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Saturday, April 3, 2004

PINTS & PHANTOMS

Connor McPherson’s "The Weir," with its spine-tingling ghost stories told in a rural Irish pub, allows the Gallery Players to show off what they do best - provide top-notch acting and create a masterful, realistic set. Comments (1)

STRESS FREE

Now through April 8, "PMS" is on display inside the Brooklyn War Memorial. Comment

FREE FOR ALL

"This is beshert," Peri Smilow says when I visit her in her Park Slope apartment. Comment

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Tonight (Saturday, April 3) at 11:30 pm, the New York cast of Neo-Futurists will perform Greg Allen’s "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes)" at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope. Comment

COLD COMFORT

Halfway through a multi-course tasting dinner at Green Paradise, a raw foods restaurant in Prospect Heights, my husband said, "I’ve never tasted anything like this." Comment

RAVIOLI, OH!

"For a small to medium-size firm to make it to 50 years, in today’s day and age of big conglomerates, is a major accomplishment," says Louis Ballarino, of the Dairy Maid Ravioli Company in Gravesend that he owns with his brother, Salvatore, Comment

AAAAAAAAAAAH!

Hold on to your lunches. Comment

SPRING THAW

Pianist Yefim Bronfman’s performance at Bargemusic on April 8 and 10 will also serve as a reunion with Mark Peskanov, the floating venue’s artistic director and frequent violinist. Comment

IT’S A ’MYSTERY’

Longtime dancer and choreographer Lynn Parkerson founded Brooklyn Ballet, in Brooklyn Heights, in 2000. The organization began an active schedule last season, including an educational outreach program, "Elevate," in five Brooklyn schools. Comment

DELUXE EDITION

Cynthia Hopkins’ "Accidental Nostalgia," now on stage at St. Ann’s Warehouse, is billed as an "operetta about the pros and cons of amnesia." Comment

Institute off chopping block?

Atlantic Yards: A week after the City Planning Commission hosted a public hearing on the Downtown Brooklyn Plan, it is considering making two major changes, according to sources. Comment

MTA seeks as much money as it can get … from Ratner

Atlantic Yards: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter Kalikow said this week he would seek “maximum value” for an 11-acre Long Island Rail Road storage yards site in Prospect Heights — over which developer Bruce Ratner is looking to build a colossal arena complex — but demurred when asked if he would put the property through an open bidding process. Comment

Hundreds rally to protest Ratner plan

Atlantic Yards: Chanting “No eminent domain for personal gain,” hundreds of protesters gathered in Prospect Heights Sunday, within three-point range of the site planned for a professional basketball arena that has been mightily opposed since it was proposed by developer Bruce Ratner last year. Comment

Ratner, Gehry looking to scale back     plans

Bruce Ratner and architect Frank Gehry are discussing modifications to reduce the number of buildings that would have to be condemned to build the massive Altantic Yards basketball arena, office tower and residential development, a Forest City Ratner consultant confirmed this week. Comment

Ratner ups the ante

Atlantic Yards: Developer Bruce Ratner has been floating the notion that he might build a second sports facility — for amateur athletics — in addition to a professional basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets, on the site for the proposed Atlantic Yards development. Comment