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Saturday, July 10, 2004

TIME TO ’VEG OUT’

Vegetarians, vegans and raw food enthusiasts - or anyone looking to dine on more than a green salad - take note. Comment.

PARK CONCERT

’DREAM’ COME TRUE

The 16th century meets the 1960s, Elizabethan England meets the Bronx and Shakespeare meets "Grease" in Boomerang Theatre’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," presented free in New York City’s parks through July 25. Comment.

HEAVY METAL

Cineastes, take note. Buster Keaton’s "The General" (pictured) screens at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival on July 15 at 7:30 pm. One of the last major films of the silent era, Keaton’s 1927 farcical adventure-romance concerns a Civil War-era train conductor who first pursues, then flees, enemy troops via locomotive. Comment.

COMING TO AMERICA

The patriotic spirit of July Fourth continues Saturday, July 10, at 8 pm, with "Ellis Island: The Dream of America," a multimedia program featuring the Brooklyn Philharmonic performing live at the Prospect Park Bandshell against a backdrop of projected images from the Ellis Island Archive. Comment.

MUSICAL GRAB BAG

Signs of life may soon creep into the nights of Downtown Brooklyn, and a local restaurateur wants to be the first to push and prod it into being. Comment.

RALLYING THIGHS

If you’ve ever entered the Grand Army Plaza end of Prospect Park at the crack of dawn, you may have asked yourself: Who are those 20 red-shirts shouting out reps of jumping jacks in unison and crawling in the mud under a tarp? Comment.

SEE BIFF’S BEST

On June 13, the jury of the seventh annual Brooklyn International Film Festival announced its 2004 winners. Out of 1,618 entries from 74 countries, 113 films were selected and shown in the competition, which ran from June 4 to June 13 at the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Heights. Comment.

FRENCH FEST

Francophiles all over Brooklyn will celebrate Bastille Day on July 11. The anniversary of the storming of Paris’ infamous prison will be commemorated on Smith Street, from Bergen to Pacific streets, with a grand petanque (bowling) tournament, antique French car display, guillotine and French bar games. Comment.

BIG FISH

Push through the glass doors of Aqua, the three-month-old seafood restaurant on Smith Street, and the cooling effect of the room’s decor begins to set in. A moment later you’ll adjust to the damp, deliciously cool air conditioning that feels like a mist of sea spray on the skin. Comment.

‘Cruise ships a ploy’       

The mayor is using a promise of cruise ships coming to the Red Hook piers as a ploy to squeeze out the borough’s last working container port, a Brooklyn congressman charged this week. Comment.

James calls for independent arena report        

Atlantic Yards: With competing studies alternately painting a picture of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards basketball arena and high-rise project as a major boon to city coffers and a $500 million drain of taxpayer money, Prospect Heights Councilwoman Letitia James is calling for the city to conduct its own study of the plan. Comment.

Darkness looms for church       

Sunday is clearly no day of rest for the Rev. Mark Lane, pastor of St. Boniface Church on the corner of Duffield and Willoughby streets. Comment.

They’re all invited      

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner will not have to put his Atlantic Yards arena, office tower and housing development plan through the city’s public review process. Comment.

Summer school at Keyspan

Play’s the Thing: Most Brooklyn schools are out for the summer, but as traditional schools were wrapping things up, another type of school was just getting underway. Comment.

Schedules available in Russian

Cyclones: Not so far past the Cyclone roller coaster from Keyspan Park that Barry Bonds couldn’t reach it with an opposite field homer is Brighton Beach, a community where Russian has become the language of choice. But when you walk around Keyspan Park, you don’t hear much Russian being spoken. Comment.

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