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Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008

Love bites

Dining: There’s nothing romantic about spending Valentine’s Day in front of the stove. And while making dinner for your sweetheart is certainly an admirable gesture, why not leave the cooking to the professionals? Across the borough, chefs are preparing meals that might prove once and for all that the way into someone’s heart is through his stomach. Comments (2).

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Handcrafted hearts

Dining: As we write, the heady scent of homemade chocolate treats is wafting from every corner of the borough. Among the sweets emporiums we visited for freshly made Valentine’s Day gift-giving ideas were a 61-year-old chocolate shop in Midwood that has been handed down from father to son, a less-than-year-old-kosher chocolate store in Park Slope, and everything in between. Comments (1).

’Wild’ time

Theater: Hat’s off — from fedoras to cloches, from feathered caps to top hats — to The Gallery Players, for reviving the flamboyant musical, “The Wild Party.” The racy production kicks off the New Year in high theatrical style and stirs up a real musical tempest in Brooklyn. Comment.

Super National

Music: When local rock bands begin selling out the usual venues — Galapagos, Southpaw, The Music Hall of Williamsburg — they tend to move on to the super-sized concert halls of Manhattan and stadiums across the country. The National, however, is taking a step sideways. Instead of playing for a room of wild, crowd-surfing fans — like they’ll do on tour with Modest Mouse and R.E.M. this summer — on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, everyone who goes to see the band will be seated and a mosh pit will definitely be discouraged. Comment.

What’s up ‘Next’

Music: While The National will take the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House on Feb. 22 and 23, there are 175 shows that comprise “Brooklyn Next,” and you can be sure to find your new favorite band at one of them. Comment.

Kiss this

Art: A good kiss is unforgettable, and to prove it, Lori Baker and David E. Brown are displaying 76 photographs of kisses from their personal collections at Williamsburg’s City Reliquary through March 31. Comment.

Czech mates

Cinema: It might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day date movie, but don’t let that deter you from seeing Milos Forman’s bittersweet Czech New Wave classic, “Loves of a Blonde,” a gentle but probing look at relationships that’s as far away from those typically sappy Hollywood chick-flick romances as it’s possible to be. Comment.

Fashion forward

Fashion: Across the East River, New York Fashion Week is happening beneath the tents in Bryant Park, but back in Williamsburg, designer Arthur Arbit claims he’s already sewing the future. Comments (1).

Too close for comfort

Dance: We have it on good authority that “Liaisons” will soon be taking place in living rooms around Park Slope. Beginning Saturday, Bedford-Stuyvesant-based choreographer Edisa Weeks’s Delirious Dances will be presenting her latest work, “Liaisons,” within the intimate confines of Brooklyn apartments. Comment.

Interns wanted!

Be an intern! Go Brooklyn is now interviewing candidates for our spring internship program. Comment.

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