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Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004

SISTER ACT

Last chance to see Heights Players’ powerful ’The Sisters Rosensweig’

"The Sisters Rosensweig" takes place on a weekend in late August 1991 as the Soviet Union is toppling, AIDS is devastating the gay community and, the breach between rich and poor in America is becoming greater every day. But as the Rosensweigs gather in the elegant London home of Sara (Rosensweig) Goode to celebrate her 54th birthday, their concerns are much more personal: growing old, finding love and keeping one’s identity - in this case Jewish and Brooklyn. Comment.

’PETER’ PRINCIPLE

Composer Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf" has been a staple of classical music since its premiere in 1936, because it’s a wonderful introduction to children (and audiences of all ages) of how an orchestra works. Comment.

SHAKESPEARE & CO.

While "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" has many Shakespearean elements, the play was clearly not penned by the Bard alone. As for the definitive collection of Shakespeare’s work, this romance was only added to his other plays in the second edition of the Third Folio (along with six other plays, none of which were written by Shakespeare). Comment.

’HUMP’ DAY

Sixties British pop crooner Engelbert Humperdinck will take the stage at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College Feb. 28 at 8 pm. Comment.

WORKING FOR ’PEANUTS’

Brooklyn Family Theatre’s production of Clark Gesner’s "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" opened just as the Gallery Players’ production closed. But where the Gallery Players used the original off-Broadway version, Brooklyn Family Theatre has chosen to stage the Broadway revival. Comment.

’DREAMS’ COME TRUE

Pitchers and catchers reported this week, and that event, following the remarkable sighting by a rodent of his shadow on a cloudy Groundhog Day, is the second sign this February that spring - and baseball - is right around the corner. Comment.

’CHARM’ SCHOOL

Last February, BAMCinematek presented a Luis Bunuel mini-series. This year (is it turning into an annual event?) their Bunuel series includes a holdover from 2003 and two other films from the final phase in the great Spanish director’s career, who died in 1983 at age 83. Comment.

A ’STAR’ IS BORN

Whim, the little seafood place on DeGraw Street in Carroll Gardens, has closed, but put away your handkerchiefs. Comment.

STILL COOKIN’

Hearing "you look good for your age" on my birthday didn’t give me much of a thrill. I remember hearing those words without the "for your age" qualifier, and, of course, I prefer the shortened version. Saying it about a restaurant, however, is high praise. Comment.

Without board OK, CB2 chair sends panel’s views to beep

When Community Board 2 voted on the Downtown Brooklyn Plan last month it failed to reach a consensus on a recommendation — effectively taking a pass on its chance to forward its official analysis to the borough president and City Planning Commission. Comment.

Next up: Monday hearing

Atlantic Yards: A Department of City Planning and Economic Development Corporation joint public meeting to discuss the environmental impacts of the Downtown Brooklyn Plan assuming the development of the Atlantic Yards arena plan, is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 23, at 6 pm in Borough Hall. Comment.

Civil authority        

Atlantic Yards: Noted civil liberties attorney Norman Siegel will help several hundred Prospect Heights residents fight eviction at the hands of the state to make way for a colossal, $2.5 billion arena, office tower and apartment complex planned for the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. Comment.

PACKED HOUSE        

Atlantic Yards: Several hundred Brooklynites packed Borough Hall Wednesday night to tell Borough President Marty Markowitz just what they think about a city plan to convert Downtown Brooklyn into a mega-blocked, high-rise metropolis. Comment.

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