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From Russia with love

From Russia with love

Dining: Are you craving a big night out, but feeling the pinch of inflation? Do you want to get away from it all, but can’t bear to get on a plane and witness how little the U.S. dollar now buys? Well, as close as Gravesend, there is a Russian nightclub where your dollar seems to have all of the purchasing power of the ruble, circa 1989. Comments (1)

‘Crime’ pays

DUMBO: “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh to read from his new book, “Crime,” in DUMBO. Comment

‘Red’ alert

Coney Island: Coney Island Sideshow star Insectavora to release a new DVD. And she’s singing? Comment

Go with the “Flow”

Cinema: “Flow,” a new documentary by Brooklyn filmmaker Irena Salina about one of our most necessary — and endangered resources — water, will finally get a run in a theater, beginning Sept. 12. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comment

Stephen King and kayaking, too

Parenting: Brooklyn Bridge Park continues its wide array of family fun events during summer 2008. Comment

Wild end to summer

Parenting: If you’re looking for something fun and cheap to do with your family this summer, check out what’s going on at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. Comment

Sneak peek at ‘The Other Side of the Water’

Parenting: BAM Rose Cinemas will screen a sneak preview of the long awaited, recently completed documentary film, “The Other Side of the Water,” August 28 at 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 p.m. Comment

Live bluegrass

Parenting: Jalopy Theater welcomes Brian Patch and the King County Strings, offering country music at 9 p.m., August 22. Comment

‘Tropic Thunder’isn’t a total washout

Cinema: Tropic Thunder – comedian Ben Stiller’s movie-within-a-movie farce about a group of Hollywood actors shooting a Vietnam war epic deep inside the jungles of Southeast Asia – is no Dr. Strangelove. Comment

Papa Leone’s: Pride on every plate served

Dining: Papa Leone’s (101-103 Oriental Boulevard at the corner of West End Avenue in Manhattan Beach; 718-648-1349 or 718-648-9832) is a rare vestige of another era: the first rate, top notch neighborhood Italian restaurant, where family skill and pride were the hallmarks of both the kitchen and the dining room. Comment

Guitar Danny

Parenting: Danny Kalb, long recognized as one of America’s top guitarists, will be performing a free show on August 22 at Two Boots Restaurant in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Dare’ explores the horrors of Jim Crow-era South

Cinema: It’s hard to tell which images are more disturbing: The black and white footage of the violence that gripped St. Augustine during civil rights demonstrations in 1963, or the color shots of the dilapidated squalor of the city’s black neighborhoods today. Comment

Bklyn filmmakers offer glimpse of ‘Apostles’

Cinema: Prayer and movie making have a lot more in common than you’d know. Comment

Become a Carnival ‘insider’

Parenting: Brooklyn’s West Indian American Day Carnival is preceded by months of preparations and a busy weekend of activities, including a fierce musical battle between steel bands. Experience the excitement leading up to Carnival like an insider. Go behind-the-scenes to witness the feverish, open-air final rehearsals of New York’s top steel orchestras before they perform in the 2008 Panorama Competition. Comment

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange tunes up for return

Williamsburg: Lovers of the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange rejoice. The monthly music series, which has been on hiatus for the past nine months, returns with local acts and a new home on August 25. Comment

Downtown Dance Festival

Williamsburg: Dancewave’s Kids Company will perform August 24 at 1 p.m. as part of the Annual Downtown Dance Festival, presented by the Battery Dance Company. Performances will be held at The Lawn at Battery Park. Comment

A ‘Hill’ of a time at the Brick in August

Williamsburg: Ian W. Hill is frantically moving large pieces of wooden scenery around the Brick Theater’s stage. For the second year in a row, the Brick has given the entire month of August to Hill, its technical director, to stage three works or his choosing. Comment

Dinnerstein returns with ‘Berlin Concert’

Williamsburg: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will celebrate the release of her second solo album, “The Berlin Concert” (Telarc 80715), by returning to (Le) Poisson Rouge on August 28 for a CD release party and performance. Comment

Pompadours & panties: Rockabilly and Burlesque festival returns

Williamsburg: Labor Day weekend has always been John Q. Public’s long-awaited respite from a grinding year of work. Comment

Dive in deep – it’s all free!

Parenting: The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium is now offering free admission every Friday from 3 p.m. until closing. Comment

‘Youth’ is served at McCarren Park concert finale

Williamsburg: What has seemed like an endless summer of concerts headlined by major acts and burgeoning indie rock bands at the McCarren Park Pool is fading for good this month. Comment

The Winter Sounds summer in beautiful Brooklyn

Williamsburg: When Patrick Keenan was last in Brooklyn late February 2007, he slept in a moving van down by the Brooklyn Bridge for a week. The lead singer and bassist for the band The Winter Sounds was in town for a show, and accommodation didn't quite work out for everyone. Comment

Go online to bark up the right trees in Brooklyn

Parenting: Prospect Park’s website has just added a great new feature: a “tour” of the Park’s notable trees. Some 14 of the Park’s rarest, most unusual, oldest, and tallest specimens are displayed on a simple, clickable map. Each click triggers a window with more information and three beautiful images. Go to for the site. Comment

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