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Saturday, May 7, 2005

ILL MAESTRO

Due to illness, Robert Spano canceled his planned piano concert at the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s May 5 gala and he will not be conducting the Philharmonic’s May 7 performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Saturday’s "An American in Brooklyn"-themed program will instead be led by Chelsea Tipton II (left), resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Comment.

SHE’S GOT THE BEAT

Most Brooklynites don’t mind a little noise. Then again, most of them don’t live in the apartment above drumming goddess Suphala Patankar. The rising tabla star and Park slope resident - known by her first name - practices in her home studio, and she admits she’s not the quietest of tenants. Comment.

THAT’S HOT

In Park Slope, where pizza parlors are as common as corner bars once were, why is it so difficult to find a decent pie? Comment.

SYBIL PLEASURES

Perhaps you remember the one-woman-play, "There Goes the Neighborhood," written by Mari Brown and performed by Deanna Pacelli in Smith Street’s Bar Below, back in the fall of ’03? Then, the show, exploring the gentrification of Carroll Gardens through Pacelli’s spot-on impersonations of local characters, was a hit with GO Brooklyn theater critic Paulanne Simmons. Comment.

HIGH FIVE

E.M. Forester’s 1909 story "The Machine Stops" is a seminal, classic science fiction story about what happens when people allow machines to take over society. But when interpreted by Hanne Tierney’s Theater Without Actors, the story becomes quite extraordinary. Comment.

ROPE ’EM IN

Beginning May 13, BAMcinematek pays tribute to Italian filmmaker and "spaghetti Western" pioneer Sergio Leone with its "Once Upon a Time" film series. The series concludes on May 22 with two screenings (at 4 pm and 8 pm) of Leone’s 1966 film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" starring Clint Eastwood (pictured). BAM is screening the recently restored version, which contains additional scenes. Comment.

BARE ESSENTIALS

"The full monty" was once a fairly common British slang expression meaning "the whole amount." But thanks to the 1997 film and the 2000 Broadway musical-comedy based on the film, "the full monty" now means complete, frontal male nudity. Comment.

SUPPORT GROUP

Most people who’ve seen the film "All About Eve" or the Broadway play "Noises Off" probably came away with the impression that theater people are backbiting, ruthless opportunists. Comment.

CHEAP THRILLS

Walk into Cubana Cafe on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens on a Friday evening and the place is so jammed, that you’d think the bartenders were serving free mojitos. Comment.

Port loss could hike lumber cost

The CEO of a lumber company that provides wood for many of the city’s new housing, corporate and institutional buildings said this week that the disappearance of the Brooklyn container port would leave his company with no place to efficiently deliver its product for consumption in the five boroughs. Comment.

Tish to Gif: Look here!

Atlantic Yards: Prospect Heights Councilwoman Letitia James wants Speaker Gifford Miller to stop paying so much attention to the New York Jets stadium plan championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and get serious about the Atlantic Yards basketball arena, office skyscraper and housing development being planned in her district. Comment.

Concern Ikea asbestos in Hook air

A group of Red Hook community members, divided over whether plans for an Ikea furniture megastore would help or hurt the transit-isolated neighborhood, are mending their rift over a problem caused by the project — the possible airborne release of asbestos. Comment.

Big plans announced for Coney

Relics of Coney Island’s glory days, like the B&B Carousel and the boarded-up Shore Theatre, could earn starring roles in the neighborhood’s revival, according to a draft master plan unveiled this week that aims to combine modern glitz with honky-tonk gold. Comment.

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