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Monday, June 30, 2003

SURVEY SAYS

The 2003-04 "Zagat Survey: Brooklyn" ($9.95) is now on the stands. This second guide, edited by Randi Gollin and Carroll Gardens resident Benjamin Schmerler, includes Brooklyn restaurants, nightlife, shopping, entertainment and attractions. Comment.

HOT SEATS

Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arrived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Monday night to have a lively, expletive-peppered chat with a sold-out audience about Anderson’s 2002 film "Punch-Drunk Love." Comment.

HOME PLATES

Brooklyn’s burgeoning dining scene continues to gobble up real estate. Here’s the latest about three newcomers: Park Slope’s Paradou, Williamsburg’s Chickenbone and Aliseo in Prospect Heights. Comment.

HE’S THEIR MAN

Nick Cave and Laurie Anderson are just the latest two in a long list of respected artists who have jumped aboard Celebrate Brooklyn’s June 28 tribute to the Canadian music god, Leonard Cohen. Comment.

PLAY DATE

You’d think that with all the time she spends coordinating activities, booking events and calling clients, Grace Dantas - also known as the Fun-Guru - would, quite frankly, be tired of such a steady intake of excitement. Comment.

BEDTIME STORY

In his notes to "The Cherry Orchard," director Michael Raimondi writes, "The Cherry Orchard is a comedy! Unfortunately, Chekhov has been stigmatized as a classic writer, of classic plays, derived from the Moscow Art Theatre and the Stanislavski system of acting, leaving no room for his original intention. Chekhov wanted his plays to be almost vaudevillian in style." Comment.

ALL-AMERICAN

Classical music may at times seem the province of, primarily, dead Europeans, but Bargemusic’s holiday program flies in the face of such a fallacy. Comment.

Cheers for Vic Cantone, Paper cartoonist

Weintrob: Vic Cantone hasn’t drawn for The Brooklyn Papers in quite a while, but he remains one of our most loyal readers, and I one of his ardent fans. Comment.

Cyclones sweep ferry series

Cyclones: Either they’re really bad, or the Cyclones are really good. Comment.

When will a Clone make it big?

Cyclones: With the major league Mets struggling and sporting an infield that’s three-quarters rookies (all from the Mets’ farm system) — Ty Wigginton at third, Jose Reyes at short and Jason Phillips at first — will the parent Mets be calling up more players from their farm system, possibly some former Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment.

Who’s on first? Bladergroen, naturally

Play’s the Thing: When Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did their famous “Who’s On First?” routine, they used several different versions. They would tailor their skit for different performances — having five, seven and nine-minute versions — and, with various ad libs, the piece almost never came out the same way twice. Comment.

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