The film career of Dan Wyllie is an example of how contemporary Australian films are tossing out their image of snuggling koala bears and Crocodile Dundee in favor of gritty reality or biting humor. Comment


For those who, like this writer, have spent time in Heidelberg, it’s not surprising that this quiet city at the foot of the old castle and nestled in the gentle Neckar valley in Germany has inspired so many stories of romance and adventure. The most famous of these tales is Sigmund Romberg’s "The Student Prince," based on Rudolf Bleichman’s play "Old Heidelberg." Comment


With the world premiere of a new opera, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," being unveiled this week at the TADA Theater in Manhattan, the Brooklyn-based American Opera Projects launches its 14th season of presenting brand new operas by homegrown composers, of which Managing Director Charles Jarden is justifiably proud. Comment


The "Gowanus Artists Open Studio Tour" takes place Oct. 27 and 28 from 1 to 6 pm. Take this opportunity to get to know 40 of your artistic neighbors - including Dale Williams, whose accordion fold book, "Mercy Street 2 ­ Area Code 911," is pictured. (Williams’ studio is located at the Gowanus Art Building, 295 Douglass St. at Third Avenue, second floor.) Comment


On Oct. 29, the Brooklyn chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association will bring together 25 Brooklyn restaurants from 6 to 9 pm at Borough Hall (209 Joralemon St. at Court Street) for yet another tasting event. And this time, you’ll be expanding your waistline for a good cause. Comment


Ask any Brooklynite to name their favorite restaurant and you’ll get an earful. We love to discuss our favorite haunts; who has the best pasta or pizza or even sushi for that matter. We’re "foodies" and proud of it. And why shouldn’t we be? After all, we can break bread in the best restaurants. They’re all right here in our borough. Comment


For the four upcoming programs she’s coordinating for Bargemusic, Anne-Marie McDermott knows exactly why she chose the music. Comment

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