Well, we survived X-mas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years and now its back to back to the grind. And with anything with the new year, out goes the old. Starting this week, OUTTOWN will focus ONLY on arts and entertainment stories hitting the St. Louis area. The hard news was getting “hard” for real for us to continue doin every week. So, to keep the blog more entertaining, we added more weekly bitz including more BLIND PICZ (unbeknownst pics of movers and shakers) , STL-ICOUIS (STL hottie guys and gals who are doin their thang on the social swang during the week); and WORDZ to the WHYz (Where we ask a question about something that we do as humans that make you go “why?”). We also will feature more entertainers and shakers with COVER STORIEZ and featurettes and reviews including, food, film, theater, music, and concerts. We still bloggin on Wednesdayz for the new year, but don’t be surprised if we pop up with sumpin on a regular basis, so be checkin out the blog everyday beside the weekly reminders on the e-blast on Wednesdays.
OK. lets get to the TOP A &E bitz of the week.
Are you ready for the digital change? The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 mandated that on February 17, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting digitally.
We are sure yawl have heard what yawl need to have or do to be prepared for the change, but for those who haven’t heard, here’s what yawl need to do:
1. Buy a new TV before that date that has a built-in ATSC tuner.
2. Buy a Digital-to-Analog Converter Box (similar to a cable box) that will convert the new digital television signals to an analog signal that can still be accepted by your current television. (NOTE: In both of the above options, you can still use the same antenna you are using now, if it is in good working order, especially if it is an expensive or large outdoor model.)
3. Subscribe to a Cable TV or Satellite TV service.
To test the level of preparedness, and to “wake up” people if they’re not ready, St. Louis stations got together, at the request of the FCC, and agreed to interrupt their analog signals for 5 minutes beginning, Dec. 17. TVs still getting only the analog signal will broadcast a slide warning viewers that they will need a converter box or a new set to keep getting TV as of Feb. 17. People who receive the digital signal will be told that they’re OK on this set, but to run around and check all the sets in the house to make sure none of them is getting the warning slide. If you’re at all uncertain about being ready, make sure to catch the test.
In related news, cable TV operators say they'll voluntarily stop moving analog channels to more expensive digital tiers of service between Dec. 31 and March 1, to avoid confusing customers as the nation switches to digital broadcast transmissions in February.
In letters to Congress, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said cable TV companies don't want to add a "layer of complexity" as U.S. broadcasters begin to transmit all-digital signals after Feb. 17.
Cable companies are facing regulatory scrutiny over their practice of switching analog channels to digital -- leaving analog consumers with fewer channels to watch unless they use adapters, rent a digital set-top box or upgrade to digital. Cable operators say they are trying to accommodate customers by offering promotions such as free adapters.
In other TV signal newz, Fans of CBS programming and KMOV-TV who watch the station on Charter Communications can breathe a sigh or relief: Channel 4 will remain on the cable system. The station and the cable company announced Monday that a tentative settlement had been reached to not only allow Channel 4 to stay on Charter's local menu, but also to allow the cable company to finally start to supply its customers with KMOV's high-definition signal. The companies were at loggerheads because KMOV wanted to be paid for its programming like cable companies pay networks like ESPN, HBO and the Disney Channel for their services. But Charter leaders said they were opposed to the idea of paying to retransmit a signal that their customers could get for free with an antenna. KMOV leaders said they were asking for about a penny per day per Charter viewer within their broadcasting territory. Details of the settlement were not released.
In a week or so, those of you who think you got acting chops may have your chance to shine --or at least in the background--when a big Hollywood film is set to roll here in the Lou. One of Hollywood's biggest stars George Clooney (PICTURED) will star and film "Up in the Air," at various locations in the Show Me City. Oscar-nominated "Juno" director Jason Reitman is in charge of the big-budget film, writing and directing it. Clooney will play a constantly traveling, unapologetic corporate downsizer. Variety reports that as the Clooney character's life falls apart, he is on a mission to collect 1 million frequent flyer miles. The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Walter Kirn.
Production crews set up shop Jan. 5 and could be working in the Gateway City for up to five months. Producers might need as many as 2,000 extras for the film. As of today, auditions will take place through Talent Plus Agency which will announce auditions for extras Jan. 16. Lambert Airport's closed D Concourse is one likely location for filming. The movie follows Clooney's character, a guy who lays people off for a living, on his mission to collect a million frequent flyer miles. The movie itself begins shooting at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and other locations in mid-March. For more info, go to www.mofilm.org and go to Project Hotline.
