Tuesday, August 26, 2008



Its Wednesday

Time to get OUT.....TOWN (OUTTOWN will be published next Thursday instead of Wednesday cuz of the Labor Day Holiday)

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OK now the newz:

Well this week for sure, its all about the Democratic National Convention in Denver Colorado and Chicago Senator Barack Obama accepting the nomination for President. Obama’s wife Michelle(a first for the Democratic Convention) presented a moving speech about her and her husbands background, Barack’s speaking at the convention via satellite from Kansas City after he watched his wife’s convention address from the home of Jim and Alicia Girardeau in Kansas City (and did yawl catch the infamous Ooops when he said that he was in St. Louis and his younger daughter asked him where he was and he said Kansas City? Priceless)

To watch Michelle Obama’s enigmatic speech go to

Missouri State Senator and Barack supporter Clair McCaskill spoke (but didn’t get any national coverage unfortunately) at the Convention. To watch Clair McCaskill’s speech go to

Meanwhile, Sen. Barack Obama, who will be at the Convention on Thursday, spoke to supporters in a plane hanger during in Kansas City on Monday. To check it out go to
And to watch Barack via satellite at teh Convention from Kansas City go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP6ZtReH5Tk&feature=related

And what’s up with these Barack death plotters? They just arrested a fourth suspect this week in Denver. Last weekend, a group of suspected drug users arrested in Denver over the weekend with guns and bullet-proof vests made racist threats against Barack Obama but posed no real danger to the Democratic presidential candidate.The three men - all said to have been high on methamphetamine when arrested - are the subject of an assassination investigation, but so far, authorities say, it appears they had no capacity to carry out any attack on Obama.

Yeah, and a yawn cant be contagious.
Meanwhile, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain will stump in O’Fallon, Mo., this Sunday as he travels to battleground states ahead of next week's Republican National Convention. The rally will be at 2 p.m. at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, 900 T.R. Hughes Blvd., according to McCain’s campaign Web site. Seating is first come, first served. Vice Presidential candidates Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will join the Arizona senator. McCain’s wife, Cindy, also plans to attend.

In local politics,
Mayor Francis Slay also got in some newz time this week. First, Slay signed an Executive Order barring the non-emergency purchase of bottled water by City government. The Order will help the environment by reducing the amount of plastic trash City Hall discard and save taxpayers approximately $25,000. But, the real purpose of the Order according to Slay “is call attention to a resource. We have an abundant supply of high-quality water in the City. That seems like something that might be taken for granted. But, it isn’t and we don’t. Thanks to the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers — and thanks to the hard work of the people in our Water Division — we have a lot of water and a lot of clean water. Under former director Dave Visitainer and now with Curtis Skouby, our Water Division is a world class operation.” In other words, $25 grand will be used for “other expenses.” Hmm, we wonder who will pocket I mean be granted that gift. LOL.

Second, the effort to boot St. Louis mayor Francis Slay from office is failing badly. Opponents who claimed they could get more than enough signatures to force a recall vote, now admit they're not even close. The effort to boot St. Louis Mayor from office is failing badly. Opponents who had predicted they could get more than enough signatures to force a recall vote, now admit they're not even close. After close to 10 months of collecting signatures, they are only about a third of the way of there. The door-to-door signature effort has now been suspended. We are sure Rebel Rousers Zaki Baruti and Anthony Shahid are somewhere cussin in a corner somewhere for sure.

Then, there were talk of the possible Mayoral campaign for current License Collector Mike McMillan as a possible challenger to Slay who has raised a milli for his re-election campaign (his second term ends March 2009). Rumor has it that McMillan could be in the running cuz he is the closest of having at least a six figure funds to run. Others who were speculate din running were former Fire Chief Sherman George and current Comptroller Darlene Green, but that was all it was hear say. It would be interesting if McMillan could run. He does have a certain Barack quality to himself. LOL.

Carjacking Gone Wrong at the Square? A woman getting her two young children out of the car at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights fended off a woman who pulled a gun on her in broad daylight and demanded the vehicle. The suspect fled in a getaway car driven by man, and the mom suffered minor injuries in what police described as a scuffle. The children were not injured. The mother parked her vehicle about 7 p.m. last Friday in the south Sears parking lot at the mall and was preparing to get her two toddlers out their car seats and out of the car when a four-door, charcoal gray Pontiac Grand Prix with Missouri tags pulled up behind her and a woman jumped out. Reports say after the vehicle pulled up on her, the passenger exited. The female approached the victim, pulled a gun on her and demanded her keys. The children were in their car seats, and the victim was accosted as she was getting them out of the car.The victim resisted, and there was a scuffle. The victim received very minor injuries that required no treatment. After the scuffle, the suspect got back into the car and they fled the area. The suspect is described as a black woman, around 25 years old, 5-feet, 5-inches with a thin build and wearing bright-colored clothing From the victim report, eyewitness reports and video, it twas a random crime. Now our thing is, why did the female do all the work and not the man? And, why didn’t she us ethe gun if she was that ride or die?This is too out of there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The shocker earlier in the week was the arrest and a guilty plea of Robert Brodzin a Shiner who embezzled funds from the Shriner Hospital for children for his leisure.Prosecutors said Brodzin scammed Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis for the last four years, costing the hospital $828,973. They said he used company credit cards for thousands of dollars in personal expenses, wrote checks on a duplicate account, and created three "dummy" companies that did not exist and used them to bill the hospital for goods and services that were never provided. .
Investigators said Brodzin used the money to buy two Hummer SUVs, a Corvette and a BMW. They said he bought a condo in Florida, took a Las Vegas vacation, purchased golf and health club memberships and season tickets for pro sports teams. Well as they always say, just when you think you wont get caught…..:

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson ended his holdout and signed a six-year, $44 million contract, ending a 27-day holdout. The 235-pound Jackson, a bruising runner and the centerpiece of the team's offense, is entering the final year of a five-year, $7 million deal he signed as a first-round pick in 2004. His prolonged stand perhaps reflected a realization of his value to an attack that averaged only 16 points last season while going 3-13. The Rams cut off negotiations in late July on the first day of training camp after Jackson's agent, Eugene Parker, turned down a deal the team said would have put Jackson in the top echelon at his position. At that time, Jay Zygmunt, the Rams' president of football operations, said there would be no further talks until the running back reported. Jackson had a physical last Thursday morning and made it onto the practice field. On whether Jackson will be ready for On if RB
Steven Jackson will be ready in time for Kansas City on Aug. 28) he said, “The tough part is we’ve got a limited week. We’re not going to be able to go out there and get out in full pads like a whole week of practice, enough to really get him as ready as you’d like for the game, but he will take snaps with, not only the first unit, but the second unit and the third unit, just to catch up on plays. Yeah, we do have a plan, just like we did when he got in. He’s had three straight days of working extra with his pads on and going out and running plays and doing all that while the other players aren’t out there. We’ve just got to keep accelerating and buying time whenever we can get time. And he’ll get a really good workout if he doesn’t play much or at all, I don’t know we haven’t decided.”

