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March 31, 2003 Issue

Cover Story

Taking Sides

Here in New York, half a world away, the war in Iraq is having its impact, changing politics and media and mind-sets at cruise-missile speed. What will New York and America do—and what will it be like to be an American—when the smoke clears? An examination of the war and its aftermath.

Flowers for Ted

For one fast-moving decade, Ted, Inc., ranked among the country’s top party planners, creating glitzy, star-fueled events for A-list clients. But this month, the company’s high-flying president, Ted Kruckel, canceled his Oscar suite and tried to avert bankruptcy. In a behind-the-scenes diary, Kruckel tells the story of his own fabulous demise.

You Can Count On Him

One of the best things to come out of the 2000 sleeper hit You Can Count On Me was the unaffected performance of Mark Ruffalo, an actor few people had ever heard of. His work in the film (as well as on New York stages) brought him critical acclaim—as well as that most valuable of Hollywood commodities, buzz. But just as Hollywood came a-courting, Ruffalo vanished, sparking a flurry of rumors: Did he have aids? Leukemia? Here, the true tale of risky surgery and a year spent recovering with his wife and newborn son, as Ruffalo (with several new films ready to hit theaters) returns in a big way.



Ben Affleck, Martha Stewart, Linda Evangelista, January Jones and much more!


Best Bets

Porcelain lumières, Selima umbrellas, and a modern take on Snow White

Sales & Bargains

Whether you’re a daisy dude or paisley gent, start off your spring in one of these brightly patterned shirts.


Out to Lunch

Pret A Manger had buzz, but misread New York's palate. Can it rework its recipe?


This Media Life

With a dazzling book about 9/11’s aftermath, media big Steve Brill proves he’s back at the top of his game

The Culture Business

The musicians’ strike showed New York how out of touch all of Broadway is

Naked City

Why one fun-loving free spirit can’t find the right man



Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas is a pitch-perfect coming-of-age tale


In Bound, Heidi Latsky channels Bernard Schlink’s haunting novel The Reader


Bill McKibben’s Enough is a high-tech horror story—plus a lot of hot air


Suzan-Lori Parks’s Fucking A aims high and misses; Polish Joke is un-p.c. fun

Classical Music

Sondheim’s Music provides a bland night for singing; Otello on speed at the Met


USA’s Rudy biopic captures his greatness but not his flaws


Lamu ditches the Old Country in favor of savory bistro fare

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