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Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005

BACKSTAGE TOUR

If you’ve ever wondered where that toe-tapping, booty-shaking pan music comes from, or went slack-jawed over the artistry of those towering costumes and floats, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment is offering a behind-the-scenes-tour of the making of the West Indian American Day Carnival. Comment.

HIGHER ED

Brooklyn College made The Princeton Review’s annual list of "Top 10 Best Value Colleges" in the country for the second year in a row and will appear in the 2006 edition of its publication, "America’s Best Value Colleges," as the seventh-ranked school in the nation. Comment.

’BUG’S LIFE

After screenings at Sundance, New Directors/New Films and the Cannes film festivals, Phil Morrison’s feature, "Junebug," finally opened at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema on June 26. Comment.

’BIGGISH’ ENOUGH

JC Hopkins is all set to make it big. Or, well, at least "biggish." Comment.

MAESTRO CHOSEN

At long last, the Brooklyn Philharmonic has chosen its new music director. Comment.

COLOMBIAN EXPEDITION

"It’s a bright and colorful place, much like Latin America," said George Constantinou, who, with partner Farid Ali, owns the new Park Slope restaurant, Bogota Latin Bistro. If the long lines of hopeful diners on Friday and Saturday evenings are any indication, this month-old bistro is already becoming a neighborhood favorite. Comment.

’NARROWS’ ESCAPE

When trying to come up with a venue for the city’s biggest concerts, it’s doubtful that anyone would consider either Brooklyn’s or Staten Island’s minor league stadiums as the most suitable of backdrops. Comment.

Ratner arena foes pack Freddy’s Bar amid word of ‘NewsHour’ interview

Atlantic Yards: Not that the regulars of Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Prospect Heights needed an excuse to stop by the watering hole on Aug. 23, but a call for action, in the form of a mass e-mail, packed the bar more than usual for an early Tuesday evening. Comment.

Council to attack land grabs Bill would axe city cash for Ratner’s Nets plan

Atlantic Yards: A bill was introduced in the City Council this week that would bar the city from using eminent domain solely for economic development purposes and prohibit city funds from being used for such projects. Comment.

CONEY’S STARRY NIGHT

Cyclones: Fireworks lit up the sky in streams of red, white and blue and balloons were let fly into the twilight as the final verse of “The Star Spangled Banner” was sung at Keyspan Park Tuesday night, kicking off the first professional all-star baseball game in Brooklyn since 1949. Comment.

A ‘Nac’  for homers

Cyclones: Ivan Naccarata, nick-named “Nac,” has a knack of his own — hitting home runs to right field. Comment.

Fusselle keeps ‘head’ in the game

Play’s the Thing: There were 2,501 Warner Fusselles at Keyspan Park on Sunday — two in the Catbird Seat and the remainder distributed about the yard, from the left field corner, to behind home plate, and on out to the bleachers. Comment.

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