Tuesday, October 14, 2008



Its Wednesday

Time to get OUT…TOWN!

As we gear up for the third and final debate of Obama, and McCain, locally(and according to the latest polls Obama and McCain still running about even in Missouri according to The CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll of 763 likely Missouri voters had McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 48 percent)
the latest big newz story that just broke yesterday was the
federal indictment that accuses 14 people of operating a criminal enterprise in North St. Louis that illegally funneled money to the Palestinian territories.Although the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force was one of the agencies on the case, officials would not comment on whether they think terrorism was involved in the crime. After a three-year investigation, federal agents and local police served search warrants Tuesday morning and arrested nine men on charges including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, conspiracy to receive stolen goods and transporting money to avoid reporting requirements. Hanaway called the raids "a massive show of force."

According to the indictment, Bassam Hamed's brothers Ghandi H. "Andy" Hamed, 30, and Ayoub H. "Frank" Hamed, 27, were also involved in the conspiracy, as was Said Jarabaa, 35. All live in Florissant except Ayoub Hamed, who lives in Hazelwood.
Officials said two suspects are at large in the U.S., two at large overseas and one has agreed to surrender.

Also charged in the indictment Tuesday were Florissant residents Suhail Jarabaa, 28, Mohammed Badwan, 33, Mazen Badwan, 36, Abdelkarim Badwan, 58, Nael Abdeljabbar, 48, and Nayef Lutfeyyah, 66; Hazelwood resident Mahmoud Ghannam, 46; St. Louis residents Mahir Mohammad, 44, and Shahrazad Ramadan, 55; and Rayqa Jarabaa, 58, of the Middle East.

Officials said two suspects are at large in the U.S., two at large overseas and one has agreed to surrender..The indictment says that as far back as 2000, the men were using St. Louis area convenience stores as headquarters of the criminal enterprise, selling contraband or stolen cigarettes, liquor, infant formula, computers and GPS units.Leaders of the conspiracy lied on bank and mortgage loan forms and fraudulently sold the stores and other property to other members of the conspiracy so that they could siphon money off the loans, the indictment claims.The gang got the money to Israel, Palestine or Jordan with couriers who secretly carried cash, jewelry, cashiers checks and business checks, the indictment says.Officials said that some of the alleged conspirators are U.S. citizens and the others were here legally. Hanaway estimated that $250,000 may have been sent overseas out of possibly as much as $1.5 million in criminal earnings.The stores raided Tuesday were:— Ferguson Market, 9101 West Florissant Road in Ferguson.— Regal Food I, 4201 McCree Avenue, St. Louis.— Regal Food II, 3852 Virginia Avenue, St. Louis.— Prince Market, 9826 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann.— St. Louis Supermarket, 4331 Natural Bridge Avenue, St. Louis.

Wow, this is uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugly. But hey, using stores as fronts for illegal activity has been goin on since the days of Al Capone. Ya feel me?

Oh and before we get into the other newz ish, if you or someone you know got it goin on in looks and biz savvy, send s a brief bio and a pic and you can be featured on the STL-LICIOUS segment of the blog. Send bio and pic to

OK back to the newz.

Before we hit the e-waves, there was a manhunt going on that led to capture. Police in O'Fallon, Missouri caught Marcus Powell and is currently in custody. He was found in the Runny Meade Estates neighborhood.Powell, 27, was been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for the shooting death of Delarrian Davis, 12, last Monday in Madison, Illinois. Powell was also accused of shooting the boy's mother, Sophia Leonard, 12 times in April 2007, which is why he is charged with attempted murder. Leonard survived the shooting.Prior to the capture, a manhunt was underway last Thursday, in O'Fallon, Mo., for Powell. Police cordoned off an area near Highway K and Interstate 70 in St. Charles County in their search for Powell, 27. To protect schoolchildren, officials shut down four schools in the Fort Zumwalt School District that were nearby. Powell was wanted for questioning in the death of Davis an apparent innocent victim of a drive-by shooting. Police say Powell was spotted driving an SUV on Interstate 70. As police tried to stop his vehicle, he lost control of the SUV. He jumped out and ran away. Authorities quickly set up a perimeter -- roughly bounded by Highway K, Bryan Road, Mexico Road and Interstate 70. By 7 a.m., officers were stopping cars as far south as Feise Road.By the time the morning rush hour was in full swing, long lines of traffic clogged both directions along Bryan and Mexico roads.
SAD indeed and Powell should fry!

A picture of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama on a character education poster at UMSL was put back up this week.

Provost Glen Cope sent his class an this week apologizing for the picture’s removal, which was apparently done without a full understanding of how the picture was being used.
The picture was taken down last week after the university received a complaint about it. The poster was one of several made for a class project and that continues to hang in a classroom. Cope ordered Obama’s picture to be removed from the poster because of a university policy that prohibits the use of university resources or facilities to endorse for or against political candidates.
But the students in the class complained about the picture’s removal, arguing that it was not a political poster. Rather, they noted that Obama was being used as one of a couple of examples (Gandhi being another notable one) of good role models and leaders. The poster also includes a quote from Obama about the Civil Rights Movement.
Art Leverenz, an UMSL junior, said it was one of about six posters made for his introduction to teaching class. The project was to make character education posters geared toward a middle school audience. He said his group included Obama on the poster as an example of a good role model and a leader.

Now whats really going on? We wonder of the same procedure would have happened if John mccain’s picture wa son the poster. We are just sayin.

And speaking of political pictures and posters, what is this about some burnings of political posters of both Obama and Mccain in St. Peters, Mo.?

President George W. Bush made a short stop earlier this month in St. Louis County on Friday to help raise $1.5 million for fellow Republican Kenny Hulshof, one of several signs that the national GOP is paying closer attention to the state. The Hulshof campaign requested $2,000 donations to his campaign for governor to attend a cocktail hour and dinner on the pavilion of Hunter Farms in St. Louis. For a requested $25,000 per couple, attendees can get a private reception with the president and Hulshof, including a photo with Bush.

