Brooklyn Courier

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Not that privileged Comment.
Williamsburg

The one and only Patti Labelle brings down the house

Rocking with a “New attitude”… Comment.
Letters

Traffic whiz

I mostly agree with Lou Powsner’s letter, “More Traffic Controls” and would like to add to his list of DOT delays and broken promises. Comment.
Letters

Recchia responds

In regard to your recent article, “Recchia heirs on Coney plan,” I am disappointed to find that the people looking to succeed me know so little about the redevelopment proposed for our community. Comment.
Letters

Presidential blood ties

Long Island University Professor Jose Sanchez in responding to Shavana Abruzzo (“A Britisher’s View”) points that presidents don’t necessarily yield to blood ties. There is just as much a case that they have. Comment.
Letters

America still not ready

Stanley Gershbein, after reading your column (“It’s Only My Opinion”) in the 8-22 issue, I simply had a good laugh. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - The ants come marching two by two….

It started quite innocently enough, one or two ants by the doorway. I didn’t worry. After all, I live on Staten Island, insects are part of the scenery and after six years I’ve learned to deal with them. Their end came quickly with one spritz of ammonia and a damp paper towel. I thought they might have been two rogue ants hopping a ride on a shopping bag or got lost and wandered in for the night. Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - Questions for your next cocktail party

My Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary offers twelve different definitions for the word ‘question’. To most of us a question is a word or sentence for the person doing the inquiring to collect information. Often the question is asked, not to gather knowledge but to make a statement. The following is a collection of both. Jot them down. You might want to use them at your next cocktail party when the conversation slows to a boring whisper. Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - ‘Caribbean Charlie’ is about to have a ‘bad day’

Sometimes, making mistakes does mean that you have to sacrifice your career – and your reputation. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Hey, there’s no reason why you should have to head out on your next shopping safari alone. It can be a jungle out there, so why not bring your pals at the Consumer Corner along to help out. Just take a few minutes to read the space here and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Comment.
Williamsburg

BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE - Discover Alternative Choice Home Care

The good news is that people are living longer. As a result, many of us are fortunate to have our parents remain part of our lives as we age. Yet, this situation may sometimes bring heartache because it means watching as our parents struggle with everyday tasks, and in many cases, knowing that we, ourselves, cannot provide the fulltime care they need. Comment.
Williamsburg

BUSINEESS BROOKLYN STYLE - Accessorize with Something Else

No matter how stunning, your outfit isn’t standing out until it’s jazzed up by the perfect accessory, be it a scarf, small pin, or a complementary pair of earrings. Comment.
Williamsburg

Vin gets biblical in far out sci-fi romp

Vin Diesel’s career as an action star officially ran out of gas in “Babylon AD,” a stilted post-apocalyptic thriller that in the end implodes on itself and leaves everyone in the theater confused. Comment.
Williamsburg

Nicholas Cage is lost in the far east

Nicolas Cage opens “Bangkok Dangerous” with a deep, authoritative narrative outlining the do’s and don’ts of the murder for hire biz — then in the next 90 or so shallow minutes that follow, blindly proceeds to break all of those commandments. Comment.
Williamsburg

Back to ‘nam: Cinema looks at the USA’s other hated war

The conflicting facets that make the Vietnam War one of the most controversial military conflicts of the 20th century will be revisited and reviewed on the movie screen through a special borough film series highlighting the tarnished glories and failed victories that nearly caused a country – ours – to implode upon itself. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Music, Schmusic: VMA was a bust

This past Sunday was a bright spot for me and my husband because my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and family threw us a lovely anniversary party. Nothing fancy, just backyard, pool and good food. We had a great time and then, as we usually do, after coffee and cake, we parked ourselves in front of the TV, talked and surfed the many channels of not much of anything to watch and hoped for something — anything— decent to pop up on the screen. Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - Honor America on September 11

Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - 9/11 victims should not have died in vain

Seven years ago this week, Muslim terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial jets, flew two of them into the World Trade Center, rammed the third into the Pentagon and crashed the fourth in a field in pastoral Somerset County, Pennsylvania – leaving close to 3,000 people dead by lunchtime on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

It’s a new season…well, almost – time to make a fresh start and scrap old bad habits. It’s the perfect time, in other words, to start becoming a savvy consumer. It’s a perfect time to start comparison shopping. It’s a perfect time to become a bargain hunter. It’s the perfect time to start a relationship with your friendly neighborhood Consumer Corner. Let’s take a look at what’s out there this week. Comment.
Williamsburg

BUSINESS BROOKLYN STYLE - Power up at Fitness Zone Plus

When we were kids, we played stickball, hopscotch, and games like “May I Take a Giant Step?” Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Spirited’ clown performances

The Brick Theater, Inc. presents “A Glass Of Wine,” as part of The 3rd Annual New York Clown Theatre Festival. The show was created and is performed by Daniel Forlano. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Running into walls’

