Wednesday, December 10, 2008



This is Wednesday
The last OUTTOWN post for the year (I did say YEAR yawl. LOL) until January 6, 2009.

So besides the sleet we got this week, and folk “calling in gay” from work to protest the Prop 8 bill, here’s what’s been goin on in the newz and some of the stuff that folk will be talkin about when we return.

On a regional/local tip, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich returned to work on today, Wednesday, a day after he was arrested and accused of scheming to enrich himself by selling President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Blagojevich is out on bond and has denied any wrongdoing.

The governor left his home on Chicago's North Side early Wednesday and waved to the media before quickly getting into a dark SUV without talking to the reporters.
A short time later, Blagojevich's SUV arrived at his office

He and his chief of staff, John Harris, appeared Tuesday before a federal magistrate for his arraignment in Chicago after being arrested on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama's election as President.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has no plans to resign after being indicted said Blagojevich's attorney Sheldon Sorosky outside the courthouse where the governor was arraigned. His attorney said that "He didn't do anything wrong. A lot of this is just politics." According to a federal criminal complaint, Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

The affidavit said Blagojevich discussed getting a substantial salary for himself at a nonprofit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.

It said that Blagojevich also talked about getting his wife placed on corporate boards where she might get $150,000 a year in director's fees.

He also allegedly discussed getting campaign funds for himself or possibly a post in the president's cabinet or an ambassadorship once he left the governor's office.

He went so far as to dare authorities to tape his phone calls if they thought he was guilty of anything. According to government insiders the feds have been investigating Governor Blagojevich for his known “pay to play” politics for several years. Authorities had bugged the governor’s campaign office and tapped his home phone, catching him talking about alleged plans to sell the U.S. Senate seat left empty by President-elect Barack Obama.

Among those being considered for the post include U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Jesse Jackson Jr.

Blagojevich could still appoint someone to fill Obama's seat. Blagojevich would have to hurry because state lawmakers are racing to snatch away his power to appoint a new senator and put it in the hands of voters. Until state lawmakers call a special election, though, Blagojevich still has the power to fill the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Obama.

Blagojevich also was charged with using his authority as governor in an attempt to squeeze out campaign contributions.

Corruption in the Blagojevich administration has been the focus of a federal investigation involving an alleged $7 million scheme aimed at squeezing kickbacks out of companies seeking business from the state. Federal prosecutors have acknowledged they're also investigating "serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud" under Blagojevich.

His hearing is scheduling for early January 2009. Blagojevich took the chief executive's office in 2003 after succeeding Gov. George Ryan who is currently serving time for wrongdoing . And today, Wednesday is Blagojevich's 52nd birthday.

Opinion makers have said that If Blagojevich decides not to resign, the Illinois state legislature could decide to impeach him. That would work as follows, per Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan's press secretary Steve Brown: (1) It would require someone to file a resolution; (2) there would then be hearings in the House; (3) there would then be a vote in the House; and (4) if the House votes to impeach, then there would be a trial in the Senate.

Illinois' lieutenant governor is Pat Quinn, a Democrat, who would replace Blagojevich if he's ousted from office.

Area legislators expressed shock and outrage at the news of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest, and several urged him to step down or be impeached. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna immediately called for Blagojevich to resign "for the good of the state, and in the interest of the taxpayer."

"If Gov. Blagojevich does not resign his position, we urge the General Assembly to move swiftly with impeachment proceedings," McKenna said in a statement.

For Barack Obama, the explosive scandal in his home state presents an unwanted diversion but no immediate political danger, analysts say.Even though allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich describe his desire for a deal with Obama, the criminal complaint offers no evidence that Obama or his aides were aware of potentially illegal offers.

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said there was no evidence that Obama knew what was going on and Obama issued his own statement to that effect later.

President-elect Barack Obama is now calling for the Illinois governor to resign.
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president-elect agrees with other prominent politicians in Illinois and elsewhere that "under the current circumstances, it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois."

"I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening," Obama said in Chicago after a meeting with Al Gore.

Nonetheless, the allegations involving his vacated seat pose perception problems for Obama at a moment he needs all the political capital he can muster. And in his news conference Tuesday, Fitzgerald pointed to "strands of the investigation, some of which you know about and some of which you don't."

Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg said that for now, he doubts Obama will be tainted "unless his folks were involved in setting up some sort of deal that really smells."

Can we say Senate Seat Gate! Man, talk about The Political Couch (more like Seat) in play! This is ugly. And talk about timing. The Governor;’s arrest came on the same day that he was to appoint the next successor to Obama’s seat.
We are sure this will be one of the bigger stories starting of the new year! And what would be the odds that the current Governor and former Governor George Ryan be in prison at the same time for wrongdoing (that is if he’s pardoned by president Bush)

Well we guess they dont call her ILL-inois for nuthin!


And speaking of Obama, one STL aldermen is backing a bill for Barack Obama Boulevard. A hearing has been set for next week to decide whether Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis also will be known as "Barack Obama Boulevard." Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett (ABOVE PIC), an early Obama supporter whose ward includes a portion of Delmar, is leading a push to dedicate the street in honor of the president-elect. The designation would be purely ceremonial; on maps and other official documents, the street name would remain Delmar. However, under Triplett's plan, the city would erect signs at six intersections along Delmar, noting the street's dual designation as Obama Boulevard.

At last Friday's Board of Aldermen meeting, the plan was referred to the Streets Committee. The panel's chairman, Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr., will hold a hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.

If endorsed by the committee, the bill will move to the full board for final approval.

We heard Tripplett on the Tony Scott Show last week and she said that some business folk on Delmar were upset that the street change would affect their mailing addresses but she said that it will not because Delmar would still be Delmar and that the name change will be honorary. She also said the reason why Delmar was chosen because the Street represents several Wards that make up different socioeconomic and racial groups and hopes the special naming of the street would symbolize bridging those social gaps as Barack as done with his candidacy.

A cop killed himself Tuesday nite. According to, a St. Louis police officer was found shot late Tuesday, south of downtown, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.The unidentified officer had been a member of the St. Louis Police Department for 2 1/2 years.The officer was found by a citizen about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tucker Boulevard and Park Avenue, just south of downtown. The officer was found behind Lasalle Park Baptist Church.The officer was taken to St. Louis University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.There were no further details as of this posting.

