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Scoop

By Teresa Huang

I almost didn't finish this week's Scoop because I was behind at work and my computer crashed twice while I was playing You Don't Know Jack. See how devoted I am in bringing you the best in weekend entertainment? Sigh the responsibilities are endless.

Christmas bells are ringing on TV at Saks. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but of course the retailers of the world are already prepping us for the hyped, consumerist gala known as Christmas. Case in point, the Tenth Annual Christmas Festival will be held this weekend at the World Trade Center in Boston. Catch the free shuttle from South Station, pay the obligatory $7 admission fee, and explore the enormous craft and culinary event. Get some early shopping done while snacking on food samples or watch Martha Stewart-types compete in the wonderful Necco Gingerbread House Competition. The festival's 350 plus exhibitors come from all over the country, bearing etched-glass sculptures, pottery, wood carvings, handmade ornaments, and an array of culinary masterpieces. Call the World Trade Center at (617) 742-3973 for more details. Today, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

I'll take Political Bigwigs for $400. Alex has set up shop in Washington, D.C. with a group of contestants he calls the real Power Players. Watch Oliver "Ollie" North duke it out with Oliver "let's make another film about the government" Stone. See how Bill Maher of ABC's Politically Incorrect fares when he's not in his cushy host position against Arianna Huffington and Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Is Al Franken even smart? The week of shows will be worth watching just to see some of Washington's biggest mouths can stay shut until called on.

Say you'll be there. The groovy gals known as the Muses give their winter concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Room 6-120. Think Spice Girls with talent, minus the annoyance factor. Aside from their usual sass and song, the concert will feature the Columbia Kingsmen and a special appearance by Nate Ahlgren, reprising his Late Night with Sigma Kappa performance of his original song "Organic Chemistry Chick." The song's a hoot. Don't miss it.

Not all breakfast foods start with "Mc." The craving for pancakes and real poached eggs has hit you. If you're looking for a terrific morning meal and don't feel like dealing with the sticky tables at IHOP, step into the Greenhouse Cafe at 3 Brattle Street in Harvard Square and leave winter at the door. The garden decor is gorgeous and everything on the breakfast menu is simple yet perfectly cooked. If the freshness of their food doesn't win your heart, try a slice of their mile-high cake. Okay, it's only one foot tall, but that's still quite a dessert.

We still don't know the truth. When I said last week that I wanted closure, I didn't mean at the expense of the story, for goodness sakes. She's cured! It's a miracle! Puh-lease. Nevertheless, The X-Files continues to open its fifth season with a bang by focusing this Sunday's episode entirely on the lovable losers known as the Lone Gunmen. Richard Belzer guest stars as his character Detective Munch from Homicide: Life on the Street in yet another sweeps crossover stunt. I guess it wasn't enough that he infiltrated Law & Order for sweeps last week. What's next? Munch on Beavis and Butthead?