ITS WEDNESDAY, TIME TO GET"TOWNED"
Before we get into the A&E NEWZ that's been happening in the ILLI and MO, OUTTOWn would like to wish Happy 69th b-day to the late great comic and actor Richard Pryor who died on Dec. 10, 2005 nine days after his 65th b-day. Pryor was born in Peoria, Ill.
NOW ON TO THE A&E BITZ:
The big story going on this week was Chicago talk show queen Oprah Winfrey recently previewed her upcoming primetime special on "Christmas at the White House,"which will air on ABC on December 13. In the special, Oprah will conduct a solo interview with the Chicago based President Barack Obama as well as a joint interview with The President and First Lady Michelle Obama, and give a tour of the White House as it is all decked out for Christmas.
This will be her first sit-down interview with the President since his election to the Presidency.
In unrelated newz, the Big O did not attend Obama's first state dinner last Tuesday but, her running buddy Gayle King did—and a couple that’s been in the newz lately for crashing it. LOL.
To peep the preview go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/02/oprah-previews-obama-whit_n_376757.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Chi-town native and Grammy award winning diva Chaka Khan won the Soul Train Legends Award for music achievement at the revamped 2009 Soul Train Music Awards. The awards was taped at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on Nov 3 and premiered simultaneously on Centric (BETs newest cable channel) and BET on Nov. 29.
In sports newz, after the football Mizzou Tigers beat Kansas last weekend, several Bowl officials from Big 12-affiliated games agreed that Missouri has the widest range of destinations among the eight bowl-eligible teams in the conference, including a best-case-scenario return trip to the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Jan. 2 pending on how things play out within the Big 12 over the next nine days. Their last time in the Cotton Bowl was in 2007 beating Arkansas in the New Year’s Day game.
Locally, to celebrate Webster Groves high school’s victory over Fort Osage for the state championship, a parade to celebrate took place this past Tuesday, at Webster High. This is the fourth state football championship for Webster Groves High School.
In other sports newz, time is ticking for St. Louis Cards free agents Matt Holliday, Joel Pineiro and Mark De Rosa on whether they will stay or leave the ball team. This week, the organization offered salary arbitration the players By offering arbitration, the Cardinals would get draft pick compensation if either player signs with another team. If a player agrees to the arbitration, he is on the 40-man roster and locked into a one-year contract with a salary determined by an arbiter. If a player wants to leave, he can negotiate as a free agent with any team (including St. Louis) but the Cardinals get compensation if he signs with another team.
Basically, it’s a win-win situation for the Cards organization and the players. The only difference is how much DENIRO one can get in either scenario.
R&B legends Patti Labelle and the O’Jays (who used to record on the same label Philadelphia International –she in the 1980s and they in the 1970s) will perform at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis Feb. 12. Tickets are $45-$65, with a limited number of gold circle seating available. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday at MetroTix outlets, www.metrotix.com, 314-534-1111, and at the box office.
Two lovely ladies of entertainment came through the STL who were centers of attention at one of STL’s hot spots, Karma nightclub, over the Thanksgiving Holiday,. On Friday, video vixen, Melyssa Ford came through to greet a crowd of a packed house. Although she didn’t give out hugs to crowd members (She was reported as saying she didn’t want to get the swine flu) but she did take pictures with her fans while in lower VIP. On Saturday, sexy actress Vivica Fox came through to an even bigger crowd than Ford and received the crowd more graciously. Fox took pics, signed autographs, gave shot outs to local TV shows and even danced with some folk in the crowd (with tight security of course to check anyone tryin to get tehri steal or feel on). She was reported as saying that’s he didn’t want to appear as stuck up by not being gracious with the crowd (unlike Ford perhaps? )
Comedian/actor and host of Last comic standing and Who Got Jokes? Bill Bellamy will perform this Thursday-Sunday at the St. Louis House of Comedy. Show times are at 8 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. Get more information at www.stlhouseofcomedy.com
Home Nightclub will celebrate its 2nd year anniversary being house d inside of the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. To celebrate, singer/actor and reality show star Ray J will host and perform Dec. 18 at the venue.
