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Issue of 3/10/2010


Cover Story:



Eye-Popping Detroit
by Travis R. Wright
Taking a dip in the MT Flickr photo pool

Features:

Blowed out! by Bill Holdship
No. 13 was a bona fide spectacular

Dancin' shoes by Metro Times music staff
Paxahau announces ticket info, partial lineup for Movement Fest 2010

Midtown's menu by Sandra Svoboda
Neighborhood coming of age as a (mostly) connected community

Stayin' alive by Detroitblogger John
An old tradition struggles to hang on in a Detroit neighborhood

The geek squad by Lee DeVito
Inkface ditch computers for guitars on a mission to make music as 'epic as fuck'

Columns:

Cheat Code by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)
Mass Effect 2 and Dark Void

Comics (Comics)

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Irrational numbers, back to Troy, and more ...

Sons and lovers by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
First love, second-time losers and a good old fake dad

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Tiger Woods and wasted beans ...

Metro Retro by Metro Times staff (Metro Retro)
Looking back on 30 years of MT

Pimps, weasels and ACORN by News Hits staff (News Hits)
The truth is slowly catching up with the smears

Where's Kafka? by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Lost files complicate efforts at fair trial

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

Trolling for a governor by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
A shortlist of gubernatorial contenders

Blowing it by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
For once, it's not about what you think

Irish blessings by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
A shortlist of Irish pubs for St. Patrick's Day

Get the buzz by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Why bees are a sweet addition to city life

Blowin' the Wonder Twins by D'Anne and Laura Witkowski (Wonder Twins)
Blowout Pre-Party gets our favorite twins in da mood

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Deflorate - Black Dahlia Murder Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

The Brutalist Bricks - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Reviewed by Aaron Shaul (Record)

Movies:

Brooklyn's Finest Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Don Cheadle plays a deep undercover detective who has been running the razor’s edge so long he fears his head is messed up by the game. His loyalties get pushed even harder with the early release of his old prison homey, a drug kingpin played with renewed vigor by Wesley Snipes. There are some terrific scenes between these two actors, but every time they spark, the film quick-cuts to another storyline. One of those involves Richard Gere as a worn-down, boozy and hooker-lovin’ cop who’s days from retirement. He’s given the job of breaking in the latest fresh meat. Meanwhile, to flip his Training Day rookie role, Ethan Hawke has the haunted, sallow-cheeked look of desperation as a narc who skims cash from raids to fund a bigger house for his ever-expanding catholic brood. Oddly enough, Ellen Barkin has the biggest dick here; she’s a ball-breaking fed ready to steamroll anyone who even dreams of getting in her way.

Nollywood Babylon Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Out of necessity and a bit of innovation, the Nigerian film biz became a strictly home-video enterprise, scratching an itch that Hollywood was never, ever going to scratch. Many millions of copies get sold through in the bustling markets and endless back-alleys of Lagos, a swelling metropolis of over 8 million. Though it is in essence a vast slum, Lagos is still the place Nigerians come to funnel their shared ambitions, the teeming focal point of commerce and the fastest growing city in Africa. All this social dynamism pours out of the country’s films, which often combine drama, comedy, mysticism, and whacked-out violence into an amusingly chaotic concoction. This rambunctious doc serves as a fun primer, but there’s probably too much info to digest in one sitting, with a parade of talking heads, and tantalizing looks at real-life characters. We may not really understand their work, or really know how hard their struggle, but we root for these artists, and their nation’s collective dream of a life made better — one frame at a time.

The North Face Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Philipp Stölzl takes a documentary-style approach to his period drama about German mountain climbers confronting the northern peak of the Eiger (dubbed “the death wall”) during the Third Reich, creating an experience that’s as brutal as it is riveting. If only the script were as good as the action. Based on a true story, The North Face recounts the tragedy of Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas), a pair of climbing buddies who are cajoled by Nazi nationalists into scaling the perilous Eiger in order to prove the superiority of German manhood. The setup for all this takes too long, but, once we're on our way up the mountain, the climb, of course, goes wrong. One calamity after another puts them on course with tragedy, putting the audience in a harrowing vice grip and never letting go.

World War Love Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Troy Gregory is a slightly unhinged rock ’n’ roller who has logged stints in everything from prog metal grinders Prong to the Swans to the Dirtbombs, and of course his own bands the Witches and the Stepsisters, then World War Love. And though this doc about him is plagued by the some of the same herky-jerky camerawork and muddy sound issues of so many local films, it’s also a gonzo, completely batty peek into the marvelous mind of a true Detroit original. Shot in a procession of dingy Hamtramck flats (upstairs), seedy barrooms and musty record stores, it’s a tremendous time capsule of Detroit’s downtown rock ’n’ roll scene circa recently and now.

Alice in Wonderland Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
It’s been 13 years since Alice (In Treatment’s Mia Wasikowska) fell down the rabbit hole, and her memories of Wonderland have faded into dreams. But now, on the day she’s expected to be engaged to an insufferably priggish lord, she finds herself tumbling back into the realm of the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), Blue Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman) and Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry). It seems war is afoot in “Underland,” where the hydrocephalic-headed, decapitation-happy Red Queen (Helen Bonham-Carter) sics her Bandersnatch, Jabberwocky (voiced by Christopher Lee), and Knave of Hearts (Christian Glover), on anyone allied with her pacifist (and far prettier) sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway).

Restaurants/Places:

Moti Mahal Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
The meal starts auspiciously with a couple of free papadams — crisp and strongly lentil-flavored — and three tasty dipping sauces. A mango lassi, seldom a mistake, is properly vibrant in color and flavor. The entrées are rich, perhaps due to lots of ghee? This was especially true of sag muttar paneer — peas and spinach with firm cubes of Indian farmer cheese, quite buttery tasting — and lamb Kashmir, to which Ullah adds almonds and dried fruit. Among the usual kormas, dhansaks, and tandoori specials, Moti Mahal offers jalfrazies and dupiazas and patias. Salmon masala gets “cooked with a carefully selected array of fresh tomatoes, onions and spices” — and it's smoky and rich.

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