Thursday, April 26, 2007

OUT 181 (TESTOSCOUTURE DETAILZ)


If you are logging on to this site that means either three things !) You are already a fan of my website or 2)You were at the SOLE event at the Palm House and you want more info about the fashion show! or 3)You were trying to log onto somewhere else.

Either one, you landed at the right place.

If you want to check out Ma'atology Productions fashion show TESTOSOCUTURE and want a $2 disocunt off your VIP or general admission ticket, just print this blog post and bring it to the event. (*This is only for those who do not RSVP before May 13)

Oh, you need to know where and when and all that. Righht. LOL

The show will take place, SUNDAY, May 13, 2007 at the Studio Altius, located at 3518-1 Greenwood Blvd., located in Maplewood (thats South St. Louis and taking Sutton across the railroad tracks). The event is in conjunction with 3 Way Promotions' event, A WOMAN'S WORTH: MUSIC, FASHION AND TREATS as a celebration to women during Mother's Day.

Starting at 5 p.m.--a VIP Reception with the models
6 p.m.-Showtime
8:30 p.m.--Post-Reception

VIP tickets are $15 and $10 general admission in advance if you RSVP before May 13. On the day of the show, tickets will be $20 VIP; and $15 general.

For your VIP admission you will receive

*Light lavish appetizers
*a drink ticket for the beverage of your choice
*VIP Seating for the fashion show

The event will consist of an all-male fashion show compeition with models from the area as well as Chicago and Indianapolis. who will competet for cash for the title Mr. Couture. There also will be dance skits and music and poetic tributes to the women who partcipate. Also expct a few surprises duiring the show as well.


Scheduled celebrity is Marcus Foy, model who was was seen on the Oxygen Network's Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency show.


The second component of the show is A WOMANS WORTH: FASHION, MUSIC AND TREATS by 3 Way Promotions who will provide music, entertainment and a serenade to the women who attend.

There also will be a health fair for Women's Health Awarensss Week.
Some of the proceeds will go to Geri's Heart, a brand new house dedicated to cancer outreach located at 9624 Meeks Ave. in St. Louis (they are having an open house Sunday April 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 BTW)

To RSVP, get ticket or general info, call 618.719.3160 or email at
manfashionshow@yahoo.com

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HELLO ALL THIS IS YOUR FAVORITE E-BLOGGER MA'AT HERE. WELL THIS GO ROUIND INSTEAD OF GIVING YOU HEADLINES OF WHATS HAPPENING (YA'LL KNOW WHATS GOING ON ANYWAY, RIGHT?) I"M JUST GOING TO GIVE YOU A SNIPPET OF WHAT I DID LAST WEEK CAUSE I AM DEEP IN THE TRENCHES OF PLANNING MY FASHION SHOW TESTOSCOUTURE (WHICH IS NOW A PART OF THE EVENT A WOMAN'S WORTH: FASHION, MUSIC AND TREATS) . AND OF COURSE THE EVENTS STUFF TOO.



Last Thursday, I checked out STL Comedian Guy Torry's (PICTURE ABOVE) JACK AND JOKES event that was an invite only event (AND NO VIP THANK GOODNESS) for thsoe who were luckyto attend. the drinks wer free(sponsored by Jack Daniels) and they said they had complimentary cabs if things got too bad for people to drive. On the bill were national comedians David Arnold (of the BET show, "Black Man Revealed"), Honest John and local comedienne Carmen. The show was cool. Honest John,who was last, stayed on too long. It was a work night and after 11 pm was a bit much. But overall the comedians featured were on point. The highlights were Guy Torry saying, " I'm sweatin up here like Fantasia at a spelling bee." (And that was the cleanest joke of the night actually),


David Arnold: His joke about his father was almost a memebr of the group the Ojays in the 70s and later had to bail his father out of jail and cussin him out....


Carmen: Telling her young daughter to teach her how to Pop, Lock and Drop it.


Honest John: How white kids stay when they are kidnapped and black kids gnaw out of tape to leave a kidnapper.


In the house were the Jack Daniels Girls, Kevin Johnson, Bill Beene, Danielle Fields and Kevin McCoy, Fred Finley, Jeron Hicks, Renuad Lucas, Big Tah and Mocha Latte.



On Friday I checked out three spots: Isley Brothers concert at the Fox, a B-day party at 1014 and the Loft.


Mocha and I checked out the Isley Brothers concert,with opening act STL native Angela Winbsuh(who used to be married to Ron Isley). The show was great. It was classic R&B music in full blloom. Winbsuh's hour set was all about her testifyin and sangin them classic high notes and even told the females in the crowd to get their papsmeres and get checked out. She used her stage as a pulpit to also talk about her bout with ovarian cancer a few years ago and how she was healed with the grace of God (And she is going on 52! and looks good). Some of the songs that she sang (or shall I say was able to see cause I was a lil late goin in. Thanks Mocha. LOL) was 'Your Smile" (without Rene of course) and a gospel tinged version of the song, I Learend to Respect the Power of Love that she penened for Stephanie Mills back in the mid 80s.


The Isley Brothers(PICTURED ABOVE) (or shallI say Mr Biggs and brother Ernie) 2 hour set was pretty much always what they always do by givin the crowd a laundry list of their classic hits from "Shout' to their latest Just came Here to chill. Although Ron Isley was a bit weathered in voice (and even sang some songs with a track), it was definitely live soul music 101 for those who have been bombarded by the hip-hop beat.


It was kind of bittersweet to see Mr Biggs cause this was in a way his last tour until he is sentenced for the tax evasion charges earlier this year. He had his family with him (his wife was singing background) and thats all that matters. The highlights were of course the bedroom ballads (Atlantis, Choosey Lover, Between the Sheets, For the Love of you...).



After the show me and Mocha drove to 1014 where someone (I dont know who ) was celebrating a B-day. The b-day guy rented out the back of the club and it was an all you can drink with a wristband. The party was cool. I felt a little overdressed, but that was ok. The crowd wasnt really my crowd with the thundercats, but I got my party on. I saw Steve Lacy up in there who looked like he was surprised to see me. We chatted for a bit and we went on our mighty way. On the 1s and 2s was DJ Charlie Chan Saprono.


