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During a stay in India in the mid-1990s, director Nancy Meckler recalled E.M. Forester’s classic "A Passage to India," which she had read many years earlier, and began to fantasize about putting it on stage. Comment


From Nov. 2 to Nov. 12, Marco Polo Ristorante will offer a menu featuring the foods and wines of Italy’s Puglia region, located on the heel of the boot-shaped country. Comments (1)


With a Marlboro dangling from the corner of his mouth, Joe O’Donoghue hoists the hefty rotating chainsaw blade high above his right shoulder, pauses for a moment and sends the clumsy blade down upon an ice slab, casting aside a luminous arch of snow-shavings. Comment


Sarah Kane’s one-hour play, "4:48 Psychosis," which plays at St. Ann’s Warehouse Oct. 26-31, goes a long way towards correcting the all-too-common public ignorance of the devastating ramifications of mental illness. Comment


The Bay Ridge Festival of the Arts will bring handmade art for the home as well as wearable art to the Union Church of Bay Ridge on Nov. 6, from 11 am to 5 pm, for its "Pre-Holiday Fair of Artisanal Crafts." Comment


Of all the Brooklyn restaurants I’ve reviewed, the Williamsburgh Cafe may be the most puzzling. From the outside, the restaurant resembles any other eatery in the neighborhood, with a few locals drinking beer at tables on the sidewalk. Comment


In Italy, Scottadito means "finger blistering" and refers to lamb chops hot off the grill that are so tasty no one can wait for them to cool. The word could apply to any number of rustic dishes offered at Scottadito Osteria Toscana, a new Tuscan restaurant that opened in September on Union Street in Park Slope. Comment


When "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" first opened off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 1967, long hair, pot, incense, pseudo-mysticism and political activism were the staples of a generation that thought it was about to change the world forever. Watching the shenanigans of the shaggy crew onstage in the Gallery Players’ revival, it’s easy to see why they were so wrong. Comment


Don’t be spooked by an invasion of little witches, goblins, devils and other creatures of the night at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Sunday, Oct. 31. They’re just kids converging on the otherwise stately garden grounds for the annual "Ghouls and Gourds Celebration" which includes a costume contest, larger than life puppets from Flying Bridge Community Arts, and a "haunted hideaway" in the children’s garden. Comment

City review seems unlikely for Atlantic Yards arena plan        

Atlantic Yards: The question of what, if any, public review there will be of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development remains as much a mystery today as it did when the plan was unveiled more than a year ago. Comment

City: Cruise ships at Pier 12 by summer        

Brooklynites can expect to see a cruise ship terminal completed as early as next summer, city officials announced Tuesday before a joint City Council committee hearing. Comment

Key Ratner booster accused of spousal abuse        

Atlantic Yards: Former Knicks and Nets basketball star Bernard King, a key pointman in Bruce Ratner’s campaign to win approval for the Atlantic Yards mega-development, was arrested Saturday and charged with three counts of assault against his wife of seven years. Comment


Vocalist Meredith Monk and the Paprika International Dance Ensemble will perform as part of the fourth annual BAXten Arts & Artists in Progress Awards in DUMBO on Nov. 4. The evening, organized by the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Park Slope, will honor artists, arts managers and arts educators. Each BAXten Award recipient then chooses an individual or organization to receive a Passing It On Award, which is a cash award to assist them in their work. Comment


If it seems that there are more swashbuckling rogues walking the streets of Carroll Gardens these days, they’re there at the invitation of Rolando Balboa, founder of the Brooklyn Fencing Center, which relocated from Atlantic Avenue to a spacious permanent facility on the edge of the neighborhood last month. Comment


BRICstudio is getting ready for a night of international dance on Oct. 30. Emerging artists from Danspace Project’s "Out of Space" program will take the stage and spice it up with exotic moves and sounds. Comment


Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner now says he’d consider keeping his New Jersey Nets in New Jersey if he failed to win approval for his contentious $2.5 billion Atlantic Yards mega-development, which includes a new 19,000 seat basketball arena. Comment

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