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Issue of 7/22/2009


Cover Story:



Mayor's race? What mayor's race?
by Curt Guyette
Why there’s so little attention in a city with so much on the line

Features:

Hello, Goodbye by Mike Megerian
Detroit's Romeo Flynns offer a cautionary tale for local bands headed to the land of the Fab Four

High anxiety by Jeff Milo
The Motor City's hardest-working band finds its frontman living up to the band's name. Oh, and there's a new album.

In progress: The Lot by Travis R. Wright
Corktown-based artist Kathy Leisen is behind Detroit's latest public art site

It ain't anger! by Travis R. Wright
The infuriated Lewis Black is only telling the truth. Just ask him.

Money market by Detroitblogger John
Pawn shops are the new bank in these troubled times. Here's a look at one.

When Joe Henry met Mose Allison by W. Kim Heron
The former Detroiter is coaxing a legend back to the studio

Columns:

Cheat Code by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)
Going long for NCAA Football 10

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by Metro Times film writers (Couch Trip)
A wonderfully creepy anti-Nazi inferno; Godard's visual treatise on morality and prostitution

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Full plates for local foodies, plus more beer!

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Our readers sound off on Michael Jackson, so-called price points, phone hell and fat Michiganders

Jeffrey Morgan’s Media Blackout by Jeffrey Morgan (Media Blackout)
Down on highway 801

Motor City Cribs by Doug Coombe (Motor City Cribs and Rides)
A glimpse of Mike E. Clark's getaway up in the northern reaches of the Lower Peninsula

High-water marks by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Water advocates to use films as educational and organizing tools

If you've got it, show it off by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Neighborhood Day to showcase nonprofits' good works

Plunk you by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Why voting less can mean more

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

That's the way it was by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Looking back on Cronkite, the last man to unite us as Americans

Family trouble by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Don't let those family members grind you down

Taking it outside by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
Places with outdoor dining options, if it ever warms up enough!

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Horehound - The Dead Weather Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)

The Emitt Rhodes Recordings 1969-1973 - Emitt Rhodes Reviewed by Brian Smith (Record)

Movies:

Adoration Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
Devon Bostick is Simon, a sensitive orphan teen raised by his sulky uncle (Scott Speedman), and struggling to give meaning to his parents deaths through a bizarre school project that’s part social experiment. Simon’s French teacher (Arsinee Khanjian) urges him to take the story of a Middle Eastern man who attempted to plant a bomb in his wife’s luggage, and adopt it as his own tragic history. The story explodes across the Web, and soon Simon has stirred up both controversy and the lingering ghosts of reality that haunt his family.

Jerichow Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Transplanting James M. Cain’s bleak Depression-era tale of betrayal to impoverished northeast Germany, director Christian Petzold’s slow burn neo noir is less a Teutonic exercise in genre thrills and more a grim character piece that subtly examines the desperate emotional toll of economic hardship. Thomas (Benno Fürmann) has returned from Afghanistan, dishonorably discharged and broke. Inheriting his dilapidated childhood home from his recently deceased mother, he turns a small act of kindness into a much-needed job after helping Ali (Hilmi Sozer), a Turkish immigrant and self-made businessman. Unfortunately, Ali’s sexy wife, Laura (Nina Hoss), proves too tempting a prize for Thomas to ignore, sending the three into a death spiral of lust and deceit.

Restaurants/Places:

Haandi Cuisine of India Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
It’s a little more expensive than some Indian restaurants, with most meat entrées at $14 or $15 and most vegetarian ones at $10 or $11, but it has a full bar, including Indian beers and wines, and a quiet, cloth-napkin atmosphere. You get naan with your meal, so you’re saving $3 or $4 right there. Expect intense and multifaceted flavors and a very long menu — 111 dishes plus desserts. Most of the cuisine is northern, but they also feature a few Hyderabadi dishes. The lamb Hyderabadi is cooked in coconut milk and cream, with poppy seeds, so it’s creamy, as you’d expect, but with a kick that lifts it out of the ordinary. Some other dishes that you might not see every day are a sweet corn soup, Goan fish curry and bharwan simla mirch, which is a green pepper stuffed with paneer, potato, peas, cashews, cilantro and ginger, grilled on the tandoor using Sabharwal’s special recipe.

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