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After we went to blog post last Wednesday, he got newz that longtime KMOX broadcast journalist Jim White had passed. Known as "The Big Bumper” and famous for hangin up on people, White died last of complications from surgery, according to reports . He was 72. According to stltoday.com, White joined KMOX as an assistant news director in 1969, launching a 30-year career with the station. He held various positions there but for 20 years reigned over the hours either side of midnight, with the clear-channel station's powerful transmitter sending his voice out to much of North America. Mr. White was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. Before coming to St. Louis, he was a rock jock at Pittsburgh's WJAS and then moved to that city's KDKA, ala KMOX.
The big story in the STLarea was the Arch Rivalry Game with the Fighting Illni and Mizzou held last Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome when Mizzou defeated the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 37-9. The Mizzou Tigers took home the Arch Rivalry trophy for the third year in a row. According to reports, Illinois scored their fewest points since losing 10-6 at Iowa in the middle of the 2007 season. Currently the Arch Rivalry Game is scheduled as the opening game of the season for both teams, for the 2007 through 2010 seasons. After the 2010 season, the series will cease for at least the next few years. Mizzou leads the series 16-7.The game was televised live on ESPN. Also, all 70,000 seats were sold at the Dome and even more hundreds surrounding the Dome with tailgate parties (and parking nearby we saw went as high as 30 dollars!)
In Chitown, two superstar natives made news this week being on one show:
Thousands of Oprah Winfrey's fans was on tap on Michigan Avenue Tuesday to help the talk show celebrate the 24th season of her show with a public taping party that included the Black Eyed Peas and Rascal Flats, chitiown native Jennifer Hudson, James Taylor and magician Criss Angel. The special outdoor event took place on a three-block stretch of Michigan Avenue aka The Magnificent Mile-- near the Chicago River. The taping was free and open to the public.
Speaking of Hudson, the award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson was one of the female singers added to the newly revamped VH1 Divas show. She will join fellow "American Idol" alums Jordin Sparks and Kelly Clarkson for the big show on September 17, hosted by former "American Idol" judge, Paula Abdul. Also on the bill are Missouri native Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Adele and Leona Lewis. In related news, it has been reports that Hudson finally tied the know with boyfriend and baby daddy Davdi Ortunga over last weekend.
Several area female personalities are making rounds on the national reality competition shows. First up is Chi-town native Melody Angel who barely made it into the next round of P Diddy’s Starmaker show last Sunday on MTV. The alto singer guitarist was in the bottom two of the five ladies who were performed on last week’s episodes. She sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone:” much to the lackluster of the judges. Check out the episode at
Also getting the same bottom two predicament was STL native designer Qrystal Frazier who squeaked by the fourth round to make it to the next round of the Lifetime show, “Project Runway.” In the last episode which aired last Thursday, the designers were taken to the beach, where they were told to create a fashionable, surfer-inspired outfit, and were placed in teams of two which was later discovered that the team would also be creating an avant-garde look inspired by their ready-to-wear, surfer-inspired outfit.: She was chosen as team leader but was weakened by her teammate Rodney Epperson. To see teh episode go to
Speaking of area competitors and reality shows, Three area based models will be of the 13 who were selected on this season’s America’s Next Top Model that makes its season premiere tonite on the CW. They are Kara Vincent and Ashley Howard from Chitown and Erin Wagner who’s currently living in Spring Grove, Ill . This season’s theme were models who’s height was 5’ 7” or shorter. Tune in and see if Howard is voted as one of the ones cast in the house! STL native model Shannell Howard we believe will also be on that debut episode but based on the website, she was not one of the 13 chosen.
'The Wendy Williams Show' debuted in the STL area this past Monday on KLTVI-Cahnenl. It airs weekdays at 1 p.m.
St. Lunatics rapper Murphy Lee’s unplugged concert has been moved in the date and venue. It was originally supposed to be Sept 11 at the Old Rock House but now it is scheduled to be at Home Nightclub in St. Charles on Sept 25. It is promoted by Delux Magazine. For more info go to www.delux-mag.com.