Oooooh, a photo that you can treasure…I wonder if they served (lame) duck? LOL

And speaking of Hulsof, On Saturday, October 18th, 2008, FOX 2 in St. Louis and FOX 4 in Kansas City will co-host a Missouri Gubernatorial Debate. The debate will be held in St. Louis from 6 -7 pm, in the KTVI FOX 2 Studios. Kenny Hulsof and Jay Nixon will face a panel of four journalists, including WDAF's John Holt and Shelli Lockhart, along with KTVI's Betsy Bruce and Elliott Davis. KTVI's Charles Jaco will moderate the debate. The debate will be simulcast on both stations and can be heard on KTRS 550 AM radio in St. Louis.
Last week, he and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Atty. Jay Nixon took part in a one-hour debate that was broadcast locally on KRCU 90.9 FM, the public radio station operating on the Southeast Missouri State University campus in Kansas City . from reports, the two candidates squared off during a lively debate at a public radio station here, sparring over health care, jobs, taxes and school vouchers. While the debate was civil, it featured the most sharply worded exchanges in the race so far.

OUTTOWN endorses Barack Obama and the Dems party candidates!
For those in the Illinois area, early voting began this week. The voting will end Oct 30.

To Avoid the long lines on election day Nov. 4, Here are times and locations for your convenience and don't forget to vote for the great candidates listed below:

County Clerk's Office - 10 Public SquareCounty Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Election DepartmentOctober 14 thru October 30Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Saturday, 8:30 am. - 12 noon

Whiteside Elementary School2028 Lebanon Ave., BellevilleSaturday, October 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Centreville Township Office, 4831 Bond Ave.Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
B.A.S.S.C.2411 Pathways Crossing, BellevilleSaturday, October 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SWIC, 2500 Carlyle Ave. BellevilleMonday, October 20, Tuesday, October 21, & Thursday, October 2311 a.m. - 2 p.m., 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.Wednesday, October 22, 12 noon - 2 p.m., 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
O'Fallon City Hall, 255 South LincolnSaturday, October 25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, October 26, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cahokia Sr. High School800 Range Ln., CahokiaTuesday, October 28, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
BARACK OBAMA for President and JOE BIDEN for Vice President http://www.barackobama.com/
DICK DURBIN for the United States Senate http://www.dickdurbin.com/
JERRY COSTELLO for Congress http://www.costelloforcongress.com/
RICK STONE for Coroner
BRENDAN KELLY for Circuit Clerk http://www.votebrendankelly.com/
CHARLOTTE MOORE for Board of Review
MIKE COSTELLO for Recorder of Deeds
With our economy in turmoil and our national security in shambles, now more than ever your vote is needed. So this year vote Democrat!
E-mail stclaircountydemocrats@yahoo.com to request a sign or to volunteer.

There may be doubt that can be proved in the MySpace hpax that may exonerate Lori Drew and the death of teen Meagen Meier. It has been speculated that Meier who committed suicide after an Internet hoax was not the only girl exchanging messages with a fake MySpace address allegedly operated by Drew.

Attorney Dean Steward filed a request in federal court for the phone records of a second teenage girl identified by the initials "S.D."
His client, Lori Drew, of O'Fallon, Mo., is accused of helping to create a false-identity account on the social networking site, posing as a teenage boy and befriending her 13-year-old neighbor, Megan Meier.
Prosecutors say Megan hanged herself in 2006 after receiving messages from Drew on the fake account saying the world would be better off without her. Megan was being treated for attention deficit disorder and depression.
In his motion, Steward seeks the phone records to prove that prosecutors mistakenly linked Megan to a message that S.D. actually sent to the fake account.
Prosecutors have said the message — listed in the Drew indictment as "Overt Act 9" — was sent by Megan because she was induced by Drew to flirt with the fictitious boy.
Steward criticized the government for poor research and said S.D.'s e-mail address was on the message. Steward quoted the message as saying: "Heyy babe!!! Call me sometime (phone number) It's the cell. I love you so much."
The lawyer said S.D. was "a juvenile that was part of a group of teenagers who were texting and e-mailing each other. There were a couple of boys involved."
He said in his court filing that he had contacted S.D.'s relatives, who confirmed her cell phone number.
The case, which is being prosecuted in Los Angeles because MySpace's servers are based in the area, is scheduled for trial Nov. 18. A motion to dismiss charges is pending.

And speaking of trials and motions,
A St. Clair County judge has denied a Tiffany Hall’s woman's request to withdraw her guilty plea in the death of her pregnant friend, the unborn child and the victim's three children.

Judge Milton Wharton ruled last Friday that 26-year-old Hall didn't file the motion to withdraw her plea within 30 days as required by law.
Hall pleaded guilty in June to four counts of first-degree murder and one of intentional homicide for the death of Jimella Tunstall's 7-month-old fetus. In exchange for Hall's plea, prosecutors agreed to no longer pursue the death penalty. Hall is sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In a motion filed Sept. 19, Hall claimed that she was coerced into pleading guilty because she was threatened by other inmates and denied protective custody.


St, Louis County Board got two issues that has heated up their meeting this week—trash and pay raises. The Council debated on a trash hauling bill Trash districts went into full effect Oct. 1, with low-bidding haulers selected to serve them. That left haulers who were outbid angry and vowing to cross district lines to win back customers. The bill in question would fine or jail unauthorized haulers. The vote was delayed. Then it was addressed for a 6.5 percent pay raise for police officers and 14 percent for dispatchers which failed.

If you wanna see what crime is goin on in your hood, just go to
http://www.crimereports.com/ (The only problem is, the only areas they highlight so far in the St. Louis area are Kirkwood and Ahzelwood and Maryland heights)
Anheuser Bush and Inbev made news this week. First, When Belgian brewer InBev prepares completes its takeover of Anheuser-Busch Companies later this year, August A. Busch IV will be replaced as president of Anheuser-Busch by David A. Peacock, now vice president of marketing at the St. Louis-based brewer once the merger is completed, expected by the end of this year.
Busch, the great-great grandson of the founder of Anheuser-Busch, had initially opposed the merger this spring, but endorsed it in July when InBev increased its offer to $70 per share of Anheuser-Busch stock and offered him a seat on the merged companies' board of directors. He currently is president and chief executive officer of Anheuser-Busch, which owns Orlando-based Busch Entertainment Corp. and its 10 theme parks, including SeaWorld Orlando. Peacock, 39, is a St. Louis native who's worked for Anheuser-Busch since 1992.