After 1014, Mocha and I checked out the Loft (well, it was either ethere or back home). Nothing was really poppin but the usual partiers. I got me some fries at the kitchen and ate those. I think I even nodded on the couch. I was buzzed from 1014. LOL.




On Saturday I checked out Laughs on the Landing's Comedy Show with Dominique and Joe Clair(PICTURED ABOVE WITH COMEDIAN DEE LEE) . I checked out the one sponsored by hot new social newtorking group FREE TIME. Thw show was cool. I was gald I got to thw right show--eventually . I attended the 8 o clock show and almsot got in trouble with the BIG bouncer/security guy taking snaps without anyone knowing who I was. (He tapep dme on teh shoulder and did the "Lemme holla at ya" gesture) But it was all cool when it was understood that I was part of the media (and the Bouncer guy is like a gentle giant cause he was actually begging for the photograohers to take his snapshot afterwards with the comedians. CLASSIC) and Free Time was sponsoring the 10 oclock and after party. The comedians were in rare form. The highlights with two main comedians:


Dominique: Her soon to be classic nonverbal comedy bit regarding her finding out her next door neighbor is part of the Amercias Most Wanted show that they are watching. Joe Clair was hilarious from beginnignto end. But the best was when he was talking about how his older brother who is gay taught him everything (like cooking, and cleaning) except fight and how he used to attend gay pride events at the age of 11 and had hs picture on the front page of the NYC papers as one of the attendants (He also called New York "Curious George")


Both comedians also referenced to a shootout that occured earlier that day at Crowne Hotel in East St. Louis where they were stayin. At first people in the crowd thought they were joking, but it turned out it was for real. Now that was too much playin!


Local comedian Deandre helped introduced Joe Clair and Laughs owner/comedian Dee Lee brought on local singer Jvar to perform on the first show (of what I saw.

LOL


On Sunday, I checked out 3 Way Promotions (Thats Big Tah, y'all) monthly Jam Boree where local talent is showcased. Some of the artists showcased included poets Floyd Boykin, Fo feet and Robert Dillard (who stole the show with his acoutsic poetic version of Back That Ass up), comedians Deandre, Carmen and Javon Bibbs and R&B singers Az One and Coco Soul. The event was good. Mocha Latte hosted the event (PICTURED ABOVE DOING HER BEST KIKI SHEPHERD FOR A PRIZE)) and even spiitted some lyrics to the crowd as well.


Afterward, as Mocha and I were leaving out, out front was the poetry group Sisters Speak who were congregatin and well, being 'lady loving" in their circle waiting on where they were going next. It was definitely a sight to see.




TO PEEP OUT THE PICS TO THESE EVENTS, GO TO OUT 179.



EVENTS -BITZ Stress Free Fridays--PLEASE READ!> > Friday, April 27, 2007 > 5pm> > Maryland House@Brennan's (website under> construction)> 4659A Maryland Avenue> St. Louis, Missouri 63108> Central West End> 314-361-9444

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From Sharee Galvin’s CORNER:
3 Way Promotions presents Jam Boree: Comedy, Poetry and R&B, April 22 Hosted by Mocha Latte 7:30 p.m. ADV tickets $10 ; $15 at the door featuring poets Floyd Boykin, Fo Feet; singers Co Co Soul and Az One and comedians Carmen and Deandre. For more info call 314/713-0926 or 314/ 646-9917 SAY THAT YOU SAW THiS ON MY SITE AND GET A DISCOUNT AT THE DOOR!


Blackmons Plaza Presents Male Explosion, Sunday , May 6 , 7 p.m. at 127 Collinsville Ave. Hosted By Mocha Latte, ADV tickets $20, $25 At DOOR, VIp tickets $40 (includes Champagne Tickets available at Blackmons Plaza, Club Illusion, Metrotix, Top Styles, Personal Touch Boutique, Foster’s Elegant Salon, and satisfied Inc (25th and State. For more info call 618,. 531. 8522 or 618. 567. 8912.


WEDNESDAYS: "HUMP DAY-GOT LYRICS?" Formerly LYRICS ON THE LOU, at THE LOFT 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows.


Sharee is also promoting STL based author Cheriyln Michael’s second book “First Fridays”.For any info on these events email Sharee at sgalvin26@yahoo.com
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SOLE, Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., Palm House, 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove Park. Fellaz—Upsace Dress plus sneakers and first 100 Ladies before 9 p.m. get in FREE for more info go to www.sygugroup.com or www.myspace.com/sygu3



The April Eye Candy Party is Friday the 27th @ Society. Here is your Chance.... no really, celebrity judge and host Chance of, "I Love New York" will be in the building! Doors open at 9 p.m. Ladies are only $5 until 11:00. For more info go to www.ecmodeling.com/


BLACK REP’S SYMPOSIUM SERIES CONTINUESBeyond August Wilson: The State of African American TheatreSt. Louis, MO – FREE and open to the public. For more information visit our website, www.theblackrep.org or call (314) 534-3807.NEXT UP ON THE SCHEDULE:Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. at The Grandel TheatrePlaywrights’ Panel DiscussionThe distinguished panel will feature Samm-Art Williams, Bill Harris and Regina Taylor.



