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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Friday, September 24, 2004

    Weekend outlook:

    It's still sunny, and there's lots of stuff to do - so break out the sunscreen and ch-check it out!

    This hula instructor is amazing - Kumu Hula (teacher
    of hula) Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu of Oakland, chants in a way that rumbles your insides. On top of that he makes hula girls look like "biker babes" - was the choreographer from Disney's "Lilo and Stitch" and was commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to compose a chant and hula for the Aquarium's newest exhibit, Sharks: Myth and Mystery.

    His performances are a must:

    WHAT: "KE AO HOU" ("A New Beginning")
    WHERE: Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, California
    WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
    TIX: $35.00 general; $75.00 VIP; VIP tickets include a pre-show reception from 6:00-7:15 p.m.
    WHY: To celebrate the opening of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts in Oakland.
    MORE INFO: www.ahahula.com

    Other local events:

    WHAT: Peven Everett + Dj's Brian Russ, Fuse One, DJ Philthy and Sake One.
    WHERE: Hotel De Anza - 233 W. Santa Clara St. San Jose
    WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday 25
    TIX: $12 at the door
    WHY: Organic soulful funky jazz
    MORE INFO: www.peveneverett.com

    WHAT: Drama/Concert - "The Duke of Earl" featuring
    special music by Masada
    WHERE: Downtown Discovery Meadows/Guadalupe
    Park
    WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
    TIX: Free
    WHY: A play that depicts the inner city life of 2 rival gangs, put to the music of a Christian version of Tower of Power


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