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Saturday, April 2, 2005

OPENING DAY

Canarsie native’s ’Willie Mays’ on new indie label, vies for airplay

A proud defender of the underdog, singer-songwriter Adam Stengel has recently donned the hat of record label executive in the hopes of getting his own work and that of other musicians out into the pop music marketplace with his new label, 67 Records. Comment.

RECLINING AND DINING

Soda Lounge reminded me of guys I once knew. I’d meet them in bars or at parties and think, "No." Comment.

SEDER SIPPERS

Does dry, sophisticated wine for Passover seem like an oxymoron? It might if a glass of syrupy sweet Manischewitz accompanied your matzoh balls and brisket on the Seder table. On Sunday, April 3, from 5 pm to 7 pm, the Park Slope Jewish Center is hosting the Second Annual Passover Wine Festival, and no, Manischewitz isn’t invited. Comment.

KIKU BLOOMS

Kiku means "chrysanthemum" in Japanese, which may explain the restaurant’s subtle pale green and cool gray color-scheme and its quiet, Zen-like ambience. Walk through the door and soft-voiced waitresses lead you to a banquette with the grace of geishas. Comment.

ALL FOR LOVE

On April 5, the fifth annual Brooklyn Jewish Film Festival kicks off with the New York premiere of the French film "The Grand Role," directed by Steve Suissa. Although this edition of the festival is titled "Stand Up and Laugh," there isn’t much to laugh about in this movie about a Jewish actor, Maurice (Stephane Freiss), who auditions for the role of Shylock in a famous American director’s Yiddish screen version of "The Merchant of Venice," but doesn’t get to keep the part. Comment.

FOLK FOR JUSTICE

Award-winning social activist singer-songwriters Pat Humphries & Sandy O will perform in a combination fundraiser and celebration of social justice at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights on Friday, April 8. Comment.

PAY THE ’PIPER’

Choreographer James Kudelka, artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada since 1996, had an idea for a new ballet after staging the perennial favorite, "The Nutcracker." Comment.

HILARIOUS TRAGEDIES

In modern times it’s become almost commonplace to reinterpret Shakespeare - switching gender, setting, order of scenes and more. But few renditions of Shakespeare come close to the chaos of Jess Winfield, Adam Long and Daniel Singer’s "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." Comment.

Commission hears Heights ‘Candy’ gripes

Brooklyn Heights residents seeking to quash a plan to build a high-rise atop an open courtyard at Henry and Poplar streets turned out for a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on the proposal this week. Comment.

Union St. Holiday Inn irks some neighbors

Homeowners in the Gowanus end of Park Slope are decrying new plans that will allow the borough’s first Holiday Inn hotel to rise on Union Street without issuing a single public notice. Comment.

OINK!    OINK! 

Independence Community Bank plans to sell its grand branch at the corner of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill to a DUMBO-based development company that would build a seven-story apartment complex above and adjacent to the bank, Independence bank said this week. Comment.

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