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Some might argue that February is the worst month of the year. The weather is unpredictable. It drags on despite being the shortest month. And Valentine's Day doesn't break the monotony, it just breaks both singles' and couples' spirits. Ordinarily we wouldn't put up much of a fight to dissuade the anti-Febs of this notion. But then we discovered that this February there are a variety of intriguing events on the cultural calendar. Whether you're passionate about art, music, film, fashion or psychology, there's something for everyone. February, you ain't so bad after all.


Peter Lindbergh Opening

Peter Lindbergh's 'Nadja Auermann, Mojave Desert, California, USA, 1996' via Facebook

If you’re not up on your fashion photographers (and no, knowing Mario Testino doesn’t really count), then you have to meet Peter Lindbergh via an exhibition opening February 4 and running until April 23. The Gagosian Gallery presents a series of Lindbergh's photographs that redefined the standards of female beauty in the late 1980s by using early narrative cinema and street photography as his inspiration. Turning his back on staged glamour, Lindbergh captured women’s souls and personalities instead in high contrast black-and-white photography. Expect to recognize some famous faces, like Monica Bellucci.

When: Opening, Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition, until Apr. 23
Where: Gagosian Gallery, Merlin 3, Kolonaki
How: Call the gallery on 210 3640215 for ticket information.

 

Gros Plan 

Jakob M. Erwa's 'Homesick' (2015) via Website

The Oscars may be on February 28, but you have a chance to shape the local film industry before that. Between February 4 and 7, the Instituto Cervantes de Atenas will host Gros Plan, a film festival where real audiences act as judges. Eight films will be screened and the audience will rate each film. At the end of the week, the favorite will win a cash prize to help cover costs of distribution and screening rights in Greece. The ratings collected will also be publicized to the Greek film distributors and film festival organizers testifying to the film's market viability. Be the change you want to see on the screen. 

When: Feb. 3-7
Where: Instituto Cervantes de Atenas, Mitropoleos 23, Center
How: Applications for audience participation are now closed. Seats will be available last minute, but pre-screened members have priority.  

 

Psychoanalysis Meets Art


Prepare to be go deep into the artist's mind with a fascinating series of conversations organized by publishing house Porfira. Hosted by Idrima Theocharaki, each meeting will pair a major Greek artist with a psychoanalyst or psychotherapist. The duo will attempt to crack open the inner world of the artist to explore and identify what's behind their creations. The first conversation will be held on February 6 (6-8 p.m.) between artist George Rorris and professor of psychiatry Grigoris Vaslamatzis. 

When: Feb. 6-Mar. 19
Where: Idrima Theocharaki, Vassilis Sofias & Merlin, Center
How: Tickets can be bought via bank transfer. Check the Facebook event page for details. 


Revert Exhibition Opening by Thease

According to rock star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, there are as many stars in the galaxy as there are grains of sand on earth. If that fact blew your mind (and inspired you to begin writing poetry again), then you will love the exhibition Revert. Held at the Benaki Museum Shop as part of a series of exhibitions titled Material Quests, Revert is the project of design group Thease, who create jewelry and accessories using one basic material: sand. In their hands, sand sparkles like stars. 
 
When: Opening, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. Exhibition, until Mar. 13
Where: Benaki Museum, Peiraios 138, Center
How: Admission is free.


Vinyl Bazaar

Photo by Yanko Peyankov

Let’s not hide behind Rihanna’s album drop: Devoted music fans are still reeling after the major loss of talent in the last few months. Find your joy again at TAF’s Vinyl Bazaar. Featuring records from private collectors, the bazaar gives you a chance to score records in genres ranging from rock, pop, soul, jazz and blues to funk, hip hop and electronica. You’ll also find collectibles and plenty of merch.

When: Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 
Where: The Art Foundation, Normanou 5, Monastiraki
How: Admission is free.


The Chorus (Les Choristes

'The Chorus' (2004)

According to Madonna, music has the power to make the people come together, including the bourgeoisie and the rebels. In the French film Les Choristes (or The Chorus), a teacher shows that music has the power to change the lives of abandoned children. Prep your ears for the choral and symphonic tunes of the Choir of the Arsakeia Schools and the Athens Youth Symphony Orchestra as they present a musical production of the award-winning music and songs from the French film. Music is accompanied by narrative and video projections. With Greek subtitles only. 

When: Feb. 9 & 10, 8:30 p.m. 
Where: Onassis Cultural Center, Syggrou 107, Fix
How: Ticket proceeds (€25) will be donated to the Arsakeia Scholarship Fund.


ArtAZ Surprise! 7: Crisis Edition 

ArtAZ 'Surprise!' 7: Crisis Edition via Website


For the seventh year, ArtAZ is holding its annual charity Surprise! exhibition at gallery space Yi K44. How it works: Artists from around the world exhibit their work anonymously. You choose your favorite piece (all specially priced at €50) and the proceeds go to Klimaka to support the homeless in Athens. You can view all works online before the launch on February 26 and new work will be added daily until the exhibition opens. You can reserve your favorites, but buying can be done only in person at the exhibition. As always, you'll find out the artist's name only once you have the piece in your hand.  

When: Feb. 26-28
Where: Yi K44, Konstantinoupoleos 44, Gazi 
How: Check website for details.