Godzilla reigns in San Francisco's Japantown, Lyrics Born raps in San Jose and Katamari rules
Today, ch-check out my story on Japanese-American emcee Lyrics Born in Mercury News' Eye section. First thing he said in the interview was: "Don't ask anything embarrassing. My wife is right next to me."
My favorite videogame lately is Katamari Damacy. I've played so much I've just about shredded my left thumb.
The concept of the game is simple. I'll give the easy explanation first and their weird one afterward.
In a limited timeframe, you push objects together (thumbtacks, cats, a Godzilla-wannabe, and later countries!) into a big rolling junk-pile, until it reaches a certain diameter. If you don't roll fast enough, you lose.
OK, the weird version: the king of the universe - who has a penchant for dressing like well-known member of music royalty, Prince, in tight purple-blue top and pants - has knocked all the stars out of the sky. And, it's your job to roll junk together so he can release them into the night to replace stars. I never said it would make sense.
After a while the incessant rolling will give you a headache, but until then, the poppy Japanese songs that change in almost every level, and the delight of rolling elephants and humans, will satisfy.
Saturday, ch-check out Mike Antonucci's review of the game. We'll compare notes later here on the blog on the biggest things we've rolled up.
Also this weekend, ch-check it out...
WHAT: Lyrics Born
WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First St., San Jose
WHEN: 10:30 Friday 10/29
TIX: $12; (408) 971-6647; ticketweb.com
WHY: Diverse funky hip-hop
WHAT: E-Lumination: Raver Halloween
WHERE: Club Lamia, 3910 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
WHEN: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday 10/29
TIX: $10 at the door
WHY: $5 if you dress up
WHAT: Hallowed: An Underground Awakening
WHERE: Oasis, 200 N. First Street, San Jose
WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday 10/30
WHY: a multi-sensory journey of music with film and digital art representing the search for truth
WHAT: Fifty Years of Godzilla
WHERE: Super 7 Store, 1630 Post St. San Francisco (Japantown); (415) 409-4700
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday 10/30
WHY: Godzilla art from nearly 40 different artists' depictions of their favorite monster, with exclusive items like Godzilla vinyls and custom T-shirts