Well, looks like the honeymoon between Anheuser Busch and Imbev is about to be over. Busch Entertainment has announced Tuesday the company won't serve free beer at theme parks anymore. The subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to convert sampling centers at amusement parks to cafes and restaurants. That includes Busch Gardens in Florida, and Sea World's on both ends of the country.There were no reports of any themed parks in the St. Louis area, including Grants farm, was apart of this change. Belgium-based InBev bought St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch in November.
The St. Louis Rams have been in the newz recently. First, St. Louis Rams safety Windsor's Oshiomogho (O.J.) Atogwe (PICTURED)was named the most valuable player of the St. Louis Rams a few weeks ago. The former Herman Green Griffin and Essex Raven received the Daniel F. Reeves memorial award as the Rams' MVP in voting by his teammates. But recently, it was reported that Atogwe will become a free agent after this season and there has been speculation that Atogwe may want to get traded after the Rams lackluster 2-15 season. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams have "made clear their desire" to retain contract-year DBs O.J. Atogwe as well as and Ronald Bartell. Atogwe and Bartell have by far been St. Louis' best defensive backs this season, but it is speculated that the Rams will probably end up losing one to free agency. Atogwe, 27, is a candidate for the franchise tag. Bartell, 26, has excelled in zone coverage and will be among the top free agent corners if he hits the 2009 market.
In related news, it has been rumored that Tackle Orlando Pace, wide receiver Torry Holt and defensive end Leonard Little may want out with the Rams next season. If they stay, Holt would count $10.2 million on the salary cap next season. Pace would count more than $9 million, and Little $7.6 million.
After a 2-14 season that included losses in the final 10 games, the Rams are expected to make significant changes as they begin the effort to rebuild.
In related Rams newz, reports suggest that former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel will meet with the St. Louis Rams this Thursday to discuss coaching opportunities for next season. Fassel was considered for the Rams' job in 2006 but was not a finalist.
Also in the running is Minnesota Vikings assistant head coach Leslie Frazier who was reported as being interested in talking to the Rams. He's already scheduled for interviews with Denver and Detroit at the end of the week. Frazier is one of seven other known candidates for the Rams job who have either been interviewed or have interviews planned. The others: Green Bay's Winston Moss, Dallas' Ray Sherman, Miami's Todd Bowles, Baltimore's Rex Ryan, and Jim Haslett. Hmmm, we wonder how Haslett feels having to interview for a job that he thought was his when he replaced Scott Linehan? Can we spell I.N.T.E.R.I.M.?
It wasn’t a lot of hundreds this year for the annual family friendly First Night event on New Year’s Eve which was all due to the cold cold cold. Located near Grand Center and Blvd, First Night featured 75 musicians, dancers, jugglers and other performers at venues throughout the area. We heard that many seats remained empty at various theaters, and lines were short at the various venues.
If we're to believe Star Magazine, rapper Nelly is ready to pop the question to Ashanti. There's just one problem. Ashanti's mother -- Tina Douglas. A source told Star that Ashanti’s “momager” is a nosey body all up in her famous daughters music career, how she dress at events and stressing her to the “S power.” 'Before he makes her his wife,' adds the source, Nelly wants Ashanti to take more control of her life. In unrelated Nelly news, St. Louis hip-hop/urban station WHHL (104.1) had its much buzzed Top 50 St. Louis Songs of All Time (or in the past 20 years as the radio station footnoted) Countdown on New years day and Mr. Country Grammar himself was selected for his debut hit, 2000’s “Country Grammar’ as voted on by the radio station’s web pollsters. Well, you know with all lists, there will always be discussion of who, what, and why someone got chosen (present company included with the OUTTOWN Top 10 2008 lists), but like all lists, they definitely raise heat on the streets. Here are the Top 10 Songs from that list: 1.Nelly, “Country Grammar”; 2.Sylk Smoov, “Trick Wit a Bad Rap; ” 3.Da Hol 9, “Nina Pop” 4.Taylor Made, “Whirlwind; ” 5.-Kwon, “Tipsy; ”6.Chingy, “Right Thurr; ”7.Ebony Eyez, “In Ya Face; ”8.Huey, “Pop, Lock & Drop It; ”9. Jibbs, “Chain Hang Low; ”10.Beano, “Money Snap.
