TIME TO GET TOWNED!
As we continue in our feature of artist from the St. Louis area, this week we highlight the comic talents of actor/comedian Redd Foxx.
Redd Foxx (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), born John Elroy Sanford, was an American comedian best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Sanford and Son.
Foxx was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised on Chicago's South Side.
Foxx gained notoriety with his nightclub act in the late 1960s (considered by the standards of the time to be raunchy). His stand-up performances were later released as "party" albums and became very popular.
He was also one of the first black comics to play to white audiences on the Las Vegas Strip. He got his big break on the sitcom Sanford and So, an American sitcom that premiered on the NBC television network on January 14, 1972, and was broadcast for six seasons. The final original episode aired on March 25, 1977.
The show was based on the BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son. Sanford and Son was enormously popular during most of its run, and was one of the top ten highest-rated series on American television from its first season (1971-72) through the 1975-76 season.
In 2007, Time Magazine included the show on their list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time".
NOW ON TO THE A &E NEWZ:
St. Louis comedian Cedric The Entertainer co-hosted along with NBA star Shaquille Oneal their comedy show last Saturday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix during the NBA All Star game Weekend. According to Phoenix Times, there were moments during the night's sold-out Cedric the Entertainer and Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam was like “ a slightly more modest, much funnier version of the Player's Ball.” The reports said that guys were wearing pimp suits and women were wearing next to nothing” and one guy “in the front row was drinking some sort of concoction out of his chalise-as-big-as-your-head”
Cedric reportedly proved to be a fine host, doing little bits of his own routine in between the other comedians' performances: One joke he said was, "Did you see George W. Bush fly away in his helicopter before the inauguration? He looked like somebody's birthday balloon."
One of the featured comedians Aries Spears, roasted Nelly when he walked in the middle of his set. He said to Nelly "Lemme get those earrings so I can feed Africa, nigga."
As the Cards geared up for spring training in Jupiter , Florida this week. Two of their players are in the newz,. A day before his scheduled arbitration hearing with the St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder Ryan Ludwick (BELOW)agreed to a one-year, $3.7-million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. Ludwick can earn an additional $100,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Ludwick asked for $4.25 million when he and the Cardinals exchanged salary figures last month. The Cardinals offered him $2.8 million. Also, MVP first baseman Albert Pujols(ABOVE) conceded Sunday afternoon that surgery in the offseason and difficulty insuring the slugger's fragile right elbow probably pose insurmountable obstacles to his participation in next month's World Baseball Classic. Teams' standard disability insurance does not cover players during exhibitions such as the WBC. Because Pujols has not played since elbow surgery in October, he cannot be insured by a standard policy. He also still suffers from a high-grade ligament strain in the same elbow.
In other STL sports newz, Super Bowl champ Carey Davis, fullback with the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, was the featured guest last Saturday at the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club's 49th anniversary black tie celebration at the Sheraton West Poet Chalet. Carey is an alumnus of the club's Bulldog Football Program. Saturday with a black-tie event at the Sheraton West Port Chalet. Last Sunday. at the club, located on North Kingshighway, 1,000 young athletes gathered in the club's upper gym with their parents and coaches for the Youth Trophy Showcase.
From what we heard, the Valentine Day concert with Keith Sweat, Teena Marie and Maze went on for four hours at the Chaifetz Arena last Friday (we didn’t get a press invite so we are just going by what we heard). From reports, about seven thousand attended and therr were an hour long break in between each act.
The headliner, Maze got the short end of the stick when they got on stage close to midnight. We heard that lead singer Frankie Beverly wasn’t as physically stalwart in his performance this go round the crowd were seen leaving the concert in droves in the middle of their set.
Teena Marie who we heard was scantily clad (a short satin jumpsuit) much to the shock of the crowd. But he heard that she stole the show by perofmring her ghits and songs from her late mentor, Rick James. Her daughter and nephew also performed.
First up was singer and Clear Channel radio personality Keith Sweat, ex to Lisa Hartwell of the Real Housewives of Atlanta fame, said he wasn’t used to opening up a show but he was Ok with it (well, it makes sense to us based on the longevity of the other acts on the bill) he did his signature begging on each hit song and from reports during “I’ll Give All My Love to You,” he got a woman from the crowd to get romantic with her and ended by teasing her about how she was speaking, dancing with and reacting to him.
