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Issue of 5/20/2009

Cover Story:

Everybody's a star, baby
by Walter Wasacz
Movement 2009: That badass regional art project stays its vast international course


Anthropologically speaking ... by Travis R. Wright
A Cultural DEMF Field Guide, from old-school techno-heads to Marlboro Lights

Bitter fruit by Curt Guyette
New fear in Chrysler bankruptcy: Liability claims may be voided

Dance the night away by Hobey Echlin, Monty Luke & Walter Wasacz
Or must-sees of Movement '09

Party till you puke by Walter Wasacz
A not-so-scientific roundup of Movement subsonic afterparties and other mind-warping ephemeria

Right time, right place by Glen Mannisto
Era-defining Cass Corridor artists reconvene on the wall

Supersonic wordplay by Walter Wasacz
Handy know-nothing's guide to techno lingo


Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
French torture, Lebanese conflict and Japanese robots

Meyers, Hall talk big by Jeff Meyers & Corey Hall (Critic vs. Critic)
The MT film critics go, uh, head to head and get all nerd porn on us in the process

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

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

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
Brad and Scott Allen's Livonia basement studio

Judgment day coming by News Hits staff (News Hits)
The Reeds' efforts to get a new trial may have paid off

Two steps left by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Cobo talk has its wonks, but it also has Grace Lee Boggs

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

Time to honor by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Veterans' park project stalls as city grants parking rights on site

Quick & dirty by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
You wanted advice? Here it is — good and hard!

More than Dagwoods by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
Places for sandwiches, from our website listings

Meaty matters by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
Why eating less flesh is good for the environment

Woof! by D'Anne and Laura Witkowski (Wonder Twins)
The Wonder Twins let their animal instincts roam wild at the Music4Mutts benefit concert



Invaders Must Die - Prodigy Reviewed by Tim Grierson (Record)

Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear Reviewed by Travis R. Wright (Record)

Sky & Country Reviewed by W. Kim Heron (Record)

Arms Forest - The Hard Lessons Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)


Lemon Tree Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Salma (Hiam Abbass) is a fortysomething Palestinian widow who literally lives off the fruits of her land — a 50-year-old lemon grove that sits on the border between Israel and the West Bank. Unfortunately, politics come calling when Israel’s new defense minister (Doron Tavory) moves in next door. His men view her grove as a potential security threat and want it removed. Salma enlists Ziad Daud (Ali Suliman), a young Palestinian attorney to defend her rights, pushing the case all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court. Along the way she falls into an improbable romantic relationship with Ziad as the media catch hold of her story. Meanwhile, life on the other side of the fence also becomes rocky, as the minister’s cloistered wife, Mira (Rona Lipaz-Michael), has deep misgivings about who her husband is and the choices he makes.

American Violet Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
The freeway to hell gets a fresh coat of asphalt in this sturdy, well-intentioned but ultimately sleepy slice of Southern small town race relations. The film is based on the true story of a series of controversial, racially charged police raids of a Texas housing project, with the 2000 Bush election chaos as backdrop. Among the dozens of African-American residents rounded up and hauled to jail is volatile single mother Dee Roberts (Nicole Behaire), who’s in the midst of a nasty custody struggle, but is really only guilty of unpaid parking tickets. The ruthless local D.A. (Michael O’Keefe) pads his tough-on-crime stats by trumping charges against disenfranchised, easy targets such as Dee and leaning heavily on them to take a plea deal. But this feisty gal won’t cave, she’s not about buckle under and risk losing her kids over the stain of a false drug felony. Help arrives from a cavalry of do-gooding ACLU attorneys, led by Tim Blake Nelson, determined to make a stand against endemic prejudice and a rigged system.

Angels and Demons Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Tom Hanks is back as Harvard professor Robert Langdon, master of arcane religious factoids and the latest in the weird trend of academic nerds as matinee heroes. He's up against a dastardly plot by the Church’s ancient enemies, a shadowy threat known as the Illuminati, a sect of devoted knowledge-seekers who’ve kidnapped the four leading candidates, just as the College of Cardinals convenes to elect a new pope. They’ve also managed to hijack a tube full of volatile anti-matter from the Hadron supercollider (don’t ask), which threatens to blow the Vatican clean off the map if not found in time.

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