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Table of ConTenTs Tweed suiTs pg. 1 VarsiTy JaCkeTs pg. 2 bruno Mars pg. 3 aCne spring 2012 ColleCTion pg. 4 kris HuMpHries pg. 5 libya Vows To proseCuTe gadHafi killers pg. 6 MaCaroni and CHeese pg. 7 kal penn pg. 8 pear Crisp pg. 9 besT ligHTweigHT running sHoes pg. 10 neil paTriCk Harris pg. 11 deCeMber sTyle pg. 12 Holiday gifT guide pg. 13 MeaTball reCipe pg. 14 wHiTe sole booTs pg. 15 laCosTe aT new york fasHion week pg. 16 10 besT CoCkTail parTy snaCks pg. 17

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It's one of the biggest battle cries a modern musician can utter: "I keep it real!" That's pop whiz Bruno Mars—real name Peter Gene Hernandez—speaking, and boy, it gets worse. "The last few months," he says, "it's been a rocket…to Mars!" Zing! But before you write off his enthusiasm as rookie bluster, consider the 25-year-old Hawaiian's life before 2011. Here's a guy who impersonated Elvis professionally at age 3; a guy who fronted a lounge band called Sex Panther. He's built his career on huge silliness, and he isn’t stopping it now. In the past nine months—on the strength of the saccharine lyric you’re amazing just the way you are—Mars has scored triple-platinum sales, landed seven Grammy nominations, and for fun authored the hook from Cee Lo's "Fuck You." As he says, he's just keeping' it real. Though maybe a little too real. In September, Mars was busted for cocaine possession at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. "I'm not going to preach that I'm a role model," he says. "I'm a fucking musician! But I've learned people are watching, so don't do anything stupid." He's just hoping to keep his nose clean (so to speak), acknowledging that there's no backup plan. "My jump shot sucks," he says.

Acne Spring 2012 collection Date: June 25, 2011 Location: Paris The Vibe for Spring 2012: It's the softer side of Acne this season. The Swedish fashion house mixes in a shot of retro color—from pastel blues and salmon shades to a floral camouflage print—with shawl collars and leather sandals, producing a noticeable shift from shows past

Kris Humphries By the time you read this, the San Antonio Spurs will have self-destructed after the National Enquirer reveals that Tony Parker has been sending racy texts to coach Gregg Popovich's wife. Ponytailed Chicago big man Joakim Noah will have dominated Dwight Howard. And 39year-old Shaquille O'Neal will be collecting Finals MVP.

Okay, so that's all heavily biased wish fulfillment. But one team that is assuredly not involved in any of this NBA playoff action is the Nets. Their 24-58 record was only marginally better than last year's. And yet there is reason to be optimistic. For starters, the Brooklyn-bound team recently left the dreary Meadowlands for an interim home in Newark. A midseason trade brought in starters Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar. And then there's power forward Kris Humphries. He posted career highs in both points and rebounds this year and was leading the team with twenty-one double-doubles before his season was cut short by a sprained ankle. Cynics say he stepped up because his contract expires in June. But it might have more to do with some newfound inspiration. The 26-year-old Minnesotan started dating Kim Kardashian in November. For those wondering if Kim "Wants to Have Kris's Baby," as Us Weekly would have it, who knows? But with the looming threat of a lockout, they'll certainly have time to try. I asked Humphries what to watch if there's no settlement this fall. "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," he says, not missing a beat.

Libya vows to prosecute Gadhafi killers

Without mentioning Gadhafi's death, the Security Council expressed "grave concern" over "reprisals, arbitrary detentions, wrongful imprisonment and extra-judicial executions in Libya." Global disquiet has grown over how Gadhafi met his end at the hands of NTC fighters. Security Council Resolution 2016 also eased an international arms embargo, freezes on the assets of the Libyan National Oil Corp. and virtually all restrictions on the central bank and other key institutions.

Libya's new rulers said on Thursday they would prosecute the killers of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi following the international outcry over the circumstances of his death. It also ended the ban on international flights by Libyan registered planes. "With regards to Gadhafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us," said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vicechairman of the ruling NTC at a news conference. Whoever is responsible for that (Gadhafi's killing) will be judged and given a fair trial." Ghoga's statement came as the UN Security Council unanimously voted Thursday to end the mandate for international military action in Libya. In New York, a Security Council resolution ordered the end of the authorization for a no-fly zone and action to protect civilians from 11: 59 p.m. Libyan time (2159 GMT) on Oct. 31.

