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Monday, April 8, 2002

BIG-SCREEN KUROSAWA

Akira Kurosawa’s "Sanjuro" has it all: action, intrigue, gloriously staged swordplay and Toshiro Mifune as antihero (pictured). Comment.

’NORMAN’ TIMES THREE

Alan Ayckbourn, author of the comic trilogy "The Norman Conquests," has been called the "British Neil Simon," but somehow, despite his trilogy’s successful 1975 Broadway run (starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentice), Ayckbourn is not a household name. Comment.

INTERPRETER OF MELODIES

Why is it that Frederic Chopin is the composer of choice for so many accomplished pianists? Martin Kasik, whose recital at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts April 14 includes several works by the master, ventures a tentative guess. Comment.

JAZZ STORYTELLER

Tenor sax man Billy Harper and his quintet (Leron Thomas on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Clarence Seay on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums) will perform April 5 and April 6 at the Up Over Jazz Cafe, 351 Flatbush Ave. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.

NEW PLAYERS

There’s a new player on the Brooklyn theater scene: Brooklyn Family Theatre at the Church of Gethsemane at 1012 Eighth Ave. in Park Slope. Comment.

HEADLINE NEWS

When Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s "The Front Page" opened on Broadway in 1928, the ’20s were still roaring and Prohibition was still keeping bootleggers in business. At that time, any plays set in a metropolitan pressroom where rough-and-tumble reporters encounter gangsters, corrupt city officials and prostitutes would be applauded for its gritty realism and authentic characters. Comment.

HOT BRUNETTE

If location, location, location is the golden rule for any new business, then La Brunette, a restaurant that opened recently in the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is the ultimate risk-taker. Too far from the hubbub of the Williamsburg dining scene to be stumbled upon by curious diners, it has managed to fill its tables thanks to good word-of-mouth. Comment.

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