Geri’s Heart, a home for outreach for women with breast and cervical cancer is having an open house for Geri’s Heart , at 9624 Meeks Ave. (Page Blvd, South on Delmar), Sunday April 29 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. RSVP by April 20 by calling 314/646-0819 or 314/993-6267


Invite 2 UGA-STL Hip Hop SLAMS sponsored by McDonalds (29 April @ 5pm) 314.363.7187




EVENT SPOTLIGHT


VANITA APPLEBUM PRESENTS> > COULTRAIN A/K/A SEYMOUR LIBERTY > > > > WHO:> > > > St. Louis’ own, Coultrain a/k/a Seymour Liberty,> > named the Riverfront Times’ best R&B artist> (2003). > > He’s often compared with the likes of Bill Withers> > and Anthony Hamilton, to name a few. Though> > similar, Coultrain’s emotional, full-bodied tone> has> > carved a niche of its own. > > > >


WHAT:> > > > “I have a lot of stuff in my catalog but my> > first album out, I want to make an impact,”> > Coultrain says. The time has come to electrify his> > hometown with a performance supporting the release> > of his long awaited album, “The Adventures of> > Seymour Liberty”. He describes this album as “a> > story, set to music, about coming of age and the> > struggle between the physical and spiritual> world.” > > “The Girl of My Dreams”, the debut single, has> > already created noise. Check it out at> > www.myspace.com/coultrainmusic.> > > >


WHEN:> > > > Sunday, April 29, 2007> > Doors open @ 7P; Showtime @ 8P. > > > > WHERE:> > > > Missouri History Museum > > Forest Park @ Debalivere in Forest Park > > > > HOW:> > > > Tickets on sale now at the History Museum, or by> > calling 314.361.9017.> >




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Yari Yari Writersclose National Poetry Monthwith a reading onSaturday, April 28, 20071 o'clockPrince Hall Family Support Center4411 N. Newstead in the lower-level cafeteria.
Dear Friends,The Yari Yari writers recently received a letter of praise from former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, who read their creative writing in the Kwanzaa edition of Sisters~Nineties.Yari Yari writers have been busy with visual as well as literary art this session. Come see and hear what our youth has created.We look forward to your presence at the Yari Yari poetry reading this Saturday, April 28th. The reading begins at 1 o'clock in the lower-level cafeteria at Prince Hall. Light refreshments follow.Questions? Telephone me at 367-4223 for details on the reading or about the Yari Yari 2007 Summer Literary Camp (July 2-August 1, 2007).
Peace,D. Morrowloving

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"Brian McKnightThursday, May 3, 2007 • 8pm With special guest JOE Veteran soul singer Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of American soul man since 1991. Blending his velvety voice and silky style, McKnight captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashioned. McKnight performs LIVE at the Fox Theatre for one night only in support of his latest release, Ten.Call MetroTix ticketing center at 314-534-1111 or 800-293-5949 for tickets.




Attend the 2nd Annual PRONTO Fashion Show on Friday, May 11, 2007, 6:30 PM. Hosted at the historical site of 555 Washington Avenue. Don’t miss St. Louis’ only international runway fashion show where the Best Voted Designer and Best Voted Model will be selected! Proceeds will also benefit a children’s fund as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Campaign! For ticket information, please call 314/534-9251 or go to http://www.prontofashion.com/ for more information.....................................




TESTOSOCUTURE: MAN FASHION SHOW (SEE OUT 181 FOR MORE INFO)



Platinum Group Inc and global EntertainmentGroup present Mothers Day Gospel Fest SPirit of Love, with Deitrick Haddon Sunday. May 13 , Adams Mark Hotel 4th an Chestnut 7 p.m. For tickets call, 314/231 3500.Tables of ten are $500 Ticket prices are $39, $35 and $29





Patricia Degener: A Retrospective at The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC). This exhibition will run through Sunday, May 20, 2007Regional Arts Commission6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 314-863-5811 x 20





Last Sunday and Perefection presents Kama Sutra, Sunday. April 29 at the CEW Bed and Breakfast from 7 p.m. to midnite, 4045 Washington. Ladies FEE til 8 p.m.; $5 til 10 p.m. for mor einfo call Boone at 314.761.5160



JPEK CreativeWorks presents Me, Don and the Psychiatrist written and directed by Joel P. E. King April 19 – 29, Thur – Sat. @ 8p.m. Sun. @ 3p.m. Showing:The Space 322 N. Vandeventer,. Come and enjoy a fun, .For more info, contact JPEk at jpekcreations@hotmail.com




NYC-BITZ- Here's a special opportunity for you to see two incredible shows for the price of one. The first 25 people to purchase a pair of tickets to the "3rd Annual Black 2: Broadway Celebrates the Tony Awards" will also recieve a pair of tickets to see August Wilson's tenth and final work "RADIO GOLF".Directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Gem of the Ocean) and starring Harry Lennix (Stomp the Yard, Fox's "24", NBC's "Commander in Chief") and Tony Award winner and Olivier Award Nominee Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change). Tickets are now available at www.theatermania.com




AUDITION BITZ- HotCity Theatre Company announces auditions for the final two Mainstage productions of its 2007 Season and for the 2007:General Auditions:What: Bring a single one to two minute monologue.Where: Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive StreetWhen: Saturday, May 5 10:00-11:00 (AEA); 11:00-2:00 (Open)How: To schedule an audition please email your request to Chuck Harper @ charper@siue.edu on or after Saturday, April 7th. You will be assigned the nearest available time to your request and contacted with this information. If you encounter difficulty with this email you can reach Chuck at 314-616-1519 after Saturday,April 7th.



Neil Simon's hilarious portrait of a suite at the Plaza Hotel and three couples who were guests there: suburbanites who honeymooned there 23 years before (or was it 24?), a Hollywood producer and his childhood sweetheart, and the parents of a bride who has locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding day. One of Neil Simon's best! (Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.)
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2007 SHOW INFO



Greetings!
OPEN AUDITIONS for
PLAZA SUITE
a comedy by NEIL SIMON

Tuesday, May 8 & Thursday, May 10, 7pm

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Parts are available for 6 men and 5 women.


Audition Dates: May 8 & 10
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: St. Peters Community and Arts Center, 1035 St. Peters-Howell Road, St. Peters, Missouri
Performance Dates August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
More Info & Directions


ONGOING BITZ WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK.


For pubbin, email me at maatspear@yahoo.com!