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients • •

Vegetable oil 1 lb fusilli, cavatappi, or elbow macaroni

1 qt milk

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

12 oz Gruyére, grated

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3/4 lb fresh tomatoes, sliced

1 1/2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs (made from 5 slices white bread, pulsed in a food processor)

Step 1 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drizzle the oil into the boiling water, add the pasta, and cook according to package instructions. Drain well.

Step 2 1. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but do not allow it to boil. Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour all at once. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Whisk in the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked pasta and stir well. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Step 3 1. Arrange the tomato slices on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter; toss with the fresh breadcrumbs to coat evenly, and sprinkle all over the top of the casserole. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the pasta is browned on top. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Kal Pen Interview

In April of 2009, Kal Penn—star of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle—shocked Hollywood by skipping town at the height of his powers. After campaigning hard for Obama, the young actor caught the hopey-changey bug and accepted a post at the White House, working as an associate director of public engagement. Two years later, Penn is now back in L.A. full time, and with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas about to open in theaters (in 3D!), he's ready to debrief.

··· FA: You went by Kalpen Modi at the White House, not Kal Penn. Why? People knew who you were. Kal Penn: There was nothing nefarious about it. For security clearance, you have to use the name that's on your birth certificate. Which I have. Then you have to post that birth certificate online so that everybody can see it. FA: A Birther joke? Kumar for the win! What were your days like? Kal Penn: When I started out, I was doing similar work to what I'd been doing on the campaign. I was working on youth outreach. Early on it was healthcare reform and then it was the president's commitment to bringing the troops back. The days were pretty long. Every White House staffer starts at 7 or 8 in the morning and goes to 9 or 10 at night. FA: Were you ever in a meeting and thought, I'm Kumar. I should be at the Playboy Mansion right now! Kal Penn: For better or for worse, that's never been my social outlet. I don't really enjoy bars or clubs. I'm the dork playing videogames.

FA: Come on. You must have been frustrated in D.C. Kal Penn: I have a greater appreciation for how change actually happens. If something could change with the flip of a switch, it would have been done before. By the same token, there's always going to be a bit of a disconnect. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, if you're under 35, you're for marriage equality, you want to raise the debt ceiling, and you want better access to health care and entrepreneurship. But the average age in the senate is 62 or 63. Like most people who turn on the news, I think, OK, the members of congress are out of touch. FA: You were robbed at gunpoint in D.C. What happened? Kal Penn: I left work late. I went to meet up with some friends to get a bite to eat. It can happen in any city. It was definitely not awesome. To the folks walking around the District of Columbia, I would say this: Be careful. FA: Did you wet your pants? Kal Penn: I did not. I think I held it together. FA: Are there web sites you couldn't access from your White House computer? Kal Penn: You're not allowed to access Twitter or Facebook or your personal email—they're blocked for security reasons. On top of that, anytime you Tweet something as an administration official, it's considered a presidential record and it has to be archived. So I wasn't Tweeting. FA: In Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Rob Corddry wipes his ass with the Bill of Rights. Did you have to apologize to the President for that? Kal Penn: No. People were pretty understanding of the association between fact and fiction. FA: Is Obama a fan of Harold and Kumar? Kal Penn: Everything was kept pretty professional. He's got a diverse group of film interests, but I'd say from what I've seen he spends the majority of his time trying to find Osama Bin Laden and getting jobs for people. FA: Were you instrumental in finding bin Laden? Kal Penn: I was actually on a family vacation that day. FA: Nice. Have you met Michele Bachmann? Kal Penn: I have not. Have you? FA: No. Why does it seem there are so many crazy Republican women? Kal Penn: I think the media loves taking the most absurd clips for a sport that has become congressional politics. FA: Do the people at the White House cafeteria talk about Brad and Angelina and the same dumb shit we talk about in our cafeteria? Kal Penn: The water cooler conversation in every job I've had is sports, it's what did you do this weekend, it's how are your parents doing.