Speaking of the Chaifetz, this week rapper Jim Jones has been added to the T.I. and Ludacris “Swagger Like Us” concert Thursday at Chaifetz Arena. St. Louis rapper Yung Ro of “Donk Dat” fame has also been added to the show, along with Lincoln University’s “Marching Musical Storm” Marching Band, and a “surprise guest.” Hmmm, wonder why the added change? Could it be the price? Tickets range from $45 to $125 so we guess they had to beef it up to get them in the seats.
Speaking of Ludacris, HOT 104.1 IS LOOKING FOR ST. LOUIS’ NEXT HIP HOP OR R&B STAR!!! On SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST and Saturday Feb, 28, the station will hold auditions for singers and rappers to be signed on Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Label. The Feb 21 auditions will take place at : THE LOFT – AT 3112 OLIVE BLVD. at 10 a.m. On Feb. 28, the auditions will take place at Club Casino, located at 6830 State Street in east St. Louis. The first 104 registrants onsite will be able to audition (cuz of the station dial 104, get it?) for more info, go to http://www.hot1041stl.com/Article.asp?id=851460&spid=
In other radio news, veteran Clear Channel personality Tony Scott will celebrate his 20th year on air this Friday on his show, The Tony Scott Show with Tammi Holland. On the show, he will rebroadcast classic bits from the show. For a gift, Scott said on his show this week that all he wants is a parking space at Clear channel with his name on it. To take action, Scott had taken action to the people as they demanded Clear Channel for Scott’s wishes. It was also said on his show from Holland that they are working on a surprise for Scott for his 20th b-day celebration. Could it be the parking space? Maybe. But OUTTOWN found out from a source what it is, but we can’t reveal what that surprise may be. Sorry.. You gotta tune in Friday during their show at 1 p.m. CST.
Tony Scott’s Clear Channel colleague comic/actor and radio host Steve Harvey of the Steve Harvey Morning Show is coming to the Chaifetz Arena March 14 along with his cousin and radio co-host Tommy. It must gonna be a sidesplitter, cuz in the promo radio ads Harvey says that he and Tommy are going to tear your mouth out. Geesh! LOL.
Rapper/producer Ron Brownz will perform at Monopoly Promotions’ Mocha Latte’s b-day party at Lush Feb. 27 (SEE MOCHAS CORNER BELOW). Brownz can currently be heard on the smash hit, “Pop Champagne” with fellow Harlem rapper Jim Jones. His other hits include "Jumping (Out the Window)" and a featuring on Busta Rhymes ‘hit, “ Arab Money.”
KTVI -TV moved into their new home this week from Berthold (near the Clear Channel building) in St. Louis to Maryland Ave. in the CWE where KPLR is currently housed (They had a special to air on Channel 2 called “Bye Bye Berthold”) . On Tuesday, KPLR began their HD newscasts in their newly remodeled studio located a few feet adjacent to KTVI's studio. The changeover was a signed deal On September 17 when both Local (who owned KTVI) and Tribune (who owns KPLTR) announced that they would merge the operations of both KTVI and KPLR. Both stations are now co-located at KPLR under the management of KTVI GM Spencer Koch.
Meanwhile, TV anchors in the ST. Louis area have gotten the boot. KMOV reporters John Mills (BELOW), a 13-year veteran, and Robert Townsend (ABOVE) are out at KMOV (Channel 4), victims of budget cuts. The station said: “As the economic conditions continue to impact our business, along with many other companies, we are constantly evaluating our staffing levels and unfortunately had to make some adjustments.” Unlike most who go quietly, Mills went public on his departure:
Statement from John Mills, KMOV-TV, reporter and substitute anchor:
“I am deeply grateful to the people of St. Louis for alltheir support over the past 13 years.
“Most especially, I want to recognize the victims of crime, discrimination and natural disaster. Thank you fortrusting me to share your personal, painful stories withthe public during some of the most difficult times of yourlives.
“I wish to thank all viewers for trusting me in Rome forcoverage of Pope John Paul II’s funeral, in New Yorkduring those grim days after the World Trade Center attackand across the St. Louis region for coverage of thousandsof stories.
“I have also enjoyed celebrating with you during many goodtimes - the Cardinals winning the World Series, the Ramswinning the Super Bowl and this great city’s continuingtransformation for the better.“Thank you, St. Louis.” –John Mills
Meanwhile, KSDK just hired a morning weekend anchor (he co-anchors with Jeff Small) We can’t recall his name, but he gives you a mix of the complexion of Prez Obama and the broadcast demeanor of CNN’s Don Lemon.
