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John Turturro is turning Greek for a week. Zorba the Greek, that is. The veteran actor will star in the title role at the City Center’s May 6-10 production of the musical, which will include a full orchestra along with, naturally, a bouzouki. Turturro got his start in Hollywood in 1980 as an extra in Raging Bull, an iconic film that resulted in Robert DeNiro’s first and to-date only Academy Award for Best Actor (he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1974 for his portrayal of a young Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Part II.

Turturro’s cousin, Aida Turturro, played Tony Soprano’s sister, Janice, in the HBO hit series The Sopranos.


Artist Fotis Gerakis, Greek-born and Houston-based for years, has taken his skateboard art around the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) publication The National reports. His exhibition will be on display at Dubai’s Galleria Mall until April 29. An Art Director for the Houston Affiliate of CBS, Gerakis won six Emmy awards, three Telly awards, and a silver BDA/Promax award.

“Gerakis’ exhibit promises to be a fascinating showcase of urban style meets design,” the Khaleej Times reported. “His skateboard collection features a number of iconic women presented in fine art style on a piece of wood.”

Gerakis is now based in Riyadh and Beirut.


The Mistress of Ceremonies for the Chicago-based Panhellenic Scholarship Foundation’s annual Awards Gala on June 20 is Krystal White, a California-born actress of Greek and African-American descent, who among other films appeared in the short Persephone with two My Big, Fa Greek Wedding alumni, Greek-Australian actor Louis Mandylor and Lanie Kazan (who is often mistakenly associated with Hollywood’s Greek Kazan family, whose patriarch and best-known member was famed director Elia Kazan; she is not related). White lives in Los Angeles, but has lived in Greece, “where the hospitality is unmatched,” she said, the Foundation announced.

As White’s biography on her website, indicates, she “started writing screenplays as a vehicle for her creativity. This past Fall, Krystal wrote her first short film, The Interrogation, in which she stars with Michael B. Silver (Leo Cohen in NYPD Blue) who also directed.  The Interrogation is currently being submitted to festivals.

“Krystal has found her creative passion in filmmaking, and the art of storytelling.  However, if she is not on a set or glued to her computer, she spends her time playing the cello, dancing the tango and horseback-riding.”


The Philadelphia 76ers closed out the NBA’s regular season on April 13 as they hosted the Milwaukee Bucks, whose player Giannis Antetokounmpo, born in Athens to Nigerian parents, is a fan favorite. The Philadelphia Greek Basketball League (PGBL) hosted its first Greek Heritage Night at the event, honoring Antetokounmpo, affectionately known in the basketball world as “The Greek Freak” because of his imposing near-7-foot frame and tremendous athletic prowess.  Amid a sea of fans sporting Greek flags – and there was a Greek band on hand, too – Antetokounmpo said, in Greek, how proud he is to be honored and to thank everyone for turning out to support him. “The people make me feel even more Greek,” he said. There was Greek dancing, by dancers in traditional Greek village attire, in the middle of the Sixers’ court.

April 25, 2015


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