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The American South, with its murky swamps and oppressive hierarchy, has always contradicted the American ideal of wide-open space and the freedom to roam it. Comment


During the late ’60s, a new form of entertainment was born on Broadway. It was called the rock musical and it was a blend of hippie culture, theatrical conventions and psychedelic rock music. Comment


Family, friends, food and wine come together to make Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. There are so many flavors and textures of food that matching wines with them is really easy. Yet there aren’t any steadfast rules. Comment


I can describe the aromas that filled my childhood home on Thanksgiving morning as if I was standing in that suburban kitchen now. Near the stove, onions and celery sizzling in a saute pan for stuffing are wafting a tingly, sweet perfume; there’s the warm, yeasty scent of rolls browning; and the aroma of turkey, slowly roasting, making it impossible for us to resist reaching into the oven and tearing tiny bits of crisp skin off the bird then nibbling them away from mom’s disapproving eyes. Comment


Although he was one of the pioneers of the Italian neo-realist movement of the 1940s, director Luchino Visconti is far better known for his later films, which are voluptuous, elegantly stylized epics as far from his humble cinematic beginnings as possible. Comment


One of the saddest ironies in classical music history is the fate of "Carmen" composer Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Comment


Audience members are likely to be asking themselves the titular question, "Who Is Wilford Brimley?" not only at the start of this mock musical biography but also at the end. Comment

Members: Ratner owns CBs

Atlantic Yards: Members of the community boards that encompass developer Bruce Ratner’s planned Atlantic Yards complex condemned their respective chairpersons Wednesday. They charged that, wittingly or not, the board chairs have allowed the developer to co-opt the boards without having reviewed his plans. Comment


A real estate developer relatively unknown in these parts is close to a deal to purchase Brooklyn’s tallest building. Comment

City Planning OKs Watchtower towers

In a blow to Borough President Marty Markowitz’s recommendation that the Watchtower Bible and Tract society reduce its plans to build a multi-building residential complex at 85 Jay St. by 60 percent, the City Planning Commission voted on Monday to approve the religious organization’s application for zoning changes. Comments (1)

Push for waterfront greenway moves    forward

The night was filled with much pointing at posters and speculating about best-case scenarios as the first public session to address the Brooklyn Greenway came together at St. Francis College on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. Comment


On Nov. 3, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene, Mikhail Baryshnikov receives the Jerome Robbins Prize - and a hug - from Robbins Foundation President Floria Lasky, as Executive Producer Joseph Melillo and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, who received a Jerome Robbins Prize on behalf of the Fort Greene cultural icon, look on. Comment


Atlantic Yards: Aricka Westbrooks didn’t know when she opened her quirky fried turkey business on Myrtle Avenue a year ago that Jive Turkey would be quickly featured in the New York Times, Gourmet magazine and on the Food Network. Comment

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