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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.

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

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Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

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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"

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  • Tuesday, October 26, 2004

    Depicting presidents on Beach Blanket Babylon and pop art with Roy Lichtenstein

    My friend Tom, also a reporter, came to visit this weekend, so a couple of my friends (Ellen, Ken, and I) took him to some Northern California sites.

    SF's Museum of Modern Art and Roy Lichtenstein
    It was the first day of the exhibit of one of America's foremost pop artists Roy Lichtenstein. In addition to the cartoon inspired artwork, there was one piece we particularly enjoyed - a slab of ribs that read "meat." Lichtenstein reportedly got inspired to draw pop art from one of his kid's candy wrappers.

    One trick we learned (because we got there late due to the rain), the museum lets people in free near closing time.

    Beach Blanket Babylon
    "It was an orgy of pop culture, caberet style" - Tom.

    They spoofed the presidential candidates, Paris Hilton and even P. Diddy and J.Lo. If you plan on going, be sure to bring earplugs, their voices are amazing, but they sure belt it out. Also, go an hour early to get good seats and don't forget your I.D. They got on Tom's case for forgetting his - and all of our baby faces (we're all under 30) didn't help.

    Monterey Bay Aquarium
    The aquarium was celebrating its 20th anniversary over the weekend, so there were a lot of people there even though it was a Monday.

    There are no discounts for the aquarium (I took an hour or so looking on the internet and nothing came up!)

    I really enjoyed their new shark exhibit which featured the music of East Bay hula teacher and Lilo and Stitch composer Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu. If you can't make it down there, or the $20 admission price is too high, the aquarium website has live web cams of its otters, sharks and penguins.

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