Also, according to the report, it's unclear if the officer's suicide is connected to an incident earlier Tuesday in which a city policeman was taken into custody for questioning in a child-pornography investigation. Shortly after he was picked up for questioning, that officer jumped from a city police car with his own gun and ran off -- in the same area where the dead officer was later found. City police weren't saying this morning if the officer who killed himself is the same officer who jumped from the police car and ran off.

Wow. Tragic indeed.

Three weeks after InBev completed its $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch, the new company now called ABINBEVsaid Monday it would slash 1,400 salaried jobs, or 6 percent of its U.S. workforce in an effort to reduce costs.
About three fourths of the job losses will come at the company's St. Louis headquarters. The rest will occur at other locations and breweries, the Leuvens, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev said in a statement issued around lunchtime on Monday. The company will also leave 250 open jobs unfilled and eliminate 415 contractor positions. Most of the job cuts will occur by year-end, the company said.InBev has long promised to keep all of A-B's U.S. breweries operating. At the same time, analysts predicted that deep cost cuts would be needed to justify the deal. Rumors about job losses grew louder in weeks leading up to and after the Nov. 18 acquisition, especially given Chief Executive Carlos Brito's reputation for a relentless focus on costs.

The company will also leave 250 open jobs unfilled and eliminate 415 contractor positions. Most of the job cuts will occur by year-end, the company said.InBev has long promised to keep all of A-B's U.S. breweries operating. At the same time, analysts predicted that deep cost cuts would be needed to justify the deal. Rumors about job losses grew louder in weeks leading up to and after the Nov. 18 acquisition, especially given Chief Executive Carlos Brito's reputation for a relentless focus on costs.

A-B InBev said it will provide severance pay and pension benefits to affected employees based on age and years of service. They will also be offered outplacement services and other benefits during the transition, the company said.The cuts come on top of more than 1,000 U.S. salaried employees who accepted early retirement. The retirements were part of a $1 billion cost-cutting plan called Blue Ocean that was announced by A-B during the summer.
Also, just announced Wednesday, today, Bud Productions, the in-house division that produced hundreds of play-by-play broadcasts of pro baseball, hockey and football, will shut down Jan. 1.

Well, the last chapter of one of the biggest stories in the STL has been written and mos definitely predicted.

Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe's neighborhood has seen nine homicides in 10 months this year, more than all but one other section of the city.

With gunplay wreaking havoc on his ward, Troupe thinks he has found an answer: citizens arming themselves.

The alderman is pleading with constituents to get guns of their own — and learn how to use them. Troupe, who represents a swatch of north St. Louis, is encouraging residents to apply for concealed weapons permits so they can start carrying a firearm.

The city's new police chief, among others, worries that introducing even more guns into high-crime areas is a recipe for greater turmoil, not less.
Troupe, however, says he has lost faith in the Police Department and is urging residents to take it upon themselves to protect their homes and property and has reportedly said , citizens have a right to own a gun, and they have a right to carry a gun.

The state Legislature approved Missouri's "conceal and carry" law in 2003. Troupe, a former state representative, says he supported concealed weapons legislation while in Jefferson City, and supports it now.He declined to say whether he carries a gun. He is encouraging others to do so because, he says, some parts of St. Louis are just too dangerous.Most of his digust occurred supposedly after the Nov. 5 slaying of St. Louis firefighter Leonard Riggins, shot during a carjacking by a someone he thought was a motorist in need of assistance. Though the shooting was north of the city line, the teenage gunman also had been questioned in a murder in Troupe's ward. Troupe is hoping to recruit residents from his 1st Ward and around the area to take a firearms safety course, a requirement to qualify for a concealed weapons permit. He has even made his pitch at City Hall — and he says several aldermen have expressed interest in obtaining a permit.
As we said last week, what’s going to come first—the gun training for the permit or carrying the gun itself? Will citizens really take time to get training after they purchase a gun legally or , in most cases, illegally. We are on the fence on this one. True, citizens should have the right to defend themselves when a trespasser breaks in ones home and does them physical harm, but the crime has to be fire meet fire. What will happen if citizens get gun happy just to be trigger happy? And in most cases, shooting a trespasser or an aggressive robber does not yield to shooting them. This is definitely one of the issues that will go into full bloom next year!

The media are calling her the A Grinch That Stole Christmas… for foster kids in FranklinCounty that is. According to,media reports, Union resident Ruth Gierer, 26, is a suspect is in custody for stealing nearly three thousand dollars in gift cards from a state office. The cards were meant to buy toys for the foster kids. Investigators say she worked in the same state office where the cards were stolen from. Investigators say they have the suspect on surveillance tape using the stolen cards at the Union Wal-Mart.
Gierer said nothing as Union Police took her to the Franklin County Jail. She is facing one count of felony stealing for taking the gift cards from the Children's Division of the Department of Social Services Office.Freedom of Road Riders,a motorcycle group, raised more than 27 hundred dollars at two fundraisers to buy the gift cards for the foster kids.
At one of the fundraisers last month, the group also collected toys that they took on a motorcycle caravan to the Children's Division of the Department of Social Services office in Union. The gift cards were dropped off at the same office.
Workers at the office reported the theft to Union Police on last Friday. The gift cards were in unlocked desk drawer in a secured area of the office. The gift cards were for ten dollars each and were for use at Wal-Mart and Target. Detectives say it's unclear when exactly the theft happened. The toys were not stolen.
Freedom for Road Riders is holding new fundraisers to get new gift cards for the foster kids this weekend.

This is beyond Grinch!

Nine people were injured after an Amtrak train slammed into a tractor-trailer this week north of Brighton, Ill.. An Amtrak spokesman said the injuries were not serious.Four of the cars derailed after although none of them toppled over.The crash happened about 11:15 a.m. on an Amtrak passenger train heading to St. Louis from Chicago. The rest of the passengers were put aboard a chartered bus to finish the trip to Alton and St. Louis. The Illinois State Police is handling the investigation.

Beside the cop who kille dhimslef yesterday, the St. Louis police has been all over in in the news lately.

The city of St. Louis dedicated a monument to slain police officer Norvelle Brown last Saturday at the Wohl Recreation Center in north St. Louis sponsored by AmerenUE and the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation. Brown was a 22-year-old rookie officer when he was gunned down in August 2007 while patrolling the same north city streets where he'd grown up.