On the radio, local radio station KTRS (550 AM) last Friday laid off morning show host Vic Porcelli and news reporter Brian Kelly. KTRS general manager Tim Dorsey said the station was reacting to the downturn in the economy and looking to cut costs. Porcelli was co-host of "Morning Fix with Vic & Trish," which aired from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. For the upcoming week, Trish Gazall will team with Cindy Collins on the morning show.Porcelli, a New Jersey native and a radio personality in St. Louis since the early 1990s, took over the drive-time morning show on KTRS in February 2007.
Ending months of speculation about its future, Charter Communications on last Thursday announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a deal to pare away $8 billion in debt. The company has been struggling with a crushing debt load — more than $21 billion — and an economic environment marred by tight credit markets. In a deal reached with some of its bond holders, the value of the company’s stock shares will be cancelled. The debt will be reduced through a combination of cash and equity in the company.
22 year old STL rapper J-Kwon is getting back to the rap game via the Internet. J-Kwon is teaming up with Gracie Productions and EMI to release his second album in five years. Titled Hood Hop 2, the release will be a digital one, meaning that the album will only be available online and iTunes. J- Kwon ‘s last CD Hood Hop was released in 2004. It went platinum as well as its hit single,. “Tipsy.” J-Kwon fell out of the spotlight after his label home Arista Records was dissolved in a merger with J Records, prompting the rapper to create his own label Hood Hop Music. Hood Hop 2 will be available online on February 17th.
Producers from Style network series “Clean House” did some interviews about a house in south St. Louis that is a runner-up for “Messiest House in America.” On the show, homeowners get rid of their junk then agree to sell it at a yard sale to raise money for their makeover. The yard sale took place last Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Mount Olive in St. Louis. The show is hosted by adopted St. Louisan Niecy Nash who grew up in this city.
Vashon b-ball coach and former NBA star Anthony Bonner quit coaching the Vashon Wolverines last week. From reports, Bonner resign from the position after nearly three years to pursue other opportunities. Bonner graduated from Vashon in 1986 and became the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at St. Louis University. He spent parts of six seasons in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.The 40-year-old is reportedly under commitment with the Knicks, for whom he played during the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons, to make appearances for the NBA team.
Bonner, who also mentioned a possible coaching position with the NBDL as well as other entrepreneurial opportunities, said he reportedly stopped teaching Jan. 1 and his commitment with the Knicks was taking away from the time he was able to spend coaching the Wolverines. Former Riverview Garderns coach Marvin Talley is currently the coach for the Wolveriens. Bonner replaced ousted coach Floyd Irons in 2006.
Congrats to Kinlock native Jennifer Lewis who will reprise the role of Dolly in the Tony Award winning classic, “Hello Dolly” this month at the 5th Avenue Theatre located in Seattle. Set in New York in the 1890s, the show tells the story of the irrepressible Dolly Levi, matchmaker and social phenomenon, who is employed by grumpy small-town merchant Horace Vandergelder to find him a wife. But instead of helping Horace, the formidable widow assists his two hapless clerks Barnaby and Cornelius to find love and adventure in New York, while setting her sights on Vandergelder herself! This dynamic new production is directed by the 5th's artistic director David Armstrong.
Poet Nikki Giovanni read from her new book, “Bicycles: Love Poems.” At the St. Louis County Library last Saturday. At the FREE event she read exceprts from “Bicycles,” which included poems about the Virginia Tech tragedy and romantic love.
Daily News reported that St. Louis model/mogul Kimora Lee Simmons brought her two daughters, Aoki, and Ming to see the Barbie celebrates 50 during Fashion week last weekend in NYC. This past Tuesday, the pregnant mogul also attended JCPenney Style Your Spring event to promote her latest collection from Baby Phat. Baby Phat. Hmmm, "baby" indeeed nowadays. LOL.
Just when we thought no one form St. Louis won a Grammy this year (with gospel artist Flame losing to tobymac). Much to our surprise, there was one St. Louisan who did win. Kurt Deutsch, prez of Ghostlight Records, won a Grammy 2 weeks ago for the Best Musical Show Album for "In the Heights," which is from the show of the same name currently playing on Broadway. Congrats!
