Thursday, April 26, 2007

OUt 180


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.


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.


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

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

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 or

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

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, 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


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> >> > > >

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.> >


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


"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 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

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

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

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 @ 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.)

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


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