In other police newz, former St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer, Bryan Pour was indicted by a Madison County grand Jury last Friday for his involvement in the Nov. 9 shooting of a Granite City man outside a Pontoon Beach bar. Pour was indicted on one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Taken into custody by the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Pour posted $10,000 of his $100,000 bond last Friday and was released. The grand jury also ruled the Pontoon Beach Police Department officer was justified in shooting another St. Louis police officer who was at the bar.
On Nov. 9, Pour was involved in a dispute outside of Mac and Mick's Sports Bar and Grill on Nameoki Road. Jeffry Bladdick, 25, was attempting to diffuse the situation when Pour, who was reportedly intoxicated, shot him in the chest with his department-issued pistol, according to a statement issued by Madison County State's Attorney Bill Mudge.


On other STL police in court newz, testimony began this week against a man accused of being one of three who in 2006 fired more than 30 shots at two plainclothes St. Louis police officers, wounding one. Patrick Moore is on trial in St. Louis Circuit Court on charges of aggravated assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Officials said at the time that Moore may not have realized the two men in a parked unmarked car at College and Carter avenues about 1:15 a.m. Sept. 26, 2006, were officers. Court documents indicate that Moore admitted the shooting before his arrest, and thought his targets were people with whom he had an ongoing dispute. Officer Justin Johnson, 30, was hit in the arm and shoulder; his partner was not hurt.

And in even more STL police newz, city police expect several command-rank officers to retire in coming weeks, as some are losing tens of thousands of dollars from retirement accounts by staying, officials said.

The retirement system says about a dozen officers ranked lieutenant or higher are expected to follow last month's announcement that Assistant Chief Stephen Pollihan is retiring in January.

Because of the way the police retirement system is structured, insiders say more than three dozen officers can minimize financial hits by calling it a career — and soon.

It's not clear yet what impact the retirements will have on the department, which has about 80 officers ranked lieutenant or higher among 1,280 sworn officers.

Chief Daniel Isom said recently the department was only beginning to consider how to react. While the department would lose centuries of experience, Isom would have a rare opportunity to remake a command staff.

Pension funds for city employees, firefighters and police officers — all partly funded by taxpayers — were greatly depleted by this year's stock meltdown.

Hmmm, we guess the bright side on all of this is, employment for newer cops could occur but the darker side is less cops who got experience on their belt.


Donna Hood, a St. Louis mother was charged after slashing a 15 year old and eight-year-old girls' throats. She was charged with two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action. The incident happened last Tuesday on Labadie in St. Louis.
According to authorities, Hood's 15-year-old niece said she woke up in the early morning to Hood standing over her. The girl said Hood cut her on the neck and then cut the neck of Hood's eight-year-old daughter. Both girls were taken to an area hospital. They were treated and are in stable condition.

Hood has a $25,000 cash only bond.


Hip Hop Hooray to the East St. Louis Flyers who won their first state championship in almost 20 years. Junior quarterback Detchauz Wray fired three second-half touchdown passes to lead a furious Flyers rally as East St. Louis captured its seventh state football title last Saturday with a 33-14 win over Geneva in the Class 7A championship game at Memorial Stadium.

The title is the first in 17 years for the Flyers, who last won a state championship -- in Class 6A -- in 1991. East St. Louis also won state championships in 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1989.

East St. Louis trailed 7-6 at halftime, but Wray fired scoring passes of 10 yards to Terry Hawthorne, 42 yards to Kraig Appleton and 10 yards to Keante Minor to highlight a 27-point second-half explosion.

That’s what we are talkin about! And we are not saying that just cuz YOURS TRULY, Ma’at Atkins is a Flyer alum!


Three people died after a head-on crash on the McKinley Bridge last Tuesday night. Authorities on identified the victims as 48-year-old Jerry Nuckolls of High Ridge, Mo., 26-year-old Milton Dowell of Venice, Ill., and 23-year-old Rico Newsome of Madison, Ill. Investigators believe a Ford Escape driven by Nuckolls crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Dowell. The force of the accident flipped the Escape onto its roof. Another passenger in Dowell's car is hospitalized in stable condition. The accident shut down the bridge for nearly seven hours.

Another three was in the newz as well. The ones accused of robbing Fairmount Park racetrack almost got away with $170,000, according to court records.
Christopher Tongay, Cathy Lasich and Kathryn Holdener were charged last Monday in the Nov. 12 robbery, during which an employee was forced at gunpoint to open a safe.

Lasich, 47, of State Park Place, is a former racetrack employee and current owner of the Trading Post, a State Park Place convenience store. Holdener, 26, of Caseyville, worked for Lasich at the Trading Post, and Tongay, 29, of Caseyville, is her nephew.
Tongay is being held without bail because he was already out on bond pending charges relating to another armed robbery last year. On Monday, Madison County Associate Judge James Hackett set bail at $1 million each for Lasich and Holdener, and as of last Tuesday afternoon, they were still in custody at the County Jail.


Early applications for next fall put the University of Missouri on track for a record freshman class for the second year in a row. Some Missouri faculty are concerned that the large class comes at the same time the University of Missouri is trying to streamline and tighten its finances. According to U of M reports, the most recent enrollment figures include a 20.1 percent increase in applications compared with this time last year.

If those figures hold, Missouri could break the enrollment record set this academic year, when more than 5,800 freshmen enrolled, a 15.6 percent increase over the previous year.Korschgen said it is too early to decide whether Missouri will put an enrollment cap on applications, as it did last summer.

And speaking of schools,

St. Louis Public Schools saw an 88 percent increase in the dropout rate from a year ago, which district CEO Rick Sullivan called "a very disappointing piece of information."

In unrelated school newz, a Washington University student found dead in her dorm room Monday likely died of natural causes, the university said in a statement. University police were called to Rubelmann Hall for a medical emergency and found Elizabeth K. Barry, a freshman, dead in her bed. There were no signs of foul play, the university said. Her roommate had called authorities for help.Barry's age was not released. Her family lives in the Chicago area, the university said.

Tim Eby has been named the new general manager of KWMU, the public radio station at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Eby currently manages the public radio station in Columbus, Ohio. He was also chairman of National Public Radio's board of directors from 2004 to 2008.Eby, replaces Patty Wente, whom UMSL initially fired in June. Wente later filed a grievance with the university and signed a settlement agreement that changed her termination to a resignation and that gave her a severance payment of $50,000.Eby will start in mid-January.


