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Saturday, June 4, 2005

HOOK ARTS FEST

Dance Theatre Etcetera presents "The 11th Annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival" on the Beard Street Pier on June 4, from 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Headliners Bonga & the Vodou Jazz Ensemble and the Keep Rising To The Top dance ensemble will share the limelight with winners of Urban Word’s 2005 NYC Teen Poetry Slam and local youth dance groups. The day will also include a free dance workshop with members of Rennie Harris Puremovement and a drumming workshop (pictured) with Bonga. Comment.

TAKING ON ’OTELLO’

Giuseppe Verdi retired from the operatic stage after composing "Aida" in 1871. When he "unretired" 16 years later, it was with an extremely powerful version of Shakespeare’s tragedy "Othello," which is often considered even more dramatically effective than the original play. Comment.

TONY THE TIGER

When poet, translator and director Tony Harrison accepted the Royal Shakespeare Company’s commission to translate Euripides’ 2,500-year-old tragedy, "Hecuba," it was primarily because Vanessa Redgrave was going to play the title role. Comment.

TURKISH DELIGHT

Despite its exclusive-sounding name, Elite Turkish Restaurant, on the edge of Brooklyn’s Chinatown, welcomes a diverse mix of customers - you might hear Russian, Chinese and Turkish spoken in the airy dining room. Comment.

CORRECTION

In the article headlined "Slamdance vs. Sundance" [GO Brooklyn, Feb. 5] "Loggerheads" director Tim Kirkman was misidentified as a "former" Brooklyn resident. Kirkman continues to live in Cobble Hill. We regret the error. Comment.

’BEST’ GOLF

This weekend, Borough President Marty Markowitz will host an entertainment festival that’s as unique as the man himself. Comment.

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

There are few meals more satisfying than a well-made breakfast. Sit before a steaming cup of coffee, a nice stack of toast smeared with sweet butter and soft scrambled eggs topped with crisp bacon, add a newspaper and - voila! - you’ve created a near perfect way to begin a day. Comments (2).

EAT UP R&B

For those whose vision of rhythm and blues is limited to New Orleans funk or classic soul, this summer’s BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech will be a real eye-opener. The line-up includes Latin jazz, reggae, folk and fusion performed by up-and-coming stars and musical legends at lunchtime, on Thursdays from June 9-Aug. 11. Comment.

SOLE SEARCHING

Lace up your traveling shoes, because there are three art walks in Brooklyn this weekend that can take you from Red Hook to Boerum Hill. Comment.

Judge to rule on Ikea zoning

A state Supreme Court judge heard arguments last week in a lawsuit brought against Swedish furniture store Ikea by Red Hook community groups that say the city illegally granted the company the right to rezone — and build on — the Red Hook waterfront. Comment.

Ikea hearing airs gripes

The latest public hearing on Ikea’s Red Hook mega store turned into a more than three-hour-long gripe fest. Comment.

DUMBO’S TALLEST BUILDING Giant planned for Jay Street sparks debate

The groundbreaking this week for a new high-rise condominium at 100 Jay St. has re-ignited concern about what will be built there. Comment.

Ratner site expands — into Park Slope        

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards is stretching out — and into Park Slope. Comment.

COUNCIL WON’T LISTEN Public barred from hearing on Ratner plan

Atlantic Yards: The only public hearing before a committee of the City Council on the Atlantic Yards project was held in a room so small that dozens of people — including, for a time, Borough President Marty Markowitz — were barred by police from entering. Comment.

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