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But before we get into the thick, this week begins Black History Month. To recognize the month, each Wednesday, we will highlight black artists and entertainers who were born in the bi-region (more the STL area) who made significant strides in their fields.
This week, we recognize Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry. Born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis is an influential figure and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website, "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any single figure to being the one who put all the essential pieces together." Cub Koda wrote, "Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers." John Lennon was more succinct: "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."
Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 in a "class" with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Plácido Domingo, Angela Lansbury, and Clint Eastwood. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Chuck Berry #5 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was also ranked 6th on Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists of All Time.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included three of Chuck Berry's songs ("Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", "Rock and Roll Music"), of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.
Info courtesy of Wikipedia
(AND SEE BELOW WHAT BERRY IS UP TO IN 2009)
AND NOW TO THE NEWZ:
And speaking of the STL connection at the Big Game, Nelly and the St. Lunatics performed at the Coors Light Super Bowl Party last Friday (NELLY PICTURED AT COORS) , local house builders McBride & Son Homes had a first with its zany commercial to air during the Super Bowl (It aired right before right before kick off) and was featured in three station IDs during the game. McBride & Son is not saying how much the campaign is costing the company. And all of the Denny’s in the STL area were as packed as a stuffed cavity when folks from the ying yang came out to Denny’s Tuesday for a free breakfast. During the Super Bowl, Denny’s had a commercial that ran saying people could free breakfast on that day. Man, talk about cleaning out the buffet!
This week, Rock pioneer Chuck Berry, was sued by a booking agent for at least $123,000 over canceled shows and extra travel expenses on his European tour last July. Berry reportedly refused to give back $93,000 he was prepaid for three shows he canceled, said plaintiff Cheyenne Productions SA in federal court in St. Louis. Cheyenne incurred $30,000 in extra travel expenses, including canceled flights and reimbursed promoters for the shows. In the suit, Cheyenne originally paid Berry $363,000 for 12 shows. Before the tour began, he canceled the one in Toulouse, France. After playing Maryport, England, on July 25, he returned to the United States instead of flying to Spain to play in Estepona and Carracedelo as scheduled, according to the complaint. Cheyenne also hasn’t been paid for 11 shows it booked for a November tour. If you remembered, in July, berry’s excuse for cancelling was reported as his because he was ill. "There were rumors that he's not been feeling well during his current tour, and suffered pain on stage at a concert. As of this blogging, there was no ruling.
Now, getting back to the STL connection with the Superbowl. On the USA Network show, “Monk” its star Tony Shaloub suited up in the episode "Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs," as the obsessive-compulsive detective scored tickets to the biggest football game of the year, but he and Captain Stottlemeyer can't go inside until they figure out who tried to blow up a fan in the parking lot. STL native/NBC sportscaster and Super Bowl host Bob Costas guest starred. In unrelated Costas news, the Emmy winning vet sports announcer is going to work for Major League Baseball — by joining the MLB Network — and is leaving HBO. He has signed a multi-year contract to join the upstart MLB Network though he will remain at NBC Sports. The MLB network debuted on Jan. 1. Costas will host original programming on the channel and will serve as play-by-play commentator for a select group of regular season games broadcast by the network, which is owned by the league.
Congrats to hometowner and international opera diva Grace Bumbry (PICTURED)who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts and a Key to the City from St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (actor Louis Gossett Jr. won both last year) when she visits the Lou this month. Bumbry who lives in Austria will participate in the St. Louis Argus Foundation's celebration of Black History Month. on Feb. 21. Legend awards will also be given to: Ron Himes of the Black Rep; maestro Robert Ray of the St. Louis Symphony In Unison Chorus; Eugene Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis; the Bosman Twins, jazz musicians; gospel music promoter Merdean Gales; jazz singer Denise Thimes; gospel singer Zella Jackson Price; and entertainment agent Eric Rhone.
In more STL connections on the SuperBowl, after “Monk” was the drama Psych, where characters Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) were drafted for duty on "Any Given Friday." In the episode, the duo sign up for training camp after the foot of a professional football kicker is discovered. STL native actor Mykelti Williamson (PICTURED) was a special guest star. In related Williamson news, he will be next seen on the big screen in the blaxplotation spoof flick, “Black Dynamite" that has been acquired by Sony Pictures following its scheduled premiere last week at the Sundance Film Festival.
