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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.

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"

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  • Urban Dictionary
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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
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  • Friday, January 14, 2005

    Tsunami relief, Martin Luther and the SF Sketchfest

    Early this morning, I participated in The Improv / KEZR Tsunami Relief Benefit. The fundraiser was hosted by KEZR, at San Jose's Impov downtown from 6 to 10 a.m. It was a lot of fun. We got fed (yummy things like egg and potato burritos), entertained by very very funny comedians (including Tracy Morgan) and helped out the tsunami relief effort. At the end of the event at 9:30 a.m., KEZR producer Timothy Bednarz said the fundraiser raised $2,000 and was still getting donations.

    Also this morning, I'm interviewing soul singer Martin Luther, anybody have any questions or thoughts about him? He's coming to the Paramount in Oakland Feb. 10-11th.

    Here's his ticket info as well, if you're interested:

    WHAT: Martin Luther with Jill Scott
    WHERE: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; Feb. 10-11
    TIX: $40-$75; ticketmaster.com

    This weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    WHAT: Special Ed
    WHERE: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. (btwn. 17th & 18th St.), San Francisco
    WHEN: 9pm-2am, tonight
    TIX: $12 adv./$15 door, 21+ w/ ID, http://www.true-skool.org/
    WHY: Rapper Special Ed is known for such hits as "I Got It Made," "I'm the Magnificent" and "Taxin'." He's also appeared on "The Cosby Show" and in the urban drama, "Juice," and most recently on on Snoop Dogg's 2002 Doggystyle All-Stars "Welcome to the House Vol. 1."

    SATURDAY

    WHAT: ?uestlove dj-ing live
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 South First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: 9pm-2am, tonight
    TIX: Only $5 with this passs
    WHY: Hear the renowned drummer from The Roots show display his deejaying skills. He mixes everything from N.E.R.D. to Nirvana.

    And all weekend

    WHAT: SF Sketchfest
    WHERE: Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco; and Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight-Sunday and Jan. 24 and 26, 10:30 p.m. Fridays -Saturdays, 3 p.m. Jan. 30
    TIX: $10-25; (866) 468-3399, www.sfsketchfest.com
    WHY: Laugh your head off with Dana Carvey and "Kids in the Hall" member Bruce McCulloch

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