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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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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

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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

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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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  • Friday, March 18, 2005

    Lil' Kim, 50 Cent and The Game, plus this weekend's events

    So recently rapper Lil' Kim was found guilty of lying to a grand jury about a shootout outside of New York radio station Hot 97.
    The 29-year-old Grammy award winner could face up to 20 years.

    I kind of feel sorry for Biggie's mistress and wonder if she was more straight up, this never would have happened. She said her sunglasses prevented her from noticing that her two friends (her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif "Gutta" Jackson) were there at the crime scene.

    We'll see how this affects the sales of her album, which comes out later this year - because the controversy surrounding 50 Cent and The Game sure boosted their sales. 50 Cent's album "The Massacre" sold 1.1 million four days after its release while The Game's album "The Documentary" shot from No. 5 to 3.

    This weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    "Mama Said Knock You Out" Emcee Battle
    WHERE: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (btwn. 17th & 18th St.), San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight 3/18
    TIX: 21+ ; $12 door; $8 advance; Buy Tickets
    WHY: The battle will feature Bay Area legends of underground
    MC battles, like Infinite from Felonious (2x Mama Said Knock You Out
    Champ), Subverse hailing from Detroit, MI (2x MSKYO runner-up),
    Radio Active (Spearhead), Won Way (ThinkBeat), Franco (Scribble Jam 2004 3rd Place winner), Shush, Thesaurus, and and Orukusaki (ForensicScience).

    John Digweed, Mark Farina, and Hernan Cattaneo
    WHERE: Ruby Skye, 420 Mason @ Geary, San Francisco
    WHEN: tonight 3/18
    TIX: $20 Advance, $20-25 at door.
    WHY: deep house, tribal and progressive beats

    SATURDAY

    Grand Opening of Wet
    WHERE: Blue Clube, 34 Mason - San Francisco
    WHEN: Saturday 3/19
    TIX: Come in tropical wear and get in for $10 before 11pm
    WHY: It'll feature a $100 bikini contest

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