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Issue of 4/8/2009

Cover Story:

Six pack
by Travis R. Wright
Detroit artists under 30 you need to know


Angela McBride by Travis R. Wright
Peace, love and ... spandex

Audrey Pongracz by Travis R. Wright
Blood (and the Easter Bunny) on the canvas

Got pop? by Mark Deming
Chris Richards and the Subtractions put the hooks back in the Motor City

Josh Band by Travis R. Wright
An eye for an eye

Kill Taupe by Travis R. Wright
Making the pop pop from the dreary burbs

Lose the hat if you can't drive the truck ... by Wendy Case
Stoner rock 'knuckleheads' Chapstik deliver the load

Mario Moore by Travis R. Wright
Young, confident and kickin' it new school

The Silent Giants by Travis R. Wright
The three-headed beast to stomp the earth


Comics (Comics)

Copping a feel by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
Men in blue make their presence felt; some locals invade Tinseltown TV, again

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Reader sounds off on Detroitblogger John

Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Record reviews as fast as skeet-shooting

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Detroit graffiti artist Antonio "Shades" Agee's Corktown loft

No freedom for Freeman by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Governor denies clemency for man in closely followed case

Recantation redux by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Victim changes his testimony ... again

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

Crucial bookmarks! by Chris Handyside (On the Download)
UFOs, holograms and other online oddities

Resign time, a duet by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Our do-nothing governor should step down

Phallus accusation by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
I found out my kid keeps stealing my dildos

Real representation by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Petition drive would have Detroit's council elected by district



Breath and Bone - The Decks Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

A Pipe Dream and a Promise - Finale Reviewed by William E. Ketchum III (Record)


Adventureland Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Greg Mottola’s late ’80s nostalgia trip is drawn from his own experiences of working at a low-rent theme park. The story is set in 1987 Pittsburgh. James (Jesse Eisenberg playing the Semitic version of Michael Cera) is a virginal smartass just out of college and hoping to backpack around Europe before heading to grad school. Unfortunately, Reaganomics has hit, and Dad is downsized, which means a summer job at the seedy Adventureland amusement park. Bored and depressed, the one bright spot in his summer is Em (Kristen Stewart), the coolest girl he’s ever met. Romance sparks, but Em’s banging the park’s married electrician and part-time rocker (Ryan Reynolds). Friends are made, hearts are broken, crotches are punched and the wistful spirit of Truffaut wrestles with sitcom-ish sexcapades.

Fast & Furious Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Paul Walker reprises the role of brash lawman Brian O’Conner, now working for an FBI task force on the hunt for an elusive drug kingpin. To track the baddie down, he’s forced to reteam with old pal and rival Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), the former king of street racing, now a fugitive south of the border. Toretto and his speed-freaked crew now earn a living hijacking trucks, and in the movie’s most exciting scene they gank an oil tanker on a ridiculously steep, twisting mountain road. A family death forces Dom out of hiding and back into Brian’s line of fire, and they’re quickly back to their old tricks, burning rubber, grinding steel and wreaking utter havoc on Los Angeles — as if its traffic problems weren’t already awful enough. Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster pop in as eye-candy foils, though this is a strictly bromantic affair.

Shall We Kiss? Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Emmanuel Mouret’s film is a kind of Woody Allen-Eric Rohmer mash-up that tries to balance Socratic discourse and moralistic parable against the comic inevitabilities of lust. The first half is very much in sync with bottom-of-the-barrel comedy tropes while the second half sours on ethics of temptation. Though there are sharp lines of dialogue and some tender moments, Shall We Kiss is overcome by too much Parisian navel-gazing. As you might expect, there’s a lot of smoking, wine-drinking and oh-so-erudite literary allusions.


Da Nang Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
The five appetizers on the menu include the expected egg rolls, spring rolls and crispy wonton shrimp. More unusual are the refreshing shredded cabbage strips and steamed chicken laced with an airy lime dressing ($8). Another recommended starter is an order of pleasantly spongy pork meatballs ($5), gently flavored with lemongrass and served with Lan’s ubiquitous “special sauce,” a sweet, slightly zingy, clear concoction whose base is the classic nuoc mam fish sauce. Catering to mainstream Anglo diners, her spice levels are very low. They can, of course, be ramped up to the incendiary with the addition of hot chili sauce served on the side. Then there's the pho: entire meals in a soup bowl, chock-full of broth, noodles, meat and vegetables. Da Nang’s six, somewhat underseasoned broths that are mostly rice-noodle-based, might include slices of round beef and or beef flanks, or both combined with meatballs and tripe ($14). The five vermicelli mains are highlighted by a combination of nicely grilled boneless pork, with peanuts, cucumbers, carrots and the house sauce. Other options involve pork with egg rolls ($14) and boneless short ribs served with or without the eggrolls along with the same vegetables and sauce.