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A real gift

A real gift

Event: Holiday shopping gets a backbeat this Sunday, as kids music legend John Carlin (pictured, center with his band) headlines a Hanukkah gift fair in Brooklyn Heights. Comment

Death by chocolate

Death by chocolate

Books: Gourmet Brooklynites with a sweet tooth are getting ringside seats to a saccharine smackdown as two competing cookbooks battle for a place on their shelves, their pantries and, more important, their (cream-filled) hearts. Comment

Aim high! Author takes flight with jet pack

Books: Jetpacks are cool. Jetpacks are fast. Jetpacks may not exist. But that didn’t stop one Windsor Terrace author from writing a fun book about them. Comments (1)
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Beautiful noise

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Beautiful noise

Music: If you hear a cacophony of chirps, beeps, buzzes and screetches this weekend, don’t worry; it’s not space invaders. Comment

Ultimate brownie showdown

Books: There are lots of recipes for lots of cakes, pies and cookies — but the true benchmark of a baker is his brownies. So while Jacques Torres and the guys from Baked offer two different visions for a sweeter world (see GO Brooklyn’s cover story), those visions collide in a chocolate-, butter- and flour-drenched battleground. Pick your own winner from the two recipes below. Comment

Toys evolve

Toys evolve

Shopping: Most people don’t want to take the Christ out of Christmas. But one former Brooklynite wants God to share some space in the toy chest. Comment

Breaking chews! Bar Tano/Bar Toto empire expands in Slope

Dining: The owners of Bar Toto and Bar Tano — the sleek, Euro-modern bar-cafes — are expanding their mini-empire to include an all-day cafe in the Eighth Avenue storefront just vacated by the failed Pumpkins Organic Market, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (6)

Massage sent

Spa: We work our interns pretty damn hard over here and we certainly don’t pay them in anything except matchless experience — so we were pleased when we heard that Susan Stratton of Sage Spa in Park Slope was offering free massages to “deserving individuals in special need of some personal pampering and care.” Comments (3)

Teen vampires suck

Williamsburg: After watching “Twilight” the always brooding, oftentimes boring (that is, unless you’re a teenage girl with raging hormones) vampire love story, only one thought came to mind: When did these creatures of the night turn from horrific monsters into moody teenagers? Comment

Very Hungry Caterpillar sighted in Brooklyn

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2008-09 Target FamilyFun Series with the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites on November 30 at 2 p.m. Comment

Funk Buddha wishes you a Hip-Hop Holiday this year

Williamsburg: For nearly two decades, Akim Funk Buddha has been pushing the boundaries of hip-hop, while also preserving the fundamentals of the old school. Comment

Warm to the Land of Ice

Williamsburg: The Brick Theater, Inc. and Piper McKenzie present “The Granduncle Quadrilogy: Tales from the Land of Ice,” the first of three exclusive podcasts available for download at www.pipermckenzie.com. Comment

Watercolors to whet your artistic whistle

Williamsburg: Members of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society will be showing recent paintings at the WAHcenter, on Williamsburg, during four weekends in December starting December 6, 12-6 p.m. Some 30 members will contribute more than 80 works of art to the show. Comment

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