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Saturday, April 8, 2006

IT’S ALIVE!

Labor-intensive, raw food dinners are now being served at DUMBO’s organic cafe

There’s one problem with communal tables in restaurants: One doesn’t have the option of pointing to a room of strangers and saying, "I’ll sit beside the good-looking guy in the leather jacket." Comment.

’PASSION’ RETURNS

In the classical-music world, it’s the very definition of the term "blockbuster." Comment.

SET YOUR TIVO

Brooklyn artists and administrators - as well as other culture mavens - are interviewed by channel Thirteen President William Baker for a two-hour-long exploration of the New York area arts scene, "Setting The Stage." Comment.

WITHOUT ’PEER’

Henrik Ibsen’s play "Peer Gynt" is one of those canonical stage works that feels fresh and new no matter what the interpretation of its director. Comment.

UMA WAS HERE

Brooklynites came out in droves to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Spring Gala on March 23. Among the VIPs who attended the fundraiser were Borough President Markowitz, composer Philip Glass, performance artist Laurie Anderson, musician Lou Reed and movie studio chairman Douglas Steiner. Comment.

MADE IN BROOKLYN

This month, BAMcinematek presents an "It Happened in Brooklyn!" film series, with three movies set in the borough - "It Happened in Flatbush" (April 10), "It Happened in Brooklyn" (April 17) and "The French Connection" (April 24) - with commentary by Brooklyn Papers alum and borough historian John Manbeck. Comment.

THE BURGER KING

"I am the king of hamburgers!" declares Aristos Tzamos, the chef and co-owner of Helios in Park Slope. Comment.

CHERRY ON TOP

This year, in addition to celebrating a quarter-century of its cherry blossom festival, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents "Hanami," a two-month-long call to cherish each stage of the cherry tree’s flowering. The Japanese tradition of "Hanami" includes appreciation of the cherry trees’ buds, their glorious blossoming, and even the fluttering away of the last petals. Comments (2).

TASTE FOR CRIME

Bay Ridge native Joseph Gannascoli (pictured), who plays mafia soldier Vito Spatafore on HBO’s "The Sopranos," gave a reading from his new book, "A Meal to Die For" at A Novel Idea bookstore on March 30. Comment.

Ratner’s assembly buddies        

Atlantic Yards: One week ago, the state Assembly approved a $33-million subsidy for Bruce Ratner’s still-unapproved Atlantic Yards project. The allocation, stuffed as a line item inside the 2006-2007 budget for Education, Family Assistance and Labor, passed unanimously — and seven of 21 Brooklyn delegates further supported Ratner by contacting Speaker Sheldon Silver on his behalf. Here are what some Brooklyn delegates said about their vote. Comment.

Brooklyn brew out at Freddy’s        

Atlantic Yards: Woe, Canada — Freddy’s Bar has joined the boycott of Brooklyn Brewery beer and has replaced the hometown suds with Labatt Blue. Comments (1).

More living, less working in Red Hook’s future?

City officials are touting a plan that could result in more housing along a prime stretch of the Red Hook waterfront — bringing up long-simmering tensions between would-be developers and the people who toil at Brooklyn’s last working port. Comment.

Free parking for Forest City Ratner crew

Atlantic Yards: State officials will allow Forest City Ratner to use land along a two-block stretch of Atlantic Avenue for a massive above-ground parking lot. Comment.

Bruce reamed over Yards ‘concession’        

Atlantic Yards: Developer Bruce Ratner said last week that he would shave 450 condos from the most-recent version of the Atlantic Yards mega-development — but the project is still one million square feet larger than the plan he first unveiled to considerable opposition in 2003. Comment.

Finding faith in Brooklyn

Al Farouk Mosque, 552 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Third and Fourth avenues), Boerum Hill, (718) 855-9474. Baptist Temple, 360 Schermerhorn St. (at Third Ave.), Downtown, (718) 875-1858. Bay Ridge Jewish Center, 8025 Fourth Ave., Bay Ridge, (718) 836-3103. Brooklyn Tabernacle, 17 Smith St. (at Atlantic Comments (1).

To Stem or Not to Stem?

Advertorial: Glasses can often do much more than simply serve as the vessels we use to enjoy our wine. A clear glass shows off the color of the wine served in it. Years of experimentation have shown us that different wines do taste better when drunk from differently sized and shaped glasses. One of the world’s most widely known glassmakers put on a demonstration for us during the international Sommelier competition in Tokyo: we each had his Red Bordeaux Comment.

Nice side of lice

Smartmom: It had already been a pretty bad week. But Mrs. Kravitz’s phone call Friday afternoon turned it into a really lousy one. Literally. Comment.

Lousy Labatt is new Bud

Brooklyn Angle: Full disclosure: I drank the first pint of Labatt’s at Freddy’s this week. Comment.

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