Wednesday, May 19, 2010

OUT 830--ILLI MO BITZ

HELLO OUTTOWNERS!

ITS THURSDAY

TIME TO GET TOWNED!
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
OUTTOWN would like to congratulate St. Louis native filmmaker Michael Larnell for the theater distribution of his first feature film, IT SOOTHES THE SOUL. He is bringing his independent film to the Tivoli here in ST. Louis and has teamed up with OUTTOWN for a ticket giveaway to his film. For more info, scroll down to MA'AT BITZ for more info on how to get some comps to this poignant film.




Prayers go out to those who have been striuck my the world's problems and disasters.


THE BIG ILLIMO BITZ STORY going on this week is:

Prospect, Illinois native Lee DeWyze and competitor Crystal Bowersox moved up in the final round being voted in the Top 2 Tuesday for the Americna Idol results show as 47 million votes were reportedly called in for the Top 2. Last week, the judges hinted on DeWyze’s chances of winning the competition.. Next Tuesday there will be a two part Idol fianle when Dewyze comepte swith Bowersox for the vote for the American Idol and being the winner in the final decision on next Wednesday.
We are banking that DeWyze will win it, but , then again, folks said the same thing with last year's runner up Adam Lambert and look what happened (Kris Allen won). But either way it goes, DeWyze will have a big career going. Oh and did you know he released two independent CDs already prior to Idol? Yeah, so hey, he isnt a virgin when it come sto the biz.

Oh, and we are sooooo late on DeWyze’s residence and him being fom the ILLMO area. In case you were wondering, his hometown, Prospect, Illinois is a near the outskirts of Chicago.
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Speaking of Chicago talent and Idol, singer/actress, Jennifer Hudson, is just that close to jumping the broom with former reality show star and current WWE wrestler David Otunga. In a recent interview with E! news, Jennifer Hudson let the news slip that everything for the wedding is already set and she's just waiting for the big day to come.
"It’s coming up," Hudson told E! News while attending the Cannes Film Festival last weekend.

"Everything’s all ready to go."

But that was about all the new slim singer/actress gave the press as she was reportedly being very coy with her mannerisms about the subject.









The blockbuster movie, "Iron Man 2" remained at the No. 1 spot for the second week at the Box Office last weekeend raking in $52 million and totalling $211 million since its opening. The film stars Kansas City, Mo native , Acadamy Award nominated actor Don Cheadle.




This week , Missouri lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would rename the "Mark McGwire Highway" in St. Louis for the Missouri author Mark Twain, The Associated Press reported.



Gov. Jay Nixon has to sign the legislation in order for it to become law.In 1999, Missouri named part of Interstate 70 in St. Louis for McGwire, the Cardinals current hitting coach, a year after he hit 70 home runs.


According to The AP, the push to remove the slugger's name from the highway had been considered for several years, but increased when he admitted to using steroids as a player.


From reports, the sign will be changed to for St. Louis raised humorist and author Mark Twain. Now we just need a bill drafted in State Congress to change the name it is changing it to. LOL How about Cornell Nelly Haynes Highway?














After a couple of false starts, STL native Junior middleweight titlist Cory Spinks(BOTTOM RIGHT) , who has not fought in more than a year, will FINALLY make his mandatory title defense against Cornelius Bundrage (UPPER RIGHT) on June 12.
Spinks will fight in his native St. Louis for the fifth time in his last seven fights when he faces the former star of "The Contender" reality series at the 10,600-seat Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Spinks, the former undisputed welterweight champ and son of former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks, had been scheduled to meet Bundrage on March 26 in Las Vegas on an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card. However, the card was canceled a week before the fight because of promoter Don King's issues with the main event, a vacant cruiserweight title bout between Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey.


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King was able to reschedule Spinks-Bundrage at Chaifetz Arena, which will be hosting a boxing card for the first time since it opened in 2008. No TV plans were announced, but King spokesman Alan Hopper said King is considering offering it on his Web site, http://www.donkingtv.com/
, as he has done with other cards.





And getting back to Chi-town, one of its stars, Grammy Award wiing rapper/producer Kanye West is making newz, not with his music but for his relations. According to MediaTakeOut.com West and his bisexual model girlfriend Amber Rose are spiltting up but Amber is having a bad time dealing with for she's " been calling him DESPERATELY to try and get him back." But the story goes on to say that while she is dealing with the breakup that she may be jumping off with biseuxal reality show star Tila Tequila.
Hmm, that might be the catalyst to get Kanye back--can we say trois? LOL








Word on the streets is that Nelly is tapping into some heavy guest artists for his sixth studio album "5.0" based off the signature Mustang series which will also be featured on the album cover. Several big names have been reported as down with his follow up tothe lackluster "Brass Knuckles" including Akon, Usher , Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx and even Sean “Diddy” Combs”. There was no scheduled date for the release eas of this blogging.