OUT 179 (PARTY PICZ)

HERRE ARE SOME PICS FROM EVENTS I ATTENDED LAST WEEK (PHOTOS BY MA'ATOLOGY)

LEFT: YOURS TRULY, Ma'at, chillin at the Joe Clair/Dominique comedy Show After Party at Laughs On the Landing Saturday.
RIGHT: 3Way Promotions team: Mocha Latte and Big Tah after their successful showacse event, Jam Boree ateth Loft on Sunday.


AT THE JAM BOREE: LEFT: coemdian Darrius Bradford being his silly self....RIGHT: Poet FoFeet spittin her poem, "Words."






LEFT: Sexy singer/cafe Soul co-creator Coco Soul singin up some Chaka Khan....




RIGHT: Vet poet Floyd IMPAKT Boykin testifyin on the mike.







LEFT: Poet Robert Dillard who stole the show with a acoutsic/poetic version of "Back that Ass Up (And No he is not dead!)






RIGHT: poet Ainouku Saadiq(Any kin to Raphael?)







LEFT: R&B singer Reggie Hunter croonin for the crowd.







RIGHt: Local singer Miahni









LEFT: Coemdian Javon Bibbs (who had to follow Robert Dillard-Bless you. Oh and thanks for the pop lock lesson at Laughs on Landing.LOL)













Sexy duo Az One, the most polished act of the night!










Coco Soul, the Post's Kevin Johnson (pay attention to the cam, you! LOl) and Fo feet before the JamBoree festivities.











AT LAUGHS ON THE LANDING: RIGHT: Social networking group FREE TIME chillin at the Joe Clair/Dominique Comedy Show After Party. FROM LEFT: Adrian Saddler, Allen Whitney, Javon Bibbs, Roy Robinson Jr. (Dig the hat!) and Darryl "Avant" Frierson













FROM THE JAMBOREE SHOW: Valarie Johnson and Boone (Hmmm, are there any fireworks goin on? )











LAUGHS ON LANDING: RIGHT: Comedian Deandre




















Local singer J'Var dubbed "the Don of R&B ." Check out his demo at
www.myspcae.com/onejuju For booking contact jusrite_management@yahoo.com. I hear he's about to open up for Tyrese when he comes to the STL next week. Congrats!
















RIGHT AND BELOW:DA CROWD at LAUGHS ON LANDING































Yani Company husband and wife team Mr. and Mrs. JW Moore at the Laughs on the Landing After party.




















RIGHT: Sexy model Mornay and singer J'var chiilin at the After Party.
























Some ladies gettin their relax on at the After Party-- Shaunta, Quiana and Danielle.























Couple Leon and April at the After Party.














At JACK AND JOKES: LEft: Honest John givin the crowd is share of "black" comedy. He reminds me of a mix between George Carlin and Richard Pryor.























Local comedian Carmen.
















AND THE LIQUOR WAS FREE!










"BET Black Men Revealed" host and comedian David Arnold givin his funny to the crowd. I wonder if he remember hecklin me at the Laugh Factory last year when I was in Hollywood and he said that my shirt sleeve shirt was sexy. LOL.


















Thursday, April 19, 2007

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Hello e-blog fans this is your No. 1 e-blog editor Ma’atology here again for ya.

Workin Overtime for sure!

So let me get to it before I lose it.

The nation is still morning the death of 32 students at that were gunned down by Virginia Tech student Cho Seung-Hui (SEEN ABOVE) this week. They say that’s was the worst and deadliest tragedy in modern history ( I beg to differ-but I digress).

Instead of regurgitating what everybody knows about this situation and the shocking infamous video that was mailed to NBC of his manifesto, the latest in the news on this horrible situation is Hui was picked on, pushed around and laughed at over his shyness and the strange way he talked when he was a schoolboy in the Washington suburbs, former classmates say. The high school classmates' accounts add to the psychological portrait that is beginning to take shape, and could shed light on the video rant Cho mailed to NBC in the middle of his rampage at Virginia Tech.

THIS IS BEYIND WORDS OF THIS SITUATION. MY ONLY THING IS, AMEIRECA GETS TOO LAX IN A WORLD WERE TERRORISM IS HEIGHTENED. NOW CAMPUSUS WILL MAKE ALL THES EEFFORST TO PROTECT SCHOOLS FROM THE HILT> I JUST HOP ETHAT RACIAL PROFILING DON’T COME INTO PLAY IN THESE LATEST WATCHDOIG HAPPENINGS>


The Major Baseball League went all out to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brooklyn Dodger the late Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the major leagues with a celebration at Dodger Stadium. Major leaguers from across the country also wore Robinson’s old number 42 as well.

My thing is, it took someone to get him there, you get what I mean?


Users of the hand-held BlackBerry e-mail device, a communications lifeline for movers and shakers from the White House to Wall Street, endured hours of disrupted service before the system was restored on Wednesday.

Sunjaya is voted off and Simon is in hot water for rolling his yes during one of the contestants making a statement about the Virginia Tech killings!
What’s next, Ryan Seacrest having a wardrobe malfunction?



LOCAL

There were two upsets in local political elections this week. Incumbent east St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer's second tour of duty as the city's mayor came to an end Tuesday. Former City Manager Alvin Parks (PICTURED ABOVE) got 3,730 votes to Officer's 3,697. Parks ran with the support of the city's Democratic Central Committee East St. Louis, with all 44 precincts reporting, unofficial results put Mayor Carl Officer just 33 votes behind former city manager and Councilman Alvin Parks, the candidate favored by the city's Democratic establishment. Voter turnout in East St. Louis was almost 33 percent, a high figure for a municipal election.

There, Officer, also mayor from 1979 to 1991, faced claims that he had failed to deliver on the promises that helped him win in 2003 over a Democratic favorite. The city has continued to struggle in recent years with crumbling infrastructure, extreme poverty and open drug dealing.

"I'm elated. It has been hard work, but clearly all the people on the ground were making their best effort tonight and it was a solid, total execution," Parks said. "It's a wonderful, wonderful night. We have a new direction for East St. Louis."

And in Fairview Heights, with all 22 precincts counted, Mayor Gail Mitchell lost by seven votes to former St. Clair County Board Chairman Vic Canty.


