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Monday, Aug. 13, 2001

BROOKLYN GRIOT

Weeksville’s annual family day features storyteller Tracy Cook

I like African folktales. There’s lots of action. They talk about good things, and the story ends with a lesson," says 8-year-old Alicia Mitchell-Mangual, who attends Tracy Cook’s storytelling workshops at the Weeksville Society in Bedford-Stuyvesant, every weekend. Comment.

FLOWER POWER

If you’re like me you’ve probably been to enough pita palaces to know the menu blindfolded - babaghanouj, hummus, all the usual suspects. The decor consists of a weaving hung on the wall, lots of tables that are too small and unstable to be comfortable and a soundtrack that whines non-stop in the background. The food is familiar and often good, but don’t expect surprises. Comment.

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

Are you troubled by the outcome of the 2000 presidential election? Are you concerned about oil drilling in Alaska? Do you believe giant corporations and HMOs have too much power? Comment.

OUT OF AFRICA

Headlining the closing night of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival on Aug. 19 will be Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal. Comment.

A ticket to the majors? Certainly not        

Cyclones: There are some things in life that are certain. For instance, if a major league baseball team holds a tryout here in Brooklyn, they’re going to get a huge turnout. And, undoubtedly, if you ask any one of those participants why he packed up his equipment, donned his uniform and braved the August heat to show some scout what he’s got, he’s going to answer, “It’s been my lifelong dream.” Comment.

Corr’s light stuff sets up closer

Cyclones: No one could believe his eyes. Comment.

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