Former Destiny's Child star and Rockford, Illinois native Michelle Williams headed back to her alma mater, West Middle School, last Friday to talk with students to follow their dreams and focus on their goals.


She told the crowd, "I sat where you sat, I walked the same halls that you did... you can do what I do. You can do it better, I'm sure. It's about focusing and having goals, and I knew at a young age that I would be successful. I didn't know to what capacity, but I knew there were certain things I could not do. There were certain mistakes that (could) cost me my life, so I tried not to do those things.
It's about focusing and having goals, and I knew at a young age that I would be successful
"Create that thing around you. Just because you leave somewhere doesn-t necessarily mean it's going to be better. Create that fire that you want. Your focus needs to be on your education. "


Oh, she also forgot that its who you know, Hello???? And her case, Beyonce. LOL






Chi-town native Brian Smith survived another round in the weekly BET gospel reality show competition, "Sunday Best" making the Top 7 . Monikered "The Bowtie," Smith will vie for a national recording contract, a new automobile, a $300,000 prize package benefiting his or her community and the title "Sunday Best."












Chi-town talent dominates this week's ILLIMO BITZ, cuz another Chi-town name, rapper/actor Common will kick off Live on the Levee's free summer outdoors concert near the Archgrounds on July 9. Opening up will be DJ Needles . The Levee series also includes country legend Clint Black, alternative rockers Silversun Pickups and pop singer Sara Bareilles.They'll perform weekends beginning July 9 through the weekend of July 23,


Get more information at
http://www.celebratestlouis.org/.


And speaking of Common, his first leading role in the romantic comedy "Just Wright" with producer Queen Latifah was No. 4 last wekeend at the Box Office raking in $8.2 million.





Three music legends in the funk and hip-hop worlds are coming to the STL on its stages:




Funk legend George Clinton is headlining Chaifetz Arena’s Super Music Fest on August 28. Also on the bill are Cameo, Ohio Players and Zapp. Tickets are on sale now.















Rap legend and actor Ice Cube was added to the Alice in Chains concert tour this week that stops at the Scott Trade Center on Oct, 1. Tickets go on sale this weekend.
















The 20th Anniversary House Party Concert Tour featuring Kid ‘n Play, will take place at the Chaifetz Arena July 2. Also on the bill are Montell Jordan Full Force, MC Lyte and Force M.D.’s .











90s R&B group Dru Hill turned it out last Friday at Majic 104.9’s Music Series at The Venue. Although lead singer Sisqo could have easily outshone the group, he gave each member of the group its moment on the spotlight. There was no “Thong Song” performed, but Sisqo did have a solo moment doing a King of Pop dance tribute by doing the “Billie Jean" routine from “Motown 25” (SEE PICS and RECAP at OUT 829)











Basketabll legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar was in the STL also last weekend to hosgt the Barnes Jewsih Hopspital ‘s annual gala at the Cahse Park Plaza. We hear that he was friendly and took pics and all but did not speak to the press (Hmm, guess he didnt wanna ask questions about dating actress Pam Grier in the 70s and how he wanted to change her into a Muslim according to her recent autobiography. LOL) . Earler on the day that he was to host at the gama, he visted pateiendts at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Abdul-Jabbar has been fighting his own battle with cancer. He announced in November 2009 that he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.



















Terrence and Rosci of BET’s 106 and Park spent last Saturday at two different events. Early in the day, they particpated in East ST. Louis Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee’s "Stop The Violence Youth Rally at her namesake center in East St. Louis. We hear that the duo had to make a mad dash to and from the podium to speak to the youth because of the youngsters trying to get at them with autographs and frenzied screams. Later on that day, they hosted and judged the Ear Candy Video Vixen Model Search Competition at The Venue and from what Facebook source said the duo would have given the STL a bad name for the type of outfits the sistas were wearing up in there showing things that should have been covered.
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Smooth jazz artist Boney James will be at bottleneck Blues Bar in the Ameristar Casino July 8.
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Two award winning ladies of song were in town over the past week.





Tony Award winning actress LaChanze was in town Wednesday to sign and discuss her picture book “Little Diva” at te Julia Branch Branch Library








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Veteran Grammy Award winning Pop singer legend Dionne Warwick was in town May 15 for a benefit for the St. Luke’s Hospital Robert Paine, MD Heart Institute.


















