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Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004

EMPTY CANVASES

If I were to name a cafe I wouldn’t choose the word "surreal." The title conjures up unappetizing images of dripping eggs and melting clocks. And, as it turns out, it is not a fitting name for the Surreal Cafe, a down-to-earth eatery that opened in August in Park Slope. Comment.

DESIGNING WOMAN

Park Slope native Adrianne Lobel has made a career out of making a scene. Or more specifically, of designing scenes. Comment.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACCIÓN!

Save yourself the airfare and enjoy contemporary films from Mexico in Fort Greene. BAMcinematek is screening "MexicoNow," a collection of 13 movies, running through Oct. 17. Comment.

MAMI DEAREST

A workman quietly measured a doorframe last weekend as we sampled dishes from the barely opened Le Dakar Restaurant & Cafe in Clinton Hill, the second outpost of chef Pierre Thiam, whose bistro Yolele in Bedford-Stuyvesant has earned a steady clientele and accolades from food writers. Comment.

JAMPROV BLUES

"You’re not wearing black." Comment.

MUSIC FIRST

One of Park Slope’s best-kept secrets is celebrating its 30th birthday the best way it knows how - with music and friends. Comment.

POWER PLAYER

Staging Shakespeare’s highly charged political play "Richard III" - with its duplicitous ruler lusting after more power at the expense of his trusting subjects - is another example of the Bard’s continued relevance, according to Prospect Heights resident Peter DuBois, who directs the play now onstage at the Public Theater in Manhattan. Comment.

SKATER BOYZ

In 1994, Williamsburg photographer Vincent Cianni focused his lens on a tribe of inline skating teens in the then-gritty neighborhood. The nearly 10-year fascination with the Hispanic boys as they demonstrated their jaw-dropping tricks on ramps, rails and jumps deepened into friendships, and now his decade-long study has resulted in a new book, "We Skate Hardcore: Photographs from Brooklyn’s Southside" (New York University Press, $24.95), published on Sept. 30. Comment.

BED-STUY TOUR

"Building on our dream" is the theme of the 26th annual Bedford-Stuyvesant house tour, which showcases both meticulously restored brownstones and those turn-of-the-century architectural gems still in the renovation process. With new shops blooming on the main drag of Lewis Avenue, the neighborhood has been undergoing a renaissance, so the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant (the non-profit group organizing the tour) want Brooklynites to see first-hand how homeowners can help turn a place around. Comments (1).

DUMBO INVASION

When Joy Glidden organized the first DUMBO Art Under the Bridge festival in 1996, she aimed to bring attention to the sorely neglected neighborhood and reposition it as a sort of New York City-style Left Bank. Eight years later, DUMBO rivals the art scene in SoHo and Chelsea, and the three-day festival, beginning Oct. 15, is one of the largest and most important cultural events anywhere. Comment.