FA: Why was A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas shot in 3D? Kal Penn: Because we want your money. FA: Really? Kal Penn: No, I'm just kidding. FA: Does Kumar, like, poke the audience in the eye with a joint? Kal Penn: Smoke goes out over the audience. There's a beer pong scene, and the ball goes out into the audience. Stuff like that. FA: What's the storyline? Kal Penn: It's been six years and Harold and Kumar have drifted apart. Harold is now the quintessential suburban guy. And Kumar—he's almost brain dead. Think of somebody who smokes pot everyday, and now its six years later. When the movie starts, they don't like each other. But a package from Santa brings them together. FA: Is this really a Christmas movie? Kal Penn: It is a Christmas movie that you should not take children to see. FA: You had to leave the White House to make HK3. At the time, it sounded like you were pissed about it. Kal Penn: Well, my initial commitment in D.C. was to do two years. It would have been cool to wait another year but the cards didn't fall that way. We definitely had a contract with them. FA: People say that Washington is Hollywood for ugly people. True? Kal Penn: I hear this a lot. They're both one industry towns. But I wouldn't disparage D.C. FA: In HK2, Kumar gets stopped at airport security in a blatant bit of racial profiling. Has that happened to you? Kal Penn: Oh, many, many times. It's happened to almost every brown dude I know. FA: Really? Kal Penn: Yes. I'll give you a story. When we were promoting the first Harold and Kumar, John Cho and I were flying from Houston to Chicago. We're at the airport in Texas and each of us brought a buddy with us. We're going through security and I'm the one who gets pulled out of line. They take you in the back room and you have to face a wall and they go through all of your stuff. I meet my friends at the gate, and my buddy Gabe says, "Hey, you're gonna be a little irritated." I'm like, I'm already irritated! He says, "Remember when I went camping last weekend? Well, I've got my hunting knife with me. I forgot to take it out of my bag. But they were so busy looking at you that they didn't bother to look at the monitor when my stuff was going through." He flew to Chicago with this massive hunting knife and then mailed it home to L.A. FA: That's infuriating. Kal Penn: It goes against the notion that something like that makes us safer.

FA: Last question: What's the coffee like at the White House? Kal Penn: Actually, the vending machine coffee is pretty good.

Pear Crisp

Pear-Ginger Crisp Serves eight 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 5 tbsp. granulated sugar Cinnamon Kosher salt 9 tbsp. unsalted butter, well softened 3 tbsp. candied ginger, chopped Juice of 2 lemons 8 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 2. Toast the pecans over medium heat until fragrant. Set aside. 3. Mix the our, brown sugar,nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar, and pinchesof cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Add the butter and combine until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the pecans. 4. In a large bowl, mix together the ginger, lemon juice, pears, the remaining granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt. 5. Place the fruit into an 8-by-10-inch baking dish, layer on the crumble, and bake until the topping is crisp, about 50 minutes.

6. In the unlikely event that there are leftovers, eat for breakfast.

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Neil Patrick Harris

Fifth: You reinvented yourself by sending up your persona in the Harold & Kumar movies. Have they ever asked you to do anything that you said no to? Neil Patrick Harris: Not much. The only thing that didn't happen in the new movie is I was going to invite a dancer girl back to my dressing room and try to rape her. That was supposed to be Kelly Ripa, but Kelly was off filming Live! I think she would have loved to have done it . . . They do keep threatening to write a "Neil Patrick Harris" movie, a seventies blaxploitation movie where I kick ass and take names.

Fifth: Doogie Howser, M.D., the show that made you famous, has been running on the Hub channel lately. Do you ever flip over and watch it? Neil Patrick Harris: Occasionally. It's a strange flashback because it feels, literally, like a lifetime ago. And yet when I'm watching, I remember where we were on location and where the trailers were. I was tired a lot. Whenever I wasn't in school with a tutor three hours a day, I'd get a knock and be rushed to set and they'd be waiting and I'd film my thing and then I'd go back to school again.

Fifth: Besides Harold & Kumar, you appeared in The Smurfs, The Muppets, and Beastly this year, not to mention the latest season of How I Met Your Mother. Having two kids doesn't seem to have slowed you down. Neil Patrick Harris: Well, I'm having to say no to things, like a fun voiceover, that I would probably say yes to otherwise, because it involves an afternoon of driving to Santa Monica and recording. I need to stop carving out four-hour chunks to do random things and go home and watch my children grow up.

Fifth: Rumor has it that you and your longtime partner, David Burtka, are getting married. Is it true? Neil Patrick Harris: It's complicated. David proposed to me five and a half years ago in New York on the same street corner where we met. The following year on Valentine's Day in Santa Monica, one of my gifts was a ring and I proposed to him. Then, when the marriage-equality stuff was on the tipping point in New York, where we have residency because we have an apartment there, it seemed my responsibility to at least tweet about it—to say, "Please vote for marriage equality in New York, it would be nice to get married someday." It passed, and then someone tweeted David asking if we were going to get married, to which David replied, "Yes, I proposed to Neil and he proposed to me." Which I think sounded immediate and wasn't. It's exactly what we didn't want to do, because we contemplated getting married in California, before the Prop 8 debacle, and I opted not to immediately because I didn't want it to be a media event. I didn't want to go marching down the street with camera crews. Oy. To get married? Really? It seems like you have an agenda when you do it that way. I wouldn't want to get married to be an example. I'm hoping we'll be able to get married in California soon, but there are no plans afoot.