STL rock legend Chuck Berry will perform at 9 p.m. June 16 at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. An opening act will be announced.
The show is general admission, with very limited seating.
Tickets are $30, on sale at 5 p.m. Friday at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and at the venue.






There’s no service charge on ticket sales the first week of sales, beginning this weekend, for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers concert July 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater





Blues man Jimmie Vaughan will perform June 18 at Beale on Broadway












Ronald Isley w/ Teena Marie concert has been cancelled. The concert was scheduled at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis June 5













Actress Elise Neal was a no show at the relaunch of Sutra Saturdays at Karma last Saturday. The event also closed down much earlier than its closing time. As of blog time, there were no explanation given as to why Neal did not show up and why the club was closed up early. All that we got from a source was the crowd turnout was bit light, and conventional wisdom with celebs who come to an event , if the house is not packed, they don't show up. So, who knows if that was the case this go round.






Three ILLIMO stars are coming to the Lou to be featured in local productions.








First Chi-town native and R&B singer Dave Hollister is starring in the STL based stageplay," Fight for Amazing Love" that will be staged in June at the Ambassador (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)




















St. Louis comedian Guy Torry has been added to the May 29 Maxwell/Jill Scott concert at Scottrade Center.











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St. Louis native and America's Next Top Model finalist Gabrielle Michelle will be a judge in the upcoming Mista Couture Charity Style Contest June 19 at Harry's Bar and Restaurant (SEE MA'AT BITZ BELOW)













Two everyday people in the STL area made and will make appearances on national TV shows.
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St. Louis native Michael Cutts, made an appearance on the game show “The Price is Right” on Tuesday. Does anyone know how well he did? Did he go to the Showcase Round or did he get Three Strikes? LOL ?




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Tom Hadfield, a third grade teacher at Reed Elementary in the Ladue School District, will appear Friday on “Live With Regis and Kelly” (9 a.m. on Channel 11), with a chance to be voted America’s top teacher. Hadfield is one of the five finalists who were invited to New York to be on the show.









Riverfront Times' Music Showcase Poll nominations were compiled recently in the namesake's weekly newspaper and the big nominees were rapper Rockwell Knuckles and singer Teresajenee (PICTURED) with two nods. Here are some of the nominees in some of the cateogoriues listed:

Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Solo Artist)
Lamar Harris, Aloha, Bradd Young, Teresajenee

Best Funk/Soul/R&B (Group) **

ProjectFunky, Butt Brass Band, Natural Selectio, nThe Soul Alliance featuring CoCo Soul


Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Solo) **

OwlMurphy LeeJokaPrince EaVandalyzmTef PoeNato CaliphRockwell Knuckles



Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist (Group or Collective)


The Force,Earthworms,Scripts 'N Screwz,Frozen Food Section,Midwest Avengers



Best Hip-Hop DJ
DJ Sno,DJ Reminise,DJ Needle,sDJ Charlie Cha,nDJ Mahf,DJ Sinamin

Best Jazz Artist
Dave Stone,Hamiet Bluiett,Willie Akins,Jeanne Trevor







One of several categories have well over eight to 10 nominees. one in particular is in the Best New Artist category, there's eight choices they represent all styles of music: The Union Electric,Sleepy Kitty,Everything Went Black,Flaming Death Trap,Yung Ro (PICTURED) The Great Outdoors, Popular Mechanics, Tilts






Another big category is Best Local Album with a total 12 nominees. They are:
:Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Riverboat Soul (Hearth Music)
So Many Dynamos, The Loud Wars (Vagrant)
Theodore, Hold You Like a Lover (Moon Jaw)
Bunnygrunt, Matt Harnish & Other Delights (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
Bottle Rockets, Lean Forward (Bloodshot)
Rockwell Knuckles, Choose Your Own Adventure (self-released)
Son Volt, American Central Dust (Rounder)
Jumbling Towers, Kanetown City Rips (self-released)
The Trip Daddys, Roll On! (Daddytime Records)
Grace Basement, Gunmetal Gray (Undertow)
Magnolia Summer, The Current Moves EP/The Slip That Leads Into the Fall EP (Undertow)Phaseone, Thanks But No Thanks (self-released)


The RFT MUsic Showcase of some of the nominees will take place June 5 on Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis.

To see the other nominees and to choose your choices go to
http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/atoz/2007/05/rft_music_showcase_schedule.php
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Several STL women are doing theri thing in and out of the STL


Mrs. St. Louis and fashion stylist Ola Hawatmeh was featured on the Best of the STL TV show that aired live on Wednesday on STL -TV (check local listings for repeat showings) talking about her new swimsuit line that she will launch in NYC June 4 at the Empire State. The episode will be broadcast this Saturday at 6p.m on ABC 30.














