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July 10, 2000 Issue

"They're going to be remembered as the decorators who killed the golden goose."
-- Joe Schiavo, "Artful Dodgers?"

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FEATURES
Artful Dodgers?
BY RENE CHUN

With the richest clients, the priciest antiques, and the best magazine layouts, designers Stephen Sills and James Huniford ruled the gilded age of irrational exuberance. But when Philadelphia multimillionaire Dennis Alter accused them of outrageously overcharging him on antiques for his castlelike estate, their tapestry began to unravel, leaving questions about their own convoluted provenance.

Middle Man
BY CHRIS SMITH

Meet Rick Lazio. He's a Newt Gingrich knockoff who voted to cut the Brooklyn Museum's funding in the wake of the "Sensation" exhibit, a moderate who helped save the NEA, and a Springsteen fan who differs with the Boss over his Diallo song. Wishy-washy, you say? Wishy-washy like a fox.

Mouthing Off
BY JOANNE KAUFMAN

In the first act of Rebecca Gilman's Spinning Into Butter, a black student at a liberal-arts college gets a rock thrown through his window. By the second act, the unimpeachably p.c. dean wonders why some black people are "lazy and stupid." And when the play ends, the real dialogue begins.

Grape Escape
BY JOHN ANDERSON

What do the city's top sommeliers talk about when they're off duty? Wine, of course. Especially when puckish collector George Sape dares them to put their palates on the line in a blind taste test.

GOTHAM
Giving up on abstinence; biodiversity, à la carte
GOTHAM REAL ESTATE
Who needs to be a $6 millionaire In two years, if prices keep rising, the "average" Manhattan homeowner.
GOTHAM STYLE
Lighting strikes, again and again

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

In the Vivendi-Universal deal, who's taking advantage of whom?

The National Interest
BY LAWRENCE O'DONNELL JR.

Rush Limbaugh is steering Buchananites to Bush. But what will Gore do about Nader?

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

A tricycle built for three; Tiffany glass

Smart City
BY WICKHAM BOYLE

A guide to TriBeCa's hottest home-design stores

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

Little clutches and purses with equally small price tags

Net News
BY HILLARY ROSNER

The Web's best car classifieds

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Mel Gibson kicks English butt

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

Mario Puzo's Omerta sinks like a pair of concrete shoes

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Kelsey Grammer's Macbeth

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI

At the Venice Biennale, old architectural forms are overturned

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

The City Ballet's downward spiral

Television
BY JOHN LEONARD

A&E clocks class resentment in eighteenth-century England

The Underground Gourmet
BY ROB PATRONITE & ROBIN RAISFELD

Tabla's homey sister restaurant

CUE
Blood Simple: The Director's Cut; free Shakespeare

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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