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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
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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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  • Monday, October 18, 2004

    Team America and ethnic humor

    I caught the much-anticipated puppet-political-parody "Team America" over the weekend. To my surpise, the movie ended up third, after the computer generated "Shark Tale" and football film "Friday Night Lights". J-Lo was close behind with her remake of "Shall We Dance"

    Watching the movie was a pop culture must-do, but I was wary about the depictions of Koreans. But I admit I laughed to no end when North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il broke out in stereotypically-accented song, "I'm So Ronely."

    South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone made fun of everybody, even Matt Damon and Michael Moore, so everyone was fair game.

    Speaking of stereotypes, Greg Watanabe is an actor with the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, a comedy troupe that turns Asian stereotypes on their head. He recalled a time when some people watching their comic routine just didn't get it. They would laugh at obvious things, like Japanese tourists with their cameras, but wouldn't understand the larger point of the show.

    It just happens that the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors are coming to San Jose this week. To ch-check them out:
    WHO: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
    WHERE: Montgomery Theater, 291 S. Market St., San Jose
    WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2004 @ 8pm
    TIX: $15-$25; (408) 298-2287; tickets
    FOR MORE INFO: asiantheater.org or info@asiantheater.org

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