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Issue of 9/10/2008

Cover Story:

Tale of two Kwames
by Curt Guyette
The facts behind this tragic comic. Plus: Hear WDET interview with authors


A maker of things by Sean Bieri
... and an artist for real: Andy Krieger

Editorial: Guilty as charged by Metro Times editorial staff
Don't blame the media; blame Kilpatrick

Power of Will by Khary Kimani Turner
Turning a Greek play into a hip-hop performance

Preaching to the boardroom by Khary Kimani Turner
Homegrown emcee Khary WAE Frazier brings activism to his music, but don't say he's just 'pro-black'

The Clix Records story by Michael Hurtt
New retrospectives unearth some hidden gems from the early days of Detroit rock 'n' roll

The greatest theorem ever told by Norene Cashen
London calling with a new multimedia performance in Ann Arbor


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Golden Tinseltown terror, boob-happy dudes, why Don Rickles smoked and an emotional wonder

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

Burning for you by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
Bruce Campbell: 'Detroit made me a non-B.S actor'

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

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
In a world enslaved by mediocre rock critics ...

Motor City Rides by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Champions of Breakfast rock their 2008 Honda Fit

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

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
Westward headtrips!

McCain's contempt by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Republican candidate's veep pick insults us all

Jerky parenting by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Enough about your problems, let's talk about Sarah Palin

What'd Kwame say? by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Detroit's mayor leaves with few memorable words



Fantastic Gusts of Blood - Child Bite Reviewed by Chris Handyside (Record)

Ghost Rock - Nomo Reviewed by Daniel Johnson (Record)


Baghead Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Directors Jay and Mark Duplass maintain a steady hand on their stripped-down, improvisational film, integrating three disparate elements — slasher-in-the-woods horror, indie relationship flick and comedic satire — into a charming, ironic whole. A quartet of frustrated Los Angeles actors are stuck in the career cellar of extras and walk-ons. Convinced they can make a film better than the festival’s winner, We Are Naked, they hole up in a remote cabin in the woods for the weekend with the goal of writing the movie that will provide them with their breakout roles. Unfortunately, these four navel-gazers have no idea what to write, and so tequila, flirtation and jealousy become their weekend’s preoccupation. Then one of the girls has a nightmare about a Jason-like stalker with a bag over his head and the guys become convinced they have the plot for their film. But when a bag-headed figure starts lurking around the cabin, they can’t decide whether one them is playing a trick, or a real-life psycho is looking to slit their throats.

Transsiberian Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Under-the-radar director Brad Anderson (Session 9, Next Stop Wonderland, The Machinist) effectively channels Hitchcock in this icy train-bound thriller. Jessie and Roy (Mortimer and Woody Harrelson) are an American missionary couple traveling home along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, in order to deal with some unresolved marital problems. When their bunkmates turn out to be a lascivious Spaniard (Eduardo Noriega) and his moody girlfriend (Kate Mara), they find themselves caught in a downward spiral of sexual menace, heroin smuggling, corrupt Russian cops and brutal murder. Not to mention Siberia’s glorious winter wasteland. Amid the Hollywood detritus that’s washed up in the multiplex these last few weeks, Transsiberian’s tale of tourists-in-trouble is a more welcome sight than it might otherwise be. Though its payoff falls flat, Anderson does a great job of reeling you in, jangling your nerves and capitalizing on our country’s chronic xenophobia.


Sharaku Sushidokoro Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Sharaku is the most authentic Japanese restaurant in metro Detroit, offering 25 daily-changing appetizers, including catches of the day, and a relatively short list of entrées. As in Japan, the decor is spare, blond wood, and meals are served with a minimum of pretension — just artful arrangements of the food and garnishes themselves. For sushi, you may want to branch out and try rolls of dried squash, burdock, ume shiso (green tea), natto (fermented soybeans) or orange clams.The chef’s choice “sushi deluxe” will come with 10 lovely nigiri pieces plus a roll, also with crunchy pickles of radish turned bright yellow and cucumber now purple, and a delicious opaque broth with the most delicate of scallions, still crisp. At the back of your menu, look for a long list of liquors (shochu) distilled from different grains: sweet potatoes, barley, rice, buckwheat or potatoes (the most popular). Takeout available for sushi only; party platters also available (minimum $25 order).