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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004

OH, WHAT A ’NIGHT’

Waterloo Bridge Theatre Company re-invigorates Shakespeare’s ’Twelfth Night’ with fresh approach

The Waterloo Bridge Theatre Company’s recently acquired performance space in Park Slope is smaller than many people’s living rooms. The stage has only a few overhead lights and does not have a curtain. Yet it is in this tiny theater that some of the liveliest and most innovative Shakespeare you have ever seen is being performed. Comment.

THE SUNDANCE KIDS

The gift shop in the Salt Lake City airport is called West of Brooklyn. Did the owner know that there would be so many Brooklyn-based filmmakers attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival, down the road in Park City? Comment.

WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS

Some restaurants open like Athena popping forth from Zeus’ head - fully formed and ready for battle. Others, like Grand Central, a restaurant and bar in Williamsburg, take longer to evolve. Comment.

YOUTH CULTURE

You don’t have to convince Jay D. Meetze of the worthiness of Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro." Comment.

DANCE PARTY

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary beginning Feb. 3 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a rare look back consisting of four repertory works and three New York premieres, including a new solo performed by Jones, "Chaconne." Comment.

STRAWBERRY PATCH

Instead of parking yourself in front of your TV on Superbowl Sunday with a slice of mediocre pizza and a beer, why not go to 200 Fifth in Park Slope where you can park yourself in front of 10 TVs and enjoy an all-night open bar, the camaraderie of your fellow Brooklynites and an all-you-can-eat buffet for $40? Comment.

Brooklyn’s identity safe without the ’Jersey Nets

The Dodgers didn’t make Brooklyn, Brooklyn made the Dodgers. The characteristics that defined the borough’s beloved baseball team came not from the players alone but from their interaction with Brooklynites — the spirit, the grit, the work ethic and sense of humor (not to mention accent) unique to this borough. Comment.

Hoop dream a nightmare for residents, businesses in path of Ratner project        

Atlantic Yards: Mike Leonardos has been serving hot coffee and two-egg specials at the Silver Spoon diner on Flatbush Avenue for more than 20 years. Comment.

Nets arena at the Atlantic Yards could end Coney’s Sportsplex dream

Atlantic Yards: Developer Bruce Ratner’s plan to bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn could jeopardize plans to build a Coney Island amateur athletics arena, known as Sportsplex, which had recently gained new life as a possible venue for volleyball in the city’s bid to host the 2012 summer Olympics. Comment.

CB2 vote on D’town Plan rescheduled

Atlantic Yards: Community Board 2 will vote on the Downtown Brooklyn Plan at a rescheduled meeting on Feb. 3 in the auditorium of Brooklyn Technical High School, on DeKalb Avenue at Fort Greene Place, at 6 pm. Comment.

CB6 feeling shut out by Ratner

Atlantic Yards: When real estate developer Bruce Ratner pulled back the curtain on his colossal $2.5 billion plan to convert a swath of Prospect Heights into a Frank Gehry-designed neighborhood of apartments and offices centered around a professional basketball arena, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. Comment.

JOINED  AT THE HIP

Atlantic Yards: As Brooklyn residents and elected and appointed officials digest the news that developer Bruce Ratner wants to build a colossal, $2.5 billion residential and commercial complex at Atlantic Terminal that would house his newly acquired New Jersey Nets, a far less publicized major rezoning plan that would pack Downtown Brooklyn with sweeping skyscrapers is rolling full steam ahead. Comment.

NOT JUST NETS

Atlantic Yards: It’s the most exciting Brooklyn news in five decades. Comment.

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