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Monday, Dec. 2, 2002

TASTE OF MEXICO

Walking tour introduces visitors to Sunset Park’s little Mexico via their tastebuds

In honor of the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, Annie Hauck-Lawson, a scholar who studies the relationship between food and culture, led a tour through Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, home to many Mexican immigrants. Comment.

LOSS OF INNOCENCE

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s dense and willfully uncompromising films are the subject of a long overdue retrospective at the BAMcinematek. Comment.

SPANO PASSES BATON

Brooklyn Philharmonic conductor and music director Robert Spano has announced that he will not renew his contract with the financially strapped orchestra and will step down at the end of the 2003-04 season, the 50th anniversary year of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Comment.

MENORAH LIGHTINGS

To celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which begins at sundown Friday, Nov. 29, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 7, giant menorahs will be lit daily near Borough Hall and at Grand Army Plaza, accompanied by music. There will be gifts for the children, free menorahs and candles to take home, and hot latkes will be served. Comment.

LOOK AGAIN

Even for a time noted for its gore, William Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," written in 1606, is a famously violent play. The audience rarely sees the actual murders, but they are quite adequately represented onstage by bloody hands and bloodier descriptions. There’s Banquo’s death, Duncan’s death, Lady Macbeth’s suicide, and at last, Macduff bearing Macbeth’s severed head. Comment.

DUTCH TREATS

St. Nicholas will be among the hosts at the Lefferts Homestead Winter Festival in Prospect Park on Sunday, Dec. 1. Comment.

NOVEL IDEAS

The Brooklyn Public Library Foundation honored best-selling author Terry McMillan, 1998 Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Robert Furchgott, Caldecott Medal-winning author-illustrators Ted and Betsy Lewin and jazz legend Max Roach at its sixth annual gala on Nov. 21. Comment.

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