We are willing to bet he will, but then again, hasn’t Jackson pretty much wrote his own meal ticket on whether he wants to play or not?

Seven-thousand students in the St. Louis Public Schools did not attened the first day of school last Monday. 7,000 kids out of a projected enrollment of 28,000 stayed home Monday.Rick Sullivan, the chief executive officer of the St. Louis Public Schools, announced the attendance rate last Wednesday in a joint press conference with the man who last year appointed him to head the schools, Gov. Matt Blunt. A quarter of the students expected in class stayed home Monday despite back-to-school rallies and district participation this year in a national campaign encouraging fathers to walk their children to the first day of school. Monday's attendance notwithstanding, Sullivan called the local "Million Fathers March" a success. So much so, he added, that the district is asking fathers to walk their children to classes on the first day of the month throughout the school year. Meanwhile, the three members of the Special Administrative Board Melanie Adams, Richard Gaines, Rick Sullivan are still in negotiations in finding a replacement for the latest occupant of the superintendent's office, Diana Bourisaw,. identifying the finalists who will meet with the board, and then the public, at some point this summer. Melanie Adams, the administrative board member heading the search for a leader to succeed Bourisaw, says all options are on the table, including the possibility that a noneducator will soon occupy the top job in St. Louis. Or have that person been announced?

L. Thomas Lakin, a politically powerful lawyer with fading influence in Madison County, is set to plead guilty to federal drug charges on Sept. 3 in a plea bargain that avoids any reference to previous sex counts. According to a proposed plea agreement and "stipulation," or document where a defendant states wrongdoing, Lakin, 68, will plead guilty to possession with intent to deliver cocaine, distributing cocaine to a person under 21, and keeping premises where drugs were used. The stipulation stated that one count charges Lakin with providing cocaine to a person under 18. In exchange, charges that Lakin took a minor boy from Illinois to California for sexual purposes would be dropped. He previously pleaded not guilty to all counts.The 16-page plea agreement, filed Monday, also calls for Lakin to be fined $20,000 and to turn over $325,000 in lieu of forfeiting his residence, and to pay $180,000 to an Illinois charity as restitution.

Governor Blunt issued a word of warning for the St. Louis police board as it searches for a new police chief in the midst of the ongoing towing scandal. Blunt urged the board to do their homework in the search for the new chief. The search now includes 13 candidates. Members of the police board are well on their way to picking a new chief, despite the concerns of the governor and the police officers union.
There is a federal investigation underway into the use of seized vehicles by members of the police department, and even former chief Joe Mokwa's daughter.
The board hopes to have a decision by October. No word yet on when the federal investigation into the towing scandal will be over.

Southern rapper Lil Wayne, who has sold over 2 million albums this summer with Tha Carter III, brings his charismatic style to the new Chaifetz Arena this Saturday at Saint Louis University. Lil Wayne has dominated the Billboard charts this year with his June release of Tha Carter III, which sold over one million copies in its first week, a feat that had not been accomplished by any artist since 50 Cent three years ago. Three singles from Tha Carter III have all peaked in the Top 13 of the Billboard 100 including “Lollipop,” “A Milli,” and “Got Money.” According to Rolling Stone, Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” smashed records as the fastest selling ringtone in history. Well we hope he is going to show up cuz according to MediaTakeOut, from a number of different sources, the rapper checked himself into a Florida drug rehab over the weekend. Right now no one seems to be talking about it - so officially it's still a "rumor". But more evidence is coming forward that is making the rumor look more and more credible. For example, yesterday the rapper missed a mandatory court appearance in Arizona His lawyer told the judge that it was because of an "undisclosed medical procedure." Hmmmm.

An overnight accident last week left a gaping hole and a big mess at the Drury Inn Downtown. The accident happened last week when a pickup driver crashed through the wall of the second floor garage. The impact of the accident sent bricks flying, littering the ground and sidewalk below. There were no injuries or major structural damage to the building. There is no word yet on what caused the driver to drive through the wall of the garage.

A Caseyville, Illinois woman was arrested last Thursday for prostitution after detectives said they found an online ad offering sex. St. Clair County detectives received a tip Wednesday, according to Captain Steve Johnson, a sheriff's department spokesman. "We were notified via email anonymously that this individual was soliciting prostitution on the internet," Johnson said. Detectives found the women's entry on the online classified site Craigslist. They said emails were exchanged between undercover officers. "Pretty graphic, specifically going into what she would do and what she wouldn't do," Johnson said. During those email exchanges, detectives set up a meeting with the women at a hotel in Fairview Heights, and sex for money was discussed.
"There was one undercover officer in the room and several others there for security reasons," Johnson said.
Officers arrested 28-year-old Lynn Collins for prostitution. It was the third arrest in the past week in St. Clair County involving an alleged prostitute using Craigslist. Two women were arrested in Belleville last Friday.
Johnson said law enforcement was well aware of solicitation for sex on the Internet.
Collins bonded out of jail Thursday.
Man, we wonder if this was taped for the reality show, COPS. This is mos def sex, lies and videotape---- out of control!

The sisters of a missing Belleville woman are pleading with the public for help to find their sister.They are also putting up $10,000 of their own money as a reward to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the whereabouts of their sister, Janet Tillman. Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said there have been no solid leads on the case since Tillman was reported missing by her family on Nov. 5. She was last seen getting into a vehicle on Oct. 28 in the area of Ninth Street and Exchange Avenue in East St. Louis. Police found the individual who was driving the car she was last seen in, but no solid leads or evidence came out of interviews with the driver. Police have also gone back to interview people again and were unable to come up with any additional information. Janet Tillman, 50, is a black woman with medium skin tone; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; 185 pounds; and wears glasses. She has a scar on her neck from a trachea tube and a scar on her left eyebrow. She was also known to frequent the Illinois 203 Truck Stop in Troy and has a police record with several charges for solicitation and prostitution. The sisters added that Janet Tillman does have a history of a mental disability and was classified as fully disabled because she was unable to remember some things and had a strong inability to focus.

Vickie Tillman flew in from Oceanside, Calif., to distribute photographs of her sister and get the word out, hoping someone will come forward with information that will help police find her. Anyone with information about Janet Tillman is asked to call the Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1218.

Two months after Lori Drew was
charged with a count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing a computer without authorization for her part in a MySpace hoax that was connected to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl, her lawyers have argued that the charges should be dropped.
According to the
Los Angeles Times, one of Lori Drew's defense lawyers, H. Dean Steward, argued in federal court on Wednesday that there is no law that prohibits the behavior his client engaged in, and so the charges against her should be dropped. In a series of three motions, Steward claimed that millions of Internet users make up fake or anonymous identities all the time and are not prosecuted for it.