Then later this week,. InBev said it will postpone its previously announced rights issue but reaffirmed that it will complete the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch (by the end of 2008. They reported As a consequence of unprecedented volatility in the global capital markets, the group has postponed the rights issue "until market conditions stabilize". The Board of Directors will continue to monitor market conditions to determine the appropriate time to launch the rights offering, the group said in a statement.

Rams won 1st game of the 2008 season in Maryland.. . Rams 19, Redskins 17
In a dramatic end, Kicker Josh Brown drilled a 49-yard field goal as time expired to give St. Louis its first win with a triumph over Washington. The Rams drove 45 yards on nine plays over the last 3:40 to position Brown, who also kicked field goals of 51, 25 and 44 yards.

Rookie wide receiver Donnie Avery caught two passes from quarterback Marc Bulger on the winning drive, including a 43-yarder on third and 13 to put the Rams in scoring position.
Avery, who also had a 12-yard grab on third and two to keep the drive alive, finished with four receptions for 73 yards. The Rams (1-4) were pushed back 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but despite the added distance, Brown's kick sailed perfectly through the uprights, giving Jim Haslett a win in his first game as St. Louis' head coach. He took over for Scott Linehan, who was fired Sept. 29 before the team's bye week.

Hmm, no Torry Holt or Steven Jackson gladiator moves. Well, lets see if the Rams can make 2 wins win they play the Cowboys home at the Dome.

Cardinals first baseman and MVP candidate Albert Pujols had surgery on his troublesome right elbow Monday, the team announced late this afternoon. Pujols had surgery to decompress and relocate the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, a joint that has given him problems since he strained a ligament there early in 2003.

The surgery "did not require reconstruction of the medial collateral ligament," the release from the club states, underlining the words "did not".

The release states Pujols will begin his rehab this week and "make his recovery" by spring training.

Have you got your flu shot yet? We havent either. We just dont trust them flu-inducing shots!

A 28-year-old woman was charged in connection with an assault at a downtown St. Louis homeless shelter, police said.

Police said last Thursday a female supervisor at New Life Evangelistic Center was talking with Pamela M. Fraction (PICTURED)when Fraction began beating her.

The woman, 67, was found lying on the floor when police arrived. Fraction, 28, was detained by several witnesses, police said.
The victim was taken to a St. Louis hospital, where she is in intensive care. Police said she sustained several injuries, including an injury to the back of her head when she was knocked to the floor.

The victim, who was formerly homeless, has worked at the shelter for the past four years.


The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District last week called on the federal government to rapidly step in to help area property owners with damage from flooding last month. MSD said only the Federal Emergency Management Agency (or FEMA) has the resources to assist those seeking financial relief after the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through the St. Louis area on Sept. 14.
The storm dumped as much as 6 inches of rain in a short time; hit hard were west and north St. Louis County and St. Louis.Water backed up into thousands of homes from overwhelmed sewer lines. MSD has an insurance program that will cover up to $2,500 in damages in many of those cases. But many people have damage that will cost more than that to repair.

On Monday, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt sent a letter requesting a declaration of disaster to President George W. Bush via FEMA's regional office in Kansas City. FEMA spokesman Don Bolger said the agency needs that declaration before it can help, but said there is no timeline for when or if the president would grant the declaration.

OK, didnt FEMA see the news and the floods? What did they think that the problem was going to disappear? And why did Blunt wait to send a letter this week about the disaster? Couldnt he have done what New Orleans Mayor Ray Naegen and said GET YOUR ARSES HERE?
In unrelated news, Gov. Matt Blunt has agreed to provide old e-mails at no cost to several media outlets that sued his administration. Under a settlement announced Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court, Blunt's administration is to provide free copies of records from the state's backup e-mail system to satisfy several Sunshine Law requests. The Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star had intervened in a lawsuit against Blunt brought by a pair of court-appointed attorneys looking into the e-mail retention practices in the governor's office. The settlement applies only to the media requests. Blunt's office originally sought to charge the AP more than $23,000 to retrieve and review the e-mail files, plus additional copying charges.

Brothers John and Mark Rodgers plan to erect a 175-foot tall Ferris wheel amid the 19th-century warehouses on Laclede's Landing just south of the Martin Luther King Bridge.
Technically speaking, the brothers prefer to call it an "observation wheel" or, better yet, a "sky wheel." In other words, it wouldn't be your typical carnival-ride amusement. Passengers would ride for about 12 to 15 minutes in 42 gondolas, each with seating for six and outfitted with a video screen. From inside the heated and air-conditioned chambers, riders would enjoy sweeping views of downtown and deep into the Metro East.And the wheel itself — brightly illuminated at night in multicolored, LED lighting — would drastically alter the city's skyline.
The Rodgers are still putting together financing for the project, but they say the credit crisis won't torpedo the Ferris wheel as the housing bust killed Port St. Louis. They also have the support of some key city leaders.None of this was part of the Rodgers' original plan. The brothers, 56, graduates of CBC and St. Louis University, made a name for themselves building and renovating houses, most of them in west St. Louis County, Clayton and University City.
Their company, Rodgers Group, based in Clayton, developed Shaw Park Villas, a 12-unit luxury condominium project in Clayton. In 2005, when they announced plans for Port St. Louis, city boosters and officials praised the 10-story development as the first new, residential high-rise downtown since the Mansion House opened in 1966. Although there was a lot of early interest from buyers, it fizzled after the real estate market went south.
The St. Louis County Health Department and the Normandy School District are working together to find out if any at Normandy Senior High School may have transmitted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.According to the letter from Carl B. Hudson Stanton E. Lawrence, Ed.D. the High School Principal Superintendent of Schools, "...the Department of Health learned of evidence that suggests HIV may have been transmitted among some Normandy Senior High School students." LeFebvre said he could not confirm if anyone at the school had tested positive.
Free and confidential testing will be made available to all students, according to Stanton's letter.

