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Saturday, April 15, 2006

’HAPPY’ DAYS

The Brooklyn Underground Film Festival (BUFF) surfaces at the Brooklyn Lyceum April 19-23 with films that range from "Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash," a montage of scenes from Japanese TV (pictured), to earnest, politically charged documentaries addressing Mexican immigration, such as "Letters from the Other Side" and "The Other Side." Comment.

HIS WAY

I’ve been lucky to visit several restaurants recently where chefs turn out a personal rendering of Asian cuisine. The most individual approach can be found at Taku, a Japanese eatery in Boerum Hill, co-owned by chef Adam Shepard, who worked at Manhattan’s Bond Street and Union Pacific. Comment.

BEARING FRUIT

Art - and beauty - can be found in the most unexpected places, but Fort Greene artist-curator Ryan Watkins-Hughes wants you to go and really look for it. Comment.

SHARE A MOMENT

The mandalas spread out in rippling waves of color from a series of sandy footprints leading across the gallery floor. Brightly hued spices, accented by almonds, flowers, dried fruits and carefully placed mounds of tiny peas, swirl in oval patterns. Each footprint is comprised entirely of commodities culled from the local Brooklyn community. Comment.

SERIOUS COMEDY

For Sir Peter Hall, who directs Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" - starring Lynn Redgrave - at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theatre this month, shepherding a new production of a century-old play - even a masterpiece like Wilde’s - is difficult. Comment.

DANCE LIKE ZORBA

The latest addition to Bay Ridge’s ever-burgeoning dining scene is Agnanti Meze. The restaurant that serves traditional Greek dishes is the clone of the popular, 3-year-old eatery of the same name in Astoria, Queens. The latest Agnanti Meze, an 80-seat, rustic looking room with black-and-white photos of Athenian residents on the walls and hand-painted crockery on the tables, opened Dec. 30. Comment.

A Ratner Haggadah

Atlantic Yards: Jews all over the world sat down for their Passover Seders Wednesday night — but it’s safe to say none celebrated the way Atlantic Yards opponents did. Comment.

Nets new rap says Ratner’s the man

Atlantic Yards: A contest to pick a rap theme song for the New Jersey Nets was won by an aspiring rapper who — surprise surprise — mentioned what a great job owner Bruce Ratner is doing with the Atlantic-Division-leading franchise. Comment.

Underground RR to be buried again?

The Downtown Brooklyn Plan will destroy a historic way station on the Underground Railroad, residents of homes near the Fulton Mall claimed this week. Comments (1).

Revere plant moves closer to condos 

A plan to convert the rusting Revere Sugar refinery on the Red Hook waterfront into luxury housing took a step forward last week, thanks to a city decision to exempt the site from a proposed industrial-only zone. Comment.

HAIL MARY        

Leave it to a queen to come between brothers. Comment.

Beetles are back in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Angle: He’s baaaack. She’s baaaack. And their kids are baaack, too. Fortunately, so are the unsung heroes of the United States Department of Agriculture — who are back on the streets in a violent, block-by-block, house-to-house, tree-to-tree battle against the Asian longhorned beetle. Comment.

Don’t Fear the Riesling!

Advertorial: If ever there was a misunderstood grape, it is Riesling. Whenever I get together with winemakers, Chefs and Sommeliers, it seems that we always start off with a bottle of Riesling, but most of the American public shies away from wines made from this venerable, ancient grape. Let’s take a look and try to find out why. Like many other Americans, my first experiences with Rieslings (pronounced REE sling) were anything Comment.

The hat lady sings!

Smartmom: Sometimes, Smartmom wonders if Park Slope is becoming a parody of itself. Comment.

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