In other Nelly newz, if any of yawl had trekked to Nelly’s Holiday Party on X-mas nite at Skybox, you knew that he was a no-show. He was to co-host with Rams player Orlando Pace (who attended). There are no reports as to why Nelly didn’t attend but from inside OUTTOWN sources, it was supposedly because of the lack of a big crowd at the shindig that caused the St. Louis superstar to no-show. Then again, at 20 dollars a pop for entrance after 10:30 p.m., hmmm.
This JUST END: Nelly and the St. Lunatics will headline the official SuperBowl XLIII party that will be held at Orlando’s Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Fla. Jan 30.
His forthcoming CD, “You See Me” according to his website is coming soon.
St. Louis other rap superstar Chingy made it public last month that he walked away (again) from his label Disturbing the Peace/Def Jam a few months back. Reports that he was dropped is supposedly incorrect and that the rapper just wanted out from Ludacris’ label and was still in good terms with DTP. Chingy was originally inked with DTO in 2003 and release his multiplatinum debut CD, Jackpot which garnered the smash hit “Right Thurr’ among others. After the success of Chingy's debut album, the partnership fizzled a year later after Chingy reportedly accused Luda for ripping him off in the royalties from his debut CD. After two CD’s with Capitol records and lower sales, Chingy returned to Luda in 2007 and released “Hate it or Love it,“ which most folk chose to ‘hate it.” Maybe Chingy can ink a deal with the new Notiofi Music label here in the Lou, hey they signed Ginuwine, so hey….
And speaking of Ginuwine, if you did a double take in the clubs these days and thought you may have saw R&B signer Ginuwine here in the Lou, well you thought right. Ginuwine has been campin’ here in the Show Me City recording music fro his upcoming CD, The New Beginning at new music label Notifi Records located in the Brenwtood area. The urban crossover label signed the sexy singing star in August as its debut act. Ginuwine (whose "gubment" name is Elgin Baylor) was reported as saying that he was looking for a label where he could work on his music without the politics of a major label. He also was pissed after his last label 550 Music/Sony didn’t stop the release of the CD “I Apologize” to Siccness label in 2007, that was produced with reported stolen masters using three unauthorized songs and ten songs by other artists. His first single, yet to be determined, will be released this month, followed by the CD in the spring. A couple of tracks, "My Last Chance" and "Better Half," have already leaked online. The other artists signed to the label are St. Louis rapper Potzee, and St. Louis implants R&B singer Oli and female rapper Miss Be.
If you couldn’t get tickets for the I AM MUSic Tour for Thursdays show at the Chaifetz Stadium, starring Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole and Gym Class Heroes among others, well, maybe you can get a chance to rub elbows with the concert stars at the afterparties following the concert. T-Pain will host and DJ his after party Thursday night at Club Society Get more information at www.societystl.com or 314-249-6836. Keyshia Cole’s official after party is at Lush nightclub Thursday, and will feature concert performers Keri Hilson and Gorilla Zoe. Women are admitted free until midnight. Call 314-646-9917 for more information on Cole’s after party. Now where The Gym Class Heroes at? (FOR THE CONCERT BITZ GO TO EVENT BITZ BELOW)
Two St. Louis-based performers will be in upcoming films. First up is Kinloch bred singer/actress Jennifer Lewis (PICTURED) who will be in the upcoming film, “Not Easily Broken.” Based on the novel by Bishop T.D.Jakes, the film stars actor Morris Chestnut, and actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays Chestnut’s wife. The couple is no longer thriving in martial bliss. Their relationship is further complicated by her live-in mother, Mary “Mama” Clark, played by Jenifer Lewis, who was last seen in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns (She was last seen with Chestnut in the 2000 film, “Brothers”)” The film was directed by Bill Duke. “Broken; opens in theatres this Friday. Next up is St. Louis comedian/actor Cedric The Entertainer will soon be seen in the musical “Caught on Tape,” Directed by rapper/actor Sticky Fingaz, the film is about a little boy who uses his video camera that he got for his birthday to spy on his mothers boyfriend who is plotting a crime. Cedric, who was last seen as Willie Dixon in “Cadillac Records,” plays a maintenance man. The film also stars Vivica Fox, Fingaz, Malik Yoba and St. Louis comedian/actor Joe Torry. The film has yet to be released. In unrelated Cedric news, the funny man paid tribute to fellow comedian Bernie Mac in the year-end issue of Entertainment Weekly, that is out now in stores.
