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Declan Donnellan, director of Cheek by Jowl’s "Othello," which will be at BAM’s Harvey Theater Oct. 5-10, originally studied law at Cambridge University but gave it up at age 22 to try his hand at drama. Comment


On Oct. 2, Stepping Out Dance Studios (pictured) will offer free dance lessons at the Brooklyn Museum. The hour-long clinic, which begins at 8 pm, will teach visitors how to cut a rug in time for a 9 pm dance party featuring music and tango dancing by Pablo Aslan’s Avantango. Comment


Just when you thought Palmira’s in Brooklyn Heights couldn’t get any grander, owners Roger and Victoria Desmond have surprised customers with a new lounge area in the front of their already spacious establishment. Comment


Do you ever just want to sit back, relax and sink into a heaping pile of pillows as you read your favorite book and sip a ginger honey shake? Perhaps you just wish to indulge your health-conscious taste buds with the homemade goodness of an organic sandwich. Comments (2)


On Aug. 26, a fire in 81 and 81A Seventh Ave. destroyed ZuZu’s Petals, Fonda Sara’s flower shop which had served the Park Slope community for 33 years. Comment


Terry Riley may be the founding father of minimalism - his 1965 composition, "In C," was the piece that begat the hypnotically repetitive musical genre made famous by Philip Glass, John Adams and Steve Reich - but the 69-year-old composer could never be accused of working with minimal means. Comment


In 1911, 146 immigrant workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire because the owners kept the doors locked and the lone fire escape buckled under the weight of the fleeing girls. Comment


She does not wear a dazzling crown nor is her home a palace. No train of large, beefy men protect her every move and her chariot rarely awaits. Still, Shanah Walton, 26, the self-proclaimed "Cupcake Queen of Brooklyn," considers herself royalty because of the rich, sweet treats she whips up in the kitchen. Comment

Ratner close to deal with state        

Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner and state and city agencies are close to signing a memorandum of understanding that would get the ball rolling on the developer’s proposed Atlantic Yards project, a Westchester daily newspaper reported this week. Comment

Ratner invites chosen few to draft agreement        

Atlantic Yards: For the past two months, community board leaders, Borough Hall staffers and members of select organizations have been attending closed-door meetings with developer Bruce Ratner to negotiate a contract that would guarantee certain benefits to the communities surrounding his Atlantic Yards site. Comment

Land grab goes to court       

Atlantic Yards: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to settle a Connecticut land dispute case that could have major implications for Forest City Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Comment


The songwriting team of Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson will have the career-crowning glory of seeing their first musical open on Broadway this month. Comment


Because of the burning success of past Chile Pepper Fiestas, this year’s annual event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has doubled in length. Chile-heads will overrun the normally genteel garden for two days, this Saturday and Sunday - Oct. 2-3 - as they celebrate the harvest, culinary uses and cultural significance of these spicy little numbers. Comment

Markowitz locks out anti-arena folks        

Atlantic Yards: Borough President Marty Markowitz invited leaders of a select few groups and elected officials to a closed-door meeting Wednesday to “participate in dialogue” about developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, leaving critics of the plan out in the cold. Comment

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