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Saturday, July 29, 2006

PANORAMIC CANAL       

Dancers join with musicians and filmmaker for multimedia ’Sundown’ on the Gowanus

Japanese choreographer Yoshiko Chuma is jet-lagged after returning from Macedonia to her home in Manhattan. It’s one of the hottest days in July, and she is taking the opportunity to get some necessary rest before resuming rehearsals for her latest project: a marathon seven-hour-long, site-specific work at the Gowanus Canal called "Sundown." Comment.

HEALTHY GRAINS      

There are few people who don’t like rice. With that truism in mind, partners Peter Lawrence and David Selig have opened five restaurants that celebrate the starch, with three locations in Manhattan and two in Brooklyn. The newest outpost of their Rice chain opened on Fort Greene’s DeKalb Avenue in November. Comment.

’HELL’ ON EARTH       

Rarely has a film series been more aptly named. Comment.

ORGANIC CUISINE ... FOR BABY

Conscientious parents would love to prepare their babies’ meals from fresh, organic products, but the time-consuming number of steps involved make it prohibitive. Shazi Visram and Jessica Rolph (pictured) have the solution with their line of fresh, frozen baby meals, called HAPPYBABY, launched on May 14, 2006 - Mother’s Day. Comment.

MALE CALL

"The Leading Men of French Cinema" - the BAMcinematek’s survey of some of the greatest leading men and character actors in French film history - could easily go on a lot longer than the mere three-and-a-half weeks in August allotted to it, but we’ll have to make do with what we get. Comment.

SOUL SHINE

Soul music legends Roberta Flack and James Ingram will perform together on July 31 as part of the 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Field. Comment.

SEA IN 3-D

Explore the depths of the Atlantic through the windows of a deep-sea submarine - in less than six minutes. Comment.

City blocks South Slope building, ‘Minerva’ next

Development: And the tower shall not rise over 15th Street. Comment.

Chardonnay, California Style: Part 2

Advertorial: I wonder how many of you were shocked last week to read that many of those oaky tasting Chardonnays from California never see the inside of a barrel but get their flavor from oak chips, tossed into the wine like a teabag into hot water. We’ll talk more about California Chardonnay today, and maybe we’ll uncover a few more little secrets and clarify a few more misconceptions. Comment.

Mayor Marty?

Atlantic Yards: What does Marty want? Comment.

Roger Green must drop out

Editorial: Assemblyman Roger Green must stop dodging City Councilman Charles Barron’s call. Both Barron (D–Canarsie) and Green (D–Fort Greene) are hoping to retire longtime Rep. Ed Towns this fall. Comments (1).

Brooklyn’s Inn

Atlantic Yards: The same hotel mini-mogul set to open a 115-room Holiday Inn Express on the Park Slope side of the Gowanus Canal is putting the finishing touches on a second hotel just three blocks away. Comment.

Things looking up in Brooklyn, if you’re a skyscraper

Brooklyn Angle: “We are a city of skyscrapers. We are a city of towers.” That’s what Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano said last week, casting Brooklyn as the new Manhattan — a vision for the borough that many longtime residents and the newer Manhattan exiles simply do not share. Comments (1).

Mommy, what’s a bomb scare?

Smartmom: Not long ago, there was a bomb scare in Park Slope. It wasn’t on the news or on the radio — heck, what’s a bomb scare in New York City anymore? — but in the Slope, it was a major incident. Comment.

DUMBO art attack

A thief with a taste for fine art walked into a DUMBO gallery and stole a painting on sale for $2,000 on July 10. Comment.

Suspended for steroidsAt Coney, Pitcher Tim Haines banned from playing until next year

Cyclones: A relief pitcher for the Brooklyn Cyclones —once one of the team’s public faces — has been suspended for 50 games for steroid use. Comment.

Clones stopper turns to video games

Cyclones: Who says video games are bad for you? Cyclones closer Joe Smith — who has been virtually unhittable — honed his skills by playing Nintendo. Comment.

The longest game ever!At Coney, Cyclones lose 26-inning war of attrition

Cyclones: The Cyclones played the longest game in New York–Penn League history on July 20 — and lost it by giving up five runs in the 26th inning after bringing in an outfielder to pitch. Comment.

Buck O’Neil is in my own Hall of Fame

Play’s the Thing: Buck O’Neil is in a special Hall of Fame. But it’s not the one in Cooperstown. Born in 1911 — he’s almost 95 years old — he came to Keyspan Park on Tuesday where the Cyclones were set to play the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Comment.

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