Another St. Louis bred entertainer with a flick news is comedian G-Thang. His film “Disaster Movie” was released this week on DVD. The summer parody flop featured G-Thang as well as Matt Lanter, Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, and Vanessa Minnillo. The film, which only grossed $14 mill, took on this summer’s big movies including “The Dark Knight,” “Hancock,” “Sex and the City” and “Iron Man.”
On the small screen. for the second year in a row, Mad Men will be competing for Best Television Series (Drama) and St. Louis native actor Jon Hamm (PICTURED) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) at the Golden Globes. Hamm will be competing against Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).Last year, both the series and Hamm delivered wins. The Golden Globes will take place on Sunday, January 11. Can Hamm make it 2 of 2?
This Sunday, St. Louis native Annie Wersching, new female lead in the TV show "24," will rent out the Tivoli in the Delamr loop on to host a party for the show's season première. She plays Agent Renee Walker on "24," opposite Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. Another Lou native, Sarah Clarke, played Nina on the show the first two seasons.
Hundreds attended the grand opening party of STL tycoons/WB-TV 46 owners Steve and Mike Roberts (PICTURED) newest hotel, Hotel Indigo located at 4630 Lindell in the CWE a few weeks ago during the X-mas break. The hotel is part of an international group of 30 boutique hotels that are designed to be "an oasis for travelers who yearn for the uncommon hotel. Some of the attendees included former STL Comptroller Virvus Jones, the current St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green Atty. Wayman Smith, Jeff Bonner, Roberts’ brood Jeanne Roberts-Johnson and Jay Johnson, Mayor Francis Slay, Nelly’s manager Tony “T-Luv” Davis, Cedric The Entertainer’s manager Eric Rhone and CVC’s Rebecca Rodgers.
Two local women were recently honored nationally for their courage and talents respectively.
First up was 25 year old St. Louis native Rachel Lozano (RIGHT) who was honored in Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” recently alongside Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Secretary of state Condoleeza rice and Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman. In 2002 doctors told Lozano that she had a zero percent chance of surviving a recurrence of Askin’s tumor, an extremely rare form of cancer she’d been battling through her teens. She is currently in remission and is a symbol of hope for those battling a life threatening disease. She’s currently studying to become an art therapist so she can work with sick children. And she’s become such an eloquent speaker about pediatric cancer that the Lance Armstrong Foundation asked her to meet with members of Congress about it.
The other is veteran East St. Louis native fabric artist Edna Patterson Petty. One of her quilts entitled "Road to Redemption." will be displayed among forty plus others at the Historical Society of Washington D.C., an exhibit in Washington celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president. Petty, whose work also can be seen at the Emerson Park MetroLink station in East St. Louis , had just three weeks to make the quilt and quilt could be no bigger than 36 inches square and the images of Obama kept to a minimum. She was chosen by Carolyn L. Mazloomi, founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network who got a call by Roland L. Freeman, founder of the Group for Cultural Documentation in Washington, who came up with the idea and needed help selecting artists for the Obama exhibit..
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s blog, Blender, underground rapper Black Spade topped the Best of St. Louis music in 2008. The rapper’s CD, “To Serve With Love” was chosen as the best in the local music scene. Rounding out the Top 10 were 2. Earthworms, “Bottle Full of Bourbon”3. Femme Fatality, “One’s Not Enough; ” 4. Erin Bode, “The Little Garden; ”5. Gotta Be Karim, “Bean Pie; ”6. Leslie Sanazaro, “On Your Roof; ”7. Rockwell Knuckles, “Northside Phenomenon; ”8. Lamar Harris, “Live at the Bistro; ”9. Magnolia Summer, “Lines From the Frame”10. Nite Owl, “Spoiled Rotten”
Several venues closed its doors last month. The three-year private party venue Nectar located on 2001 Locust closed early December(its currently housing the Mexican Restaurant, El Borracho Mexican Cantina; longtime restaurant/lounge Dapper Dan’s located on Tucker Boulevard between Olive and Washington ; Dapper Dans and 10 year rock club Creepy Crawl currently located at 3524 Washington Boulevard (which moved from its North Tucker Boulevard area) both closed on Dec. 27 and Lucas School House located at 1220 Allen in South St. Louis closed it doors Dec. 31 (Reports were that the venue will be moving to another facility in the near future).
