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Saturday, April 16, 2005

WHINE BAR

Vino-themed Sheepshead Bay restaurant, W, could use more cheer, less ingredients

What is a Vinotheque? If I base my definition on W Vinotheque in Sheepshead Bay, I’d say it’s an attractive restaurant-supper club with an impressive wine list (the W stands for wine), a so-so menu and a somber ambience. Comment.

WEAK ’WOMEN’

The 18th century had Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The 20th century had Clare Boothe Luce. Both playwrights excelled at comic ridicule of the upper class. This season the Gallery Players played tribute to Sheridan with an excellent production of "The School for Scandal." Unfortunately, the Heights Players, despite a few exceptional performances, don’t do quite as well with Luce’s "The Women," which plays through April 17. Comment.

DADDY DEAREST

Kings County Shakespeare Company’s home space, Founders Hall at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, may still be under renovation, but that hasn’t stopped the company from mounting its first production of the 2005 season: a double bill of Terry Quinn’s verse adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, "Rappacini’s Daughter," and Quinn’s own "Bad Evidence." Comment.

FIRST ’LOOK’

At long last, director Agnes Jaoui’s second film, "Look At Me," which received a warm welcome when it opened the New York Film Festival last fall, is being screened in Brooklyn. Comment.

ANOTHER LOOK

Jean-Luc Godard’s prominence in film history is assured but problematic. Comment.

URBAN FARMER IN WILLIAMSBURG

For some chefs, making their own pizza sauce is a big deal. For Michael Ayoub (pictured), the chef and owner of Fornino ("little oven") in Williamsburg, growing vegetables and herbs for the pizza’s topping in his restaurant’s own greenhouse is part of the job. Comment.

HOMECOMING

With two floors of exhibition space showcasing more than 100 works by his hand, the Brooklyn Museum’s latest show is a moving tribute to one of the borough’s most famous sons, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Comment.

SHIP SHAPE

In the Narrows Community Theater production of "Anything Goes," there are many actors one would not find in a Broadway musical. There are old people and young people, thin actors and heavy actors, folks who have impressive resumes and those who have little experience. But thanks to director-choreographer John Sheridan’s wonderful navigation, this "Anything Goes" sets sail on balmy seas and rides the crest to arrive safely at port. Comment.

‘Candy’ exiles rip Brooklyn Heights Association: Thanks for nothing

A group of exiled Brooklyn Heights residents is seething now that their former neighborhood association is trying to preserve the former candy factory from which they were evicted over the past year. Comment.

Church dooms ‘oasis’

A Boerum Hill community garden that survived for decades on little more than silver bells and cockleshells is now in the crosshairs of a battle between the neighbors who planted it and the church that owns it. Comment.

SHUT   OUT AGAIN

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz has hosted another closed-door meeting about developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards proposal, continuing his policy of shutting out community members who have prominently voiced opposition to the plan to build a basketball arena as well as 17 residential and office high-rise towers. Comment.

$1G a square foot

Brooklyn’s real estate boom has reached a new plateau — the $1,000-a-square-foot condominium apartment. Comment.

OFF   THE HOOK.

A top official with a German shipping company that took its $1.6 billion trade deal to New Jersey after first considering Brooklyn’s port, said this week that the decision came down to the city’s refusal to back the Red Hook port’s existence. Comment.

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