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March 28, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

Billion-Dollar Ben

Ben Stiller undermines his lucratively neurotic screen persona onstage as a racist Neil LaBute creation.

Features

Oedipus at the Garden

Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan has a long roster of detractors: Knicks fans, the mayor and his West Side stadium team, MSG employees who've felt the wrath of his legendary temper. But his most dangerous enemy may be his father, with whom he's battling over the future of the company the elder Dolan built. On the record with the man at the center of a championship fight.

A Man, A Band, A Plan.

New York buzz groups like the Strokes and Interpol may have generated considerable enthusiasm, but they didn't exactly set the record industry on fire. The Bravery (and its corporate sponsors) wants to be different. An inside look at an "It" band's attempt to break out of the indie ghetto.

The Scoop of His Life

Joe Lelyveld likes a good story. The former executive editor of the Times has written one in Omaha Blues, an unusual and moving memoir of his childhood. But he also lived one in the coda to his Times career - a swashbuckling saga with a writer's dream of a perfect ending.

Intelligencer

Crime Log

From Martha to Jacko: a 100-person poll on crime

Intelligencer: March 21-28

Michael Eisner seeks further degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon ... Times critic unmasked at Le Bernardin

Pregnant With Meaning

Is that sculpture appetizing? A Damien Hirst survey.

It Happened Last Week

It was a week of mixed fortunes in New York.

Enquiring Mind

Can Fleet Street overachiever Paul Field bring the decrepit supermarket tabloid back from its long slide into kitschy irrelevance? He’s got his checkbook ready.

Making Rent

The East Village as a socioeconomic historical reenactment.

NYPD Yellow

Cops cruise Soho in fake taxi, bust Brazilian artists.

Columnists

The CIty Politic

Gifted children in play this election year.

Strategist

Best Bets

A mirrored console, plus vintage dog collars and the portable PlayStation.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Jennifer Diaz of Anne Fontaine.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Look Book

A jack-of-all-trades with "champagne tastes."

Market Research

A guide to baseball gloves.

Mating

Amy Sohn on the difficulties of technology-enhanced dating.

5 x 10

A European fashion forecast.

The Restaurant Review

Aquavit and Gari pull off the difficult feat of opening new locations.

In Season

How to take advantage of maple-syrup season.

Ask Gael

Gael Greene on not-entirely-authentic-but-still-tantalizing East Village Thai.

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of March 21, 2005: Koi, Gulluoglu, Joe, and SobaKoh.

Easter Feasts

On Easter Sunday, local restaurants run the holiday gamut from spring lamb to glazed ham.

Easter Treats, Italian Style

These cakes and breads, both sweet and savory, are worth fasting for.

The Everything Guide

A complete guide to summer rentals, with samplings for all price ranges.

The Grape Debate

"What I'm trying to do is to get people to drink wine any way I can. And I don't care if it's white Zinfandel. I want them to have wine.

The Culture Pages

Movie Review

Woddy Allen fails to take advantage of his increasingly inexpicable ability to draw a strong cast.

New York Screen New Directors/New Films

You will not find a more exciting, international slate of films than the 34th New Directors/New Films series.

Theater Reveiw

Spamalot's old jokes are tired and its new ones aren't that great.

Shockhead Peter Reviewed

You know you’re in a world-class city when there are two shows running simultaneously in which puppets deliver lessons in Schadenfreude.

After Ashley Reviewed

It’s liable to appeal to today’s moodier teen far more than Rent.

Diva: Mercedes Ruehl

Mercedes Ruehl channels Peggy Guggenheim.

Book Review

Ian McEwan's new novel refuses to induce feeling.

Debut Novelist

Elizabeth Gaffney sets her historical novel in the New York sewer system.

Overheard

What the Audience Really Thought About Kinky Friedman, Mystery Novelist/ Would-Be Texas Gov.

Art Review

The Basquiat exhibition could use some darker undertones.

TV Review

A smart revival of Kojak, but why remake The Office?

Influences: Paul Taylor

The dancer on his early career.

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