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Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005

SLAMDANCE VS. SUNDANCE

Brooklyn filmmakers debate the pros & cons - and swag

Park City, Utah - It starts on the plane. The guy across the aisle on the early morning flight out of JFK to Salt Lake City is reading Jonathan Lethem’s "Fortress of Solitude." You can take ’em out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take Brooklyn out of well, you know how it goes. Comment.

MORE THAN BOOZE

What’s the story with the term "gastropub?" I’ve seen it in newspapers twice in two weeks. It sounds like the name of the condition you’re in the day after a long night of bar cruising. Comment.

FREEDOM RIDE

East New York resident Miguel Dominguez plays the role of Titus in the new PBS series, "Slavery and the Making of America," which premieres on Sunday. The series, narrated by Morgan Freeman, chronicles the institution of American slavery from its origins in 1619 through Reconstruction using interviews with scholars as well as performances by actors who bring to life the heroes who resisted their shackles. Comment.

NOSTALGIC NOSHING

One of the many great aspects of living in Brooklyn is that you can still find family-run restaurants that place a premium on consistently preparing recipes passed down through generations. The owners remember you, because they actually work the dining room, and after a few visits, you feel as affectionately about them as you do about your great-aunt Florence. Comment.

LOVE AND HAITI

Filmmaker Karen Kramer (pictured) will introduce two of her movies as part of Long Island University’s Feb. 9 conference, "Haiti: Rites of Passage." Kramer’s films, "Legacy of the Spirit," a documentary about the religion of Vodou, and "Breaking Leaves," a portrayal of peasant applications of herbal remedies will be screened at 1:15 pm at the Library Learning Center, Room 116. Comment.

HEART & SOUL

Whether you’re carrying a torch or lighting a fire, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will be the place for lovers this Feb. 11, at a pre-Valentine’s Day concert featuring Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Elsbeary Hobb’s Drifters and the Platters. The show is a stop on the "Stand Up America" national tour the three groups are making together. Comment.

FACT VS. FICTION

Rather than being elated about his award-winning movie, "Assisted Living," which opened at the Angelika Film Center this week, Prospect Heights filmmaker Elliot Greenebaum is exhausted. Comment.

Civics demand input on park        

A common theme is emerging from a series of meetings between the planners of Brooklyn Bridge Park and civic leaders from the neighborhoods in which the 1.3-mile waterfront development would sit — a call for the public’s voice to be heard. Comment.

Wal-Mart protests begin      

Standing outside local grocery stores, including Key Food supermarkets in Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, a group of residents protested Wal-Mart on Sunday, amid reports that the nation’s largest retailer is looking to open a big box store in Brooklyn. Comment.

Scale of park towers shocks Heights, Hill        

While it may not have been the intent, a presentation Wednesday on plans to include housing as a revenue generator for the planned Brooklyn Bridge Park elicited two responses: shock and awe. Comment.

MARTY’S BROOKLYN      

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz promoted Brooklyn as a future home to professional basketball, the city’s first Ikea furniture store and, most conspicuously during his State of the Borough address, a dock for commercial cruise ships. Comment.