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Monday, March 17, 2003

EASY BEING GREEN

Every Brooklyn neighborhood celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

In my Windsor Terrace neighborhood, the area turns a vivid green as St. Patrick’s Day nears. Dolls that resemble leprechauns peek from behind curtains and cutouts of green pots of gold twinkle on brownstone entrances. Storefront windows along Prospect Park West are covered with shamrocks and signs proclaiming, "Pride of the Irish." Comment.

SHINING RUBY

Actress Ruby Dee will be one of the panelists at "High Tea and Reel Talk," a discussion sponsored by New York Women in Film & Television, as part of the annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Fest & Lecture series on March 15 at 3 pm in the Luntey Commons on Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Comment.

IRISH AYES

McBear’s, a dive bar with greasy, prison-sized windows wasn’t the kind of place a woman entered alone. On any weekday, men huddled around the bar drinking pints while a TV flickered in the background. With its dank scent of cigarettes and old beer, McBear’s possessed the end-of-the-road sadness that Edward Hopper captured in his paintings. Comment.

DRAWN OUT OF HORROR

The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s new exhibition, "The Last Expression: Art and Auschwitz," accomplishes the breathtaking feat of bringing to the fore the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust while simultaneously celebrating the resilience of the victims who, through art, tried to document, rise above or resist the atrocities they suffered. Comment.

BALLET ON ICE

Choreographer Katherine Healy (pictured) will perform her ice ballet "Through the Glass, Darkly," in memory of her mentor, the late Olympic Gold Medalist John Curry, as part of the Ice Theatre of New York’s program at the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink (on 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan) on March 19 at 1 pm. Curry, Britain’s most successful figure skater, died of AIDS in 1994. He was 44. Comment.

WINDY CITY

Anyone familiar with the Brooklyn Academy of Music over the past two decades knows how integral the stage works of composer John Adams have been in making the name BAM synonymous with the musical and theatrical cutting edge. Comment.

’BUTTERFLY’ REBORN

For the penultimate production of its season, the Regina Opera Company in Dyker Heights will stage a production of Puccini’s tragic "Madama Butterfly," that is at once traditional and unconventional. Comment.

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