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Monday, May 26, 2003

MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

Red Dive takes audiences on a theatrical trip down the Gowanus

For many of us growing up in Brooklyn, the Gowanus Canal was a place to avoid. But this area has a long and venerable history, and its residents have mixed feelings about its present condition and a variety of opinions about its future. Comment.

BATTLE OF BROOKLYN

When I started out this movie, I had no gray hairs," notes filmmaker Ari Taub, who now has some distinct pale tufts around his ears. "One actor put on 30 pounds, another actor went bald, another actor got a suntan, some older actor got a facelift." Comment.

POSH SPICE

La Maison Du Couscous - French for "The House of Couscous" - in Bay Ridge, changes the usual all-show Moroccan restaurant equation. Comments (1).

PUPPET FEST

The annual "Labapalooza! Mini Festival of New Puppet Theater" pops up at St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water St. at Main Street in DUMBO) on May 22. The Puppet Lab, under the direction of Dan Hurlin and Theodora Skipitares, is St. Ann’s platform for emerging puppet artists. Comment.

GIANT STEPS

The two Johns of They Might Be Giants - John Linnell and John Flansburgh - were hesitant when producer A.J. Schnack pitched the idea of making a documentary about their Williamsburg-based rock group’s 20-year career. Comments (1).

BRIDGE B-DAY

The Brooklyn Bridge to the World Celebration, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and honoring the 120th birthday of our most famous icon takes place on May 24. For more information, call (718) 802-3875 or visit Brooklyn-USA.org on the Web. Comment.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

From September through May, the Gallery Players’ stage is devoted to revivals of classic and contemporary plays and musicals. But in June, the stage is turned over to emerging playwrights from all over the tri-state area. Comment.

A great restaurant, and a thimble of ice cream

Weintrob: I think it was Joel Wolfe, who ran Restaurant Lisanne on Atlantic Avenue in the late 1970s and ’80s, who said he preferred a real review. Don’t tell me you’re coming, just come, eat, pay and write. Comment.

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