Congrats to Kansas City, Mo. native actor Lavan Davis who won Best Actor in a Comedy at this year’s NAACP Image Awards for his role in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. This is his second year winning in this category.
Two local CD’s with social flair from St. Louis area natives were released this week.
The first is a gospel CD performed by Mathew Dickeys Boys and Girls Club veep of PR and special events. Barbara Washington. The CD is her third under the club’s college scholarship benefit that took place last weekend (SEE COREY DAVIS STORY ABOVE). The CD is called, "Down by the Riverside." Her CD, a collection of traditional gospel songs, features musical appearances by UMSL Chancellor Thomas George and Steve Schankman, owner of Contemporary Productions. For more info go to http://www.mathews-dickey.com/
The other is EasT St. Louis native Dr. Lillian Williams produced a CD called, “Barack Obama: Welcome to the White House.”, celebrating Obama’s Presidential win. On the 13 track spoken word music CD, her mother retired East St. Louis elementary school teacher Lillian Williams is featured on two tracks “When Mama Was a Girl” and “91st Psalms Blessing.” The Cd can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com/cdwilliamslillian. Dr. Willaims , is a journalist, college professor and director of Broadcast Journalism at Columbia College in Chi-town.
And speaking of gospel CD’s, on Feb 27, STL gospel artist Pam Green will record her CD, “In His Presence” at the Metro Christian Worship Center (SEE EVENTS BITZ BELOW) .
Is Precision’s Rob Kirk is searching for love? According to stltoday,com, the handsome promoter is. Kirk is among six mover and shaker singles who are participating in a cupid game to find a love connection. Orchestrated by stltoday.com, they have videos of the contestants for folk to choose which six should pair off. As of today, the creators of the game have paired Kirk with Kate Poss Marketing and development director, Art St. Louis. They are asking pollsters to vote by by Feb. 23. Go to www.stltoday.com and type in "cupid."
Sensational DIVA Magazine had a fashion show extravaganza at Olive Bistro last Friday. The group and its models teamed up with Stress Free Fridays(PICTURED WITH SFF CO-CREATOR MARK ANTHONY JONES) to highlight some of the company’s latest fashions for plus size women. For more info on the magazine and the fashions go to its website http://www.sensational-diva.com/
BELATED CONGRATS: Happy belated b-day to Mathew Dickeys Boys and Girls Club co-founder and prez Martin L. Mathews who celebrated his 84th birthday and congrats to Olive Bistro’s Traci brown who had a reception for her and her new hubbie Mr. Sylvester at her bar last Sunday. The two got married in the Bahamas in December (we heard the food was offffff the chaaaaaaaaaaaaain!).
And lastly, OUTTOWN learned last week of the passing of STL comedian/actor Rodney Winfield who died last Monday at the age of 76. Winfield was probably best known for his performance in Talking Dirty After Dark and Dead Presidents (SEE OUT 555, for our recollection of Winfield here in the Lou) Visitation for Winfield was Tuesday at Ronald L. Jones Funeral Chapel, on 2161 East Fair Avenue in St. Louis. It is also where his funeral had taken place on today at 11 a.m.
BLIND PICZ. Who is this sista who was at House of Comedy recently?
BLIND BITZ. Which mover and shaker was spotted at St. Louis Galleria last Saturday with their family bickering? (Hint. This STL star is not a promoter but they capture where many have events and share a name with a popular journalist in the STL area.)
STL-ICIOUS (Who's hot this week in the STL?) Rory Lipede and Rob Kirk.
Rory Lidpede. She is a graduate of Fontbonne University and was a professional dancer with the St Louis Ballet Company. She also received an apprenticeship with Broadway Theatre Project. This lovely actress is a 2006 Kevin Kline Award nominee and winner of The Irene Ryan acting competition at the Kennedy Center. She can currently be seen in the Black Rep’s play, “A Song for Coretta” that will begin this week until March 15 (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW)
Rob Kirk. He is a mover and shaker of his own promotions company, Precision that put on various social events at various clubs in the ST. Louis area including Pepper Lounge, Mike Shannon’s and 609. This handsome gentleman is currently a student at UMSL studying for his MBA and is a bowler with the St. Louis Masters Traveling League. Currently he is part of a CUPID game created by St. Louis Post Dispatch (SEE BITZ ABOVE) and promotes LADIES NIGHT, a networking event held every Friday at 609 (SEE EVENTZ BELOW).