Kudos to Stress Free Fridays who was featured as the featured organization of the Week on KMOV-Tv;s blog. Visit: www.beloblog.com/KMOV_Blogs/kristen
Happy New Year B-Daze: Olive Bistro owner Tracy Brown, weightlifter Derrrick Johnson and Stress Free Fridays Mario Wayne.
OUTTOWN would like to wish Frontline Security’s Brian Stemmons for a safe trip to Cyprus, Greece this week for his six month stint there to fulfill his duties in the Air Force.
To Illinois Rep Wyvetter H. Younge, one of the longest-serving current members of the Illinois House who died December 26 in the hospital after receiving artery surgery in early December . She was 78. Younge, who had a middle school named in her honor in East St. Louis, represented East St. Louis as a Democrat since 1975. She also was a member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
St. Ann mayor Tim James, an accomplished local actor and performer, died at his home Dec. 26 . He had battled diabetes and coronary artery disease. He was 54 years old. James was elected mayor of St. Ann in 2007. Before that, he served as that city's 3rd ward alderman.
The mother of former St. Louis Mayor and current radio personality Freeman Bosley Jr. died New Year's Eve. Marjorie Ellen Bosley, 73, was surrounded by friends and family when she died. She worked for the federal government and in the Missouri Circuit Clerk's office. Bosley was a member of Samaritan United Methodist Church
IN THE MIA FILE—Where is former radio personality and Harris Stowe University public relations director, Deneen Busby?
MIA FOUND. So Diverse’s Lia Cleere at a party for the Usual Suspects at Lush on X-mas night. She said that she had to lay low and regroup and that her promotions group, So Diverse will be back on the scene in ’09.
BLIND BITZ. Which popular venue had its glass door shattered a few days after X-mas? (Hint. The venue is located in the CWE area and is quite ‘superior” in the area)
BLIND PICZ—Who’s mover and shaker’s head is this? This person was seen at Nelly’s Black and white ball last November.
STL-LICIOUS (Who’s Hot this week in the STL?) Miss Leah and Big tah.
Miss Leah is a popular STL fashion model, an assistant for Jack Daniel’s promotions at various club’s events and is a recent college grad. She was recently seen in a fashion show for Greedy Genius (PICTURED)at Lush over the X-mas holidays.
Big Tah is a promoter for his company 3 Way Promotions. He will be back on the scene this year with the 2009 Summer in the City Calendar and party (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW). He is a college grad and coaches youth football.
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ”? Why do people repeat people’s responses after they ask for the answer to a question. (For example. Person 1; Excuse me, but where did you get those shoes? Person 2: At Macy’s. Person 1: Oh, you got them at Macy’s. WHY?
SEEN 2008 thru -January 16. Every 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 63143www.studioaltius.com/events/SEEN2008.html
Back by popular demand
"Tell Me Somethin’ Good" conceived and directed by Ron Himes
The classic R&B revue conceived by Black Rep founder and producing director Ron Himes. With plenty of your favorite songs from the original version, plus some new soulful surprises. From doo-wop to hip-hop, from the show opener to the massive finale, this is one production you’re going to need a good seat for. Even if you’re up dancing the entire time. Welcome to Season 32 of The Black Rep. You’re in for “somethin’ good” alright.
The cast includes original company members, J. Samuel Davis (PICTURED ABOVE), Drummond Crenshaw, Lisa Harris and Nikki Thomas. New cast members Tameka Bradford, Sarah Stephens, DeAndre Perryman and Brian Owens join Rochelle “Coco Soul” Walker and Heather Beal. January 8, 2009 through February 8, 2009, The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square, Thursdays – 7:00pm; Friday & Saturday - 8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday – Matinee – 3:00pm. Season tickets are on sale now!!! Prices range from $115.00 - $193.75.
To purchase yours call The Black Rep’s Box Office at 314-534-3810 and ask to speak with Cindy or Cornelius. For information about other Black Rep news and events, visit our website at www.theblackrep.org.
