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Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006

BUDDY ROMANCE

Maestro Michael Christie gives preview of first season with Brooklyn Philharmonic

On Feb. 25, Brooklyn Philharmonic’s artistic director, conductor Michael Christie, and the orchestra hit the ground running to open their 52nd season in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Comment.

YUM AND YANG

Like many New Yorkers, I eat out often. Over the past few years, I’ve had countless good meals and a handful that I’d deem great. Only my recent dinner at Nouvelle, a "French-Asian fusion" restaurant in Bay Ridge, qualifies as extraordinary. Comment.

MARTINI’S STIRRED BY ’SOPRANOS’

For Bay Ridge actor Lou Martini Jr., the 14th time was the charm. Comment.

TAGINE DAYS

For some, a pot of chicken soup chases away the winter blues. Comment.

’HEDDA’ GALA

Ever longed to tread the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Opera House? On Tuesday, gala ticket holders will not only have the opportunity to sip cocktails on that famous stage, but to do it alongside Australian actress Cate Blanchett, best known for roles in "Elizabeth," "The Aviator" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Comment.

FOOT NOTES

HAIL ’EMPEROR’

FAREWELL, CARMELA

Multi-faceted star of TV, stage and film, Edie Falco is a true Brooklyn success story. Comment.

BROOKLYN ’PARTY’

When you’re filming a documentary in Brooklyn, anything can happen. Comment.

Jay-Z is looking for Brooklyn’s best Nets rap        

Atlantic Yards: The Swamp Rats need a swamp rap. Comment.

UNION RATS        

Atlantic Yards: While some New Yorkers still follow the jingle’s advice and “look for the union label,” you won’t find one affixed to Brooklyn’s construction boom. Comments (2).

FULL COURT PRESS        

Atlantic Yards: A partial court victory by opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project may end up doing the impossible: sinking the mega-development before it even gets off the ground. Comment.

Brooklyn to Dick Cheney: Don’t shoot!

Brooklyn Angle: This columnist has such a deep and abiding respect for the office of Vice President, that he has resisted the temptation — succumbed to by so many of his colleagues — to lampoon the current occupant for shooting his friend in a hunting accident. Comment.

Spirit of the Month: Vermont Gold Vodka

Advertorial: Yes, it really is made from maple sap! There is just so much “hype” over Vodka these days. When I teach the Distilled Spirits class for the Sommelier Society of America, I have my students taste two well-known vodkas “blind”, without telling them anything at all about either one. They are always surprised that, while they taste the same quality in both, one sells for twice the price of the other. Comment.

Smartmom’s Valentine’s ‘sexcapade’

Smartmom: It was bad enough that Smartmom put herself out there in her column two weeks ago, writing about her “old married couple” sex life with hubby Hepcat — and then openly discussing her plan to get a room at the Brooklyn Marriott for a Valentine’s Day tryst. Comments (2).

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