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Monday, Sept. 1, 2003

TRAVELING IN STYLE

BAMcinematek’s short film series introduces a world of chic flicks from around the globe

While it might not be in your budget to travel the globe looking for the best short films the world has to offer, curator Jonathan Howell, founder and programmer of "The World According to Shorts" series at BAMcinematek, has accomplished that daunting task and is bringing them directly to Fort Greene Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Comment.

WINE AND DINE

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Restaurant Saul and Damascus Bakery while Carroll Gardens author Tony DiDio reads from his new book "Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing" (Alpha, $18.95) at BookCourt on Sept. 4. Comment.

TIME TO SHINE

At the Gracie Mansion prelude celebration for the upcoming West Indian American Day Parade, Mayor Mike Bloomberg made a bold meteorological prediction for Sept. 1: Comment.

HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL

In our post-Freud, post-Einstein world of relative values, it’s hard to create a purely evil character. But Shakespeare, in the 17th century, had no such problem. His plays abound with truly villainous personalities - Lady Macbeth, Richard III and, of course, Iago - the vicious petty officer who drives Othello to murder his wife, Desdemona, in a fit of jealousy. Comment.

BUSY HANDS

Can knitting or typing be the stuff of art - or such lofty pursuits as meditation? Comment.

POSTER ART

In conjunction with Manhattan’s Chisholm Gallery, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is presenting a century of gardening art with its latest show, "Vintage Garden Graphics: From Bloom to Harvest." Comment.

MORGAN’S GLORY

The Rotunda Gallery’s 2003-2004 season kicks off on Sept. 4 with "Clear Intentions," a group show of artists exploring abstraction. Guest curator Robert Morgan, an art critic who teaches at Pratt Institute, has assembled abstract painters, sculptors and one photographer for "Clear Intentions." Comment.

IDENTITY CRISIS

I stood near the bar at Casper Jones Cafe Lounge in Park Slope for several minutes watching a waiter watch me. After a minute of staring into each other’s eyes, I asked if he would seat us. (The room was half full, so I didn’t foresee a problem.) Comment.

JUST FOR LAUGHS

One of the biggest laughs last Saturday at the Boudoir Bar in Carroll Gardens may have come from Christian Finnegan’s riff on one of comedy’s most sure-fire victims. Comment.

INSIDE THE BOX

"New World Disorder," a mechanical and electronic installation by artist Ben Parry, will open at the Black & White Gallery (483 Driggs Ave. between North Ninth and North 10th streets in Williamsburg) on Sept. 5, with a reception from 6 to 9 pm. Comment.

‘Party Marty’ out?

Cyclones: The Brooklyn Cyclones human mascot Marty “Party Marty” Haber, a Clones account executive who entertains fans at most home game, may be on the outs. Comment.

August swoon worries fans

Play’s the Thing: It’s the lament of an August swoon: “We can’t hit!” cried one fan. “We’re falling apart!” said another. Were these expressions of abject pessimism coming from fans of the New York Mets, cellar dwellers in the Eastern Division of the National League? Were these cries of futility pouring forth from fans of the last-place Staten Island Yankees? Comment.

Brooklyn’s baseball history on display

Cyclones: Time is running out on the Cyclones’ season, which means time is running out on a easy way to enjoy Brooklyn’s baseball history. Comment.

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