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Monday, Nov. 12, 2001

BLAND DATE

Smith Street’s Restaurant Saul lacks the spice this writer seeks

Too much praise can be a bad thing. I had a friend who used to fix me up on blind dates. "If I were single," she’d say, "this would be the guy for me. You’ll love him!" I rarely did. Comment.

MARTIAL PLAN

Martial arts cinema is still rubbing its dazzled eyes after being dragged out into the sunlight. The genre has spent most of the last three decades as a cave dweller in America, inhabiting rattletrap grind-house theatres, seedy video shops and off-hours TV slots. Comment.

NO EASY ANSWERS

The Fall Jewish Film Festival is back this year at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope with five films that, according to the synagogue’s Rabbi Gerald Weider, will provide "insight into Jewish life." Comment.

IN THE BEGINNING

For Brooklyn native Deborah Drattell - whose first full-length opera, "Lilith," receives its world premiere at New York City Opera on Nov. 11 - telling stories through music has always been part of her personal style, even before she began composing vocal music. Comment.

WAY OFF BROADWAY

Once again, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is bringing Broadway hits to our fair borough with its Broadway Sundays series. Save the dates of these three afternoons of extravagant productions at affordable prices. Comment.

BOOK MARK

VETERANS SALUTE

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is inviting the public to join them for a free performance by the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus the day before Veteran’s Day, on Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm. Comment.

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