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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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  • Music Dictionary
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  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
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  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2005

    George Lucas in San Francisco plus Wide Hive Records Present Scout

    Tomorrow night, for you Sith aficionados out there unwilling to wait in line, the Force is coming to you - that is - if you're willing to fork out $500. George Lucas, himself, will host a benefit preview of the new Star Wars at the Metreon, as a fundraiser for the Koret Family House, which provides temporary housing for families with children with cancer. For more info, contact (415) 621-2255, or visit www.familyhouseinc.org.

    And, over the weekend I hung out with some reporter friends. We commiserated over what stars that were challenging to interview.

    On their list:

  • Lance Armstrong: wouldn't give my television producer friend the time of day. He didn't even look up at her for his 5 minute interview. She said that folks at Nike felt sorry for her that she had to talk to him

  • Wolfgang Puck: strong accent and a bad connection lead to an interview that was filled with one of Lil Jon's favorite statements: "WHAT?!?"


  • On my list:

  • LL Cool J: After I asked him what inspires him, he said, Do you know that I have ten albums and I'm a moviestar? I didn't have the heart to mention Rollerball.

  • Tori Amos: Here's the link to the story and blog entry on her - let's just say, I'm not a fan.

    As for tonight, ch-check it out:

    Wide Hive Records Presents Scout
    WHERE: The Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk Street, San Francisco
    WHEN:10 p.m. Wednesday 5/11
    TIX: $7; more info
    WHY: Scout is a series of live recorded performances. At the very end, Wide Hive Records will choose the best for a fall record release. Tonight's line-up: Celsius 7 and Spidey of Psychokinetics; Mic Blake and HoFlow (Bopcity/Alphabet Soup); all four MCs from Felonius: One Love Hip Hop (D. Wolf, Soulati, A kid named Keith, and Infinite); All three MCs from The Greans (Oposit, Cold Showda, and King Solomon); The Genie-scratch guitar
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    You can e-mail me at mliu@mercurynews.com.