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Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006

PARADE 2006

The West Indian American Day Carnival Parade returns to Eastern Parkway on Monday and is expected to again draw more than a million spectators and revelers. On Sept. 4, costumed dancers will fill the streets of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Comment

SMELLS SO GOUDA

Delicious as they may be, little buttons of goat cheese, big chunks of bleu and runny triangles of Camembert share one trait: they’re smelly. Partners Michelle Pravda and Patrick Watson celebrate the odorous goods with Stinky Brooklyn, the shop they opened in June. The owners of the Smith Street store divide their stock according to its "stinky factor": "Not-so-stinky, stinky and supa-stinky," so the cheese freaks who linger before the cases know what they’re in for. Comment

’BABY’ STEPS     

For her first feature-length, fiction film, "Sherrybaby," Prospect Heights writer-director Laurie Collyer not only managed to snag the summer’s "It" girl, Maggie Gyllenhaal, as her leading lady, but she culled a pitch perfect performance from 7-year-old Ryan Simpkins, who plays Sherry’s daughter Alexis. Comment

A PRETTY ’PIRATE’

It only shows once every two years, features spectacular blooms by the country’s best botanical artists and it’s free (with admission). Comment

A NOD TO 9-11

The tragedies of September 11 will be remembered and memorialized through modern dance for four nights in DUMBO’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Comment

THE NOUVELLE CABARET      

The best-kept secret in Staten Island - also known as "Brooklyn southwest" according to Borough President Marty Markowitz - is the new cabaret club inside the Hilton Garden Inn. Comment

DOUBLE FEATURE

The Gallery Players are back for their 40th year! The 2006-’07 season opener is a double-bill of one-act plays by Christopher Durang: "The Actor’s Nightmare" and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You." Comment

ONE FOR THE BOOKS       

Borough Hall will transform into a literary mecca with the first annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 16. Comment

SIMPLE LIFE     

If there were a single wish Brooklyn diners would make, they’d want an eatery in their neighborhood where they truly enjoyed hanging out. It would be a place where they felt comfortable sitting at the bar alone and ordering a cocktail; where they could suggest a few friends meet and know that they’ll share a pleasant meal; and, if they were in the mood, perhaps shoot a game of pool. Most important though, would be the hours. If they staggered home from the office at midnight, the kitchen would still be open for business. Comments (1)

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