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Issue of 1/28/2009

Cover Story:

Asked and answered
by Curt Guyette
The MT candidate questionnaire


Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Brenda K. Sanders by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Dave Bing by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Freman Hendrix by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Jerroll Sanders by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Joseph Holt by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Ken Cockrel Jr. by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Nicholas Hood III by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Sharon McPhail by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Stanley Christmas by Metro Times staff

Detroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Warren Evans by Metro Times staff

Dub, mon! by Brett Callwood
He's a piece of many rock 'n' roll bands, but Eric 'Beats' Hoegemeyer's digging his Deep See Sound System

Eating from the skull of the fallen angel by Norene Smith
Music, myth and the spiritual in the poetry of Kim Hunter



Biggest losers by Jim McFarlin
A desert-island serial's fading shine, and that bummer blowhard Matt Millen is back

He shall overcome ... by Bill Holdship
Pete Seeger to folk up Ann Arbor and Dearborn

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Michael Powell's glorious life after his voyeuristic tour de force, a bridge too far and jazz and taxis in post-Soviet Russia

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

Lit Up by Christa Buchanan (Lit Up)
Northern Mitten mysteries and mommy problems with a queer tryst

Jeffrey Morganís Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
The Duke Ellington of country music?

Fight over the Fifth by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Court battle over journalist's source gets more interesting

Night and Day by Megan O'Neil (Night and Day)

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
Sweet, sweet tuneage

Up to us by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Despite the Obama victory, there's still plenty of work ahead

Odds and ends by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Socks, strap-ons, gay sex ó and 'Saddlebacking' defined

Short Order by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
Southeast Asian tour

Trouble in mind by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
City crime may hit hardest in the psyche



For the Dead - Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful Reviewed by Aaron Shaul (Record)

How I Became Illustrated - The Word Play Reviewed by Daniel Johnson (Record)


Outlander Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
In the history of cinema, Outlander is the best Viking warriors vs. giant glow-in-the-dark space iguana movie ever made. Star Jim Caviezel plays stoic alien astronaut Kainan who crashes his starship into a lake in Iron Age-era Norway and, as his handy 25th century translating computer explains, earth is a long-abandoned colony worthy of his race of militaristic space yuppies. Trouble is, he has brought with him a deadly flesh-eating critter called a Moorwen, which promptly chomps down an entire Norse village. Kainan has a helluva time getting the local King (the delightfully hammy John Hurt) to buy his story. But after some mead drinking, maiden wooing and bear slaying, Kainan bonds with hothead warrior Wulfric (Jack Huston), just as the nasty Moorwen appears and begins gobbling up villagers like lutefisk.

A Secret Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
While far from perfect, Claude Millerís affecting and intimate family drama captures the complexities and challenges of being a Jew in France in the run-up to World War II. Itís the 1950s and teenager Francois (Quentin Dubuis) discovers that his perfect parentís relationship ó both attractive athletes ó isnít quite what he thought. Not only is his father disappointed in his sonís lack of physical prowess, which is rooted in a heartbreaking past, Francoisí fantasies of a phantom brother may be more than real. Wedged between his insecure and sickly adolescence and the impact of his discoveries as a 37-year-old man (Mathieu Amalric), most of A Secretís running time is spent unfurling his parentsí (Cecile De France and Patrick Bruel) tragic history before and during the Nazi occupation of France. Itís a complex, compassionate and unfamiliar view of the war and the decisions ordinary people were forced to make. Itís also a meditation on the ironic impact of jealousy, lust and expectation, making clear that personal decisions can be as ruinous as the darkest world events.


Detroit Institute of Arts Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
The food in CafeDIA and in Kresge Court is turned out by the Sodexo corporation, relatively high-quality cafeteria fare. The cafe is a handsome, minimally decorated space that can seat as many as 300. Overflow tables are often set up in the adjacent hall on the ground floor of the museum. Unfortunately, the kitchen facilities at the magnificent Kresge Court, with its soaring skylighted roof and atmospheric Renaissance architecture, are too small to support a full-service cafeteria. Instead, that iconic space is dedicated to diners who are willing to settle for adequate prepackaged sandwiches and salads. The nearby CafeDIA itself generally transcends its genre. Its six main areas include another Copper Pot soup and chili station, the extensive make-it-yourself Fresh Inspirations salad bar (39 cents an ounce), a pizza and calzone stand, the Rosemary Grille for grilled meat, fish, and sandwiches, a made-to-order Jazz salads and wraps area, and the Chefís Feature open kitchen for daily specials. Wine and beer selections are limited to a few choices. Sodexo is not involved with the DIAís second most romantic dining venue, the elegant Crystal Gallery, which opens before and between showings at the Detroit Film Theatre. Manager Cate Lauerman uses local purveyors to construct her modest menu of cheese platters, soup and vegetarian chili, Avalon bread products, and baguette sandwiches, with the mozzarella, pesto, and tomato combination the most popular.