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Saturday, May 15, 2004

RIVER DANCE

If you see a troupe of six lithe bodies gallivanting through Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park May 20-23, it’s not a mirage. It’s a free performance of "Oasis" by Silver-Brown Dance beginning at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 3 pm on Sunday. Comment.

FEELIN’ GROOVY

The fifth annual Joe DiMaggio Award Gala will honor singer-songwriter Paul Simon on Monday, May 17. The star-studded event is a dual benefit for Xaverian High School, in Bay Ridge, and the Loyola School, in Manhattan. The singer-songwriter memorialized "Joltin’ Joe" in his song "Mrs. Robinson": "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio/A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo woo woo)/ What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson/Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away/Hey hey hey hey hey hey." Comment.

SLEEPER HIT

In 1954, the musical "Pajama Game" asked whether a representative of the union grievance committee and the factory superintendent can find love and happiness while workers get a seven-and-a-half-cent hourly raise. And for the past half-century, audiences across the nation have been responding with a resounding, "Yes." Comment.

BAD TO WORSE

For some reason, The Gallery Players have chosen "Merrily We Roll Along," one of Stephen Sondheim’s biggest flops, as their final production of the season. The musical, with a book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Sondheim, opened at the Alvin Theatre on Nov. 16, 1981, and closed 12 days later. Comment.

FILM AID

MediaRights, a not-for-profit organization, holds its fourth annual "Media that Matters Film Festival" on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 pm in the BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene). Comment.

TOTAL RECALL

Since the store opened in 1999, Brooklynites - and an ever-growing number of celebrities - have flocked to the Carol’s Daughter boutique in Fort Greene for its all-natural, hand crafted body-care products. Comment.

’BOOM’ A BUST

True to its name, Cirque Boom presents a version of Jacques Offenbach’s opera "Tales of Hoffmann" that features many of the artists who make up family entertainment - acrobats, puppeteers, a stilt-walker, a juggler and a clown. But this eerie and jarring production is certainly not for children. Comment.

LIGHT TOUCH

The French bistro Belleville, on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, possesses something that few Brooklyn restaurants have - glamour. Comment.

STATUS ROE

Sure you can get seafood on Smith Street. But what about caviar? At Aqua, a seafood restaurant that opened in April, Smith Street denizens can have theirs - in this case tobiko caviar - four ways: with ginger, with wasabi, infused with tea and herbs, or given a bite with hot pepper. Comment.

CB2 votes against new hi-rise planned   for DUMBO

Community Board 2 this week rejected a plan by real estate developer David Walentas to build a 16-story residential building in DUMBO that would block views of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.

Planning panel OKs Downtown Plan

Atlantic Yards: A plan to turn Downtown Brooklyn into a commercial and retail hub with soaring office towers moved one step closer to reality this week. Comment.

Ratner buyout silences critics

Atlantic Yards: Real estate developer Bruce Ratner is closing in on a $32 million deal to buy out residents of a nine-story building standing at what would be center court of his new Nets arena project. Comment.

Ikea divides Red Hook

There were few surprises Thursday when Community Board 6 hosted the first official public hearing in the city’s review of a plan to open an Ikea store on the Red Hook waterfront. Comments (1).

JUMBO DUMBO

The DUMBO neighborhood, known for artist studios, stunning Manhattan views and relatively uncluttered streets, may soon more than double its residential population. Comment.

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