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Issue of 8/26/2009

Cover Story:

Ol' schoolin'
by Metro Times staff
Our first guide to navigating higher ed, from thinkers to drinkers


An anti-hipster cache by Brian Smith
A start-up kit to the fiction and music you need to offset campus drudgery and cultural ephemera

Artiste confidential by Josh Buckenberger
The ego-shredding, cliché-busting and cautionary confessions of an in-debt art school grad

College drinking by Michael Jackman
Crib notes on passing the 'bar exam'

College resources by Metro Times staff
Where students can get low-cost eats, couch-change drinks, cheap porn and more

Dorm dine by Michael Jackman
Eat cheaply, cook wisely, surprise everybody

Eye to eye by Travis R. Wright
So you're studying photography? Read this.

Hacking college by Julia Fitzgerald
Young, broke and directionless in the eyes of a 18-year-old

Heaven up here by Brett Callwood
The Juliets combines indie and strings to inject a bit of grace into Detroit rock 'n' roll

Higher and higher by Curt Guyette
What can stem the rising cost of higher ed?

Home schooling by Lorena M. Craighead
Making the city of Detroit part of the curriculum

Straight outta college by Bill Holdship
DJ Graffiti and Ghostly's Sam Valenti talk of launching their music careers off the campus

The lucky 13 by Bill Holdship and Curt Guyette
Best films about college ... ever


Dinner and Coffey by Matthew Smith ( Stars on Stars )
The dynamic guitarist — one of the pioneers of the "Detroit sound" — still rocks!

Comics (Comics)

Couch Trip by John Thomason (Couch Trip)
Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale are more than disco tarts, and one of BBC's best gets pulled

Bastardized bliss by Jeff Meyers & Corey Hall (Critic vs. Critic)
Meyers and Hall pick Tarantino's brain

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Local fare with flair, and a cheesesteak book signing?

Mad Menning by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
Gosh! How dare our TV critic diss Mad Men!

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
A letter about, and a whole slew of online comments!

Austentatious by Metro Times book reviewers (Lit Up)
Pride and Prejudice colored in ultraviolent zombie bedlam, Robert Fanning's latest, and a grumpy proofreader

Barack’s backbone problem by News Hits staff (News Hits)
As Obama seems prepared to drop 'public option,' progressives protest

Trouble bus-ting out by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Bing's proposed bus cuts prompt protests and raucous hearings

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

Up against Goliath by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Is the bridge baron pulling the strings against Gregg and Rashida?

We love you, Dan! by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Letters of support pour in after would-be fag-basher's thuggish note.

Short Order by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
Hamilton on rye: Places where impoverished college students can eat — mostly for $10 or less

Gift of a poet: Clarity by Larry Gabriel (Stir It Up)
How Dudley Randall used poetry to express the truth elegantly

Heat beat (Heat? What heat?) by Walter Wasacz (The Subterraneans)
The dance scene warms for the end of a summer that nearly wasn't

Ye olde twins of wonder by D'Anne and Laura Witkowski (Wonder Twins)
The Twinsies get all medieval on yer asses ...



The Bright Mississippi - Allen Toussaint Reviewed by W. Kim Heron (Record)

Lazrus - Daniel Reviewed by Chris Handyside (Record)

The Champion Mixtape - iLLite Reviewed by William E. Ketchum III (Record)

Houses of the Unholy - Church of Misery Reviewed by Kent Alexander (Record)

Blood From Stars - Joe Henry Reviewed by Bill Holdship (Record)


Shorts Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
Robert Rodriguez brings his hypermanic pacing and homegrown special effects to the tale of a nerdy tween named Toe (Jimmy Bennet), who stumbles across a rainbow-colored wishing stone that, well, grants wishes. The magical rock is then passed from one kid to the next, unleashing all sorts of wacky unintended consequences. From castles and aliens to upright crocodiles and a giant dung beetle to the aforementioned booger monster, icky setbacks befall both kids and adults with Tex Avery-style aplomb. The paper-thin concept gets the director's usual energetic treatment, but never gets really funny.

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
This affectionate, by-the-numbers doc about the most famous celebrity you’ve never heard of is an unabashed valentine to a woman called the Oprah of her generation. Director Aviva Kempner, eschewing traditional narrative voiceovers, lays out the remarkable life story of writer-actor Gertrude Berg (aka Molly Goldberg), who built a 25-year media empire (1929-1955) that bridged radio, television and stage. Using descendents, former cast members and celebrity admirers (including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Norman Lear and Susan Stamberg), along with extensive show footage, Kempner spotlights an inconceivably ambitious woman who exported her Jewish immigrant identity into the living rooms of everyday Americans and achieved unprecedented success. Audiences connected with her Molly Goldberg character; her gentle humor, dedication to family and relentless humanitarianism made her a pop icon. Though stumbling early, Kempner’s doc becomes a fascinating chronicle of American history once it starts charting Berg’s popular rise.

Inglourious Basterds Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The opening title card “Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France…” tells you nearly everything you need to know about Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist, alternate-dimension approach to the Holocaust. Shifting genres (horror, western, thriller, comedy), musical styles and languages (French, English, German Italian), QT curates all his totems into a camp-operatic stew that revels in its meta-fictional European affectations. Tarantino, working with a linear narrative for a change, juices things with two intriguing story lines. One concerns Brad Pitt’s Nazi-hunting “basterds”; the other’s a revenge plot by a beautiful Jewish survivor turned Parisian moviehouse owner. In fact, it’s the character of Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) who articulates Tarantino’s cinematic fetishes: name-dropping German directors, plotting a filmic revenge and riffing on Hitler’s and Goebbels’ favorite flick, Metropolis, to announce their impending doom. Even the young Nazi sniper (and rising movie star) who courts Shosanna plays as the flipside to America’s real-life Audie Murphy. Despite failing to achieve epic greatness (or moral relevance), Inglourius Basterds is a helluva cinematic experience.


Maria's Front Room Reviewed by Mel Small (Restaurant)
Maria’s anchored Ferndale's restaurant scene for more than a decade. Then, after memorable owner Joan Orlando died in 2004, the restaurant remained open until April of 2008. Its longevity had a lot to do with the fact that little had changed over the years. David Brown reopened the cozy trattoria in October 2008, and even purchased Maria’s old recipes. He did, however, do considerable redecorating. The place does look more sophisticated now, and Brown slashed the previously low prices by about 25 percent so that entrées now average around $14. The food includes old classics and some new lighter fare. Moreover, Brown scored a full liquor license from Ferndale’s city fathers, and now boasts a serviceable list with most bottles under $30.