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Saturday, June 5, 2004

BOOK ’EM

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stock up on your beach reading, look no further than the third annual Brooklyn Alternative Small Press Fair at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. Comment.

TRES CHIC

Downtown Brooklyn will be the place this summer for soul, jazz, funk and reggae fans as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Metrotech Center present another sizzling roster of world-famous artists in their annual Rhythm & Blues Festival. Comment.

HAVANA NIGHTS

Off the beaten path in Clinton Hill, hungry Brooklynites are getting lucky, thanks to Anderson Ruiz and Marcelo and Maria Arias. All chefs at heart, the trio opened Mojito three months ago to "combine and recreate all of our family recipes," Maria Arias told GO Brooklyn. Comment.

ONE-TWO PUNCH

Mark Morris might choreograph dances to existing music, but that doesn’t mean he has dozens of ballet scores in his head. Comment.

SWISS MISS

Brooklynite Jackie "Divalicious" Gordon strides up to the microphone on the small stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan. After a rousing rendition of Tommy Wolf’s "Say Cheese," Gordon rips off her white lab coat. Under the wrap is a Billy Holiday-style brown satin gown - adorned with yellow satin wedges of cheese. Comment.

STRANGE BUT TRUE

The story is so incredible that it seems apocryphal. But it’s true. Comment.

FIGHTING WORDS

Award-winning Brooklyn Heights author Ron Chernow (pictured) will read from his critically acclaimed new book "Alexander Hamilton" on June 10 at Middle School 51, with a reception and book signing to follow at the Old Stone House in Park Slope. Comment.

TOP BANANA

First impressions can be tricky. Take Banana Leaf bistro in Bay Ridge. The restaurant’s decor is as nondescript as anything you’ll find in Chinatown, right down to the bright lighting and Formica tables. There’s even a fish tank filled with striped bass that do a lazy shimmy along its bottom. The music - all instrumental versions of unpopular tunes - would make Lawrence Welk cringe. Comment.

’FLEA’ MARKET

The Gallery at Artists & Fleas will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, June 5. The new Williamsburg gallery is a rotating "show and sell" space created exclusively for Brooklyn artists, according to curator Jess Levey. Comment.

Final Downtown meet Tuesday       

A rezoning plan that would turn much of Downtown Brooklyn into an urban renewal area ripe for the development of office and residential towers is nearing the final stages of the city review process. Comment.

Bloomie’s Downtown      

Atlantic Yards: When Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, he talked about Bruce Ratner’s Nets arena plan as a done deal and said concerns from the local community about the Downtown Brooklyn Plan had been resolved. Comment.

Nets’ Cracker Jack mailer       

Atlantic Yards: Support the Nets … and win a prize! Comment.

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