Ancient History

Zorba the Greek, the 1946 novel by Nikos
Kazantzakis, tells the tale of a young intellectual who joins forces with the unrestrained and joyful Alexis Zorba. Armed with gifts from the gods — a sword, a shield, and a helmet that makes its wearer invisible — they capture the winged stallion Pegasus, travel to the rich city of Joppa and defeat the Kraken. Wait … different story? Anyway, Greece is now a bustling nation and the chief exporter of kalamata olives. Cele­brate the country’s rich heritage and culture at the Greek Festival from 11 a.m until 8 p.m. at St. Dionysios Orthodox Church (8100 West 95th Street, in Overland Park, 913-341-7373). This annual festivus includes food, drink, dance and music. A pop-up Greek Marketplace offers traditional items such as worry beads, embroidered clothing, artwork and many other gift items. (The festival also runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday.) There’s no charge to park or enter. See stdionysios.org/ourfestival.html.

Fri., June 17, 5-10 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 2011