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Issue of 5/5/2010


Cover Story:



Up in the air
by Curt Guyette
Debates over the future of wind power in Michigan rev up

Features:

Happy to rock Detroit by Corey Hall
Comedian Kathleen Madigan on Dennis Miller, Leno, farming and beer

Just say Yes by Michael Jackman
Despite crime, arson and depopulation, Poletown lives in photos at the Yes Farm

They're an American band by Amy Elliott
The Ferdy Mayne will come into your town, they’ll help you party down — until they move to Nashville, that is!

Night and Day by Megan O'Neil

Columns:

Cheat Code by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)
Japanese mafia adventures, and why Final Fantasy sucks — for the first few hours at least

Skipped Parts by John Thomason (Couch Trip)
A master of smart porn, Tatsumi Kumashiro somehow managed mainstream filmmaking acceptance and heightened erotica

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Drinko de Mayo, Mom's Day meals and more

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Revisionist British rock writers, Dr. Death and more

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

Swell day by News Hits staff (News Hits)
A day at the park, in spite of the bridge baron

Walk the dream by News Hits staff (News Hits)
March to Ann Arbor puts immigration reform in spotlight

Tomorrow's lessons by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Don't feel too smug about DPS: Schools statewide enter crisis mode

Lovers who step back by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Let them do the re-evaluating while you go on with your life

Smokin' hot 'cue! by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
Places for enjoying barbecue in metro Detroit

Groovy times by Walter Wasacz (The Subterraneans)
Mikel Smith and pals launch a label called, quite cleverly, Detroit Threads

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Six Pack to Go - Skin & Bones Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

The Soul System EP Reviewed by William E. Ketchum III (Record)

The Way of the World - Mose Allison Reviewed by W. Kim Heron (Record)

Scott Morgan - Scott Morgan Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)

Movies:

The Little Traitor Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Based on the Amos Oz novel, director Lynn Roth’s film is the same treacly love-thy-enemy story you’ve seen a hundred times before, set in a potentially fascinating time and place: Palestine in 1947. Unfortunately, after an interesting setup, with Port and his pals preparing to become freedom fighter — their plan to build a nail bomb is surprisingly unsettling — Dunlop’s appearance signals a cascade of clichés to which you can set your watch.

Our School Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Our School is a stark, unvarnished look into the classrooms of three Detroit high schools, each facing unpredictable challenges in an incredibly volatile environment. As the city shrinks and the tax base erodes, no branch of Detroit’s civic body politic has suffered more, with more 80,000 pupils lost in little more than a decade. The centerpiece here is proud, crumbling Mackenzie High School, chugging along toward certain doom, targeted on a school board hit list of closures. (The school closed in 2007). Its hallways are lined with trophy cases larded with relics of the school and the city’s, faded glory — though there are still hints of greatness. While much of the student body has already surrendered, there are many who refuse to give in, vainly fighting to raise money or gain attention, fearful of being farmed out to some other building or even another district. The defiance and spark in these kids is paired with the brave resignation on the face of the principal, who knows he’s only bailing buckets of water from a swiftly sinking ship. The Mackenzie faculty never buckles, whether dealing with endless security searches or the ancient infrastructure, where even a working pencil sharpener is a commodity.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
This sleek, scaled down “re-imagining” strips away the camp, and attempts to restore his Freddy as a fearsome, child-molesting demon — but drained of wit, he’s an unpleasant dude. Creepy (and great) Jackie Earle Haley ably slips into Robert Englund’s striped red sweater, though his new improved makeup makes him look a bit like a frog left too long in the microwave. The update wades hip-deep into the murky mythology of the older flicks, with a more prominent backstory about a pedophile preschool groundskeeper (Freddy) who’s burned to a crisp in an abandoned factory by a mob of angry parents. For obscure reasons only hinted at, Freddy returns as a malevolent specter, invading the dreams of his now-teenaged victims, to continue the cycle of abuse. Those grown-up kids are an understandably brooding lot, due to the repressed memories their vigilante parents have worked so hard to cover up. When those bad dreams literally come back to haunt them, it takes several of their friends getting sliced and diced into high school sashimi before the lead goth couple wakes up and begins to fight back at the head ghoul. Meh, wake me when it's over.

Restaurants/Places:

Saltwater Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
The food is marvelous. The menu was designed by San Francisco chef Michael Mina, whose official title on Saltwater’s website is “celebrity chef,” and Mina does his best to bring the ocean’s delights inland. I’d venture that the number of Detroit-area diners who know the difference between a Tatamagouche oyster from Nova Scotia and a Beausoleil from New Brunswick is very, very small, but I congratulate those mavens and wish them joy choosing among 19 different East and West Coast varieties. There are plenty more shrimp, crabs, clams, mussels and lobster to dine on raw or in cocktails. Best of all is ahi tartare, “Michael’s Classic,” mixed at the table by your server for a fine show. Also excellent are simply grilled swordfish, loin pieces served on skewers and brushed with garlic butter, and grilled mahi-mahi with dill. Those celebrating their winnings can go for $63 of surf-and-turf. Also, this is not a place to skip dessert.

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