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Bouabid Gassimi (pictured at right with co-owner Jeff Jdia), the original owner of the tucked away, hole-in-the-wall, La Maison du Couscous in Bay Ridge, has left that restaurant (now under new management at 484 77th St.) and opened another cafe in the neighborhood, Les Babouches. Comment


The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, whose realistic dramas moved away from the romanticism popular in the 19th century, is often called the father of modern theater. Now that we are firmly entrenched in post-modern theater, his plays seem a lot less startling than they did in the late 1800s. Comment


Smith Street doesn’t need another restaurant. The block already has more bistros than one can find in a small city. However, a restaurant that functions as a comfortable, attractive room with an upscale diner menu is a novelty on this block. Comment


"So, I’m great in the sack," boasted Park Slope born-and-bred author Ned Vizzini to a capacity crowd at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg last month. Comments (3)


This Saturday, Nov. 6, the Prospect Park Alliance will pay tribute to New York Mets captain John Franco at its gala fundraiser The Carousel Ball. Comment


On Nov. 6 the Brooklyn Museum will host another free evening of art and live performance. This week’s "First Saturday" lineup includes performances by Flamenco Latino (pictured) at 6 pm and 7 pm. Comment


In addition to performances by Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams this month and music legend Bobby Vinton in March, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ golden anniversary season will be made even more memorable by the dramatic renovations to its home, the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College. Comment


The final weekend of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s exhibit of artwork, the "Solo Show," ends with an opportunity to get original art at a great price at a Nov. 7 silent auction. Comment


Although "Bye Bye Birdie" is considered part of the "Golden Age" of musicals, and it is produced endlessly in youth theaters around the country, it has never been revived on Broadway. That is all the more amazing considering the show introduced some of our most beloved popular songs - "Put on a Happy Face," "A Lotta Livin’ to Do" and "Kids!" Comment


The MF Adams Gallery opened in its new home at 111 Front St. in DUMBO on Oct. 15 with "American Vernacular," a two-part exhibition featuring "Paintings in American Verse" by Alexander Echo and "Snapshots from the American Dream," which are found photographs from the gallery’s collection. Comment

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