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
We wonder who won the abs contest that 100.3 The beat personalities Hypeman Dwight Stone (PICTURED FAR RIGHT) and Lil Shorty (PICTURED RIGHT)had last year? Well, after our search on its website, we are guessing that Shorty won based on his pic posted on the site. LOL. In related news, Shorty will open up the Swagga Tour with headliners Ludacris and T.I. at the Chafeitz Arena for Part One of the station’s 10 year anniversary *(SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW).
We heard that The Pageant was up for a Nightclub of the Year award in the 20th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards that were held last week at the Nokia Theater in L.A. but lost to DC’s 9:30 Club. Other nominees were Club Nokia (Los Angeles, CA)Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver, BC) and House Of Blues (Dallas, TX). Hmm, interesting that pollsters didn’t pick Club Nokia and the event was held in the same building its housed in. LOL
Speaking of radio personalities, WHHL personality Young Dip will be celebrating his b-day party this Friday called “POLO" AT THE LOFT. He along with Kansas City Chiefs’ Will Franklin will be celebrating their b-day. And its FREE before 11 p.m. (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) if you wear some Polo….In related news, Dip will co-host along with Mz Prada the Stanky Leg contest that will take place at Spruill’s on North Jefferson. The winner will receive a 1,000 bonez and the group. GS Boyz will be there to perform theri hit dance song(SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) .
Speaking of b-dayz: hap Aquarian Day to WHHL’s Boogie D, Café Soul’s Angie Brown (who visited the Bahamas for her b-day) Teddy (B. Free) Blackett,
Derrty ENT’s Mousie, photographer Lance Omar Thurman, and hoodstar Mocha Latte.
Three different weekly open mike nights are on the move . First up, is the return of Hi Pointe Café Every Monday (PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT--CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) that used to be held at Hi Pointe Theatre but was closed in 2007 is now back….Starting Feb. 11, The popular Suite Soul Spot has moved to the second Wednesdays at Old Rock House (LEFT--CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE)instead of the first Tuesday. It will feature Kenny Deshields, Teresa Payne (who toe it up at Cafe Soul last weekend), Jr and Melody Graves ( … Lastly, the Soundstage has moved to The House of Comedy (SEE ONGOING BITZ) this Wednesday on the Landing from its last spot Culture Café inside Diversity gallery on Delmar. This week is FEATURING TERESA JENEE , K-LOVE (CHI), ROBERT DILLARD & ST. PEACE (INDY)
We all know that the STL has a history in hip-hop long before Nelly and the St. Lunatics made a name for STL rap, but there is one guy who contributed to STL hip-hop who may have been forgotten. Jeweler/stock trade consultant Ernest Collins used to be a rapper/singer/hypeman for R&B group Midnight Star in the early 1990s. And to show that this is true, we found the video of him and Midnight star back in 1991 with their last hit, “DO it One More Time” To peep it go to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0-J2QsnYIE and watch the rap break of the song. Now mind you it is the early 1990s so the Gumby was in those days. LOL
Lastly, OUTTOWN would like to give our deepest sympathies to STL comedian STL SLYM (PICTURED)who lost both his parents recently in a two week time period.
IN THE MIA FILE. Where is LME’s Otto Nichols?
BLIND PICZ. Who was this brotha that was kickin’ it at Gramophone last month?
BLIND BITZ. Which mover and shaker smuggled in a bottle of Jack Daniels in her purse recently into a venue? (Hint. The mover and shaker is a female, of course, popular on the stage and has a trademark “colorful" style and the venue’s name is part of a style of music.
STL-ICIOUS (Who’s hot this week ?) Rapper Tiffany Foxx and poet Xplicit.
Tiffany Foxx. This sexy rapper turned video girl is hot on the scenes these days. Currently she can be seen in the music video for the hit song, “Put it On Ya” by Plies. Foxx, who has been on music videos by rapper s CamRon, Master P and Nelly’s signature “Country Grammar, ” is nominated for Liquid Assets’ Notice Me Awards--that will be this Sunday (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) for Female in A Music Video for Plies’ video. To peep it out go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSU27r6HZ60
Xplicit. This poet is blazing the scenes as one of the young open mike poets in St. Louis. In December, he along with his poet in crime Corey Black did two open mike back to back at Café Soul and Splash of Red Party at Speakeasy. Also at that time, this SIUE grad student co-created Soundstage, a weekly open mike for poets and singers at Cultural Café (now moved to House of Comedy). In October, he released his debut CD "Realize & Relax" which is stirring up a buzz in the poetry community. To peep his interview go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HbnHKM9eB8
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ.