Sentencing is set for next March for a woman who admits embezzling nearly $144,000 from the southwestern Illinois village of
Washington Park while she worked as a payroll clerk. Thirty-eight-year-old Dorothy Triplett pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in East St. Louis to two counts of misapplication of property of Washington Park. Triplett was a payroll clerk and worked in the mayor's office when she embezzled the money in 2006 and 2007. Court documents show that money was transferred to various accounts under Triplett's name several times a month and sometimes up to three times a day. The transfers ranged from $200 to nearly $6,000

The majority of the shows to see veteran female comic Joan Rivers at Lumiere Theatre at Lumiere Place are nearly sold out. Rivers is scheduled to perform Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. However, as of this posting, the 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday shows at Lumiere Theatre at Lumiere Place are sold out. Tickets are still available for the 10 p.m. Saturday show. Those tickets are $40, available at Ticketmaster outlets,,

and by calling 314-241-1888.

In unrelated news, Deb Peterson of reported that before scooting out of town after his concert at the Fox last Sunday night , Harry Connick Jr. took a break to visit the gaming floor at the luxe Lumière Place casino.

The supernatural thriller shot in St. Louis in 2006 called “ Ghost Image” can be seen
nationally on Showtime and The Movie Channel with eight scheduled showings between now and Dec. 23. The film, which was released in 2007 through various film showcases including the St. Louis International film festival, was made by St. Louisans and stars several Hollywood actors. It was shot primarily in and around the newly opened Lucas Lofts on Washington Ave., with additional scenes at Kiener Plaza and other recognizable Lou locations. “Ghost Image” tells the story of an attractive video editor who loses her boyfriend in a car crash and finds solace bywatching video of him taken the night before he died. When he starts to communicate with her through that video, she must decide whether she hasbroken through the barrier between this world and the next or is slipping into madness. The film stars Elisabeth Rohm ("Law and Order") Stacey Dash ("Clueless" ), Roma Maffia ("Nip/Tuck," ), Waylon Payne ("Walk The Line"), and Matthew Del Negro ("The Sopranos" ). Featured St. Louis area actors include Joel Lewis, Robert Clark, Susie Wall, Kevin Stroup, Barbara Swift , Susie Wall, Erik Williams, Tamitra Williford, and Stuart Allen(Where is youe credit on man? LOL).


An ornament designed and decorated by an O'Fallon woman is hanging on the White House Christmas tree. The ornament was created by Sharon Cox, an O'Fallon artist. She painted the ornament with depictions of the Belleville Memorial fountain, the O'Fallon Veterans' Memorial and a reproduction of the U.S. Congressional Seal. First Lady Laura Bush invited all members of Congress to designate a constituent to decorate an ornament for the White House tree.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, selected Cox. Cox and her husband, attended a reception at the White House last Tuesday to see her creation and 368 other ornaments from artists across the country on display at the White House.

Last week, the 51st Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during that much hyped and ballyhooed Grammy nominations Special on CBS, but a St. Louis based artist was happy to be a part of the nods. St. Louis gospel rapper Flame was nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album for his “Our World Redeemed” CD. Does he has a chance of winning? Well, he is up against some stiff competitors in this category including superstar gispel act tobyMac, Superchick, Sanctus Real, and After Edmund. We guess we will find out on Feb. 8 when the ceremonies will announce the winner. Good luck!

Speaking of St. Louis artist, 2004 American Idol contestant Nikko Smith will finally release his first CD entitled, “Revolution.” To celebrate, he will have a listening party for the CD on Jan. 2 at Cicero’s. (Admission is $10. Call 314-327-3416 for advance tickets.) For those who can’t wait for the actual CD, fans can download it at iTunes and at other outlets. Smith also performs a FREE old school review every Saturday in this month at 8 p.m. at Lumiere Place’s Ultra Lounge.

Oh and did yawl know that 2004 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, who was here to perform at Chaifetz Arena last weekend, got discovered when she auditioned for American idol here in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome in 2004?

St. Louis was represented on another TV show last week when the show “Prison Break” had a scene where cast member Gretchen (played by Jodi Lyn Okeefe) had addresses of St. Louis Blues players in the address book of her cell phone. The episode was also written by Christian Trokey, who grew up in St. Charles.

St. Louis comic Lavelle Crawford is getting married. Last week he announced on tom Joyner Morning Show of his upcoming nuptials who called in on the show to promote his performing at Zanies in Nashville. He said the big day will be Valentine Day 2009. He didn’t give a name to this young lady but he did say that they have been dating for four years and that “she’s a beautiful woman who cooks for me. She wanna keeps me fat." He also went on to say that he loves her and that he was turning the big 4-0. Another tidbit about this bride to be was she’s from Chi-town and was raised in Golfport, Mississippi where in his words, “they have gambling and hurricane victims there.” Also on the interview he elaborated on his thoughts for coming in second in last year’s Last Comic Standing. “ I was mad that day, ” he said. “. I was crying. And when I saw my mamma crying, I knew that was gonna make me cry.” He then joked, “ I went to my room looking at the mirror eating potato chips just like when you eat your last chip after you call in Nutri System. “

But he went on to say that he loved the experience of getting national attention that he never gotten before in his 20 year career as a comic. “I got the dream job, ‘he said. “ I was on TV for 6 months on TV NBC. I was never at the dinner table so many white folks in my life. I Thank God I lost. If I won, a brotha would a said ‘oh he sold out.’ And white folks woulda said “I cant believe he(Lavell) beat’ em (talkin’ about winner John Reep). I would been like Obama. “

This has been a trying few weeks in the career of St. Louis comic Cedric The Entertainer. First his Broadway debut in American Buffalo was silenced after only a week last month, then his film, “Cadillac Records” which he portrayed Willie Nixon and his narration of story of Chess Records, only made 3.5 million coming in 9th at the Box Office. Well, let’s hope that things get back on track when Cedrc releases his first directorial film next year , the indie comedy Chicago Pulaski Jones, written by
Kel Mitchell on Keenan and Kel fame.


Yawl can start voting your who's who for The 2009 Traffic Music Awards Vote now ...its open voting now til Friday, Jan 23rd, 2009 @ 5pm
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Congrats to STL promoter Ms. Stephanie who recently published the 5th edition of the "WHO'S WHO IN BLACK STL"

Happy b-daze go out to Eunisha Emerson and SYGU’s Rhashad Whittier.


And lastly, OUTTOWN received an anonymous comment in regards to the blog post we reported on the firing and quitting of radio personalities Sylli Asz (who got fired) and Kaos (who supposedly quit) from 104.1 last month. Here is what that Anonymous commenter had to say:

Anonymous said...
Your information is all WRONG about the Kaos and Silly story. This site would be better if you do your research and report the facts instead of trusting people who really don't even know what is going on.

