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  • May 22-28, 2002
  • Vol. 22, No. 32

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Arts & Culture

  • The Scene
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    Watching director Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play, one could easily think that it was the forerunner of the modern sitcom, with its abundance of one-liners and its twisty plot built on a series of deceptions — with Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Rupert Everett and Judi Dench.
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  • The New Guy

    Just another pathetic and weak skinny-white boy-searching-for-soul flick that you can squeeze a few hearty laughs out of, but nicely equipped with a triple-whip-it-all-night, funk-it-to-the-floor, out-the-door sound track that'll have you dancing down the aisle.
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  • Dogtown & Z-Boys

    The Z-Boys revolutionized their lives with a skateboard, carving and grinding their harsh LA landscape into a playground and work of art. Director Stacey Peralta was one of them. The look of his film is calculated rawness, a visual punk jazz of adrenaline and improvisation. But the visuals are just icing on the cake of an archetypical tale of revolution.
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Food & Drink

  • Table and Bar
  • A simple feast

    New Seoul Garden serves both Japanese and Korean food. We ordered the barbecue combination special ($22 per person, minimum of two), which comes with a simple soup of beef broth with scallions and green seaweed, an appetizer of gyoza (dumplings filled with ground beef, then pan-fried) and shumai (steamed dumplings, stuffed with minced shrimp), as well as dessert. The barbecue includes bulgogi (thin slices of beef), kalbi (cubes of boneless short ribs), saewu-gui (shrimp) and dak-gui (boneless chicken breast). All are marinated in a liquid that includes soy sauce, garlic, sugar and sesame oil. The fun begins when the hood is lifted from the grill that is set into the table. Then its copper surface is heated up and your server begins to cook. You can eat the meat plain, dipped in soy-based sauce, or wrapped in a leaf of lettuce, dabbed with a spicy ground soybean paste. Either way, it’s delicious. For dessert, go for the Japanese ice cream, a real treat, whether you choose green tea, red bean or ginger.
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