During the trial, investigators said that Drew and one of her teenage employees "instigated and monitored" the fake MySpace profile of "Josh Evans" in order to see what Meagan Meier was saying about Drew's daughter after the two girls had a falling out. Local and federal prosecutors in Missouri had investigated the case first and concluded that, while Drew's alleged actions might be seen as morally suspect, they could not find a legal means to pursue a criminal case.
"If violating user agreements is a crime, millions of Americans are probably committing crimes on a daily basis and don't know it," Steward wrote, according to the Times.

It was also brought up that Meier could have been given a different type of medication for her mental condition which could have caused her to commit suicide
Federal prosecutors plan to file a response to the motions in court next week and said they are not considering a plea agreement. Drew has pleaded not guilty in the case, which is set to go to trial on October 7. She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
What do yawl think? Should the charges be dropped? Seems like the defense attorney has mos def brought reasonable doubt to this case.

Has the Call to Onness Rally at Kiener Plaza take place yet?

Drury Development Corp. wants to build two 345-room hotel towers overlooking Forest Park, but the availability of some land needed for it is in question. The Missouri Department of Transportation owns the 2.5 acres at the southeastern corner of Kingshighway and Highway 40 (Interstate 64). It no longer needs the land, given the new configuration of that interchange.

There were several cases of West Nile in Godfrey, Ill last week.
The Galleria has gotten a lot of pub this week. First, there was an indepth story in the Riverfront Times about the out of control shoplifting at the Galleria in clayton and targeting the Mterolink for the pupsoe of the increased crime. Then this week, the staff at LUSH cosmetics in the Galleria are taking the term "naked lunch" to a whole new level today. Beginning at noon, one man and three women who work at the LUSH shop will wear nothing but aprons in a nationwide protest against product overpackaging. Allie Leung, a spokeswoman in New York for the company, said the protest is also designed to encourage shoppers to buy LUSH's naked — as in unwrapped. During the protest, the shop workers will educate passers-by on the environmental impact of packaged goods. 1 will make a change in the programming line-up. We wonder how long of an apron they will wear? We are sure they will be covering the goodies.

CW 11 News will move to 7PM Monday through Friday beginning Sept 8 and expand the newscast to one-hour, making it the only local, early news in prime time.

St. Louis native poet Poet and Author Dr. Maya Angelou is going to be honored along with TV Producer Norman Lear at the 2008 Annual Marian Anderson Awards. The ceremony honoring them is taking place November 17th at the Kimmel Center. Lear is best known for the TV classics All In The Family, Sanford & Son, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude. The award is named after the famed Contralto Marian Anderson, a Philadelphia native. Past honorees include Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Oprah Winfrey and Harry Belafonte. Dr. Angelou and Lear go back a ways back. The doctor is godmother to Lear’s youngest children.

Look for deadpan comedic legend Bob Newhart to be on the Sheldon Concert Hall stage Sept. 19 to benefit the National Children's Cancer Society. Tenor Michael Amante will open Newhart's show, which is titled "Up Close and Personal." The Dana Brown Charitable Trust will receive the group's Corporate Philanthropy Award at the event. For info: http://www.nationalchildrenscancersociety.org/

According to a reliable source, Nelly’s Annual Black and White Labor Day Ball will not be held this year due to a lack of funding.

NYC-based model manager Michael Flutie was in our town last Friday scouting young women for a new MTV show "Model Maker," which is due to debut next year. Flutie was at the Bronx-Diba Shoe Outlet in Earth City interviewing aspiring models. He said he already has about five good candidates on his short list from the region. Flutie described the show as more "Rocky," than "America's Next Top Model," and added that the 15 women who are selected will go through three months of intensive physical fitness training to help them reach their ideal size. Flutie worked locally with Jeff and Mary Clarke of O'Fallon, Mo.-based Mother Model Management. The trio did a Midwest trip — going to Iowa City, Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City, before heading back to St. Louis — searching for potential models. Cris Abrego Productions is producing the show. The show's winner will get an MTV prize package that includes $100,000, a professional modeling portfolio and a personal trainer for a year. For more info: http://www.mtvmodelmaker.com/

KMOX personality and New daddy John Carney was among a score of celebrity servers who made it last Thursday night to Monarch Restaurant in Maplewood for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery's 18th Annual Celebrity Waitresses' & Waiters' Night event. Some 600 fans helped raise nearly $100,000 for the nursery, a short-term haven for children in emergency or crisis situations. The "all-star" line-up of celebs, which included former Rams player D'Marco Farr, Alive Magazine's Attilio D'Agostino; KMOV weatherman Kent Erhardt; St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley; Larry Conners, Vickie Newton and Allan Cohen, all of KMOV-TV; Sherman George; and state Sen. Rep. Rachel Storch. In unrelated Carney newz, John Carney's new baby is John James Sirko-Carney. He was born Aug. 5.

We think the rumors that meteorologist John Fuller is out at Channel 5, KSDK-TV rings to be true according to a source. Fuller is one of four meteorologists at the station. The others are Cindy Preszler, Mike Roberts and Scott Connell. Fuller and another meteorologist were told they would have to take pay cuts in order to keep their jobs. The sources said Fuller declined that offer.

And speaking of folk in the media, several local personalities received nods for the 32nd Annual Mid America Emmy Awards, which highlights the excellence in media programs, producers, hosts and personalities in the Midwest. Three notable African American personalities were nominated in various categories this year.


Fox 2’s April Simpson was nominated for Best Magazine Program
For the Breaking News Story Mother/Child Reunion,

KETC personality Ruth Ezell was nodded twice. One for Best Historical/Cultural - ProgramStory/Feature for Living St. Louis: Mel Bay and Best Magazine Program for Living St. Louis.

And Fox 2’s Elliott Davis also was nodded for Best Politics/Government Segment for his segment, You Paid For It / East St. Louis Mayor Hires Family.
The awards will be presented by Lumière Place Casino & Hotels. The gala will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell, also a former employee at KTVI and KMOV, will host the event.

A couple of music videos will be shot in the STL this and next week. First, Saint Louis is hosting today the video shoot for the hit single "I'm A Boss" by Jus Bleezy featuring Yo Gotti and Gorilla Zoe. According to the invite the video will be shot at the airport, an undisclosed downtown area and a nightclub. Second, K-L of Five 8 Entertainment has announced that the up and coming hip hop quartet of the 314, the STL Affiliates will be filming the music video for their new single "Dawg Walk" on Saturday, August 30, 2008.
The video will be shot and directed by local film mogul Mr. A of Block DVD and will feature Affiliate members K-L, Bogard Stylez, L.O and Kingston Chip who wrote and recorded the song. Cameo appearances will be from local celebrities including hip hop personality and recording artist Nekay Jones, hip hop journalist St. Louis' Ben Grimm and others.
The shoot will be open to the public with free food at the following location:LC's Diner7227 Page AvenueSt. Louis, MO 63133. Other locations will include the Perfect Image Beauty Salon & Barbershop on the corner of Grand Blvd and Natural Bridge as well as Fairground Park throughout the weekend.For more information on the STL Affiliates and the "Dawg Walk" video shoot, please contact:http://www.myspace.com/stlaffiliates


Platinum Projects CEO Dwayne Randle is seeking funds for his triathalon that he is running for Sept 14 in St. Petersberg, Fla. . It is Tri Athlete /Fund Raiser (SWIM 1 mile/BIKE 25 miles /RUN 5 miles) Team In Training (Nations Triathlon ) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society He is
$1,300 short of his goal. He has pledged to raise at least $4,300 to help make a difference in the lives of individuals with leukemia and other blood related cancers.If you woul dliek to donate to the cause, go to the site http://pages.teamintraining.org/gat/nattri08/dwayne or call at
314-566-7660 Cellular.