Then on Dec. 19, Latino hip-hop artist Pitbull will host and perform.
Both events start at 9 p.m. For more info, send an email to
St. Louis based rap mogul Nelly will have a star studded weekend this weekend. First he is hosting a special edition of Karma nightclub’s Sutra Saturdays put on by Derrty ENT (SEE MOCHAS CORNER BELOW). Then on Sunday, he and fellow colleague Grammy award winning producer Jermaine Dupri will host his annual private Black and White Ball at Chase Park Plaza befitting scholarships to Lindenwood College.
Entertainment Tonight anchor and jazz artist John Tesh will perform at the Family Arena in St Charles. Dec 5 Opening up will be STL jazz singer Erin Bode. Get tickets at MetroTix outlets, www.metrotix.com, 314-534-1111, and at the box office.
The Hollywood premiere of the George Clooney film, “Up in the Air,” was held Nov 30 at the Mann's Village Theater,. The wide release of the mostly St. Louis filmed movie is set for Christmas, December 25.
Suite Soul Spot’s 2nd Anniversary concert with neo soul singer and Soul Train Award nominee Eric Roberson at the Ambassador last Friday was cancelled. It was cancelled at the last minute reportedly due to a second parties renigging on their contribution to the concert The Suite Soul Spot promoter, Vanita Applebum is accepting refunds to those who bought tickets online and to contact her at email@example.com
St. Louis based and native Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay was featured last Sunday on TV One’s Washington Watch with Roland Martin. The Congressman. On there, he talked about preparations for Census 2010 and upcoming legislation to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
The return of Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis will take place Feb. 2 to Feb. 7 of next year. Tickets went on sale last month. For more info go to http://www.tickco.com/venue_schedules/fox_st_louis_theatre.htm
On tonite, Wednesday., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. St. Louis Alumni Chapter presents the Grammy Award Winning group The Emotions, at Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington. Call (314) 285-1635 or (314) 757-757-2799.
R&B singer Glenn Lewis will headline Cafe Soul’s 3rd annual special holiday edition Dec 18 at 7 p.m. at the Loft. (SEE ONGOING BITZ)
Osunlade & Monica Tyson will be hosting a CD RELEASE SORIEE Wednesday Dec 9th @ Thaxton's SpeakEasy 1009 Olive Downtown St Louis Mo. Doors@ 7 and sip, listen,and groove until 12pm. Osunlade (pronounced o shoon la day) Will be returning home to St Louis to celebrate his worldwide release of his latest creation ' Rebirth'. Osunlade is a platinum producer who has produced and written for Musiq Soulchild, India. Arie, Roy Ayers, Patty Labelle, Najee, Prince, Eric Roberson , Eric Benet and beyond. We also celebrate the 10 year of Yoruba Records. A Global Music label started by Osunlade. Yoruba Records houses artist from around the globe including Brazil, Italy, Canada, Belgium as well as the US .
Speaking of CD releases, ST. Louis gospel rapper/ Saved in the City’s P Dub is releasing is MIX CD tape this Friday at 9 p.m. at Body Christian Club on 1624 Delmar (west of City Museum). Also during that nite, former 100.3 The Beat personality/Saved in the City’s Dwight Stone is celebrating his b-day. Doors open at 9!Concert starts at 10!Party starts at Midnight!To hear Saved in the City’slatest mixshow and to see pictures go to www.lethimuseya.com
Spoken word artist Corey Black & Less LIVE will perform this Saturday at 2nd Story Saturdays, at 9 :30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Llywelyn's Pub in the Central West End
4747 McPherson Ave. Also, during the event there will be an MC battle for $50 with DJ SirCuz on the Wheels of Steel
Speaking of spoken word artists, congrats to Aireez Darychuss was one of nine artists who won an award in the ISSA Christian Songwriting Contest. His song, “Rhyzn” won for Best Hip Hop Song. He won $1,000 in cash. The awards was an international competition supporting the disciplines of songwriting, musicianship and performance in the Christian independent music community. The contest had online voting for the nominees and judged by a judging panel.
