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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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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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  • Thursday, December 02, 2004

    "Little Shop of Horrors" and Suge Knight's police investigation

    Yesterday, I checked out the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, as a chaperone for my high school's (Mission San Jose High School in Fremont) journalism class field trip.

    It was the weirdest musical I've ever seen. Every few moments I would think, "What tha?"

    But, if you caught the cult film, then you know the wacky plot about a florist who lures in customers with a strange new plant. The plant then takes on a life of its own, calling the shots.

    The plant in the musical, which cost $10 million, was neat to watch, but at times, it wouldn't open its mouth when words were coming out. Other times, it looked like it was mumbling. The students were also disappointed the plant didn't reach out as far as it did in the television commercials.

    The singing was fun, with the main character, Seymour played by Anthony Rapp from "Rent." Another fun moment came when his adoptive father, Mr. Mushnik the shopkeeper, jiggled a la Beyonce; and when the plant Audrey II danced along with Seymour.

    In other news, Suge Knight has been involved in a police investigation on the violence at the Vibe Awards, which started with Dr. Dre (Suge Knight's bitter rival) getting attacked, developed into an all-out brawl and involved a stabbing.

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