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Byline: Bret Begun, Lucy Howard, Susannah Meadows and Katherine Stroup

EXCLUSIVE Guggenheim: Flying Down to Rio New York's Guggenheim Museum has already taken the notion of global franchises farther than any other American palace of culture, with its famous branch in Bilbao, Spain, designed by Frank Gehry, as well as satellites in Venice and Berlin. Now the museum has a big new gallery under construction in Las Vegas, in a deal with the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino that includes the Guggenheim's new cultural partner, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. So where has the Gugg's globe-trotting director, Thomas Krens, set his sights for his next colonization? The land of the bossa nova. On Nov. 15, at a Guggenheim gala in New York, Krens is expected to announce a partnership with Brazilian financier and philanthropist Edemar Cid Ferreira to do a feasibility study for two new Guggenheims, one in Rio de Janeiro and one in a regional city. This week Krens is scheduled to fly to Brazil with his posse--Gehry and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, designer of the Vegas gallery--to scout sites in Rio and the cities of Curitiba, Recife and Salvador. In Rio, the trio will check out big chunks of real estate: sources say a museum there might be part of a larger complex with a concert hall, convention center and shops. Everything a girl from Ipanema could want.

POWER 'Madeleine Inc.' For Albright? No matter who wins the election, few members of Bill Clinton's cabinet are likely to be spotted around the White House much after Jan. 20. That includes the administration's most senior member, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. "She very much wants to stay," says another cabinet member, "but [Al] Gore would not want her." One reason is that an Albright rival, U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, is a favorite to take the spot if Gore wins. But Albright won't be idle: associates expect she'll write a book, start a democracy foundation, give speeches and revert to her old role of running one of Georgetown's best salons. "My guess is she'll pursue some form of Madeleine Inc.," says ex-aide James Rubin. But one who could survive a Gore purge is Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, who has expressed confidence he'd be asked to stay on (at least for a time; Gore crony Jim Johnson, the ex-Fannie Mae chief, also could head Treasury).

THE WEB Short on Funds, Big on Fun While dot-com success has never been measured in traditional ways, the latest badge of honor is particularly curious. For sites that tank, a stellar "e-obituary" is the hallmark of going out in style. Animators at yourownworld.com, a kids' site, created a final cartoon where the site's characters sail into the sunset. Freescholarships.com asks: "So is this goodbye forever? Who knows? Even David Hasselhoff's career had a bit of a resurgence." "It's hard to have fun doing this," says Philip Kaplan, who runs dot-tank monitor f---edcompany.com, "but I guess it's nice to have the last word."

THE BUZZ Dennis, Start Blow Drying Your Hair Dennis Miller hasn't exactly been the touchdown ABC was hoping for: If "Monday Night Football" ratings get any lower, the show will be competing for air time in purgatory, babe. Time to punt? Here's what people are saying in print, on air and online:

Bell Jarred Football fans don't 'want a smartalecky PhD in the booth, quoting Sylivia Plath as if he were hosting a Mensa potluck party.' (Paul Farhi, Wash. Post)

Bad Taste 'He loves every football coach and corporate sponsor he meets-he sucks up more than the McCaughey septuplets to a baby bottle.' (Norman Chad, Wash. Post)

Diaper Dandy Of the four new teammates, the star rookie is actually comely sideline reporter Melissa Stark. Solid, smart, she's been a 'winner from the start' (USA Today). And, uh, she's silly hot.

Time Out During last week's 'MNF,' 'Miller didn't come on until 9:08, his latest bow yet, and his opening segment was the shortest yet. …