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Issue of 3/18/2009

Cover Story:

Foreclosure fallout
by Sandra Svoboda
Lansing looking for answers to crisis


Bum rap by Detroitblogger John
Longstanding grocery store is a skid row meet-and-greet

Supreme teams by William E. Ketchum III
Karriem Riggins' mad skills have led to collaborations with everyone from J. Dilla to Herbie Hancock


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
The Lone Star state's vibrator cap, a Luchino Visconti snoozefest, a TV-horror visionary and Paul Newman stinks

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

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Freestyler and beat-picker Smoke's west-side digs

Rouge read by News Hits staff (News Hits)

Still smoldering by News Hits staff (News Hits)

Sunny days by News Hits staff (News Hits)

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

Case for a czar by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Can Charles Ballard and progressive taxation fix Michigan's screwed-up finances?

Dangerous fun by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
A few fine points before scheduling that stranger-kidnapping rape fantasy

Tossed and loaded by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
At local eateries, our salad bowl runneth over

The Fischer building by Travis R. Wright (Sketches in Grit)
This guy Dion talks UFOs, dead unicorns and the rising Detroit arts underground

'Detroit all of my life' by A.J. O'Neil (Your Space)
The first in our new series of reader-written essays



No Line on the Horizon - U2 Reviewed by Serene Dominic (Record)

Still Dangerous - Thin Lizzy Reviewed by Brian Smith (Record)

Crash and Burn - Sinner Reviewed by Kent Alexander (Record)

Midnight at the Movies - Justin Townes Earle Reviewed by Chris Parker (Record)

Thorn of Thrones - Giant Brain Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

Years of Refusal - Morrissey Reviewed by Laura Witkowski (Record)


Last House on the Left Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This remake is little more than a glossed-up, pointless exercise in graphic violence, materially different from the original only in higher production values and the sad fact this stuff shocked back in ’72. The well-heeled Collingwood family checks in at their remote lakeside summer home, and teen daughter Mari promptly takes the car into town and hangs with her saucy pal Paige (Superbad cutie Martha MacIsaac). Soon enough a cadre of cookie-cutter movie maniacs, with jailbreaks and cop-killings in their wake, capture the girls and hole up in a dingy hotel room. For 40 minutes, we’re forced to watch them, in deplorable detail, screech and writhe in the dirt, abused, beaten and defiled by these psychos. When the thugs take refuge from a storm in the Collingwoods’ home, the tables turn — the vengeful parents get all medieval on their asses.

Race to Witch Mountain Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This snappy spit-shine of the ’70s movies cranks up the effects, action and excitement, despite being disposable and formulaic. Dwayne Johnson (no more “Rock” please) has had spotty success as a major action star, but when it comes to family fare, dude is money. He’s perfectly suited to the role of cynical ex-mob man Jack Bruno — who warms up as the kids’ protector — and we can thank our lucky stars that it wasn’t Vin Diesel, as the five people who saw Babylon A.D. will surely attest. Johnson is nicely re-teamed with his Game Plan director Andy Fickman — who, by the way, won’t be confused with Steven Spielberg but knows enough to hit the throttle early and not let off.

Shoot the Piano Player Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Though an adaptation of David Goodis’ livre noir, "Down There," Truffaut hardly takes his straight-faced source material seriously, opting instead for narrative asides, flippant genre-hopping and a kid-in-jeopardy melodrama. Charlie (Charles Aznavour) is a once-famous pianist who suffered a Greek tragedy of marital infidelity and retreated from the world. Now a honky-tonk piano player in a run-down Paris bar, he falls in love with a comely waitress but is paralyzed by his reticence. Worse, his ne’er-do-well brother embroils him in a gangland feud that results in the kidnapping of his youngest sibling.


Red Pepper Deli Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
A new dining destination for raw food enthusiasts, serving scrumptious, cashew-strewn fare, with vegetables, nuts, fruits, sprouts and seeds — plain, grated, mashed, pulverized and liquefied. Salads feature a ton of ingredients, such as spinach with tomato, onion, carrots, currants, apples and pecans. A sweet beet slaw tosses in apples, raisins, lemon juice and agave nectar. In addition there are juice blends, smoothies and shakes. Raw food doesn’t have to be served cold or room temperature. Red Pepper uses a dehydrator, which doesn't get much hotter than 100 degrees, to make “stir fries.”