A benefit is set for tomorrow night in East St. Louis to raise money to cover the funeral expenses of a mother and four children killed during a fire in their Cahokia home last Friday. Services will be Saturday for 32-year-old Yuasheika Douglas, her daughters -- eleven-year-old Tamadja Morgan and ten-year-old Taikia Morgan -- and her nine-year-old son, Tyrique Morgan.
The Pharaohs Motorcycle Club in East St. Louis, along with other organizations, will host a benefit fish fry from seven to eleven p-m tomorrow to help in the funeral expenses. The benefit will be at the club's headquarters (338 Collinsville Road in East St. Louis).
Donations also can be made to the Douglas Family Memorial fund at any Regions Bank.
A spokeswoman for the Illinois fire marshal's office says a cause of the fire has not yet been pinpointed, but it's not considered suspicious.
Services for the family will be at noon at New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Centreville.
Investigators from the Illinois fire marshal's office have yet to pinpoint a cause of the fire that killed a mother and her three children last week, a spokeswoman said Monday.Investigators are continuing to look for clues at the scene, said Patti Thompson, communication manager with the state agency. The State Fire Marshal is investigating whether an electrical short possibly in the family's kitchen or laundry room may have ignited the fire...


A consumer web site featuring profiles and statistics on communities throughout the nation, ranked the city ninth in a top ten 2007 poll of best places to live in the country. Asheville, N.C., Traverse City, Mich. and Utica, N.Y. ranked first, second and third. Other cities on the list were Chicago, Portland, Maine, San Francisco, Stevens Point, Wis. and Spencer, Ia. Rapidly growing O’Fallon has again found itself in the national spotlight as a great place to call home.
THIS JUST IN: AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSIUTY AT EDWARDSVILLE
SIUE student and president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity Andrew Stone is being held at Madison County Jail for making threatening statements against the university on Facebook, The Alestle has learned. As of Thursday afternoon, his Facebook status said, "I'm going to bomb the school because it's obvious we cannot co-exist.…
OH SHIT!!!

LOCAL/REGIONAL Missouri State University locks down a campus building after a professor received a threatening e-mail from a student. No weapons or explosives were found and authorities reopened the building less than an hour later.

Springfield police said 30-year-old Christopher Suttles was arrested on suspicion of making a terroristic threat. A language professor who received the e-mail alerted university security and Springfield police. Craig Hall -- home to the College of Arts and Letters -- was locked down for about 45 minutes while police and campus security searched for possible explosives or other threats. Nothing was found and classes resumed.

Missouri State President Michael Nietzel said the threat was a possible ripple effect of this week's shooting massacre at Virginia Tech.
HERE WE GO.
Missouri native Sheryl Crow, is riding aboard a bus that uses biodiesel fuel, on an 11-stop college tour to raise awareness about global warming. Accompanying the Grammy-winning singer is Laurie David, who produced the film on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," which won the Oscar for best documentary earlier this year.


Isnt it ironic that none of the schools in the Missouri area was chosen for this tour?


AND NOW ONTO MY TRAVELS

On Friday I checked out the A-List Party at Drunken Fish. I was invited by local model (and Testosocuture finalist) Carlos Mcclaurin. I called dup my newest buddy 100 Collegiate Black men president at Harris Stowe Renaud Lucas to see if he wanted to tag along. He met me up there and we networked throughout the set. It was a mixed crowd. It was giving you NYC for real. I really enjoyed going there instead of debating on whether to check out the Tank concert that wassat Club Society (which I heard was nice).


On Saturday, I had my last photo shoot for my fashion show at my office at the Water Geyser. It turned out well and even got a wardrobe assistant out of the game, Renuad Lucas’ brother Darrius Chapman. Later on that day, I checked out my email at Impact gaming Center in OFallon and ran up on an email from Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency model Marcus Foy (PICTURED ABOVE) who wanted to more info about my show! He left me his contact info and since then I have made a connection with Foy and his Louisiana accent is a hearing in itself! (and he is very down to earth). He has given me some contacts and hopefully I can fly him in to the Lou (As a matter of fact his mother lives in St. Louis).

Later on, I was going to see if I wanted to risk my life and go to club Society to check out Kyjuan’s B-day party at Club Society. I’m glad I didn’t cause I hear that over 2,000 people were trying to crowd up in the two story club. And that is bananas! I Up in there was Nelly, and Lil Wayne (who performed, but the rest of the guests (Rich Boy, Jim Jones, etc.) couldn’t even get in and I heard they went to the east Side to wreck havoc over at Blackmon’s Plaza and the club over there had to close early (which was about 3 in the morning and it closes at 6 ) . that wa too much playin. The rappers were in town for a concert up at Scott Trade center.


On Sunday I had another meeting on my fashion show Testsocouture with Mocha Latte and Big Tah. The idea is to combine our ideas for a fashion show and a serenade to women for Mothers Day. We are getting it together and now scrambling for sponsors for our idea. The revamped title of our show is now, “A WOMANS”WORTH: FASHION, MUSIC AND TREATS. "

On Monday, I drove to I AM Boutique t pick up my two comps to STl Native and former Majic 104.9 personality Guy Torry's; Private event JACK AND JOKES at the Loft. I chatted with the managers for a minute and hauled doff to the gym (Thanks Walk for spotting the toothpaste stain on my bottom lip. LOL) -IAM

On Tues, I checked out the motivational film, “The Secret’ at Emerson Theater at Harris Stowe U. It was put on by the 100 Collegiate black Men organization9I saw you Coco tipping out during the panel discussion. LOL) . It was very inspirational mostly talking on the laws of attraction, visualization and spirituality. Afterwards, they had a panel discussion with local experts relationship doctor Leticia Buckner, peer mentor Darrius Chapman (and a snazzy dresser I must say), chiropractor Dr Jennifer MccCleary and Minister (and comedian) Mutwasze. I definitely recommend checking this film out if you need some inspiration about your dreams and your being. Just go to the www.secrettv.com



On Wednesday I did triple duty. First, I rolled over to local actor/director Joel P.E. King’s grand opening of his new art gallery The Space on 322 Vandeventer. They had a meet and greet up in there. Some of the supporters were Kathi Bentley, Kevin Johnson and actress Cody Aaron. Soon after they had performed an act of JPEK’s season opener Me Don and the Psychiatrist with LA. Williams and King (SEEN ABOVE ) . I stayed right after the first act was over and drove over to the County for Midwest Spa and salon’s Wine Down Wednesdays.

