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Saturday, July 3, 2004

’IT’S SO EASY’

Seventies pop icon Linda Ronstadt and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform the singer’s rock hits along with great American standards arranged by Nelson Riddle on July 8 at 7:30 pm at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island. Comment.

TIED IS HIGH

Dressed in faded jeans, a snug-fit T-shirt and hot-pink pumps, Kerri Quigley stands by a cream-colored dress form, adjusting the fabric on one of her latest designs: a sleeveless dress altered from a men’s button-down shirt she found several years ago while rummaging through her grandmother’s attic in Iowa. The dress hangs loosely on the model in the corner of her bedroom, next to a large sewing machine where fragile lace fabric lays clamped under the needle. Comment.

ORDINARY PEOPLE

With his extremely modest and unassuming movies, the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu paradoxically created what are among the most profoundly poetic studies of human relationships ever committed to celluloid. Comment.

WINE, DINE AND DANCE

For the past 20 years, Michael and Alice Halkias have been restoring the 114-year-old Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope. The hall, built in 1892, served as an ornate Victorian public center with theatres, bars, ballrooms and even bowling alleys. Caruso sang there and Fred and Adele Astaire danced on the ballroom’s polished floors. Comment.

SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR?

Want to be a HBK? Then you need LBK - Live Band Karaoke - which returns to Brookyn Heights this Monday night. Comment.

POT OF GOLD

Put on your sunglasses and go to Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park to see the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s latest outdoor sculpture exhibition, "Chasing Rainbows." Comment.

STARRY NIGHTS

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Summer Film Festival, celebrating its fifth season, will once again present stars under the stars for six Thursdays at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Comment.

BEER BOTTLE ART

For artist Dan Mirer, inspiration came in a bottle. Comment.

GUNS AND DAMES

Akashic Books has just released an anthology of new short fiction set against a variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods. "Brooklyn Noir" is a collection of gloomy, gritty tales about the frailty of the human condition. Each of the 20 stories also stars a different Brooklyn neighborhood, from Greenpoint to Coney Island, from East New York to Red Hook. Comment.

WELL-DRESSED FISH

Step inside the newly decorated Barracuda seafood restaurant in Bay Ridge and you might forget you’re on land. Comment.

RATNER’S MONEY PIT      

Atlantic Yards: An economic analysis released this week blasted deeloper Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards arena and high-rise plan as a money loser that would cost the state and city more than half-a-billion dollars. Comment.

Downtown plan gets green light

A major rezoning plan that city and borough officials hope will turn Downtown Brooklyn into a booming metropolis of skyscrapers and corporate back-office space was approved this week in a nearly unanimous vote in the City Council. Comment.

Red Hook wants ‘contract’ from Ikea        

A public hearing Wednesday on Ikea’s plan to build a suburban-style store on the Red Hook waterfront highlighted for the umpteenth time the bitter rift that has emerged between neighborhood residents seeking jobs and those who see the community’s demise in the thousands of cars and trucks the Swedish furniture giant would bring to their streets. Comment.

Watchtower tower gains momentum       

Residents who moved into a newly converted, six-story condominium at Bridge and Front streets less than two years ago, say they had no idea what was in store for a massive, three-acre site across the street. Comment.

Another Brook hits sign, wins suit

Cyclones: On June 29, Derran Watts rocketed a double that hit the Garage Clothing “Hit this sign, win a suit” advertisement in left center field at Keyspan. It was only the second time the sign had ever been hit and the first time since the park’s inaugural 2001 season, when Jay Caligiuri earned the new duds. Comment.

On the hill and in the stands

Play’s the Thing: LAST WEEK we enlightened you as to which Cyclones would be fielding which positions … almost. This week, we’re going to finish the job by describing the other two positions, both essential to a professional game: the pitcher and, well, we’ll get to the other one later. Comment.

Clones’ winning week

Cyclones: The first full week of the Brooklyn Cyclones’ 2004 campaign was a successful one, as the team pushed their record to 8-6, good for second place in the McNamara Division. Comment.

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