And lastly, has anyone seen the physical transformation that STL rapper/promoter Rucka Puff has gone through lately? There is a recent pic of the rapper with rapper Young Ro in this week’s St. Louis Evening Whirl in the entertainment section. For those who know Rucka, he was known for taking off his shirt and exposing his rolls of belly fat. Well, the way it seems to be going with him, he may be taking off his shirt sporting abs pretty soon!
IN THE M.I.A. FILE—What happened to model/former St. Louis Idol Whitney Cook?
BLIND PICZ. Who was this big boned sista getting her party on during Karma’s Sutra Saturdays last Saturday?
BLIND BITZ. Which St. Louis star had a shouting match with a worker at an establishment where this star works? (Hint. The star is known for a trademarked piece of clothing they wear is above the waist and who’s stage name is part of a national restaurant chain. The establishment this star’s works for recently went through a name and location change )
Mocha Latte. This delightful emcee of parties at Karma Nightclub has been on a roll in this section for the past month and shows no signs of stopping. Latte (who’s a case worker by day) will be in the house yet once again as host at Karma’s popular nights Friday Night Fixx and Sutra Saturdays until the Man of the Hour, Nelly, comes through to take over hosting duties (SEE MOCHA’s CORNER BELOW) and her writing skills can be seen every week in the Evening Whirl under column, Coffee Talk.
Nelly. This buffed out Grammy award winning rap superstar is returning to the STL party scene once again (last month he had a much talked about b-day jammy jam at Home) for partying, but this go round with a purpose. This Saturday he will host Karma’s Sutra Saturdays which will be all FREE to patrons. Then, on Sunday, he and fellow hop-hop colleague Jermaine Dupri will co-host their annual Black and white Ball, a private after five gala that will be held at chase park Plaza in the Central West end benefiting scholarships for students who want to attend Lindenwood College (and we are doubtful if his ex Ashanti will accompany him this year--but then again....)
WORDZ TO THE WHYZ????????????????????????????????????????
Why doesn’t Tiger Woods nor his wife want to talk to the cops about the car incident that occurred last Friday at his residence? And why did CNN report Tiger Wood’s address on the news when it was first reported? Why does Dubai, the richest city in the world, owe billions of dollars in debt? Why did it seem as though Guy Torry was still embittered by his wife Monica askew leaving him when he talked about her in jokes at the House of Comedy last weekend? Why do people get mad when they get called out for lying? Why doesn’t St. Louis support the Rams? Why did WESL radio host Moses call for a flat out gun war against thugs in the STL black community on his radio show the No Half Steppin show ? Why is the hottest toy on the Xmas market an electronic hamster named Zhu Zhu? Why does former Olympic champ Marion Jones feel her desire to play in the WNBA will be granted? Why does it seem as though the PGA is making Serena Williams the poster child for bad behavior by giving her the biggest punishment in PGA history (Hello, can you say John McEnroe????)?Why are most black folk up in arms that President Obama granted for 30,000 troops to be deployed to Afghanistan? Why are there so much deer carcass of the side of Highway 64 in Illinois? Why hasn’t Bradd Young’s “Grown Man Lovin” single hasnt yet made the national charts?
AT THE SOUL TRAIN AWARDS: Why weren’t most of their big winners not there? (eg. Beyonce, Jamie Foxx), Why were there folding chairs in the aisles? Why does singer Charlie Wilson’s wife look like Donatello Versace? Why was Keith Sweat up on stage during the Charlie Wilson tribute and didn’t sing? Why wasnt the group DeBarge invited to sing in the Motown tribute? Why was Fantasia screamin’ throughout her portion of the tribute for Chaka Khan? Why was Kandi Buress so hoarse when she was singing? Why was B.E,T, chairman Debra Lee’s skirt so short above the knee showing all her legs? Why wasn’t the show broadcast live? And why did editors cut out most of the infamous kiss between Toni Braxton and Trey Songz?
