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Issue of 12/2/2009


Cover Story:



Go ahead, shoot yourself
by Travis R. Wright
Detroit photographers, exposed!

Features:

Croakin' around the Christmas tree ... by Bill Holdship
MT’s annual guide to the newest Christmas tunes

Download Detroit by Travis R. Wright
Guilt free X-Mas gifts from some Motor City songsmiths. Good luck wrapping them!

Hello, we must be going by Kent Alexander
Detroit's unheralded — but dynamic — the Recital calls it a day

Target shift by Sandra Svoboda
Feds to focus on employers of illegal workers

Time out by Travis R. Wright
Proof of pure life in the city

Columns:

Cheat Code by Metro Times game reviewers (Cheat Code)
The new Mario Bros. and Grand Theft Auto

Comics (Comics)

Soft-core stocking sillies by Paul Knoll (Couch Trip)
Recommended DVDs the precise lingo of '70s tease

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Organic gifts, santa breakfasts, a new deli counter and more

The cooking life by Jeff Broder (Grilled)
Picano's Elvira Saragosa talks of food, family and love

Boob tube androgen by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
TNTs new boomer-dude fest disarms but Jesse Ventura appalls

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Goose Lake memories, praise for Dr. Walker, and one very angry letter

Bridge bog by News Hits staff (News Hits)
The latest dust-up in the Ambassador Bridge saga

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

Detroit's sad Gypsies by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Knowing that Detroit's financial tsunami is coming is half the battle

Faulty motives by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Why do you want to drop the dime on that cheater, anyway?

Raking the bottom by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Neighborhood problems, the health care debate and more

Terminal death! by D'Anne and Laura Witkowski (Wonder Twins)
The Twins investigate the love that dare not speak its fang

Reviews:

 Music/Books:
 No Reviews

Movies:

Until the Light Takes Us Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
An aggressive Norwegian offshoot of speed metal with a deeply sinister bent, “black metal” is so laden with gothic gloom, satanic brooding and Viking iconography it would be comical if not for the seriously screwed-up antics of some of its biggest stars. This curious, and occasionally ponderous lo-fi documentary peeks behind the veil of one of the music world’s most infamous subcultures, and is fascinating exactly to the point when it becomes nearly as impenetrable as its subject.

Serious Moonlight Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Meg Ryan plays Louise, a type-A Manhattan lawyer who arrives a day early at her country home and discovers that husband Ian (Timothy Hutton) is about to run off with 23-year-old Sara (Kristen Bell). Instead of breaking down or exploding, however, she knocks Ian out, binds him with duct tape to the toilet and declares that she will only release him when he loves her once again. Things get more complicated (and decidedly less wacky) when Ian’s young mistress and a larcenous gardener (Justin Long) arrive on the scene, leaving the couple fearing for their safety. The problem with releasing posthumous or unfinished work is that often the deceased artist’s song, novel or script just isn’t ready to see light of day. Adrienne Shelly's Waitress was a clever, well-crafted film that pushed the romantic comedy genre. And there’s little doubt that her sudden murder was beyond tragic. But Shelly was a filmmaker just beginning to find her feet, and so filming one of her supposedly two unproduced scripts verbatim probably wasn’t the best idea.

Restaurants/Places:

Lady Louisa's Place Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
Lady Louisa’s tagline is “Slow Cooked Ribs and Comfort Food.” It’s interesting that just about nothing Americans call comfort food requires much chewing, though we’ve all had teeth from a very young age. We want our nostalgia soft, apparently, and that’s what their four cooks offer up. All meats, even turkey, are smoked before cooking. Green beans are cooked with lots of ham and potatoes, their essence distilled by hours on the stove. Collards hold their shape but are appropriately drenched in pot liquor. Macaroni and cheese is both creamy and sharp, using four cheeses. The sides list is long too.

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