The district will hold two meetings with the Department of Health to provide information to parents and guardians about HIV testing. The first meeting will be tonight at 6 p.m. at Normandy Senior High School in Viking Hall at 6701 Saint Charles Rock Road, in St. Louis. The second one will be held at 6 p.m. on October 20, 2008 at the school in Viking Hall.
And speaking of schools, district officials are still trying to find out who intentionally started a fire last Friday at Beaumont High School last week that forced 700 students to evacuate. The fire was intentionally set and the room was unoccupied when the first started around 9:00 a.m., according to investigators. St. Louis Public School District spokesperson Patrick Wallace said students returned to class at 10:30 a.m., but the third floor will be closed for the rest of the day for cleaning. There is no estimate on how much it will cost to repair the damage.
Call to Oneness wants to motivate people to volunteer at the polls and vote on Election Day November 4. Under the campaign called "Take Power, Take Control." It is designed to register and educate voters, provide transportation to voters who may not be able to make it to their polling location and to stress the importance of voting.

The group's goal is to get 10,000 people to volunteer in north St. Louis and North County on Election Day. The volunteers will go door to door to make sure people get out and vote and assist voters in getting to the polls. Eric Rhone, the co-founder of A Call to Oneness, wants African Americans to cast their votes before 1:00 p.m. on Election Day in hopes of doubling the African-American turnout.

The group will also hold a "Get Out to Vote" rally on November 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Kiener Plaza at 500 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis.


Two R&B giants will make and has made its way to the Jazz Spot in St. Louis downtown.

Legendary East St. Louis native singer and songwriter Phil Perry will perform at the Jazz Spot (foprmerly the WS Hotel) on 4th And Washington this Friday, Oct. 17 . to promote his latest Cd, "Ready for Love." And for you old heads, Perry was the lead singer of the East St. Louis based 1960s/70s band, the Montclairs. The show will be hosted by Clear Channel personality TonyScott of the Tony Scott Morning Show. For ticket info, call (314) 361-6177

And Monday, Loni of Foxy 95 hosted her Loni's Love Lounge with sexy R&B singer Avant who performed at the Jazz Spot to promote his latest CD, "Avant' that will be released in December. He also performed his latest single, "When it Hurts" and had a listening party for his CD. We hear that it was packed house which we were not surprised to hear because of his heavy female fan base. And speaking of Tony Scott, he interviewed Avant on his show to promote his appearance and he talked about his recent trip to Iraq to perform for the troops as well as the possibilities of he and duet partner KeKe Wyatt are in the plans of recording a duet of coverson a CD in the near future.

Two celebrities came to Lincoln University to participate in the universities respective special events during its Homecoming activities. First was Lincoln University Alum Joe Torry who returned to his Alma Mater early last week as Host of Talent Show, "LU's Got Talent," a competition showcasing the talents of students and Lincoln University alumni . at Capitol Plaza Hotel. Also last weekend, Tom Joyner Morning Show personality Sybil Wilkes (PICTURED) participated in the parade of Lincoln U’s Homecoming Football game Xavier University (Where LU won 56 to 7). On a funny note, Wilkes said on the TJMS that folks were coming up to her during Homecoming to ask when she was expecting her child, referencing to the crew teasing her about her saying on the show that she got pregnant listening to R&B singer Eric Benet’s latest CD.

Two St. Lunatics rappers had their special events this week. First, rapper Nelly began a multi-episode arc on “CSI: NY” on last Wednesday night’s show. The episode is titled “Turbulence,” and promos for the episode featured Nelly’s song “Warrior. “CSI: NY” airs on CBS at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Viewing parties began last Wednesday at the Skybox , (but with the Obama/Mccain debates, Nelly’s air time may get bumped or overlooked) In regards to Nelly’s performance, TV writer Nancy Gail wrote, “I realize Nelly is a singer, not an actor. He's smart enough to run his club, though; why would he try and outsmart two cops? They weren't dressed like his regular clientele. While the badge was not prominently flashed, Flack is tall enough to pull his jacket back to reveal ID at waist level. Anyone sitting could see it easily.
Nelly did better when he and Flack were alone in the interrogation room.”

To see last week’s clip go to

Nelly’s St. Lunatic member Murphy Lee had a busy weekend . On Friday, Lee made as top at St. Louis Fashion Week for Flow that was held on the streets of 13th and 14th and Washington Ave. The event introduced the public to his and his brother. Kyjuan’s clothing line UC Me (See OUT 489 ) Later on, he hosted the pre-party for his video shoot to his latest hit, :”My Shoes” held at Club Society. Then on Sunday, Lee shot part his music video near a shopping mall area on Broadway and Riverview.

While The Montclairs were making waves in East St. Louis, so were other artists. The Numero Group, a record company priding itself in unearthing the dustiest of long-forgotten music gems in various cities, makes its way to East St. Louis. The tenth release in the Numero Group’s “Eccentric Soul” series is all about the Young Disciples, a ’60s and ’70s-era collective of acts who hailed from the area.
he acts were under the guidance of Allen Merry, who worked with Ray Charles and Lou Rawls.
“Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples” will be released Oct. 21. For more info go to

As he waits for FEMA to repsond to his letter for storm relief in Missouri, Outgoing Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt will keynote this year's 33rd Annual "Yes, I Can" banquet on Oct. 23 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel. Blunt won the Educator of the Year award last year from the St. Louis Metro Sentinel Journal.

At the Yes I Can banquet, , Former Ikette Robbie Montgomery(PICTURED) , owner of Sweetie Pie's restaurants in St. Louis, will be honored as Businessperson of the Year. Other honorees are Paula D. Knight, executive director for curriculum and instruction for the St. Louis Public Schools, as Educator of the Year; and St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and License Collector Mike McMillan will share the Public Servant of the Year award.

