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What may we expect of a third Mike Bloomberg term? Few people pay closer attention to city politics than Wayne Barrett, so he's your man for "A Bloomberg Score Card: The Mayor's Hits and Misses." He still thinks "the self-serving reversal of term limits was the greatest abuse of power I have covered in more than three decades on this beat," but you may be surprised at some of the good grades he gives the Mayor.

Well, did Spike Jonze pull it off? Where The Wild Things Are "does open promisingly," says J. Hoberman. Tim Burton comes to mind (uh huh); so does John Cassavetes (uh, huh?). But...

Here's what the self-help genre's been missing -- 50 Cent! His The 48 Laws of Power will unleash your inner Fitty, as it has unleashed Rob Harvilla's review, which cautions future literary rappers to "Choose your Machiavelli quotes carefully."

It's kind of a nutty idea -- a German beer garden in Brighton Beach. Is it a culinary Stalingrad, or a Yalta? Relax, KeBeer Bar & Grill's $4 half-liter beers will put anyone in an appeasing mood, as will its German, Uzbek, Russian, Georgian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern dishes, Robert Sietsema finds.

Michael Musto talks to Sebastian Silva, director of The Maid (there's a Scott Foundas review) and the upcoming Second Child, which SIlva says is "about a homosexual eight-year-old kid who falls in love with his godfather..." Movies are still your best entertainment. Musto also takes in other films, filmmakers, plays, and the Miss Lez Pageant.

School vending machines with healthy snacks? Okay, says Tom Robbins, but does New York really have to give the contracts to labor scofflaws, union busters, and Snapple?

Why are contemporary photographers "obsessed with abstraction, materiality, and process?" There happen to be a ton of hot photo shows around town now -- from Robert Frank at the Met to Tim Davis at Greenberg Van Doren -- from which Martha Schwendener makes a lesson.

Dan Savage, we'll have you know, is not all about sex advice. He also has lucid counsel for straights who wonder if their nuptials burn marriage-deprived gay friends, a high school freshman who can't come out, and a gay Portlander bemused by his burg's superabundance of transsexuals.

How I Became Andy Williams.

You know theater season is on when The Royal Family, Oleanna, and a new Ali Gordon play all open in one week. Michael Feingold of course is always on, and spots the common through-line.

Plus: More Film, Music, Theater, Books, Dance, Art, Restaurants, Ask a Mexican, Free Will Astrology, and all the rest of it.


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