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Saturday, July 8, 2006

BARGE FULL OF ’DREAMS’

This July, Friday nights will be rocking at one of the most intimate and interesting venues in all of Brooklyn. Comment.

MAGICAL HANDS       

July is the perfect time to visit the New York Puppet Library - a cool, bewitching space that’s actually located inside the arch in Grand Army Plaza - because Brooklyn families will be able to enjoy two charming puppet shows there this month. Comment.

VARIETY SHOW       

This month, CityParks Theater brings a provocative mix of productions influenced by hip-hop, prisons and yes, even Shakespeare, in its line-up of free performances in Brooklyn’s parks. Comment.

NY PHILHARMONIC TO PLAY PROSPECT PARK

Most free summer concerts include music that’s either crowd-pleasing or familiar - or both. More challenging works are saved for the regular season. Comment.

TOTO RECALL

There’s no place like home, especially if home is Brooklyn in the summertime. The perks include a free outdoor movie series on the bank of the East River, hosted by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which kicks off on July 6 with "The Wizard of Oz" (pictured at left) and continues through Aug. 24. Comment.

FESTIVAL ITALIANO

The annual "Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Paulinus of Nola" will return to Williamsburg for the 119th year on Thursday, July 6 at 6 pm. Comment.

GROOVY TUNES

Get ready to put on your dancin’ shoes as the Brooklyn Philharmonic performs at Celebrate Brooklyn on July 14. Comment.

AL FRESCO DINING      

Last night, I ate a hotdog on my patio. My husband grilled it on a tiny hibachi, and I served it with coleslaw purchased from the supermarket and a green salad. No offense to any of the chefs who fed me so well this winter, but it was one of the best meals I’ve had all year. Comment.

Côtes du Rhône

Advertorial: Real wine lovers take delight in well made, unpretentious wines, and so many of my friends in the wine business love the wines of Côtes du Rhône. This large, widely diverse appellation stretches 125 miles, from the slopes of Côte Rotie in the north, near the culinary Mecca of Vienne, to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, south of the walled city of Avignon. It encompasses 170,000 acres of vineyards and produces 14% of all the wine made in France. Most of these wines are red, with about 5% of the total Comment.

As far as hot dogs go, this could be our year

Brooklyn Angle: This could be the year when I get to see a grown Japanese man cry. Comment.

For Vito, fact-finding pays well

Bay Ridge’s four-term Republican congressman has been dipping into campaign funds to finance pleasure trips to exclusive resorts in Florida, Colorado, Nevada and California, according to published reports. Comment.

‘Last day’ blues

Smartmom: Smartmom cried on the Oh So Feisty One’s last day of school this week. She always does. They were quiet tears: quickly-brushed-away tears, and tears-that-got-stuck-in-the-middle-of-her-throat tears. Comment.

First pitch fiasco     

Cyclones: Monday night’s game featured the hotly anticipated appearance of Miss Coney Island, Julie Atlas Muz, to throw out the first ball. Comment.

We let you know Who is on first

Play’s the Thing: The Cyclones 2006 campaign has been underway for more than a week, and fans coming to Keyspan Park won’t recognize the team from last season. Comment.