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ at the 2009 NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
Why was Beyonce yodeling through the show’s opening song, “Halo?” Why did they show Jennifer Hudson clapping after Beyonce’s performance? Why did Taraji P Henson kiss her director of Benjamin Button in the mouth? Why was Beyonce’s mom looking smug when Beyonce acknowledged her from the crowd after she won Best Female Artist? Why did Jamie Foxx win Best Male Artist over Chris Brown? Why was Omar Epps look like he didn’t want to be there? Why did one of the behind the scenes people for the House of Payne sitcom scream out, “ Thank you, Mr. Perry’ when Perry accepted the Best Comedy award? And why wasn’t Allen Payne there with the cast? And why didn’t Jennifer Hudson join the cast of Secret Life of Bees when they won Best Picture?
Konnection presents Wall Street Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Posh, 408 N Euclid &;#0 p.m., Network with Ms. Andre of Wachovia securities. Comp cognac from (P.m. to 11 p.m. while supplies last. Charlie Chan on the 1s and 2s, FREE
Urban Groov Project- Live and original House, Soul, Jazz and ElectronicaAppearing live @ Sol Lounge
4239 Lindell Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Thursday February 19also with DJ Gary MacMusic at 9 PM4239 Lindell Blvd. 63108Lamar HarrisHorns, Keys, Beats and VocalsMo Egeston- Keys, Beats and VocoderSpecial guest- Duane "Jingo" Williams on percussion
Songs From the New World A Night Of Beautiful Music and Astonishing Stories!! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! 314-865-1995 THRU FEBRUARY - 28, 2009 THURSDAY - SATURDAY AT 8 PM - SATURDAY 12/28 at 2 PM and 8 PM $20 FOR ADULTS / $18 FOR SENIORS & STUDENTS JOIN US FOR OUR OPENING NIGHT PARTY ON FEB. 12! DIRECTED by: LAURA ROBBINS 10 PERFORMANCES AT TOWER GROVE ABBEY 2336 TENNESSEE AVE. / SAINT LOUIS, MO 63104 For Tickets and Information CALL: 314-865-1995 www.StrayDogTheatre.org
The Miracle Worker at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, thru Mar 8, 130 Edgar Road. Webster Groves Tix at $14.50 For tix and special offers go to www.repstl.orgwww.repstl.org
The Black Rep presents A Song for Coretta By Pearl Cleage On a cold, rainy day in February, five women stand in line with 14,000 other mourners, each waiting her opportunity to pay final respects to the one and only Coretta Scott King. These total strangers, born four decades apart, exchange story after story – memorably paying homage to Coretta while drawing poignant parallels to Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war. Pearl Cleage melds past to present and fact to fiction in this unforgettably thought provoking production. "The purpose of my writing, often, is to express the point where racism and sexism meet."
Pearl Cleage is an accomplished playwright, journalist, poet, and novelist. She probes issues of race, sex, and love in a growing body of literary work while she reveals poignant truths about brave black women. She has drawn national attention with her dramatic works, which include Flyin' West, and Blues for an Alabama Sky. Her first novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was an Oprah's Book Club selection, a New York Times bestseller, and a BCALA Literary Award winner. She is also the author of I Wish I Had a Red Dress, Mad at Miles, and Deals with the Devil.
When: February 18 – March 15, 2009 Where: The Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square St. Louis MO 63108 Time: Thursdays – 7:00pm Friday & Saturday - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday – Matinee – 3:00pm Single tickets range $27 – $40.00, to reserve your seat please call (314) 534-3810 or visit www.theblackrep.org
Stress Free Fridays/Film Friday's> Friday, February 20, 2009> 5pm-1:30am> > > Cafe' Eau (Chase Park Plaza Hotel)> 212 N. Kingshighway> St. Louis, MO 63108> 314-454-9000> > Join us this Friday, February 20, 2009 as Stress Free> Fridays teams up with Film Friday's (Jason McNairy,> Founder of Film Friday's) and visits Cafe' Eau,> inside of the beautiful Chase Park Plaza Hotel...you will be> able to see the premiere of the new Tyler Perry Movie> "Madea Goes to Jail"...movie ticket purchase in> advance is highly suggested...visit www.stl365.com and then> choose which show you wish to attend and payment> method...enjoy great drinks, food, live entertainment and> many other amenities...this will be a night to truly> remember...ample street parking is available or you may> Valet Park (complimentary if you have your parking ticket> stamped at the Cafe' Eau Concierge Desk...
