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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"

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
  • Monday, February 14, 2005

    Valentine's, On Ensemble, and Picasso

    Happy Valentine's everyone! Here's a story in the Mercury News that tugs at your heartstrings, about a couple that stayed together on "borrowed time."

    On Saturday I checked out Stanford's Pan-Asian festival - specifically the On Ensemble. This group takes the label Asian American to a whole new level by fusing taiko with the turntable. The effect is neat, though I wish they used two turntables and weaved in some old school hip-hop on top of the jazzy taiko playing. Here's their website, ch-check them out.

    Saturday night, I drove to Sausalito to see a Picasso show at Fingerhut Gallery. There was one painting that struck me - an etching with silver and gold criss-crosses that ran for $15,000. It looked like chicken scratches. It was so expensive because the etching was hand-signed and Picasso hardly signed any of his etchings.

    Tonight, for a mellow Valentine's, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: Garden State
    WHERE:
    The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight, 2/14
    TIX: Free, 2 drink minimum
    WHY: A movie for twenty-somethings

    And for a more upbeat Valentine's...

    WHAT: Interpol
    WHERE: Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight, 2/14
    TIX: $25; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster.com
    WHY: neo-retro rock

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Pity post...lol.

    I'm surprised more people don't leave comments.

    11:21 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I've been keeping up with your blog. Keep up the great work and for providing those exclusive little tidbits that we don't always get to hear about from the stars! It makes the people in the entertainment industry more human, in a way.

    2:59 PM  

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