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Saturday, May 22, 2004

BIG TOP BIGWIG

Critically acclaimed talents and youth groups alike will strut their stuff on the Beard Street Pier in Red Hook this Saturday, May 22, as part of the 10th annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival. Comment.

YOUNG TURKS

When partners - and sisters - Ayse and Asu Telgeren opened their Williamsburg eatery, Nar Meze Bar, in June, they keyed into two trends. Both the name, Nar, which means "pomegranate" in Turkish, and its menu of meze, or small-plate dining, were both hot fads last year. Comment.

FIVE-STAR EXPLORER

Marco Polo Ristorante on Court Street was awarded the prestigious International Five Star Diamond Award, on May 12, from the American Academy of Hospitality Services. The award is bestowed on better establishments in the world that meet the highest level of food and service. Comment.

BEYOND PINOCCHIO

Emerging puppet artists will once again present their works-in-progress at the annual "Labapalooza!" mini festival of new puppet theater at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, May 28 through June 6. Comment.

SUPER ’GIRLS’

Canadian writer-editor Emily Pohl-Weary will read from her new anthology, "Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks" (Sumach Press, 2004), at The Lucky Cat in Williamsburg on May 23 at 7 pm. Comment.

SHEER FOLLY

This must be the season of Sondheim. "Assassins" just opened at Studio 54. "Merrily We Roll Along" is at the Gallery Players. And a week into their run, "Follies" opens at another Brooklyn venue, the Heights Players. Comment.

OUT OF AFRICA

For those in-the-know, Memorial Day weekend is definitely not a time to flee the city, because that’s when the Brooklyn Academy of Music brings dance, film, live music and merchandise from the African diaspora to Fort Greene. Comment.

DYLAN REDONE

The lyrics may be familiar, but the songs are definitely not the same. Comment.

BIG TOP BIGWIG

Don’t miss the Brooklyn Family Theatre’s production of "Barnum," which folds up its tent after performances on Saturday, May 22, at 4 pm and 8 pm. Comment.

‘Schnack’ attack      

Nick DeSilvio took home the “Schnackie Award” this week when he devoured nine mini-hamburgers in six minutes, beating out his fellow longshoreman at the first-ever hamburger-eating contest on the Red Hook waterfront. Comment.

Nader to rail against arena

Atlantic Yards: Consumer advocate and potential presidential spoiler Ralph Nader is coming to town this week to speak out against the proposed Brooklyn arena and Westside Manhattan stadium projects. Comment.

Arena costs us 100s of millions        

Atlantic Yards: Just how much will a Brooklyn basketball arena cost New York City taxpayers? Comment.

NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS        

Red Hook residents and merchants who have been eagerly awaiting the results of a major city-sponsored study on the future of the working waterfront will have a lot longer to wait. Comment.

Protesters need to adjust focus

Weintrob: It’s not just the Nets, and it’s not just eminent domain. Whether Bruce Ratner has his way with us, in transforming Brooklyn from its status as a perpetually evolving multi-textured urban quilt into a sterile Manhattanized version of cul-de-sac suburbia, will depend more on our collective vision than on our individual pocketbooks. Comment.