So I got to Wine Down and it reminded me of a VFW East Boogie kind of feel with black folks gettin together and networking. It kind of reminded me of First Fridays to be like—networking and getting to know people on a business level. What was also off the chain was the catered food (pork sirloin, the shrimp plate and strawberry and cream set up) and free alcohol. You hear me? FREE. From A to Z. I am definitely going to the next one next month.

It was going on 11 or so and I drove back near downtown to check out the tail end of Mocha Latte's popular Got Lyrics event (What was up with the vibrator story Mo? LOL) . I missed featured poet Robert Dillard, buy they had a few poets that were good especially this new poet named Michele who had a poem about Dead Beat Mothers (You had to be there to hear that one!).

After about an hour or so, I said byes and headed to work at the Water Geyser.

FOR PICS OF THESE EVENTS GO OTO OUT 177

STL-TIDBITZ . Monthly R7B event CafĂ© soul was listed in the ST. Louis Post Dispatch’s Sunday paper which was include das one of the venues that R&B artist can perform.
Click link for story:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday and type in Cafe Soul…. Well another nightclub in the STL has been laid to rest, Dreams closed its doors a couple of weeks ago…I heard former American Idol finalist Lisa Tucker (The Aaliyah lookalike) was signin autographs at the Chesterfield mall last week. Did anyone see her I f so, did she sing?....East St. Louis native and president of BET Reginald Hudlin announced that BET has unveiled the most ambitious lineup of originals in the network's 26-year history -- a slate of 16 new series that includes projects from Will Smith, Vin Diesel, D.L. Hughley and Orlando Jones….St. Louis native comedian Cedric The Entertainer will team up with Martin Lawrence wand James Earl Jones for the movie The Better Man. Lawrence will play a talk show host who reunites with his family in the Deep South….The show goes on for Singer Ronald Isley. Isley faces 37 months in jail since his conviction on tax evasion charges. He is currently appealing the judge’s decision, and he is due to be sentenced in August. In the meantime, Isley has been hitting the road, and he has his family with him (He is coming to St. Louis this Friday at the Fox). Portions of the concert are being filmed for a DVD. Isley says his strong faith in God is holding him up…Rip to Award-winning Actor Roscoe Lee Brown. The 81-year old died from cancer. He was a graduate of the Jefferson City, Mo HBCU Lincoln University. He was featured on the TV shows Sanford and Son, Good Times, All in the Family, Barney Miller and Soap. He won an Emmy for guest starring on The Cosby Show and was in the movie Uptown Saturday Night.

CHART-IDBITZ. Baby Huey is making his steady climb on all there charts on the Billboard charts this week with his jam, “Pop, Lock and drop it.” . On the Hot 100, he moves up from 30 to #23 in its 8th week; It moves up one spot from 13 to 12 on the R&B charts in its 17th week and moves up from #8 to #6 on the rap Tracks chart in its 8th week.



MA'AT-IDBITZ. I have all my models for my all-male models so far. It has been like pulling my own teeth trying to find the right mix of guys. You can check them out on OUT 176!....Thanks mark Anthony Jones for the tag. LOL. I had to go to the Traffic Violations spot on 7th and Olive to pay on those FOUR parking tickets that has grown from small fines to OH MY GOD fines.. ….



EVENT-IDBITZ

STRESS FREE FRIDAYS will be at Posh this week on Euclid in the CWE . 5 p.m.

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From Sharee Galvin’s CORNER:
3 Way Promotions presents Jam Boree: Comedy, Poetry and R&B, April 22 Hosted by Mocha Latte 7:30 p.m. ADV tickets $10 ; $15 at the door featuring poets Floyd Boykin, Fo Feet; singers Co Co Soul and Az One and comedians Carmen and Deandre. For more info call 314/713-0926 or 314/ 646-9917 SAY THAT YOU SAW THiS ON MY SITE AND GET A DISCOUNT AT THE DOOR!
Blackmons Plaza Presents Male Explosion, Sunday , May 6 , 7 p.m. at 127 Collinsville Ave. Hosted By Mocha Latte, ADV tickets $20, $25 At DOOR, VIp tickets $40 (includes Champagne Tickets available at Blackmons Plaza, Club Illusion, Metrotix, Top Styles, Personal Touch Boutique, Foster’s Elegant Salon, and satisfied Inc (25th and State. For more info call 618,. 531. 8522 or 618. 567. 8912.
WEDNESDAYS: "HUMP DAY-GOT LYRICS?" LYRICS ON THE LOU WILL NOW BE AT THE LOFT
Sharee is also promoting STL based author Cheriyln Michael’s second book “First Fridays”.For any info on these events email Sharee at sgalvin26@yahoo.com
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JPEK CreativeWorks presents Me, Don and the Psychiatrist written and directed by Joel P. E. King April 19 – 29, Thur – Sat. @ 8p.m. Sun. @ 3p.m. Showing:The Space 322 N. Vandeventer,. Come and enjoy a fun, .For more info, contact JPEk at jpekcreations@hotmail.com
SOLE, Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., Palm House, 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove Park. Fellaz—Upsace Dress plus sneakers and first 100 Ladies before 9 p.m. get in FREE for more info go to www.sygugroup.com or www.myspace.com/sygu3


EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Mo Spoon on MPAC presnets Eye Candy part, Club Society, Friday> April 27 9 p.m. Hosted by I Love New York relaity Star. Chance. Toickets $5 for ladies after
The April Eye Candy Party is Friday the 27th @ Society. Here is your Chance.... no really, celebrity judge and host Chance of, "I Love New York" will be in the building! Doors open at 9 and ladies are only $5 until 11:00. VIP and bottle service are available. There also will be Jack Daniel's drink specials all night long!Who will be Miss April Eye Candy Model? Ladies have a chance to win $500 and a premier PR package from MPAC. The PR package includes: radio interviews, television appearances, picture and bio in the St. Louis American, and photo shoots! All ladies have to do to enter is register for FREE before 11:00. For more info go to www.ecmodeling.com/

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BLACK REP’S SYMPOSIUM SERIES CONTINUES
Beyond August Wilson: The State of African American Theatre
St. Louis, MO – As part of our 30th Anniversary, The Black Rep has hosted a series of events members focusing on the history and progress of African American theatre featuring guest lecturers from across the country, panel discussions with Tony-Award winning actresses and directors and special previews with designers and cast. The 30th Anniversary Symposium Series is sponsored by Emerson.

Events are FREE and open to the public. For more information visit our website, www.theblackrep.org or call (314) 534-3807.

NEXT UP ON THE SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. at The Grandel Theatre
Playwrights’ Panel Discussion

The distinguished panel will feature Samm-Art Williams, Bill Harris and Regina Taylor and will focus on two themes; The Impact of August Wilson on African American Theatre and The Future of African American Theatre Beyond August Wilson.

Geri’s Heart, a home for outreach for women with breast and cervical cancer is having an open house for Geri’s Heart , at 9624 Meeks Ave. (Page Blvd, South on Delmar), Sunday April 29 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. RSVP by April 20 by calling 314/646-0819 or 314/993-6267


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THE FOX CORNER
The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley AKA Mr. Biggs Friday, April 20, 2007 • 8pmWith guest Angela Winbush. The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley aka "Mr. Biggs" earned the first of their two Soul Train Music Awards nominations for Best R&B/Soul Album by a Group, Band or Duo for BABY MAKIN' MUSIC. "Just Came Here to Chill" was nominated for Best R&B Soul Single by a Group, Band or Duo. The Isleys' catalog features funky grooves like "It's Your Thing" and "Fight The Power" and eternal love songs like "In Between The Sheets" and "Summer Breeze.
"Brian McKnightThursday, May 3, 2007 • 8pm With special guest JOE Veteran soul singer Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of American soul man since 1991. Blending his velvety voice and silky style, McKnight captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashioned. McKnight performs LIVE at the Fox Theatre for one night only in support of his latest release, Ten.Call MetroTix ticketing center at 314-534-1111 or 800-293-5949 for tickets. .VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
Patricia Degener: A Retrospective at The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC). This exhibition will run through Sunday, May 20, 2007Regional Arts Commission6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 314-863-5811 x 20


Attend the 2nd Annual PRONTO Fashion Show on Friday, May 11, 2007, 6:30 PM. Hosted at the historical site of 555 Washington Avenue. Don’t miss St. Louis’ only international runway fashion show where the Best Voted Designer and Best Voted Model will be selected! Proceeds will also benefit a children’s fund as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Campaign! For ticket information, please call 314/534-9251 or go to
http://www.prontofashion.com/ for more information.....................................
Platinum Group Inc and global EntertainmentGroup present Mothers Day Gospel Fest SPirit of Love, with Deitrick Haddon Sunday. May 13 , Adams Mark Hotel 4th an Chestnut 7 p.m. For tickets call, 314/231 3500.Tables of ten are $500 Ticket prices are $39, $35 and $29

Ma'atology Productions presents TESTOSCOUTURE: MAN FASHION SHOW, Sunday, May 13, at the City Hall Rotunda, 1200 Market Street. Ticket info (TBD). VIP reception 5 p.m.; Show at 6 p.m.; If you want to be on the RSVP list before tickets go out, email me at
manfashionshow@yahoo.com!


NYC-BITZ- Here's a special opportunity for you to see two incredible shows for the price of one. The first 25 people to purchase a pair of tickets to the "3rd Annual Black 2: Broadway Celebrates the Tony Awards" will also recieve a pair of tickets to see August Wilson's tenth and final work "RADIO GOLF".Directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Gem of the Ocean) and starring Harry Lennix (Stomp the Yard, Fox's "24", NBC's "Commander in Chief") and Tony Award winner and Olivier Award Nominee Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline or Change). Tickets are now available at www.theatermania.com



AUDITION BITZ- HotCity Theatre Company announces auditions for the final two Mainstage productions of its 2007 Season and for the 2007:

General Auditions:
What: Bring a single one to two minute monologue.Where: Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive StreetWhen: Saturday, May 5 10:00-11:00 (AEA); 11:00-2:00 (Open)
How: To schedule an audition please email your request to Chuck Harper @
charper@siue.edu on or after Saturday, April 7th. You will be assigned the nearest available time to your request and contacted with this information. If you encounter difficulty with this email you can reach Chuck at 314-616-1519 after Saturday,
April 7th.

**Actors who auditioned at the January General Auditions do not need to audition again for these two shows.** Fat Pig, by Neil Labute
Directed by Marty Stanberry
Performances: Sept 6-22
Rehearsals begin Early-Mid August
Callbacks: Saturday, May 12th 2:00-5:00 Centene Center for the Arts

Permanent Collection, by Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Willliam Grivna
Performances: Nov. 15-Dec 1
Rehearsals begin Late October
Callbacks: Saturday, May 12th 11:00-2:00 Centene Center for the Arts

Character Breakdowns:

Fat Pig (2m, 2w):
All characters are "Manhattan-ites" and in their late 20's/early 30's
Helen: Oversized to obese. Very comfortable with her weight. Funny and charming with acerbic wit.
Tom: Yuppie, boy next door type, physically fit
Jeannie: Yuppie, svelt and gorgeous, tries to hide insecurities
Carter: Obnoxious, trouble making, very funny, physically fit

