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Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004

ROLLING OATS

"Who is Wilford Brimley? The Musical," which debuted in Brooklyn as part of July’s "Hell Festival" at The Brick theater in Williamsburg, has been so successful that it’s now in its third run at the theater. Comment.

VOODOO CHILE

The Brooklyn-based La Troupe Makandal, an Afro-Haitian drum and dance company, will perform the first part of its three-part show, "Rising Sun: A Vodou Drama of Death and Rebirth," in South Oxford Space on Nov. 13. Comment.

PINA’S BACK

It’s been three long years, but choreographer Pina Bausch returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Nov. 16 with "Fur die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen (For the Children of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)." And while the piece’s title might be a mouthful for non-German speakers, Bausch’s contemporary dance works, such as "Masurca Fogo" - seen at BAM in 2001, tap into everyone’s shared humanity with glorious collages of movement, music, dialogue and stage design. Comment.

FRESH ’BREEZE’

For its Nov. 14 concert at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music presents a program of piano trios by Mozart, Schumann and Schubert. The presentation of works by three of classical music’s greatest composers at the peak of their powers will be performed by violinist Jasmine Lin, cellist Sophie Shao and pianist Pei-Yao Wang (pictured). Comment.

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL

The Faust legend, interpreted and reinterpreted for centuries, is once again receiving a new treatment with "Faust/How I Rose," which makes its U.S. premiere at BAM’s Harvey Theater on Nov. 16. Comment.

BREAKING THE SPELL

Is it possible that the curse of mediocre food in Brooklyn Heights has, if not been broken, then at least been weakened? Comment.

SPORT OF GIVING

Retired New York Mets All-Star first baseman Keith Hernandez chaired the annual fundraiser for the Cobble Hill Health Center on Tuesday - scoring another homerun in the process. The World Series winner brought together dozens of famous athletes from all over the country for his "Field of Dreams" event, which in turn attracted hundreds of sports fans to the $1,000-a-plate benefit. Comment.

FRESH ’BREEZE’

"If you say the word ’customer,’ you get fired," said Hakan Memis, co-owner of the two-month-old Bay Ridge restaurant, Blue Breeze, explaining his wait-staff philosophy. Comment.

Condo work on waterfront halted

A Brooklyn judge this week halted construction on a $70 million luxury condominium conversion in a six-story former book warehouse on the Red Hook waterfront. Comment.

‘God Squad’ calls for mall boycott

Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn ministers and community members announced Tuesday a planned boycott of developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Terminal mall on the busiest shopping day of the year. Comment.

Daughtry wants Nets chapel

Atlantic Yards: The Rev. Herbert Daughtry, an activist minister and leader of the House of the Lord Church on Atlantic Avenue, is negotiating with Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner to get a house of worship built into the planned basketball arena complex. Comment.

GOWANUS SURPRISE      

A local developer backed by an Israeli real estate development company plans to turn a contaminated site along the Gowanus Canal into 350 condominium and rental units, The Brooklyn Papers has learned. Comment.

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