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Saturday, June 10, 2006

TEXTBOOK CASE       

Brooklynites Perez, Smits explore Puerto Rican roots in new doc

Brooklyn-born actors Rosie Perez and Jimmy Smits say they wanted to make the new documentary, "Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas" ("I’m Boricua, Just So You Know"), to celebrate their heritage and educate people about Puerto Rico’s fascinating history, a topic seldom discussed in the United States, much less taught in American schools. Comment.

DIFFICULT COMEDY      

Shakespeare in Brooklyn? Yes, the borough has a long history devoted to the Bard and is home to one of the longest-running Shakespeare theater companies in America. Comment.

DINING TO END     HUNGER

Twenty-five borough restaurants - including Blue Ribbon Sushi in Park Slope, Henry’s End in Brooklyn Heights and Veliis in Fort Greene - will be serving tastes of their specialties at Share Our Strength’s "Taste of the Nation" on June 13. Comment.

SADDLE UP     

Garrison Keillor, a man who talks for a living, never dreamed of making a movie based on his beloved radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion." But when veteran, award-winning filmmaker Robert Altman offered to do just that, Keillor was willing to listen. Comment.

’KING’ OF KINGS        

The Narrows Botanical Garden in Bay Ridge is two, two, two treats in one. Not only is it a lush, 4.5-acre landscape with butterfly gardens, a turtle sanctuary, shady tree groves and a Zen garden, but each summer, it hosts a series of free outdoor films. Comment.

NOLA IN NYC

Ten months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Brooklynites can catch a glimpse of life in the Big Easy after the big storm. Comment.

FIND YOUR BLISS

Acclaimed knitter Debbie Bliss will appear in Park Slope’s Stitch Therapy Thursday to lead two workshops and share her extensive knowledge of woolens. Comment.

FRIENDS OF A FARMER      

Heads up, Brooklynites: you can still join a Brooklyn Community Supported Agriculture group. You’ll be supporting family farms, while saving money on your grocery bill - but time is running out for the 2006 season. Comment.

PARK ROCKS

It’s time to celebrate! Brooklyn, that is. The borough’s 28th annual six-week arts extravaganza kicks off this Thursday with Maceo Parker (pictured), one of the original architects of funk. Comment.

Move over, Queen Mary

The Queen Mary 2 is going to have to share her new Brooklyn digs — with a mere princess. Comment.

Manhattan is a fightin’ word along these Boerum Hill blocks

Atlantic Yards: All Joe Chan wanted to do was bring a “Manhattan-style” condo tower to a run-down block in Boerum Hill. Comment.

Choo’s Jimmy in Baltimore

Smartmom: Smartmom bought her first pair of Jimmy Choo’s on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore. She doesn’t know what got into her. She doesn’t even remember exactly how it happened. It’s all sort of a blur. Comment.

Ratner buys friends

Red Hook: It turns out that Bruce Ratner is paying a lot more for his friends than we thought. Comment.

Grand Army Plaza madness

Atlantic Yards: Grand Army Plaza is such a tangled mess of cars, pedestrians, busses, monuments and trees that it’s going to take a European to fix it. Comment.

SHH! It’s Mr. Softee

Brooklyn Angle: It has been wisely said that I scream, you scream and, indeed, we all scream for ice cream. Comment.

Blockbuster!

Development: Aimeriez-vous un morceau de fromage? Comment.

Red Hook rethinking the big tourist push

Atlantic Yards: Be careful what you wish for. Red Hook certainly is. Comment.

Yards racial fire

Development: The mud-slinging that surrounds the Atlantic Yards project returned to a classic wedge issue — race — this week, when the project’s loudest opponent made what some on both sides of the development divide interpreted as a racially insensitive remark. Comment.

Yards rivals on same ‘path’

Development: No need to clean your glasses — that is Steve Buscemi and Charles Gargano posing together. Comment.

A question of balance

Advertorial: I’m often asked “What makes a wine good?” It’s an excellent question, so let’s address it. What does make a wine “good”? When I taste wines the first thing I look for is balance, so let’s discuss what exactly it is that should be in balance. Comment.

Hey, Bruce, listen up!

Red Hook: Rocker Dan Zanes — the Bob Dylan of the under-10 set — packed an anti-Atlantic Yards benefit concert Saturday at Hanson Place United Methodist Church in Fort Greene. The former Del Fuegos frontman, a member of the celeb-packed Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn advisory board, performed his folk-tinged anthems after being introduced by fellow board member Steve Buscemi. Comment.

Let every pothole bloom—with grass!

Brooklyn’s new graffiti is grass. Comment.

More charges hit architect

Atlantic Yards: The city has expanded its investigation of prolific Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano to include a charge of negligence involving the death of a construction worker last year. Comment.

Man arrested, but law’s heat is still on Guttman

Development: A homeless man was arrested this week for starting the massive fire that devastated a series of warehouses along the rapidly developing Greenpoint waterfront. Comment.

Clones to have a ‘ball’      

Cyclones: That’s a hell of a pitch. Comment.

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