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Punk talk

Punk talk

Theater: Tall, burly and covered in tattoos, Henry Rollins isn’t the type of guy most people would want to tick off. But on Feb. 27 and 28, fans of the author, actor and former frontman for seminal punk band Black Flag will pack Greenpoint’s Warsaw to watch him get hot under the collar in his new, live show, “Provoked: An Evening of Quintessentially American Opinionated Editorializing and Storytelling.” Comments (2)

Oud to joy

Oud to joy

Music: Popular Williamsburg falafel shop proprietor gives farewell concert on the oud as part of the Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival. Comment

Challah back girls

Challah back girls

Dining: The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts brings classes in fruit and vegetable carving, sushi-making and more to Midwood. Comments (4)

In the buff

Fitness: Everybody makes his New Year’s resolution to exercise more, but few people can find the time or the willpower to stick with it. Now that we’re two months into 2008 — and just a few more away from hitting the beaches — fitness fanatics across the borough are finding it easy to stay in shape thanks to the wide range of classes that local gyms are offering. And although you might not have worn spandex snce step aerobics first hit town, with classes that employ everything from trapezes to martial arts, even your sense of adventure will get a workout. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news. Comments (2)

A finer diner

Dining: ”It’s been crazy,” Spero Katehis, owner of the New St. Clair Restaurant, told GO Brooklyn as he worked the register and answered phones on Feb. 25, the first day that the Cobble Hill stalwart was back in business. After a five-month break, the diner opened its doors under the watchful eye of Katehis (who also owns the Carroll Gardens Classic Diner on Smith Street), and on its first day, it was indeed swamped. Comment

Doo-wop revival

Music: Fifty years ago, a teenage Kenny Vance was in attendence when Alan Freed brought his rock ‘n’ roll show to the Paramount Theater in Downtown Brooklyn, where he grew up. It was right there that Vance knew that he would be forever dedicated to the genre he fell in love with that night. Comments (5)

Joke book

Books: ”I don’t do comedy,” said Richard Zoglin, author of “Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America.” “I can talk, but I don’t know how funny I am.” Comment

King of karaoke

Music: Park Slope’s new karaoke king, Craig Schoenbaum — who took home the top prize of the “Spotlight on Stardom” contest in Times Square this month — is already parlaying his newfound fame into gigs at Manhattan’s legendary clubs with his rock band, Otis. Comments (3)

Hot shots

Hot shots

Art: Ladies Lotto won’t be selling scratch-off tickets, but if you’re looking to find photography from local artists, stop by the March 1 opening of their “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography” exhibit in Greenpoint, and you’ll hit the jackpot. Comment

Music notes

Books: ”People are getting bored of rock shows,” Paul Maziar, author of the new book “What It Is: What It Is,” told GO Brooklyn. “I’m excited by the idea of having a show be someplace where different mediums are represented. A variety show is what I’ve envisioned.” Comment

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