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Scoop

Scoop is your guide to what to do on the weekend. Yes Virginia, there is laughter and enjoyment outside of MIT. Don't take this as the final word on what's hot and what's not, but just think of it as a few suggestions. Recommendations, if you will. You certainly don't want to spend your whole weekend in Athena playing xbombs, do you?

Charming indeed. ABC makes television history this Sunday at 7 p.m. when The Wonderful World of Disney presents the very first multi-racial rendition of Cinderella, starring Brandy Norwood of Moesha fame as the rags to riches gal and Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother. Filling out the fantastic cast are Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber as the King and Queen, Jason Alexander as the Steward, and Bernadette Peters as the Wicked Stepmother. Best of all, Disney has cast unknown Paolo Montalban as Prince Charming. Imagine, the idealized epitome of manliness played by an Asian male. It's about time! Early buzz about the film is enormously confident, hailing it as a showcase of racial harmony and a positive modernization of an incredibly unfeminist fairy tale.

Word to the wise: Buy your plane tickets for Thanksgiving now. If you haven't yet, be warned that plenty of people already have, so get moving if you don't want to be stranded at MIT. If you want the best deals, check out Travelocity at www.travelocity.com and get the lowest last minute fares available, information about companion fare deals, and links to super saver sales at all the airlines. Sign up for their Fare Watcher e-mail program and you'll get e-mail when a fare you're waiting for comes around. You can even buy your ticket online.

Where's the beef? The Border Cafe, Chili's, and Pizzeria Uno's aren't the only places to eat in Harvard Square, you know. If you're in the mood for a burger the size of your head, visit Bartley's Burger Cottage on 1246 Massachusetts Avenue, next to the Harvard Bookstore. A huge variety of burgers and Elvis shakes, too! Go just to see their interior decorating. This isn't one of those oh-so-trendy but shiny new restaurants, but obviously one that's matured over time and accumulated quite a collection of road signs and posters. Trying their sweet potato fries is a must.

Vintage bargains galore. Need a last minute costume for Saturday night? Discover the wacky treasures at the Garment District at 200 Broadway. Cambridge's best alternative department store, the Garment District sells used clothing and accessories for great prices and also has sections for costumes and recycled clothing. They'll be open late until 9 p.m. all weekend for all your Halloween shopping needs. Go before 2 p.m. and you can visit their super-bargain basement Dollar-A-Pound. Yeah, you've heard of this place - stuff a garbage bag with anything you want and pay only a dollar per pound. On Friday's, pay only 50 cents per pound.

Do you like scary movies? Looking for a Halloween weekend video? Rent Scream with Neve Campbell and Drew Barrymore and remember not to leave the room once it's playing. Okay, it's mainstream and horror film fanatics will tell you this isn't a real horror film, but it's definitely a scary movie and darn clever at that. Plus, with the mondo-publicized sequel coming within the year, it's just one of those things you gotta see if you want to be with the times.

The truth is finally here. The long-awaited season premiere of The X-Files airs on Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Fox. Like you didn't know that already.