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  • Jan 30 - Feb 5, 2008
  • Vol. 28, No. 16

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Arts & Culture

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  • Note by Note: The Making of Steinway LI037

    Director Ben Niles’ documentary is as deliberate and lovingly handcrafted as the 88 keys of its subject: The Steinway piano. Each Steinway passes through many hands on its way to the sales floor, especially on the factory floor of Steinway’s Queens plant, a holy place staffed with a merry international polyglot of Slavs, Bengalis, Filipinos and Brooklyn-bred schmoes. This passion for the finished product is reflected by the idol worship of a variety of top-notch musicians who wax rhapsodic about the ethereal qualities of the strings and the pedals.
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  • Rambo

    Sly Stallone’s second most durable macho man returns in an installment that’s smaller in scope and focus, but way larger in raw carnage, boasting one of the highest onscreen body counts in decades. What old John Rambo has been up to all these years is a mystery, but one look into his numb, droopy sheepdog eyes and we can tell that time has been a bitch. The former ’Nam snake-eater is discovered in Thailand, reluctantly recruited to escort a group of Christian relief workers from the United States up river into Burma. Soon enough our Pollyanna Americans are trapped knee-deep in the atrocities, forcing Rambo to pick up his machete. He gets backup this time from a squad of rough-and-tumble mercenaries. Taken as an action picture, Rambo is fairly effective, the action fast and wicked, even somewhat believable, but as political statement, the movie’s a murky slog into uncomfortable waters.
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  • The Rape of Europa

    This engrossing and thoroughly impressive documentary chronicles the Third Reich's staggering blow to the cultural treasures of Europe. A fine art collection was seen as paramount to the personal worth of a good Nazi officer, and what art the Nazis weren’t greedily amassing for personal wealth, they were busy blowing up, with much of the continent’s greatest landmarks in constant danger of shelling. The film also showcases the heroic efforts of the Allied “monuments men,” soldiers that worked feverishly to preserve masterworks even while the bombs were still falling, and continued to try to recover missing or damaged pieces for decades.
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Food & Drink

  • Steak their claim
  • Table and Bar
  • Steak their claim

    A good old steakhouse with Chateaubriand, lamb chops and steaks. The dimly lit, low-ceilinged, brick-walled structure can seat 200. At most of Paul’s tables, at least one of the patrons, usually more, are there for the beef dishes that average a reasonable $25. The most popular is the Chateaubriand for two, another tableside extravaganza, that arrives flambé from the kitchen. He usually hits his mark delivering the steaks as ordered with the tricky rare order especially carefully prepared. Although both are perfectly tender, the Black Angus New York strip is more flavorful than the fillet. Others in this genre are tournedos with Bordelaise sauce, veal Oscar and seldom-seen sautéed calf’s liver with bacon or onions.
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