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Monday, July 22, 2002

TRADITIONAL KINDA GAL

Young cello star leads New York Philharmonic in Prospect Park show

"It’s quite a lot of fun to play - it gives me a rush when playing or hearing it," says Alisa Weilerstein - a virtuoso 20-year-old cellist whose playing has already inspired praise for its technical prowess and its unimpeachable passion - about the First Cello Concerto of Camille Saint-Saens, the centerpiece of the New York Philharmonic’s July 31 concert in Prospect Park. Comment.

SAME SEX AND THE CITY

Pretend that this is the script for a television show: . Comment.

’GLORIA’ REDUX

Don’t miss the Mark Morris Dance Group’s return to the Prospect Park band shell on July 26 at 8 pm as part of the annual performing arts series Celebrate Brooklyn. The dance group will perform "Canonic 3/4 Studies" (1982) which is set to piano waltzes, "The Argument," a 1999 work set to Robert Schumann’s Five Studies in Folk Style, Op. 102, and "Gloria" (1984). Comment.

FEELING HUNGRY

The Zagat Survey claims to have written the book on Brooklyn’s dining and nightlife scenes. Comment.

PAPER DOLL

More than 40 works by artist Meridith McNeal - including a variety of two-dimensional and sculptural pieces, such as hand-sewn paper shoes, luggage and corsets - are on display now through July 29 as part of the solo show "Beautiful Necessity" at Figureworks (168 North Sixth St. at Bedford Avenue) in Williamsburg. Comment.

COME RIGHT IN

When looking to escape the summer heat, a good watering hole is a must. Here are bars in Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn and Smith Street with tall pints and cool bartenders. Comment.

’STAG’ PARTY

The LITE Company’s production of "The King Stag" in Prospect Park has lots of magic. Not just the magic of transformation from man to beast and back again, but also the magic of music, dance, costumes and effervescent acting. Comment.

BROOKLYN’S BEST

If you love great, fresh beer, and wouldn’t mind having samples from some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn to wash it down with (well, maybe it’s the other way around depending on just how much you love beer) then run, don’t walk to the Critic’s Choice-Brooklyn event being hosted at the Brooklyn Brewery this Saturday, July 20, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Comment.

Doing the right thing        

Cyclones: The last remaining question as to how much of a success or failure for the borough have been the Brooklyn Cyclones — the single-A baseball team playing its second season at the taxpayer-funded Keyspan Park in Coney Island — is being answered weekdays between 8 am and 3 pm on a new turf field built between the stadium and the Riegelmann Boardwalk. Comment.

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