About 30 people lost their jobs Friday between KTVI-TV (Channel 2) and KPLR-TV (Channel 11) as the stations combine newsrooms and share services this week. Spencer Koch, GM of KTVI, (PICTURED) said last Friday that once the dust settles, he will be in charge of both stations. Koch was at KPLR's offices near Page Avenue and Lindbergh, where he said he was trying to help the human relations department handle the firings. Bill Lanesey, who was VP and GM of KPLR until about a week ago, has been named GM of the FOX affiliate in Cincinnati, Koch added.
Koch declined to say whether any more on-air personalities were let go. He said that Audrey Prywitch, who heads the news at KTVI, will take over that responsibility at both stations. Sheldon Ripson, who was the news director at KPLR, was fired. Koch also confirmed that headquarters for the combined stations will be at the KPLR studios, and that KTVI will vacate its offices on Berthold Avenue in St. Louis despite Mayor Francis Slay's efforts to keep them there.
But this week, the public wanted to know who got fired. Much to Koch; schargrin he disclosed the info. KPLR-TV reporters Theresa Petry and Gabrielle Biondo are among the on-air personalities who were fired as Channel 11 and KTVI-TV (Channel 2) combine newsrooms and pare their staffs. Spencer Koch, GM of KTVI, is implementing the changes.
When Koch was told Tuesday that the public wanted to know who was gone, he snapped that if the public was really concerned, people would have watched the station and ratings would have been higher. Koch said Petry, Biondo, Rick Edlund and Keryn Shipman are the only on-air talents who have lost their jobs so far. Petry has been with the station since 2002; Biondo, a St. Louis native, joined in 2006.


And speaking of Tv changes at KPLR, STL-TV's popular "The Best of the STL" can also be seen on Saturdays at 11 p.m. on CW 11.


Suite Soul Spot has got some competition on the 1st Tuesday of the month. JE Entertainment’s Soul Sessions is going down every Tuesday night at the Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington in the heart of Grand Center. It’s going down every Tuesday at 9 p.m., so be sure to check them out. For more info contact
sevenkonektions@yahoo.com or 314-314-922-7350.

Alive Magazine had its Fall fashion Week last week and one of the highlights was the show Surface last Thursday during The Humanity for All line scene when they had a show-stealing runway appearance by 3-year-old Brooklyn Davis of Columbia, Ill., who is the grandniece of the line's designer, Tammy Hotsenpiller. (TO SEE ALL OF THE FASHION WEEK EVENT HIGHLIGHTS go to OUT 485-488)

OUTTOWN got the word late that there was a concert that was held at Wash U last Saturday called teh Hip Hop Live Tour with opening act Little Brother (its member 9th Wonder was just in the Lou last weekend at Exo) and headliners Talib Kweli and David Banner. They are on a campus tour Did any of yawl go?We heard it was thugged out and packed. Email us at
maatspear@yahoo.com and let us know what you thought of the show.

STL rapper Jus Bleezy will be doing an in store October 21at Vintage Vinyl From 7-9pm With Free 'Bleezy Barbeque' Straight from The Hood Style From 7-9p or While it lasts! Special Invited Guests: Murphy Lee, Gorilla Zo & Yo Gotti


Newlyweds Stephanie (Boykin)and Michael Person who got married last Friday at the Carnahan Courthouse with Judge David c Mason presiding.

AND DONT FORGET !!!!!!!!!!!!!

COVER STORIEZ: HOT AND SOSY...A day in the life of the new R&B trio the first week in November.

And Happy B-day goes out to STL stars Kamren Holbert (the Big 3-0) and Stephanie Walker Tate

IN THE MIA FILE. What happened to So Diverse promoter/socialate Lia Cleere?
MIA FOUND--STL model Brandon Demps who is a fitness trainer in Los Angeles.

BLIND BITZ. Which popular socialate was recently spotted walking several miles up and down a particular popular main street in the St. Louis area? (Hint. The socilaite is not a woman, belongs to two social group/organziations and goes by a shortened version of their whole first name and the street can be "seen" in both the city and county )

EVENT BITZ FreeTime's popular weekly event is BACK at St. Louis' newest hotspot: Exo Lounge (3146 Locust) FreeTime is teaming up with 1st Fridays-Stl to bring out the cities sexiest young professionals this Thursday for the official kickoff! Come out early from 6-10 for Lusters nation-wide model search (as advertised on Q95.5 and Hot 104.1). Enjoy the best in Jazz, classic R&B and Soul and martini DRINK SPECIALS for EVERYONE. This is the new place to be every Thursday, at EXO. Must be 21 to enter. Stylish attire required. And if you haven't tried it yet, NUVO will definitely be in the building sampling from 8:30-10PM! Enjoy responsibly.

RSVP for FREE admission before 10pm! Email: http://us.mc597.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=freetimestl@yahoo.com by 4pm Thursday. Must include full name & email for each guest.
For VIP booths and bottle service call 314.397.4007. Or visit FreeTimestl
After Hours presents Nightlife Networking at Posh, 408 N Euclid, Thurs. Oct 16. THE #1 ONE NETWORKING PARTY CONTINUES!! ABSOLUTELY NO COVER. DRINKS SPECIALS for early arrivals LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 9:00p - 12:00p The Band: "Under the Influence" (Providing the best in Urban Jazz)
*DJ 12:00p - 1:30 a.m.
Cheresse Ink presents Designer Denim and Day to Nite Beauty Delight at Home Nightclub, Thurs. Oct 16, 45 plus pair jeans giveaway, Dominic Michaels Salon Showcase, bring old or worn out jeans for charity Grace Hill. To RSVP go to
AND St. John;s Mercy’s Big Pink Fundraiser for cancer, at J Bucks in Clayton. Thurs. Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tix $30 to RSVP call 314.251.1800
Enjoy a Night of Theater -- On the House!St. Louis theaters offer FREE tickets as part of a nationwide program Seven St. Louis theaters offer FREE tickets to their productions on select days from Thursday, October 16 through Friday, October 31 "Free Night of Theater" is sponsored locally by the Regional Arts Commission and the Kevin Kline Awards Tickets for two free seats can be reserved at www.freenightoftheater.net (select FIND A SHOW, then select St. Louis).

The participating theaters and productions include: THEATER PERFORMANCE DATE(S)
Insight Theatre Company Grace and GlorieOct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The Repertory Theater of St. Louis Jane Austen's Emma: A New Musical Oct. 16 at 8p.m. Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.
St. Louis Actors' Studio A Fire As Bright As Heaven Oct. 16 at 8p.m.
Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble Primal Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
New Line Theatre Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Oct. 16 at 8 p.m.
Piwacket Theatre for Children Hansel & Gretel Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.
Mustard Seed Theatre Smoke On the Mountain Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. This is the first year
St. Louis is participating in Free Night of Theater, which was launched in three cities in 2005 by the Theatre Communications Group to encourage people to attend a play for the first time or to experience a theatrical company they'd never seen. More than 100 cities and 600 theaters are participating in 2008.


