GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005


Despite frigid temperatures that even managed to keep away event co-chairs Sally Singer, of Vogue, and Emma Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Mike, attendees at the Prospect Park Alliance Junior Committee’s "Skating Under the Stars" fundraiser worked up a sweat. Comment


Carroll Gardens painter Nad Wolinska hopes that participating in March’s ArtExpo will make her a household name - or at the very least, will encourage a gallery or two to represent her. The 42-year-old French artist will be exhibiting 16 paintings from her "Divine Reality of Human Illusion" series (pictured) in the SOLO pavilion, which features emerging, independent artists. Comment


"They also serve who only stand and wait," wrote English poet John Milton. Playwright Paulanne Simmons, of Brooklyn Heights, could not agree more. In fact, she quoted the 17th-century writer on a postcard that advertises the opening of her three-part play about people who wait together, which opens on Feb. 24 at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan. Comment


"Porgy and Bess" is The American Opera. It’s probably the most well-known American opera throughout the world," says Jerris Cates, who plays Bess in the upcoming Brooklyn Center show. Indeed Cates sees nothing ironic in the fact that George and Ira Gershwin, two Jewish boys from Brooklyn, wrote the score for an opera about the Gullahs, blacks living in small farming and fishing communities in the southern low country. Comment


Who is Maggie Brown? Is she the unsinkable Molly, a.k.a. "Maggie," who stayed afloat after the Titanic went down? If so, her inimitable spirit is present in this Clinton Hill restaurant that bears her name. Comment


Given the types of offbeat, sad-sack underdogs he often portrays on the big screen, it seems just his luck that Paul Giamatti would be left off the ballot for a Best Actor Oscar, following months of critical praise for his depiction of a schlubby, down-trodden wine connoisseur in the buddy comedy "Sideways." Comment


When programming a retrospective devoted to a particular genre, like BAMcinematek’s "Fright Nights: International Horror," one runs immediately into the question of definitions. What exactly is a horror movie? This selection of a dozen films, playing Mondays and Tuesdays from Feb. 21 to March 29, is refreshingly broadminded about the answer. Comment


It’s raining ravioli and so much more at the new Fratelli Ravioli Shop and Cafe in Carroll Gardens, which opened on Jan. 5. Comment


Williamsburg-based clothing company Brooklyn Industries will open its fifth store on March 1 in Boerum Hill. The new 2,000-square-foot boutique, on Smith Street at the corner of Atlantic Avenue, will carry a wide selection of bags, limited-edition T-shirts (such as the 100-percent cotton, crown bedecked tee, $26, shown right) and embroidered Brooklyn hoodies. The company, created by artistic duo Vahap and Lexy Funk in 1996 with the launch of their chic messenger bags, makes clothing and accessories for men, women and kids. Comment


If you’re looking for a new way to combine the fun of crafts with a girls’ night out, consider throwing a Bead Spa soiree. Comment

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