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Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005

LIFE IN THE FARCE LANE

Park Sloper’s new musical takes aim at America’s SUV love affair

Park Slope journalist Gersh Kuntzman takes aim at America’s favorite sport - driving huge, gas-guzzling vehicles - and the governmental policies that support it in his new musical, "SUV: The Musical!" Comment.

IN ’RAPTURE’

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition unveils its 23rd annual outdoor sculpture show, "Rapture," on Aug. 13, with a reception from noon to 6 pm. On Saturday, Jan Bell will host a program of live music at the Little Red Hen Music Stage during the reception for the 25 participating artists, who hail from all over the country. Comment.

LITTLE ONE’S BIG FLAVORS

My sister and I took our mother to New Mexico to celebrate her 80th birthday. On our way to Santa Fe from the Albuquerque airport, we stopped in a funky little town called Madrid, population about 200. The town’s main drag is two blocks long and lined with a few galleries, small cafes and the kind of clothing stores where incense burns and the proprietor tie-dyes tunics in the rear of the shop. Comment.

A WORLD, A PARK

Howling Moon Cab Company will stage plays about people in parks - in Brooklyn Bridge Park - on Aug. 18-19. Jonathan Wallace, founder of the company and organizer of the two-day event, told GO Brooklyn that "The Park Plays: An Evening of Short Plays Set in Parks" is comprised of six 10-minute plays - a seventh play may be added - which all take place "with people you might meet in Brooklyn Bridge Park." Comment.

MAMA’S BOY

How many restaurateurs say their mothers influenced their cooking? Comment.

OUTSIDER ART

These are dark and dangerous times. And Theater for the New City’s Street Theater Company has responded with a show that is dark, and may actually be considered dangerous by many. Comment.

TRASHY TALE

Park Slope author Elizabeth Royte will encourage you to get in touch with the coffee grounds and other cast-offs in the bottom of your trash can when she reads from her new book "Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash" at BookCourt on Aug. 13 at 6 pm. Comment.

SWIM FAN

By Karen Butler Comment.

Tax plan is said to be used as mayor’s own slush fund Atlantic Yards and Brooklyn Bridge Park have similar financing

Atlantic Yards: The Bloomberg administration illegally diverted more than $22 million in city funds, using the money as a slush fund to further the agenda of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city Comptroller William Thompson charged this week. Comment.

Sunset Parkers ‘Minerv-ous’ over building push

On a recent steamy morning, the goddess Minerva was given her annual wax. Comment.

DUMBO faces split identity        

Twenty-five years ago, the smells wafting up from the cracks between cobblestones in DUMBO weren’t a topic anyone would call the city about. Comments (1).

Fliers hit Wal-Mart’s plans for Brooklyn

Calling themselves Wal-Mart No Way, a group of friends, activists and neighbors in Park Slope this week began distributing spoof ads mocking the mega-retailer’s attempts to market itself in Brooklyn. Comment.

Harvey’s neighbors: Condos Developer has no plans for a hotel at Ft. Greene site

A developer that paid $12 million for four lots next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater in Fort Greene plans to build a large-scale luxury condominium complex, a spokeswoman for the developer said. Comment.

Public review starts as EIS draft released

Following the state’s July 26 approval of a general project plan for the Brooklyn Bridge Park, planners this week announced the date of the only hearing that will take public comment on plans for a waterfront housing, open space and commercial development along the Brooklyn Heights waterfront. Comment.

Groups clash over ‘Park’ Heights-area residents don’t see eye-to-eye on development plan

Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill residents who support the idea of a waterfront park that would stretch from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue, but who at the same time disagree with the new Brooklyn Bridge Park plan’s reliance on high-rise condominium development. are banding together to voice their dissent. Comment.

Jon Malo seeks save of his life

Play’s the Thing: Brooklyn Papers Cyclones Coverage Comment.

Baseball’s in Drew Butera’s blood

Cyclones: The Cyclones’ Drew Butera has been sharing the team’s catching job with Rafael Arroyo so far this season, and a very interested spectator at a number of Drew’s games at Keyspan Park has been Toronto Blue Jay’s scout Sal Butera, who also happens to be Drew’s dad. Comment.

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