Stress Free Fridays--SPECIAL EDITION October 17, 2008, 5pm-UNTIL
**8PM SHOW--PAUL MOONEY St. Louis House of Comedy (www.stlhouseofcomedy.com) 801 N. 2nd Street--Laclede's Landing. Join us this Friday, October 17, 2008 as Stress Free Fridays visits the St. Louis House of Comedy for a SPECIAL EDITION of Stress Free Fridays...2 for 1 drinks> from> > 5pm-7pm and if you would like to see legendary comedian Paul Mooney (8pm show), the cost will be discounted $5 dollars for Stress Free Fridays patrons...YOU MUST PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE. Mooney will be in town Oct 17-19 at the House of Comedy. PURCHASING OF PAUL MOONEY TICKETS INSTRUCTIONS GO TO www.stlhouseofcomedy.com, click PURCHASE TICKETS and then type STRESS FREE in order to get the discount rate especially set up for Stress Free Fridays patrons. And if you are celebrating a special event, email Mario Wayne at wayne_mario@yahoo.com or Mark Anthony at maj_826@yahoo.com and let us know so that we can recognize you...Please visit our website: > stressfreefridays.ning.com


"Encore Dance Company Presents Friday Night FUSION @ 609" on Friday, October 17 at 9:00pm. To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:





October 17 @ EXO (3146 Locust) Koncepts LLC along with 1st Friday-STL; invite you to celebrate the icon that is; The Little Black Dress. Hosted by Rams Safety Corey Chavous. The Little Black Dress (also the LBD), has impacted runway trends over decades & has become the epitome of timeless fashion. A
The LBD is a timeless event worth only your very best.Gentlemen; your attire MUST be upscale; with no sneakers & NO EXCEPTIONS. It's worth the attire to see the beautiful women in their strongly suggested, LBDs. This special event takes place at EXO, St. Louis' premiere lifestyle & entertainment space.Please consider bottle service and early arrival as a means to guarantee a great experience.
For bottle service please contact info@koncepts-stl.com.
Doors at 9PM Must be 21 to Attend Upscale Attire Drink Responsibly

SpokenVizions PresentsŠThe 1st Annual POETS AGAINST LUPUS Benefit Concert. Join SpokenVizions Entertainment Group, LLC on Saturday, October 18th, 2008 Featuring some of the hottest poets in St. Louis . Floyd Boykin Jr., Ms. Nterpretation, Chill Da Player, El Thought, Queeni Bee, Derek Brown, Brother Ting Symmetry, and Xplicit What do you know about Lupus? Location: Legacy Books & Café, 5249 Delmar Blvd (check address)Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show time is 7pm (PROMPTLY).Tickets available starting on September 7th, 2008at http://www.spokenvizions.com/.Tickets are $10 at the door. $5 of each ticket sold will be donation to the Missouri Chapter of the Lupus Fundation Of America. For more information, please e-mail us at lupus@spokenvizions.com or call us at 314-517-8764. Also, we are running an internet campaign to raise money. Visit www.firstgiving.com/spokenvizions
and make your donation today.


Allusions Productions, The ENVE Group, & SYGUType: Party - Club PartySaturday, October 18, 2008 at 8:00pmThe Funky Buddha Lounge (www.funkybuddha.com)728 W. Grand, Chicago, ILAllusions Productions, Enve Group and SYGU - have collaborated for another EXCLUSIVE event! If you made it out to last years "Linc-Up" in Lincoln Park. Then you already know what's up! Its a full weekend of kicking it and this year is bigger and better.



EVENT SPOTLIGHT (Hit pic for info)



Mocha's daughter need yawl help. ST LOUIS CHARTER SCHOOL is having a fundraiser. You can shop online at
http://www.mrfundraising.com/store/brochures.php?sID=cha4822 The group receives profit from the sale and the seller will receive prize credits. Enter the seller ID below to begin.Seller: sydney cowinsSeller ID: cha4822Thank you for your support.If the link above does not work, please use the following link and enter the seller ID: http://www.mrfundraising.com/store/index.php

SPRING INTO FITNESS... CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE http://www.mvpfitness.net/ OR CALL 314-831-7505 Please tell them Mocha Latte' referred you. The Next MVP Boot Camp Starts September 9th!" ONLY 89 BUCKS!!
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/TEVSMITHContact Mocha Lattte if you want to book him.
Pick up an Evening Whirl on Mondays and check out Mocha Latte’s column COFFEE TALK!

For more info on these items and events, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or sgalvin26@yahoo.com

No pic this week(She doesnt like the one we posted. LOL) but we got her speaking:

To My Urban Professionals out there…. Looking to network, and advance professionally? Do you want advice on how to become an Entrepreneur? Well I challenge you to open your minds and take advantage of what some St. Louis network groups have to offer.

The Professional Organization of Women (P.O.W), hosted it’s 11th annual Professional Forum last week which included a Panel Discussion & Silent Service Auction. Attendees (men & women) had a chance gain professional advice and hear ‘best practices’ from The Best.

The topic, “Pathways to Professional & Personal Success” featured panelists Ron Himes (Founder & Producer –The Black Rep), Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Melba Moore (Health Commisioner – City of St. Louis), Jan Torrisi-Mokwa (Principal – Congruence, Inc), Howard Denson (CEO & Publisher – St. Louis Black Pages) and Valerie Patton, (Executive Director, St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative)

Attendees were positively influenced on ‘Work/Life Balance’ and were also given “how to’s” on being professionally and personally organized. Panelists touched on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and dismissing bad habits which hinder us from growing personally and in our careers.

The ‘Silent Service Auction” allowed individuals to “bid” on services and consulting sessions with local area professionals.

For more information about P.O.W., please visit

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On the Relaxation tip, while we like to support our national artists out there, we sometimes overlook a lot of the “home grown” talent right here in our own back yards…..

