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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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  • Tuesday, March 15, 2005

    Ramen Life in San Jose

    More on Ramen Life - at Zoe Nightclub last Friday night in downtown San Jose.

    Around 300 people attended from all walks of life -- with ages from the 20s to the 50s.

    The ramen was good, but the lines were crazy and stretched like a snake through Zoe, making it hard to find the tail end.

    Responses about the night ranged from "I want a refund to spend my money in a ramen restaurant where I can sit down" to "This was very cool. I'd come again."

    But some people related to the crowdedness, saying it reminded them of Japan.

    The odd thing is if you came late, you were able avoid all lines and eat more ramen.

    For tonight, ch-check it out:

    The Bob Dylan Show, Merle Haggard, Amos Lee
    WHERE: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
    WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight 3/15
    TIX: $46-$66;
    WHY: Up and coming soulful folk singer Amos Lee has been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately and is worth all of it.


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