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Monday, May 27, 2002

WILD, WILD LIFE

’Wildman’ Steve Brill shows how to prepare park greens with new cookbook

Steve Brill became an instant celebrity in 1986 when he was arrested for eating a dandelion in Central Park. The arrest brought Brill, who calls himself "Wildman," coverage in New York newspapers and guest spots on radio and television shows like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee." Comment.

’SIA’ NO EVIL

If you’re a fan of Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell’s PBS series "The Power of Myth," you’ll love the new film from Burkina Faso opening at BAMcinematek for a one-week run, "Sia: The Dream of the Python" (2001), directed by Dani Kouyate. Comment.

’MAGNOLIAS’ IN BLOOM

"Steel Magnolias," written by actor-turned-writer Robert Harling, has been both an award-winning off-Broadway play and a motion picture starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts. Now it is on stage at the Boerum Hill Arts Center, directed by Boerum Hill resident Steven Edward Hart. Comment.

MANIPULATIVE PEOPLE

When Theodora Skipitares, co-director of "Labapalooza! Mini Festival of New Puppet Theater," playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse, first became involved in puppetry 20 years ago, sophisticated performers appeared mostly in Europe. Then, 10 years ago, the Jim Henson family began producing large puppet festivals that brought the best companies from Europe, Asia and Africa to New York City. Comment.

PORCELAIN DOLLS

It could be the craftsmanship, or the cherubic faces or the humorous antics. Whatever it is, somehow, M.I. Hummel porcelain figurines, inspired by the 67-year-old paintings of a German nun, have become cherished collectibles, passed down from generation to generation of Brooklyn families. Comment.

PETAL PUSHERS

Former Windows on the World chef Michael Lomonaco (far left), a graduate of Downtown Brooklyn’s New York City Technical College Hospitality Management program, and Gary Rehaut (left), chef of the Archives restaurant at the New York Marriott Brooklyn were on hand Monday, May 13, for the Fifth Annual Metrotech Garden Festival. Comment.

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