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Scoop

By Teresa Huang

Do you wish you were reading about other things in this column? Do you want more music or movie info and less about X-Files? Help me help you. Send all comments, suggestions, and scoops to me at scoop@the-tech.mit.edu.

Life goes on, round and round, back and forth, on and on. If you were a putz and didn't get tickets for Dramashop's production of Grand Hotel in time, do the next best thing and get the original Broadway cast recording, released in 1992. The soundtrack is long and full of great music, featuring big names like Michael Jeter from Mouse Hunt and the old television series Evening Shade, and Jane Krakowski, who can now be seen as Elaine on Ally McBeal. The album also includes a bonus track of "Love Can't Happen," sung by David Carroll, one of the original leads who died before the album was completed.

Oh, my aching back. Has spending long nights working in Athena begun to wreak havoc on your shoulder and back muscles? You need a Backnobber. Basically, it's a metal curve with a wooden knob that presses on your back while you control the pressure from the other end. This product is hard to describe, but it really does work. Made by the American Back Care Company, the Backnobber isn't just a massage toy like the ones in The Sharper Image. It's a serious tool for soothing back muscle pain, made by people who know their ergonomics. Visit the American Back Care Company site at http://americanback.com and order a Backnobber while it's on sale for only $16.99, plus shipping.

Reeee-coh-lahhhhh! Cough drops are nasty. The menthol makes your eyes water, the fake flavoring makes your mouth cringe, and the smell stays on your breath forever. The exception to this rule is Ricola Herb Throat Drops. They're all-natural, contain ingredients you can pronounce, and don't taste like menthol. In fact, the Orange-Mint, Lemon-Mint, and Cherry-Mint varieties taste like more like candy than some Brach's candies. The best part: they actually work. Get them at any drugstore and stock up when they go on sale at CVS.

Treat yourself to some real Chinese food. Not all Asian cuisine is created equally. If you've ever wondered how Taiwanese food is different from other Asian food varieties, visit Wisteria House on the basement floor of 264 Newbury Street, Boston. The decor is beautiful and the food is more authentic than any delivery place. Though the menu contains generic Chinese dishes like beef with broccoli, Wisteria House chefs specialize in smaller dishes with fewer mixed flavors. Order n+1 of the Taiwanese style chef's specials and you'll understand. And don't leave without trying the stewed pig's ear.

The King of Spain never rushes! Thanks to the generous folks at the Lecture Series Committee, Moxy Frvous will be reprising their amazing performance last year at MIT this spring on Friday, May 15. If you can't wait that long, catch them at the 9th Annual Songstreet Winter Folk Festival, being held at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. On Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m., Dave, Mike, Jian, and Murray will join 5 other acts, including Jim's Big Ego, in an evening of great music. Tickets are $15 in advance and students get a $2 discount. The show is sure to sell out, so order now by calling Songstreet at (617) 628-3390, or Ticketmaster at (617) 931-2000.

Forget regret or life is yours to miss. Rent, the ultimate musical of our generation, is holding an open casting call for their New York production on March 3rd in New York City. All you need to do is prepare 16 bars of a contemporary rock, pop, or gospel song and show up at 10 a.m. dressed casually. Bring sheet music for your song, a picture of yourself, and a resume of your acting experience. Equity members will be seen first. More details can be found in the Casting and Jobs area of Playbill Online, http://www.playbill.com. Be your hip self - plastic pants won't score you any coolness points. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, so if you're interested, just go do it! Didn't watching Rent teach you that? No day but today!

Correction, please. David Delgrosso's showtune radio show Standing Room Only airs on WERS 88.9 FM at 10 a.m., not 10 p.m. as it was mistakenly listed in last week's Scoop. The show directly follows Women in Music and leads into All A Cappella.