Rob Kirk of Precision presents LADIES NIGHT. SPONSORED BY NUVO, this event will be held, Friday, Feb. 20, at 609 Lounge (Across from Delmar Lounge) 609 Eastgate (1 block WEST of Skinker at Delmar) This event will offer an early listening session by a new artist. This session will include the soulful sounds of a national recording artist or local artist at 8:30pm. Then later, you will be able to groove to the sounds of the St. Louis' own, DJ Charlie Chan All Night.LADIES, FREE ADMISSION All Night. Fellas $5 until 10:30pm. Enjoy photo keepsakes by Sterling Photography...Message us for bottle service and table reservation as ONE booth is now available...Contact Info Phone:314. 721. 9168Email:
The HSSU Players Present THE MEETING Starring Ervin Williams as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ryan Cunningham as Malcolm X Performances: Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Friday, February 20, at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. Where: Emerson Performance Center’s Bank of America Th eater For reservations, please contact Director Gregory Carr at (314) 340-3667 or Theater Instructor Beverly Brennan at (314) 340-5975.
AmerenUE and the St. Louis Argus Foundation are so-sponsoring the lunch St. Louis Argus Foundation's celebration of Black History Month. On Saturday, Feb. 21, she will be at the Third Annual Lunch with the Legends at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel For information, call 314-531-1323.
FreeTime’s Annual Winter event is back! It’s time for Winterfresh III. Get your Mardi Gras in full gear with FreeTime as we Invade Jim Edmond’s F15teen(1900 Locust)Also we will be celebrating FreeTime Founder Darryl Frierson’s bday!!Ladies you are Free till 10:30DJ Reminise will be proving the sounds all night during this Mardi Gras madnessFor Bottle Service and VIP Information go to http://www.freetimestl.com/
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.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. 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.Othercredits 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.
The Rep presents SPRING AWAKENING, THRU February 22, 2009
Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” tour comes to the Fox Theatre at 7 p.m. March 1. Musiq Soulchild and Jazmine Sullivan are also on the bill. Tickets are $39.50-$59.50, with a limited number of Gold Circle seating available. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at MetroTix outlets, http://www.metrotix.com/, 314-534-1111, and at the box office.
STOMP April 3-5, 2009 Performances are: Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2pm Fabulous Fox Theatre – 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 1 through MetroTix at 314/534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com. Tickets will also be available at the Fox Theatre box office. Prices range from $26-$60 depending on performance date & seat location. STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. As “USA Today” says, STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
SOUL STYLZ present MODERN LUXURY: THE MERCEDES-BENZ ARRIVAL & THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATL LISA" on Thursday, February 26 at 9:00pm.Event: MODERN LUXURY: THE MERCEDES-BENZ ARRIVAL & THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATL LISA HARTWELL " Thursday, February 26 at 9:00pm; F15TEEN Restaurant & Lounge
Serenity Arts and Entertainment present Pam Green gospel CD Launch Concert Feb 27 at the Metro Christian Worship Center, 3452 Potomac Street, St. Louis. 7 p.m. FREE.
Tech Productions presents Tef Poe, Teresa Jenee, I Disciple, and special guests Balck Spade, Family Affair and Corey Balck performing live at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester, Thursday, Feb, 26 at 10 p.m. Hosted by Tech Supreme. $5
The Eye Candy Grand Finale is here again! Friday Feb. 27th there will be 2 Parties in 1! The Grand Finale and the February Eye Candy Party. The Grand Finale competition will start at 10:30 sharp and the February Eye Candy Party will start immediately after! There will be Champagne bottle specials all night!
Liberation Christian Church and Sunshine, The Urban Jewel present Beyond Measurable a dance production, Feb. 28 at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar. 314.862.2304. http://www.liberationcc.org/
Don’t forget your tickets to Afriky Lolo’s 6th Annual Dance Celebration – The Goddess, Zaouli! Join us Friday, March 13 at 8PM and/or Saturday, March 14 at 8PM.
Saturday 2pm show is already sold out
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 314-276-1913 or at COCA’s box office.
St. Louis Fashion Week March 23-29 2009 http://www.saintlouisfashionweek.com/
The 4th Annual Kevin Kline Awards, Loretto-Hilton Center in Webster Groves, March 30. For tickets call 314.531.7529 or visit http://www.kevinklineawards.org/.