Permanent Collection (3m, 3w):
Sterling North: African American, mid 40's to early 50's, businesman
Paul Barrow: White, mid 40's, academian
Alfred Morris: White, late 50's or older, eccentric
Ella Franklin: African American, 60's or older, radiates goodness
Kanika Weaver: African American, late 20's, direct, career minded
Gillian Crane: White, 40's, Newspaper Reporter



ONGOING BITZ The Lindbergh Bistro Located inside the Airport Plaza Inn @ 70 & Lindbergh presents Show Me Entertainment Industry Nite every Wednesday nite , 6 p.m. Singers, producers, songwriters, dancers/choreographers, radio personalities, designers, models, actors, labels, promoters, djs, make up artists, stylists, web/graphic artists, barbers, beauticians, entertainment lawyers, image consultants, modeling agencies, models and entrepreneurs catering to the entertainment industry... For more info contact Terrence at 314.731.9808
Mingle and Mix Mondays , Mingle 4p.m. (Bring Ya Laptods and Biz Cards) Drink Specials, $1 off Appetizers and Mix with DJ Sir Thurl (8p.m. -1 a.m.) FREE before 9 p.m. $3-$5 Cover after 9 p.m. at the ST. Louis Happy Hour Bar and Grill inside PArkler Plaza, 12948 Halls Ferry at Parker Rd.Check out local comedian Brie Johnson's website podcast.
Make sure to logon to http://www.riverfrontradio.com/
and listen to the new morning radio talk show called "The Grey Area"!!! Every Monday morning from 10am to 12noon CST. Chat online with us, or call in to talk live on the air. It's one hell of a way to start the week!
For all of your fashion and fashion show needs, go to PRONTO at http://www.prontofashion.com/
Gravity presents Natty Lounge for Reggae Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-2.a.m, located at 1620 delmar. $5 door, ladies free til 11p.m., for more info, call 314-479-3376
Check out blog http://www.sistersnineties.blogspot.comfor local literary group Sister’s Nineties Afrocentricliterary activities for the family and youngsters
Check out Lachrisa Crenshaw’s spa products at http://www.warmspirit.org/esuite/home/chriscspirit,or call her at (314)401-0710
For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs and other special effects, contact Jessica Dana at http://www.jessicadana.com/or go to www.myspace.com/jessicadada13
For all of your STL club event plans, AD SPACE and pics,go to http://www.stlouis-online.com/.
For your catering needs, check out Collective Cateringcollectivecatering@yahoo.comlocated at4958 Cote Brilliante, their digits are 314-575-3333)
KDHX Radio’s Chuck Lavazzi has a hot new podcast calledSTAGE LEFT which he talks about CD reviews, news and the world of stage, screen, cabaret and related places.Go to it directly at http://tinyurl.com/zrqd7
Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radio playlist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at http://www.flowink.com/player-popup.htmor go to his myspace page www.myspace/enochisreal.For all your STL hip-hop info needs, go to http://www.stlhiphop.com/!
STL videographer Dana Christian has a hot website where people can send their professional music videos films to get exposed. Itis http://www.spitflix.com/.
Popular DJ Enoch has just posted a new episode on his podcast. the title is Knocturnal Sunshine Episode: Knocturnal Sunshine #214. You can hear it at http://knocradio.podOmatic.com/
Peep out veteran radio personality Edie Bee with her weekly jazz series Jazz on the Bee Side"Sundays from 1-3pmOn Soul Classics 1490 WESL AM
If you want to get on Vanita Applebum's hot new entertainment newsletter, email her at vanitaapplebum@yahoo.com
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WELL THATS IT! IF YA GOT ANYTHING FOR ME TO SCOOP OR PUB, hit me up email style at maatspear@yahoo.com!


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HERRE ARE SOME PICS FROM THE EVENTS I ATTENDED LAST WEEK (PHOTOS BY MAATOLOGY AND STLOUIS-ONLINE.COM)







ABOVE LEFT: Poet Te-Ve spittin fire at weekly Got Lyrics event at the Loft Wedsnesday . AT WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS AT MIDWEST SPA: ABOVE RIGHT: Brown-Kortamp Reality's Maia Johnson, Midwest Salon owner Eric White (I wont forget that cornrooll hook up. LOL) and YTB's Tijana....NEXT PIC Wine Down Sponsors: Sanchez Johnson (in orange shirt) of Neighborhood Connections , Maxine Elbert of Hollis Thomas Foundation(Love the blonde!) , Pam Boyd of St. Louis Caring and Alphonsus Stamps of Gap Reconnected.

SECOND ROW:LEFT: Boone and actor George Standford Browne (just kidding actually its Boone''s brother) of Perfection and DeMarco Davidson of Identity Theft Shield chillin RIGHT: St. Louis College of Health Center's Chastity Perry(in white leopard dress) and Nakeya Lee
NEXT ROW: LEFT: SOcilaites Kristen White and Francheska Holley...RIGHT: Travel agent husband and wife team Kathleen and Rahkmon Curbeam NEXT ROW: A crowd shot at Wine Down.


NEXT ROW: The crowd socializing before the opening of JPEK's art gallery, The Space on 322 Vandeventer.




LEFT: Some beautiful pottery at JPEK's new art gallery.

BELOW RIGHT: The panelists at Harris Stowe U's 100 Black Collegiate's program talking on their views on the motivational film, "The Secret": From left: Laticia Buckner, Darrius Chapman, chiropractor Dr. Jennifer McCleary and Minister Mutwaze at Emerson Theatre at Harris Stowe on Tuesday.






















PICS FROM THE A-LIST PARTY AT DRUNKEN FISH ON THE LANDING: LEFT: Renaud Lucas and YOURS TRULY






RIGHT: Drunken Fish owner Munsok and friend.

















DJs from M-Pressive Entertainment















Sexy ladies at the party.Love this pic!











Whats goin on here? Sista gettin her white man feel on!

















Clubbers partying at Club Xes, the club below the Drunken Fish















More partiers!



















I was behind a hooptie that had a TV set up in their car when I driving from Wine Down going to the Loft on Delmar and Enright!