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Issue of 2/13/2008


Cover Story:



Live and lust
by Metro Times readers
Our informal sex survey surprised with insightful turns and eye-popping wonder

Features:

All that jazz by W. Kim Heron
It's a jazz-lover's paradise in town this week.

Controlled silence by Meghana Keshavan
The body's voice in expressed in calculated, angular movement

First-person bisexuality by Naomi Lee
'Why do you say you're straight?' The question was a kick to the stomach.

Into you like a train by Bill Holdship
Detroit slick chicks pick their horniest tunes

Lost and found by Sandra Svoboda
Advocates for man sentenced to life see evidence at last

Lost cause by Curt Guyette
John Edwards' campaign manager, David Bonior, on what went wrong, and what's ahead

The message by Kahn Santori Davison
A U-M prof wants A2 & D-Town to be hub of hip-hop activism

Zane gets her freak on by Makkada B. Selah
From steamy e-mails to a media empire

Columns:

Comics (Comics)

Screwed by Paul Knoll (Couch Trip)
New collection traces some of Al Goldstein's famous sex-related moments, and his, um, rise and fall

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

Hearts and flowers by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
A TV valentine from Hollywood; Chris Hanson's star-booty tarnishes

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

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Where Lavern and Jackie banter back and forth.

Motor City Rides by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
A peek inside Jerry Vile's PT Cruiser

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

Stealing Obama's votes by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
State Dem Party bosses and the deal they want to broker.

Toys for twits by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Dildo etiquette and sticking it to a 'journalist.'

Outing the mayor by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
In a time of turmoil, another look at Ken Cockrel Jr.

Jazz's best friend by Sandra Svoboda (The Mixing Bowl)
A peek inside the Dirty Dog

Words of Our Own by Dawn McDuffie (Words of Our Own)
A snowbound tale in which stories grow larger than life.

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Lust - Ellen Forney Reviewed by Sean Bieri (Book)

Break Your Arm for Evolution - SSM Reviewed by Chris Handyside (Record)

Fly Paper - Tiles Reviewed by Eric Harabadian (Record)

Meet the Eels: Essential Eels / Useless Trinkets - Eels Reviewed by Tim Grierson (Record)

Whitsundays - Whitsundays Reviewed by Brian Hoekstra (Record)

Just a Little Lovin' - Shelby Lynne Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)

Movies:

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Tour: 30 Days & 30 Nights ó Hollywood to the Heartland Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Vince Vaughn is a funny guy. Just ask him. And the thin line between self-regard and auto-eroticism gets obliterated very early on in this film that documents Vaughn and his show-biz buds on a 30-day tour. To hear Vaughn tell it in a series of local media interviews ó each one more fatuous then the last ó this flick ainít just some roving band of comedians dispensing dick jokes; rather, itís a sacred pilgrimage to the mystic heart of America. Yup, that's why this doc gathered mold on a shelf for two years before being dumped on the public in February.

Fool's Gold Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Kate Hudson scrunches up her dimpled cheeks and Matthew McConaughey flexes his shiny pecs furiously, but all their easy charisma canít overcome a hopelessly dopey script and painfully inept direction. Minus a few references to hip hop and text messaging, this empty-headed romp could have been a vehicle for Frankie and Annette, if not Bob, Bing and Dorothy.

A Detroit Thing Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This doc covers the Detroit music scene in the mid-late í90s. Brothers Nick and Anthony Brancaleone spent several years turning cameras on area musicians, and spent several more kicking around the festival circuit trying to get some attention for their work. Unfortunately, their scruffy, underdog film takes as its principal subject Tino of the Howling Diablos, whoís depicted here as nothing short of a visionary in a black leather car coat. That's a weird focus for a scene that included so many great bands. Ultimately, the film fails to capture the real depth and breadth of the fertile music talent that was popping up like weeds through the sidewalk.

4 months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
A film about abortion set in 1987 Romania. Director Christian Mungiu re-creates those days with a bleak, washed-out look. The story unfolds in a 24-hour period. Two young women, college roommates, are forced through the treacherous machinery of the countryís medical underground. Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) is a sunny-eyed realist, faced with arranging an illegal abortion for her pretty, naÔve friend Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), who continues to hide from the facts at every step of the process. The climax is as wrenching as any thriller, but never breaks rules thatíve been established here, never breaking trust or taking us out of the story. Yet by the filmís finish, escape is very welcome, since we know what the characters donít ó that dictator Nicolea Ceausescuís regime was coming to an abrupt end, and some better days are ahead.

2007 Academy Award-Nominated Shorts Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
In recent years, the finalists have been a decidedly mixed bag. While itís rare that something truly awful slips in, thereís been a surprising amount of mediocrity lately. 2007, however, boasts an impressive and inspired slate of contenders. Is it a coincidence that not a single one hails from the U.S.A.? Not only are four of the five live-action nominees worth a look, all of this yearís animated shorts are first-rate, with nary a Pixar or Blue Sky production in sight.

Restaurants/Places:

The Berkley Front Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)
The Front is a mainstay in downtown Berkley, doubling as an American biergarten as well as a martini lounge. Patrons can choose to enjoy the Old World charm and laid-back style of the downstairs or to chill out in the '50s-style lounge upstairs, where live music plays every weekend.

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