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Brooklyn Children's Museum Reopens

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Child’s — and Adult’s — Play

Friday, September 19, 2008

Child’s — and Adult’s — Play

Michelle V. Agns/The New York Times

Bang a can: Children are welcome to make noise at Sound Around, at the rethought and redesigned Brooklyn Children’s Museum.


Even in New York there probably aren’t many kids who are obsessed with star architects. (Yet.) God bless their silly naïveté. They can go to the newly overhauled Brooklyn Children’s Museum for Water Wonders, a highly interactive (and wet) gallery that, Edward Rothstein writes, “would have lured even a jaded adult to join in child’s play.” But as for those jaded adults: whether you’re toting a tot or not, you can go to check out what Rafael Viñoly did with his part of the $70 million redesign budget. Either way, Mr. Rothstein writes, “exuberance could be felt here. So could surprise. And if this spirit were combined with a playful approach to knowledge, what else might be possible?”

Kids, Can You Say ‘Cultural Diversity’?” by Edward Rothstein




You Think Your Social Life Is Dead?


Yes, we know, you were into the British version of “The Office” way before everyone else caught onto the American version. And you boldly declared Ricky Gervais, its star and creator, a comic genius. Well, this weekend is your chance to catch his debut as a lead on the big screen. Playing a survivor of a near-death experience in “Ghost Town,” he displays “a stammering befuddlement that is simultaneously verbose and nonsensical,” writes Stephen Holden, who declares the film to be full of “snappy dialogue and sharp comic timing.” Mr. Gervais, welcome to the movies.

His Task: Help Strangers Die Happily Ever After” by Stephen Holden



A Cocktail to Go With Your Cocktail, Perhaps?


The restaurant and bar Allen & Delancey, which Frank Bruni awarded two stars and called “one of the prettiest, most comfortable places I’ve been introduced to in a while,” has not only added a weekend brunch menu, they’ve begun a special cocktail program. There are two versions of each day’s cocktails — one that’s light and can function as an aperitif, the other stronger and made for slow sipping. Or have one as the warm-up for the other. But they’re $13 apiece, so see if you can get someone else to pay.

Review of Allen & Delancey by Frank Bruni



Brevity Is the Soul of Cinema


Finding the usual Hollywood fare too long? Those three-hour epics doing you in? Tonight and Saturday, try the Fourth Annual New York City Short Film Festival at the Thalia Theater. The festival gathers films from around the world that you won’t find anywhere else — and that you won’t have to fidget through. “On the Assassination of the President,” one of tonight’s premieres, clocks in at a grand six minutes. There’s also a special program, tomorrow at noon, for children under 13. Short and sweet.



Say Cheese (in a Post-Bellum Way)


Tintypes — the cheap, quick process that after the Civil War “functioned almost like the photo booths of today,” according to Karen Rosenberg — may be the most democratic form of photography. Fittingly, then, the subjects portrayed at “America and the Tintype” at the International Center of Photography aren’t celebrities or models; they are people from all walks of life. As Ms. Rosenberg writes, “so what if subject matter triumphs over technique — in the tintype, the American subject as we know it comes into being.” Visit the exhibit and see where all those cellphone pictures you’ve been taking got their start.

Rough-Hewn Images for Rough-Hewn Times” by Karen Rosenberg



Written by Ricardo Paulo Javier

septiembre 19, 2008 a 1:02 pm


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