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Monday, April 14, 2003

SPRING FEASTS

Party planning pros offer tips on how to celebrate holidays with more love and less mess

Whether it be Passover or Easter, the special meals that these important family holidays include can be overwhelming - especially for first-time hosts or hostesses. Comment.

SCHNACK ATTACK

There’s a new place for Brooklynites with a hankering for American classics like hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a cold pint of suds - Schnack, which just opened at 122 Union St., between Columbia and Hicks streets. Comment.

EGG-STRA NICE

A dozen adults and children gathered on April 6 at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, at 157 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights, to learn how to decorate Easter eggs in the Pysanky (Ukrainian) tradition (pictured). Comment.

CROSS WORDS

It seems like such an obvious choice during Holy Week, but Franz Josef Haydn’s "The Seven Last Words of Christ" is not performed as often as, say, Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion," the latter usually considered the absolute peak of religious music. Comment.

RAISING SPIRITS

If the thought of a pre-Passover wine-tasting event conjures up the image of a long table studded with syrupy cups of sweet Concord wine, think again. Comment.

ACTS OF COURAGE

In 1974, when "The Island" opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London, South Africa was in the grip of a repressive policy of apartheid. This season, as "The Island" opens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the world is in the throes of terrorism and war. Comment.

MS. DIRECTED

Can you tell the gender of a movie director just by watching a film? Comment.

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