Finding Grace exhibit at Regional arts Commission Finding Grace THRU Dec 13 .Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.EXHIBIT LOCATION:The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission6128 Delmar Boulevardon The Loop St. Louis, MO 63112(Free parking in the lot behind The Pageant; metered street parking)Finding Grace:Ten Years in Retrospect, an exhibit commemorating the first ten years of the community collabARTive, an integrated part of the Transitional Housing Program of Peter and Paul Community Services.
PHAT PHEEZY LIVE DEC 2ND @ THE LOFT8:00pm - 11:00pm
ICONIC LIVE is an annual promotional and entertainment event catering to the fashion, music and entertainment community for maximum exposure within the industry. ICONIC also specialize in major marketing for small businesses and entrepreneurs as a networking source with the community. ICONIC represents all of who is the object of great attention and devotion WE ARE ICONIC!FASHION//MUSIC//LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, 9pm-2am, WEDNESDAY12.02.2009@ THE LOFT3112 Olive St.St. Louis, MOSPECIAL ARTIST PERFORMANCES FASHION DESIGN DISPLAYSICONIC EYECANDYLIVE VIDEO RECORDINGAND PRODUCTION DVD$5 Advance tickets: http://youareiconic.eventbrite.com/$7 @ DOOR
UPDATE: This event was cancelled due to a power outage at the Loft.
BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHESPerformed by the Black RepThursday, starting December 3 THRU Dec. 27 Time:7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location:Black Rep Grandel Square Theatre 3610 Grandel Square.
COME JOIN ST. JOHN'S UCC AND CHRIST THE KING UCC FOR A PERFORMANCE OF BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES, PERFORMED BY THE BLACK REP. TICKETS ARE $40. TO PURCHASE: CALL 314.534.0323 or EMAIL SARITAMOODY@YAHOO.COM
Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, December 4, 2009 as we celebrate our 285th Stress Free Fridays event...we could not have reached this milestone without your continuous support...we will convene at the ever popular Luna Lounge @Bar Italia, located at 13 Maryland Plaza in the heart of the Central West End...ample parking is available for a nominal fee on the parking lot behind Culpepper's...NETWORKING-SOCIALIZING-EXQUISITE ITALIAN CUISINE-DRINK SPECIALS-DANCING to the GREAT SOUNDS of the ONE and ONLY DJ BIG ANT C spinning on the one's and two's and you and it is guaranteed that you will be dancing the night away...what more could you ask for on a Friday evening...stop by and kick-off your well deserved weekend in style...
NAUGHTY BY NATURE
The reunion Naughty By Nature and Kid Capri, are coming to the Ambassador Dec, 4.
ALIVE Holiday BashDecember 4, 2009Mandarin (44 Maryland Plaza, Central West End)Celebrate the holiday season with St. Louis' most stylish partygoers! Dance all night to hits spun by DJ Big D, mingle with guests and ALIVE staff over cocktails. Ladies enjoy free admission; gentlemen pay $5 at the door.Doors open at 10pm. Cocktail attire suggested. Presented by LoungeConcepts, Synergy, Mandarin and ALIVE. For more information, check out the animated evite at http://www.synergystl.com/slfwwrap/.
Join Mocha Latte every Friday and Saturday as she hosts Karma Nightclub's Friday Night Fixx and Sutra Saturdays!
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Check out Mocha Latte’s weekly column COFFEE TALK every week in the Evening Whirl .
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DA MYNISTA's SPACE
Thu. Dec. 3 - Wildmann's Artist Showcase @ Binion's
04 DEC St. Louis, MOLegacy Books & Cafe at 8:00 PM
Chitown native, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter R Kelly will perform at the Fox Theatre during his Ladies Make Some Noise tour Dec. 8. A specific venue was not announced up until this week when it was revealed of him coming to ST. Louis , the last stop of his tour. Opening are R&B singers Pleasure P and K. Michelle. Tickets are $48-$68, with a limited number of gold circle seating available. Tickets at MetroTix outlets, www.metrotix.com, 314-534-1111, and at the box office.
Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS December 15-27 Performances are: December 15-18 and 21-23 at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; Sundays at 2pm & 7:30pm. There is also a weekday matinee on Thursday, December 24 at 1pm. There is not a performance on Christmas Day. Fabulous Fox Theatre – 527 N. Grand Blvd. , St. Louis , MO 63103 Single tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office and through MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com. For pricing information, visit www.fabulousfox.com.
Also coming in December is: Dance St. Louis’ presentation of The Joffrey Ballet in Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. And looking ahead to January, the Fox Theatre will present Chicago and Grease starring Taylor Hicks!
FOX CONCERT SPOTLIGHT
Pop sensation Lady Gaga will bring her revamped Monster’s Ball” tour to the STL when she comes to the Fox Theatre Jan. 7they will only have the $250 Hot Band Package which will include– Reserved seat in the first ten rows of the orchestra– Pre-show hospitality– Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones– And a Collectible laminateSales end at 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Go to the box office or call 314-534-1111 for the Hot Band Package; it is no longer available online.
The family oriented comedy/variety show FAITHFULLY FUNNY will take place Dec 19 featuring STl comedian Darius Bradford. The promoters are targeting churches in the metro area for support. The event will take place at the Church of the Living God Multi Purpose Facility in Caseyville Illinois. (The old drive in theatre). Tickets are $12; $15 DOOR. For more info, contact Tawanda Story at 618.509.2482
Grammy winning rocker Bryan Adams will perform Dec. 7 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center as part of his the Bare Bones Tour.This will be an acoustic performance.\
Pre-Holiday Jazz Explosion with Najee and special guests, Dec. 11 at the Ambassador. Get tickets at MetroTix outlets, www.metrotix.com, 314-534-1111, and at the box office
8th annual Platinum Christmas PartyPlatinum is more Valuable than GoldSaturday, December 12, 2009 at 7:30pm8344 N. Broadway St. Louis, Mo 63147
THE LADIES OF D.I.V.A(Developing,Inspiring,Victorious,Achievers)presents the"1st Annual Toy & Can Good Drive"COME OUT AND MINGLE WITH THE LADIES OF D.I.V.A WHILE SUPPORTING A GREAT CAUSE!!DOORS OPEN @ 7p..Janae's West 7555 Olive Blvd
Admission $5 at the door$3 w/toy or can goodsFREE FOOD!!!GREAT DRINKS!!and SUPPORTING A WONDERFUL CAUSEMAKES A PERFECT COMBINATION!!For more information contact Meka Wilson @ 314.532.0803
Don't Be Tardy For The Party"
Saturday, December 12
Janae's West 7555 Olive
Come out FB Family and Friends to celebrate Natasha Atkins & Sharonda Jenkins Birthday Party!!!Time: 8:00pm to 1:30amGrown and Sexy,, Absoultely No THUGS, No Tennis and No Sports Gear Please!!!!
Country star Wynonna Judd will perform Dec. 13 at Rickman Auditorium in a concert titled “A Classic Christmas.”
Good Hair" Industry Dance Party - $10.00 Admission$750,000,000 per month is being spent. Come Party & Network with the Industry PlayersSunday, December 13, 20097:00pm - 11:30pmAmbassador Entertainment Center9800 Halls Ferry Road
Legendary country band Charlie Daniels Band will perform Dec. 17 with A Charlie Daniels Band Christmas at the Family Arena.
SPP PRODUCTIONS Presents: Christmas Special/Fashion Show!
Sunday, December 20
Holiday INN Convention CTR. (Ballroom) 811, 9th street, stl mo
Come on out support, and get to see an exciting fashion show, featuring all high fashion models from the Midwest and East coast. Free food, and cash bar as well. tickets are starting at $15 at advance, and $20 at the door! Doors open at 6pm. For ticket info call; 314-588-8518 i hope to see everyone there!!
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