The Gulf Coast Folklife Center offers a variety of programming focusing on traditional culture. Please call 727-937-1130 or 942-5605 for more information. The Center is funded in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program. All workshop locations noted below. CENTER FOR GULF COAST FOLKLIFE...
The Gulf Coast Folklife Center offers a variety of programming focusing on traditional culture. Please call 727-937-1130 or 942-5605 for more information. The Center is funded in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program. All workshop locations noted below.
CENTER FOR GULF COAST FOLKLIFE PROGRAMS
WINTER-SPRING 2012Events Night in the Islands Saturday nights, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3, 2012, Sponge Docks Night in the Islands re-creates the atmosphere of the Greek islands with monthly outdoor dining on the Sponge Docks, performances by outstanding musical groups, Greek dancing, and other arts.
Haitian Folklife in Florida
February 17-May 20, 2012, Center for Gulf Coast Folklife Gallery, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. Public reception: Friday, February 17, 5:30-7:30pm.
Haitian Folklife in Florida explores Haitian folklife and history through the vibrant visual arts, music, dance, Carnival, and religion of Florida’s Haitian American communities. The opening reception of the exhibit and the Center will take place from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Friday, February 17. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.
Byzantine Chanting with Demetre Mott
Saturdays, March 3-24, 11am-12:30pm, Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue. $5 per class
Demetre Mott, the Protopsaltis or lead cantor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, will teach Byzantine Orthodox Christian sacred chants. The tradition of eastern liturgical chant developed during the Byzantine Empire and drew on some elements of ancient Greek music. The first two sessions will examine the basis of the Byzantine musical system—which differs from the western system. During the last two sessions, students will learn basic chants. This workshop is co-sponsored by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Bouzouki Workshops with George Soffos
Sundays, 2-4pm, March 4-April 1 & April 22-May 6, Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. March 11 class only is at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Craig Park. $5 per class
George Soffos is considered by many to be the best bouzouki player born outside of Greece. He performs a wide repertoire including laika, rembetika, nisiotika, and more both locally and nationally. Classes will be divided into beginning (2-3pm) and advanced (3-4pm) sections. There will be a few bouzoukis available for beginning students.
Greek Dancing with Mary Coros
Wednesdays, March 21-May 23, 7-8:30pm, Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue. $7 per class or $30 for any four classes.
Learn to dance popular Greek dances! Respected dance specialist Dr. Mary Coros will teach the dances, and will explain their origins and the traditions surrounding them. Please wear comfortable shoes, no flip-flops. The class is oriented towards
participants 14 and older.
Saturdays, 12-2pm, April 7-May 5, Safford House, 23 Parkin Ct. $20 per class. Classes are limited to 12, so please purchase tickets in advance at727-942-5605.
Excellent community cooks teach the delicious cuisine of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands, and Arnulfo Silva prepares food from his native Mexico. Join us for food, fun, and fascinating cultural insights!
April 7 Maria Pantelis – Briam (roasted vegetables) & Lenten Cake (samoli or ravani)
April 14 Maria Pantelis – Youvetsi (lamb with orzo) & Koulourakia (Easter cookies)
April 21 Nick Koulianos – Keftedes (Greek meatballs), Fried Pines (shellfish), and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce
April 28 Katerina Zaronias – Avgolemono Soup (egg-lemon soup) & Papoutzakia (stuffed eggplant)
May 5 Arnulfo Silva – Chilaquiles (Eggs with tomatillo sauce) & refried black beans