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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, May 10, 2005

    Mamapalooza and Hayward graffiti

    It's sunny today!

    Yesterday was freaky - I didn't know whether to wear sunglasses or open my umbrella, or both. I ended up doing both and felt equally, well, awkward.

    Ch-check out today's paper! Here's the link. I have a story on mother rockers - Mamapalooza that is. It's a fun concert series born out of mothers' frustration over what mainstream music had to offer. They sing everything from sultry tunes, singer-songwriter ballads, to the pouty punk songs like "Pee Alone." (Here is a link to their concert listings.)

    And tonight, the story will be featured (they'll hold up my printed story too) on KTVU, Bay Area's channel 2. Ch-check that out.

    All of the mothers I dealt with were spunky. They all asked me: Are you a mother? I tried not to laugh. I could only muster - Not yet? Or my editor had a funny quip back: Not that I know of?

    As for tonight, ch-check out a very impressive graffiti show.

    The Art of Graff: A Graffiti Exhibit
    WHERE: California State University-East Bay, 28500 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, University Union Room 311
    WHEN:10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday
    TIX: Free; more info
    WHY: All kinds of graffiti art will be showcased, from the Bay to all the way from Great Britain. (Here is a link to my story on how graffiti has grown up.)


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