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Learn All the Food Science You Can Hold, in Just Three Days

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The nation's most influential food scientist, Harold McGee, is going to be giving a three-day seminar at the French Culinary Institute from March 15 to 17, but we were at first a little hesitant about going. The last time we attended such a talk, by molecular gastronomist Hervé This, the great man’s pronouncements were so profound, and his insights into the nature of matter so complex, that we were stymied and had to be woken up by security guards long after everyone else departed. McGee, though, will be giving practical demonstrations for three days, including six ways of searing a steak, everything you wanted to know about eggs and emulsions, and, on day three, a futuristic tour of enzymes, hydrocolloids, and “equipment such as freeze dryer’s vacuum packaging, and rotary evaporators.” Who could resist such a curriculum? For three days and $1,200, you can be the chef of the future! Harold McGee Lecture Series [French Culinary Institute] Related: Molecular Gastronomy Made Complicated via PowerPoint

Stars Reveal ‘Sex and the City’ Movie Might Be Kind of a Downer

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In case you didn't get enough spoilers from the trailer for the Sex and the City movie — which suggests that Steve cheats on Miranda, Samantha cheats on Smith Jared, and Big leaves Carrie at the altar — the four stars sat down with Logo recently and elaborated a little more on the plotlines. For instance, Cynthia Nixon says Steve's cheating is about "even more than unfaithfulness" and lets us know that we're going to see a lot more of crazy-eyed Anne Meara swooping around with her Alzheimer's. "Samantha is older," Kim Cattrall says, "And that in itself is huge." And something really bad goes down with Big and Carrie. "Something major happens that fundamentally changes who Carrie is," says Sarah Jessica Parker, adding carefully that, "basically, it's about the despair you feel when you’re 20 versus the despair you feel or the loss you feel when you’re 40." Wow! This sure sounds like it's going to be a fun night out with the girls! Then again, everyone knows SATC isn't about the plot. It's about the clothes. Only 88 more days! We can't wait! Sex and the City Movie: Interviews with Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis--And Yes! Sarah Jessica Parker! [Logo]

It’s All Topsy-Turvy in This Week’s Magazine

The magazine’s content this week, which is copious, compelling, and diverse, is also curious. How in the world did Adam Platt give Primehouse New York the two stars we thought it deserves? Is it possible that the big man is softening? Likewise, we expected Gael Greene to be skeptical about Shelly’s La Tradizionale, a Shelly Fireman restaurant that was Shelly’s New York just a few short months ago — but instead she’s agog over the Italian seafood. Rob and Robin devise a guide to group dinners in the city, an antidote to the annual stress of holiday gatherings. For Hanukkah, they consulted with Julian Medina of Toloache for a Mexican take on latkes. Plus, there’s plenty of news in the openings department: Philoxenia makes a welcome return to Astoria, and Rheon Café brings high-tech Japanese restaurant equipment to New York.

Sakaya and Its Daily Tastings Just Two Weeks Away

East Village sake stronghold Sakaya has been on the way for a long time, a process chronicled on various blogs, including Sakaya’s own. Now that we’re less than a couple of weeks (or fewer) away from the place opening up, we spoke to former Food & Wine publisher Rick Smith, who owns Sakaya with his wife, Hiroko Furukawa. “We’re going to be the first store totally dedicated to sake in New York, and we’re going to have sakes that no one has seen before here — artisanal sakes, small-batch stuff, things that have never been imported here before.” Sakaya’s line will range from an ultrapremium Midori Kawa Dai-Ginja for $163 to the “lovely” $18 Yuri Massamune, the George Duboeuf of sake. The only problem, and it’s one Rick can’t fix, is that we can never remember which sake we like since the labels are all written in Japanese. But we’ll get the chance to find out: Sakaya will host daily sake tastings, so you can learn (and get a little looped) whenever you stop in. Sakaya Blog [Official site]

Cable News Makes a Hostage Situation Very Confusing

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The cable-news outlets have a funny way of turning a potentially scary situation into a media farce. About an hour after “confirming” that both hostages have been released from Hillary Clinton’s Rochester HQ in New Hampshire, CNN is now saying there’s a third hostage still inside — which would explain why there's been little recent news from the scene. As with every real-time news event, the media are bound to change the story several times as facts get settled, except this time we can’t even agree on the story’s genre. Is this a scary situation with a real bomb and hostages? Or are we now looking at a guy with no hostages and a fake bomb strapped to his chest? If it's the former, you've got perhaps massive repercussions throughout the election cycle. If it's the latter, you've got a deranged remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Really, we just want to know how much we should be freaking out here. Meanwhile, MSNBC says the suspect is a fellow named Leeland Eisenberg. Start counting how many times that bit of info changes. Also, his son-in-law says "he had been drinking" today. Oh, who hasn't ended up as the focus of the 24-hour news cycle after a few too many vodka-tonics? Earlier: Breaking: Man With Bomb Takes Hostages at Clinton's N.H. HQ Update: They got him! The last hostage was just released and the suspect is in police custody...

