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Monday, Dec. 22, 2003

XMAS ’KATS

On Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, at 1:30 pm, the Prospect Park Zoo will continue to give "Presents to the Animals." While red pandas (pictured) were delighted by deliciously wrapped bamboo on Dec. 6-7, this weekend the meerkats - members of the mongoose family from the Kalahari desert - will be presented with a gift perhaps only they can truly appreciate: crickets and mealworms. (Hint: Don’t try this with your relatives.) Comment.

POOH-FECT STORY

Just in time for Christmas the Ryan Repertory Company is presenting "Winnie-the-Pooh: A Christmas Tail," directed by Barbara Parisi and John Sannuto. Sannuto provides the choreography and Jay Shapiro is the musical director (and plays the synthesizer and piano), for this production with book, music and lyrics written by James W. Rodgers based on the A.A. Milne classic. Comment.

WHAT IFS

In the more than three centuries since his birth, Johann Sebastian Bach has overcome extremely modest beginnings to stake a legitimate claim to being the most revered composer in music history. Comment.

STILL SMOKIN’

Students in Brooklyn College’s theater department were given some practical advice from a pro on Monday night when Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jimmy Smits arrived for a master class. Comment.

QUALITY TIME

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year because we are reminded and grateful for the love of our family and friends. It’s the time of year when twinkling lights, eggnog and a phone call from a chum you haven’t heard from in a year warm your insides even as the weather grows colder. Comment.

CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

Psychologist Dr. Phyllis Chesler’s latest book is a marked departure from her previous 12 - which included the ground-breaking "Women and Madness," published in 1972. Comment.

TRIBECA IN DUMBO

You know a neighborhood has lost its grit when a "family style" restaurant opens and the locals cheer. Comment.

HEART OF GLASS

Bay Ridge artist Beryl Brenner currently has her colorful works in glass featured in several exhibits throughout New York City and three in Brooklyn: "The Artists of Urban Glass" (through Dec. 24) on Rockwell Street between Fulton Street and DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene and "Glass and Textile Art" and "My Personal Story" (both on display until Dec. 28) at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center at 135 Broadway at Bedford Avenue. Comment.