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Issue of 10/1/2008

Cover Story:

Captured for life
by Bill Holdship
A Detroit narrative in photos by a true Motor City original


Aged to perfection by Detroitblogger John
He's a real piano man with the hands, stories and graceful beauties to prove it

Media madness by Chris Handyside
Mass broadcasting and how it inserts beauty and terror into our psyches

Motor City outlaws by Brett Callwood
Whitey Morgan and the 78's lead a D-town country renaissance

Pakistan beyond headlines by Rebecca Mazzei
A humanities teacher shifts the focus

Pakistan beyond the headlines by Rebecca Mazzei
A humanities teacher shifts the focus

Why bail? by Dean Baker
The banks have a gun pointed at their head and are threatening to pull the trigger


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
Connery as a suave ex-con? Really? Plus, literate 'toonage, a pizza-scarfing king and proletarian losers

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

The real thing by Jeff Broder (Grilled)
Small farmer Jim Genuwine keeps it real

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

Motor City Rides by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Inside Khalid el-Hakim's Black History 101 Mobile Museum

Swinging at Matty by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Blogger Joel Thurtell finds public land claimed by Detroit's bridge baron

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

On the Download by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
Meet the New Boss, more usable than the Old Boss

Mississippi snappin' by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Old sourpuss McNasty refused even to look at Obama

A snooper by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
A rift after mother-in-law finds a dom in the family



Ultra Beatdown - DragonForce Reviewed by Kent Alexander (Record)

Rattlin' Bones - Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson Reviewed by Jeff Niesel (Record)

Double 7" EP - The Muldoons Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

Born Radical - Friendly Foes Reviewed by Laura Witkowski (Record)


Choke Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Writer-director-actor Clark Gregg misses what makes Chuck Palahniuk’s work interesting — his mordant satire and stringent pathos — and instead translates the author’s weaknesses — his messy plotting and affected sense of perversion — to the screen. Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) is a med school drop out and sex addict who earns a living as a colonial theme park character. In order to pay for the private care of his dementia-ridden mother (Anjelica Huston), he cons fancy restaurant patrons into rescuing him from choking then bilks them of the money he needs. This dovetails with Victor’s long-standing issues with abandonment and intimacy. See, before his mom started losing her grip on reality, she was a drug-addled drifter who’d kidnap Victor from his foster parents in order to drag him along on some interstate adventure. When Victor becomes involved with a strange physician (Kelly Macdonald) on his mother’s floor, he starts down the road to emotional healing. Until, that is, stories of his immaculate conception start floating around.

Eagle Eye Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
It’s not that an attempt to update Hitchcock is such a bad idea; it’s that we’ve seen many of Eagle Eye’s dramatic elements before. And in better movies. From its "War Games" political overtones to its "Enemy of the State"-style surveillance motif, Caruso’s ADD approach to the Hollywood paranoid thriller has only one good twist (which I won’t give away here) in its bag of standard-issue, tech-thriller tricks. After a brief military interlude and quick introductions to its characters, Eagle Eye launches into a truly boffo action set piece (highlighted in the film’s trailers) that summons our heavy reliance and trust of electronic devices. Returning home from his twin brother’s funeral, Jerry Shaw (the likeable LaBeouf) discovers that he’s been framed as a terrorist. Guided by a mysterious woman’s voice on his cell phone, he evades the authorities in an outlandish and cleverly choreographed chase sequence. Meanwhile, Rachel Holloman (Monaghan), a single mom, also receives a call from the mysterious woman, who threatens to kill her 8-year-old son if she doesn’t follow instructions. Before you can say “romantic interest,” the two stars are thrown together, dodging a dogged FBI agent (Billy Bob Thornton) and desperately trying to figure out what their faceless enemy, who seems to have limitless power, is intending to do.

The Duchess Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)

Nights in Rodanthe Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)

Battle In Seattle Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)

Allah Made Me Funny Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)

A Girl Cut in Two Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)

Miracle at St. Anna Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)


Cadieux Cafe Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)
The french fries (called “pomfrites”) are essential eating, along with another core element of Belgian cuisine — mussels. The original mussels ($15.95) are steamed in white wine and vegetables and accompanied by both clarified butter and a mustard-and-vinegar sauce. It’s difficult to imagine filling up on these small, meaty nuggets of the sea, but halfway through the large stainless-steel bowl overflowing with them you begin to wonder if you will be able to finish. Mussel devotees will want to hang out on Mondays and eat all they want for $13.95. It’s not all Belgian. There are a dozen sandwiches and a number of fish entrées. On tap, go for a glass of Hoegaarden, a zesty white ale spiced with coriander and orange. Or try one of the high octane abbey-style beers in the bottle. “Regular” beer drinkers will be pleased to find an abundant cooler. Choose from the Michigan-based Bell’s to $2 cans of PBR. The pace quickens later in the evenings. Tuesdays are jazz night, Wednesdays are karaoke and Thursdays are quiz night. Live bands play many of the weekends. Kitchen is open 4-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Bar open until 2 a.m. every night. Late-night menu is served until 1:30 a.m. Smoking permitted.