Lamar Harris, a “nu-jazz, soul, and funk” artist is one of the Best UN-KEPT soul secrets in the LOU! If you haven’t had the LAMAR HARRIS experience, you are definitely missing out! His sounds encompass the genres of R&B, Jazz, hip-hop, and Soul and Harris’ performance makes your spirit groove, and seduces your mind to dance.
Check him out! ‘Lamar Harris and the L’ is currently performing at the Delmar Lounge and Restaurant on Wednesdays, and every other Saturday. He is also being featured at this week’s CAFÉ SOUL on Friday October 17th.

I encourage you to support your own, EMBRACE YOUR CITY.

As always; Live Life, and Seek Good Days…



R&B singer Maxwell’s 8 p.m. Oct. 15 concert at the Fox Theatre, The long missing-in-action singer’s tour is meant to tide fans over while they continue waiting for his upcoming “Black Summers’ Nights” trilogy. Jasmine Sullivan of “Need U Bad” fame will open the show. Tickets are $39.50-$69.50, available at MetroTix outlets,
http://www.metrotix.com/, 314-534-1111, and at the box office

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 .
THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW PERFORMSPINK FLOYD’S ‘THE WALL’FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS, PINK FLOYD’S LEGENDARY ROCK OPERA ‘THE WALL’ TO BE PERFORMED LIVE IN ITS ENTIRETY!Friday, November 7 • 8 pm &Saturday, November 8 • 8 pmLIVE at the Fox Theatre!$49.50, $44.50, & 39.50Concert preview on KETC/Channel 9On sale date to be announced soon
NEW:SMASHING PUMPKINS20th Anniversary TourWednesday, November 26 • 8 pmLIVE at the Fox Theatre!$53, $48 & $43A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.On-Sale Information:Tickets on sale Friday, October 3 at 10 am!Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111.Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com.
NEW: THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC OFMANNHEIM STEAMROLLERBY CHIP DAVISFriday, December 5 • 8 pmSaturday, December 6 • 2 pm & 8 pmFabulous Fox Theatre$52.50, $47.50, $42.50, $37.50A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.
THE 2008 EDITION OF THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SPONSORED BY AMERENUE AND PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS RETURNS TO THE FOX THEATRE DECEMBER 11-28, 2008! SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 27 AT 10AM! ST. LOUIS, MO / September 2, 2008 – Fox Associates have announced that tickets for the much anticipated return engagement of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR starring the Rockettes will go on sale to the public on Saturday, September 27. Members of the world-famous Rockettes will be on hand to greet ticket buyers at the Fox Theatre box office at 10am. All MetroTix outlets, charge by phone at 314/534-1111 and
http://www.metrotix.com/ will also open at that time. Ticket prices range from $29.50-$69.50 depending on performance date and seat location; a performance schedule is attached. Sponsored by AmerenUE, Dance St. Louis will present this return engagement of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 38 dazzling performances. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 314/535-2900. For more information, visit http://www.fabulousfox.com/. \
HARRY CONNICK JR. and his big band A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Sunday, December 7 • 7:30 pm Fabulous Fox Theatre $73, $48 A limited number of Gold Circle seats are also available.

Oprah Winfrey presents THE COLOR PURPLE, October 21-November 2, 2008; Curtain times for the U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 26 at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, October 30 at 1 p.m.
Nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE opened on December 1, 2006 at the Broadway Theatre where it ran for over two record-breaking years. It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love. Michael Kuchwara, the Associated Press described THE COLOR PURPLE as “a roof-raising story of triumph.” And Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine said, “[it is] a soaring, epic tale. It made a joyful noise in my heart.” Elysa Gardner from USA Today raved, “Pure heart! It celebrates the inspiring relationships of faith and love, a Broadway hit!”

Single tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE at the Fox Theatre box office, online through http://www.metrotix.com/, MetroTix charge by phone at 314/534-1111 and all MetroTix outlets. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 314/535-2900. Ticket prices range from $27-$68 depending on performance date and seat location. For more information, visit http://www.fabulousfox.com/.

THE COLOR PURPLE is a U.S. Bank Broadway Series presentation and sponsored by American Airlines.
Upcoming: 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


MPAC (the company that brought you the Eye Candy Party) presents '2 is better than 1 Sunday' kicking off this Sunday, October 19th @ Knockouts. Every Sunday there is 2 for 1 admission, 2 for 1 drink specials til 11:00 pm along with 20 flat screens to watch Sunday night Football and party.

To kick off the first Sunday it is the Models and Bottles edition with two of the hottest modeling groups,the Eye Candy Models and the Knockout girls. You read it right, Eye Candy models and the Knockout girls in the same building for the first time in history! The football game starts at noon and the party kicks off at 8pm until 1:30 in the morning.

Singlesvibe presents XOX Thursday Oct. 23 and every other Thursday at Posh located on Euclid and Mcpherson. FREE all nite. Info: www.singlesvibe.com

Stray Dog Theatre presents Pippin An enchanting musical filled with
Schemes! Lust! Intrigue! Power! and one man's search for the meaning of life!



For Tickets and Information
CALL: 314-865-1995


Melissa Flinn / Laura Kyro / Chuck Lavazzi / Julie Nagy /
October Eye Candy Party - Halloween Edition Friday, 10-24-08 @ LoftThe October Eye Candy party is going down Friday, October 24th @ The Loft and yes, it's the Halloween Edition. There will be giveaways throughout the night for the best costumes so bring your 'A' game ladies and gentlemen. Ladies are FREE all night in costume and NUVO drink specials all night! (please remember to drink responsibly).
The winner of the Eye Candy competition will recieve $500 CASH and a PR package from MPAC which includes: picture and bio in The St. Louis American and www.stleyecandy.com, a free photo shot, featured on MPAC TV and a chance to be in the Eye Candy Calender! Ladies must register before 11:00pm and be at least 21 years of age. Friday, October 24th at the Loft night club will be a night to remember! DJ Sir Thurl will be on the one's and two's and will keep the party rocking until 3:00 in the morning. It's a party not a pageant! For birthday, booth and bottle service contact 314.226.5777 or log onto http://www.stleyecandy.com/.
This event is brought to you by MPAC.

Cast members of “The Color Purple” musical, which is coming to the Fox Theatre beginning Oct. 21, will present a concert benefiting the St. Louis Black Rep at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the St. Louis Zoo’s Living World. Call 314-534-3807 or go to http://www.theblackrep.org/ for tickets. For tickets to “The Color Purple,” go to http://www.metrotix.com/.