STL based films are making national buzz. As reported last week, the STL filmed movie STREETBALLERS will make its national debut at the famous Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Sept 25. To celebrate, the producers of the film will have a party for the soundtrack of the film on Sunday, Sept 13 at the Black Label Gallery Lounge at 3 p.m. as part of the Day Party event there. Scheduled to perform are Aloha, Vega and Yung Ro to name a few. Tickets are $10 (Its also a fundraiser for the trip to Hollywood) You must RSVP by Sept 11 at email@example.com
The Toronto International Film Festival, which continues through Sept. 19. will screen ST. Louis area based films there. On Sept 18, the Steven Soderbergh's comedy "The Informant" will be screened. Starring Oscar winner Matt Damon and Kirkwood native/Emmy nominee Scott Bakula, is a base don a book based on a true story about corruption in the agriculture industry. The film was set in Decatur, Ill. and was partly filmed in St. Louis.
Also screening at Toronto is the George Clooney film "Up in the Air," a comedy about a corporate downsizer. Cast and filmed mostly in St. Louis (mainly Lambert Airport) in April and May of this year, the film, which we hear is getting early Oscar buzz, is reportedly set to screen at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November before opening u nationwide in December.
The rescheduling of the Grand Opening Weekend of Karma nightclub (formerly Lush ) will be Sept 25 to Sept 27. No word on whether Mya and Mario were rescheduled to host as well. Last weekend the Grand Opening of Karma that was suppose break grounds at Lush, but was postponed on the day of the first nite on last Friday with singer Mya hosting. Rumors swirled for reasons for the postponement (from not passing inspection to not being approved of a liquor license) but club owners Wellz Fargo Slim and Yomi Martin are assuring partiers on his Facebook page that he “jus(sic) got off the phone wit (sic)my lawyer.” We assume that Slim got legal advice to see the validity of the city not issuing his license to operate. Hmm, well, let's hope second time is the charm for this new venture which we hear suppose to be set on Vegas style parties.
OUTTOWN attended a private party at Mandarin in the CWE put on by Koncepts and Synergy to celebrate the upcoming NFL season. Hosting were Rams players James Butler (who also was celebrating his bday as well) and Ron Bartell, and other Rams teammates. The main ram players came through dressed surprisingly very casual in tees, jeans and sneaks. They arrived around midnite as several hundred partied with them (more like gawking at them in the VIP area). In the house were LME’s Tim Cortez and Otto Nichols, and Close Tim famous’ Triky.
St. Louis native comedian Darius Bradford’s set was aired on Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment- on the "Starz" cable network. Sept. 4th. (Check your local listings for future airings). Also last week, Bradford had a comedy show at Celebrity Nites in North County last Wednesday that he hosted. The show was supposedly a showcase for local networks ABC, CBS, NBC and TV One (and one has reportedly bit) to come to the Lou and film it for the possibilities for his show to be filmed locally here in St. Louis. Too bad that the crowd didn’t come out strong as he once hoped but much of that had to do with Bradford’s last minute decision to move the venue of the show from his mainstay, Lites on Broadway in Baden to Celebrity Nites. From a source, the reason of the change was cuz Bradford liked the venue better.
Three local playwrights will be staging this and next month.
St. Louis' own David J. Harris of The Monarch Theatre Project is staging the upcoming play "Breakfast in Bed, the Voices of Domestic Violence" a on October 12, 13 and 14th t The Sheldon Concert Hall Ballroom starring STl jazz diva Denise Thimes. The play is focused on opening the eyes of those around us to the horrors of Domestic Violence, it's effects on society as a whole and how it affects each and every one of us as individuals. For more info go to its website at www.themonarchtheatreproject.com
East St. Louis native actor/director Joel P.E, King will have a special private staging of “Real Life” tonite 6 p.m. at the Syndicate Loft (915 Olive on the fourth Floor Media Room) Next week, he will direct “Thru the Eyes” which will be showing Sept. 17-20 at the Kranzberg Theater, 501 N. Grand, St. Louis (for tickets call by 314.621.5444)
And lastly, STL director and playwright Marty K. Casey-- who is on a high from her successful ruin of her play PHAT GIRLS DONT CRY at the Ambassador last month-- is bringing her back her signature play, the gospel play A HOUSE DIVIDED September 25th and September 26, 2009, at faith church in Earth City, Mo. A House Divided, will star Grammy award winning gospel artist Walter Hawkins A House Divided, is based on the novel "Thy Maker is Thy Husband,"written by Faith Church's own Gwendolyn Jackson Tickets are on sale now at all Metrotix locations and at the info desk at Faith Church NW Campus. K C Entertainment & Productions will donate $5.00 to Mercy Ministries for each ticket that is purchased at Faith Church NW Campus Info Desk. Info: http://www.faithchurchstlouis.com/events.php?event_id=215
Thousands among thousands attended the Festival of Nations put on by International Institute St. Louis, a music, arts and food fest that was held Aug 29 and 30 at Tower Grove Park.