Longtime nightspot Club 747 on 15th and Delmar in downtown STL will close its doors this Saturday.

Big ups to America’s Center’s Rebecca Rodgers for the hookup with the Cards tix for the cards v Milwaukee game Tuesday. Although the Cards got creamed 12 to zip, it was cool chillin in the Redbird Club and cheering on the Boys in Red.


And sadly, the Midwest lost another great talent when Chicago native actor Julius Carry died a week ago. He died of pancreatic cancer. He was 56. He was famous for his role as Sho Nuff in the 1985 Motown film, “The Last Dragon.” He also guest starred on numerous TV shows with the most recent being the drama, “The Unit.”

IN THE MIA (MISING ACTION) FILE. This week’s MIA is more of a MIA—SOCIAL SCENE ITEM. Although we see him daily on Fox 2 News, Sports personality Rob Desir has completely vanished in the nightlife scene. Where are you at?

BLIND BITZ. Which celebrity who participated in this year's Missouri Black expo’s manager stopped expo attended from taking pics of this celebrity while they were signing autographs. (Hint,. This personality can be seen on OUT 455, it’s a female and can be “seen” on a daily basis)

EVENT-BITZ Power Stiletto Entertainment presents POWER NETWORKING WEDNESDAY: P.O.S.H STYLE! "Network to meet new contacts and mingle to meet new friends!"
When: Wednesday 8/27/2008 Time: 7-11pm Where: P.O.S.H408 North Euclid Avenue
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Vibe Lounge presents Heston at Napps 6267 Delmar hosted by Slena j and faturing Coco Soul, Aug 28 Tickets $15 doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Comp food and drink specials

STRESS FREE FRIDAYs, August 29, The Loft3112 Olive St, 5:00PM
Phone: 1-314-225-2505 Stress Free Fridays visits The Loft, as we team up with MPAC and the Eye Candy event...enjoy LIVE entertainment, thirst-quenching drinks, delectable food selections and a truly vibrant and relaxing atmosphere...the Resident DJ's will be performing all of your favorite music for your listening and dancing pleasure...Ample parking is available...Do not hear about the great fun that you missed because you were not there...stop by and start your well deserved weekend in style...leave your stresses at the doorstep and be prepared to network as you never know who will be in attendance...bring your business cards and a friend or two...If you are celebrating a special event, email Mario at
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Virtue Lounge 2nd Annual "All White Party" "Hot Times in the City"What: Club Party The Virtue Lounge Fri. Aug 29 at 8:00pm, The City Museum’s Architecture Hall Join us for hot live performances by Jai Williams and Kenneth DeShields.D-Stone and Hypeman Warner will be there spinning the hottest mixes of Christian music. Check out
http://www.virtuelounge.net/ for ticket information.
Precision Entertainment Type: Party - Night of Mayhem
Time and Place Start Time: Friday, August 29, 2008 at 9:00pm
End Time: Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 3:00am
Location: XES Night Club (Next to the Drunken Fish on Laclede's Landing)
Street: 612 N. 2nd Street
City/Town: Saint Louis, MO
PANACHE will be hosted by Bad Boy Entertainment's own Donnie Klang from 11pm-1am. You can hear Donnie at www.badboyonline.com/donnieklang.
Contact Info Phone: 3145034035 Email: precision.entertainment.llc@gmail.com
Afrodisiac Ent, IGWE and Co and Piper nation Ent present Pursuit of Sexiness Friday, Aug. 29 at Nectar, 2001 Locust, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.. Early Arrival is Mandatory. Info: 314.392.8421 or 314.517.8385. AND African and Carivbbean Exchange, a Labor Day Weekend Experience at Dante’s, 3221 Olive, Sat. Aug 30 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. FREE til 11:30 p.m. Info: 314.8421 or 573.388.1075

FREE TIME Anniversary Party Three Sat. Aug. 30 at Reggie’s backstage, 522 N Grand. Go to www.freetimestl.com for info

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MOCHA'S SPOTLIGHT Writer, poet, singer, musician. Te’ V. Smith is a talent worth seeking out! From his humorous and playful yet educational political and social songs to his mind and soul challenging poetry he has amazed crowds from Kentucky to Paris France. An accomplished jazz pianist and soul writer his debut onto the national scene came mid 2007 when he joined the legendary “Roots” for a 5 city tour sharing the gift of word through poetry and song. With a strong following on the poetry/spoken word circuit Mr. Smith is sure to continue to push the envelope, raise the bar and change lives. Other credits include: The Washington Post’ 100 most influential writers of the next generation 1997 ; Guest youth poet at le deil with Saul Williams and Ani Difranco 2000; featured on BET’s Lyric Café 2006; guest performer for Floetry’ “Floetry remix Tour” 2007; and featured artist on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam 2007 HEAR HIM SHARE HIS LIFE at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/TEVSMITH Contact Mocha Lattte if you want to book him.

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The Robert Plant & Alison Krauss concert at the Fox Theatre on June 19th has been RESCHEDULED to September 24th. Update: Due to a change in schedules, the previously announced planned additional September 25th performance will not be added and the filming of the performances will now not take place. Tickets for the June 19th performance will be honored at the September 24th show. If you have purchased tickets to the June 19th performance and are unable to attend on September 24th, please contact MetroTix at 314/534-1111.

DAVID BYRNE “Songs of David Byrne And Brian Eno” Saturday, October 18 • 8PM Fox Theatre $52.50 A limited number of Gold Circle Seats are also available.

Fox Concerts & The Pageant present CARDINALS Featuring Ryan Adams, Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein, Jon Graboff & Brad Pemberton Friday, October 3 • 8:30PM LIVE at the Fox Theatre! $35 & $30

An Evening with JACKSON BROWNE Sunday, October 19 • 7:30PM LIVE at the Fox Theatre! $57.50, $52.50, $ 47.50, $42.50 A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available .

KETC / CHANNEL 9 presents CHRIS BOTTI Saturday, September 13 • 8 pm At the Fabulous Fox Theatre! (UPDATE:CONCERT POSTPONED UNTIL 2009!)