HELP BITZ SPOTLIGHT.
KMJM personality Tammi Holland sent OUTTOWN an uplifting email from dress collector Tracie Ousley.It reads:There have been a lot of parents that have lost their jobs and have daughters that may not be able to participate in a day that you can never get back, their senior prom. I was sitting at home one evening and was thinking," what can I do to make a difference." As I was going through my closet, I came across some formal dresses that I had from either weddings or formal events, it struck me. "I can start a collection and give back to the community." So I called a girlfriend of mine and she thought that this was a wonderful idea. So here we are. Let's make a difference in a young lady's life.Ousley, a Vashon High School Alumni Lounge Is sponsoring a Prom Dress Collection & Sell-A-Thon to raise funds for a 2009 graduating senior.Please go to this link to download flyer with additional information http://www.workshop.scbcreative.com/vpromFlySm.pdf
HELP-BITZ. The Better family Life Leadership Academy is seeking young men to teach them the basics of manhood. They will be educated about the importance of employment, family and neighborhood responsibility. For more info, call Errol Bush at 314.381.8200 or visit the Community Outreach office, located at 6017 Natural Bridge ………………………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 will acquire 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................
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
Hi Pointe Café presents Open Mike for hip hoppers every Monday at 9:30 p.m. at Cusamanos, 7147 Manchester. Hosted by J Narko, Twizy, and Rob. Info: 584.9641.
JE presents Soul Sessions every Tuesday at the Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington 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 email@example.com
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..................
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 WEDNESDAY, DRINK SPECIALSKITCHEN OPEN*STYLE CODE ENFORCED* MATURE 21+ More Info/RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: SOULSTAGE every Wednesday at House of Comedy starting Feb. 4.. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8:30 p.m. $5 at door. Food and drinks available. For more info call 866.201.4779 ext.555 or email at email@example.com
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 ·
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 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
NEW: B Free presents , Hump Day Happy Hour at Joseph's 6:00pm - 9:00pm107 N. 6th Street (next to TGIF's directly behind Hardees)$2 bottles (bud & bud select), $3 well drinks, some great food & B Free behind the camera
UPDATE: Suite Soul Spot every third Wednesdays at Old Rock House
FreeTime's Groove Theory at Exo Lounge (3146 Locust) Come out early from 6-10 for Lusters nation-wide model search (as advertised on Q95.5 and Hot 104.1). Enjoy the best in Jazz, classic R&B and Soul and martini DRINK SPECIALS for EVERYONE. This is the new place to be every Thursday, at EXO. Must be 21 to enter. Stylish attire required. And if you haven't tried it yet, NUVO will definitely be in the building sampling from 8:30-10PM! Enjoy responsibly.RSVP for FREE admission before 10pm! Email: http://firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.inspotlounge.com/
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/
DERRTY THURSDAYS EVERY THURSDAY at ESCALADE(FORMERLY HADLEY'S) LADIES Automatically FREE TIL 10pmRSVP for FREE ADMISSION til 10:30pm email@example.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. +++
NEW: Made Models LLC presents TGIF at Skybox. 10 p.m. Ladies FREE all nite. For more info call 314.761.9962.
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/
Open Bar Fridays at House of Comedy. $20 Drink Free All Nite plus a ticket to a comedy show 801 N 2nd St. St. Louis 241-5233
Spectrum presents "Friday Night at the Sky Box "EACH & EVERY Friday"Sky Box Sports Bar & Grill beginning Friday, October 3 at 9p to 3am Where: Sky Box Sports Bar & GrillTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=41828731487
Club EXO presents Feel Good Fridays: An Afterwork Experience, is every Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Get more information at http://www.exostl.com/
Urban Causal Fridays hosted by Bishop V-Luv, HappyHour at Spruills, 1101 N. Jefferson. Free from6p.m.-9p.m. (2 for 1) Free food 9 p.m.-11p.m. Drink specials until midnite. Party 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ladies free til 11 p.m. for more info call 314.574.9601 or314.625.4595 or go to www.myspace.com/URBANCASUALFRIDAYS
All Star Inc presents Grown Folks Friday at St. Louis happy Hour bar and Grill, 12948 Halls ferry at Parker Rd., with DJ Sir Thirl. Ladies Free til 11 p.m. FREE Parking. Status Fridays every Friday at Dolce Ladies $5 before 11 p.m. 9 p.m.-3 am
NEW: Silky Soul performs every 3rd Sat at the Jazz Spot 8 p.m. 400 Wash Ave. 314.922.4387. +++++++++++++++++++++++++
DT presents 30s the New 20 at the Jazz Spot (formerly WS Hotel), 400 Wash Ave., , 30 and up, 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
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. Information at http://www.exostl.com/
NEW: The Space presents the female impersonation show, Pebbles and the Barbie Dolls every Sunday att eh Space, door at 8p.m., Show at 9 p.m. Drink Specials. $5 Cover Fo rmro einfo contact The Space located at 320-24 N.Vandeventer (off Lindell Blvd. in SLU area) Contact:314.494.5976 or 314.494.9095..