What would you do if your daily routine were interrupted by mortality, the ultimate interruption? How far would you go to fulfill a promise? Is a eulogy for oneself called a melogy? Even in faraway Portland, Oregon, they struggle with these imponderables. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Minstrel Show 2008’ starts with reception

Gallery on Dean (inside the restaurant Tavern on Dean) begins its fifth season with a provocative exhibit, “The Minstrel Show 2008,” a large solo show of paintings and drawings by Bed-Stuy resident Lasharn Yamel Cupid. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Fall’ into the best street fests in town

The autumn street fairs held across the borough not only provide an afternoon of family fun, but also offer a unique perspective on the communities in which they occur. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tune into ‘Red Hook High’

Dance Theatre Etcetera, a community-based arts organization in Red Hook, announces that “Red Hook High,” a new independent television pilot produced and directed by filmmaker and Dance Theatre Etcetera board member Trac Minh Vu, has been selected to premiere at the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tillie’s is terrific in September – come down!

Tillie’s of Brooklyn welcomes the month with a host of new shows. Comment.
Williamsburg

Portraits of powerful NYC personalities

An extraordinary collection of rarely-seen, classical portraits of leading figures from New York’s art world, taken from 1981 to 1990, will be exhibited in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, September 18-October 26. There is an opening reception September 18 from 6-9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

New Hub home

After a dramatic year-long renovation, Spoke the Hub Dancing (STH) introduces the community to its new space and to a new roster of movement and arts classes for the whole family. Comment.
Williamsburg

Monk parakeet safari

Brooklynites are used to seeing pigeons and the occasional seagull flying through their skies. It may be surprising to hear that the borough also has a significant parrot population. Comment.
Williamsburg

Make this ‘Crossing’

The Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) presents the first major New York solo exhibition by British artist Sarah Beddington. “Crossing” is a site-specific, mixed media installation responding to DAC’s ship-like interior and past maritime activity of the waterfront neighborhood of Dumbo, Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Just a’ fiddlin’ and a’ pickin’

Flat picks and hot licks are on tap as Virginia sends its best fiddlers and pickers to Brooklyn on September 14 at 7 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Howard Hawks retrospective

BAMcinématek presents “Hawks,” September 15-30, a 16-film retrospective of director Howard Hawks featuring genre classics and rare films including “Scarface” (1932), “Ball of Fire” (1947), “The Big Sleep” (1946), “The Big Sky” (1952), “The Road to Glory” (1936) and “Tiger Shark” (1932). Comment.
Williamsburg

Cast your line in with the Fishermen of Sheepshead Bay

As they were wont to do, friends Christian Johnston and Shamar Hill would go to a pier in Sheepshead Bay and fish. Well, Johnston would fish and Hill would just hang out. Comment.
Williamsburg

Capturing the lives of bustling commuters

Getting Around: City Transportation Images, is the new show at the Object Image Gallery, captures both the hustle and bustle of city life as well as the occasional solitary relationship New Yorkers have with their modes of travel. Comment.
Williamsburg

Art in Free Fall at BWAC

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents “Art in Free Fall,” their fall group art show, September 13-October 26, weekends from 1-6 p.m. Brooklyn’s largest exhibition of contemporary art will be shown in the historic Red Hook warehouse that has housed the shows since 1992. Comment.
Williamsburg

11th Annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree

A performance by two of the founding members of the New Lost City Ramblers — the highly influential string band that jump-started the folk music revival (some called it the “folk scare”) in the 1950s — will be one of the highlights of the 11th annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree when it returns September 12-14. Comment.
Williamsburg

Pete Malinverni at the piano

Catch a solo piano performance by one of New York’s most inventive composers, Pete Malinverni, who is now at Brooklyn’s The River Café at 1 Water Street on the water in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Comment.
Williamsburg

Join the chorus

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, Mark Mangini, conductor, is seeking choral singers. They offer a mixed repertoire of theater and classical music and perform two annual free concerts on the Kingsborough campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in December and May. Comment.
Williamsburg

Dance auditions

Auditions for Dancewave’s Kids Company is open to all talented teens, and will take place September 13 and 17, 4:30 p.m. at PS 77, 62 Park Place in Park Slope. Comment.
Williamsburg

Afro-beat jazz

Afro Jazz Sundays at Tamboril Restaurant brings live music from African, the Caribbean and Latin traditions woven together with jazz. Comment.
Williamsburg

Read all about it: Brooklyn Book Festival returns!

Brooklyn is a literary hub, a destination for aspiring writers by sheer coincidence or simply due to more affordable rates than another writerly beacon, Manhattan. On September 14, more than 150 authors converge upon Borough Hall for the third annual Brooklyn Book Festival, an all-day literary fair featuring those long on the scene and those just new to it. Comment.
Williamsburg

Contemplate the depths of ‘Shimmering Matter’

Get captivated by Christopher Harrington's shimmering matter as it graces the walls of Williamsburg's Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art gallery this fall. Comment.

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