I was reflecting in my head on some political songs and thought of boho singer Tracy Chapman’s and her song, ”Why” off her remarkable debut namesake album in 1988. One of the lyrics of that song said, “Why are missles called peacekeepers when they are aimed to kill? Hmmm. Why?
VALENTINE'S DAY EVENTZ
Event: THE LOVE MOVEMENT" a night of real music celebrating real love"What: Club PartyHost: DJ NeedlesStart Time: Friday, February 13 at 9:00pmEnd Time: Saturday, February 14 at 1:00amWhere: Nubia CafeTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=57719450971
"A MID WINTER NIGHT'S DREAM" ...The Ultimate Singles Night Of Sensual Seduction...
Live on Valentine's Night-Saturday February 14, 2009@EXO Lounge
HOSTED BY Foxy 95.5's LONI SWAIN OF LONI'S LOVE LOUNGE
Singles This Will Be Your Fantasy Night Of Seduction, Sensuality, & Spice; Have your Fortunes told to You by Madame Rose "The Palm" Reader; Characature Art Work by C'Babi; World Famous Chocolates designed by Globe'; Partini & Taboo Valentine's Party Games for Prizes;
Meet The Seductive Valentine's Night Cupids; "The Ultimate Single's Love Challenge" Game Hosted by Loni of Loni's Love Lounge; Romantic Valentine's Roses for ALL Singles; Multiple Prize Giveaways & "The Ultimate Date Prize Package"; Interactive Singles Games For Prizes*
*Enjoy The Seven Sensual Valentine's Day Grey Goose La Poire Drink Specials*
"THE ULTIMATE SINGLES LOVE CHALLENGE GAME"A Contestant who is SINGLE and wants to be introduced to a possible Ideal Match has an opportunity to do so by playing a Fun Interactive Game of 10 questions with Loni Of Loni's Love Lounge.
The Contestant will have a choice from either 4 eligible Bachelors or 4 eligible Bachelorettes that will participate in the questions and answers. In the end, the Bachelor or Bachelorette, who answers the most questions with answers that ideally match the contestant; will be hooked up at the end of the game. If interested, please submit your Full Name, Phone Number, & E-mail Address and someone will contact you very soon!!! Please respond A.S.A.P. to:
***Interested Participants please be @ EXO Lounge @ 8:30pm sharp on Valentine's Night Saturday Feb. 14, 2009***
(Dress To Impress & Be Ready To Come Play Hard)
YWCA’s 39th Annual Alberta C Gantt “Fashion for Change” Valentine Fashion Luncheon, Noon, Sat. Feb. 14, 2009, Hilton St. Louis Ballpark, One Broadway, St. Louis, MO. $50 sponsored by the YMCA Phlyss Wheatley Bramnch benefitting the Phyliss Wheatley YWCA transitional House for women. For tickets call 314.531.1115 or www.ywcastlouis.org
Hot 104.1. and Fryeboy Entertainment present The Stanky Leg Contest at Spruills, 1161 N. Jefferson, Winner receives 1,000 dollars. The Gs Boys will perform . Hosted by Young Dip and Mz Prada. Women get in free before 11 p.m. Thursday, and doors are at 9 p.m. For more information go to www.myspace.com/stlouisparty. The after-party is at Club TV 1, 132 Collinsville Ave., with T-Baby.
UNITY THEATRE ENSEMBLE presents the gospel musical Make a Joyful Noise, Feb 4-7 @ 7:30pm and Feb 7 and 8, 3pm. The Ivory theatre, 7622 Michigan Ave. For reservations, group rates or info. call 314.355.3586. Metro-Tix 314.534.1111 or Afro World 314.389.5194 for tickets.