GYM CLASS HEROES
I Am Music tour coming to Chaifetz Arena January 8, 2008. The show features 2009 8 times Grammy award nominated rapper Lil Wayne, along with Grammy winner and 2009 nominee T-Pain and 2008 and 2009 Grammy nominee Keyshia Cole and Gorilla Zoe . Also on the bill are Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson — 7 p.m. Thursday, Chaifetz Arena — $37.75—$77.75 — For tix call MetroTix at 314/534-1111. · Order tickets online at www.metrotix.com.
Stress Free FridaysFriday, January 9, 20095pm-UNTILThe Wine Press (www.stlwinepress.com)4436 Olive (between Taylor and Newstead)St. Louis, MO 63108314-289-WINEStress Free Fridays visits the newly opened venue, The Wine Press (www.stlwinepress.com)4436 Olive (between Taylor and Newstead)314-289-WINE...The Wine Press is a wine lover's paradise...the wine selections are magnificent as is the venue itself...for those that do not drink wine, do not fret as the bar is fully stocked with all of your favorite liquid libations...the food menu is superior and there will be live entertainment all night long...The Wine Press is A MUST SEE VENUE...ARRIVE EARLY as we are expecting a huge turnout...you 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 interested in attending the STL Inaugural Ball, please visit www.divaeventplanning.comIf you are celebrating a special event in your life, email Mario at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Anthony at email@example.com and we will recognize you and your special event. Please visit our website: stressfreefridays.ning.com and become a member of Stress Free Fridays.
Stress Free Fridays is the featured organization this week, visit: www.beloblog.com/KMOV_Blogs/kristen
STL 365 presents Film friidays Event: "Film Friday's @ the Chase" ""Not Easily Broken!""What: Movie/TV NightHost: Film Friday'sStart Time: Friday, January 9 at 8:30pmWhere: "Chase Park Plaza Theater"To Order Tickets @ www.stl365.com (NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)
2009 Summer In the City and BIG TAH
Friday, January 9, 2009 at 9:00pm
THE LOFT, 3112 OLIVE. COME OUT A CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THE 2009 SUMMER IN THE CITY SWIMSUIT CALENDAR. COME HANG OUT WITH THE MODELS, ENJOY DRINK SPECIALS,PURCHASE A CALENDAR. EVERYBODY FREE UNTIL 11 PM, DONT MISS IT.
Contact Info Phone:314.713.0926
RICKEY SMILEY Jan 9-11 St. Louis House of Comedy, 801 North Second Street Saint Louis, MO 63102Phone: (314) 241-5233 www.stlhouseofcomedy.com/home.htm
SOUND CLASH Saturday, January 10 at 9:00pm.DJ Needles + Black Spade; Where: Nubia CafeTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=52868469318
Mario Wayne and Jeffrey Kass celebrate 40 years in style. DJ, Dancing, Bar and Great Friends. Forget the bars January 10 and come get your groove on and celebrate with Mario and Jeffrey! FEATURING DJ K-LOW in the soon to be open new venue, The Factory. FREE FOOD AND DRINK UNTIL ITS LASTS. Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 9:00pm 1128 Washington Ave. - Downtown
(also known as 1129 St. Charles, parking available in lot behind building)
Contact Info Phone:314.856.8722 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: MIS LATTE IS LOOKING FOR FOLKS WHO WANT TO CELBRATE THEIR B-DAYS FREE AT LUSH.
IN 9 WEEKS MISS LATTE PLAN TO SHUT THE CITY DOWN!!! IT'S HER 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY (FOR THE 16th YEAR . LOL) ...THIS IS WILL BE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY PARTY I HAVE EVER PLANNED/HOSTED!! YOU ARE INVITED...I WANT TO SEE U THERE!!
MOCHA's EVENT SPOTLIGHT(CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE)
LOOSE CANNON PRESENTS THE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY FOR KEYSHIA COLE, KERI HILSON AND GORILLA ZOE at LUSH
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. 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. 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.
