Archive for November, 2007


Champagne Tasting Tonight at Greene Grape

November 29, 2007

From 6-8pm tonight, taste four different champagnes:

The bubblies are all from Terry Thiese, the primary importer of grower champagne, and a member of his team will be on hand to answer questions about what Terry calls “farmer-fizz”.  Grower champagnes are made by small producers who have the advantage of growing their own grapes and fashioning their own style.

The Greene Grape
765 Fulton Street
(718) 797-9463


Be Your Own Barista

November 29, 2007

Kitten Coffee, a Clinton Hill-based coffee roaster on Skillman between Dekalb and Willoughby, not only distributes coffee to many of this city’s fine establishments, it also offers a chance for you, the closeted coffee connoisseur, to perfect your roasting and brewing skills.

On the first Sunday of each month, Kitten Coffee experts teach three-hour workshops for $40 per head.  They describe the class as follows:

The Espresso Enthusiasts’ Workshop will answer all the secrets to perfect espresso:What is an espresso blend? How important is the bean?  The roasting process.  The difference between Arabica and Robusta?  How should a true espresso coffee be made?  How to achieve that smooth, textured microfoam milk?  How to handle and store the coffee – delivering all the pro barista’s secrets for you to take home or to your next employer.

 The next class is on January 6th.  Advance registration is recommended.


Wednesday Links

November 28, 2007

*Curb checks in with the latest news from the Atlantic Yards

*Albee Square mall demo is under way (Brownstoner)

*BAM is seeking arts organizations to relocate to its Cultural District (Brooklyn Eagle)

*The Navy Yard is getting even more massive (OTBKB)


Fort Greene: No Country for Anton Chigurgh

November 26, 2007

If you’re walking the streets of Fort Greene tonight and encounter Anton Chigurh, don’t assume that your life is over.  It’s really just Javier Bardem on his way to BAM for a special screening of Before Night Falls.


Bored in Brooklyn

November 26, 2007

This strangely flat first hand account of a visit to the Forte condos leaves the impression that the reporter couldn’t have been less happy to leave her beloved Manhattan for the day.


Now Playing at BAM: Margot at the Wedding

November 21, 2007



Written and Directed by Noel Baumbach

Starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black


There’s a scene in Noah Baumbach’s dysfunctional family tragicomedy, Margot at the Wedding, where a character notes, after finding out his fiancé

is pregnant, that he hasn’t had the moment yet where he realizes he isn’t the most important person in the world anymore.  This self-centered malady afflicts most of the characters – especially the adults – throughout the course of the film, leaving the viewer feeling a bit frosty and in the near dark, much like the hazy, naturally lit dusk that permeates film’s look.


The story involves the titular character Margot (Nicole Kidman), a successful fiction writer who, with her son, visits her less successful and previously estranged sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) for her wedding to Malcolm (Jack Black), an out-of-work schlemiel.  Each character – especially the adults – carries excessive emotional baggage, highlighted by Margot’s Zelig-like mania, that causes repeated conflicts, especially between the two sisters.  However, most of the scenes destined for conflict cut just before the simmer to a later moment when all seems forgiven and forgotten; that’s the lesson, I guess, when it comes to family.  Compared to Baumbach’s great The Squid and the Whale, with its poignant depiction of the moment one realizes that his parents are truly imperfect beings, Margot at the Wedding, while featuring some top-notch work from Ms. Kidman, leaves a much less indelible mark.

-Corey Green


Bergman at BAM, Starting Tonight

November 20, 2007

BAM’s Ingmar Bergman retrospective begins tonight (in just a couple of hours, actually) with Persona at 6pm, to be introduced by one of its stars, Bibi Andersson.  It will be followed by Shame at 8:45pm, with an introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

Tomorrow we’ve got Fanny and Alexander, with introduction by Pernilla August.