Stress Free FridaysFriday, February 6, 20095pm-1:30am; Studio Blu, 8909 Natural Bridge Road (Highway 170 & Natural Bridge)St. Louis, MO 63112314-426-3337 Join us this Friday, February 6, 2009 as Stress FreeFridays visits Studio Blu (by popular demand)...enjoygreat drinks, food and the sounds of the legendary DJMike Mingle and other fabulous DJ's...Studio Blu is A MUSTSEE VENUE...ARRIVE EARLY as we are expecting a huge turnout...you cannot afford to miss all of this fun andexcitement...remember, Stress Free Fridays starts promptlyat 5pm, so start your well deserved weekend in style!If you are celebrating a special event in your life, emailMario at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Anthony email@example.com and we will recognize you and your special event. Please visit our website: stressfreefridays.ning.com andbecome a member of Stress Free Fridays.
LADIES NIGHT: A Night For the Jazzy You! "EACH and EVERY FRIDAY"What: Club PartyHost: Rob Kirk of Precision, Charlie Chan & DJ OkayStart Time: Friday, February 6 at 8:00pm, 609 Lounge and Blue Ocean SushiTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=61614456168&aref=18178746
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT
, or call (314)289-4034.
House of Comedy presents RODMAN FEB 6 - 8 (FRIDAY NIGHT $20 OPEN BAR WITH PURCHASE Doors open 1 hour before show time for the 8:00 pm & 8:30 pm shows. Doors open ½ hour before show time for the 10:00 pm & 10:30 pm shows.
St. Louis House of Comedy, 801 North Second Street
Phone: (314) 241-5233
The City Forum and http://www.suitestl.com/ present THE LOVE FORUM
A Town Hall Discussion about Love, Relationships, and The Black Family in "The Age of Obama" Time and Place Date: Saturday, February 7, 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 10:30pm Location: Nubia Café Street: 5860 Delmar Blvd.
Also Celebrating Aquarian Birthdays of: Teddy (B. Free) Blackett,
Terrell (T-Rell) Anderson, Kwame A. (Da ‘Liq) Ofori (#30), and David (Baby Doc) Carroll Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, 8-10:30pm,
FREE Nubia Café - 5860 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO. (AFTER PARTY LOCATION.... The Love Forum's invitees are invited to a FREE after-party at the Thaxton Speakeasy downtown - totally free admission, Crazy drink specials & DJ 76KiD is on 1 & 2's all night @ 1009 Olive Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63101)
Platinum Group’s Leata Land and politician Bernice King will celebrate their b-days Feb. 7 at Lights on Broadway at 7 p.m. For more info contact 314.580.3500.
41st African American Arts Festival Sunday, February 8, 2009 Forest Park Community College Student Center 3600 Oakland Ave 1 to 6 p.m. presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Zeta Sigma Chapter. Please come out and enjoy music, praise dancers, puppet ministry, step teams, poets, hip hop dancers, artist, vendors, belly dancers, soul food, choirs, speakers, African dancers and much, much more. The Theme: Vision of Hope: From Carter G Woodson to Obama. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more info contact Almetta Jordan at 314.537.7778 or Theresa Wilkins at 314.650-9186.
The Miracle Worker at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Feb. 11-Mar 8, 130 Edgar Road. Webster Grioves Tix at $14.50 For tix and special offers go to www.repstl.orgwww.repstl.org
"Notice Me Model Appreciation Celebration" Time: February 8, 2009 at 9pm
JRLW Productions presents A Special Pre-Valentine All Star Edition Body Blast 2009, Sunday, Feb. 8 at Club Illusion, 526 E Broadway , East St. Louis. $20 at door, $25 VIP First 50 ladies get a free box of candy. Doors at 6 p.m.; Show at 7:30 p.m. LADIES ONLY!
MOCHA's TALENT SPOLIGHT
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.Career Highlights 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 performance2007: 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
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MYNISTA 's WELCOME T STRAIGHT STREET CONCERT SEREIS CONTINUES:01/31/2009 01:00 PMSt. Louis, MOHope Mob @ Armour Bearers Instead Of Paul Bearers (Dr. Terry Nance)01/31/2009 06:00 PMAlton, ILSlugger Roo's CD Release Concert @ Remnant02/01/2009 09:00 AMSt. Louis, MOWelcome To Straight Street (Straight Street EP Release Concert) @ Calvary Christian Ctr.02/14/2009 10:00 PMBelleville, ILValentines Day Bash (DMCC)03/28/2009 07:00 PMTampa, FLTalon's NEW REFLECTION CD Release PartyFor concert info go to http://www.mynistamusic.com/
The award-winning Beatles concert, RAIN – A Tribute To The Beatles, returns to the Fox Theatre for two fabulous performances February 4 & 5. In a show the Denver Post calls “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” RAIN boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” to classic hits including “Revolution” and “Come Together.” RAIN covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. For more information please visit www.raintribute.com.
