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Issue of 3/3/2010


Cover Story:



Blowin' up!
by Bill Holdship
The 13th annual Blowout touches down in Hamtramck

Features:

DIY mythmaker by Chris Handyside
Singer-songwriter Tim Monger does it slow but steady

Geek soul by Brett Callwood
The Wrong Numbers are in it for the fun, fun, fun!

Judge a band by its cover by Travis R. Wright
A look at defining albums of a couple Blowout bands

Loaded by Brian Smith
Kenny Tudrick's Cannon is about the songs — and a kind of brotherhood

Real to reel by Corey Hall
The Detroit International Film Fest debut gives up everything essential in film, local and beyond

The Blowout Schedule by Metro Times music staff
Your guide to four nights of massive music and mayhem

The family by Sandra Svoboda
The Flenory brothers' coke ring started in Detroit before becoming notorious in Atlanta

Who the fuck is SelfSays? by Travis R. Wright
Journeyman emcee moves to the Motor City and takes over ... London?

Working man's blues by Bill Holdship
Don Duprie of Doop & the Inside Outlaws: 'It's all about the song.'

Columns:

Comics (Comics)

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Bourbon, a fish fry and more

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Detroit heroes, Patti Smith, remembering CREEM, and more

Metro Retro by Metro Times staff (Metro Retro)
Looking back on 30 years of MT

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
The Ferndale house and studio of Computer Perfection

Blowout Motor City Fives by Metro Times music staff (Motor City Five)
Some musical faves field our five

Bobbing for power by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Robert Bobb the subject of a lively Michigan House subcommittee meeting

Grave debate by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Michigan is alone in requiring services of funeral director; group hopes to change that

Iraq action by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Resolution would help protect minorities in Iraq

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

ACLU: Saving our asses by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Sometimes they're all that stands between us and the jackboots

Five years without ... by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Problems going without ... and some choice words for Canadian knucklehead Vic Toews

Blown away by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
A quick and dirty guide to eating Hamtramck

Reviews:

 Music/Books:
 No Reviews

Movies:

Cop Out Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Cop Out is Kevin Smith's first work-for-hire assignment based on a script he didn’t write, and Smith seems determined to deliver an homage to the lost art of Reagan-era buddy-cop action comedies, but instead of Riggs and Murtaugh he’s saddled with the chemistry-challenged duo of Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis. These mismatched partners and BFFs are shoehorned into a perfunctory plot about vicious Mexican drug gangs gone wild. The rote shootouts bookend a couple random subplots, including one where Morgan thinks his wife (Rashida Jones) is cheating on him, and one about Willis’s effort to recover a super-valuable baseball card to fund his daughter’s wedding.

Fish Tank Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
An extraordinary little movie, Fish Tank is a fresh take on the sort of intimate, bleak “kitchen sink” dramas Brits are famous for, a worm’s eye view of desperation shot with such immediacy and truth you nearly forget the camera is there. It’s blazingly alive, a devastating portrait of a bright young girl trying to escape a monstrous parent, cruel peers and a toxic slum through an unseemly relationship with an older man. The movie puts a laser target on 15-year-old Mia Williams (Katie Jarvis), who lives crammed together in council flat in a neglected, shabby corner of greater London with her bratty little sister and her drunken, slutty mess of a mom. Constantly acting out, she’s a tempest of hormonal passions, fired up with nowhere to go. She’s barely tolerated at home and a pariah among her peers, a hand grenade of frustration, rage and bad choices in slender track pants and white sneakers. Her only comfort comes from solo hip-hop dance sessions in an abandoned apartment, where she can choreograph her own fantasy future as a professional dancer. About the only person who treats her with kindness is her mom’s new boyfriend Connor, but it’s enough to awaken all sorts of barely hidden feelings in Mia. Their slow burning sexual chemistry eventually explodes in a messy, exciting and wholly regrettable fashion.

The Crazies Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
In Iowa, the sleepy hamlet of Ogden Marsh gets a very nasty wake-up call. After a government plane crashes in the local lake, the townsfolk quickly show symptoms of a weird infection, leading to extremely violent outbursts, insanity or death. It turns out the water supply has been contaminated with an experimental bio-chemical weapon, and waves of hazmat-suited CDC agents and Army troops swoop in to surround the town, squeezing off any hope of escape. Stuck in the middle of such chaos is sturdy Sheriff Dave (Olyphant) and his clever wife Judy (Mitchell), who struggle to stay alive and to find some way out of this insane nightmare scenario.

The Sun Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Believed to be a divine entity, no less than the living heir of the sun goddess Ameratsu, his royal highness, Emperor Hirohito, (Issei Ogata) was, in actuality, an odd, inward-gazing eccentric, uncomfortable in his own skin, his lips quivering like a carp flopping around on dry land. Hirohito was Japan’s longest-serving ruler — his reign, 1926 to 1989, was known as the Showa era — and his rule saw Japan become an economic and cultural superpower, but only after the country went to the very brink of annihilation in World War II. A historical snapshot as quietly weird and mesmerizing as its subject, the film does much to help humanize this strange, froggy little man, but it doesn’t quite excuse him for the epic calamity he presided over.

Restaurants/Places:

Aladdin Sweets & Cafe Reviewed by Todd Abrams (Restaurant)
On the corner of Commor and Conant streets, in the extraordinarily diverse city of Hamtramck, there is not one dish on Aladdin’s menu that surpasses $8.99. In fact, a large mixed fruit shake costs more than any of the appetizers and even a few of the vegetarian entrées that include rice or naan. On the whole, prices hardly surpass what you’ll pay for a meal at a national drive-through chain. Vegetarians have all sorts of choices, from curries to fried homemade cheese with spinach or green peas. There are some dishes where lentils are the base and others with chick peas. Try some mushroom vegetable fritters with onions and hot spices, or sautéed okra. The variety is amazing and the most expensive dish is $5.99. There are three times as many meat and seafood dishes. The goat korma, braised in a yogurt base is creamy, subtle, deep and rich, with a touch of spice heat. The gravy was so delicious we wiped the last little bit out of the bowl with crispy and chewy naan. Open 10:30 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Credit cards accepted; free delivery.

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