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Saturday, July 31, 2004

NIGHT OF BOND

Enjoy a wildly campy evening under the stars on Aug. 5, when Celebrate Brooklyn screens "Thunderball," 1965’s James Bond vehicle. In this sexy adventure flick, 007 (Sean Connery, pictured) must track down villainous Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) to avert the threat of nuclear destruction. Along the way, Bond is understandably distracted by the dangerous curves of Dominic ’Domino’ Derval (Claudine Auger). Comment.

SHORT PLAYS

For the final production of its inaugural season, the Outside Art festival at BAM Park will present three 15-minute plays by the Suitcase Players, also in its inaugural season. Comment.

ALL-AMERICAN

With its American classics served by a friendly staff in a farmhouse chic setting, dining at Picket Fence restaurant is akin to walking into an idyllic scene from the film "Pleasantville." Comment.

HONKY-TONKIN’ IN THE HOOK

Moonshine, a new bar in Red Hook with an old honky-tonk feel, is barely two months old and already its regulars are thinking of having their mail forwarded there. It probably has something to do with owner Nick Forlano’s vision: friendly bartenders who serve cheap suds in a well-worn atmosphere. Comment.

KNITTING GRITTY

Upon observing their intimate and relaxed interactions one might assume that Dinna Diaz, Mitzi Good, Kimberly Provenzano and Sara Carder are childhood friends. They are not. They aren’t even distant family members or co-workers or members at the same gym. They all, however, have one thing in common - they love to knit. Comments (1).

GET THE BOOT

If you thought you had a problem saying no to a new pair of shoes, 24,000 square feet of temptation just arrived in Brooklyn to make it even more difficult to deny your shoe habit. Comment.

MARGARITA HAPPY HOUR

Cantina Mexican Bar & Restaurant brings a little sizzle and a lot of flare to the gentle streets of Park Slope. Having opened in early June, it is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite with its nightly margarita happy hours and home-style Mexican cooking. Comment.

A WRITER’S BLOCK

Suburbanites spend lazy summer days relaxing at country clubs and swimming pools, country folk enjoy refreshing dips at lakes and rivers and beach bums bask in the comfort of warm ocean breezes. Amid all that fun, where do the city folk fit in? Comment.

KILLING SPREE

While real estate developers are gleefully cackling at the soaring prices and rampant boutique-ification of Brooklyn, the authors of the short stories in Akashic Books’ new anthology paint a very different picture. Comment.

TALES OF A ’DOMI-KNIT-TRIX’

A brown building with a tiny white awning sits at 271 Third Ave. at President Street in Gowanus. The door is closed and white-painted wrought iron covers the shaded windows. But behind this unassuming facade, which once housed a funeral home, something is brewing - and it ain’t beer. Comment.

Ikea protesters target city hearing

Opponents of an Ikea big box store on the Red Hook waterfront protested outside a public hearing at the City Planning Commission this week. Comment.

Ratner’s ‘Terminal’ opens to huge crowd

Atlantic Yards: A bit of suburbia has come to downtown and Brooklynites can’t seem to get enough of it. Comment.

MTA restores Metrotech subway     funds

Bowing to pressure from the mayor, elected officials and Downtown Brooklyn leaders, the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority restored funding this week to create a major transit hub in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.

Bridge park stalled      

An environmental study that needs to be completed before construction of the $150 million Brooklyn Bridge Park can begin has been stopped since at least February, a park official told The Brooklyn Papers this week. Comment.

Beep-ball: A sight for all to see 

Play’s the Thing: The Bombers wore dark-blue pinstriped baseball uniforms, and they were gathered behind the third-base dugout in Brooklyn. Some of them were big, athletic guys. Comment.

Clones play ‘musical managers’

Cyclones: The Cyclones’ 3-2 home victory on July 25 against the Aberdeen Ironbirds featured an unusual side-game of musical managers. Comment.

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