POP QUIZ: Jackie Xu

Each week The Advocate asks a different “quiz taker” for his or her current favorites in pop culture.

QUIZ TAKER: Jackie Xu, 17. “I’m a teaching assistant at The Dancers’ Workshop. After school I get to help teach the cutest little girls ballet — I love interacting with them and watching them jump and twirl around. On weekend nights I’m a ‘model’ at the Abercrombie Kids store.”

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: “Currently, I’m really into Death Cab for Cutie. Their Pandora station is probably my favorite, and their albums have been on repeat in the car. Other than them, I’m really liking Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver and Blind Pilot.”

WHAT I’M READING: “With ‘Nutcracker’ rehearsals, schoolwork, and college applications, it’s been hard finding time to read. If I were to have time though, I would definitely be reading all those classics they have for free in the iTunes store. I have a whole list of books that is awaiting me this coming summer.”

WHAT I’M WATCHING: “I’ll watch ‘Friends’ re-runs after school on TBS while I’m eating a snack before ballet class. When I fold laundry, I catch up on ‘Bones’ and ‘Castle’ on Hulu.”

WHERE I’M SURFING (ON THE INTERNET): “My top visited websites right now are probably Facebook, Tumblr, and the Common Application website, ha ha.”

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? “My guilty pleasure is definitely sour gummy worms. I literally obtained a three-pound bucket full of them during Thanksgiving break, and they’re almost all gone now. I have a little trouble admitting that I love watching ‘Adventure Time.’ I lied in that previous question about television — ‘Adventure Time’ all the way.”

BONUS QUESTION:
What gift is at the top of your list this Christmas?

“Socks. Colorful, thick socks. Maybe it’s the ballerina side of me, but I just want to keep my feet warm and cozy this winter, and my current supply of socks diminishes with each laundry load.”

EVENT INFORMATION: Xu performs in Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou” this weekend at the Baton Rouge River Center. For tickets, call (225) 766-8379.

Kyle Peveto

Advocate staff writer