Courier Life’s


Monday, Aug. 25, 2008


Papa Leone’s: Pride on every plate served

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.

‘Tropic Thunder’isn’t a total washout

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.

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

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’

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

Wild end to summer

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.

Stephen King and kayaking, too

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

Sneak peek at ‘The Other Side of the Water’

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

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

Guitar Danny

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.

Go online to bark up the right trees in Brooklyn

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.

Dive in deep – it’s all free!

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

Become a Carnival ‘insider’

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.

‘Youth’ is served at McCarren Park concert finale

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

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.

Pompadours & panties: Rockabilly and Burlesque festival returns

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

Dinnerstein returns with ‘Berlin Concert’

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.

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange tunes up for return

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

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

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.

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