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Monday, Oct. 27, 2003

WISH YOU WERE HERE

Author recounts triumphs & travails of writing memoir

Author Wendy Dale, who penned the new travel memoir, "Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals: Adventures in Love and Danger," is traveling from Los Angeles to Boerum Hill for the first time for a reading on Oct. 24. But it’s unlikely Brooklyn will be featured in her next book. Comment.

NOT IN KANSAS

At one point in William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls’ "The Wiz," the Gatekeeper tells Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion that they can’t see the Wiz; he’s moved because of "urban renewal." Comment.

BAM ’BEAUTY’

Susan Marshall & Company dancers Kristen Hollinsworth, Luke Miller and Mark DeChiazza in a scene from Marshall’s "Sleeping Beauty" at the BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St. at Flatbush Avenue in Fort Greene) on Oct. 21. Marshall’s Bessie Award-winning dance company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and this is their fifth engagement at BAM. Comment.

GETZ SMART

Steve Getz is a storyteller. Comment.

DUMBO ROCKS

SpinART Records, the indie rock label behind bands such as Apollo Sunshine and You Am I just pitched their tent in DUMBO. The 13-year-old label, with a roster of more than 40 artists, opened its doors at 20 Jay St. in August. Comment.

WASTED SPACE

While the title of the photography exhibition is a nod to singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, "All This Useless Beauty: Photographs by Larry Racioppo" - on display now in the Central Library’s Grand Lobby at Grand Army Plaza - is an ode to neglected entertainment venues (and churches) in Brooklyn. Comment.

POLE POSITION

Although their musical legacy is among the richest in Europe, Polish classical composers have gotten short shrift over the last couple of centuries. Aside from Frederic Chopin - whose solo piano works have enriched the repertoire like no other composer’s - many of the major composers from Poland are seen as outsiders or, at best, on the periphery of the truly important. Comment.

INSIDE ART

Gowanus artists will open their studios to the public Oct. 25 and 26, from 1 pm to 6 pm. Nineteen buildings housing more than 70 artists are located on both sides of the Gowanus Canal, which poetically enough was labeled "Lavender Lake" during its most fragrant, polluted years. Comment.

DUTCH TREAT

STANDING O       

If one doubted that Brooklyn’s food scene was alive and thriving, a glance into the Grand Ballroom of the New York Marriott Brooklyn, where the seventh annual Brooklyn Eats Festival was held on Oct. 20, would assuage their uncertainty. Comment.

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