Fifth: Do you feel any responsibility to represent on the gay marriage issue? Neil Patrick Harris: No. Everyone has an individual experience. To try to declare yourself a larger representative is dangerous. I just do my thing, we have our life.

Fifth: You came out five years ago. What's changed for you since then?

Neil Patrick Harris: Being able to live my life transparently does empower me to feel like I can be myself more. It's easier for me to flirt with girls now that girls know that I'm gay. It almost makes it a sexier encounter than if I was trying to pretend that I was straight.

Fifth: Do you think it's cost you any roles? Neil Patrick Harris: I can't answer that. I play a pretty hard-core poon-hound on TV. But there may be producers who are averse to me because I come with baggage. They're allowed. There are a lot of movies out there.

Fifth: You just became the president of the board of the Magic Castle, the private club in Hollywood. Do you perform? Neil Patrick Harris: Magic's been my thing ever since I grew up in a tiny town in New Mexico. But because free time for me is at a premium, I only perform on talk shows—I'm a talk-show magician. So I'll get a call from Ellen saying, "Will you do magic?" and then I'll call my best friend, Ed Alonzo, who's also a magician, or I'll call Teller and say, "What do I do?" I should get a little think tank together and pay them money to come up with a routine that I can actually perform.

Fifth: There's been lots of talk about next year's awards shows. You're one of the few guys who gets good reviews for hosting. Why is it such a hard job? Neil Patrick Harris: As much as you prepare for it, you can't accurately determine the temperature of the audience. That's the skill that's learned, reading an audience. Or if something crazy happens, how do you respond to it, you know? A dude just got cracked in the head by a piece of scenery—do you act like it didn't happen and roll on with the TelePrompTer, or do you make a joke at his expense? You have to answer all these questions immediately and you only have one shot. That's intense.

Fifth: It's gotta be a little annoying that they never ask you to host the Oscars, right? Neil Patrick Harris: Not annoying. I think the best hosts of Oscars are movie people and for the most part, my day job is on television. Someday, maybe. And yet, if you make one misstep in that game . . . I mean, poor James Franco!

December Style


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Holiday Gift Guide

Bag ($3,100) by Bottega Veneta. Leather jacket ($1,995) by Burberry London. "Old Flip Clock" framed photograph ($1,000) by Todd McLellan. Boots ($140) by Dr. Martens.

Glass Fishscape Fishbowl ($140) by Aruliden. Japanese koi from Petqua, New York (small, $20; large, $35).

Meatball Recipe

1½ lb ground pork 3 cups cubed white bread, crust removed 1 cup milk (to soak the bread in) 3-4 eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ¾ cup grated Parmigiano Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper In a bowl, soak the bread cubes in the milk for 15-20 minutes, mashing with your hands to absorb all the milk. In a larger bowl, mix all the ingredients together, making sure to not over work the mix. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the mix to set. Remove from refrigerator and form into 1½ inch balls. Coat a large heavy bottom sauté pan with canola oil and brown the meatballs on all sides over medium

heat. Work in batches so as not to over crowd the sautĂŠ pan. Cook them until there is a nice golden brown color, about 10 minutes. Place the meatballs into your favourite tomato sauce and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Serve with pasta and season with salt, pepper and grated parmigiano to taste.

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10 Best Cocktail Party Snacks

1. Spanish boquerones are aged in vinegar. $35 per package;

2. Spread Fennel & Black Pepper Bacon Jam from Seattle's Skillet Street Food on rosemary-raisinpecan crisps. $14 per jar;


Olli Salumeria's organic Berkshire pork. $24 per pound;

4. These jalapeùo chakri—spiral-shaped snacks laced with chile and turmeric. $6 per bag;

5. This butter is made from a purĂŠe of sweet potatoes and brown sugar. $8 per jar;

6. Brooklyn Brine Co.'s pickled asparagus. $13 per jar;

7. American caviar. From $95 for 50 grams;

8. Popcorn from Liddabit Sweets is tossed with bourbon, ground coffee, and sea salt. $11 per bag;


Red Hot Chilli Crackers, from England's Fine Cheese Co. $7 per box;

10. English Ticklemore, a complex goat's-milk cheese from Devon. $43 per pound;

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