THE U.S. Bank Broadway Series Shows and Specials: Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE, October 21-November 2, 2008; SWEENEY TODD, November 14-16, 2008CATS, November 28-30, 2008 LEGALLY BLONDE the Musical, January 20-February 1, 2009 ! ; The Rep presents SPRING AWAKENING, February 10-22, 2009; CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY, March 17-29, 2009; Dance St. Louis presents STOMP, April 3-5, 2009HAIRSPRAY, April 24-26, 2009Dance St. Louis presents RIVERDANCE, May 1-3, 2009; A CHORUS LINE, May 12-24, 2009RENT, June 2-7, 2009MARY POPPINS, AUGUST 13-30, 2009; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, September 23-October 17, 2009


SUITE SOULSPOT presents Motre * RAHBI * Choklate music by DJ Needles, Tues. Sept. 2 @ The Old Rock House, 1200 South 7th Blvd, St. Louis, MO. Doors open 7pm show starts 8pm. 2 for the price of 1 offer inside! (SEE ONGOING BITZ BELOW FOR CONTACT INFO) Wiregister for a trip to NYC to see a private Heineken concert with Keyshia Cole Oct. 1.......................

Next Thursday, September 4, Soundclash at The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester(FREE)The Pocket Full of Ones album Pre-Release Party(No cover charge)The ONE and ONLY place to pick up a limited edition, pre-release copy of my debut album (after nearly 50 mixtapes), Pocket Full of Ones...and get this--they will be sale for only $1.00 in honor of the five year anniversary of the release of One Dollar Mix Volume 1 (9/4/03)...(and you don't have to pay to get in)This pre-release version of the album features Family Affair, Jia Davis, Gotta Be Karim, John Hill, Nato Caliph, Lyfestile, A-Bex, Wafeek, Black Spade, Midwest Avengers, Toyy, Crystal, and more...Production from Stoney Rock, Phase One, Dro, Cave Precise, Nodzilla, DJ Crucial, and yours truly...The release party will be hosted by my man Finsta (Hot 104.1/HPC/CRA), and feature DJ Needles and DJ Crucial rocking 4 turntables, and performances from the MCs on the album...Doors at 8Performances start at 11:30.

Sherry Wright-Gully, founder of SRD & Wright Ministry of Performing Arts, Inc., and author of The Color of Rain (now showing) will be facilitating a class on Center Stage! The Performing Arts Ministry where you will learn about Casting in a stage production and gain an understanding about Auditions, Callbacks, and how it all comes together before hitting the stage in front of a live audience. To minister you must be qualified - use your gifts for the Lord, come to learn how! THIS CONFERENCE WAS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND. DON'T MISS THIS ENLIGHTENING EXPERIENCE. REGISTER NOW! Renaissance Hotel - 9801 Natural Bridge September 4-7, 2008 Saint Louis, Missouri Meet Us in Gateway St. Louis at The Luxurious Renaissance Hotel Register at: http://equippingthesaints-srd.eventbrite.com or call (618) 407-6145. Visit: www.praisedanceministry.com/conference for a complete conference schedule.


The Majic 30th Anniversary JamSaturday, September 6th The Starlight Room Featuring Eric BenetWith Special Guest: Noel GourdinSaturday, September 6th The Starlight Room - 8350 N BroadwayTickets On Sale Now!
Click here to purchase tickets or visit any Metro Tix Outlet.

Living legend Liza Minnelli is coming to the ST. Louis area, well sort of, more like St. Charles, to perform for the celebration of a school’s new center. An entertainer famed for her Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy-winning performances, Minnelli will open the new Lindenwood Center for the Fine & Performing Arts with a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 12. Her concert will include some of her biggest hits - "All That Jazz," "Cabaret," "New York, New York" - as well as a tribute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson. An actress and singer who came from St. Louis, Thompson is probably best known as the author of the "Eloise" books about a little girl who lives in the Plaza HotelThe Lindenwood Center, 2300 West Clay Avenue in St. Charles, is a $32-million addition to Lindenwood University. Tickets for "Liza Minnelli in Concert" go on sale Monday at telecharge.com (800-447-7400). The cost $125 to $200; tickets for most shows will range from $25-$75. For information about all the Lindenwood programs, including schedules and ticket prices, call the box office (636-949-4433) or visit
http://www.lindenwoodcenter.com/ online.

STRAY DOG THEATRE PRESENTS THE SAINT LOUIS PREMIERE OF PAUL RUDNICK'S REGRETS ONLY In a Park Avenue penthouse high above Manhattan, we meet a prominent attorney, his deliriously social wife, and one of the world's most successful designer's. Add a daughter's wedding plans, some major gowns, and stir! A Topical Comedy of Upper-Class Manners that explores the politics of marriage, friendships, and the powers-that-be. DIRECTED BY: GARY F. BELL SEPTEMBER 11 - SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 THURSDAY - SATURDAY AT 8 PM - SATURDAY 9/27 at 2 PM and 8 PM $20 FOR ADULTS / $18 FOR SENIORS & STUDENTS 10 PERFORMANCES AT TOWER GROVE ABBEY2336 TENNESSEE AVE. / SAINT LOUIS, MO 63104 For Tickets and InformationCALL: 314-865-1995 http://www.straydogtheatre.org/

Singlesvibe and Precision present Taste of Success Wine Trip 2, Sat. Sept 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tix $40 include bus trip, food and drinks to the Winery. Info: 314.769.1060 or 314.518.3294***

Come see The Color of Rain at SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS COLLEGE 2500 CARLYLE AVENUE BELLEVILLE, IL 62221 Friday, September 19, 2008 / 7:00 pm Saturday, September 20, 2008 / 6:00 pm Tickets can be purchased at SWIC in Office #ISB 1115 Call Donna Moody at 618-235-2700 (x5537 ) NOW $15.00 (0ffer Ends August 23rd)Gen Adm $20.00 (After August 23rd)Door: $25.00 INTIMATE THEATRE - SEATING IS LIMITED!



Cabaret St. Louis is coming in October. The inaugural Cabaret St. Louis fall lineup will include Fran Landesman, Steve Ross, Sylvia McNair, Lee Lessack and Tony Sandler. Performances will be held at The Sheldon, Kranzberg Arts Center, The Gaslight Theatre plus additional venues. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for Cabaret St. Louis fall season go on sale Tuesday, September 2 at 10 a.m. at all MetroTix locations.

FRAN LANDESMAN returns to her roots October 22-25 at The Gaslight Theatre. The legendary proprietess of Gaslight Square’s Crystal Palace presented such artists as Barbra Streisand, The Smothers Brothers and Elaine May. But outside of St. Louis, Ms. Landesman is most well known for her own songs and shows. Spring Can Hang You Up The Most and The Ballad Of The Sad Young Man became standards and were recorded by Elle Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and Sarah Vaughn. Fifty years later, accompanied by her son Myles, and around the corner from the old Crystal Palace, this top songwriter and cultural icon will treat St. Louis to an evening of storytelling and song. Tickets for Fran Landesman are $35.

