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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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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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  • Monday, January 24, 2005

    Chinese new year concert in San Jose and the inventor of the scratch, Grand Wizard Theodore, in SF!

    Last night I was at the 2005 Chinese New Year Sing Along Concert at HP Pavilion in San Jose.

    The concert stretched more than four hours, and held possibly the largest group of Chinese Americans I have ever seen in the Bay: more than 6,000.

    There were artists from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, singing everything from traditional Chinese folk songs to pop songs.

    Out of more than a dozen artists, my favorite had to be Zhang Di. He was in his 60s but he was a sharp freestyle performer. The artist asked the audience to ask him a question and he would turn it into a song. They asked everything from - Does your wife mistreat you? - to - Where are the most beautiful ladies? Then, as swift as Wayne Brady (from the show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Zhang summed up the questions and answers in a folk song.

    For tonight, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: GrandWizzard Theodore Demonstration
    WHERE: NorCalDJMPA, 600 Townsend St., Suite 190W (Macromedia Building)
    San Francisco
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m., tonight 1/24
    TIX: no cover
    WHY: GrandWizzard Theodore invented the scratch, the basic DJ technique!


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