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Issue of 5/13/2009


Cover Story:



The Eminem interview
by Bill Holdship
The greatest rapper on earth gets personal on Proof, guns, Bill O'Reilly and being an artist from Detroit

Features:

Dirty dancing by Detroitblogger John
Detroit strip club battles its own checkered past to fix its image

DREAM's hope by Sandra Svoboda
Congress reconsiders measure for undocumented children's conditional amnesty

Columns:

Around the outside by Metro Times music staff
Greg Tate and Ron Ållen go deliver the surreal goods

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
George Lucas fans are nuts! Plus, a centerfold chick grindhouse and a musical worth renting

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

Mad, mad, mad, world by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
Late-night comedy show bows out, but how 'bout those Motor City Alfred E. Newmans?

In the flesh by Metro Times music staff (In The Flesh)
A meeting of greats

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

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Like a minute-long vaudeville routine about disco

Motor City Rides by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
The Henry Ford Museum is all music on wheels

Into the fire by News Hits staff (News Hits)
What will Detroit do with its big burner?

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

Bing and beyond by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Why we must hope he'll be the best mayor ever

Mental help by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Not all therapists understand open relationships

Get weird on it by Travis R. Wright (Sketches in Grit)
A young artist searches for inspiration and brotherhood

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Forward - Bump Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

Coming from Reality - Rodriguez Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)

Movies:

Tyson Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Ever wanted to get caught in a stare-down contest with Mike Tyson? Well, that’s pretty much the effect of this absolutely gripping documentary; the conflicted and infamous fighter eyeballs the camera like it’s an opponent at weigh-in. Yet those dark, beady orbs contain galaxies of rage, regret and wounded pride, as Iron Mike recounts his wild lifetime of brawling, drug abuse, womanizing and general bad behavior with remarkable candor, insight and something resembling grace.

Star Trek Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Yeah, it’s more slam-bam space opera than brainy social science fiction and, sure, it could use some breathing room to make its characters more human, but Star Trek is fun — something the franchise hasn’t been since 1986’s goofy The Voyage Home. We’re not sure if JJ Abrams’ clever inclusion of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” heralds the kind of revolutionary take on the material he thinks he’s achieving (this Star Trek is significantly dumbed-down when compared to the series or even the 1979 film), but the anthem does stir the audience while making clear that the quiet diplomacy of Jean-Luc Picard has no place in Abrams’ oh-so-hip reconceptualization. One gander at hotter-than-hot (and wholly feminist) Uhura (Zoe Saldana) makes that clear. When was the last time anyone described Star Trek as sexy? The rest of the cast is highly charismatic. Chris Pine avoids William Shatner’s hyperbolic style and presents James T. Kirk as the brash, swaggering hero he was meant to be. Zachary Quinto (Heroes’ Sylar) lacks the great Leonard Nimoy’s sonorous voice but offers a believable Spock. John Cho (Harold & Kumar), Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Anton Yelchin give up solidly broad strokes as Sulu, Scotty and Chekov. But it’s Kiwi Karl Urban (LOTR, Doom) who really delivers the goods as the irascible Dr. McCoy. Not only does Urban credibly channel DeForest Kelly’s difficult-to-pin-down acting style, he creates a three-dimensional character you want to see.

Restaurants/Places:

Rojo Mexican Bistro Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)
Though it’s fairly simple to locate a Mexican restaurant in metro Detroit, it’s not necessarily as easy to get good Mexican food. After you get past the complicated question of authenticity there lie plates and plates of bland and forgettable fare with a side of beans and rice. But at Rojo Mexican Bistro in Novi they’re skillfully mixing contemporary and classic Mexican dishes with an eye toward freshness and flavor.

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