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Thursday, May 8, 2008


Trailblazers on the track

In the 1940s, a time when black girls were often not even permitted to compete in high school sports, twin sisters Martha Benton DeSaussure and Mary DeSaussure Sobers broke barriers and opened the door for young African-American women and other minority youngsters to compete in sanctioned sports. Comments (1)

Mad scramble to PSAL top: Time’s running out for teams

With just a week remaining in the PSAL softball season, every team that on the cusp of a playoff berth is fighting hard for every win, as it means the difference between the post-season and the off-season. Comment

Half marathon gets runners’ full attention: Marathon attracts 7,812

Runners from all over the United States from right here in Brooklyn and from as far away as London, Illinois, California and Florida came to Prospect Park last Saturday morning for the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Comment

Figueroa gets hero’s welcome: Mets star pitcher returns home to halls of Lincoln H.S.

Coney Island native and New York Met Nelson Figueroa returned to his home turf to speak about his days at Abraham Lincoln High School, wowing students with his tales about growing up in Brooklyn. Comment

Buckley’s to Kennedy’s Run

The 28th Annual Buckley’s to Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run is set for May 18 at 10 a.m. The Run, in memory of Joan “Chickie” Murray and Battalion Chief Jimmy Savastano, will begin and end in Riis Park, on the Queens side of the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. Comment

Toothless signage

I am contacting you because you are the only paper that responded to the speeding on East 66th Street. Comment

Obstacle course

I am writing this letter to voice my concern about a growing problem. Some time ago two car dealerships expanded into the heart of Bay Ridge/Fort Hamilton. Comment

Good word of mouth

I have lived in Brooklyn for most of my adult life and can not imagine living anywhere else. Brooklyn has been a great gift to me in that it provides a quality of life that is hard to find elsewhere. Comment
Williamsburg NOT FOR NUTHIN’

Flat-leaving, finking-out coward

By Joanna P. DelBuono Comment

Darn the caribou, let the drilling begin

By Stanley P. Gershbein Comment
Williamsburg BIG SCREECHER

Sick and tired of Catholic bashing

By Carmine Santa Maria Comment

Yo, Vito, ‘learn’ this: don’t drink & drive

By Shavana Abruzzo Comment

‘David et Jonathas’ premiere

The American Opera Theater presents the New World Premiere of Charpentier’s rarely performed opera, “David et Jonathas,” with performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), May 9-10 in the Opera House. Comment

Unlock the secrets hidden inside Green-Wood Cemetery

An exciting array of historic walking tours and events make up Green-Wood Cemetery’s ongoing spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination. Comment

The ‘quiet icons’ of city life

The Object Image Gallery presents its second exhibit in the yearlong series, “City Images,” featuring the work of Michael Calabrese and Jo Pendola. Comment

Reconnect with Sunset Park’s ‘Life Lines’

The “Life Lines” Community Arts Project, a free, Sunset Park-based arts and leadership program for youth, ages 10-21, is searching for all former members as they are fast approaching their 25th Anniversary Celebration and Performance, May 14-15, of “From The Stoops of Sunset” at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment

Moms say the funniest things: Get ready for Mamapalooza

You may have heard of Lollapalooza. Now get ready for Mamapalooza. Comment

Jam, Junk, more


Come face to face with your food before it hits the plate

A reading and booksigning for “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” by Gene Baur will be held May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Bookstore of Park Slope, 143 Seventh Avenue. Comment

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory finale

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theater wraps up its 2008 Play Reading Salon Series with two beautiful Brooklyn vistas: a rooftop view of Park Slope by night and a floating barge view of NYC harbor by day. Comment

A century and a half of Gowanus manufacturing

From the third generation family business D. Maldari and Sons, the only pasta extrusion die company in the western hemisphere that makes the ‘ABC’s for Campbell’s Alphabet Soup, to J & M, the company that creates special effects for Late Night with David Letterman, the exhibit “Gowanus-Transformations” shows the face of contemporary manufacturing along the canal. Comment

