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Scoop

By Teresa Huang

You made it through Valentine's Day but you missed the entire Winter Olympic Games in Nagano because you had a paper to do. It's okay. I understand. Cheer yourself up this weekend by getting off campus and soaking in some culture. Don't forget to send your comments and scoops to me at aseret@mit.edu.

Don't touch that radio dial! Long live WMBR. That said, you should switch your radio dial from 88.1 FM to WERS 88.9 FM on Saturdays for an amazing lineup of radio programming from Emerson College Radio. The day begins bright and early at 6 a.m. with "Women in Music," a show devoted completely to music written or performed by women. At 3 p.m., tune in to "All A Cappella" for music from collegiate and professional a cappella groups. And at 10 p.m., David Delgrosso takes you to the Great White Way with "Standing Room Only," one of the best Broadway showtune shows in the area. This guy seriously knows his theater. Call (617) 578-8890 at any time during any show to request a song. If you're lucky, you'll catch one of the MIT a cappella groups broadcasting live from WERS Studio C.

It was love at first sight. Meet the man that wrote the book on the insanity of being sane. Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22, will discuss his life and read excerpts from his new memoir, Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here, at the Brattle Theatre on 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The reading will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 5:30 pm. It's free, but tickets are required. Get them by calling 354-5201.

Did somebody say McDonald's in Japanese? McDonald's has been proudly announcing that they are the official restaurant of the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. What this means is that McDonald's will serve over 3,000 meals to athletes, coaches, and officials. Which is worse for your body - marijuana or McDonald's food? I think it's a toss-up. Even so, if you're craving some greasy yet satisfying food, check out their Team Big Mac Meal, featuring 2 Big Macs, a large fries, and a medium drink, or the Team Sausage McMuffin with Egg Meal, featuring 2 sandwiches, hash browns, and a small coffee. Take the bus to McDonald's in Central Square, but be sure to walk back to burn off some of the calories.

Triple minority story. The SpeakEasy Stage Company closes its run of Porcelain by Chay Yew this weekend. The play deals with nineteen-year-old John Lee, an Asian homosexual who confesses to killing his lover in a gripping tale of passion and violence. Though the topic may not thrill you, the play is the winner of the London Fringe Award for Best Play, and a great start to the 1998 season for the SpeakEasy Stage Company. See it at the Boston Center for the Arts at 539 Tremont Street in Boston on Friday or Saturday night at 8 pm, or on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Call 426-0320 for tickets.

A chocolate scoop from a reader. Didn't get enough chocolate for Valentine's Day? Join the Chocolate Lovers Mailing List at MIT (chocolate-lovers@mit.edu) by typing blanche chocolate-lovers -a $USER' at your Athena prompt. According to my Scoop source, "It's a very low traffic list for discussing chocolate, where to buy it, recipes, and parties involving it. Recent mail has included notices about 10lb. bars of Ghiradelli chocolate (for $20) at Trader Joe's, and recipes for chocolate-covered cherries. Yum.