Documentary focuses on Greek contribution



Documentary focuseson Greek contribution
The Mahoning Valley Hellenic Project Committee has been formed to support the filming of a documentary that will tell of the contributions of the Greek people throughout history.
The area group will hold a fund-raising banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Vernon's Cafe in Niles where the project, which has received the support of the National Order of AHEPA, will be explained. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds will be forwarded to the project.
Atty. James Denney, head of the group, said Professor Tony John Kocolas, project coordinator, author and teacher, will be the featured speaker at the banquet. Kocolas has taught history at the college for over 30 years and has written two books and articles on Greece for several magazines. He also participated in the production of two other historical documentaries.
The planned film, "Our Greek Heritage: The Greek Roots of Western Civilization," will run 90 to 120 minutes and is slated to be aired on the History and Discovery channels and similar venues. It is being filmed and produced in Southern California.
Atty. Denney said it is an effort to enlighten and remind the people in America of the debt our civilization owes to ancient Greece and to refresh the memories of those presently teaching in the schools and universities about the Greek heritage.
Benefit concert for child
CLEVELAND -- Proceeds from a concert tonight at 6 featuring rock-rap recording artist MG! The Visionary will help pay medical expenses incurred by Skyler Kirchner, the 6-year-old daughter of Doug Kirchner and Elba Collado. Skyler has been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor.
The concert, which also features the bands Noetic and These Broken Shadows, will be at the Grog Shop, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. Tickets are $7.
Doug Kirchner, of Euclid, is the former booking agent for The Golf Dome in Girard. Skyler's grandparents live in the Youngstown area.
Monetary contributions can also be sent to End the Silence, P.O. Box 32494, Cleveland, OH, 44132.
'Three Musketeers'at Byham Theater
PITTSBURGH -- The Acting Company presents "The Three Musketeers," Alexandre Dumas' romantic, swashbuckling adventure, in a new stage adaptation at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Byham Theater.
This classic coming of age tale follows the brave, young d'Artagnan as he changes from country boy to daring hero, not only rescuing the kidnapped Constance but also preserving the honor of the Queen herself. His journey towards maturity is enabled by Athos, Porthos and Aramis, famously known as the Three Musketeers.
Tickets for The Three Musketeers are $10, $20 and $25 and may be purchased in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at www.pgharts.org or by phone at (412) 456-6666.
Students, facultycelebrate Mozart
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University music faculty and 70 students will perform "The Mozart Birthday Bash," an evening of Mozart music, at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Swope Recital Hall to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.
Tickets are $3 for adults, free for students and children. Proceeds will benefit music scholarships to SRU.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) wrote more than 600 compositions, including symphonies, operas and sonatas. Well-known pieces include "The Magic Flute," "Don Giovanni" and "The Marriage of Figaro."
August Wilson tribute
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present "Art for August," a tribute to the late Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson, Friday through Feb. 24, at 707 Penn Avenue Gallery.
Curated by Janera Solomon, the exhibit will be held in conjunction with the theatrical performance "August in February: Vignettes by August Wilson," guest hosted by award-winning actor James Earl Jones, on Feb. 13, at the Byham Theater.
"As a complement to the theatrical performance, 'Art for August' celebrates the great contributions of August Wilson and his tremendous impact on the African American community and the arts community on the whole, both locally and nationally. August Wilson gave voice to the black experience that will continue to resonate throughout the generations," said Janis Burley Wilson, vice president of education and community engagement for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
For more information, call (412) 456-6666.

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