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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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  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
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  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
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  • Friday, May 27, 2005

    Madagascar and Memorial Day events in the Bay Area

    I caught a preview of Madagascar on Tuesday. I laughed through the whole thing.

    Now Mercury News movie critic Bruce Newman said the film was meant for kids, not for their parents - but being a kid at heart, I loved it. True, it wasn't the same kind of fun as "The Incredibles" with its dark humor - but it was good clean fun.

    The animals were funny and could be easily transformed to merchandise. (Okay, I admit it - I've already been to Denny's and got the Madagascar masks.)

    Also, the story premise is not formulaic - it's more of a character movie. I never knew how perfect David Schwimmer as a hypochondriac named Melman the Giraffe. And, Ben Stiller plays pretty much himself, the dorky self-involved type, as Alex the Lion.

    The animal who steals the show is a lemur king named Julian, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. (Comedian Cohen is best known as the blinged out hip-hop wanksta Ali G, who starred in Madonna's "Music" video.) Julian is hilarious and makes you want to get up to dance, and move-it-move-it.

    As for this weekend, besides barbecuing, ch-check some clubbin'...

    SUNDAY

    Grand Openingn of "Super Hyphy Sundays"
    WHERE: Los Robles, 1985 Cleveland Ave, next to Coddingtown Mall, Santa Rosa
    WHEN: Sunday night 5/29
    TIX: 18+; guestlist@enlacasa.com
    WHY: hip-hop, reggaeton, R&B, club classics

    ABZOLUT's Super Memorial Day Bash
    WHERE: DNA Lounge, 316 11th St @ Harrison, SF map
    WHEN: Sunday night 5/29
    TIX: free before 10:30 p.m.; $10 discount before 11 p.m.;RSVP; $5 presale tickets
    WHY: phat Memorial Day party

    CrossRoads
    WHERE: Club Blush, 261 California Drive, Burlingame
    WHEN: Sunday night 5/29
    TIX: 21+; if graduating, discount admission classof2005@blufizz.com
    WHY: Memorial mega event

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree that the movie was a pleasant surprise. I've also noticed many kids singing "Move-it-move-it" around the theaters lately after shows...pretty catchy!

    9:53 AM  

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