The B Sides presents:Co Co Soul Live! at Lola, Wednesday, May 26th, 2010Showtime: 8pm to 11pm$5.00 CoverLola500 N. 14th st. & LocustSt. Louis, Mo
www.myspace.com/cocosoulmusic










Comedian and talk show host
CeCe Lovechild Caldwell will broadcast her last show on 89.5 FM this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8p.m.
Her guests include rapper Rucka Rucka Puff, singer/musician
Bradd Young, and poet Aireez Darychuss.








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Female impersonator Vicki Valentino will be on the cabaret stage not only performing but also hosting at two different events, one ongoing and one annually. The monthly La Cage STL debuted at the Old Rock House on Wednesday, featuring a who's who of St. Louis' female impersonators. The event is hosted by Vicki Valentino. The impersonators will include veterans Valentino, Alexis Principle and Regina Aigner, and newcomers Jaida Kiss Steele and Tiffany Hunter. Then in June, Valentino will perform at the Fourth Annual London’s Legends Ball 4 Ravsihing in Red at Plush (formerly Blackmon;s Plaza) June 5 with Camille Simpson and Kitty Litter, For more info go to 618. 797.8752


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Metromix is looking for St. Louis' best bands, singer/songwriters, rappers, solo acts, ANYONE who makes music for our first ever 'Hot 5' contest. The entertainment website put a call out for musicians earlier this month, and got nearly 20 entries. The 20 artists selected has a photo of and an mp3 of their original music. To choose which artist to vote for, Metromix wants you to give each act a listen, then vote for your favorites. Metromix will announce the top 10 acts on May 24, then announce the 'Hot Five' on June 1. The 'Hot Five' will perform in the first-ever 'Hot Five Showcase' at The FoxHole at
Atomic Cowboy on June 11, and the winner will be chosen that night. The top band will receive a recording session at Phat Buddha Productions.
Some of the nominees are Curti, Brisk, Lily Papas, Dj Kaine, EnQue Miobley and Nicole Dawn
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STL native rapper GOTTA BE KARIM is temporarily returning from ATL to celebrate the release of his Do For Self CD at the Gramophone MAy 21 and will feature performances from Family Affair, Vandalyzm, Black Spade and Sean Falyon! Doors open at 9, and ladies are free till 10:30.
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SWAU presents Mahogany Dust coming to STL May 23rd....A night to remember....Bar Italia on 13 Maryland Plaza in the CWE. Hosted by X Bglu Rayne and Blackstone 8 op.m. $3 to spit $5 Cover,
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R&B singer/musician Bradd Young is continuing with the steady climb gettin his name popularized. There's a promo of his recent video shoot that is up on Facebook. To peep it go to
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=104718492907080&ref=mf And this Saturday he will be on C.C. Caldwell's radio show (SEE ABOVE)

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The Next Taping Of Swagga presents The Jon-Erickque Show is THIS SUNDAY MAY 23RD Survior Sity 1956 North Broadway, Free to Attend Doors open at 2pm show starts at or around 2:45 to 3pm Guest on this show will be
Vega of Rock House Ent Shannon Doubleoseven Bonds Mark Bland Bar Talk with Bell Darris of forever fly MZ. BYRD and other special invited guest


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Every Wednesday Extropy Enterprises present Plush Wednesdays at 609 in the Delmar Loop with dee-jays :Sinamin + Stan Da Man + Sircuz + Jinxx / FREE admission
http://www.609u.com/
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SWAU presents Mahogany Dust coming to STL May 23rd....A night to remember....Bar Italia on 13 Maryland Plaza in the CWE. Hosted by X Bglu Rayne and Blackstone 8 op.m. $3 to spit $5 Cover,


Has Tossin Ted lost the loss of weight challenge? Seems like it. The popular veteran dee-jay sent out a challenge on his Facebook page for his fans to join him in his struggles to lose weight
Well, this week , that event had been cancelled. Hmmm, what's really going on? Is the challenge cancelled cuz Tossin just said F it and got back to the grubbin?





Two popular movers and shakers in the STL area are throwing parties for themsleves. One public and one private.


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Loosecannon promoter and Karma co-owner Wells Fargo Slim is putting on an all-WHITE B-DAY BASH FRI MAY 21ST @ KARMA (SEE MOCHA's CORNER BELOW). On a side note, Slim got on Facebook and blasted whoever was the rachet person who wanted Slim to buy an outfit for them to wear at his party. LOL







The other b-day gent is Close to Famous Wayne "Tricky" Haley who's having a private party at Slim;s Karma Nightclub's Sky Room the following nite on Saturday night. Guess its not so public now , but yawl still nee dto be invited. LOL






And speaking of Karma a third time, last Friday , Loosecannon's had its swimsuit competition at Karma during a special edition of Friday Night Fixx where the grand prize was $1,500 dollars. Well, the winner was socialite/model Shena J.










