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Ever longed to tread the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Opera House? On Tuesday, gala ticket holders will not only have the opportunity to sip cocktails on that famous stage, but to do it alongside Australian actress Cate Blanchett, best known for roles in "Elizabeth," "The Aviator" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Comment


On Sunday, the Brooklyn Arts Council presents a free marathon of folk dance featuring the borough’s own nimble artists. For four hours, dancers will move across Brooklyn College’s Whitman Theater stage; among the dozen pieces on the program will be Panamanian social dances such as the "cumbia" and "punta" by Conjunto Nuevo Milenio (pictured); Brooklyn uprocking by Ralph Casanova a.k.a. "King Uprock"; West African stilt-walking with Vado Diomande; and Israeli folk dance by Paraparim. Comment


For some, a pot of chicken soup chases away the winter blues. Comment


For Bay Ridge actor Lou Martini Jr., the 14th time was the charm. Comments (1)


On Feb. 25, Brooklyn Philharmonic’s artistic director, conductor Michael Christie, and the orchestra hit the ground running to open their 52nd season in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Comment


Like many New Yorkers, I eat out often. Over the past few years, I’ve had countless good meals and a handful that I’d deem great. Only my recent dinner at Nouvelle, a "French-Asian fusion" restaurant in Bay Ridge, qualifies as extraordinary. Comment


Atlantic Yards: A partial court victory by opponents of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project may end up doing the impossible: sinking the mega-development before it even gets off the ground. This startling news is buried deep in court documents filed this week by the Empire State Development Corporation. The agency is appealing Justice Carol Edmead’s decision last week to remove an environmental review expert from the project because his prior work for Ratner “tainted” the process. Comment


Over the last four years, Arts at St. Ann’s has served as the unofficial Brooklyn outpost for The Wooster Group, thanks to nearly annual presentations of past and present works: "House/Lights" (2005), "Brace Up!" (2003) and "To You, the Birdie!" (2002). The envelope-pushing SoHo-based collective - whose intellectually rigorous, technologically adventurous deconstructions of the classics have made it one of the most imitated avant garde theater companies in the world - returns once again to 38 Water St. with a revival of its critically acclaimed interpretation of "The Emperor Jones." Comment


Multi-faceted star of TV, stage and film, Edie Falco is a true Brooklyn success story. Comment

UNION RATS        

Atlantic Yards: While some New Yorkers still follow the jingle’s advice and “look for the union label,” you won’t find one affixed to Brooklyn’s construction boom. Comments (2)


When you’re filming a documentary in Brooklyn, anything can happen. Comment

Jay-Z is looking for Brooklyn’s best Nets rap        

Atlantic Yards: The Swamp Rats need a swamp rap. Comment

Brooklyn to Dick Cheney: Don’t shoot!

Brooklyn Angle: This columnist has such a deep and abiding respect for the office of Vice President, that he has resisted the temptation — succumbed to by so many of his colleagues — to lampoon the current occupant for shooting his friend in a hunting accident. Comment
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