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March 5, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Rudy Tuesday

Conventional wisdom says Rudy Giuliani’s 9/11 luster will fade the more the rest of the country learns about him. But it’s been more than five years now, and his term as America’s Mayor looks like it’s not ending anytime soon.


A Band on Fire

Trailing rock’s most low-key purveyors of adrenaline-pumping anthemic sing-along excitement through five sold-out shows.

The Gay Flannel Suit

Former Sullivan & Cromwell associate Aaron Charney is taking on his entire firm over allegations of homophobic harassment. How did the career of a savvy corporate lawyer take such a quixotic turn?

Barbara Falters

How a media player renowned for adroit behind-the-scenes maneuvering learned in the most humiliating way possible—i.e., from Donald Trump—that nothing stays behind the scenes anymore.


Air Jordan Fouled by WorldCom!

Judge declares Michael Jordan wasn’t just an ordinary employee.

Press-Hog Cuomo Pigs Out on PR

Nurse’s aide, photog busted.

Starry-eyed Starrett City

Owner David Bistricer's rude awakening.

Meow! Cat Fanciers

Top Design judge in trouble over “catty” remarks.

Millionaire Trailer Trash

Actor-director Paul Morrissey house hunts for... trailers.

It Happened Last Week

It was a week of unbridled revelry with Obama, Cheney, Spitzer, and more.

She’s the Man

Will this finally be the year the city’s only female varsity boy’s basketball coach takes her squad to the top?

Your Tax Dollars at Work

A study released last week showed that New Yorkers pay more in taxes than residents of any other American metropolis. How is all that money spent?

Britney Spears, Outsider Artist

The real, albeit unwitting, meaning behind Brit’s acting-out.

Kibble Method

Inside the furry actor’s studio with Broadway’s dog whisperer.


Best Bets

Moleskine guidebooks and other sources of vacation convenience and amusement.

Shop News

Eight years ago, ceramicist Jono Pandolfi was teaching high-school kids. Now, he’s selling at MoMA. Here’s how he got there.

Look Book

A sporty Parisian and his colorful, multilingual children.

Restaurant Review

Fantastic and cheap Greek at Kefi.

In Season

If there’s anything that can change the turnip's spartan image, it’s cream and butter, and lots of it, as in this luxurious gratin from Chanterelle chef-owner David Waltuck.

Insatiable Critic

Clearly, Hawaiian Tropic Zone is the consummate place for dinner to keep our guys happy that Sunday night of the Big Game.

Restaurant Openings

Mercat, Open the Sesame, The Inn LW12, and Pio Pio Salon.

Wesley Genovart: Chef on the Grill

An interview with a small-plate savant.

Great Room

An ex–polka hall turned Williamsburg party pad.

Real Estate

The inevitable, and highly useful, brokers’ blogs.


Tim Blake Nelson, the actor, director, and sometime playwright may have finally settled on a sprawling penthouse off the Broadway corridor.

Life Swap

Like New York, San Francisco has a fierce real-estate market—though, of course, ours is fiercer.

The Culture Pages

The Leader of the Pack Is Back

Onetime Shangri-La Mary Weiss makes the longest-gestating comeback in rock history.

The Book Review

Which new nonfiction—from William Vollmann and others— is worth buying?

The Movie Review

Fun films about nymphomania and serial murder.

The Theater Review

Even in its entirety, Tom Stoppard’s Russian epic can’t fit all to which it aspires.

The Men of Utopia: Who’s Who in the Cast

Now that all three parts have been unveiled, a crib sheet is more necessary than ever.

The TV Review

A new series from Paul Haggis puts a stereotype-heavy setup to clever use.

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

According to Independent Lens and filmmaker Frank Popper the answer is a resonant “maybe.”

Barbarians II

As if the Huns, Goths, Vikings, and Mongols of three years ago weren’t enough, the History Channel returns with four more hours of rape and pillage.

The 32-Year-Old Virgin

Q&A with former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry about his new show, The Winner.

The Art Review

A retrospective of the brilliantly patient photographer Jeff Wall.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 5, 2007

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


The Power Grid

Can a newly reasonable Condi Rice keep America out of misadventure in Iran?

The Week

Grape Emancipation

Three events where you can raise a glass to women winemakers.

I’ve Seen These Before

Eccentric art that comes—in a variety of ways— from ordinary objects.

Sing and Play

A backup band for the pre-K set.

Day by Day

The Public’s 365 Days/ 365 Plays continues into spring with new venues and diverse theater companies.


Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the ACLU, shrinking models, and more.

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