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Issue of 10/4/2000

Cover Story:

Good-bye drunken boat
by George Tysh
Maureen Maki paints and rocks her way through a troubled landscape.


Conscious party by Khary Kimani Turner
The Lyricists Lounge tour brings back hip-hop’s righteous meanings.

Control freaking by Ann Mullen
Setting ground rules for home rule – what’s at stake with Proposal 2.

Danger signals by Jim Dulzo
Symptoms encountered when treating toxicological patients

Jazz messenger by Greg Baise
Edgefest standout Ken Vandermark brings 5 degrees of inspiration to Ann Arbor.

Technical troubles by Jim Dulzo
Is Detroit's Cass Tech High School a "sick building"?

The fairgrounds fiasco by Larry Gabriel

Toxic warrior by Jim Dulzo
Michael Harbut practices medicine where sickness, science and politics collide.


Home of the whopper by Amy Alkon (Advice Goddess)

If things get hairy by Isadora Alman (Ask Isadora)

Future feminists by Norene Cashen (Attention Span)
Pow! Right in the kisser

I'm your puppet by Norene Cashen (Attention Span)
Boy bands at your fingertips

Salty bliss by Norene Cashen (Attention Span)
Scrub away your worries with hot beauty products

Scary hairy by Norene Cashen (Attention Span)
Fido can trick-or-treat too!

What's inside counts by Norene Cashen (Attention Span)
Blood and Gus Gutz is 25 inches of gruesome fun

Get down with brown by George Tysh (Eaters Digest)
It’s so simple as to be elemental. Preparing brown rice, that is.

Free Will Astrology by Rob Brezsny (Free Will Astrology)

A lesson in listening by Keith A. Owens (Free Your Mind)
Our man Keith Owens interviews Ernie Isley, one of the baddest R&B/rock guitar players to ever hit the stage.

I just wanna dance by Melissa Giannini (Hot And Bothered)
Promoters sue Highland Park over alleged dance party brutality

Tubular talk by George Tysh (Hot And Bothered)
WSU to host video art symposium

Two for one by George Tysh (Hot And Bothered)
WDET to broadcast Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances

Hold the handrail by Melissa Giannini (In One Ear)
Fun at the Metro Times 20th Anniversary Party … Factory 81 ham it up with some ho's … Mascott releases a pretty album … & do yourself a favor and go see Grant Lee Phillips.

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

Jam-packed party, Jelly rolls by Sarah Klein (Loose Lips)
Assorted yummy tidbits from MT's 20th anniversary party ...& Jelly's Pierced Tattoo gets into a jam.

Debatable beta by Adam Druckman (Netropolis)
Mac has the nerve to charge thirty bucks for a beta version of their OS -- and the orders start pouring in? WDET gets plugged in, and presidential candidates ignore web requests (surprise, surprise)…

Hamtown hotspot by Prema Oza (News Hits)
Coalition hopes to shut down medical waste incinerator.

Hillsdale revisited by Curt Guyette (News Hits)
New book suggests Lissa Roche suicide raises unanswered questions

Meeting mess by Ann Mullen (News Hits)
Detroit Public Schools officials avoid talking about contaminated Beard School site.

Silver linings by Ann Mullen (News Hits)
Liberians granted one-year extension to stay in U.S.

...Now for the news by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
What this city needs is lots more journalism, good journalism.

Right in the kisser by Serena Donadoni (Reckless Eyeballing)
Love and power deck you with a one-two punch in Girlfight.



Smock Reviewed by Marc Christensen (Book)

Kid A - Radiohead Reviewed by Aaron Warshaw (Record)

String Symphony, Songs of Light and Love, Songs from Letters - Libby Larsen Reviewed by George Bulanda (Record)

Hoopla - Paper Tiger Reviewed by Melissa Giannini (Record)

Good Looking Blues - Laika Reviewed by Melissa Giannini (Record)

Selmasongs - Björk Reviewed by Adam Druckman (Record)

Watering Ghost Garden - Creeper Lagoon Reviewed by Jimmy Draper (Record)

Modern Answers to Old Problems - Ernest Ranglin Reviewed by Keith A. Owens (Record)


Urbania Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
As hypnotic as director John Shear’s feature debut often is, it’s also a jumble that doesn’t quite add up to a satisfying whole. Yet it encapsulates the fear that something wild is lurking just beneath a city’s urbane facade, and that safety is merely a cruel illusion.

The Exorcist Reviewed by James Keith La Croix (Movie)
They just don’t make ’em like this classic anymore. So what’s new in this year’s model? A digitally remastered soundtrack and 11 minutes of additional footage deliver a mixed bag of blessings and curses. And though it may not have the shock value it had in 1973, the horror remains.

Urban Legends: Final Cut Reviewed by James Keith La Croix (Movie)
A lobotomized Scream 2 with a twist, Frankensteined together from ripped-off plots, characters and sets. First-time director John Ottman confuses climax with a burst of frenetic action that verges on the comic. He’s no Hitchcock.

Metropolis, Nosferatu & South w/the Alloy Orchestra Reviewed by James Keith La Croix (Movie)
Sound makes movie magic, suggesting place, time and mood. This weekend, the three-man Alloy Orchestra makes that magic live, hammering it from found objects and electronics as it accompanies three silent classics: Metropolis, Nosferatu and South — an experience not to be missed.

Remember the Titans Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
Director Boaz Yakin’s earnest, based-on-a true-story portrait of the 1971 high school football season, when a newly integrated team set an example for segregated Alexandria, Va. — with Denzel Washington.

Girlfight Reviewed by Serena Donadoni (Movie)
Boxing movies traditionally focus on an underdog getting a shot at something better, and while director Karyn Kusama doesn’t stray far from this conventional story line, her film is radical and not because the pugilist is female. Here’s a sports movie that isn’t about winning.


Magic Stick Reviewed by Chris Handyside (Club)
The best in truly rockin' live music, bartender DJ's spinning eclectic frenzy, and rows of billiards tables to boot. Over the past few years, this former bowling alley/pool hall has evolved from a underground music venue to become a consistent contender for top national touring acts and A-list locals. At the Magic Stik one can partake in quality consumption of beer, music, and of coarse pool.