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Monday, Dec. 1, 2003

CALL GOPHER AND ISAAC

"It’s Bohemian industrial," Jack Luu says in describing Shinjuku Japanese Cuisine, the restaurant he manages on Atlantic Avenue. Comment.

GET SAUCED

When the temperature drops and the snowflakes begin to swirl, look no farther for hearty, flavorful winter fare than Paradou. The stick-to-your-ribs French cuisine this Park Slope bistro is currently turning out is rich and saucy, and the generous portions are meant for diners with healthy appetites who smartly hide their extra bulk under trendy, chunky sweaters. Comment.

WHAT A DOLL

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts brings the Moscow Classical Ballet to Midwood for a performance of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," on Nov. 30 at 3 pm. Comment.

NOT SO SOLITARY

Celebrated Brooklyn novelist Jonathan Lethem will read from his new novel, "The Fortress of Solitude" (Doubleday, 2003) at 7:30 pm on Dec. 4 at Halcyon, 227 Smith St. at Butler Street. Comment.

HOST WITH THE MOST

Many shows boast that they offer something for everyone, but how many can say they offer nourishment for the mind, body and soul? Comment.

HIGH SEAS TERRORISTS

Who says opera is an artificial art form unable to deal with issues of today? Comment.

SIZE MATTERS

In his time, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was considered something of a maverick. In fact, Ibsen, who moved from romanticism to naturalism in theater, is generally acknowledged as the founder of modern drama. Today his work has become part of the cannon of dramatic literature. Comment.

LIKE FAMILY

After 36 years in the music business, guitarist Butch Ford says he has played with REO Speedwagon, Billy Joel and The Eagles, and he’s been a stage manager for Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and George Benson. Now, as the weekend manager at Cousins II in Cobble Hill, Ford is waiting for his next talent to arrive. Comment.

GOOD SPORTS

It’s nothing short of amazing that New York Mets great Keith Hernandez continues to throw his support behind the Cobble Hill Health Center and its annual "Field of Dreams" gala. Comment.

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