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Saturday, March 13, 2004

GODDESS IS GOOD

Find the spirit of joyfulness at new Bed-Stuy eatery Yolele

Walk into Yolele, the new Senegalese bistro in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and the experience causes a moment of awed shock. Comment.

ANALYZE THIS

In "There’s No Disgrace Like Home," an early episode of the Fox TV series "The Simpsons," Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie visit therapist Dr. Marvin Monroe after watching his commercial promising "family bliss or double your money back." Comment.

VINTNER’S DELIGHT      

For those Brooklynites who salivate over fresh-made pastries, chocolates and hearty, authentic French bistro fare, Provence en Boite, the Bay Ridge patisserie-restaurant owned by chef Jean-Jacques Bernat and his wife, Leslie, is already a favorite destination. Comment.

BEAT GOES ON

For the Omni Ensemble’s March 13 concert at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, leader David Wechsler has invited a special guest: composer-performer David Amram. Comment.

COUNTRY TIME

Beginning March 18, the Kings County Opry will present a monthly helping of live bluegrass, country and alt-country music at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Prospect Heights. Comment.

THE ART OF POLITICS

This weekend is your last chance to see Fred Harper’s humorous parade of caricatures in the "Burning Bush" show, now on display at the DUMBO General Store [111 Front St. at Washington Street, (718) 855-5288]. Comment.

’LAUGHING’ MATTERS

Joseph Stein’s comedy "Enter Laughing," now on stage at the Heights Players, began as a semi-autobiographical novel by comedian Carl Reiner. Comment.

TRIPLE THREAT

The Brooklyn Museum of Art will be the place to be on March 20 to view the "Creature from the Black Lagoon." The 1950s classic film is being screened - in 3-D - as part of the New York International Children’s Film Festival at 1 pm and 4 pm. Comment.

STILL SEXY

Italian director Marco Bellocchio, 65, who makes highly charged dramas that take the social, moral and political pulse of the times, shows no signs of slowing down. Comment.

TOTO RECALL

In October, the former Park Slope restaurant Luce became Bar Toto. Says co-owner Peter Sclafani, who used his father’s nickname to christen the new venture, "We wanted to make the place more accessible to the community." Comment.

LANDMARK     EFFORT

Atlantic Yards: From the outside, the old Ward Bakery building at 800 Pacific St. looks like just another city relic — an abandoned, six-story building with cement filling the spaces that were once windows. Comment.

Ratner: Arena deal with state, MTA near

Atlantic Yards: Forest City Ratner is close to an agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Empire State Development Corp. for development of the Atlantic Yards arena, office and housing development in Prospect Heights. Comment.

Beep backs Downtown Plan

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz gave his approval this week to the controversial Downtown Brooklyn Plan, a city proposal that would use the state’s power of eminent domain to condemn private property and rezone the area to allow for taller buildings. The Downtown Plan’s advocates say they envision a 24-7 commercial and residential hub with skyscraping office and residential towers. The plan overlaps, but is separate from, developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project that could include a profe Comment.

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