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Saturday, May 29, 2004

MADE IN JAPAN

This Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, Smack Mellon Gallery in DUMBO will host "In Serenity, We Face," a program featuring the New York debut of works by five performance groups from Tokyo. Comment.

’KABUL’ MARATHON

Let me confess: I am not a big fan of Tony Kushner. Comment.

LUSH LIFE

How much has Fort Greene changed? Ten years ago, liquor stores kept their bottles behind bulletproof Plexiglas. Now the houses sell for a million dollars a piece, the streets are lined with bistros and there are wine shops with easy access to the goods. Comment.

DUMBO BUYS

As if you needed an excuse to go shopping, you can now splurge for an artistic cause when the DUMBO Bazaar returns this Saturday, May 29. The bazaar, organized by the non-profit mobile arts organization Nest, will offer works for sale by local artisans, as well as live music and a bar. Comment.

STAR BRIGHT

Chef Marc Elliot, the Grateful Dead enthusiast and seafood maven of Cobble Hill, has relocated. Comment.

PLAY BY PLAY

When Matt Schicker and Heather Curran took over direction of the Gallery Players’ Black Box New Play Festival last year they made a dramatic departure from with the past. Instead of focusing on presenting new one-act plays, they inaugurated an active program of developing plays throughout the season, with the festival as the culmination of the effort. Comment.

LUCKY SEVEN

The Seventh Annual Brooklyn International Film Festival, "Stretch Edition," kicks off June 4 at the Brooklyn Museum. One hundred films from 30 countries will be shown at this international film competition, which continues through June 13. Comment.

City wants Piers 11, 12 for cruises

The city has $20 million earmarked for a new cruise ship terminal in Red Hook — now it has to convince the public it is feasible. Comment.

GOP: Yes to arena

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn Republicans voted by a wide margin to support development of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards basketball arena, office towers and housing complex this week. At the same time many raised concerns over the use of the state’s power of eminent domain to condemn private property. Comment.

Market for sellers, not renters       

Atlantic Yards: With homeowners in the path of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards arena, office towers and housing project set to accept lucrative buyouts, a group of residents who have been there the longest — and stand to lose the most — are now banding together. Comment.

3-year dock deal      

American Stevedoring, a shipping company that employs 600 people, has been operating on the Red Hook and Columbia Street piers without a lease since the end of April. Comment.

CB6 panel gives Ikea thumbs-up

Atlantic Yards: A plan to build an Ikea store on the Red Hook waterfront moved a step closer to city approval Thursday night when a Community Board 6 committee recommended approving the plan. Comment.

ON THE HOOK      

City officials shocked waterfront activists this week, announcing that a nearly half-million-dollar, taxpayer-funded plan for the future of Piers 6-12 — completed just last month — was “outdated.” Comment.

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