The smartest of the smart set and St. Louis favorite, STEVE ROSS, returns with his latest work, “To Wit: Ross on Wry – Funny Songs Throughout The Ages,” October 1-4 at the new Kranzberg Arts Center in Grand Center. Ross is no stranger to St. Louis, as he has performed many times at The Grand Center Cabaret, Cabaret in The Savoy Room and St. Louis Muny. After Ross’s 2004 St. Louis appearance, Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX Radio wrote, “The fact is, Mr. Ross has a breezy elegance on stage that’s reminiscent of Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Cole Porter and, above all, the late and much lamented Bobby Short.” Tickets for Steve Ross are $40.

Cabaret at The Sheldon will host Grammy Winner SYLVIA MCNAIR October 16-17 for two performances only. A beloved performer at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ms. McNair has segued from opera to the Great American Songbook, the music with which she feels most at home. Now, instead of singing V'adoro pupille on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, she's singing Embraceable You to rave reviews. Of McNair's Algonquin Oak Room debut, Rex Reed wrote, "Her phrasing is exemplary. Her modulations are inspired. I could get used to this kind of ecstasy." Tickets for Sylvia McNair are $45.

LEE LESSACK’S lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international cabaret scene. His tribute to Johnny Mercer, “Too Marvelous For Words,” runs October 29-November 1 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. As we celebrate the centennial of Mercer, Lessack is the perfect match for this romantic of songwriters. Billboard Magazine calls his singing, "Cabaret romanticism of a high order." Tickets for Lee Lessack are $30.

TONY SANDLER finishes the CSTL Fall season November 13-14 at The Sheldon with “Chevalier-Maurice & Me.” This show is neither caricature nor impersonation, but a heartfelt homage to this widely-admired entertainer. It has been the subject of a PBS special and DVD, and contains the charm and savoir faire that Maurice himself brought to film and stage. Tickets for Tony Sandler are $40. Tickets for all five Cabaret St. Louis performances go on sale Tuesday, September 2 at 10 a.m. at all MetroTix locations. To charge by phone call 314-534-1111 or online at www.MetroTix.com. Memberships available by calling 314-726-1616. For more information, visit www.cabaretstl.org. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

AUDITION BITZ . It's Just Me April. I'm looking for all kinds of talent for a promotional live show to be held at a cafe in Indianapolis Indiana. If you sing R&B,Soul,Jazz,Gospel, Neo Soul,Country,Blues,Rap,Rock what ever. If you play any kind of instrument, spoken word, dance, 1-3 person stage act. Please contact me at jmproductionsllc@aol.com

JOB-ITZ City Light is a gospel video production company that continues to grow on and on and on!!!!!!!!!!!! We are currently looking for a professional independent videographer who is experienced in filming, creative and skilled in editing with alove for video and eager to learn with an ability to travel. We are also looking for an additional shooter and PA's free to travel and an interest in assisting on the following: August 2008 City TBA Live Gospel Music Video.........................October, 2008 Durham, NC Church musical service............................October, 2008 Durham, NC Gospel Music Video .............................. September, 2008 Durham, NC (2) Gospel Music Video................................Date TBA Denver, CO All PA's travel and hotel fully paid with possibly 1 to 2 meals per work day Camera operator hourly pay per work hour along with travel and hotel fully paid. Skilled students and ladies are encouraged to apply!!!!!!!!!!!!! All interested please reply to this email stlfilmwire@kdhx.org and put or leave Employment in Subject Line! no phone calls please! Thank You for your interest in working with City Lights!!!!!!!!!!!

HELP-BITZ.Believing in Excellence in Education is a 6 week life-skills program for ages 7 though high school designed to empower young people to BEE the best they can be. The program focuses on etiquette/manners, social responsibility, financial responsibility, internet safety, peer pressure and more (see attached flyer). Open Registration and Parent Orientation will be held at Emerson YMCA on Pershall Road (near hwy 270 & West Florissant).

Saturday, August 30, 2008 11am-1pm
(registration only-special enrollment discount if you register this day)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5pm-8pm
(Registration 5pm-7pm; Mandatory Parent Orientation for everyone 7pm-8pm)

Saturday, September 6, 2008 11am-2pm
(Registration 11am-1pm; Mandatory Parent Orientation for everyone 1pm-2pm)

Classes meet every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks from 6:30pm-8:30pm and ends in the B.E.E. BALL where students will dress up and show off their newly learned skills. The next session begins Wednesday, September 10th at the Emerson YMCA. Attached is the flyer for more information. To register, log onto http://www.beelieve.org/. Please pass along............................................STL Poet Floyd IMPAKT Boykin and his wife Jacquette would like you all to votes for their baby boy Floyd Jr in the Majic 104.9 Baby Idol Cutest Baby Contest! He is listed as "Floyd B" under the "E-J" button. Voting started Monday. Please go to the web site and vote for him to win (
http://www.kmjm.com/pages/babyidol.html..................... G & G Casting is currently scouting talent. Based out of Chicago, G &G was hoping to connect with some folks in St. Louis. If you know of any individuals who are serious about their craft and have experience and/or professional head shots and resumes please let me know. G & G is currently revising their web site, but they do have a basic splash page. I have attached the link as a reference: http://www.gandgcasting.com/ Please direct talent to me, that I may review their material and touch base with each individual before it's forwarded to the Executive Director. If talent sends incomplete or inadequate material directly to G & G it may get discarded. Call or e-mail me with any questions. Talk to you soon!Tamekeyo House630-729-4169...................................................... REGISTER NOW FOR THE CHRYS YVETTE ACTING STUDIO WORKSHOP STARTING JULY 12TH! At the Chrys Yvette Acting Studio you will learn valuable skills that will help you master the art of working and not just auditioning. Many spend most of their time training more than they do acting. Not here, we are looking for actors to train with the C.Y.A.S. Technique, and put you right to work on one of our movies, plays, showcases, sitcom pilots, or soundtracks. We donʼt just train, we get you the job too! TO REGISTER VISIT http://www.cyactingstudio.com/ OR CALL 314-221-4198 SCHEDULE SATURDAYS 12PM-2PM STARTING JULY 12TH SUNDAYS 4PM-6PM THROUGH AUGUST 31ST Ms. Yvetteʼs extensive hands on training will guide you through seven steps that will enhance your acting ability and give you the confidence you need to succeed in the entertainment business. So if you know that you were born to be a superstar and you just need that extra push to jumpstart your career register today, and move into your destiny! Cost: $20 per session This class is followed by a showcase by the Chrys Yvette Acting Studio actors and a reception with industry insiders!................................................................. Kobalt Books has just inked a movie-production dealwith Factor Media Group/Applecrate Films/OmniquestMedia to develop the true life story of Rev. BurtonBarr Jr. and his autobiography, “The HoodlumPreacher”, into a feature film. The publisher, KobaltBooks, is currently looking to raise development fundsfor this film. Potential investors will come on asmanaging members of the company thatproduces thefilm.For More Investment Info, Contact:Cedric Mixon at 314-503-5462........................................Shante LIFE Davis is offering tutoring services forthe youth for grades 1-12. If you are aware of anyonewho is in need of some extra educational support,please feel free to contact her or give them hercontact information. Shante "LIFE" Davis(314)418-9803................STL rapper/producer J-Kwon-has a new label deal and we are looking for some interns to work on the new label HOOD HOP MUSICgraphicdesigners street team female street team club streetteam models internet teams (e-blasting,bloggers,writers)We are looking for the best. So instead ofjust grabbing the person that says they are the best,we are looking for people to SHOW us they are the best at what they do. The bread-winners will be put onpayroll with a permanent job with the company. If youthink you will be the next hottest publicist, model,A&R, sponsorship writer, whatever it is that you do,then get at us! If you can do mixtape covers, adcovers, posters, willing to do street team work and beapart of this new label contact me directly at kanecc@tmail.com …………………………..Joel P. E. King, owner of JPEK CreativeWorks LLC and The Space, wants to make an offer to those of you who are in search for party and event space. Close to 2,000 square feet of available spacefor your next event, wedding party, baby shower, art exhibition and more. Here at The Space, you willacquire elegance, convenience and wonderful hospitality. The Space located at 320-24 N.Vandeventer (off Lindell Blvd. in SLU area) Contact:314.494.5976 or 314.494.9095................Saint Louis has a new STREET TEAM. STL Promotions Professional Staff ,On time reporting with Pictures Electronic Marketing:E-Cards, E-Blast, Website Presence, Guerilla Marketing Techniques, Service Street, Radio, College, and Mixtape DJs, Special Events, Telephone Conferences,Retail, Market Visits, Professional Marketing Strategy for Saint Louis, Premium Product Placement, Exposure every day and every night at every event Our machine operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!!!! We will exceed your expectations!!! Contact us at 314-750-6806................


