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News from Georgia: Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Visits Tbilisi, Georgia!


By Anthony Bourdain

Georgia's 'hangover soup' (CNN)I was late to Georgia.

My flight was stuck in Istanbul and we’d had only a small window to shoot in the off season resort city of Batumi, so a last minute substitute was called in.

Like John Shaft, he’s a complicated man.

Like Wolf Blitzer, he’s got the credentials and experience to tackle any subject.

Like Bambi, a struggling medical student, he WILL pole dance if no other employment options exist.

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Moral of the Story: Eat Your Matson!


Check out this TV commercial filmed in Georgia in 1977. It is the first American TV commercial filmed in the Soviet Union. "Moral of the story? Eat your matson!" 

Click here to watch.

News from Georgia: Pilgrims seek wish fulfillment at monk’s tomb

found by BBC Monitoring


_72128455_816205831532080_1510166605874236_12866311_n Father Gabriel – who died in 1995 and was later canonized – was rumored to have made the promise in a vision to a local nun, a story that spread through social media and word of mouth.

Two wishes would supposedly be granted to those who arrived at the tomb before Orthodox Christmas – which falls today.

Priests were quick to denounce the "vision", however. Hegumen Kirion Machaidze took to Facebook to accuse the visitors of "idol worship" and of treating Father Gabriel like a "genie".

Church leaders were finally forced to release a statement which declared "The notion that everyone will have all of their wishes granted cannot be true, as those requests which are pleasing to God and which are in line with the will of the Lord are fulfilled, not just any desire."

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News from Georgia: Georgia’s disabled ‘locked in a box’

By Rayhan Demytrie
BBC News, Tbilisi



Georgia has become one of the first ex-Soviet republics to abolish state orphanages in favor of foster care. But disabled children continue to be marginalized and face the prospect of life-long isolation from society.

Vano (not his real name) is 18. He lies curled in the fetal position in his bed. He is thin and has the body of a 10-year old.

The only sign to show that he is alive is the grating sound he makes with his teeth.

"This is his life. This is all he does," says Eric Mathews, a researcher from the Washington-based group, Disability Rights International (DRI), sitting by Vano’s side.

"The staff here told us that he has not left his bed except to get washed for five years. This bed is his home."

Vano has cerebral palsy. He is one of 22 children living in Kojori Institution for Children with Disabilities on the outskirts of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

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Youth Dance and Songs Ensemble "Golden Gates" Concert in Raleigh!

Georgian%20dancer%20male%202013 We are inviting you to Family Cultural Program with Dances and Songs from Russia, Georgia and Kazakhstan!

Wednesday, July 24th at 7:30pm
All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church
520 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh NC
Concert is Free but Free Will Donations are welcome!

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Teach & Learn with Georgia

118 Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG), a progressive education movement initiated by the Georgian government, recruits native English speakers to co-teach English alongside local English teachers in public schools throughout the country of Georgia. TLG aims to improve Georgia’s nationwide English language proficiency in an effort towards further globalization.

Teach and Learn Georgia is now recruiting new TLG volunteers for the academic year 2013-2014. Please check out our extensive benefits and apply now!

Amazing and productive trip!

Dancing Crane’s Georgian Theater of New York Performs “Sarke”

Dear Friends,This Wednesday, December 19, following their several very successful performances last year, Dancing Crane’s Georgian Theater of New York will perform “Sarke”. Please take a look at the announcement below for more details.

Nino Aduashvili
Executive Director
Georgian Association in the USA, Inc.

Dancing Crane’s Georgian Theater of New York is pleased to present Lika Bakhturidze Sirelson’s “Sarke” at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s lower West Side. Sarke premiered in 2010 and performed in 2011 at the Midtown Theatre Festival in Manhattan and in Toronto’s York Woods Theatre.

*A Mother and Daughter’s Face Off Over The Future*

in Dancing Crane Company’s presentation of the Georgian Drama *SARKE*

written by Lia Bakhturidze Sirelson
performed at The Cherry Lane Theatre

38 Commerce Street, Manhattan, NY
8:00 p.m.

For tickets ($30) please call 347-257-2741 or visit our website

Our production is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

SARKE SYNOPSIS: A mother determined to provide for her child and a daughter who wants to follow her heart. This tale of generational differences and perceptions is brought powerfully to life in Lia Bakhturidze Sirelson’s family drama *Sarke*, (The Mirror) as performed by Dancing Crane’s Georgian Theater of New York, New York’s only Georgian theater company. Directed by Ramaz Zurabashvili.

Cast: Khatuna Ioseliani, Tsitso Kapanadze, Lika Bakhturidze Sirelson, Natalia Goderdzishvili, Irakli Shengelia, Giorgi Potskhveria, Nika Muradeli, Natia Nebunishvili, Mari Mredlishvili

Veriko, an elderly woman living in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city, has fallen upon hard times. She is determined her daughter Tako marry a Georgian immigrant she believes to be rich, and who has just returned from America to seek a bride. If this comes to pass, Veriko reasons, her child will never know the fear of poverty, a fear she herself has lived with all her life. Tako however loves another, but is so cowed by years of her mother’s steamroller-like domination she lacks the courage to say how she really feels. As mother and daughter prepare for a fateful dinner party, the guests including a gossipy neighbor, an unemployed alcoholic, a political activist and a poor relation from the country, secrets are revealed and words which cannot be taken back are heatedly exchanged. It falls to the most unlikely of wise men to truly put things into perspective.

Ensemble Basiani – 2012 US Tour

Lovers of Georgian polyphonic song, get ready!

Ensemble Basiani is coming to the US!

For any of you who haven’t heard them, Basiani is one of Georgia’s finest men’s ensembles.

Learn more about them here:

And be sure to come to a come to a concert if you can!

Gainesville, FL
Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2:00pm
University Auditorium
University of Florida Performing Arts

Hanover, NH
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 7:00pm
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Spaulding Auditorium
Dartmouth College

Berkeley, CA
Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 8:00pm
First Congregational Church
Cal Performances, University of California

Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm
First United Methodist Church
UCSB Arts & Lectures

New York, NY
Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7:30pm
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46th St.
Lincoln Center, White Light Festival

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