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Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004

MONKEY BIZ

The Brooklyn Public Library celebrates the Chinese New Year on Jan. 24 with a day of arts and cultural activities. The event will feature a reading by Brooklyn author and illustrator Kam Mak ["My Chinatown: One Year in Poems" (HarperCollins, 2001)], as well as crafts and entertainment for children ages 6 to 12. It runs from 11 am to 1 pm. Comment.

STEP RIGHT IN

If "What’s That on My Head!?!" were any more cutting edge it might slit viewers’ throats. Comment.

SAMPLE SALE

The logical sequel to Biscuit, a successful, southern-style barbecue restaurant in Prospect Heights that serves biscuits, fried chicken and ribs, would be a spin-off of the first, with, perhaps the addition of a wood-lined pit for slow roasting. Comment.

SOUL MAN

Brooklyn Academy of Music’s "Winter Soul" program on Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm pairs soul legend Sam Moore with newcomer singer-guitarist Raul Midon for a one-night-only performance that promises to put R&B’s living history alongside its future. Comment.

DANISH DELIGHT

There is no doubt that New York City is a dance mecca. Comment.

’REAL’ THEATER

Five years ago, Stephen Haff, a music and drama teacher at Bushwick High School, founded Real People Theater, a company of young actors who rework classic and modern plays into what they call the "Ghetto Remix." Comment.

BLAND ’MAIDEN’

In 1955, 25 Japanese women who had been disfigured by keloid burns after the bombing of Hiroshima came to Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan where they were to undergo reconstructive plastic surgery. The U.S. Air Force provided the transportation, and city Quakers provided the lodging. Comment.

STRAWBERRY PATCH

For those wringing their hands over the demise of Max Court in Carroll Gardens - take heart. In October, two of the three Max Court owners (one left, the "new one" is Andres Rodas) opened Fragole Ristorante in its place. Comment.

STRANGE TRIP

"From Burma to Brooklyn: New Works by Erica Harris" is on display at the Object Image Gallery (91 Fifth Ave. between Prospect Place and Park Place in Park Slope) through Feb. 8. Comment.

RATNER   NABS NETS

Atlantic Yards: Goodbye New Jersey. Hello, Brooklyn. Comment.

The real story is the land grab, not the Nets

Weintrob: That the Nets are coming is beside the point. And that is the real story, a story masterfully buried by developer Bruce Ratner and his media shills. (When the New York Times is your real estate partner, it’s amazing the story its pages will tell — more than three pages featuring nine upbeat, luciously illustrated stories in Thursday’s edition.) Comment.

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