For more info go to: http://torre-sanders.com/epk/epk1.html
Writer, poet, singer, musician. Te’ V. Smith is a talent worth seeking out! From his humorous and playful yet educational political and social songs to his mind and soul challenging poetry he has amazed crowds from Kentucky to Paris France. An accomplished jazz pianist and soul writer his debut onto the national scene came mid 2007 when he joined the legendary “Roots” for a 5 city tour sharing the gift of word through poetry and song. With a strong following on the poetry/spoken word circuit Mr. Smith is sure to continue to push the envelope, raise the bar and change lives.Other credits include: The Washington Post’ 100 most influential writers of the next generation 1997 ; Guest youth poet at le deil with Saul Williams and Ani Difranco 2000; featured on BET’s Lyric Café 2006; guest performer for Floetry’ “Floetry remix Tour” 2007; and featured artist on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam 2007 HEAR HIM SHARE HIS LIFE at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/TEVSMITH
Az One is composed of sisters: Ayanna whose name means "Beautiful Flower" and Niambi is "Melody." It is no coincidence they were given these names at birth by their parents. when you hear Az One perform their voices come together to create a perfect melody. They are beautiful flower with perfect melody; that continues to grow, blossom, feed off of the energy; to truly create a deliverance theat has been long overdue with satisfaction. Az One will captivate you with their presence, talent, gorgeous looks and down to earth personalities.
Az One started singing in church and musicals around the Midwest. After both sisters graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with bachelors degrees, they moved back to their hometown of Springfield, IL, and started performing at open mics and booking events around the area. The demand for their live performance encouraged the to relocate to a larger city and they decided on St Louis.
2005: Performed the National Anthem in Miami, Fl for the WFL team, The Miami Fury (Women's Football League)
2006: Az One submitted an audition DVD to Black Entertainment Television (BET) and was selected to compete in the Wild out Wednesday R&B Competition on one of the most popular top 10 countdown shows 106&Park. In March of 2006, they traveled to New York and competed in front of a live audience and won. They returned for the AllStars Competition in July of 2006 and took 2nd place but received over 278,000 computer votes; selected by A&R Company Taxi and Billboard Magazine to perform in the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series; winners from BET's show Wild Out Wednesday competed in a competition called Blaze The Stage in New York,where they received the highest score for best stage performance.
2007: Az One released their debut Album titled The Jump Off in February 2007. Niambi & Ayanna were the executive producers. They also wrote every song on the album;featured on 99.7 Kiss FM in Springfield, IL. for the new music knockout. The first independen artist ever featured. Az One competed against The Goo Goo Dolls and won; Opened up for Cassidy and Common in St. Louis, MO and Twista in Springfield,IL.; Performed The National Anthem for Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala's NBA Celebrity Charity Event; Named as one of the St. Louis artists about to 'blow up" in the St. Louis Whirl Magazine; Received and exclusive interview on St. Louis Radio One station 104.1FM; Selected as the featured artists of the week on the Clear Channel Music Website.
2008: Performed the National Anthem for the Professional Inline Hockey Association.; Selected as the featured artist on Vibe Magazine's Blackplanet.com; received an exclusive interview on ESPN's sports radio in St Louis,MO.
This sister-duo of Niambi & Ayanna Rowland sing "Eyez onMe."(to buy copy of Eyez On Me) http://www.ourstage.com/music/archive/entry/AIWERKRPQOCW-eyez-on-me
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 Metrotix.com· · 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·
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 www.metrotix.com.
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
The Black Rep presents "A Night of Spoken Word @the Grandel Theatre"
Tuesday, January 13, 7:00pm, The Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square
Contact Info Phone:314.534.3807
Come participate in a night of poetry with the nation's LARGEST African American theatre company in this exciting open mic event.Sign-ups will begin and doors will open at 6:30pmAdmission is $10Mature Audience
Urban Soul; Suite Jan 14 w P Dub at the House of Comedy go to http://www.stlhouseofcomedy.com/home.htm St. Louis House of Comedy801 North Second Street Saint Louis, MO 63102Phone: (314) 241-5233
Jazz at the Bistro presents: Lamar Harris “The Love Requiem Pt2” January 16 & 17 2009 Shows at 8pm and 10pm nightly If you attended last years phenomenal event, you do not want to miss “The Love Requiem Pt 2” featuring C Jay Conrod, Charles Quarrels, Moe E, Duane “Jingo” Williams, Calvin Barnes, Greg Lewis, Scripts & Screws, Alphonso Harried and many more. The Love Requiem Pt 2 features original compositions as well as interpretations of familiar love songs told through the Jazzy Soulful arrangements of Lamar Harris. Featuring a live horn section, acoustic elements, and spoken word," The Love Requiem Pt 2" will explore a diversity of sonic possibilities and themes. Jazz At The Bistro , 3536 Washington Ave. Tickets available at all Metrotix locations or calling 314-289-4030 For more Information. Log on to http://www.lamarharris.org/
Dr. M. L. King Jr. Freedom Celebration St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., in Forest Park, St. Louis MO, Jan. 17, 2009, 7-8:30pm Free 314.655.5437 or email@example.com for more info.
