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Issue of 5/21/2008

Cover Story:

Move over
by Walter Wasacz
The Motor City unfurls its oil-stained carpet for the ninth-annual DEMF


A grand visionary by Lisa M. Collins
Artist Matthew Blake helped make Detroit the city we love

Because he had to by Hobey Echlin
A loving look back at Blake's laugh-to-keep-from-crying aesthetic

Choke screen by Curt Guyette
What are the health impacts of waste incineration?

Keep on moving by Rebecca Mazzei
A force who could not be constrained or restrained

Movement drive-bys by Walter Wasacz and Hobey Echlin
The artists ... in a glimpse

Party Out of Bounds by Carleton S. Gholz and Walter Wasacz
And don't forget breakfast, kiddies …

Portrait of the artist by Metro Times readers
As viewed by those he touched

Preaching soul by W. Kim Heron
Solomon Burke keeps on climbing.

Remembering Matthew Blake by Metro Times staff
One artist's lessons in living, loving and rebuilding the city


Comics (Comics)

Love not given lightly by Mike White (Couch Trip)
The domination of cinema and the cinema of domination

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

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

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Tad, Cobain and Klaus Voorman, together again.

Heating up by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Deputy mayor drops bomb on anti-incinerator protest.

Night and Day by Meghana Keshavan (Night and Day)

Fieger vs. Meijer by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Why the feds are hot to get Fieger.

Enabling the disabled by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
It may be more complicated than you think.

Question of style by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Obama and Kilpatrick take two different roads.


 No Reviews


Son of Rambow Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
As a self-confessed movie geek who squandered far too much of his childhood in the shelter of a darkened movie theater, I'm predisposed to identify with a story about boyish film obsession. I only wish that this movie itself were more worthy of obsessing over. Son of Rambow is a fitfully charming and engaging little romp, but it's not likely to inspire anyone to the frenzied heights of passion displayed by the movie's kid heroes. The stars are a mismatched outcast duo, united by imagination and a dearth of good male role models.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The Pevensie kids — Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) — return to Narnia a year after their first adventure to find that 1,300 years have passed. Narnia is in ruins and its mythological woodland creatures are near extinction because of the Telmarines (aka humans). When their evil king learns that some Narnians still live, he vows to wipe them out. The kids team up with exiled Telmarine, Prince Caspian (Stardust’s Ben Barnes), a sage-like badger, a warrior mouse (voiced by Eddie Izzard) and a disgruntled dwarf (Peter Dinklage) to rally centaurs, minotaurs and other CG-effects to repel the invaders and restore peace to the land. Nearly half of Prince Caspian is devoted to lavish and technically impressive battles that strive to feel epic but lack the grandeur and moral conflict to pull it off. Instead of engaging characters caught in high-stakes drama we get action scenes driven by perfect hair and the sound of 200 French horns.


Oslo Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Oslo patrons can choose between sushi and a longish list of superior Thai dishes; the sushi is sliced and rolled by Korean-born John Riney. Tom kha, the soup with coconut milk and chicken, is both creamy and salty, with generous chunks of chicken. Drunken noodles are peppery yet luscious, the noodles fat and slippery, with a fold-in garnish of fresh basil leaves. Equally delicious was a “signature” dish called simply “Oslo Udon Noodles.” Chicken and shrimp and the usual vegetables join wide noodles of a pleasing firmness in a faintly sweet and certainly hot garlic sauce. Almost all the signatures feature garlic, and none coconut milk, so now you know Chef Rossbach’s tastes.