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Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005

GILEAD REVISITED

Poor adaptation of the film ’Spitfire Grill’ snips plot points, adds songs

In the Bible, Gilead was a place of refuge for Jacob when he struggled with the angel, for the children of Israel when they fought the Philistines and for King David during his son Absolam’s rebellion. As one spiritual reads, "There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole." Comment.

THE PHILLY FLYERS

In anticipation of Black History Month, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will welcome the Philadelphia-based dance group, Philadanco, to Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theatre on Jan. 22 as part of its "World of Dance" series. Comment.

NOTE-ABLE ARTIST

Jazz drummer Andre Martinez shows that he can easily trade one set of brushes for another with a Jan. 22 exhibition of his paintings in DUMBO. Comment.

SISTER ACT

Dining with my sister is a pleasure. Comment.

GRAND OPENING

Chef Samuel G. Beket, formerly of Le Relais in Manhattan, has launched his first restaurant, Kush Cafe, on Putnam Avenue in Clinton Hill. To give diners a taste of his Pan-African cuisine, on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, from 5 pm to 11 pm, Beket will offer a grand opening sampling menu of his dishes at reduced prices. Comment.

PEN, INK, MOUSE

Curator Yasu Nakamori’s provocative exhibit, "Decipher: Hand-painted Digital," opened at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn Heights on Jan. 13. Comment.

AS HE LIKES IT

It may be that when you achieve the status of British director Sir Peter Hall (founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a multiple Tony Award winner), you can pretty much do what you want. But while casting his own daughter in the plum role of Rosalind in his production of Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" may boost her career, it did nothing for the play. Comment.

BRONX JEERS      

A Bronx councilman this week trashed Brooklyn as part of an attempt to fight the mayor’s plan to build a new Jets football stadium on Manhattan’s West Side. Comment.

Park-planning workshops sought

Responding to community pressure, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation this week announced plans to present their new park design in a town hall-style public meeting. Comment.

Planners: Housing before park

Construction of the public recreational areas, often called green space, in the Brooklyn Bridge Park plan will be delayed until investors for the project’s private development sites have been secured, according to the woman in charge of building the 1.3-mile waterfront oasis. Comment.

Civil war over park

A meeting of community leaders and Brooklyn Bridge Park planners held Tuesday to address development of the south end of the park, including Pier Six at the foot of Atlantic Avenue “and its environs,” turned into a civil war among park proponents. Comment.

RATNER’S NEW PLAN      

Atlantic Yards: The affordable and market-rate housing component in plans for the Atlantic Yards arena complex will likely expand by 1,300 units, a Forest City Ratner executive told The Brooklyn Papers this week. Comment.