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November 22, 2004 // UPDATED 4:42 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt


Dear Love-Advice Columnist,

I have a huge crush on this guy who just moved into my apartment building. Not only is he one of the nicest guys I've ever met, he's also really cute. When I found out that he's already engaged to my old college opponent (my least favorite person, of all people!), I went a little nuts. OK, I got really upset and put a spell on him that made him fall head over heels in love with me . . . did I mention that I'm a witch?

Sure I have extra powers, but in the romance department I've been shortchanged. I don't date much (Seriously, why is it that the good ones are always taken?) and I'm always such a basket case during the holidays. I hardly leave my apartment. Instead of getting fat on colorful treats, I basically stop eating.

I thought this guy was my one shot at happiness, but now everything is such a mess that I'm starting to feel guilty about casting that spell.

But I'm afraid that if I tell him the truth he'll never want to see me again. How can I tell him that I didn't know that I was going to actually fall in love, and end up wanting him to love me for real, too?

Please advise,

Gillian, Lovesick Witch in New York City

Dear Gillian, Lovesick Witch in New York City,

I've never gotten a letter from a witch before, but I'll do my best to answer your questions. It seems that nobody's immune to the side effects of "love potion no. 9," not even powerful witches such as yourself.

You're right. You probably shouldn't have put a spell on your neighbor because it's hard to build a trusting relationship founded on deception. It's unfair to trick somebody into romance, especially when they were already promised to someone else.

On the upside though, telling him the truth might be a good test of his authentic love for you. Let him make his own decision. If he's not the one for you, now's a good time to find out.


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Will this fling outlive the bustle of holiday shoppers and fattening sweets or end in disaster? Find out in the enchanting "Bell, Book and Candle," a romantic comedy about a forlorn witch, her annoying college nemesis and charming, bewitched neighbor.

Thru Dec. 19, Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 or 7 p.m. (alternately). Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. $20. 333-3010.


Perhaps a diet composed of mainly chicken and no-sushi is Riverdance's lead dancer Melissa Convery's secret to staying light on her feet. "I can't go into a restaurant where there's no chicken," she said on the phone. "But nothing too fancy, mind you. And definitely not sushi," she added.

Of course, it could also be key that Convery's been dancing with the troupe/show since she was 4. Now, the 25-year-old is the principal dancer in an international hit ("Riverdance," the show), bringing to life traditional Celtic jigs and spirited Irish music.

Although she's out of town for nine months of the year and her days stretch from airport to airport, with buses, hotels, limited luggage, rehearsals, interviews, performances and countless pairs of shoes filling everything in-between, the graceful athlete said she wouldn't trade the life.

Not only does she get to see cities she'd never thought of visiting, "It's a good opportunity for up-and-coming dancers. I really enjoy it. Plus, I always wanted to be a superstar," she laughed.

Convery's favorite part of the show is the quintessential "Riverdance" number itself. "That's the first time the whole troupe is together onstage. You can see the audience react . . . it's really uplifting."

So far, Charleston, Seattle and Santa Barbara have been Convery's favorite American cities to perform in, "Some places scream forever," she said, then added, "But I'm sure Minneapolis will be the best."

Nov. 23-28, Tuesday-Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday 1 6:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave. S. $42.50-$62.50. 651-989-5151.

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