January 26, 1998 Issue
Ive wanted to be mayor of New York since the third grade. And Id 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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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.
Child of Mine
Four-year-old Selenas foster mother has been trying to adopt her since she was born. Selenas birth parents were drug users who had ten children without raising any. Now theyve cleaned up their lives and want their daughter. Whose little girl is she, anyway?
The Body Politic
BY DAVID FRANCE
Beyond fen-phen: The frenzy for natural weight-loss products
D.J. Jazzy chef: The riffs at club-cum-restaurant 27 Standard are Miles ahead
Pop furniture on Clinton Street; a grabber of a CD holder; a waterless scrubber
Sales & Bargains
Freshen up all your enamel: Sales on whirlpool tubs and laser drilling for cavities
In Live Flesh, bad boy Pedro Almodóvar is back making comedy out of sexual passion
Silly Goose: Mike Leighs 1981 play depends too much on the cloddishness of its characters
Artistic coo: Arthur Dove, overlooked early modernist, is celebrated at the Whitney
BY PETER G. DAVIS
Kiri Te Kanawa takes Strausss Capriccio, usually a piece for small audiences, to the Metsplendidly
Spectral vision: Kraig Pattersons colorful Roy G. Biv
How they got that way: PBSs The Irish in America, despite omissions, richly chronicles the passage from potato farmers to Kennedys