arts 07.7.05

MUGWeekend At the Movies

Summer popcorn movie alternatives.

For those raised on a diet of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes, Liv Ullmann may not cast the same spell that she does for us, but Saraband is a quiet reminder that Ms. Ullmann is not only a stunning beauty, but a great actress. She's under the sublime direction of another great — Ingmar Bergman — in this sequel to "Scenes from a Marriage" at Film Forum, starting Friday.

Zero for Conduct
BAM considers Jean Vigo's Zero for Conduct "minute for minute (the film is only 41 minutes), one of the most influential films ever made…" Judge for yourself on Monday, July 11th at BAM.

Grey Gardens
Tonight at Stuyvesant Cove Park [E. 23rd/FDR], 8:45pm, a screening of cult classic Grey Gardens and the basis for a forthcoming musical (next spring) from Playwrights Horizons.

Gay Divorcee
We can say without fear of contradiction that the world is a better place for having had Edward Everett Horton and Alice Brady in it. If you don't know them, they're reason enough to see The Gay Divorcee (1934) in Bryant Park this coming Monday evening, not to mention vintage Fred and Ginger.

Sidewalk Astronomer
"Yes, the exterior decorator does lovely work," says astronomer (and former monk) John Dobson, about the universe's creator in Sidewalk Astronomer. Mr. Dobson invented the Dobsonian telescope mount that helped bring the heavens closer to stargazers and he remains, at age 89, an engaging companion and guide in this documentary by Jeffrey Fox Jacobs. At Two Boots Pioneer Theater through Tuesday.

Alô Alô Carnaval
This Brazilian musical from 1936 made Carmen Miranda famous. Lots of fun. Saturday afternoon at MoMA.

130 Films
The birth of movies, courtesy of the Lumière brothers, in this special presentation of recently restored prints of their films. At Anthology Film Archives.
5 List: Yogurt
The Book of Yogurt
Donvier Yogurt Maker
Greek yogurt with sour cherry, thyme, and walnuts
Woodstock Water Buffalo

Zen Palate Writes Back
Dear Sirs,
I'm writing in response to your article titled 'Maybe We'll Eat In Tonight' on June 29th, 2005 in which you mentioned Zen Palate in the end. While I could provide various reasons about the inspection findings (the traces of rat droppings in our basement, not our dining room or kitchen, for example came from the next door construction of a new restaurant in the end of last year), I just want to say that we have now corrected all the violations from the inspection (we'll need to wait for the Health Department to inspect again to provide a formal status report). We are dedicated to continually improving our operations, and issues on sanitation are always on the top of our monitoring list.

Inspection aside, I'd like to remind you that in the years of our operation of the 46th Street store since 1990, we have never had any serious food poisoning reported by our customers or the health department. There has been only one hospitalized incidence in which the customer was diagnosed as not poisoned but as particularly allergic to peanuts (the customer recovered quickly and completely within a few hours). I think few restaurants in Manhattan could challenge this record over a 15-year operating history. After all, we only sell vegetarian foods and we keep our vegetable stocks fresh by buying fresh produces and preparing the materials every day. Our customers can taste the difference and they show their support by visiting us again and again.

We appreciate your attention to Zen Palate and we'd hope that you could relay our feedback to your readers so that people will not lose faith in one of the healthiest restaurants in the city. Thank you very much.

James Tu
Zen Palate Group

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