Local singer Tydis performed @ the Highschool Xplosion last Sunday during the Labor Day Weekend at 319 Fountains PKWY in Fairview Heights. Also performing was Young Ro, Shorty Da Kid and Luey V. It was hosted by Hot 104.1's own Young Dip, who’s station sponsored the event. Tydis also was on Young Dip’s radio show last Friday to promote the show.
STL promoters FreeTime (pictured are Adrian Saddler, Roy Robinson and Daryl Freirson) will celebrate its 4t year anniversary for NEW JACK CITY at Golfhouse in Forest Park on Sept 19. To celebrate FreeTime is buying drinks for the first 400 people (hmm, this is gonna be interesting on how much on that PLURAL will they buy! Lol) ! For more info go to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
And lastly, OUTTOWN gives our sympathies and condolences to the family of longtime socialite Joseph “Cozy Up Joe” Walker who died last week after a lengthy illness with throat cancer. He was main fixture at the now defunct bar Kathy’s Cozy Up in University City. Mo. R.I.P to Cozy Up Joe.
IN THE MIA FILE. What happened to socialite Rachel Lane?
Who was the bald guy who was at the Teese 2 party at Exo last Sunday?
Who was this sista who was wearing the bride-like gown at Teese 2?
BLIND BITZ. Who was the promoter who was a no show at a recent popular event? (Hint. This promoter-- whose last name begins and ends with the same latter--has paired up with many prmoters for various events in the past and as recent as last weekend. And the event was an event that goes on weeky whos first name begins and ends with the same letter)
Theresa Payne. This lovely young singer who's making waves in the STL area with her CD, "Go Fight Win" will open up for Philly neo-soul singer Eric Robeson tonite, Wednesday as part of the Suite Soul Spot R&B concert showcase series at Black Label (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW) She also recentkly celebarted a b-day and is a proud mother to a new baby girl recently, Nina Rose.
Cornell Boone. This dapper promoter is spreading his wings with his group Soul Stylz by first promoting Nuvo at events in Kansas City. Mo recently and this Friday will introduce another weekly night of parties this time at Exo Nightclub with the launch of BREATHE colloborated with Stres sFree Friday and Close to Famous (SEE EVENT BITZ BELOW)
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ
Why are Obama haters made so much of his speech to schoolkids? (Like he had a bomb threat going or sumpin!) Why do brothas slam weights down on the floor at the gym after heavy lifting? Why hasnt the St. Lunatics new CD City Free hasnt charted on the Billboard charts? And why was Murphy Lee's concert changed from Old Rock House to the Pageant and on different days from Sept 11 to Sept 25? Why did Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount punch a Boise State player in the jaw after Oregon lost to Boise State? Why does it seem as though MOKAN and its current prez Yaphett Al Amin wont get anymore minority subcontracts after its former prez and Amin's father Eddie Hassan being sticky with the organziation's money? Why does it seem gum popping is only done by black females? And Why are people comin up with these crazy Michael Jackson aint dead theories?
There has been a change in networking sites that will air ST. Louis native filmmaker David Conley's TV show DNR . On Sept 18, he will release the Internet series DNR that wa sonce to be seen on YOUTUBE but bnow ill be streamed on VIMEO.COM.
The following are snippets from the series:
Please spread the word and try to go see it if you can!! This movie is only being released in selected cities and areas! THIS IS A MOVIE THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOV'T & THE POLICE WOULD RATHER YOU NOT SEE! CHECK OUT THE TRAILER AT LEAST, AND FORWARD IT ON! The link to the movie footage for AMERICAN VIOLET is below! Featuring: Alfre Woodard, Charles Dutton, Xzibit and others. www.americanviolet.com
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove Open THRU September 30, 2009 The Saint Louis Zoo is bringing the ocean to you this summer with our cool new exhibit: Stingrays at Caribbean Cove! Watch, touch and occasionally feed these unique and fascinating oceanic fish as they glide through a warm saltwater pool. Located under a new pavilion near Lakeside Cafe, 28 cownose rays and four southern stingrays will swim through a 17,000-gallon pool complete with waterfall and a lush surrounding landscape. See the “Show Me St. Louis” story on http://www.ksdk.com/. THEN, Ray’s Grill, Take a break from the action, and enjoy a relaxing meal waterside! On the menu is Jamaican jerk chicken, teriyaki pork kabobs, island burgers and more. At Ray’s Island Bar, enjoy margaritas, daiquiris and beer (all available with or without alcohol), plus real fruit smoothies and other refreshing concoctions.Tropical Traders Gift Shop Bring home a souvenir from your Caribbean adventure! Tropical Traders offers a variety of ocean-related items including plush stingrays and other sea life items, T-shirts, tropical attire, nautical gifts and more. AdmissionZoo Friends members: $1.50Non-members: $3.00Children under two are free.Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Group rate for 15 or more is $2.50 per person. Please call Group Sales at (314) 781-0900, ext. 4709. See Hours, Prices & Directions for more information.
