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Issue of 8/4/2010


Cover Story:



Hometown strangers
by Michael Zadoorian
How the Italians revived my career

Features:

Choir boy by Kahn Santori Davison
How this former Mumford High student launched a promising career as a smooth R&B balladeer

Jam on by Charles L. Latimer
An old jazz tradition is still all the rage

The world of Nii by Jim McFarlin
It's your last chance to see 'through African eyes'

When your biggest fans are an ocean away by Metro Times staff
A few Detroiters who give thanks to "angels" abroad

Burger shots by Metro Times food staff
From sliders to two-handers, our shortlist

Columns:

Cheat code by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)

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)

Metro Retro by Metro Times staff (Metro Retro)
Charting the past 30 years in the pages of Metro Times

Sick of slicks by News Hits Staff (News Hits)
Remember that heavy crude from Canada that we were worried about?

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

After voting, what? by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Politics today: Important, ugly and too often ignored

Keep it honest by Dan Savage (Savage Love)

Sexy Detroit men by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Our favorite paranoid wants to be a political playa

Newt's well of hate by Robert Dreyfus (Visiting view)
"Sharia is coming, sharia is coming," yells our psycho Paul Revere

Reviews:

Music/Books:

How I Got Over - The Roots Reviewed by Tim Grierson (Record)

Mines - Menomena Reviewed by Chris Drabick (Record)

Teflon Don Reviewed by M.T. Richards (Record)

Villa Manifesto - Slum Village Reviewed by David Uberti (Record)

Movies:

Dinner for Schmucks Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Paul Rudd is the slow-burn master; as Tim, a mild-mannered office drone with executive aspirations, he’s tasked with holding the picture together when it starts spinning off the rails, which is fairly often. With his even-keel persona, Rudd plays Abbott to Steve Carell’s spastic Costello, where a calming influence is sorely needed. This is Carell at his most grating, making Michael Scott look like the prom king; he’s pushing his trademark mix of geeky charm and straight-up obnoxiousness beyond reasonable limits. Carell is Barry, a meek, windbreaker-clad doofus, an IRS agent schlep who’ll apologize when Tim accidentally hits him with his Porsche. From this meeting, the two become a pair, though neither really knows what he has gotten himself into. Barry is a menace, interfering in every aspect of Tim’s relationship and career; he becomes so irksome that the impending dinner-party ridicule is too easy a fate. Steve Martin’s influence has never been more obvious in Carell: Barry is socially clueless, but smart enough to be devious, and his “talent” — making cutesy historical dioramas with embalmed mice — is both endearing and creepy.

Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
For those keeping score: German shepherd Diggs (voiced by James Marsden) is a fearless police dog who has trouble following orders. He’s recruited to become an agent for an elite team of canine spies called DOGS (the wit of Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich’s script never ceases to amaze). Partnered with seasoned agent Butch (Nick Nolte making a house payment), the two discover that the evil, ugly-as-sin feline Kitty Galore (Bette Midler) has developed a weapon that will turn dogs against their owners. Forming an alliance with MEOWS (Mousers Enforcing Our World Safety), a clandestine feline outfit, Diggs must overcome his hatred of cats while working alongside Catherina (voice of Christina Applegate). But no shitty kids’ flick is complete without a jive-talking Step-n-Fetchit sidekick, which in this case is a pigeon voiced by Katt Williams. To call this sequel unnecessary would be both obvious and irrelevant. The box-office success of 2001’s Cats & Dogs guaranteed its return. Still, you’d think after pulling in more than $200 million worldwide (sickening, isn’t it?), Warner Brothers would’ve put a little cash into script development, voice talent, CGI effects or even a couple of decent jokes. Instead, they’ve released this cheap-looking piece of crap, layering on barely noticeable 3-D effects to jack up ticket prices.

Wild Grass Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)

Countdown to Zero Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Just when you thought global warning, jihadism and the impending zombie apocalypse had rendered atomic doomsday scenarios passé, along comes Lucy Walker's cinematic editorial about how the possibility of nuclear attack: Terrorists want the weapons, the technology is easy to build or acquire, highly enriched uranium is poorly guarded, and security at our ports is completely impotent, not to mention how flocks of geese, a malfunctioning computer chip, and even the rising moon have put the superpowers within a hair's breadth of nuclear annihilation.

Restaurants/Places:

QQ Café and Bakery Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)

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