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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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  • Friday, January 28, 2005

    Chinese New Year Events in the South Bay along with the History of Scratch Tour

    Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the rooster, and the celebration often goes on for weeks.

    So celebrate with these events:

    WHAT: PKU Student Art Troupe Performance
    WHERE: Stanford University Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Way, Stanford
    WHEN: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29th
    TIX: $10; (650) 576-6452;
    WHY: One of the first Chinese collegiate performing art troupe to ever tour the US

    WHAT: 2005 Lunar New Year Celebration Party
    WHERE: Hayward Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd, Hayward
    WHEN: 11 a.m. - 5:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 29th
    TIX: $12, Adult: $15, Child (12 yrs & under): $8.;
    WHY: It's the 32nd annual celebration for the Taiwanese American Federation of NC, and will feature lunch, speech, performing show and a raffle.

    WHAT: Chinese New Year Flower Fair
    WHERE: Great Mall, Milpitas
    WHEN: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Jan.29-30th
    TIX: free; more info
    WHY: Stock up on all the New Year things you need

    Plus, here are some hip-hop events worth ch-checking out:

    WHAT: Return of the Bboy//Pt. 9
    WHERE: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    WHEN: 4 - 8 p.m. contest, 8 - 10 p.m. after-party, Saturday, Jan. 29th
    TIX: $5
    WHY: Check out some open cyphers and the 2 on 2 break dance competition

    WHAT: History of Scratch Tour
    WHERE: DNA Lounge, 37 11 St. @ Harrison, SF
    WHEN: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan.29th
    TIX: $20 advance; flyer
    WHY: Check out the DJ pioneers: DJ Q-Bert, Jazzy Jeff and GrandWizzard Theodore


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