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Intelligencer:July 11-18

Ali G on da 4 train, an emerging art mini mall, President Bush's prime-time justice, and more.


It Happens This Week
•Tom Jones hits Mohegan Sun
•Vive la France! They didn’t get the Olympics, but they’ll always have Bastille Day
•NY Philharmonic hits Great Lawn
•‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Wedding Crashers’
•Stonehenge NYC: Sun sets in alignment with the Manhattan grid
•5K ‘racewalk’ in Central Park

Ali G On Da 4 Train
Brooklyn busts Borat.
Can Ali G fool anyone anymore? Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, star of the HBO series in which he dresses up as several characters and hassles people, showed up wearing a snug beige suit and clutching a weathered tan suitcase on a moderately crowded 4 train in Brooklyn recently. As he moved down the car, lunging in to kiss surprised men and introducing himself in broken English as “Borat from Kazakhstan,” he was recognized almost instantly. He quickly got off at Borough Hall after one man asked, “Dude, why does your briefcase have a camera lens?” An entourage of about ten men, dressed to blend in with jeans, T-shirts, and nondescript backpacks or briefcases with camouflaged cameras, then shuffled Cohen away down the platform. An HBO spokesperson denied that the network’s in production with Cohen right now, though he has a new film in progress, reportedly about a Kazakh immigrant’s experiences in the U.S. Cohen’s spokesman, Matt Labov, wouldn’t confirm what Cohen was up to in Brooklyn, either: “You will see it when it comes out.”
—Aili McConnon

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