The Who is Ol Boi Tour is coming up. The LOCATIONS FOR THE OPEN MIC CLUB TOURare as FOLLOWS: JUNE 21 MON ESCALADES BAR N GRILL
JUNE 23 WED CLUB FLAVA
JUNE 24 THUR T-BILLY'S BUFFET
JUNE 25 FRI QUEEN OF SHEEBA JUNE
26 SAT PROMO NIGHT @ THE LOFT
COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE REBELLION, MORE THAN A MOVEMENT!!!!

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Lastly, we heard on KMOX that the restaurant Copia located on 11th and Washington in St. Louis downtown is about to open in another month after being closed for two years after an ex-employee burned down the establishment in 2008.














Other BDAZE: Radio perosonality Tammie Holland (PICTURED RIGHT) veteran dee-jay Doc Love, comic Jay Lee (PICTURED LEFT) , former St. Louis American reporter Bill Beene, poet Stephanie Williams, spoken word artist Treasure Williams, and model/life coach Maurice Dunlap








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photo by Carl Helenkamp




At the top of this posting, I gave a shout out to STL natve filmmaker Michael Larnell and his film "IT SOOTHES THE SOUL" Well, OUTTOWN is collaborating with Larnell on a ticket giveaway to the STL premiere of his film that will be shown at Tivoli Theatre in the Delmar loop Thurs June 3 at 7pm & Sun June 6 at 7pm. Well Larnell is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to either show and all you have to do is answer three questions.
What questions you say? Well first, you must go to his trailer, watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rawjvcy87w4
Then answer the questions listed below:
1.What kind of alcohol bottle that Alonzo holds during one of his menegetrois?
2.What kind of food does Alonzo eats while he's talking to his mother at the table?
3.Who does Alonzo's mother say that he reminds her of?
If you are the first THREE to email me at maat.atkins@gmail.com with the correct answers, I will reply to your email and give your name to Larnell who will put you on his list for free entry to his film


It Soothes My Soul is written and directed by Michael Larnell starring: Richard Reed, Michelle Shelton-Huff, Yasmin Gorleku, Eric Walker, Music Supervision by Albert "LA" Smith
Synopsis
Alonzo Williams (Richard Reed) LOVES to sleep with many women. He never turns down the opportunity. According to Alonzo, sex makes him feel good, its a stress reliever, “It Soothes His Soul”. He dates two women at his job. Bridget (Yasmin Gorleku) is a woman he falls in love with and Maxine (Michelle Shelton-Huff) is a woman he “falls out” with. Uncle Leroy (Jerome Davis) gives him knowledge and his mom Vanessa (Kathleen Walker) tells the truth. By the time Alonzo decides to settle down and be a one woman man, its to late.
Tickets for the screening can be purchased at www.circa1978.net
or at theater (on day of screening)
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THe MISTA COUTURE team is seeking all gents with swagger and style for its FINAL AUDITION that will take place at Harry's Restaurant and Bar, 2144 Market Street, from noon to 4 p.m. Please bring a pic and brief bio to qualify for one of the 12 spots in the finals and your chances of winning the ultimate prize--a $2,000 makeover/grooming package at the show at Harry's Restaurant on June 19. Oh, dont forget to dress in your style! Email
manfashionshow@yahoo.com or call 618.719.3160 for more info.

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Ma'atology and Makeover for a Cause present the 2nd Annual MISTA COUTURE STYLE CONTEST where 10 gents compete for MR COUTURE--who got style and swagga--and the grand prize of a $2000 grooming package! Hosted by Mrs. St. Louis Ola Hawatmeh(A celebrity co-host will be announced at a later date) MR COUTURE representative former ISU football star Seasmir Yearby (PICTURED) will return to to relinquish the title and it was confirmed that STL native and America's Next Top Model finalist Gabrielle Michelle (PICTURED) will be one of the judges. VIP Reception at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. For more info and ticket info call 314.456.3936 or 314.686.1790


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IN THE MIA FILE. Where is businessman/socialite Mike Roberts, Jr.?


















BLIND PICZ. Who's hand was this waving in the air at the Dru Hill concert last Fridaty at The Venue?







