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Issue of 9/22/2010


Cover Story:



Cycles of change
by Detroitblogger John
An inner-city bike squad wheels toward community in a falling neighborhood

Features:

Earth to orbit by Brett Callwood
Pop isn’t a dirty word to the Rogue Satellites

For the sake of the song by Brett Callwood
Three decades in, singer-songwriter Jere Stormer can do what he wants

Sean Blackman's world music by Pietro Truba
Five years and thousands of air miles lead to Orchestra Hall

Sociopath? Wronged man? Both? by Sandra Svoboda
Panel considers claims of innocence in 1986 murder

Telling tales by Phreddy Wischusen
The Moth marks a year of storytelling with a grand slam

Columns:

Backlot by Corey Hall (Backlot)
The buzz on Detroit's latest movie productions

Cheat Code by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)
Halo prequel still shines above

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
Food as art, Detroit Restaurant Week and more

Helping Detroit grow by Michael Jackman (Grilled)
Rebecca Salminen Witt talks about 20 years of the Greening of Detroit

Courts and sparks by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
And the ugly battle for TV timeslots and American faces

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Our readers sound off on what's in MT

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

Needle Rap by Jonathan Cunningham (Motor City Five)
Three months after its release, Miz Korona's 'injection' is giving her career the shot in the arm that it needed

Pound-foolish by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Innovative Wayne County juvenile justice services at risk as budget cuts loom

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

Bought and paid for by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
Moroun's millions and Mike Bishop's flip-flop

Hope for the future by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
Another gay teenager in another small town has killed himself

Reviews:

Music/Books:

Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon Reviewed by M.T. Richards (Record)

Songs from the Road - Leonard Cohen Reviewed by Mark Keresman (Record)

Wake Up! - The Roots, John Legend Reviewed by M.T. Richards (Record)

You Are Not Alone - Mavis Staples Reviewed by Michael Gallucci (Record)

Movies:

The Town Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
As far as meat-and-potatoes genre flicks go, Ben Affleck’s bank-robber-seeking-redemption drama ain’t half bad. Pulling triple duty as director, co-writer and star, Affleck plays Doug MacRay, a former NHL rookie whose bad temper landed him back in the blue-collar neighborhood of Charlestown. Now the brains behind a posse of “townie” bank robbers, he’s pursued by an angry FBI agent (Mad Men’s Jon Hamm) and struggling to find an exit strategy from the “life.” Things get more complicated when he falls in love with a bank manager (Rebecca Hall) he took hostage during a heist. Torn between his desire to go straight and his loyalty to his childhood friends, including hot-headed Gem (The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner), he agrees to do once last job — rob Fenway Park.

Easy A Reviewed by Corey Hall (Movie)
High school superhottie Olive, played by stone-cold fox Emma Stone (Zombieland), is a social pariah because she’s just a bit of a snarky wiseass. She considers herself an outcast because she only has a few pals, actually likes homework, and hasn’t been kissed, despite her best efforts. The pressure of this virginal burden is enough that she concocts a naughty fairytale, involving a hook-up with a college dude, while she was really in her room singing along to Natasha Bedingfield. Thanks to texting and unlimited data plans, this sultry rumor spreads quicker than hot Nutella, and Olive suddenly starts getting attention she couldn’t dream of a week earlier. An enterprising smarty-pants, Olive turns her newly scandalous rep into a business opportunity, falsifying sex acts with nerdy losers in exchange for cash, or preferably retail gift cards. Newly popular and flush with goodies, Olive is happy play-acting the town slut, right until the ruse starts to get out of hand.

A Film Unfinished Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
The 1942 reels, an hour long in total, offer an unforgettable view of life for nearly a half-million Jews crammed into the Warsaw ghetto’s three square miles. Shot only months before the residents would be shipped off to concentration camps, the Nazi’s described it as “… a holding pen for the Final Solution.” It turns out that this footage, some of which has appeared in other documentaries (Shoah, for one), was created for a to-be-released propaganda movie called Das Ghetto — though it is difficult to imagine what kind of message the Nazis were hoping to communicate. The haunted, uncomprehending looks from emaciated Jews as they stare into the camera, the shots of bodies lying in the street or stacked like wood in piles, and the starving children forced by German soldiers to shed smuggled food from their tattered coats seem impossibly damning.

Restaurants/Places:

Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
A main reason to eat a pupusa is the outsides — more than the filling. This Salvadoran national dish is a thick, handmade corn tortilla stuffed with cheese or more. A handmade tortilla is night-and-day different from the thin floppy kind from the factory. Options are any combinations of queso (cheese, the simplest and best), beans, chicharron (ground pork, not the fried pork rinds usually called chicharron in a Mexican restaurant), bright-green squash and loroco, a flower. It helps to know Spanish here, but it isn’t essential. And there’s much more than pupusas on the menu, of course, for Central Americans seeking a taste of home or for Mexicans or gringos who want to branch out. Standouts are tamales of chicken, spicy pork or corn. Excellent horchata.

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