Land of Os.

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By press time for our 12/20/06 issue, rumors had been swirling about the state of Oslo, the downtown Detroit sushi bar and lounge that's hosted the local and international electronic music community since opening in 2004. What's really going on and why it happened is still murky, but you can be sure that Metro Times and Walter Wasacz, our Subterraneans scribe, are on the case. Here's some Subs bonus content from Walter.—Johnny Loftus

Oslo, Detroit’s most important venue for the international electronic music scene of the last two years, may have had its last dance. Or has it? Owners of the club, which was padlocked and dark all weekend, have been unreachable. A phone message recorded several weeks ago, when food service was suspended at the upstairs sushi bar, continues to say that music will go on as planned downstairs. But two scheduled parties were canceled last weekend and Ghostly International’s Saturday holiday formal was moved last minute to the Works. This Friday, Houseshoes and DJ Dez (Slum Village) were scheduled to play at Oslo, with the Sass holiday party slotted for Saturday. On Dec. 29, Dethlab was planning another in its Sex & Sedition series at the downtown club, which has hosted global techno stars like Superpitcher, Michael Mayer, DJ Hell, Ellen Allien and dozens of others since spring of 2004. The Subterraneans will get more info as it becomes available. In the meantime, check Oslo's MySpace for possible breaking information. For updates on the Sass party, visit www.myspace.com/sassdetroit. For info on Dethlab’s planned event, visit http://www.burnlab.net/.—Walter Wasacz

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