Cathleen McGuigan

Princely Albert

Even though he's a Brit, Albert Finney remembers exactly where he was when JFK was shot: at the top of the Empire State Building. He was showing his parents around New York while starring on Broadway in "Luther." Anyone born after the Kennedy administration can be forgiven for not realizing that Finney in those days was hot, hot, hot--especially that fall of 1963, when the movie "Tom Jones" had just turned him into an international star (and later won him his first Oscar nomination).

Snap Judgement: Books

Sniper by Sari Horwitz and Michael E. RuaneThis thorough recounting of October 2002's D.C.-area sniper spree earns the book its subtitle: "Inside the Hunt for the Killers Who Terrorized the Nation." Horwitz and Ruane, reporters at The Washington Post (NEWSWEEK's parent company), can get so inside that the story occasionally bogs down.

The Mcmansion Next Door

Design is everywhere, right? Your toothbrush, your running shoes, your cool-looking couch, your latte machine, your laptop. OK, no one would mistake Indiana for Italy, but you can finally buy good design almost anywhere, from the mall to the Internet.

The Gospel Of Richard

I think designers are the alchemists of the future," says Richard Koshalek. He's perched on the edge of an orange leather chair in his glass-walled office at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Building Up

Shanghai is a city with a split personality. In little more than a decade its modern financial district, Pudong, has sprouted dozens of shiny glass-and-steel skyscrapers--most of them mundane, and a few over the top, such as the Pearl Oriental Tower, adorned by two pink balls that sparkle like costume jewelry on the skyline.

Deep In The Art Of Texas

Back in the spring of 1999, Dallas real-estate developer Ray Nasher paid a visit to the Italian architect Renzo Piano at Piano's spectacular studio high above the Mediterranean outside Genoa.

The Mother Of All Mary Tyrones

We've been in this seaside house before, with the gulls calling outside the windows, the sun-faded upholstery redolent of happier summers. Usually Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical household is dominated by the explosive, penny-pinching Irish patriarch James Tyrone.

Why Should We Care?

While Europeans were still swinging stone clubs, the peoples of Mesopotamia were swinging into gear. By around 3000 B.C., they had invented everything from writing to irrigation.

A Red-Hot Mama Rose

Stage whispers of doubt surrounded the Broadway revival of "Gypsy" before it opened last week. Could the gifted but girlish Bernadette Peters possibly pull off the role created by big, brassy Ethel Merman as the monstrous Mama Rose? (Peters, amazingly, is 55--four years older than Merman was when "Gypsy" premiered in 1959.) Well, Peters succeeds big time--in part by bringing some unexpected dimensions to the mother of all stage mothers.

If You'd Build It

The bullish '90s spawned big plans for American museums wanting to bask in the "Bilbao effect": hire a global design star like Frank Gehry and get a lot of attention.

Down From The Clouds

One of the most-talked-about works of architecture last year wasn't exactly designed to keep the rain out--in fact, visitors were advised to wear trench coats.

Think Again

The frenzy last week when architect Daniel Libeskind won the competition to design the World Trade Center site was unprecedented. Here was an avant-garde architect who was suddenly the hottest "get" for any TV show in New York.In Berlin--though a U.S. citizen, he's been based there for the last dozen years--his office had hundreds of media requests from around the globe.

A Tale Of Two Towers

Of all the great art exhibits in New York City, the blockbuster of the season was a complete surprise: the show of competing architectural models for the World Trade Center site.

And Now, The Finals

Last week, after long and intense private debate and public speculation, officials in charge of redeveloping the World Trade Center site formally chose two design teams from a field of seven to compete to create a master plan.

A Tale Of Two Towers

New York City is getting more than its share of great exhibitions these days--Leonardo da Vinci's drawings at the Met; Picasso and Matisse coming to MoMA--but the surprise blockbuster of the season has to be this: the show of competing architectural models for the World Trade Center site.

Rem's Chinese Puzzle

In China, there's a race to construct the world's tallest building. Both the Shanghai World Financial Center (due by 2008) and Union Square in Hong Kong (to open in 2007) will top out at more than 1,500 feet into the clouds.

Dreamscapes

The weather outside was icy, but inside, 250 journalists were gathered under an incongruous umbrella of palm trees in the atrium of a Manhattan office complex to see the latest schemes for rebuilding the World Trade Center site.

Incredible Lightness

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando is sitting in a noisy Tex-Mex place in Ft. Worth, confronting his first enchilada. On the many trips he's made from Osaka to Texas to oversee the construction of his new Modern Art Museum here, he's always dined on the best local beef.

L.A. Rising

If you stand on the rooftop terrace of the chic new Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles, you might think you're in a real city. From the top of the 12-story high-rise conversion--built in 1956 as the headquarters of Superior Oil--you look out at a glittering forest of glass-and-steel towers.

Movin' To Broadway

In Twyla Tharp's very first public performance, back in 1965, she danced briefly to Petula Clark's pop hit "Downtown." No one covered the event. "I was really pissed," Tharp recalled over breakfast last week, still sounding a little irritated. "I would've taken a really foul review." Since then, Tharp has continued to blast the boundaries between high and low art.

Always Engaging Eloise

It's been almost 50 years since "Eloise" made her first appearance and quickly became the most famous fictional guest at New York's Plaza Hotel, beloved by "children of all ages."After the first book, the mischievous little girl's adventures continued in two books set in Paris and Moscow (during the cold war) as well as one about Christmas at the Plaza.

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