Heineken Red SouL Star and VAE and Suite Soul Spot present Eric Robeson Sept 9 at 8 p.m. at the Black Label Gallery with special guest singer Threresa. http://www.vanitaapplebum.blogspot.com/
STL TV will celebrate its upcoming fall Season with a party at the OLD ROCK HOUSE, on South 7rth Street, Thursday, Sept. 10... starting at 5:30p
There will be a VIP Grand Opening of Mango Sept 10 on 1101 Lucas Ave, off Washington Ave (formerly Mosaic). It will be a Peruvian food based restaurant.
Millionaire Ent, Tue Lions Sec & DJ Q bring you...Knee Highs & Neck TiesWith Special Guest Host Gloria Velez Sept. 9 at 9pm-3amThe Loft3112 OliveDJ Q controlling the mix21 & UpCLASSY Dress Code:NO Baggy Jeans, over-sized clothing, tennis shoes or athletic wear email@example.com
ALIVE MAGAZINE's SEXY & SUCCESSFUL TOP 20 PARTY 10 IN ADVANCE OR $15 @ THE DOOR! IT IS ALSO DOUBLING AS THE GRAND OPENING OF THE HYATT. Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:00pm - 11:00pm Location: RED KITCHEN & BAR IN THE HYATT REGENCY DOWNTOWN 315 Chestnut Street Alive Magazine will select the Top 4 from the Top 20 finalists of its Sexy and Successful Contest. The winners will be announced Sept 10 at a party that will be held at Red Kicthen and Bar located at 315 Chestnut Street in downtown STL. Of the 20 in the running are project manager Orvella jones, photograoher Teddy Blackett, tv host Emily Clark, entrepreneurs Hannah Cho and Shanel Lightfoot and fashion agents Godfreid Assae and Paul GibsonTo vote for your favorite http://www.alivemag.com/sexyandsuccessful/For more info and tickets got to www.alivemag.com.
9/10 - 7:00pm St. Louis Public Library Event @ Schlafly Branch, 225 N Euclid
9/12 - 5-7pm Diversity Gallery/Culture, Café & Bookstore, 6150 Delmar Blvd. - Sister to Sister Happy Hour Part Two. $25. Includes meet-and-greet, signed book, wine and cafe tastings. Reservations: 314-721-3361
9/13 - 3-5pm - The Nu Art Series Gallery, 2936 Locust. Sunday Afternoon Soiree. Includes Wildflowers by Lyah B. LeFlore & Shirley Bradley LeFlore and a performance by gospel divas Sista 2 Sistah.
STRESS FREE Spet 11 September 11, 2009 at 5pm to September 12, 2009 at 3amLocation: EXO LoungeOrganized By: Stress Free Fridays/SoulStylz. Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, September 11, 2009 as we team up with Soul Stylz and the launch of their BREATHE Series and visits the hottest venue in Midtown St. Louis, EXO Lounge...featuring Smirnoff Ice and JAY-Z LIVE from The Garden...visit www.fuse.tv/ontv/shows/jay-z/
Kokopilau: An Eveneing of Poetry & Music
w/ Michael Castro & J.D. Parran
Host: St. Louis Writer's Guild
Saturday, September 12, 2009
6:30pm - 8:30pm:
6691 Delmar (at Kingsland in University City Loop)
Alive Magazine’s Saint Louis fashion Week. They are having open casting call Saturday, Sept 12 at 1 p.,. to 3 p.m. at Bakers, First Floor, Nordstrom Court at the West County Center. They are calling all male and female models. All you gotta do is RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Actress Holly Robinson Peete will co-host St. Louis Magazine's FEVER Fall Fashion Show 2009 on Sept 12 at Plaza Frontenac to benefit Autism Speaks. Y98's Guy Phillips also will co-host.