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.
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.
The Miracle Worker at t he RepTheatre of ST. Louis, 130 Edgar Road. Feb. 11-March 8. Tix at $14.50 Go to www.repstl.org for special offers.
Sick S City presents 2009 Valentine Singles Nite, Thursday, Feb. 12 at Fubar. Showtime at 8 p.m. Performing live are Screwz and Scripts, Operation Beastmode, Nite Owl, PREACH and hosted by Walt G. Callin All Singles. Wear Red if Single. Black if Taken. Ends at 1 a.m.
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.
St. Louis comedian G-Thang, recently seen in the big screen flick “Disaster Movie,” returns home to bring his Laugh Til It Hurts show to the Playhouse at West Port Plaza.The shows are 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 13-14.Loni Love is also on the bill, and Maurice G hosts. Tickets are $20-$30, at MetroTix outlets, http://www.metrotix.com/, and by calling 314-534-1111.
THE LOVE MOVEMENT" a night of real music celebrating real love" Host: DJ NeedlesStart Time: Friday, February 13 at 9:00pmEnd Time: Saturday, February 14 at 1:00amWhere: Nubia CafeTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=57719450971
Doorways' 8th Annual RED09 event : "Cirque Du Rouge is set for Feb. 14 is " at the Chase Park Plaza featuring a circus atmosphere. The evening will feature three BRAVO TV auction packages, including a visit to the "Top Chef" challenge in the spring; two tickets to the network's "Second Annual A-List Awards," hosted by Kathy Griffin in LA on April 5; and a NYC adventure that includes theater tickets, tickets to the "Regis and Kelly Live" show, a meeting with Kelly Ripa, a guided tour of 30 Rock by Andy Cohen and dinner for two at the Palm. The event supports housing for people living with HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis area. STLTV's Gilberto Pinela will emcee. For more info at: http://www.doorwwayshousing.org/.
THEATRE SPOTLIGHT (CLICK PIC TO ENLARGE) -
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."
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
The Beats 10th year anniversary Beat Birthday Concert "Swagger Tour"February 19thChaifetz Arena T.I.LudacrisShorty Da KidTen years ago, 100.3 The Beat signed on as the station in St. Louis giving you Hip Hop and R&B! Now that it's our 10 year anniversary, we would like to say Thank You for being there every step of the way! Join 100.3 The Beat on Thursday, February 19th at the Chaifetz Arena for our We are Hip Hop Concert, Part ONE, featuring T.I., Ludacris, and the Beat's very own Shorty Da Kid! Tickets on sale now. Click here for ticket info
AmerenUE and the St. Louis Argus Foundation are so-sponsoring the lunch St. Louis Argus Foundation's celebration of Black History Month. On 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.
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"OBAMA 2009 NUVO & MILLERCOORS "What: Club PartyHost: SOUL STYLZ ''Lifestyle & Entertainment Co. USAStart Time: Thursday, February 26 at 9:00pmEnd Time: Friday, February 27 at 2:00amWhere: F15TEEN Restaurant & LoungeTo see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=58545168920
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/
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://workshop.scbcreative.com/vpromFlySm.pdf
AUDITION BITZ. Ma’atology Productions is seeking open minded female and male actors, of all races, for an upcoming workshop stageplay on the conflicts of relationships in early May. For an audition, please send a recent pic, bio and/or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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................
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: email@example.com or Phone:314.503.4035
Fusion with DJ Needles of the Solution, Wednesdays at Posh, 408 N Euclid, 8 p.m. 21 Y.O. and up NO HATS FELLAS. FREE Roc-a- Star presents Refreshin with DJ NeedlesThursdays at Xes behind the Drunken Fish, 612. N. 2ndSt. Lacledes Landing. Ladies FREE til 11 p.m..............
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
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/
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/
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.
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: For East St. Louis Flyers alums, go THE HANGAR at: http://eastsideflyers.ning.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.
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.
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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