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February 15, 1999 Issue

"If you tell Rex Duval you want a Japanese man that yodels, he'll scour the earth for him. When somebody wants wild game or something exquisite that nobody else has tasted anywhere, I send them to Rex."
--A party booker, from "Be Our Guest"

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FEATURES
Be Our Guest

A cookout for 600? A bathtub full of caviar? No request is too rich, or too outrageous, for the city's intrepid caterers. Whether you desire intimate or fabulous, foie gras ravioli or perfect potato latkes, someone will know your taste. A tip sheet on 45 of New York's top providers -- from major players to hot newcomers -- and the parties they've seen.

Brian Surgery
BY JENNIFER SENIOR

Beefy character actor Brian Dennehy isn't an obvious choice to play Willy Loman, but critics were stunned by his bruising portrayal, sending this son of Red Hook to Broadway and revving his career as well.

Hoops Spring Eternal
BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

You might call R&B-loving Nets owner Lewis Katz and his partners the anti-Steinbrenners: They've made the team part of a nonprofit venture committed to the restoration of central Newark. They're also looking to make some very interesting acquisitions.

Counter-Intuitive
BY ROBERT HILFERTY

Boy soprano Bejun Mehta was silenced when his voice changed. A decade later, he heard countertenor David Daniels -- and then everything changed.

GOTHAM
Death penalty for dogs?; a protest by NYU professors
GOTHAM STYLE The lowly carnation has its day

DEPARTMENTS
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Pataki-vs.-Giuliani heats up over the public-schools probe

The Bottom Line
BY JAMES SUROWIECKI

When the stock bubble bursts, can nontech securities hold up?

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Calle Ocho's Pan-Latino verve jump-starts the old Main Street

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

Treats for your sweetie: barrettes stamp boxes, and seductive scents

Smart City
BY STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

Hang it up: Framing experts ready to pamper your masterpiece.

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Unusual Valentine chocolates, for minimalist or traditionalist

THE ARTS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Dry Cleaning shows even the French can take the joy out of sex

Books
BY WALTER KIRN

Ur-neocon Norman Podhoretz looks back in anger

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Three strikeouts, three successes in the cartoonish Charlie Brown

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Juilliard's Focus! festival revels in American diversity

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

Horror master Stephen King whips up a terrifying Storm

CUE
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