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At a time when "The Lord of the Rings" sweeps the Academy Awards as a serious epic and J.R.R. Tolkien is regarded by some as a major philosopher (the man was actually a philologist), it’s something of a relief that the Heights Players has produced a version of "The Hobbit" that is both child-friendly and unpretentious. Comment


There’s nothing sweeter than celebrating Valentine’s Day, a day devoted to love and keeping the home fires burning. But when it’s me in the kitchen cooking up a romantic dinner for two, it seems that everything’s aflame - my apron, the drapes, the roast. Comment


Valentine’s Day is looming, but you’re still single? Why not take the plunge into the New York Aquarium’s mixer, "Sex in the Sea"? Comments (1)


Attention Romeo wannabes and aspiring Lotharios: as part of its "Best of the African Diaspora Film Festival," BAMcinematek will screen Mya B’s four-part documentary, "Silence: In Search of Black Female Sexuality." The Fort Greene filmmaker’s doc, which explores issues of female sexuality in black culture, will be screened on Valentine’s Day at 6:50 pm (followed by a Q&A with Mya B., pictured) and Feb. 15 at 4:30 pm. Comment


Subtle Changes Dance Company will present a tribute to the influential poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron at BRIC Studio this month. Comment


In the article headlined "Gilead Revisited" [GO Brooklyn, Jan. 22] the name of the actress who performed the role of Effy Krayneck was misspelled. Her name is Jaye Maynard. We regret the error. Comment


The very first image is of cockroaches scampering on the ground, tied to strings that a boy manipulates. Comment

Park planner blows his top        

The last of three meetings focusing on Pier 6 between the designers of Brooklyn Bridge Park and select community leaders was intended to provide answers to questions and criticisms they had raised about the planned 1.3-mile waterfront development. Comment

State of confusion over Yards       

Asked by The Brooklyn Papers, both before and after MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow’s testimony (see related story), whether Forest City Ratner and the MTA have been in negotiations, MTA spokesman Tom Kelly replied that the two parties had been in discussions over the rail yards but that it was the development company’s fault the negotiations have faltered. Comment

New BAMland theater set       

Atlantic Yards: Adding to the growing cache of projects in place for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Cultural District in Fort Greene, the mayor has unveiled designs for an ultramodern, $335.8 million, 299-seat Theater for a New Audience. Comment


"Aida" was Giuseppe Verdi’s final grand opera. Indeed, when he returned to composing operas after a 16-year retirement following "Aida," Verdi turned to Shakespearean sources to create his final two masterpieces, "Otello" and "Falstaff." Comment


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, husband-and-wife team Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher have opened The Chocolate Room, a chocolate boutique and dessert emporium on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue. Comment


Atlantic Yards: Bruce Ratner and his New Jersey Nets will just have to wait. Comments (1)

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