The New Millennium Group & The Pisces Birthday Group invite you to their 2009 Presidential Inaugural Ball of Barack Obama, Tues. Jan. 20, 2009 6pm-12 midnight @ the Starlight Room 8350 N. Broadway, St. Louis MO 314.361.7793. $35 reserved $50 VIP; Soul food buffet 2 happy hour drinks, Souvenirs for all, live entertainment celebrity speakers.
Date/Time: Sat., January 24
Contact Info: Event Website
January 24th, 2009! Cure by Design…Moto Museum
3441 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO
The Last Poets Live @ UM-St. Louis hosted by Selena J and DJ Enoch Is Real @ JC Penney Auditorium, Fri. Jan. 30, 2009. Nappy Hour 6pm Show @ 7pm. Tickets at 314.516.5291 or 366 Millennium Student Center, UMSL Campus.
FEB SPOTLIGHT (HIT PIC TO ENLARGE)
Valentine's Weekend St. Louis MUSIC FESTIVAL starring FRANKIE BEVERLY, MAZE, TEENA MARIE and KEITH SWEAT, Fri., Feb. 13, 2009, 8PM @ Chaifetz Arena.
Singer Al Jarreau, the only singer to win Grammys in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $30-$100, with the $100 tickets serving as Gold Circle seating, something introduced at the venue earlier this season. Those with Gold Circle seating have the closest seats in the house, and can bring beverages into the performance hall.
Tickets are on sale now at www.touhill.org or by calling 314-516-4949.
HELP-BITZ. Actress Shawn Guy Pitts is seeking help: Recently, she received her 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. 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. 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............................ 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......................................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 space for 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. 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: http://www.myspace.com/alsmile PLEASE FORWARD TO FRIENDS!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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..............
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.
Milq Da Game presents Destination Thursdays at Club Society. $500 to the sexiest lady. Ladies Free til 11;30p.m. 2 for 1 drinks before 10:30 p.m. for fellas and free drinks for ladies. Info: http://www.societystl.com/
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 http://www.thevirtualounge.net/ ++++++++++++++++++++++
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 http://www.exostl.com/
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
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 http://www.exostl.com/
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.
(between Euclid and Kingshighway) Cost: $100
$120 / 8 weeks Mahler Ballroom , 4915 Washington Ave. STL, MO 63108
(1 block east of Kingshighway in the Central West End)
Send check (payable to Afriky Lolo) to: Afriky Lolo
P.O. Box 8756
St. Louis, MO 63101
Call 314.644.1639 to register or visit us at http://www.afrikylolo.com/
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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 http://www.riverfrontradio.com/
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.
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 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 email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
PIECES OF A DREAM" One of the most critically-acclaimed, powerful independent films of our generation!!! ORDER IT NOW AT http://www.one-wayproductions.com/ orBy calling the Customer Service toll free# at 888-418-8637 Mon.-Fri. between 10am - 5pm (CST) & selecting option #2 (accepting debit/credit cards & checks/money orders) Get the "Pieces Of A Dream" Feature Film DVD / the Music Soundtrack CD individually available for $13 + shipping/handling orGet the "Pieces Of A Dream" Combo Pack (Both the DVD & CD) for $23 + shipping/handling. Fans worldwide are responding and joining the "Conscious" Film Movement!!! Snapping up more than 30,000 copies of the independently produced "conscious" film "PIECES OF A DREAM" DVD & Music Soundtrack CD,since it's worldwide release in December 2007.
Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center, 5990 Page. Now Enrolling. School age children welcome. Info: 314.725.5710
Check out Leannett Payne’’s CHOCOLATE BLOG by emailing her at Leannettpayne@yahoo.com!
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
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