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GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings

Saturday, June 10, 2006

TEXTBOOK CASE       

Brooklynites Perez, Smits explore Puerto Rican roots in new doc

Brooklyn-born actors Rosie Perez and Jimmy Smits say they wanted to make the new documentary, "Yo Soy Boricua, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas" ("I’m Boricua, Just So You Know"), to celebrate their heritage and educate people about Puerto Rico’s fascinating history, a topic seldom discussed in the United States, much less taught in American schools. Comment.

DIFFICULT COMEDY      

Shakespeare in Brooklyn? Yes, the borough has a long history devoted to the Bard and is home to one of the longest-running Shakespeare theater companies in America. Comment.

DINING TO END     HUNGER

Twenty-five borough restaurants - including Blue Ribbon Sushi in Park Slope, Henry’s End in Brooklyn Heights and Veliis in Fort Greene - will be serving tastes of their specialties at Share Our Strength’s "Taste of the Nation" on June 13. Comment.

SADDLE UP     

Garrison Keillor, a man who talks for a living, never dreamed of making a movie based on his beloved radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion." But when veteran, award-winning filmmaker Robert Altman offered to do just that, Keillor was willing to listen. Comment.

’KING’ OF KINGS        

The Narrows Botanical Garden in Bay Ridge is two, two, two treats in one. Not only is it a lush, 4.5-acre landscape with butterfly gardens, a turtle sanctuary, shady tree groves and a Zen garden, but each summer, it hosts a series of free outdoor films. Comment.

NOLA IN NYC

Ten months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Brooklynites can catch a glimpse of life in the Big Easy after the big storm. Comment.

FIND YOUR BLISS

Acclaimed knitter Debbie Bliss will appear in Park Slope’s Stitch Therapy Thursday to lead two workshops and share her extensive knowledge of woolens. Comment.

FRIENDS OF A FARMER      

Heads up, Brooklynites: you can still join a Brooklyn Community Supported Agriculture group. You’ll be supporting family farms, while saving money on your grocery bill - but time is running out for the 2006 season. Comment.

PARK ROCKS

It’s time to celebrate! Brooklyn, that is. The borough’s 28th annual six-week arts extravaganza kicks off this Thursday with Maceo Parker (pictured), one of the original architects of funk. Comment.

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