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Issue of 1/30/2008

Cover Story:

Caught in the crossfire
by Sandra Svoboda
Immigration issues can make college a complicated proposition


Dress me up in your fuzz by Jess Harvell
Stephin Merritt's newest love songs are all for the Jesus and Mary Chain

Eye-splitting din by Rebecca Mazzei
Musicians' clamor visualized in lines on the surface

Hamtown ham by Bill Holdship
A frolicsome music awards (and show) from the gut. And no, it ain't the DMAs.

Kernels of truth by Detroitblogger John
A Detroit company pops up in Redford

King me by Michael Jackman
Family melodrama with a funky flair at the Detroit Repertory Theatre

So much patience by Rebecca Mazzei
New book features the art of Detroit's Receiving Hospital.


Comics (Comics)

Slip it in by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Sex, family values, evil clowns, Dave Attell earpops and that Oswald can of worms

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

First Stone by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
George Michael fantasies (?!) in lawyerly suits launch new series

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

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Rat-a-tat drive-bys of top slabs.

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
The Satin Peaches rock out to ... Dionne Warwick?

Liberal gospel by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Arms expert and media critic take the pulpit in Ferndale.

Notes on a scandal by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Analysis of the Freep's scoop offers tantalizing implications.

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

What matters is Detroit by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Why the scandal matters, and why Kwame must resign.

Special guests by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Generous bidder wins chance to play Savage for a day.

The Savage seat by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
More of Eric Rescorla's responses to Savage readers

Mayor Sellout by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Kilpatrick put on a charismatic show but sold us out.

Words of Our Own by Ron Allen (Words of Our Own)
Where poets from these parts paint word-pictures.



My Unwritten Books - George Steiner Reviewed by Brian Sholis (Book)

How to Survive a Sneak Attack - Wildcatting Reviewed by Mike Ross (Record)

The Roundhouse Tapes - Opeth Reviewed by Mike Villano (Record)

Radio - Ky-Mani Marley Reviewed by Serene Dominic (Record)

Jukebox - Cat Power Reviewed by Chris Parker (Record)


The Rape of Europa Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This engrossing and thoroughly impressive documentary chronicles the Third Reich's staggering blow to the cultural treasures of Europe. A fine art collection was seen as paramount to the personal worth of a good Nazi officer, and what art the Nazis weren’t greedily amassing for personal wealth, they were busy blowing up, with much of the continent’s greatest landmarks in constant danger of shelling. The film also showcases the heroic efforts of the Allied “monuments men,” soldiers that worked feverishly to preserve masterworks even while the bombs were still falling, and continued to try to recover missing or damaged pieces for decades.

Note by Note: The Making of Steinway LI037 Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Director Ben Niles’ documentary is as deliberate and lovingly handcrafted as the 88 keys of its subject: The Steinway piano. Each Steinway passes through many hands on its way to the sales floor, especially on the factory floor of Steinway’s Queens plant, a holy place staffed with a merry international polyglot of Slavs, Bengalis, Filipinos and Brooklyn-bred schmoes. This passion for the finished product is reflected by the idol worship of a variety of top-notch musicians who wax rhapsodic about the ethereal qualities of the strings and the pedals.

Rambo Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Sly Stallone’s second most durable macho man returns in an installment that’s smaller in scope and focus, but way larger in raw carnage, boasting one of the highest onscreen body counts in decades. What old John Rambo has been up to all these years is a mystery, but one look into his numb, droopy sheepdog eyes and we can tell that time has been a bitch. The former ’Nam snake-eater is discovered in Thailand, reluctantly recruited to escort a group of Christian relief workers from the United States up river into Burma. Soon enough our Pollyanna Americans are trapped knee-deep in the atrocities, forcing Rambo to pick up his machete. He gets backup this time from a squad of rough-and-tumble mercenaries. Taken as an action picture, Rambo is fairly effective, the action fast and wicked, even somewhat believable, but as political statement, the movie’s a murky slog into uncomfortable waters.

Untraceable Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Diana Lane’s cyber-thriller would be just one torture scene after another, if not for the dull dialogue, thinly sketched characters and incomprehensible computer jargon. The film has Portland-based FBI Cyber Crimes agent (and single mom) Jennifer Marsh (Lane) stumbling across an untraceable Web site where a murderer tortures to death his victims. It's a second rate serial-killer show with an ending so preposterously asinine the only appropriate response is a derisive snort.


Mr. Paul's Chop House Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
A good old steakhouse with Chateaubriand, lamb chops and steaks. The dimly lit, low-ceilinged, brick-walled structure can seat 200. At most of Paul’s tables, at least one of the patrons, usually more, are there for the beef dishes that average a reasonable $25. The most popular is the Chateaubriand for two, another tableside extravaganza, that arrives flambé from the kitchen. He usually hits his mark delivering the steaks as ordered with the tricky rare order especially carefully prepared. Although both are perfectly tender, the Black Angus New York strip is more flavorful than the fillet. Others in this genre are tournedos with Bordelaise sauce, veal Oscar and seldom-seen sautéed calf’s liver with bacon or onions.