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Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004

EASE ON DOWN

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporian Arts closes their fifth annual KIDflix film festival on Aug. 27 with Sidney Lumet’s 1978 musical, "The Wiz." Comment.

SURREAL WORLD

Inspired by a day of gazing at works by Dali and Ernst at the Museum of Modern Art, Park Sloper Ron Katz has opened The Surreal Cafe. But don’t worry, while surreal works by local artists line the walls the food will not remind you of melting clocks and dripping eggs. Comment.

BELOW THE SURFACE

Excavating 3.5 million cubic yards of rock and earth is not an easy feat. Place a city on top of it, add a population of about 3 million and enclose it with two bodies of water, and this endeavor suddenly becomes a monumental challenge for any labor force - especially when the most advanced technology available at the time is a pick-axe and shovel. Comment.

’STREET’ SLEUTH

He’s tall, dark and handsome. He knows his way around some of Brooklyn’s more unsavory neighborhoods as well as he does the food mecca that is Smith Street. And the ladies love him. Comment.

FAREWELL AND ADIEU

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic "Jaws," which film historians consider one of the first box-office blockbusters, will be screened by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy as the finale to their annual summer film series. ("Jaws" was originally slated for Aug. 12, but was postponed due to inclement weather.) Comment.

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS

Since when has a cooking school looked and felt just like home, complete with a backdoor leading to an outdoor deck and yard? Since Joe and Diane DiMeo started planning, designing and creating the Neighborhood Kitchen Culinary Arts school on Court Street at Baltic Street in Cobble Hill. Comment.

MUSIC MAN

Frenchman Olivier Assayas has been among the most consistently interesting filmmakers of the past decade. Comment.

Developers eyeing D’town parcels for skyscrapers

With a major rezoning plan for Downtown Brooklyn just weeks old developers are wasting no time in assembling parcels upon which to build office and residential skyscrapers. Comment.

Marbury to lead Coney charge       

Atlantic Yards: Sources say a proposal to build an amateur athletics facility in Coney Island will be partially funded by one of the area’s native sons, Knicks point-guard Stephon Marbury. Comment.

Investors in Ratner’s Nets        

Atlantic Yards: The following list, obtained by The Brooklyn Papers, shows the names of those with an interest in the New Jersey Nets, the sale of which was approved by the National Basketball Association last week. Comment.

HELLO DOLLY!      

Atlantic Yards: Dolly Williams, the borough’s City Planning commissioner and a key player in Brooklyn’s development and land use review, is among the lengthy list of investors real estate magnate Bruce Ratner has secretly put together to purchase the New Jersey Nets. Comment.

Cyclones gals fill in the blanks

Play’s the Thing: The 2004 Brooklyn Cyclones baseball cards came out recently, and this Choice Sportscard set is pretty nice. They’re sold at Keyspan Park, and, like most baseball cards, they have a photo of a player on the front and his biography — albeit brief in these Cyclones’ case— on the back. Comments (1).

All is ‘fowl’ at Clones wing-eating contest

Cyclones: With both the visiting Aberdeen Ironbirds and the home team birds, Sandy and Pee Wee, looking on, Sunday was truly a ‘fowl’ day at Keyspan Park, as the ballpark was the site of the second annual Applebee’s Boneless Chicken Wing Eating Contest. Comment.

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