BLIND BITZ. Late last year, an STL promotions team had a "special day in the month" party and it ended by one of the team members coming to blows with an assistant with the event. What special day was this party? Who were the promoters that had the party and who's member came to blows with an assistant? (HINT. The special day is after July and before December and the following day after this celebration, the vegans celebrate. The team's name " mirrors" their events and the head members of the promotion team's first names start with the same letter.)


PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which promoters/socialites got it in this week? Promoters Mocha Latte and promoter/comedian Maurice G and club owner/promoter/actor Wells Fargo Slim





Mocha Latte. Surprised? Of course not. This delightful promotion superstar was last seen at a friends b-day party at Red Hott Thursdays at Lure, will get it in as always as the house hypeperson at Karma Nightclub every Friday (Friday Night Fixx) and Saturday (Sutra Saturdays). You can also see her penning her words to a column in the weekly Evening Whirl on Mondays (or every other). And from what we hear, she is prepping to relaunch popular open mic event Got Lyrics. The venue is set, but we cannot disclose the location until the Queen does.









Maurice G. In between his weekly rehearsal schedule as one of the actors in the upcoming STL stageplay "Fight for Amazing Love" that will be staged at the Ambassadfor (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) the handsome comedian is still is continuing his promoting comedy on a monthly basis with his Fun E Katz promotions team. This Saturday, he is presenting the popular STL VS. events where STL comcs battle comics from different cities. On Saturday its STL VS Kansas City (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) at the same stage and venue where G will morph as an actor next month.










Wells Fargo Slim. This swagged out brotha keeps it going every wekeend at his spot Karma Nightclub (even though actress Elise Neal wa a no show last Saturday , Slim made up for it the previous night when he put it down with the swimsuit contest at his venue then jetted to the East Side for the Plies concert at Plush where he helped to romote). This Frdiay, he is having an all-white birthday party at Karma and of course, Saturday holding it down(or trying to keep it going at least) Sutra Staurdays.





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R&B hybrid group Juanita Place will perform at Cicero;’s May 20 $7 gets you in the door and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.


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Free komedy show at the Mansion in downtown East St. Louis this Thursday at 9!!!

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HOPE COUTURE VINTAGE FASHION SHOW BENEFITING BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE OF ST. LOUIS Thursday - May 20, 2010 - 7pm-9pm , CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
3750 Washington Blvd - 63108 @ Spring Street -
Cocktail Social -Performance by Afriky Lolo ­- Runway Show -
Silent Auction

You are invited to the Hope Couture Vintage Fashion Show. The event will feature a runway show of clothing from St. Louis Vintage boutiques that is mixed with current fashion trends. There will be a silent auction at the end of the night. All the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis. -
http://www.boyshopegirlshopestl.org/


Ticket Prices: $75 - VIP seating, hors d'oeuvres, 2 drink tickets and gift bag $50 - VIP seating, hors d'oeuvres, 1 drink tickets and gift bag $25 - General Admission (standing room only) To reserve your tickets go to http://bit.ly/cw2UP
or contact Jan Wacker at jwacker@bhgh.org
- 314-692-7477 ext 26


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THE COTTON CLUB REVUE presented by Unity Theatre Ensemble May 20-23 at The Ivory Theatre, 7622 Michigan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63111 Thurs., Fri l 7:30pm / Sat and Sun 3pm 314.355.3586 for more info.

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STRESS FREE FRIDAYS Friday, May 21, 2010 at 5:00pm
Janae's West, 7555 Olive Boulevard
University City, MO
enjoy FREE FOOD, drink specials and the Resident DJ will have you dancing all of your stress away...EARLY ARRIVAL IS A MUST...5pm start time!Visit our website:
http://www.stressfreefridays.ning.com/

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St Louis vs Kansas City... The I-70 Comedy showdown!
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Time: 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Location: The Ambassador
Street: 9800 New Halls Ferry Rd

DescriptionIt's another edition of St Louis Vs. This time come watch the best of St Louis battle the best of Kansas City for Comedy supremacy! Who will wear the crown? You decide!
tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Call 314-780-9414 for tickets or more information.


