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Issue of 1/23/2008


Cover Story:



CREEMed
by Bill Holdship
Tempers flare in the wake of a new CREEM anthology and Lester Bangs rolls in his grave

Features:

'Those who are doing it' by Dawn McDuffie
Young poets portray their Detroit with passion

A Creem editor remembers … by Bill Holdship
… or Clive and Kordosh

CREEM in court by Curt Guyette

Day-glo prophet by Chris Handyside
Dan Deacon's come-as-you-are party jams light up the night

Free heart by Charles L. Latimer
Shelton's righteous scream

On the road by Sandra Svoboda
Law schools take services, students to clients

Responsive lovers by Metro Times readers
A peek at some of the early answers to our sex survey

Rocky vs. Rambo by Cole Haddon
Stallone talks vanity, wising up and getting away with murder

Winter's here — surf's up! by Kelli B. Kavanaugh
But watch out when your buddy's lips turn blue

Columns:

Comics (Comics)

Fast forward by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
That horrendous Gallagher dude, gentle Vikings, folkies with axes and sexy Sandy Dennis

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Full plates for local foodies.

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times staff (Letters to the Editor)

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Our speed critic thinks fast.

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Found Magazine founder's Ann Arbor home — and van

Burning issue by News Hits staff (News Hits)
With its lease up next year, environmentalists eye Detroit's incinerator.

Ritter here by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Former UN weapons inspector and Iran expert to speak in Ferndale.

Spaced out by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Wyandotte parking ruling raises legal suspicions.

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

The Bradley effect by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Despite Obama's success, it seems white America still won't vote black.

Puppy love by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Man just can't help loving dogs and needs advice.

Reviews:

Music/Books:

The Awakening - Melissa Etheridge Reviewed by Mike Villano (Record)

The Bluegrass Sessions - Merle Haggard Reviewed by Dustin Walsh (Record)

The Alchemist - Witchcraft Reviewed by Kent Alexander (Record)

Night Falls Over Kortdelia - Jens Lekman Reviewed by Aaron Shaul (Record)

Movies:

Cassandra's Dream Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Scotsman Ewan McGregor adopts a proper Michael Caine cockney accent with much greater ease than his Irish co-star Colin Farrell. One is a mechanic who fancies the dog track and the poker table, and the other a restaurant manger with wanderlust and a taste for flashy cars and ladies above his station. Both are in way over their heads, until their wealthy uncle returns from the colonies, eager to front the cash if only they’ll do him a nasty little favor and tie-up his one loose end.

Mad Money Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
The unshakable Diane Keaton stars as would-be thief Bridget Cardigan, breezing through the storyline with a free ease that only comes with years of experience, and large piles of box office receipts to back it up. In support are comedy vets Ted Danson, as Keaton’s laid-off white-collar husband Don, and Queen Latifah as Nina, her sassy single-mom partner-in-crime. The robbery in question is a victimless one, an inside heist of worn-out cash on it’s way to the shredder at the Kansas City Federal Reserve compound, where the ladies do thankless grunt work. They cook up a simple plan to switch the lock on the money bin with a store-bought new one, lift the dough and stash it in garbage bags. Bridget is the janitor, Nina works the shredder, but they need a third member — someone with access to the rolling money carts. Enter scientology’s fave incubator pin-up Katie Holmes, in a charmingly ridiculous performance as eccentric party girl Jackie.

Persepolis Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Teamed with French animator Vincent Paronnaud, Satrapi adapts her two-part graphic memoir into a politically astute yet personally intimate portrait of love, life and rebellion under Khomeni in 1970s Iran. Using 2-D, black and white hand-drawn animation (a rarity these days), the film captures the spirit of its source comic while remaining fluid and expressive. With a feather-light touch, the images compress themes of religious oppression, sexual awakening, teenage rebellion, cultural (and generational) conflict and war into a vibrant profile of personal and political exile. Savvy historical flashbacks often give way to deeply personal (if somewhat embellished) anecdotes and even sublime humor. The tone is wistful but never bitter and while there’s no mistaking its view of fundamentalism, Persepolis never preaches.

27 Dresses Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Story features glamour kitten Katherine Heigl and her colorless yuppie pals, nailing all the wedding-fetish points in a predictable, flowery matrimonial fantasia. Thanks to Anne Fletcher’s flat, amateurish direction and limp script by Aline Brosh McKenna, 27 Dresses avoids outright disaster thanks to the appealing cast, headed by the very likeable Heigl, as Jane, a career bridesmaid now faced with the horrifying prospect of watching her flighty younger sister Tess (Malin Akerman) zip in after a streak of jet-setting and tramping, only to put the moves on Jane’s dashing boss and secret crush (Ed Burns).

Cloverfield Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This “Blair Godzilla Project” is a first-person record of a giant monster attack on New York City via “recovered” video footage. Handsome, rakish Rob (Michael Stahl-David) is about depart for a new job in Japan and his hipster pals are sending him off with a fabulous Manhattan loft party. His dopey but sweet-natured best friend Hud (T.J. Miller) has been charged with taping the festivities. When all hell breaks loose, he becomes our eyes and snarky commentary track as the massive unknown menace begins hastily ruining midtown. It’s hard not to read subtext into the scenes of buildings collapsing and frantic crowds running from smothering dust clouds, with shots that might as well be 9/11 news footage, but Cloverfield is more revolutionary in style than substance.

Restaurants/Places:

Balkan Bistro Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Highlighting Turkish fare, diners should find plenty of new choices in this underrepresented cuisine. Try the “mixed Turkish plate,” which includes kadinbudu köfte, hunkar begendi, eggplant kebab and chicken shish. Hunkar begendi is described as “veal stew on a bed of mashed grilled eggplant with béchamel sauce and mozzarella” is smoky and creamy. Kadinbudu köfte, a beef and rice meatball in a soft shell of beaten eggs, is drier by comparison, but the eggplant kebab, which is ground beef wrapped in eggplant, and chicken shish are both appropriately succulent. Even the sole kebabs burst with their flavor.

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