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  • Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2001
  • Vol. 21, No. 16

News & Views

  • Columns
  • Doing time

    We all have a million things we’re gonna do someday — a day which, fortunately, is not clearly marked on the calendar. Here's how to tell if you've waited too long.
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  • Creating a cool club
  • Columns
  • Creating a cool club

    Kudos to the new management at the Royal Oak Theatre, for some creative local booking (it looks as if it's popular with the scenesters) ... Is Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise kaput? ... & Real Detroit forced to 'fess up to Jerry Peterson.
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Arts & Culture

  • Save the Last Dance
  • The Scene
  • Save the Last Dance

    Is blood thicker than blondes? Director Thomas Carter knows how to shoot dance and shines when he lets his camera do most of the talking. But its unflinching confrontation of race and women’s issues is what saves Save the Last Dance.
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  • Malena
  • The Scene
  • Malena

    The new film from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) fairly glows with nostalgia for a lost Sicily. But nearly every character is a stereotype or tired cliché, the exceptions being a gallant boy and the vessel of his desire, the beautiful widow Malèna (Monica Bellucci).
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  • Escanaba in da Moonlight
  • The Scene
  • Escanaba in da Moonlight

    Jeff Daniels’ loving parody of the habits of the Yooper offers us a comic window into the land of wild game and pasties. But it has a made-for-TV look and moments of toilet humor and political incorrectness concerning the Ojibwa Nation. Daniels may shoot straight, but he could aim higher.
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  • Madadayo
  • The Scene
  • Madadayo

    Akira Kurosawa's 30th and final film, made in 1992 when the director was 82 and only just released in the United States last year, centers around a retiring professor and his worshipful group of former students — a faltering swan song, but one with enough quiet grace to honor its director.
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Music

  • Delicately stuffed squid
  • City Slang
  • Delicately stuffed squid

    Our reviewer, Elissa Karg, was impressed that the waitstaff at Hong Hua writes orders in Chinese characters. You can't get much more authentic than that. "Fine Chinese Dining" reads the menu, and in many respects, that promise is fulfilled. The well-spaced tables are covered with white linen and set with white china. If you like quiet, this is a setting that will please.
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  • Space cowboys
  • Local Music
  • Space cowboys

    Slumber Party, American Mars and other Detroit bands are rediscovering their Midwest roots, blending a little bit of country into space-rock transcendence.
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