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Saturday, April 10, 2004

PLAYING WITH PILLS

Give into that irresistible force that is (or should be) drawing you to Magnetic Field tonight (Saturday, April 10), to see a raucous show by Boston-based mod rockers, The Pills, who no doubt will be rolling into Brooklyn Heights with copies of their third and latest LP "A Fistful of Pills" (Primary Voltage Records) in hand. Comment.

ROPED IN

"I come here for the board," says Joe Vitale, 28, of Fort Greene, as he points to the tiny blackboard of daily specials behind the bar at Rope, on Myrtle Avenue. "All of the deals are awesome!" Comment.

INSIDE OUT

The Brooklyn Museum is out to prove that its beauty goes much farther than skin deep. Beyond its facelift - a new front entrance and glass-enclosed pavilion to be unveiled April 17 with a weekend-long celebration called "Open!" - the museum will simultaneously reveal three new exhibitions. Comment.

CURRY IN A HURRY

The Currysource philosophy, says the tiny shop’s owner Gary Dovey, "is to provide simplicity, quality and care" to the Boerum Hill neighborhood it serves. To that end, Dovey and partner Jilly Stephens’ 200-square-foot store offers four standard curries - one vegetarian, two chicken and a shrimp, all made with freshly ground spices, hard-to-find fenugreek leaves and free-range chicken. Comment.

BILL IS DUE

STRIKES OUT

In July 2002, I reviewed Isobel, a restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. I raved about Isobel’s cheerful ambiance and elegant space. I loved the waitstaff, and the clean, clear flavors of Tony Raggiri’s French dishes wowed me. Raggiri had an affinity for seafood, turning out a sea bass with morels that I still think about. I had high hopes for Isobel, but like Tinto (the restaurant it replaced at 66 Henry St.), Isobel was short-lived. Comment.

TAKE ’ACTION’

The public is invited to join in on workshops and enjoy performances as part of Poly Prep Country Day School’s day-long arts celebration on April 17, "Art in Action." Comment.

FRANK STORY

A man walks into the fading light of late afternoon. A church bell tolls. A violin wails. Director Susan Montez wastes no time in setting the sorrowful tone of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Diary of Anne Frank," now at the Heights Players. Comment.

Playing ball with Ratner

Atlantic Yards: Eighty elementary-school athletes showed their mettle on the court this week during a two-day basketball camp led by former Knicks star forward Bernard King. Comment.

RATNER BETRAYED US

Atlantic Yards: A community garden on Flatbush Avenue has become the latest pawn in an ongoing battle over developer Bruce Ratner’s plans to build a massive basketball arena and office tower complex across the street in Prospect Heights. Comment.

Ikea feeling Red Hook heat

Ikea has changed its plans for a massive waterfront store in Red Hook to include active use of several surrounding piers, an official with the Swedish home furnishings giant told The Brooklyn Papers this week. Comment.