‘New Day Dawning’ for reggae’s Judah Tribe

Revival Reggae Sundays will host the soul reggae band Judah Tribe, May 11 at 9 p.m. Led by vocalist Josh David, Judah Tribe is already blazing trails with its trademark blend of soul, rhythm & blues and roots reggae. Comment

Rocking and rolling against Ratner’s Atlantic Yards plan

I n its four-year battle against Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards project, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn has had substantial backing from the artist community. From its who's who advisory board, including writers Jhumpa Lahiri and Jonathan Safran Foer, to benefit projects like the novel Brooklyn Was Mine, where proceeds went to the organization, Brooklyn's artistic community has found creative ways to support the organization while raising awareness about what it sees as irresponsible and undemocratic development of their neighborhood. Comment

James Reams & The Barnstormers

May is Bluegrass Music Month, so get your family and friends together and go to hear James Reams & The Barnstormers, May 9 at 8 p.m. with two sets of old-school bluegrass music at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, 53 Prospect Park West at Second Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Comment

Internationally flavored jazz

On monthly Thursday evening performances, PLG Arts’ Jazz at the Ink Well presents emerging and mid-career Brooklyn jazz artists. This summer, the series continues exploring Jazz’s global influence and influences, presenting artists who hail from France, Germany, and of course New York. All performances take place at The Ink Well, 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. There is a $5 admission. Comment

Expert pickin’ and ‘a grinin’

Two fabulous country bands join forces for a night of amazing music. Wayne “The Train” Hancock and the Jack Grace Band will play at the Jalopy Theatre, May 16 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 718-395-3214. Comment

Conchita Campos is ready for a ‘Grand’ time in Brooklyn

After having moved around most of her life, living in Pasadena, Philadelphia and the Philippines, singer Conchita Campos came to New York nearly five years ago and has called Brooklyn home for the past two. Comment

Big Ben: Franklin live on stage like you’ve never seen him before

For those still craving a Founding Fathers fix after the HBO miniseries John Adams, a forthcoming play by the Bath Beach-based Ryan Repertory explores the complex psyche of another American pillar. Comment

Beyond Ikea: Three days of the hottest in home decor

Each spring, thousands of design cognoscenti and furnishings lovers from around the world descend upon the Big Apple to take part in the much acclaimed New York Design week. Comment

‘Spring ahead’ into a new world of art on the waterfront

New York’s biggest artist-run art show will open May 10 on the waterfront in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. “Spring ahead” will present new works by more than 330 artists. Wide ranging styles from cutting edge to classic in both 2D and 3D media will be shown. Comment

Talented artists cross the line with drawings

Kentler International Drawing Space’s presents its “100 Works On Paper” Benefit, celebrating its 18th year, May 15 at 6 p.m. Comment

Shapeshifting New York painters

Sharon Horvath, associate professor of Painting at Purchase College School of the Arts, School of Art + Design, showcases her painting “Snake House,” as part of “Shape Shifters: New York Painters,” a traveling abstract exhibition by 24 Brooklyn painters. Comment

Polish paper tigers roar

Entropy Of Art, the Kurier Plus Gallery’s First International Exhibition of Works on Paper, opens with an artists’ reception, May 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the gallery, 145 Java Street in Brooklyn. The show runs through May 30. Comment

Patricia Smith: City of One

The Front Room presents Patricia Smith: “City of One,” running May 9-June 1, with an artist’s reception May 9 from 7-9 p.m. The gallery is open Friday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Comment

Moody Southern elegance

Brooklyn artist Amy Williams, in her third solo exhibition at 440 Gallery, presents a series of dramatic large-scale color photographs depicting the classic, moody image of Southern elegance. Comment

Homespun artistry inspired by arachnid web spinners

Pocket Utopia will put forward a new definition of web design, as local artists Audra Woloweic and Brece Honeycutt will be installing fabric wall drawings and homespun wool and plastic fabric swatches for the gallery’s next exhibition opening on May 9. Comment

Gowanus: Incubator of art

Brooklyn Artists Gym (BAG) Gallery presents Project for Calendar Studies, with an opening reception May 16 from 6-9 p.m. with the show running May 15-19. Comment

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