October 18, 1999 Issue
"I mean, it just knocked you back in your seat. You could feel it in the room. I said to myself, 'My God, did that white boy just say "white skin privilege"?!'"
-- Tavis Smiley on Bill Bradley, "He Got Game"
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BY NINA BURLEIGH
After four years, over $20 million, and an acrimonious lawsuit, Warner LeRoy -- Hollywood scion and master of Maxwell's Plum and Tavern on the Green -- has finally reopened the Russian Tea Room. Onetime regulars will recognize the lavishly re-created first floor, but what will they make of LeRoy's glass-and-gilt fantasy upstairs? And what's up with that on-again-off-again divorce?
He Got Game
Al Gore may have the backing of the black political establishment, but Bill Bradley's got Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, and a host of other sports and entertainment celebrities eager to endorse him. And it's not just a basketball thing. He's a straight-shooter on race. Even Al Sharpton is feeling it.
Mild and Crazy Guy
As a teenager in Saugerties, Jimmy Fallon mimicked the masters from Saturday Night Live, and in college, the show was his most steady date. Now 25 -- just like the show -- Fallon's sharp Seinfeld and Sandler riffs, along with his nice-guy appeal, have turned him into Lorne Michaels's newest golden boy.
BY CHRIS SMITH
Ever since he nailed a perfect game in July, baseball's most creative pitcher, David Cone, has been floundering, leading some to wonder whether his 36-year-old arm isn't ready for retirement. But the notorious party animal turned Yankees elder statesman says the arm feels fine. Could it be that the problems are all in his head?
The disorienting spectacle of George W, bashing the right in his journey to the center
As Edmund Morris now knows, in a mad world, the sane man looks crazy
Animal-print laptop totes; bumblebee rain boots
Pleasantly disposed: a trashy guide to getting rid of junk you don't want anymore
Sales & Bargains
Sparklers that taste like French champagne, at prices that won't give you a hangover
BY PETER RAINER
Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas crash and burn
In Give Me Your Answer, Do! Brian Friel returns to marital misery
MOMA rearranges some familiar works from its permanent collection to stunning effect
The Met opens with Cav/Pag (again) and Plcido (again)
Has Dance Theatre of Harlem abandoned its classical roots?
For a genuine taste of Brooklyn, head for the Upper East Side