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Monday, Jan. 20, 2003

’BIRD’ SINGS

Heights Players production of ’Sweet Bird of Youth’ a triumph

The tormented world of Tennessee Williams is not easy to reproduce on stage. It takes acting and direction often beyond the scope of community theater. So it is with special enthusiasm that this reviewer recommends the Heights Players’ "Sweet Bird of Youth." Comment.

MLK at BAM

Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the 17th annual "Come Share the Dream" tribute taking place Jan. 20 at 11:30 am at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100]. The free event is presented by Borough President Marty Markowitz, BAM and Medgar Evers College. Comment.

OFFBEAT AND ON TARGET

What do you do if you own a trendy DUMBO restaurant and have a large, unused space in the basement? The owners of Rice have answered that question by creating an intimate underground lounge, appropriately named Low, offering nourishment for the body and food for thought. Comment.

VEGGIE FRIENDLY

The word "diner" is deceiving. It conjures up images of roadside greasy spoons dishing out comfort in the form of home-baked pies and cup after cup of strong coffee, or the newer diner-restaurants lit like Yankee Stadium for an evening ball game and covered with miles of faux-marble Formica. Menus at these mega-diners weigh as much as a Bible and include everything from a Reuben sandwich to fettuccini Alfredo. Comment.

GUTS AND GLORY

Need a respite from ordinary, Western art? Then get a dose of color therapy from the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s current exhibition, "The Adventures of Hamza." The 16th-century paintings serve to illustrate the epic Persian tales about Amir Hamza, the paternal uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, who traveled the world spreading the teachings of Islam. Comment.

NAME THAT PLAY

In a wonderful departure from their usual repertoire, the Gallery Players will present an original musical revue based on the world of "fears, cheers and tears" we call Broadway. Comment.

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