Simple Pleasures Bringing the Winery to the People Host:
B. Free Paparazzi Movies
Thursday, November 13, 2008 Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: The In Spot Dessert Bar & Lounge. bfreepaparazzi.com, welcomes you to join us for Simple Pleasures. Simple Pleasures is a seductive journey into classic style & timeless taste. This will be a networking event which fuses Neo Soul & Jazz with urban socialites, corporate executives, and blue collar professionals from all walks of life. Simple Pleasures will be introduction to a lifestyle...FREE WINE, DESSERTS (for sale), AND SMOOTH R&B & NEO SOUL ALL NIGHT.ADVANCE TICKETS $10 OR $15 AT THE DOOR

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 on sale 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 http://www.metrotix.com/. Memberships available by calling 314-726-1616. For more information, visit http://www.cabaretstl.org/. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
AUDITION BITZ (NEW) DIVA Planning Model Search for Lights on Broadway Special Events and Bridal Expo. For more info: 314.443.8828..................................... (NEW) MTV is NOW casting season 2 of the hit show FROM G’s to GENTS The ultimate gentleman, Fonzworth Bentley, is looking for a new group of G’s to take under his wing and transform into gentlemen. “From G’s to Gents” will take 15 young “G’s” and polish them up. They will be educated in everything from Style and Grace, Etiquette, Chivalry and Business Skills. the men will LEARN that with the Right tools, every G have the ability to be a true Gentleman – and a real shot at finding success. The G that makes it to the end of the competition will win $100,000, membership into The Gentleman’s Club and leave having the skills to succeed in the real world. To be considered for season 2 of FROM G’S TO GENTS Email your NAME Phone Number Current PHOTO(S) A short bio about yourself and tell us why you need to change. Please email to your closest audition city. St Louis – STL@GsToGentsCasting.comFor more details about the show go to http://www.gstogents.mtv.com/ ....................................AUDITIONS! A new hip comedy show named "EVA ADAMS". THE STORY: It will be a hilarious comedy about a macho guy who is suddenly changed into a woman by a witch. TYPES WANTED: Nine roles are open: four are female, five are male. This will be a fun experience for everyone, and all acting skill levels will be welcome. FILMING BEGINS: Middle of October 2008 For more details please reply to the email on this message. Reply to: job-860199000@craigslist.org Location: St Louis Compensation: $125 per each day plus per diem +
HELP-BITZ. (NEW)Nar Js Music Evangelist Nakisha Joseph, 7740 Dale Ave. 314.313.2288............................Teddy Blackett needs help with sponsors for his website. He emailed OUTTOWN and he wrote: “ Hey folks As most of you know i have my website up and running,
http://www.bfreepaparazzi.com/ is still in its infancy stage and appreciate all of your support. One of my goals is to eventually bring St. louis top notch events for FREE (or for as little as possible). To do this i will need major sponsors, and the 1st step is to get my email list full grown.PLEASE TAKE A SECOND AND GO TO http://www.bfreepaparazzi.com/mailus.html AND SIGN UP. IT TAKES LESS THAN 30 SECONDS (yes i timed it fa real)”>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> St. Vincent Home for Children has agreed to allow S.H.E.R.A.H. to implement the L.O.V.E. Project. The L.O.V.E. project is a 6 week program designed to help young girls tap into their feminine power through a series of activities. The activities include affirmations, journal writing, collage designing, upper body yoga and guided meditation THRU October 18, 2008. The meeting time is from10:00 am-noon. We will not meet on the 11th of October. We are in need of women to volunteer at St. Vincent. There are forms that need to be filled out. Therefore, if you are interested in giving 2 hours a day every Saturday for 6 weeks, love to work with young girls and can maintain a certain level of compassion as well as professionalism, this is a great opportunity for you. Please contact Shante “LIFE” Davis as soon as possible to schedule a meet and greet and to fill out the proper paperwork. nappyhead801@yahoo.com ..................................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). 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.. 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...................................................... 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......................................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................

ONGOING BITZ 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.
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: Soup Kitchen presents a Taste of Healing every 1st Sunday of the month feat. DJ G and Needles at JMRJ Soul Food Restaurant, 2800 Olive Blvd below the Heritage House 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $10 Web-site:
http://www.myspace.com/alsmile PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS!!
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
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: After Hours presents The Return of Nightlife Networking. No Cover. Live Entertainment every other Thursday starting Sept 25 at Posh, 408 N Euclid.
Drama House Thursdays @ The In Spot, 5854a Delmar- Clean Comedy‏ . Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m. $5
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:
RSVP for FREE ADMISSION til 10:30pm at

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.
+++ Spectrum presents "Friday Night at the Sky Box "EACH & EVERY Friday"Sky Box Sports Bar & Grill beginning Friday, October 3 at 9p to 3am Where: Sky Box Sports Bar & GrillTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=41828731487
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
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
+++ CAFE SOUL, every 3rd Friday of the Month, Place: Lucas Shcool House , PLEASE CALL 314-504-7405. FOR INFO. +++
NEW: DJ Sir Thurl will DJ your birthday party for FREE!!!Have "The Official Party Starter" DJ Sir Thurl from 100.3 The Beat Aka Mr. Myspace DJ for July Spin at your birthday party FOR FREE!!! All you have to do is call 314.551.9872 for the details or email:
wegotthejams@yahoo.com You must be 21 years of age or over to receive this special!
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
NEW: DT presents 30s the New 20 at the Jazz Spot (formerly WS Hotel), 400 Wash Ave., Starting Saturday, Sept 13, 30 and upo, Doors at 8 p.m. Dress Code. Info: 314.922.4387. JOIN DERRTY DJ'S DJ AJ & DJ CD EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT FOR THE ULTIMATE 30 & OVER PARTY
Rance John Styles and barbering, located in the luxurious Benton Park Neighborhood, 2909 Jefferson. 314.772.7511
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

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 :
Check out author and activist Keith Boykin’s new website Daily Voice at
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 onVanita Applebum's entertainment newsletter, email her at www.myspace.com/vanitaapplebum and also check out her blog at http://www.vanitaapplebum.blogspot.com/
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 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, contactJessica 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 OUTTOWN.

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