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Saturday, April 8, 2006

IT’S ALIVE!

There’s one problem with communal tables in restaurants: One doesn’t have the option of pointing to a room of strangers and saying, "I’ll sit beside the good-looking guy in the leather jacket." Comment

’PASSION’ RETURNS

In the classical-music world, it’s the very definition of the term "blockbuster." Comment

SET YOUR TIVO

Brooklyn artists and administrators - as well as other culture mavens - are interviewed by channel Thirteen President William Baker for a two-hour-long exploration of the New York area arts scene, "Setting The Stage." Comment

WITHOUT ’PEER’

Henrik Ibsen’s play "Peer Gynt" is one of those canonical stage works that feels fresh and new no matter what the interpretation of its director. Comment

UMA WAS HERE

Brooklynites came out in droves to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Spring Gala on March 23. Among the VIPs who attended the fundraiser were Borough President Markowitz, composer Philip Glass, performance artist Laurie Anderson, musician Lou Reed and movie studio chairman Douglas Steiner. Comment

MADE IN BROOKLYN

This month, BAMcinematek presents an "It Happened in Brooklyn!" film series, with three movies set in the borough - "It Happened in Flatbush" (April 10), "It Happened in Brooklyn" (April 17) and "The French Connection" (April 24) - with commentary by Brooklyn Papers alum and borough historian John Manbeck. Comment

THE BURGER KING

"I am the king of hamburgers!" declares Aristos Tzamos, the chef and co-owner of Helios in Park Slope. Comment

CHERRY ON TOP

This year, in addition to celebrating a quarter-century of its cherry blossom festival, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents "Hanami," a two-month-long call to cherish each stage of the cherry tree’s flowering. The Japanese tradition of "Hanami" includes appreciation of the cherry trees’ buds, their glorious blossoming, and even the fluttering away of the last petals. Comments (2)

TASTE FOR CRIME

Bay Ridge native Joseph Gannascoli (pictured), who plays mafia soldier Vito Spatafore on HBO’s "The Sopranos," gave a reading from his new book, "A Meal to Die For" at A Novel Idea bookstore on March 30. Comment

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