Try again and report back with the facts next week

And here is what we had to say about their comment:

First up, thank you for reading my post. Its apparent you read my blog on a regular.

Secondly, if you know the real scoop, then send it if you have the truth.

Thirdly, the bottom line is they are gone because of Sylli's behavior and Koas quitting because of it.

Fourthly, my site was better prior to this story and will be better after this story.
Fifth, why are you anonymous? If you claim what you are saying, give me a name.

Next, I will post your comment and see what the public gotta say.

Lastly, I dictate when I report a story.

Thank you and continue reading.

From the shut down of I-64 to Steve Fawcett's plane wreckage found, Kimora Lee Simmons' homecoming to St. Louis during STL Spring Fashion Week to the recent arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagoaveich in Chicago , and Loosecannon's Fortune NYE Bash at 555 Building to Nelly’s B-day weekend this past weekend at Lush, Skybox and Chase Park Plaza, The STL has had its share of newsworthy events , provocative people and bitz-makers that has made an impact in 2008.Next month, OUTTOWN will have its annual Best of the STL 2008 Countdown Blog that will be posted Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.

On that blog, we will have the following
1.The TOP 10 STL Tidbitz Newz of 2008

2.Top 10 STL Socilaite/Promoetrz of 2008

3.Top 10 STl Eventz of 2008

4.Top 10 TMP (Too MUch Playin ) Picz of 2008

5.National Celebs (Beside the STL Celebrities and Obama) who Came through the STL area.

6.STL Deaths of 2008

And there's still time to cast your votes on what do you think should be the #1 STL news story, social event and socialite/promoter in the STL?Hit us up at and we will tabulate Blog Reader's Choices as well.

IN THE MIA FILE. Well, it is not entirely an MIA, but a MIA UPCOMING. YOURS TRULY, Ma’at Atkins will be taking a three week break from the blog posts (He will still be out and about on the STL scene taking pics at events so dont fret!). Next Wednesday, he will have the The Year End OUTTOWN posts for yawl to ponder and talk about until the new post is added the first Wednesday in January 2009.

BLIND BITZ—SUPERSIZE. Here are four blind bitz for each week of our absence this month starting with the one for this week.

1.Which socialite had interest in writing a commentary for OUTTOWN? (Hint. This person is not a female, last name is “used in a kitchen” and this person used to produce a popular “Tuesday” segment of a now defunct FM morning show that comprised of a two comedians, one being from the St. Louis area)

2.Which drunken socialite last weekend went up to a hot dog cart where a guy was selling dogs, picked up a hot dog that was grilling, ate a small portion of it and placed it back on the grill? (This socialite is not a male, and not part of the “OUTTOWN scene”. The area was across from two of the popular nite spots on this street that has been in the news for possible “change.”

3.Which club owner team had all of its belongings from their club thrown out into the streets for non- payment of rent? (Hint: These owners have another club who’s former name was the club that was in trouble and that describes “who they are” and who’s newer club took a “letter off the color” of its name.


4.Which socialite had a racially-tinged conversation with someone in the restroom about Obama winning on the night of elections results and a white man came in during the heated discussion? (Hint. This socialite hangs with a very popular socialite who’ part of a promotional group who’s “atomically 78” and sponsors elite style events for the over 35 crowd.)

STRAY DOG THEATRE & T.F.A. PRESENTDIE! MOMMIE! DIE!A thru Dec. 20 Campy Comedy By Charles Busch!Campy Comic Melodrama that evokes the 1960's B-movie thrillers.First there was Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Lana Turner.......Ladies and Gentlemen....Meet Angela Arden!FOR MATURE AUDIENCESGET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 314-865-1995; THURSDAY - SATURDAY AT 8 PM - SATURDAY 12/20 at 2 PM and 8 PM$20 FOR ADULTS / $18 FOR SENIORS & STUDENTSCOME CELEBRATE WITH THE CAST AND CREW ON OPENING NIGHT (12/4)AT OUR OPENING NIGHT PARTY! LIGHT FOOD & BEVERAGE PROVIDED.10 PERFORMANCES ATTOWER GROVE ABBEY2336 TENNESSEE AVE. / SAINT LOUIS, MO 63104For Tickets and InformationCALL: 314-865-1995

SEEN 2008thru -January 16, 2009Every December, lovers of photography come to Studio Altius to view a collection of the best photography created in that year from St. Louis area photographers. This show is called SEEN and it celebrates photographers, professional and amateur, across all genres. It is the culmination of a contest to find the best of the best in St. Louis . Come see the finalists and winners of this year’s show at Studio Altius. The best part? Most of the artwork will be available at really great prices!Events:Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk Gallery Preview: Friday, December 5th 6-10pmOpening Night Gala: Saturday, December 6th 6-11pmNew Year’s Eve Charity Auction Night: Wednesday, December 31st 8pm-1amWhere:Studio Altius3518 Greenwood Blvd.Maplewood, Missouri 63143


Stress Free Fridays/Soul Stylz ("A Need to Give Toy> Drive and Art Raffle")> Friday, December 12, 2008> 5pm-1:30am> > EXO Lounge> 3146 Locust-MidTown> St. Louis, MO 63101> > Stress Free Fridays teams up with Soul Stylz this Friday,> December 12, 2008 as we visit the newest and hottest venue> in Mid-Town, EXO Lounge...we are asking that you bring a new> or gently used toy ("A Need to Give Toy Drive and> Raffle") and these toys will be distributed to area> children to make their holiday season a little> brighter...complimentary admission, great music, delicious> food, thirst-quenching drinks and a fantastic vibe await> you...if you have not been to EXO Lounge, you will be truly> amazed at the decor and cannot afford to> miss all of this fun and excitement...remember, Stress Free> Fridays starts promptly> at 5pm, so start your well deserved weekend in style.> > If you are celebrating a special event in your life, email> Mario at or Mark Anthony at> and we will recognize you and your special> event.> > Please visit our website: and> become a member of Stress Free Fridays.

NEED TO GIVE" Toy Drive & Art RaffleSponsored By:

The Blend Group I am..! Nuvo Soul Purpose Harold's ChickenComplimentary Admission.. Soulful Music.. Nuvo Gift Bag GiveawayFriday. Dec. 12th.:: "EXO Restaurant & Lounge" Soul Stylz, LLC ask that you join us in celebrating the season and helping children all over St.Louis for our 1st Annual "A NEED TO GIVE" Toy Drive & Art Raffle Happy Hour. These items and proceeds go to organizations around St.Louis. Recipients include homeless shelters, mentoring programs, hospitals, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.w. "A NEED TO GIVE" Toy Drive & Art Raffle Happy Hour. Friday December 12th · 5pm - 9pm Happy Hour. EXO 3146 Locust St. St.Louis MO 63103* Toy Bin Available til 8:30pm Restaurant will be Open Art Raffle at 8pm Please bring New & Unwrapped Toys, books, games, sports equipment, clothing, toiletries, gift certificates, computer software and any other wonderful gifts to the event.


