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Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004

’SIDE MAN’ RINGS TRUE

Warren Leight’s play strikes a few chords with viewers

In Warren Leight’s semi-autobiographical play "Side Man," the subject is talented trumpeter Gene Glimmer, whose passion for his music eclipses his love for his wife and child. Comment.

To the Editor

Letters: I write to you today in response to Drew Pisarra’s review of “Who is Wilford Brimley? The Musical” [“Soggy Oats,” GO Brooklyn, Nov. 20]. It seems that Mr. Pisarra took the play a bit too literally. Comment.

KRAZY FOR KLEZMER

Unusually rich in both spirit and history is traditional Jewish klezmer music. Its unique blend of jazz, folk and even classical idioms results in an exuberantly irresistible and completely contagious musical form. Comment.

BAR FLIES

A star-studded cast will take the St. Ann’s Warehouse stage on Dec. 8 for Arts at St. Ann’s 25th anniversary benefit bash. Among the musicians (aka barflies) who will perform "Fire at Keaton’s Bar & Grill" are Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed (pictured), Dan Zanes & Cynthia Hopkins, the Jazz Passengers, Marc Anthony Thompson and Nellie McKay. Deborah Harry will reprise her role as the bartender in Roy Nathanson’s song cycle about a mythical dive bar. Comment.

CASA CALIMARI EXPANDS MENU

"I’m going to make you a pizza you can’t refuse," says a poster hanging on the back wall of Casa Calamari, an Italian seafood restaurant in Bay Ridge, harking back to the classic "Godfather" line. And how could you resist such an offer from a young Marlon Brando pictured with a mean slice of pizza? It’s just one of several new additions to the restaurant’s menu. Comment.

LOVE BITES

If I had a boyfriend, I’d consider taking him to Cantina, a Mexican restaurant on the edge of Park Slope. It’s dark inside. Dampness lurks behind the aroma of chili, and there’s something illicit about the tables tucked into the dark corners in back. Comment.

REGULAR FOLK

Singer-songwriters Bev Grant (pictured) and Joe Jencks will swap songs for two sets of roots music at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor on Dec. 10, beginning at 8 pm. Comment.

LOVE STINKS

Just in time to buoy the spirits of fellow holiday season grinches, Manhattan author Laura Kipnis will read from her book, "Against Love: A Polemic" at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library on Saturday. Comment.

Council set to OK Watchtower plan

A hotly contested proposal by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society to build four mammoth towers at 85 Jay St. in the lower-rise neighborhoods of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill was approved this week by the City Council’s Land Use committee, whose members gave the OK to requested zoning changes almost unanimously. Comment.

Lots of shouting, little info, at CB2 Atlantic Yards meet

Atlantic Yards: A presentation of developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan hosted by community boards 2, 6 and 8 turned into a shouting match Monday night. Comment.

Crowd to Ratner big: ‘Blight’ back at ya        

Atlantic Yards: As if opponents of Forest City Ratner’s “Atlantic Yards” plan didn’t already have enough reasons to dislike him, a top official of the development company has taken to labeling as “blighted” the six square blocks of Prospect Heights that the project would subsume. Comment.

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