Places like Smithwick’s Bar & Restaurant can be found in any American city or affluent suburb. The long bar that runs down one side of the cavernous front room, lit with faux-Grecian chandeliers, and the dining area’s sponge-painted walls and white linen tablecloths have the anonymous feeling of a hotel restaurant. Comment


Robert Rauschenberg is one of modern art’s most controversial artists, and he’ll have tongues wagging again beginning Oct. 14, when "bobrauschenbergamerica," a play about him written by Charles L. Mee, opens at BAM’s Harvey Theater. Comment


Like Plato’s famous river, neighborhoods in Brooklyn seem to change so suddenly that when you come back to them, they are never quite the same. In Brooklyn we have DUMBO, Williamsburg and Carroll Gardens as exemplary proof of how neighborhoods can become "hip" almost overnight. Comment


Williamsburg gourmands take note - much-loved Allioli, home of Spanish tapas, has spawned a Turkish sibling - Nar Meze Bar. Nar means "pomegranate" in Turkish, a perfect name for the strongly flavored, sweet-and-sour tastes of the meze, or Turkish hors d’oeuvres the restaurant serves. Comment


Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, as the song says, but did you ever think that place would be a nightclub? Comment


Harris Radio will celebrate the release of its new compilation CD, "Bridge to Music: Indie Sounds from Brooklyn’s Underground," on Oct. 17 at 9 pm with a listening party at Patio Lounge, 179 Fifth Ave. at Lincoln Place in Park Slope. Comment


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is kicking off its new season with a ballet performance by a company run by one of America’s most famous ballet dancers-turned-choreographers, Suzanne Farrell. Comment


The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will celebrate its 50th anniversary season with an Oct. 14 benefit show featuring live performances by Radiohead and Sigure Ros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Comment


Fred Astaire, watch out. Your reputation is on the line. Tony Montenieri is in town and the Heights Players have a hit. Comment


While it may not get nearly as much ink as the far more renowned Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Artistic Director Nicholas Armstrong has carved out a respectable niche for itself among local music fans over the past three decades. Comment

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