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About Me
I'm the pop music critic 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: Green Day
Trailer: 2046
Videogame: Burnout 3

Mercury Reviews:
Art show: Heritage Bank of Commerce
Bar: Stratta
Book: ``Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003''
Comedy: Dame Edna
DVD: Star Wars
Restaurant: Hahn's Hibachi
Theater: Clouds Hill
TV show: Without a Trace

Sick site
Breakdancing Transformers

My Playlist

1. Snow Patrol: brooding ballads

2. Toby Lightman : opened for Prince

3. Martin Luther: SF singer for The Roots

Entertainment Resources
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • Urban Dictionary
  • VH1

  • Blogroll
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Boondocks: by Aaron McGruder
  • Dan Gillmor : Silicon Valley Dictionary
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Penny Arcade: Video Game comic
  • Friday, September 24, 2004

    Weekend outlook:

    It's still sunny, and there's lots of stuff to do - so break out the sunscreen and ch-check it out!

    This hula instructor is amazing - Kumu Hula (teacher
    of hula) Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu of Oakland, chants in a way that rumbles your insides. On top of that he makes hula girls look like "biker babes" - was the choreographer from Disney's "Lilo and Stitch" and was commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to compose a chant and hula for the Aquarium's newest exhibit, Sharks: Myth and Mystery.

    His performances are a must:

    WHAT: "KE AO HOU" ("A New Beginning")
    WHERE: Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, California
    WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
    TIX: $35.00 general; $75.00 VIP; VIP tickets include a pre-show reception from 6:00-7:15 p.m.
    WHY: To celebrate the opening of the Academy of Hawaiian Arts in Oakland.

    Other local events:

    WHAT: Peven Everett + Dj's Brian Russ, Fuse One, DJ Philthy and Sake One.
    WHERE: Hotel De Anza - 233 W. Santa Clara St. San Jose
    WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday 25
    TIX: $12 at the door
    WHY: Organic soulful funky jazz

    WHAT: Drama/Concert - "The Duke of Earl" featuring
    special music by Masada
    WHERE: Downtown Discovery Meadows/Guadalupe
    WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
    TIX: Free
    WHY: A play that depicts the inner city life of 2 rival gangs, put to the music of a Christian version of Tower of Power


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