Singlesvibe presents A WOMANS WORTH, Fri. Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. at 609 Lounge on Eastgate and Delmar. DJ Charlie Chan. Ladies Free all nite. Info 314.721.9168
There will be a benefit for STL musician Son of Starchild with musical performances by the man himself in “The Starchild Benefit Show” a new quarterly event that will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Casa Loma Ballroom. Others performing are Honeyvox, Bosman Twins, the Dynamic Funk Squad, Non-Stop Reggae, Boogie Chyld, and a number of poets and solo singers. Hosted by Coco Soul, DJ by Enoch is Real , and classic clips of Moore performing as Son of Starchild.He says this will be a quarterly event, with the next one coming in April. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 314-355-4617 for advance tickets.


Inside STL presents Girls Next Door November party Friday Dec 12 10:30 p.m. 1234 Washington Ave. come vote for your fave G.N.D.


NEW: TIGERLILY EVENTS PRESENTS, THE EVENT OF THE YEAR!THE FIRST ANNUAL CITYWIDE CLASS REUNION WEEKEND, STL! Celebrating the High School Graduating Classes From The 90's To The New MillenniumDecember 18-20, 2008The Only Class Reunion In St. Louis Created To Celebrates The 90's! Remember The Times...Relive The Times!Thursday Ace Of Spades House PartyBring Your Spades A-Game, Cash Prizes, BYOB, And More!Hosted By Tigerlily Events, SPECIAL EVENT RSVP ONLY7pmRSVP at

Thursday Ace Of Spades House PartyBring Your Spades A-Game, Cash Prizes, BYOB, And More!Hosted By Tigerlily Events, SPECIAL EVENT RSVP ONLY7pmRSVP at


Throw Back Friday: The Official City-Wide Class Reunion Weekend Opening Party High School Roll Call, Rock Your Freshest Throwback Sneakers, And Wear Your Favorite HS T-Shirts/Colors Hosted by The Skybox Sports Bar & Grill, 800 N. Third St., Downtown St. Louis9pm$10 For Reserved Seating & Drink Specials (Pre-Sale Tickets Only)

Saturday Then & Now: The Citywide Class Reunion Weekend BrunchNetwork, Mix & Mingle, And Feed Your SoulHosted By The Renaissance Grande Hotel, 800 Washington Ave, Downtown St. Louis10:30am$20 (Limited Space, RSVP ONLY)And The Main Event.....SaturdayLiving Your Life Like It's Golden, Prom 2008!The Ultimate Formal Affair For The Grown & Sexy Featuring The Best Music From The 90'sBY DJ AJ of 100.3 THE BEAT!Hosted By Omni Majestic Hotel, 1019 Pine St., Downtown St, Louis9pm$30 Individual $50 Couple (Pre-Sale Tickets Only)$40 Individual $60 Couple (At the Door)Oh...

For Event Tickets, RSVP's & General Information Visit http://www.eventsbytigerlily.comor/ call 314.956.6735.


SYNERGY presents a sneak preview of El Borracho Mexican Cantina, the new venue from the team behind Mike Shannon's, Pepper Lounge, Mandarin and Lumen this Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8-midnight. To RSVP, please email




7th Annual Platinum Group's Annual "Have A Platinum Christmas" Networking Symposium-Sat. Dec 13 at 7pm‏ at Light's on Broadway (located at 8344 Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63147) from 7:30pm - 1:00am. This will be an evening of live entertainment, delicious food, networking and lots and lots of Holiday cheer! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Vip Tables, Vendor Booths and Sponsorship Packets are available for a limited time only. This will be a Sell Out Event!For more information, contact Platinum Group, Inc. at 314-231-3500 or email:


Better Family Life 24th Annual Kwanzaa Holiday Expo, Dec 13 (10 am-8 pm) and 14 (noon to 6 p.m.) West End Community Center, 724 MN Union blvd., between Delmar and Enright. Contact 314.367.3140 Cost is $5



This Friday, Dec, 12 there is a Graduation party for STL Model Leah!


Singing from the Heart is Music from the Soul" is the philosophy behind the newest voice in the entertainment world. Torre Sanders, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, introduces a fresh perspective, emphasizing an appreciation for music's power to inspire, connect and uplift. Torre's musical influences range from the soulful Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Nat King Cole to the energetic Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and Lenny Kravitz, all of which are apparent in his smooth, sincere and gritty vocals.

Torre Sanders is a singer, songwriter and producer that play's guitar. He honors us with his one-of-a-kind sound blending subtle hip-hop, pop, r&b beats with rock riffs. A sound that is universally appealing to people from all walks of life; kids, young adults, the sexy & grown and let us not forget those high rollers alike. His music speaks of experience, being in love, living it up and enjoying life. Outside of his passion of crafting remarkable music, Torre's has an uncanny niche for acting, modeling, film-making and is very pronounced in various action sports.
Torre’s additional aspirations include plans to establish his own talent management company, a very unique-stylish clothing line, a performing arts school for under-privileged youths with talent and a not-for-profit facility for battered women along with many other aspirations and goals. Torre Sanders is an artist for the ages to come.With his original and crowd-pleasing compositions Torre Sanders extraordinary talent shows no bounds.
With his latest release on AlphaTorre Records, Torre Sanders not only delivers high energy performances, fresh and inspiring writing skills, he displays determination, ambition, creativity and an unearthly charisma that is unforgettable in addition he is also heading up his own venture. Each song that is included on his debut record "The Next Man" from AlphaTorre Records, has been under his creative direction.Torre Sanders first single "Ghetto Girl" is already heating up the airwaves from the Midwest to the South. The follow-up single "Party Mode" is already creating a buzz with the DJ's in the clubs all over the US.
As for the label AlphaTorre Records, Torre Sanders is focused and creating more exceptional music that blends all elements of Pop, R&B and Rock to further establish AlphaTorre as not just one man, one sound but as a multi-genre label originating in St. Louis, Missouri. Torre Sanders will set the precence of sound, style and business for AlphaTorre Records.
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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

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For more info on these items and events, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or