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.
NEW: Award-winning STL painter and artist Daniel Hodges has commemorated a painting for sell in celebration of President Barack Obama’s historic win of the Oval Office. For more info go to www.danielhodges.com
Diade Bathily of Afriky Lolo presents African dance classesKids: Thursdays , last class February 26th Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Place: Mahler Ballroom, 4915 Washington Avenue (between Euclid and Kingshighway) Cost: $100Adults: Thursdays, THRU February 26 5:30 - 6:45pm $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/
For East St. Louis Flyers alums, go THE HANGAR at: http://eastsideflyers.ning.com
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 www.kingyella.com
If you wanna see what crime is goin on in your hood, just go to http://www.crimereports.com/
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/
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. 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 http://www.numerogroup.com/catalog.php?subcat=Eccentric%20Soul
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. \We sincerely appreciate your business. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
PIECES OF A DREAM" One of the most critically-acclaimed, powerful independent films of our generation!!! ORDER IT NOW AT http://www.one-wayproductions.com/ orBy calling the Customer Service toll free# at 888-418-8637 Mon.-Fri. between 10am - 5pm (CST) & selecting option #2 (accepting debit/credit cards & checks/money orders) Get the "Pieces Of A Dream" Feature Film DVD / the Music Soundtrack CD individually available for $13 + shipping/handling orGet the "Pieces Of A Dream" Combo Pack (Both the DVD & CD) for $23 + shipping/handling. Fans worldwide are responding and joining the "Conscious" Film Movement!!! Snapping up more than 30,000 copies of the independently produced "conscious" film "PIECES OF A DREAM" DVD & Music Soundtrack CD,since it's worldwide release in December 2007.
Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center, 5990 Page. Now Enrolling. School age children welcome. Info: 314.725.5710
Check out Leannett Payne’’s CHOCOLATE BLOG by emailing her at Leannettpayne@yahoo.com!
Catch all the latest STL entertainment sites, sounds and interviews at http://www.ohhmy.net/
UC ME Radio with Murphy lee, Kyjuan and comedian Darius Bradford, 6 p.m. Sundays on 100.3 The Beat.
For your hip-hop ministry and Christian music services check out Mynista’s website at http://www.reverbnation.com/mynistaakadoctawuzdead?eid=591050_2558942 :
Check out author and activist Keith Boykin’s new website Daily Voice at http://www.thedailyvoice.com/
Hear new music from STL singer Silky Sol at http://www.myspace.com.redafroqueen/
For all your photography needs go to www.lanceomarthurman.com/
The Black Rep's blog, Black Reppin. It can be found on its website, http://www.theblackrep.org/
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
NEW: Check out B. Free’s new entertainment and sound off website www.bfreepaparazzi.blogspot.com
If you want to get on Vanita Applebum's entertainment newsletter, email her at www.myspace.com/vanitaapplebum and also check out her blog at http://www.vanitaapplebum.blogspot.com/
Check out Lisa Rose blogsite on Strong PositiveBlack Sisters at http://www.positivesisters.blogspot.com/ or go to her my space page at www.myspace.com/lisarose08
Check out blog http://www.sistersnineties.blogspot.com/
Check out Diversity Gallery and Cultural Cafe, 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 email@example.com
For body painting, makeup, face painting wigs andother special effects, contact Notice Me Award winner Jessica Dana at http://www.jessicadana.com/
Check out STLdee-jay Enoch online with his own radioplaylist.The Flow: Music Lounge. Peep it out at http://www.flowink.com/player-popup.html
For all your STL hip-hop info needs, go to http://www.stlhiphop.com/
STL videographer Dana Christian has a website where people can send their professional music videos and films to get exposed. It is http://www.spitflix.com/
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