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Issue of 2/6/2008

Cover Story:

Pay dirt
by Michael Hurtt
Only Detroit could give up the Dirtbombs and a guy like Mick Collins, but don't ever call 'em 'garage'


A Dirtbombs Family Tree by Ben Blackwell
The complete Dirtbombs lineups ... and where they all are now

Anyone can write the Grammys! by Serene Dominic
Yes, Virginia, writers make the Grammys 'long' and 'boring' and sometimes 'wildly unpredictable'

Going with the flow by Dolores S. Slowinski and Dennis Alan Nawrocki
Two shows and mixed results at Elaine Jacob Gallery

Have a gay old time by Nancy Kaffer
Guerrillas hit the chop house ... something like this

Ladies of Lebanon by Corey Hall
Director Nadine Labaki on film, blessings and Beirut

Spirit away by Lynn Crawford
An artistic exploration of the fourth dimension

State of the gay nation by Sandra Svoboda
Attitudes of younger Americans give activists hope

Ultimate mixtape by Michael Hurtt
Twenty essentials from Mick Collins


Comics (Comics)

Hit play by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Malkovich as pretentious artist, Cusack as dad, Lars Von Trier loses your mind, and an utter turd

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)
From Death Race 3000 to Destroy All Monsters.

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Ferndale digs where hard rockin’ roomies cook a mean salmon fillet

Free speech twofer by Curt Guyette (News Hits)
Detroit cop-turned-blogger and Ferndale activists score wins for free speech.

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

Focus on the facts by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
If Kilpatrick really cared about Detroit, he'd resign.

Canine corner by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Savage readers howl over zoophile

Secret sharers by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Lovers' experiment leaves neighbors rankled.


 No Reviews


Caramel Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Set in a smallish beauty salon in an unglamorous corner of Beirut, this tale of interweaving lives of women has the salon as its nexus of activity, gossip and sisterly bonding. The setting is exotic but the characters are familiar types. Of course, some of the dilemmas they face are somewhat different. What are for these women everyday nuisances, like being harassed by the police for simply sitting in a car with a man at night, might shock Western audiences. Or consider the silent struggle of young shampoo girl Rima, who longs for one of her lovely lady customers, but is so deeply closeted it’s never an option. Upping the realism is that most of the actors aren’t professionals, yet they give nuanced, instinctive performances without the slightest hint of forcing it.

Over Her Dead Body Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Eva Longoria Parker plays Kate, the title corpse, a rampaging bridezilla who dies on her big day, only to hang around and haunt hapless groom Henry (Paul Rudd), preventing him from moving on and finding bliss. That bliss comes in comely Ashley (Lake Bell), a caterer-psychic who’s supposed to be helping Henry contact his lost fiancee. But she begins having visions of walking down the aisle. This doesn’t sit well with cranky Kate, of course, who, in the meantime, has been evicted from Heaven’s waiting room until she loses her ’tude, which she does by marching down to earth and getting right in with everybody’s business. This ought to be ample material to kill 90 minutes, right? Hardly. What's worse, the film's overly cluttered subplots suck screen time from Bell, the movie’s one asset. She’s at once striking, lovely and gawky, with a likeable comedic presence that’ll grow once she shakes off her TV-friendly mannerisms.

War/Dance Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Sean and Andrea Fine’s luscious and leering documentary tries to tell the inspirational tale of traumatized children achieving grace through artistic expression. The former National Geographic filmmakers dangerously toe the line between uplift and exploitation. Rose, Dominic and Nancy are young teens living in the Northern Ugandan refugee camp Patongo. A dangerous and isolated place, they and 60,000 other Acholi tribe members live in dusty destitution, fearful that murderous rebels — the Lord’s Resistance Army — will steal them away in the night. Survivors of unthinkable tragedies, the children’s one shining hope is a chance to win the National Music Competition in Kampala. Against all odds, their elementary school has qualified to compete, but resources are scarce and few instructors are willing to brave the trip to rehearse them. Undaunted, the children spend every moment of their free time practicing and dreaming … and you’d have to be a total bastard not to be moved by the strength of their spirit.

Honeydripper Reviewed by W. Kim Heron (Movie)
Tyrone “Pinetop” Purvis is a man with a heap of woe on his shoulders. He has a haunted past, the debt-ridden nightclub of the title and a gun-toting enforcer out to collect or evict. He’s got the unctuously racist sheriff leaning on him. He’s got a desperate plan for a big-draw Saturday that’s falling apart. He’s got a long-suffering wife on the verge of complicating his life by giving herself up to the Lord. He’s got a perky teenage stepdaughter with a weak heart, and a guitar-slinging drifter is making eyes at her. He’s got the all-seeing blind bluesman on the corner jabbering ominously about his fate. And, oh, yeah, the trouble brewing yonder among the cotton field hands is headed straight for the Honeydripper.


Golden Harvest Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Golden Harvest is quiet, and the décor is mainly soothing blue, in a former catering hall in an unlikely spot on 12 Mile Road across from the GM Tech Center. Recommended for its specialty, its seafood and its daily dim sum, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Golden Harvest also keeps live fish and lobsters. The soft-shell crabs and “assorted seafood with spicy salt (hot)” are excellent, and one of the most popular dishes is walnut shrimp. Eggplant lovers should not miss deep-fried stuffed eggplant with black bean sauce.