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Balkan Bacchanal

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

One line of thirsty listeners made its way toward kegs of dark beer. Another longer line followed the contours of Upper Manhattan's Good Shepherd School gymnasium toward several tables bearing cheese, sausages, hummus, grape leaves and other meze snacks. And a third, even longer, line of folk dancers snaked through the crowded gym, stepping and kicking hand-in-hand to the fulsome sounds of the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, hosts of the 24th annual night-long Golden… more »