LARRY THE CABLE GUY· “Eat, Drink and Be Larry”· : : SELECT SEATS HALF PRICE : :· · ***We are offering an “Economic Recovery Package” where tickets are half price.· This offer on select seats is valid now until Saturday, December 31st at Midnight**· .· Saturday, January 17, 2009 5:00pm & 8:00pm at the Fox Theatre· · DISCOUNT: Half price seats available now! Offer expires Saturday, December 31st at midnight. Discount valid in lower, middle and upper balcony only. Limit of 4 tickets per order using discount.· · SALES LOCATIONS: Fabulous Fox Theatre Box Office, Metrotix locations, and· · CHARGE-BY-PHONE: 314-534-1111· Welcomed by My 103.3· · Wednesday, February 4 • 8 p.m. &· Thursday, February 5 • 8 p.m. · At the Fabulous Fox Theatre!· $50, $45 & $40· · +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++·
The award-winning Beatles concert, RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles, returns to the Fox Theatre for two fabulous performances February 4 & 5. In a show the Denver Post calls “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” RAIN boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” to classic hits including “Revolution” and “Come Together.” RAIN covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. For more information please visit
· JERRY SEINFELD· · Saturday, February 7 • 7 pm· LIVE at the Fox Theatre!· $81, $66 & $51· Limit of 8 tickets per transaction· · Due to popular demand, America’s premier comedian is hitting the road in a return to his first love - stand-up comedy. Recently hailed as “the master stand-up comic of his generation” and “the best comedian of our time” in a Washington Post article by Tom Shales, Seinfeld has an uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing his material across the country in 2009.· · On-Sale Information:· Tickets on sale NOW!· Purchase tickets at the Fox Box Office,· MetroTix outlets or by calling 314/534-1111. · Order tickets online at
UPCOMING SHOWZ: 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


HOUSE OF COMEDY presents St. Louis comedian Javon Bibbs Comedy B-day Celebration, Sun. Dec. 14 at 8:30 p.m. and Urban Suite feat. P Dub with a Live band and real hip hop Wed. Dec. 17. At 8:30 p.m. For more info go to


The Eugene B. Redmond (EBR) Writers Club and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of English Language and Literature will present their 22nd annual holiday family Kwanzaa celebration Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the multipurpose room of Building D on the Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis. Kwanzaa: A (Continuing) Community Celebration begins at 6 p.m. and features a Kwansaba candle lighting ritual with the Soular Systems Ensemble—Roscoe Crenshaw, Sherman L. Fowler, Charlois Lumpkin, Patricia Merritt, Darlene Roy and Eugene Redmond, a professor emeritus of English Language and Literature at SIUE and founder of the EBR Writers Club.

The evening also includes poetry, dance, drumming, an open mic session, a bazaar with books, gifts and fabrics for purchase, and a performance by the SIUE East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, coordinated and choreographed by Theo Jamison, program director of the performing arts center. A special tribute, A Suite of Kwansabas for Obama, will include Meshawn Deberry, Walter Robinson, Takia Yates, K. Curtis Lyle and Lena Weathers. The kwansaba, invented by the Writers Club in 1995, is a poetic form consisting of seven lines of seven words each with no word containing more than seven letters. Exceptions to the seven-letter (maximum) rule are proper nouns and some foreign words.

For more information about the event, call the SIUE Department of English Language and Literature, (618) 650-3991, or write EBR Writers Club, P.O. Box 6165, East St. Louis, IL 62202-6165.


Scion Live Metro St. Louis presents Bun B performing live with Orgone Dj set by DJ Ayers , Thursday, Dec. 18 at Old Rock House 1200 s 7th St, 9 :30 p.m. Must RSVP to gain entry at
MPAC presents a Holiday Party, Friday, December 19th @ the Loft
3112 Olive Street Mo Spoon is having a Holiday Party that is FREE all night long with a new unwrapped toy! The toy will go to the children affliated with Gateway Homeless Services. If you do not have a toy you are still welcome to party, but a donation is required. A portion of the proceeds will goto Missouri Mentor Partnership (MMP). Mo Spoon and MPAC will also be looking for mentors for the MMP. It still will be a party and Eye Candy Models and Mo Spoon will keep the party rocking til 3 in the morning. There are 2 for 1 drinks from 9 til 11 and 2 for 1 bottles of Korbel Rose' all night. Info: 314.226.5777 Email:

Teddy B’s, welcomes you to join us for a Splash of Red. This is the official party for Liongates film, "The Spirit" which comes out on Christmas day. The Spirit is brought to you by the creators of 300 & Sin City, and it boasts an all star cast featuring the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Eva Mendes.

We have pulled out all the stops for this one, a new multilevel venue, added two DJ's, decorated the venue and to top it off, we've created a special "Splash of Red" drink menu JUST FOR YOU!

Remember, this is a "sophisticated" themed event to introduce a great film so please dress accordingly. Cost $5.

Date: Saturday Dec 20th, 2008
Loc: The SpeakEasy 1009 Olive St. (on Olive near 11th)

FreeTime and 1st Friday present Miracle on Locust St. "This Christmas Eve "Wednesday, December 24 at 9:00pm at Club Exo. Club Exo, 3146 Locust St.
Contact Info Phone: 3143974007

This Christmas Eve...FreeTime and 1st Friday are at club EXO
Music by DJ Reminise. Ladies free before 10:30. he only place to be for STLs sexiest professionals. Call 314.397.4007 for VIP reservations/bottle service.
Must be 21+ to enter. Sexy/Upscale attire.

NEW:SYGU presents The 3rd Annual Usual Suspects: the Great X mas Height. Lush, 3037 Olive. FREE all nite. 2 for 1 drinks before 11 p.m. Christmas nite. Join us for Dj Neeldes, Shadzilla and D.M.G. for our b-day celebration.

Singlesvibe presents YOU IN REVUE Dec. 26 at 9 p.m. at J Bucks in downtown ST. Louis. Ladies Free before 10 p.m. Info: 314.769.1060 or
NEW: D.I.V.A presents a Skating Party Tues. Dec. 30 at Skate King, 2700 Kienlen, 7 p.m. $10 at door $8 with student ID. Info: 314.532.0808


Chuck Berry coming to Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room., 9 p.m. Jan. 14, $25. The show is on sale at 5 p.m. Friday Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets,, 314-241-1888, and at Blueberry Hill.