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RUMBLE TIME PROMOTIONS AND CHAMPION PROMOTIONS PRESENTSDANGEROUS DANNIE WILLIAMS FIGHTING FOR THE WBC/USNBC TITLE@ THE AMBASSADOR 9800 HALLS FERRY RD 63136
NIGHT OF THE ELITE LIVE FRIDAY MAY 21ST DOORS OPEN @ 6:30FIRST BELL @ 7:30TICKETS AVAILABLE 314-662-2000, METROTIX.COM


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Promoter Big Tah is up and at em again with the bus trip excursions (last month it was the ATL) when next month his promotions company 3 WAY PROMOTIONS- PRESENTS MEMPHIS IN MAY on May 21. he is seeking a bus load of folk to party with him for 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS HITTING UP THE HOTTEST CLUBS, THE MALLS- THE RESTAURANTS- LANDMARKS, ETC.
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Eye on the Sparrow, Gitana Productions, Saint Louis University May 21 through June 6
Saint Louis University The University Theater at Xavier Hall3733 West Pine Mall Fridays & Saturdays 8:00PM, Sundays 2:30PM
For reservations or special group rates call 314-721-6556 or email us at
gitana@stlouis.missouri.org
Tickets available at the following locations:Cafe Natasha - 3200 S. Grand (South City) Screenz - 6680 Delmar (U-City Loop)Macro Sun - 1310 Washington (Downtown) or 6273 Delmar (U-City Loop) Living Insights Center - 6361 Clayton Rd. (Clayton)Regular Tickets $15 Seniors (65+) and Students $1
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8th Annual Celebration ~ MARY MEACHUM FREEDOM CROSSING Sat. May 22, 11am-3pm, Info: 314.602.4808 or 314.865.070‏

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S.L.I.M. ALL WHITE BDAY BASH FRI MAY 21ST S.L.I.M. ALL WHITE BDAY BASH FRI MAY 21ST @ KARMA FREE TILL 12 6469917 REE TILL 12
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Mocha hosts Sutra Saturdays at Karma.
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Miocha supoprts local artist Brisk in the Meteromix contest

With a versatile combination of lyrical prowess and a powerful delivery, Brisk successfully blends a traditional hip-hop mentality and flow with soulful insight into himself and his community. More than just a musician, Brisk seeks to be a voice for that community and hopes his music can be a tool for change and progress. However, he doesn’t forget to have some fun along the way. His high energy performances and lyrical content bridge genres and appeal to fans of all ages.


Vote for him at Meteromix.com
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IF YOU WANT TO DONATE CLOTHES TO HAITI , HOLLA AT MOCHA!\

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NEW: Cool Summer Job!! Missouri needs 1000 "Outdoor Ambassdors" ages 17-24 pay is 7.25, thru Sept 30th 2010. Eligible for up to 240 hrs. Call 1800-592-6020 or send an email to
thinkoutside@ded.mo.gov

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Check out Mocha Latte’s weekly column COFFEE TALK every Monday in theEvening Whirl . For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917 or
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A.D>'s SPOT


Rhythm & Words Wednesdays
2nd & 4th Wed every month
Meshon's Bar & Grill
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Time:
8:30pm - 10:30pm
$5 cover Big Moe's 1072 Tower Grove St.
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Word Therapy @ Club Paradise : Open Mic
Final Friday of the month $5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free
812 Martin Luther King Dr, East St. Louis, IL
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Vote for A.D. at this years Poetry Awards in June at SOUl U's website!

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Art by Yasmina Reza May 5 - May 23, 2010 Art concerns the cataclysmic effect on three friends,Serge, Marc,and Yvan, when Serge purchases and expensive work of abstract art-a large painting consisting of white lines on a white canvas. Asthe three men engage in an ongoing debate over the value of thepainting, emotions run high and the conflict escalates to the pointof nearly destroying a long-standing friendship.
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The Me Nobody Knows, Music by Gary William Friedman, Lyrics by Will Holt June 2 - July 2, 2010 A compelling musical based on the anthologized writings of more than200 inner city youth collected by school teacher Stephen M.Joseph. At odds with a squalid setting and a cynical,materialistic view of the world, themes of hope and renewal emerged. For more information on any of these upcoming events contactThe BlackRep Box Office at (314) 534-3807.+
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FASHION FR8 MEMORIAL DAY FASHION SHOW This event will take place May 23, 2010 from 4:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum 1315 Chestnut St. St. Louis MO 63103. This is a family friendly event. Admission is $10, Vendor booths are available. Please contact Fashion Fr8 at 314- 621-1253 or visit
http://www.fashionfr8.com/
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STL native singer Lynne Fiddmont of the group Lynsey, is coming home to perform The Sheldon Concert Hall May 23 to promote her latest CD, "Lady" A Tribute to Billie Holiday. The event will take place at 4 p.m. For ticket info goto
http://lynnefiddmont-efbevent.eventbrite.com/


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Missouri History Museum’s Twilight Tuesdays music series 6:30 p.m. The concerts are free. Here’s who else is performing: May 25, Sinatra Songbook featuring the Steve Schankman Orchestra – June 1, Faith Celebration Choir – June 8, PowerPlay Band The concerts are presented on the front lawn, which is also where the Make-and-Take Activities area is located beginning at 6 p.m. Get more information at
http://www.mohistory.org/
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Legendary guitarist Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers band will perform, May 26 at the Pageant.


