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Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004

CLUB SODA

Now through Oct. 30, Soda Bar in Prospect Heights will host "Oktoberfest," a celebration of beers from international microbreweries. Soda Bar’s owner, Anatoly Dubinsky (pictured on right with bartender Michael LiDondici), whom you may remember from his now defunct Smith Street Kitchen, will pour Spaten, from Munich, and Flying Duck, a pale ale from Colorado, in addition to 13 specialty beers. Comment.

To the Editor

Letters: [I am writing] in reference to your article about “Don Slovin’s Jamprov, an improv show you can really get into” (“Jamprov blues,” GO Brooklyn, Oct. 9). Thank you so much for bringing light to my plight. I didn’t realize how much of an s.o.b. I am. I was hoping when I get out of Jamprov Prison (see the picture), I might be involved in an (enforced) exchange work program. I will be glad to learn all there is about jou Comment.

ALL THAT JAZZ

The intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn was once again a jazz mecca Friday, as the old Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, once one of the world’s most majestic movie palaces, was remembered for its oft-overlooked legacy as the stage for many of jazz’s greatest legends. Comment.

HOTEL FROM HELL

A hotel can be the perfect setting for a spooky fright-fest (anyone seen "The Shining"?) and the New York City College of Technology is extending a ghoulish invitation to the public to check into its own "Haunted Hotel" beginning Thursday, Oct. 28 (from noon to 8 pm) at the Voorhees Theatre (186 Jay St. at Tillary Street) in Downtown Brooklyn. Comment.

YOUNG ’HAMLET’

Even if you’ve seen "Hamlet" dozens of times, you shouldn’t miss Working Mutt Production’s site-specific presentation at their new space - the basement of a turn-of-the-century opera house in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The former theater is currently under renovation, as it is being turned into a 21st-century apartment complex, and the basement where the play unfolds seems to be the repository for all the junk that was once in the building. Comment.

A SAFE BET

"Guys and Dolls" - now on stage at the Heights Players through Oct. 24 - has become such a classic of musical theater it’s easy to forget its long, hard road to Broadway. In fact, producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin originally envisioned the musical, based on Damon Runyan’s short story "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown," as a serious romance. Comment.

BOWLING OVER LOCALS      

The weekly drink specials are not what’s enticing night crawlers to Floyd, NY, a new bar on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights. It isn’t the eclectic tunes on the jukebox or the hip crowd hanging around, either. Instead, revelers are drawn by a good, old-fashioned game of bocce. Comment.

SURVIVOR EATS ALL

Next year, the Brooklyn Eats festival should be filmed as a "Survivor" for the food world. Cameras could trail a group of enthusiastic foodies as they wade through the offerings of 70 restaurants. Camera people would capture the group’s initial comments, "I can’t wait to try the pate and the duck confit! And those cakes!" Comment.

BAZAAR BENEFIT

The Baltic Bazaar store on Atlantic Avenue is hosting a festive bash to thank its donors and the public is invited to join the celebration. Comment.

SWEDE HE IS!

On Wednesday, BAMcinematek will kick off "It’s Not Easy Being Human," a film series of works by Swedish director Roy Andersson. Comment.

Pratt study cites ‘concern’ over Ratner’s arena plan        

Atlantic Yards: A Pratt Institute study released this week revealed that 81.4 percent of polled residents in the Prospect Heights neighborhood were either “very concerned” or “concerned” about developer Bruce Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

Queens hotel developer buys Downtown       

A large development site on Duffield Street between Willoughby Street and the Fulton Mall was sold for $9 million on Oct. 11 to a prominent hotel developer based in Queens. Comment.

Nadler lauds successor to retiring boss of Hook piers        

The hiring of a city commissioner with ties to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to run American Stevedoring in Red Hook is being hailed by working waterfront advocates as a move that will keep open the city’s last working cargo port in Brooklyn. Comment.

CB2 committees clash with chair over arena plan        

Atlantic Yards: Community Board 2 committee members revolted against the board’s chairwoman in two votes this week that called for the board to remove itself from negotiations with Forest City Ratner on a local benefits agreement for the planned Atlantic Yards project. Comment.

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