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January 26, 1998 Issue

I’ve wanted to be mayor of New York since the third grade. And I’d like to be a U.S. senator. . . . But what you wanna be and what you need to be are two different things.”
-- Calvin Butts, "The Anti-Sharpton"

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FEATURES
The Anti-Sharpton
BY CRAIG HOROWITZ

A firebrand in his youth, Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church is now known more for making deals than for making noise. But can an insider who calls Governor Pataki a friend win the black vote if he runs for office, as he hopes to do? Al Sharpton, of course, thinks not.

Leo’s Lioness
BY MARK LASSWELLAt 90, Leo Castelli is still the art world’s beloved dad—and his wife, 35-year-old Barbara Bertozzi, may be its wicked stepmother. Longtime employees have been fired, friends banished; clients are leaving. And the gallery itself may be closing after 40 years. Is Bertozzi just ironing out his affairs—or angling for her husband’s legacy?

Child of Mine
BY PETER HELLMAN

Four-year-old Selena’s foster mother has been trying to adopt her since she was born. Selena’s birth parents were drug users who had ten children without raising any. Now they’ve cleaned up their lives and want their daughter. Whose little girl is she, anyway?

GOTHAM
AIDS reporting reported; drag queens, death, and Chinese food; the Fox News zipper gets rewrite
GOTHAM STYLE Nike on a roll

DEPARTMENTS
The Body Politic
BY DAVID FRANCE

Beyond fen-phen: The frenzy for natural weight-loss products

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

D.J. Jazzy chef: The riffs at club-cum-restaurant 27 Standard are Miles ahead

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Pop furniture on Clinton Street; a grabber of a CD holder; a waterless scrubber

Sales & Bargains
BY ONDINE COHANE

Freshen up all your enamel: Sales on whirlpool tubs and laser drilling for cavities

THE ARTS
Movies
BY DAVID DENBY

In Live Flesh, bad boy Pedro Almodóvar is back making comedy out of sexual passion

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Silly Goose: Mike Leigh’s 1981 play depends too much on the cloddishness of its characters

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

Artistic coo: Arthur Dove, overlooked early modernist, is celebrated at the Whitney

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Kiri Te Kanawa takes Strauss’s Capriccio, usually a piece for small audiences, to the Met—splendidly

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Spectral vision: Kraig Patterson’s colorful Roy G. Biv

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

How they got that way: PBS’s The Irish in America, despite omissions, richly chronicles the passage from potato farmers to Kennedys

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