Search our listings:
 


BACKSTAGE WITH MARIAN
Blog Background
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, November 26, 2004

    Thanksgiving lip-syncing

    Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    In the morning I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, where a lot of the artists looked like they were following Ashlee Simpson's lead, lip-syncing.

    Then for the meal, instead of turkey, my family eats Hot Pot which is basically a version of fondue, but instead of dipping food in cheese or chocolate, you cook the food in a steaming broth - then dip it in a sauce for flavor.

    In other words, it's just another sure-fire way of eating a lot without feeling it until later.

    And, this morning, I braved the shopping mall. It looked like predictions were right - that spending was going back to pre-9-11 rates. JCPenny, Target, Mervyn's, and even Sears had snaking lines. The parking lot in Fry's was so filled at 6 a.m. that my brother drove back home (less than a mile) then walked there, only to wait in line just to go into the store. He bought a $150 digital video camcorder. When he got home, he found that there was a tape with footage of Christmas two years ago from another Asian family. Weird.

    Tomorrow, ch-check out this story on the latest media search engine called GoFish, which finds digital music, audio books and ringtones. Quick-and-dirty summary on siliconbeat.com and story in the Mercury News tomorrow.

    Also, to work off the food, ch-check out this entertainment:

    WHAT: Lyrics Born, Jahi & the Life, Joyo Velarde Band
    WHERE: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco; (415) 771-1421
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 11/26
    TIX: $20; ticketweb.com
    WHY: wonderful indie hip-hop

    WHAT: Pete Escovedo & Family Thanksgiving
    WHERE: Pete Escovedo's Latin & Jazz Club,400 S. First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: Friday, 11/26 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11/27 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    TIX: $25.00 (advance purchase); $30.00 (day of show); (408) 947-7500.
    WHY: A legend in Latin Jazz in their own beautiful club in downtown San Jose

    WHAT: Vicente Fernandez
    WHERE: HP Pavilion at San Jose, 525 W. Santa Clara St.
    WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight 11/26
    TIX: $40-$150; (408) 287-7070, Ticketmaster
    WHY: Mercury News writer Mark de la Vina writes: "He is a cultural icon in Mexico" and is known as the "King of the Rancheras."

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually, what you did isn't "basically a version of" fondue ... dipping meat into hot oil (or broth) IS fondue.

    9:00 AM  

    Post a Comment

    << Home

     
    Photo of Marian Liu by Stephanie Grace Lim, Mercury News
    You can e-mail me at mliu@mercurynews.com.