NEW: Floyd Boykin hs a new GreetingCard Line "POETICBYDESIGN." PoeticByDesign is a greeting card line created to inspire you, motivate you and encourage you in all that you do. The primary focus is to touch the souls of our customers the best way we can...through heartfelt, honest words and sentiments. Now, about the promotion. Currently, if you go online, you can purchase all five cards that are available for only $12. As of today (08-20-2008) you can log on to http://www.poeticbydesign.com/ and purchase ANY single card, your name with be automatically placed into our internet raffle. For each card that you purchase, your name will be placed into the raffle again, which will give you a better chance of winning. If your name is pulled, you will WIN 5 cards of your choice, redeemable anytime before 02-28-2009. So that means, as we produce more cards, you will have your choice of picking between existing and newly published cards. ISN'T THAT GREAT??? This promotion will end on September 30th.

We sincerely appreciate your business. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@poeticbydesign.com, or call 314-517-8764.

The St. Louis Poetry Slam will be holding a preliminary qualifying round for all interested poets wanting a chance to make the team to go on and represent St. Louis in The National SLAM Competition held later this year. Come out and sign up to make your spot on the team. Rounds starts at 9:45 pm at Legacy Books and Café before the regularly scheduled Open mic.on Fridays. Come out and be a Judge, Audience member, or Competitor (Sign up is at the door. *$5 cover. For more info, call David A. N. Jackson 314 995-9570

NEW: STLGRIND, Brainstorm and the Parker brothers present UPSCALE every Sunday at F15teen at 1900 Locust Street. Doors 7 p.m., Network 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Evolve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Admission $5 after 9 p.m. Ladies Two for one until 11 p.m. Info: 314.588.8899

NEW: The Soulition and Absolut present Chocolate Sunday with Dj Needles, 9 p.m. at 609/The U Lounge, 609 Eastgate. Ladies Free til 11 p.m., Ladies $3, fellas $5.

Fred and Harry Inc. presents Champagne Sundays at Sol Lounge, 4241 Lindell, 3:30 p.m. Cocktails $5, Cover $3. For more info go to http://www.1stfriday-stl.com/

Suite Soul Spot every 1st Tuesday of the Month at Old Rockhouse, 1200 S 7th St., Info: 314.588.0505.

NEW. The Head Nodders Ball w DJ Needles Mondays at the Delmar Lounge, 6235 Delmar 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. $3 Cover..........................

Mondays are Comedy Nites at Janae’s West 7555 Olive Blvd, hosted by Darius Bradford. 8:30 p.m. $10 Cover. (314)863-7420...............................

NEW: EVERY Tuesday to follow, join 609, Bacardi USA and Precision for the Ultimate Tuesday Happy Hour from 5-8pm weekly. ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK Bacardi and ABSOLUT for $22 (tax included). Wristbands and cup provided!". Francois Cognac and Cigar Bar presents Evening of Expressions, every Tuesday a blend of culture, spoken word and neo soul, 326 N/ Vanderventer. Free until 9 p.m. $5 after 9 p.m. For more info call Ms. Bell at 314.229.7952 or Alexander at 314.448.2939..............................

Two Dollar Tease Me Tuesdays Comedy Show at the Twilight Room 8344 North Broadway, St. Louis MO. Call 314.385.4545 for more info.‏ Suite Soul Spot, 1st Tuesday of each Month at the Old Rock House, 1200 S 7th Blvd. 9 p.m. 314-588-0505.2 Dollar Tuesdays at The Spot, 8370 N Broadway. $2 to get in and $2 drink specials all nite long. Doors at 9 p.m. for more info call 314.385.4545..................

NEW: Fusion with DJ Needles of the Solution, Wednesdays at Posh, 408 N Euclid, 8 p.m. 21 Y.O. and up NO HATS FELLAS. FREE Roc-a- Star presents Refreshin with DJ NeedlesThursdays at Xes behind the Drunken Fish, 612. N. 2ndSt. Lacledes Landing. Ladies FREE til 11 p.m..............

Lamar Harris and The L, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. til midnite at Delmar Restaurant and Lounge6235 Delmar Blvd. Free before 10 p.m. 314) 725-6565 ·

NEW: Drama House Thursdays @ The In Spot, 5854a Delmar- Clean Comedy‏ hosted by Arvin Mitchell. . Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. $5 http://www.inspotlounge.com/

NEW: Milq Da Game presents Destination Thursdays at Club Society. $500 to the sexiest lady. Ladies Free til 11;30p.m. 2 for 1 drinks before 10:30 p.m. for fellas and free drinks for ladies. Info: http://www.societystl.com/

NEW: M5 Entertainment presents Rhythm and rhyme Thursdays every Thursdays. Calling all hip-hop artists, poets, singers. Royal Palace Restaurant and Lounge, 4266 Natural bridge at Lamdin. Sign up by 8:30 p.m.. Show at 9:30 p.m., Admission FREE before 9 p.m., $5 After wards.

NEW: Event: PANACHE "Every Last Friday of The Month"What: Night of MayhemHost: Precision EntertainmentStart Time: Friday, August 29 at 9:00pmEnd Time: Saturday, August 30 at 3:00amWhere: XES Night Club (Next to the Drunken Fish on Laclede's Landing)

NEW: The "POSH LIFE" Happy Hour 6:00pm - 8:00pmDrink Specials: $5 Long Islands, $3 Apple Martinis, $3 B. Free ("Blue Muthaphucka's", $3 After Hours (Hennessey & Coke) The perfect end to a work week.... and the perfect start of the weekend. Don't dare start the weekend off without a trip to POSH!!!

