Open to the public. Admission free. Information: and
October 15: Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets).
Free admission. Reservations begin September 24:

Tuesday, October 29, 7 pm
Patrick Leigh Fermor in Greece
Biographer Artemis Cooper and author and editor Ben Downing discuss the career in Greece of writer, soldier and adventurer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, in a conversation introduced by Edwin Frank, editor of the NYRB Classics series. Co-presented by the New York Review of Books and OCC NY.
The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street)
Free admission. Reservations begin October 17:

Thursday, November 7, 6 pm
On Truth (and Lies) in Democracy
Host Simon Critchley joins Thomas Ostermeier, artistic director of Berlin's Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, to discuss Athenian democracy in the context of Ostermeier's production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, presented as part of BAM's Next Wave Festival. Co-presented by BAM and the OCC NY.
BAM Fisher, Hillman Studio (321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn)
Tickets: $15; $7.50 for Friends of BAM

Tuesday, November 12, 7 pm
Tyranny and Democracy: Ancient Lessons for a Global Crisis
Waller R. Newell, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Carleton University, Barry Strauss, Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, Cornell University, and Ryan Balot, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, explore the contest between freedom and tyranny in today's world. The event marks the publication of Waller R. Newell's new book Tyranny: A New Interpretation (Cambridge University Press).
The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street)
Free admission. Reservations begin October 31:

Sunday, November 17, 12:30 pm
On Truth (and Lies) in Greek Comedy
Host Simon Critchley joins artist Alexandre Singh to discuss the legacy and influence of Aristophanes, whose work inspired Singh's staging of The Humans in BAM's Next Wave Festival. Co-presented by BAM and the OCC NY.
BAM Fisher, Hillman Studio (321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn)
Tickets: $15; $7.50 for Friends of BAM

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