It's a sobering site, an "ongoing community art project where people mail-in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard."
Many of the secrets are very dark, things you would even hesitate to tell your therapist - like about suicide or incest. While others are silly - like a person who collects all of his/her used staples in a box at work. (It weighs about a pound and a half!)
The neat theme about the site, is that even though these postcards come from all over the world, it makes you realize that people really aren't so different.
So I suggest reading it when you're down - it makes you feel less alone.
OK, onto happier things. Ch-check out what to do this weekend!
Free Concert in Santa Clara WHERE:The Claran Lounge (1251 Benton Street in Franklin Mall), Santa Clara WHEN: 10:15 p.m. Saturday 6/4 TIX: 21+; free WHY: Red w/ Envy(10:15)(rock and roll) Called to Ruin(11:00) (rock and roll) Kungfu Vampire(12:00) (swing/jazz/horror soundtrack/hip hop) Shoguns(12:45) (surf/classic rock/funk) G Willikers(1:15) (poetical/acoustic/experimental)
Grand Opening of Monte Cristo WHERE: Monte Cristo (4 Embarcadero Center) WHEN: 10:30 p.m. Saturday 6/4 TIX: Free b4 10:30pm, $5 discount after w/RSVP WHY: house, hip-hop, mash-ups at SF's newest spot with DJ Frenchy le Freak
Recently hip-hop journalist Davey D pointed out the controversy MTVis stirring up when they put out a top ten ofall-time hip-hop album list- because it begs the question - What is hip-hop? Social commentary? Gangsta rap? Political strife?
With hip-hop now a global phenomenon over 30 years old - the age and hometown of the list-maker must be taken into account as well.
Personally, I agree with MTV on Nas but maybe not so high as #2 and I like Jay-Z but I am still debating where he should go as well. Mr. Hova called MTV demanding that he be higher, reports Davey D.
As for Tupac, I definitely like Davey D's choice of album over MTV's. But I also know that my taste in hip-hop tends to be more pop than grit and gangsta and also very West Coast biased.
Anybody else have any thoughts on who should be in the top ten of all time hip-hop albums?
As for tonight, ch-check it out:
Let's Get Hyped Thursdays WHERE:Club Max, DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose WHEN: 10:30 p.m. tonight TIX: $5 before 10:30 p.m.; www.dtsj-clubmax.com WHY:G-Dub, an intensely political emcee out of San Jose, will be performing at 11 p.m. The rapper also is in talks with Activision to do a video game called Skills about freestyling and dancing.
Sitting across from me in the next aisle was none other than Sean Penn and Naomi Campbell. I don't know why they were together but they were. Penn wore a smoky dark suit complete with a little goatee. And, Campbell wore a flowy black dress.
There was also an unnecessary scene where he argues with his wayward assistant, and on the side two female assistants start to get it on.
The sets were amazing. The neon lights transport you to some balmy club.
Also the dancing was breathtaking - they move so fast, they take your eyes for a spin.
As for tonight, ch-check it out:
A Celebration of Revolutionary Music, Art, Culture, & Vendors WHERE: Studio Z, 314 11th St., SF WHEN: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight TIX: 21+ $5 before 10 p.m., $7 after WHY: Artists include - reMo'Conscious, Orukusaki, and the artists from Colored Ink Theater Group, plus there will be a vegan dessert bar.
John Cho in San Francisco and Sheryl Crow across cultures
This weekend, I ate a LOT and relaxed.
But with last week's busyness, I didn't get a chance to talk about how I listened to John Cho speak in San Francisco.
One thing he said really struck me. As a second-generation immigrant whose parents came from Korea, he described his parents as "cowboys," who came to the US for a better life, who came knowing nothing, not even the language of this future home. (Here's a link to more from his talk.)
And yet these rebels couldn't understand when their own children wanted to be rebels in paving their own frontiers that weren't as safe (jobs that weren't the doctor, engineer, or lawyer). This was an irony I never thought about.
This is an irony I go through every day.
As a fellow second-generation Asian American, I've struggled against a lot of expectations my parents tried to force on my life. Believe me, pop music critic, isn't one of the things immigrant parents can easily brag about.
So, in my first year as a critic, I took my mom to a concert, to Sheryl Crow - a performer who wasn't too loud, or too offensive. Before the show, I went through all the different genres on the radio - this is hip-hop, this is rock, this is country, and this is Sheryl Crow, so she could recognize the difference. Then I explained to her what a typical night would be like - what she could expect.
At the concert, my mom got into it and started pointing out potential people I could interview. She even got down with the music -- well, sort of.
And the only thing she wasn't really down with was Crow's outfit: some low-riding tight leather pants. My mom immediately forbade me from ever wearing pants like that.
I ended up writing the concert review about the uniqueness of the night, about bridging cultures and generations. (Here is a link to that story.) And the ironic thing is that Crow's public relations person at the time was someone like me, a second-generation Asian American who brought her mom to concerts in order for the mom to better understand what her daughter did for a living.
The pr person and I bonded over that.
Ever since that concert, I've continued bringing my parents to concerts, just so they understand me and my passion. Because of this, I've gone to some concerts I usually would never go to, like Yanni.
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'...
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+; email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org WHY: Memorial mega event
I was the ONLY reporter allowed backstage, so here are some moments from the night, some actually quite funny:
I bopped D-Roc from the Ying Yang Twins in the grill while trying to record his interview backstage.
In the beginning I wasn't even sure if I could get a straight interview from him. He has spent much of the time making funny noises then hollering. But, after I asked him how he keeps his voice up - the rapper stopped and went into a genteel soft voice - and said it was herbal tea. (You can hear the whole interview online.)
One headliner (and you can guess who) brought marijuana plants onstage. Here's the line-up list.
While Snoop Dogg was performing, The Game came outside the backstage area and greeted folks. I stood next to him for a long time (he's younger and taller than I thought, maybe around 6 feet or so). Then I stuck my hand out and shook his hand. He has soft fingers. (Earlier when he was performing, he passed out a blunt to a member of the audience and told them to share.)
While watching Snoop, The Game jigged, and enjoyed two blond girls who grinded in front of him. When fans noticed him, there was a cell phone photographing frenzy. He later spotted a little girl in the stands - made a pouty face, reached out for hand and kissed it.
R&B singer Natalie had watched Star Wars the night before. The former Houston Rockets cheerleader watched the blockbuster in a San Jose theater shut down just for her.
Backstage in their dressing room while Snoop was performing, The Frontline and EA-Ski were beat. (Their room made up of painted white brick was pretty bare. It consisted of one table of fruit and drinks and a few metal fold out chairs.) The Frontline, made up of Left and Locksmith, didn't want to touch any of the fruit laid out on the table, citing that they didn't know who else had been in there and that the food had been laying out all night.