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Monday, Nov. 10, 2003

SERIOUS FUN

Galapagos takes its alternative comedy revue rather seriously

The monthly "Pie Hole Comedy Show" at Galapagos isn’t just an alternative to Manhattan’s comedy clubs; it’s an alternative to Manhattan’s comedy. Just as alternative rock made a splash in the ’80s and ’90s, alternative comedy is making an imprint. Comment.

EDIBLE HERITAGE

She’s charming. She’s enthusiastic. She could be your mom, but she’s not. Instead, she wants your family’s Italian-American recipes. Comment.

SPECIAL F/X

In Medieval times morality plays like "Pride of Life," "The Castle of Perseverance" and "Everyman" were performed on stages erected in front of the great west door of the church. In Improbable Theatre’s modern morality play, "The Hanging Man," which opened at the BAM Harvey Theater Nov. 4, the action takes place within the framework of an unfinished cathedral. Comment.

ON HALLIDAY

On the heels of Wendy Dale’s humorous travel memoir, "Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals: Adventures in Love and Danger" (Three Rivers Press/ Random House, 2003), Boerum Hill author Ayun Halliday will read from her own comic, self-deprecating - and occasionally scatological - collection of anecdotes about her international adventures, "No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late" (Seal Press, 2003) at BookCourt on Nov. 13 at 7 pm. Comment.

TIME TO DANCE

The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s third season of Dance Forum concerts is "About Time" on Nov. 9. The dance program features six works choreographed by Paz Tanjuaquio, Jessica Morgan, Pele Bauch, Shoko Kashima & Ryuko Sagimoto, Mark Jarecke and Tiffany Mills. Comment.

THREE FOR THREE

The young members of the Claremont Trio - 25-year-old pianist Donna Kwong and 23-year-old twin sisters Emily Bruskin (violin) and Julia Bruskin (cello) - are already veterans of the unique experience called Bargemusic. Comment.

GO FORTH

The Jewish Journey: Frederic Brenner’s Photographic Odyssey," is an exhibit of epic proportions now on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Canvassing the entire world from St. Lawrence Island, off Alaska, all the way East to Birobidzhan, an autonomous Jewish region formerly part of the USSR, Brenner has snapped the Jewish experience in seemingly every nook and cranny of the globe. Comment.

INDIAN SUMMER

The huge, ornate crystal chandeliers, linen tablecloths and brick walls might make you think fancy French, but don’t let the over-the-top decor fool you. Park Slope’s Bombay Grill, the newest addition to the Amin Restaurant chain (three in Brooklyn; one in Manhattan) which opened July 18, serves all the familiar Indian favorites - chicken tikka (tandoor grilled meat in a tomato and cream sauce), samosas (fritters stuffed with potatoes and peas) and curries. Comment.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Austrian director Michael Haneke has been making unsettling dissections of contemporary society since his debut film, "The Seventh Continent" (1989), which matter-of-factly presented a middle-class family methodically preparing to commit suicide. Comment.

LOVER BOY

"American Idol," eat your heart out. Comment.

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