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Monday, May 20, 2002

ALL THAT

"Smith Street doesn’t need another bistro," said Steven Hall, one of the owners of the innocuously named That Bar, which opened on Friday, May 10. Who could disagree? Comment.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

What is real? What is not real? What is theater? What is illusion? What is spectacle? Who is the audience? Who are the actors? What is a plot? What is dialogue? Comment.

SAD SONGS

Floyd Collins, a Kentucky caver, got trapped in Sand Cave on Jan. 30, 1925. He remained there until rescuers recovered his body more than two weeks later. The incident became a major media event and the inspiration for a movie and a musical. Comment.

THEN AND NOW

When we were first married, my husband and I rented an apartment that was described by a real estate broker as having "charming detail." In the living room and bedroom were ornately carved marble fireplaces, and the claw-foot bathroom tub could have held a Roman orgy. Floor-to-ceiling shuttered windows opened onto Fort Greene Park. Comment.

EYES HAVE IT

You only have three days to see "Blythe Spirit." Comment.

SCREEN GEMS

The Brooklyn Museum of Art has been the place to be of late for filmmakers of all sorts - the moguls and the indies - to hobnob and party. Comment.

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