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Issue of 7/9/2008

Cover Story:

Third screen's a charmer
by Ashley Lindstrom
But the movie house is here to stay. For now.


Fading away by Detroitblogger John
At Paul's Diner, even old-timers have moved on

Game not over by Kelli B. Kavanaugh
Demolition begins, but efforts to save parts of Tiger Stadium continue

It's summer, baby by Serena Donadoni
Which theater will you hit?

Mission of Burma bring it all back home by Rob Trucks
The 'best part-time band in America' plays its 'hits'

Muscle men by Rebecca Mazzei
Fifty years after the day that ruined him, Douglas of Detroit finally gets his show

Transformation by Serena Donadoni
Women of Color Film Fest is all promise and beauty


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Dive into Ian Curtis, rise to Derek Jarman, dig on weirdo Dali, and go low in beasts and ashes

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

Fanchon eats crow by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
The local morning co-anchor gets stung

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

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
From motorin' to Cadillacs

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
The Corktown digs and studio of artist Dennis Michael Jones

Gloomsayers by News Hits staff (News Hits)
More bad news about GM's record low stock price.

High and dry by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Politician spearheads state's fight against little-known hallucinogen.

Vote smarter by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Website aims to deliver the facts to voters.

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

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
From Prussia with lurve ... and other odds 'n' sods

Tomlin's rule by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Detroit city politics have truly become stranger than fiction.

Show-offs by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Dan on understanding exhibitionism.

A Japanese new-rock primer by Kent Alexander (Turbo Teen)
Boris ... and Japan's modernized amplifier worship



Tooth of Crime - T Bone Burnett Reviewed by Fred Mills (Record)

EP - Zoos of Berlin Reviewed by Chris Handyside (Record)


My Winnipeg Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
Constructed like a personal documentary, My Winnipeg is actually an ornate fantasia shot in hypnotic black-and-white with occasional bursts of color. Maddin (Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, The Saddest Music in the World) is at once a surrealist and a humorist, a sly dissector of film history who uses the conventions of silent cinema to create a thoroughly modern mash-up, replete with flashing words that function like subliminal text messaging. Vintage footage of the Manitoba capital recalls a city as clean and crisp as the biting winter air, but the audacious Maddin (who narrates the film with a calmly manic insistence) asserts that forces flowing below the rivers and plains are powerful enough to turn a record number of Winnipeggers into sleepwalkers. This trippy confluence of artifice and remembrance — where actors playing actors play his family members — manages to be equally touching and disturbing, creating an intimate truthiness that blurs the distinctions of fact and fiction.

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Doctor Hunter S. Thompson Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
A pageant of famous faces parades by Director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) camera, each happy to share some wild anecdote or cherished moment. In a move the author probably would have liked, the film makes only a cursory nod to his Louisville childhood and cuts right to the good stuff, beginning with the year he spent “imbedded” with the notorious Hell’s Angel’s motor cycle gang. The tributes here are endless: Tom Wolfe, Johnny Depp and Jimmy Carter all line up to sing his praises. One of the lone dissenters is Hunter’s first wife Sandy, who knew better than most what a miserable bastard he could be, and could see more clearly through the fog of hype.


Jacoby's German Biergarten Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)
Haute cuisine grabs headlines, but it’s also the myriad small workaday eateries that help to make a city breathe with gastronomic life. One of these little gems is Jacoby’s German Biergarten, a narrow downtown building on Brush Street and one of the oldest continuously named establishments in Detroit. It’s unlikely that everyone is going to love Jacoby’s as a dining spot. Some might never even order a bite as they spend a Friday or Saturday night upstairs at 313.jac where the local music scene is very much alive. But if you go expecting good food and good beer in an historic though sometimes raucous atmosphere, you’re sure to leave content. Smoking permitted. Kitchen open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Bar open until 11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, until 2 a.m. Thursday-Sat, and until 6 p.m. Sunday.