Urban Causal Fridays hosted by Bishop V-Luv, HappyHour at Spruills, 1101 N. Jefferson. Free from6p.m.-9p.m. (2 for 1) Free food 9 p.m.-11p.m. Drink specials until midnite. Party 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies free til 11 p.m. for more info call 314.574.9601 or314.625.4595 or go to www.myspace.com/URBANCASUALFRIDAYS

All Star Inc presents Grown Folks Friday at St. Louis happy Hour bar and Grill, 12948 Halls ferry at Parker Rd., with DJ Sir Thirl. Ladies Free til 11 p.m. FREE Parking. Status Fridays every Friday at Dolce Ladies $5 before 11 p.m. 9 p.m.-3 am

UPDATE: CAFE SOUL, every 3rd Friday of the Month, Place: Lucas Shcool House , PLEASE CALL 314-504-7405. FOR INFO.

The Virtual Lounge Expressions, A Christian based open mic every 1st Friday, Cookies jazz and More #20 AllenBlvd. Webster Groves, Mo. Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover $10. For more info go to http://www.thevirtualounge.net/

Tuff On Paper ENT presents Network and ShowcaseSaturdays every first Saturday of each month and LoveYourself Saturdays every third Saturday of each month,9.m.--until at the Spyglass, 255 Union at Lindell $5at the door. first 50 Ladies Free until 11 p.m. First25 ladies get a free drink. 21 and older. Grown andsexy attire. For showcase info hit up www.myspace.com/tuffonpaper.com or call 314.443.5001

Majic 104.9's BJ the DJ is personally inviting you to the Saturday to a straight up Old School Party...no limitation...no limitation! The house party will belive at the new Broadway Nite Club on New Halls Ferry and West Florissant! AND at the new Knockouts! For more info contact Gina Foster at 314.712.1083 or go to http://www.divaeventplanning.com/

NEW: Rance John Styles and barbering, located in the luxurious Benton Park Neighborhood, 2909 jefferson. 314.772.7511 salonr@sbcglobal.net

NEW: RAMS SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE . To purchase single-game tickets, fans can visit www.stlouisrams.com/tickets or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets can also be ordered by calling Ticketmaster at 314-241-1888 or 314-421-4400 in Metro St. Louis; 866-646-8849 in Central Missouri; or 618-222-2900 in Illinois. Tickets will not be sold at the Edward Jones Dome Box Office. For more information on any of these options, please visit www.stlouisrams.com/tickets or contact the Rams ticket office by phone at 314-425-8830 or 800-246-7267 or by e-mail at ticketsales@ramstix.stlouisrams.com. For information on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) seating, contact the Rams ticket office at 314-425-8830 or 800-246-7267.

*** PIECES OF A DREAM" One of the most critically-acclaimed, powerful independent films of our generation!!! ORDER IT NOW AT http://www.one-wayproductions.com/ orBy calling the Customer Service toll free# at 888-418-8637 Mon.-Fri. between 10am - 5pm (CST) & selecting option #2 (accepting debit/credit cards & checks/money orders) Get the "Pieces Of A Dream" Feature Film DVD / the Music Soundtrack CD individually available for $13 + shipping/handling orGet the "Pieces Of A Dream" Combo Pack (Both the DVD & CD) for $23 + shipping/handling. Fans worldwide are responding and joining the "Conscious" Film Movement!!! Snapping up more than 30,000 copies of the independently produced "conscious" film "PIECES OF A DREAM" DVD & Music Soundtrack CD,since it's worldwide release in December 2007.

Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center, 5990 Page. Now Enrolling. School age children welcome. Info: 314.725.5710

Check out Leannett Payne’’s CHOCOLATE BLOG by emailing her at Leannettpayne@yahoo.com!

Catch all the latest STL entertainment sites, sounds and interviews at http://www.ohhmy.net/

UC ME Radio with Murphy lee, Kyjuan and comedian Darius Bradford, 6 p.m. Sundays on 100.3 The Beat.

For your hip-hop ministry and Christian music services check out Mynista’s website at http://www.reverbnation.com/mynistaakadoctawuzdead?eid=591050_2558942

NEW: Check out author and activist Keith Boykin’s new website Daily Voice at http://www.thedailyvoice.com/

Hear new music from STL singer Silky Sol at http://www.myspace.com.redafroqueen/ or http://www.redafroqueen.com/

For all your photography needs go to www.lanceomarthurman.com/

The Black Rep's blog, Black Reppin. It can be found on its website, http://www.theblackrep.org/ or directly at http://theblackrep.blogspot.com/

Bosley and Associates Traffic Law Centers .Suspensions, Speeding. Revocations. DWI. PointProblems. Accidents. Frison ‘s Flea Market, 7025 St.Charles Rock Rd., Fri-Sunday 9 am-5 p.m. or Big TopFlea Market, 367 Chambers Road. For more info, call314.621.1744

Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. Patrinna Wiley & Eric LaGrone Independent Associates Small Business and Group Specialists Identity Theft/Restoration Services We give members access to professional legal counsel not only for traditional legal problems, but for everyday events such as buying a house or a car, creating a will, handling a problem with an insurance company, dealing with identity theft, and much more where legal review should be routine, but rarely is. These events can be among the most important events in a person's life, yet there is a tendency for them to take place without proper legal review. For Pre-Paid Legal members, access to legal counsel is only a toll-free phone call away. Call to set up your appointment.Office: (314) 837-6779 Cell Patrinna: (314) 581-9888 Cell Eric: (314) 713-7803 If you want to get on

Vanita Applebum's entertainment newsletter, email her at www.myspace.com/vanitaapplebum

Check out Lisa Rose blogsite on Strong PositiveBlack Sisters at http://www.positivesisters.blogspot.com/ or go to her my space page at www.myspace.com/lisarose08

Check out blog http://www.sistersnineties.blogspot.com/ for local literary group Sister’s Nineties Afrocentric literary activities for the family and youngsters.

Check out Lachrisa Crenshaw’s spa products at http://www.warmspirit.org/ or call her at (314)401-0710

Check out Diversity Gallery, for all of your naturalhair and beauty needs as well its café located at 6150Delmar Blvd. in the Delmar loop.For more info call314.721.3361 or email at diversitygallery@netzero.net

For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs andother special effects, contact Jessica Dana at http://www.jessicadana.com/ or go to www.myspace.com/jessicadada13

Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radioplaylist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at http://www.flowink.com/player-popup.html or 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 website where people can send their professional music videos and films to get exposed. It is http://www.spitflix.com/.

Well that will be it,.Thanks all for your comments and keep em comin. Hit me up at maatspear@yahoo.com for pub or info you want on