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Issue of 5/14/2008


Cover Story:



A spirit of Detroit
by Sandra Svoboda
Col. Philetus Norris helped get Yellowstone National Park on the map. Can he help revive a faltering city neighborhood?

Features:

Becoming Deastro by Wendy Casey
How Randy Chabot creates his own musical world

Black Bottom remembered by Isaac Elster
Violinist Regina Carter and collaborators pay homage to long-lost neighborhood

Detroit loses a great by Rebecca Mazzei
We grieve for artist and musician Matthew Blake

Gore-soaked and glamorous by Brett Callwood
Amy Gore's rock 'n' roll femme fatales return as conquering heroes for a hometown show

Howdy, publisher by Metro Times staff
Chris Sexon joins Metro Times

Wagstaff wins by Glen Mannisto
Nearly 40 years after the dust-up, DIA honors curator

Way, way under the radar by Greg Baise
Jandek's Bizarro World blues.

Try something else by Jeff Broder
Tacqueria Lupita's Adan Lopez

Columns:

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Wet-brained hillbillies, Jeff Garlin's chub, a cockeyed Tinseltown dream and Gianna smokes

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

Pimpin' the airwaves by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
The sleeping giant of Motor City TV comes to life

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

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
From Nugent to Sin City.

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Dave Shettler's Mexicantown home

MT reviewer mourned by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Elissa Karg: socialist, autoworker, nurse, food writer.

Unearthing the 'N-word' by News Hits staff (News Hits)
News Hits has questions. Administration hasn't had answers.

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
Six degrees of Carjack

Barack and Bobby by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Two candidates with much in common, especially the right stuff.

Open or not? by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Reluctance to share isn't a character flaw.

Wall Street's crime wave by Danny Schechter (Visiting view)
Will culprits pay for the mortgage crisis?

Words of Our Own by Kim Hunter (Words of Our Own)
War begins and a poet responds.

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Ode To The Ghetto - Guilty Simpson Reviewed by Hobey Echlin (Record)

Blooddrunk - Children Of Bodom Reviewed by Kent Alexander (Record)

A-Square (Of Coruse): The Story of Michigan's Legendary A-Square Records - Various Artists Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

Movies:

Redbelt Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Putting his celebrated theater credentials aside, David Mamet essentially has two Hollywood personas: Mamet the screenwriter and Mamet the filmmaker. And the gulf in quality between the two can be pretty dramatic. Mamet the screenwriter likes to deconstruct well-trodden film genres into his own self-conscious brand of stylized dialogue and narrative sleight-of-hand. No matter what kind of movie he's paying homage to, it's inevitable that an elaborate con and the unwritten code of manly behavior are at the heart of his story. Though the seams always threaten to pop, his tales have an internal and intimate logic that keeps them from falling apart. Movies like Things Change, House Of Games and State And Main have so much pluck, style and ingenuity that you're willing to forgive their convolutions and contrivances.

Then She Found Me Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Does anyone really love Bette Midler? I mean, other than gay men and my Aunt Elaine? In Helen Hunt's directing debut — an adaptation of Elinor Lipman's very '90s novel — Midler provides all the brassy, motor-mouth mugging you'd expect from an actress who perpetually seems on the verge ofbreaking into song. On the surface, she seems like a terrible choice for an intimate art-house comic drama.

What Happens in Vegas Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
What Happens in Vegas is the cinematic equivalent of a Twinkie: cheap, artificial, bad for you, yet eager to please and weirdly satisfying. This should not be read as an outright endorsement of industrially extruded noxious yellow snack foods, or of lazy, brain-killing formulaic date movies, simply an acknowledgement that both products serve a certain niche, and while undeniably awful, under the right circumstances they can be guiltily enjoyable.

Speed Racer Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
The Wachowski brothers certainly put the pedal to the metal in Speed Racer, but what's the use of all that power if you don't have good handling? This souped-up version of the anime television show is a dizzying swirl of eye-popping color, driven by the need for speed and an anarchic desire to jump the track. A deep affection for Tatsuo Yoshida's original 1967-8 series is apparent in The Matrix-makers' rigorous attention to detail, yet that hasn't stopped them from reconfiguring the Mach 5 into this year's model. Speed Racer is an awkward retrofit: A vintage chassis with a turbo-charged engine, it wants to hold the road, but continually veers off-course.

Restaurants/Places:

Logan Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
The eclectic fare, which emphasizes Asia and the Caribbean, is reflected in the appetizers. For example, Thad brilliantly executes a platter of four crispy Chinese pork dumplings atop cilantro, laced with a subtle, tamarind-infused tomato sauce ($9). Although the portion size will disappoint those hoping to share, the tuna tartare, a small mound of yellowfin folded into a dijon-thyme dressing, is a pleasing delicacy ($12). Other appetizers include broiled mussels, crab cake and Gruyére custard.

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