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Saturday, June 12, 2004

SUMMER PLEASURES

Sonny’s Bar & Grill has been in business just three months, but it has already established itself as a brunch destination on Smith Street. Comment.

FOREVER FRIDA

This weekend, the Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos Inc. (TEBA) will perform "Rivera’s Last Frida: The Communist Affair" at the Impact Theater in Prospect Heights. The play, written and directed by Park Slope’s own Hector Luis Rivera, focuses on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s relationships with her husband, artist Diego Rivera, and one of her many lovers, Russian socialist Leon Trotsky, while also exploring her political and sexual ideology. Comment.

’POWER’ READ

TAKE A LOOK

When I mentioned Palmira’s to friends each said, "Oh, I know that place. But I’ve never gone in." When I asked why, they all had a variation on "I didn’t know if it was a restaurant, a club or a pizza place." Comment.

MOVIE MAVEN

Cannes, France - In addition to the filmmakers, the deal-makers, and the glitz and glamour of the annual Cannes Film Festival, there are also film curators whose work consists of seeing as many films as possible. One such attendee at this year’s fest, which ran from May 12-23, was Adrienne Mancia, curator-at-large for BAM’s Rose Cinemas and BAMCinematek. Comment.

’LOST’ CAUSE

The title of Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labour’s Lost" refers to the lost work of courting when Ferdinand, King of Navarre, decides to turn his court into an academy and asks three of his lords to forsake romance for three years and devote themselves to academic pursuits. Comment.

TALENT POOL

The 2004 season of Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off another summertime of live music and movies in the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 16 with two music industry insiders with decades of history in the biz - legendary record producer Clive Davis and Los Lobos. Comment.

A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY

Atlantic Yards: About a year ago, Dock Oscar of the band Sweet William, got to thinking. He had music on his mind but it was not the thrashing angst of rock, the catchy cheese of pop, or the pounding bass of rap. No, Oscar was thinking about the sweet, smooth sound of country music. Comment.

CLEAN BILL

Who better to light up the house at BAM’s Harvey Theater with Moliere’s "The Imaginary Invalid" than the House of Moliere? Better known as La Comedie-Francaise, this venerable theatrical institution has been presenting not only Moliere but also the entire repertoire of classical French drama since 1681 when Louis XIV merged Moliere’s acting company with several rival companies. Comment.

ON LOCATION

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann will immortalize St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO when she plays there on June 23 and 24. The shows will be filmed for a DVD to be released in time for Christmas, Mann’s manager and former ’Til Tuesday bandmate Michael Hausmann told GO Brooklyn. Comment.

At final Downtown Plan hearing, vote is postponed        

Harriet Tubman led thousands of slaves to freedom and now the legacy of the famed abolitionist may help save a row of old homes. Comment.

Watchtower’s DUMBO plans revealed to Brooklyn Papers

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society certified plans with the city this week to build a four-apartment-building complex at the edge of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill. Comment.

CB6 OK’s Ikea plan       

Like it or not, “Flarke” and “Hensvik” may soon become part of the Brooklyn lexicon. Comment.

CONDO IN THE SKY       

Atlantic Yards: The Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, the tallest in Brooklyn, noted for its gold dome and density of dental offices, is on the auction block, and experts believe the building will be converted to luxury condominium apartments. Comment.

Papers’ photog in court over WTC memorial

Two failed entrants in the World Trade Center memorial design competition are suing the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation seeking to force the agency to re-open the contest on grounds that it did not follow the agreed upon rules. Comment.

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