Two Gawker Editors Decide Not to Be Douche Bags

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Holy poop you guys, did you get that IM from the intern down the hall? Something totally crazy is going on at Gawker!! Writer Emily Gould and managing editor Choire Sicha, are QUITTING. Sicha is that hot gay who helped shape the site as its second solo editor from 2003 to 2005. He left to work at the Observer and then came back early this year. Gould has been working on the site since November of last year. Neither have jobs lined up, we hear. SO BRAVE. This certainly marks the end of an era for the site, which (as Vanessa Grigoriadis pointed out in her recent story in New York) has been making a shift toward an emphasis on comments and page views over edited content in recent months. It also comes on the heels of the departure of another Gawker mainstay, Alex Balk, who left for Radar magazine's Website recently. Perhaps more interesting, Gould and Sicha's departure puts today's Who's Quitting Gawker Media tally at four: Valleywag correspondent Megan McCarthy has also announced that she’s leaving the Silicon Valley blog for the warm corporate arms of Wired, while Jalopnik founding editor Mike Spinelli has removed himself from the blog's daily operations and is instead acting as editor-at-large, which he himself acknowledges is an "inflated" title. Obviously the timing of these departures is coincidental, but still. What does this all mean? And more important, were you the first one of your friends to find out? And, wait, you commented, right? Wow, anyway, we have no idea what happens next. Who will they hire? That sound you hear is the thumping of a thousand editorial assistants running to their apartment roofs to take a picture of themselves in a bathing suit. A Long Dark Early Evening of the Soul With Keith Gessen [Gawker] Related: Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the Rage of the Creative Underclass [NYM]

It's Coming: Art Basel Miami!

On Monday, 50,000 artists, buyers, celebrities, and fashionistas are expected to hit Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami, the U.S.'s largest contemporary art exhibition and sale. And if it weren't already crowded enough, we'll be there!

Lydia Hearst Still Thinks Stephen Colbert Should Run for President

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Name: Lydia Hearst. Job: Lydia is not just an heiress! She's a model, a columnist for Page Six the Magazine, and designer for Puma, most recently of the "Lydia" bag. She takes these jobs very seriously but remains endearingly grateful to her great-grandfather, William Randolph Hearst, for making it so she doesn't have to have them if she doesn't want to. Age: 23 Neighborhood: Columbus Circle Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? William Randolph Hearst. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Truffle macaroni and cheese from Lure. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? To tell you everything that I do would take more than one sentence. I have three full-time jobs: high-fashion modeling, writing, and designing. I am a firm believer that there are 24 useful hours in every day.

‘Gossip Girl’ Star Connor Paolo Has Lunch at 10:30 A.M.

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Name: Connor Paolo
Age: 17
Job: Plays Eric van der Woodsen on the hit CW show Gossip Girl.
Neighborhood: Manhattan Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? This changes on a weekly basis. After seeing Raging Bull it was Jake La Motta. Every time I hear "Imagine," it's John Lennon. Currently, it's George Morfogen who played Rebadow on Oz. I legitimately bumped into the man twice this week, and despite my screaming his character's name both times, he remained gracious and appreciative. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Anything served past 3 a.m. qualifies as great.

Jeff Epstein's Lawyers Try to Massage His Sentence

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Now that Jeffrey Epstein is expected to plead guilty to soliciting underage prosties, the gagillionaire's legal team is hoping they can somehow get him out of having to register as a sex offender. According to a letter from Epstein's lawyer to the U.S. attorney, unsent but obtained by Page Six, "Doing so will have a profound impact [on Epstein] both immediately and forever after." Um, yeah. Isn't that kind of the point?

Chloë Sevigny Designs the Clothes of Her Dreams

Have you ever wondered what happens when celebrities make random pronouncements in the press about who they'd like to date or which director really needs to give them a job? Well, if you're Chloë Sevigny, you get to design a clothing line.