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Saturday, March 18, 2006

PINNACLE OF PUNK

UnionDocs bring premier bands together

"This is how Johanna dances," Katrina Toshiko says. The petite woman arches her back and holds out her arms like the wings of an eagle, demonstrating her friend’s body language. Comment.

GIVE ME SOME SUGAR

Trends in restaurant decor come and go. The latest in horizontal dining is the brainchild of Freddy and Angelika Saint-Aignan, who co-own Columbia Street’s Sugar Lounge. Come spring, they’re hanging hammocks in their garden, so you can swing while you dine and sip a "Margarita Sugarlips" (vodka, apple and lime juice). Talk about multi-tasking! Comment.

REEL REUNION

Although "Inside Man," the latest film by Brooklyn-raised auteur Spike Lee, hasn’t even hit theaters yet, Lee tells GO Brooklyn that he and the film’s two-time Oscar winning star, Denzel Washington, are already looking for another project to do together. Comment.

SUSPECT SCENT

What could be more enticing on a chilly evening than a restaurant named June? The word promises so much: a respite from the long dull winter and the beginning of exciting times in the city. Comment.

’GOOD’ COUPLE

The real Joe and Shirley Wershba - played by Robert Downey Jr. and Patricia Clarkson (pictured) in George Clooney’s "Good Night, and Good Luck" - will participate in a discussion with Brooklyn College professors Anthony Mancini and Foster Hirsch, following a screening of the film at the school’s Whitman Hall on Monday. Comments (1).

SAUCY CONTEST

Andrew Schumacher seems like a regular guy. He lives in Carroll Gardens, is married, has an 11-month-old daughter and has a job in "the city," but he is not your typical Brooklynite. Comment.

CRINGE FEST

If you think mounting a modern-day minstrel show is flirting with disaster, you’re right. Although, in the case of The Wooster Group’s blackface version of "The Emperor Jones" (at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO through April 2), the troublesomeness isn’t due to offensiveness or outrageousness so much as ostentation. Comment.

BOB-ING FOR LAUGHS      

Bob Newhart hasn’t changed. Comment.

Whole Foods seeking more land for its Gowanus supermarket

Whole Foods could get the whole block. Comment.

Downtown glitz jumps Flatbush Avenue        

The first fruit of Downtown Brooklyn’s massive upsize rezoning will be a squash court on Myrtle Avenue. Comment.

SUPERSIZED JAIL        

The city Department of Corrections will double the prisoner capacity of the Brooklyn House of Detention as part of a scheme to add retail to the jail’s first floor. Comment.

The Trouble with Corkscrews, Part 1

Advertorial: People have been removing corks from wine bottles for hundreds of years now. Don’t you think that we would have gotten it right by now? First, though, why cork? Wine needs to be kept inside the bottle, and air needs to be kept out. If oxygen comes into contact with wine, the wine will oxidize, and turn bad. Oxidized wines turn brown and have a sherry-like smell. In ancient times, wine used to come from the winery in Comment.

The envies of Park Slope

Smartmom: While walking on Prospect Park West the other day, Smartmom noticed a copy of The Park Slope Paper wrapped in plastic on the steps of Jennifer Connelly’s limestone mansion. Omigod, she squealed aloud to no one. Does Jennifer read Smartmom? Comment.

Attention Brooklyn gardeners: Beware the killer weed

Brooklyn Angle: Brooklyn is losing the ground war. Comment.

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