HELP-BITZ. NEW: Bank of America in the St. Louis area has some temp clerical positions to fill in their downtown office. Anyone looking forwork please email Ed Lover at
Actress Shawn Guy Pitts is seeking help: Just last month, she received my official certificate as a certified trained S.A.R.T. Advocate through the YWCA.S.A.R.T. stands for Sexual Assault Response Team.As an advocate, she will be on-call to respond to victims of sexual assault and rape that present to the emergency room and provide them with support, empowerment, and resources. Some of you were lovely to attend her one-woman show put on in July 2007 that was about sexual abuse. At the end of the show, she encouraged all attendees that if they knew anyone who may have been or is a victim to go to the YWCA Sexual Assault Center.Well this year, she would like to take it a step further.As with any non-profit organization, funds are always an issue. This year, the deficit is even greater as well as the number of women who are beginning to report these devastating crimes.We are approaching the holiday season, which for many is a time of giving and sharing. She ask that you PLEASE consider donating money to the Sexual Assault Center.Remember, we love our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, wives, girlfriends, and daughters. And guess what? Sexual abuse, assault, and/or rape can happen to ANY of them. Women (and sometimes men) present to the emergency room from all walks of life, economic standing, and backgrounds as victims.The YWCA Sexual Assault Center provides counseling, clothing, advocacy, resources, etc. to victims. Your donations will help to make this awesome refuge bigger and better. If you donate AFTER November 1st, you can send your donations DIRECTLY to the Center at 140 N Brentwood, Clayton, MO 63105. ....................................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, 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 AND SIGN UP. IT TAKES LESS THAN 30 SECONDS (yes i timed it fa real)”................. 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: 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................
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
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: 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.
JE presents Soul Sessions every Tuesday at the Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washnton Ave. Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m 314.922.7350 weekly featured artists live music by Music Unlimted $5 door prizes . For more info contact
Mondays are Comedy Nites at Janae’s West 7555 Olive Blvd, hosted by Darius Bradford. 8:30 p.m. $10 Cover. (314)863-7420...............................
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: Good People Entertainment & Close To Famous Enterprise presents THE GRAY AREA" a blend of pure entertainment at its best. Consisting of COMEDY, MUSIC, POETRY, FASHION, and much more. Happening every Wednesday @ F15teen. starting Dec. 17 at Club F15TEEN, 1900 Locust, 8-10pm: "GRAY AREA" HAPPY HOURW/ WEEKLY FEATURE10pm- UNTIL: MIX N MINGLE TO THE SOUNDS OF DJ SUNUP JONES ON THE 1 n 2'sCOMPLIMENTARY ADMISSIONEVERY WEDNESDAYDRINK SPECIALSKITCHEN OPEN*STYLE CODE ENFORCED* MATURE 21+ More Info/RSVP:
or Phone:314.503.4035

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: Home Nights Old School Reunion, Wednesdays at St.Nicks, 1805 Lucas 8 p.m. to midnite. DJ Reminise on the 1s and 2s. Info: 314.392.7882
After Hours presents The Return of Nightlife Networking. No Cover. Live Entertainment every other Thursday starting Sept 25 at Posh, 408 N Euclid.
Afriky Lolo presents New African Dance classes for adults.Thursdays, thru December 18/5:30 - 6:45pm/$90 / 6 weeks (No class Thanksgiving week)Mahler Ballroom4915 Washington Ave. STL, MO 63108(1 block east of Kingshighway in the Central West End)One time classes can also be taken for $20.Call 314.644.1639 to register or visit us at!
XOX Singlesvibe presents XOX Thursday Oct. 23 and every other Thursday at Posh located on Euclid and Mcpherson. FREE all nite. Info: +++++++++++
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 GROOVE THEORY 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: by 4pm Thursday. Must include full name & email for each guest.For VIP booths and bottle service call 314.397.4007. Or visit FreeTimestl
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:
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.
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
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:
NEW:Club EXO presents Feel Good Fridays: An Afterwork Experience, is every Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., hosted by noted author-TV producer Lyah B eth LeFlore and featuring singer Biana and Little Black Dress Wines. Get more information at
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: 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
NEW: Sexy and Sizzling Saturdays , from 9 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with DJ Charlie Chan. Admission is free before 10:30 p.m. Saturdays.Get more information at
MPAC presents '2 is better than 1 Sunday' @ 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.The football game starts at noon and the party kicks off at 8pm until 1:30 in the morning.
Photographer King Yella is making history capturing photo print Gateway to change available to the public. Yella took flicks when Obama came to St. Louis late last month. For info on the photos go to
If you wanna see what crime is goin on in your hood, just go to
Radio personality Craig Blac has an online radio show called Renegade Radio on riverfront times radio. To check it out the local listings go to
NEW: Those looking for a good throwback party, on wheels no less, should check out the Old School Skate Reunion. It goes down this and every Wednesday from 8 p.m.-midnight at St. Nicks, 1805 Lucas Avenue downtown. DJ Reminise will spin the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s skate jams all night. The event wants to bring back the glory days of skating at Saints and the Palace.Practice skate sessions run from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.Admission is $5 before 8 p.m. and $7 afterward. Costs include skate rentals at this 25-and-over event. Old School Skate Reunion is sponsored by Brainstorm. For more information call 314-392-7882.
Children of Promise Learning Center is currently enrolling. Located at 4231 N Grand Blvd. 6 weeks to 6 years (enrollment fees are waivered until Nov. 1) To enroll or be a sponsor call 314.371.1308
“Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples” CD featuring the 1960s East St. Louis group was released Oct. 21. For more info go to
STL-TV's popular "The Best of the STL" can also be seen on Saturdays at 11 p.m. on CW 11.
Floyd Boykin hs a new GreetingCard Line "POETICBYDESIGN." Log on to 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, or call 314-517-8764.
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: You must be 21 years of age or over to receive this special!
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 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
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 :
Check out author and activist Keith Boykin’s new website Daily Voice at
Hear new music from STL singer Silky Sol at or
For all your photography needs go to
The Black Rep's blog, Black Reppin. It can be found on its website, or directly at
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 and also check out her blog at
Check out Lisa Rose blogsite on Strong PositiveBlack Sisters at or go to her my space page at
Check out blog 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
For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs andother special effects, contactJessica Dana at or go to
Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radioplaylist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at or go to his myspace page www.myspace/enochisreal.
For all your STL hip-hop info needs, go to!++++++++++++++
STL videographer Dana Christian has a website where people can send their professional music videos and films to get exposed. It is
Well that will be it.Thanks all for your comments and keep em comin.
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