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Saturday, July 17, 2004

FLOWER POWER

Pull out your linen blazers and your flowered frocks, because July 22 is the "Summer Soiree 2004," a junior benefit for the Campaign for Prospect Park. The soiree, featuring music spun by Southpaw DJs, dancing and hors d’oeuvres, will be held at the park’s 1905 Beaux Arts boathouse. Comment.

SPOTLIGHT ON DEBUSSEY

At the ripe-old age of 25, pianist Steven Beck is already a seasoned veteran of the Bargemusic stage. Comment.

ROCK IN CONEY

Squealing guitars and thumping basses will once again rattle the Coney Island boardwalk this Saturday at the Fourth Annual Siren Music Festival. Comment.

CANAL SCREAM

Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment hosts a Gowanus Canal cruise aboard the Chelsea Screamer on Sunday, July 18, to introduce newcomers to this now legendary waterway. Urban educator Dan Wiley will share tales of the area’s environment, history and industrial architecture. Comment.

OH, ROMEO

Blame it on the poor acoustics of the chapel at the First Unitarian Church. Blame it on the renovations at St. Francis College Founders Hall, which necessitated the temporary move. Blame it on the decision to use minimal sets and no stage lights to reflect original Shakespearean productions, performed during the day in natural light or in the evening by candlelight. Comment.

DANCE UNDER THE STARS

Enjoy a cheap night out full of priceless, joyful choreography performed beneath the stars with a performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Prospect Park bandshell on Saturday, July 17. Comment.

TURKEY’S FISH

No need to travel halfway across the world anymore for authentic Turkish cuisine. The Istanbul Seafood Restaurant has literally imported an entire menu and authentic furnishings for you to enjoy. Comment.

ELVIS SCORES

For awhile now, the Brooklyn Philharmonic has been far ahead of its more famous Manhattan cousin with respect to commissioning and playing new music by gulp living composers. Comment.

SPOTTED AROUND BROOKLYN

Have you been wondering who that wild-haired man in the navy jacket with white polka dots could be? Perhaps you spotted him at a photo shoot at the Prospect Park bandshell on June 2 (left); or at the June 16 Celebrate Brooklyn concert rubbing shoulders with headliners Los Lobos (center); or you’ve seen him co-chair the Brooklyn Botanic Garden fundraiser "Passport to Summer" on June 24 (right)? Comment.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS

Nestled among Brooklyn Heights brownstones, behind walls of ivy or modern plate-glass entrances, are old-fashioned bed and breakfasts. No sign marks their entrance to beckon tourists. One hears of such places from a friend of a friend whose sister stays there when she visits. Comment.

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