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Fort Greene Bar Scene: Stonehome Wine Bar

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts


Stonehome Wine Bar has been getting a lot of press lately, and when you visit it’s not hard to see why. Impeccably designed, it has a lovely outdoor patio, friendly staff and, most importantly, delectable food and wine and not-extravagant prices. 

I happened to hear from a friend who worked at the place, that the owners are a cool married couple, extremely welcoming to their staff. And they love Brooklyn.  That was enough to make me want to get them on the phone for an interview, which I promptly did.  Rose Hermann, a German-born, Fort-Greene-enamored artist who co-owns Stonehome with her sommelier husband Bill Stenehjem, was kind enough to talk to me about the perks of building up a business in her borough.

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Photo by Michael Kenney, courtesy of Stonehome
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An Indie Gem or Cereal Ad?

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts


Flakes has all the ingredients to make a great, quirky indie flick: Zooey Deschanel—who you should always try to have on hand to play your quirky, plucky, indie heroine if you can possibly help it; the off-beat locale of New Orleans; an up-and-coming actor with carefully mussed hipster hair to play the protagonist; and a quirky premise (here it's a cereal café, where only cereal is doled out to regular customers).

The problem?  Flakes is a plug for Kellogg’s, in a cringe-worthy way.  The opening shot is one of Flakes Café manager Neal Downs, played smug and smarmy by Aaron Stanford, standing behind the counter and in front of a huge wall display, gloriously rendered larger than life, of mostly Kellogg’s brand cereal.  Pops, Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran, you name the Kellogg's cereal and they’ve got it.  I can’t count the number of times Christopher Lloyd, who plays the café owner Willie, is forced to utter the words “Kellogg's” in an ill-advised ramble about his the redemptive qualities of the grain.  It’s frankly embarrassing for Lloyd, an icon of popular culture, to be reduced to a glorified spokesperson.

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Adrian Grenier to Serve Food This Friday at Brooklyn Soup Kitchen

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Now, don’t get me wrong.  The plight of the homeless in America is one that is devastating, all the more so because even with years of legislation meant to eradicate or at least lessen it, it’s been growing.  I am not insensitive to the homeless, especially in New York, where their visibility and their lack [&hellip
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Viacom Freelancers Set to Walkout Today

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Something’s rotten in the state of Viacom. Parent Company of the popular cable television networks MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, among others, informed their permanent freelance workers that their benefits will be drastically slashed, just in time for the holidays. Today, Dec. 10th at 3pm, MTV Networks freelancers plan to stage a walkout in response to [&hellip
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fabric

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

I understand the effort, I really do.  The walk along 8th Avenue in the early 40s has been an eyesore for ages with even the should-be regal New York Times building lit up and tricked out like the other Times Square monstrosities.  So when Governor Spitzer along with the Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) [&hellip
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Xmas in Iraq

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Gender Offenders, the city’s premier queer/alternative performance troupe, choose to synthesize the biggest concerns of the moment in America with their irreverent show, Christmas in Iraq! Based on the premise of drag performers Candy Samples, Chic and Sassy crossing enemy lines in order to serenade the troops with holiday favorites, it’s perfect for those who [&hellip
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Directors Guild Honors Achievement in Student Film

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Check out some quality amateur cinema at the Directors Guild of America Annual Student Filmmakers Awards, an event meant to encourage minority participation and diversity in film.  Four student filmmakers will be presented with the awards for Best Asian-American Student Film, Best African-American Student Film, Best Latino Student Film and Best Female Student Film. And, [&hellip
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The Woody Allen of African Cinema

Written by Nida Najar on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Film Forum pays homage to the recently deceased Ousmane Sembene, the Woody Allen of African cinema in terms of his being prolific, in a retrospective that starts today and continues to December 13.  He never shirked his responsibility to himself as a filmmaker representing a developing nation.  The beauty of Sembene is his facility in [&hellip
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