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Monday, April 7, 2003

BEAM ME UP

The Waterloo Bridge Theatre takes "The Tempest," William Shakespeare’s classic tale of romance and revenge and gives it a Sci-Fi spin in an unconventional production directed by Waterloo Artistic Director J. Brandon Hill. Comment.

ISLAND SPICE

A stylish Caribbean restaurant named Sugarcane has opened on Flatbush Avenue, adding a bit of glamour to the still evolving area between Prospect Heights and Park Slope. Comment.

LOVE TO HATE THEM

Seventeenth-century France, under the rule of the "Sun King," Louis XIV, was a time when the arts flourished and the aristocracy frolicked. Gathered around the king in his palace in Versailles or back in their Parisian homes, the rich devoted themselves to courtship, entertainment and petty rivalry. Character took a backseat to dress, education and even the way one bowed. Comment.

JEWISH LIFE ON SCREEN

"You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s," went a famous 1960s ad campaign for rye bread. Similarly, you don’t have to be Jewish to field an entry in the Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival. Comment.

SWELL-LOOKING ’DOLLY!’

After commanding performances as Mama Rose in "Gypsy" and Sarah Brown in "Guys and Dolls," Eileen Christensen stars as Dolly Levi in the Narrows Community Theater production of "Hello Dolly!" directed by John Sheridan. Comment.

CIRCUS OF THE SCARS

In Roman times, circuses were designed to divert attention from a deteriorating society, and for the most part they still perform that function today. But in an ironic twist, Cirque Boom has created "The Circus of Vices and Virtues 2003," now at the Brooklyn Lyceum, to focus our attention on the evils of the Western world. Comment.

ROCKING HORSES

The handcrafted 1912 Prospect Park carousel will reopen to the public on April 17, not April 5 as previously announced by the Prospect Park Alliance. Comment.

BEN FROM THE BLOCK

Ben Vereen’s career as a singer, dancer and actor has taken him all over the world, but his heart still belongs in Brooklyn. Comment.

SOLE SUPPORT

This weekend, Edison, N.J.-based Aerogroup International Inc. will open its first Aerosoles store in Brooklyn. The new women’s footwear boutique at 142 Montague St., between Henry and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights, will celebrate its grand opening on April 5. Comment.

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