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Wine Tasting Thursday, May 27, 2010
5:00pm - 8:00pm
1415 South 18th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104

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Sex and the City II Release Party May 28, 2010 Café Eau & Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End ALIVE Magazine and the Spirit of Women St. Luke's Hospital present the exclusive Sex and the City II Release Party hosted by ALIVE Fashion Editor Jill Manoff. Carrie On with live music, complimentary cocktails from 360 Vodka and vitaminwater zero, a fashion experience by Blush Boutique, Brown Shoe Company and A True Spa. A portion of the proceeds will go to Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club. Release party starts at 6pm and ends at midnight. Go to http://www.alivemag.com/ for ticket and more info.
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Juvenile will perform May 28, AT hoME nIGHTCLUB, with Jay-E spinning.
Get more information at
www.myspace.com/homenightclub.









Controversial heavy metal-hip hop group Insane Clown Posse and rap star Coolio will headline Pop’s Summer Concert May 28 in Sauget, Ill. Also on the bill are KMK, Kittie, Necro, and JCW Wrestling.
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Rib America Festival at Soldier’s Memorial Plaza a May 28-31.



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Homecoming exhibition opening at RAC on Friday, May 28 from 5:30-8 p.m.

EXHIBITION NAME:
Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry by Regional Natives

Homecoming presents the work of four artists active in the artistic traditions of Fluxus, Intermedia and publication who each have ties to St. Louis. They are part of the "Eternal Network," an underground affiliation of artists, poets and anti-artists who deal with text, image, sound, object and performance. The exhibition promises to both challenge viewers and encourage their interaction. Featuring works by John M. Bennett, Keith A. Buchholz, Larry Miller and Cecil Touchon. Curated by Keith A. Buchholz.
DATES & TIMES:
Running May 28 to July 11, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, May 28, 5:30-8 p.m.
Performances start at 7 p.m.
(free and open to the public)

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception: 5:30 p.m. Talk: 6 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

EXHIBITION LOCATION:
The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission6128 Delmar Boulevard on The LoopSt. Louis, MO 63112(Free parking in the lot behind The Pageant; metered street parking

St. Matthews Lodge presents an "Evening of Jazz & Poetry" Featuring The Bosman Twins Saturday, May 29, 2010 7:00pm -Missouri History Museum - Lee Auditorium 5700 Lindell Blvd



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2010 S.L.U.M FEST ( St. Louis Underground Music Festival ) Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 2:00pm The ATOMIC COWBOY 4140 Manchester Ave. Over 50 of the hottest Hip Hop EMCEES in STL. Over 15-20 of the hottest Hip Hop DJ's in STL>
A producer's BEAT BATTLE>6 of the area's hottest B-Boys/B-Girls crews going TOE to TOE in a battle/showcase>

A EMCEE FREESTYLE Contest >Live Art Displays >Hip Hop Fashion displays>Graffiti Artists?????Well, you would get probably the biggest HIP HOP festival to ever hit ST. LOUIS ...IT"S GOING DOWN!!!!!Saturday May 29, 2010....The 2010 S.L.U.M FEST ( St. Louis Underground Music Festival )..We have brought together some of the hottest hip hop artists/groups in St. Louis under one banner to celebrate and showcase this thing we call HIP HOP..



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THE COMMITTEE @ it again!! WE BEAMIN' SHADES & SUNDRESSES
Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 9:00pm
CLUB 15
1900 Locust Street
City/Town:
Saint Louis, MO
"THE COMMITTEE"presents:WE BEAMIN' SHADES & SUNDRESSESMEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND"OFFICIALLY THE SEXIEST CONCERT AFTERSET PARTY" SATURDAYMAY 29, 2010@ CLUB 15
1900 LOCUST STREET
ST. LOUIS, MO"

THE COMMITTEE" @ IT AGAIN!!IF YOU MISSED THE BIGGEST LAUNCHPARTY OF THE YEAR!!WELL!! WE BACK!! WITH ANOTHER ONE FOR YOU!!LADIES **FREE**FREE**FREE** WITH SUNDRESSES ON TIL 11pmAND LIKE BEFORE, (WE HAVE THE BEST V.I.P) IN TOWN!!
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The 19th Annual Saint Louis African Arts Festival - World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park • Memorial Day Weekend - Sat. May 29, Sun. May 30, Mon. May 31, 2010 • This event is FREE and Open to the Public • For more info go to:
http://www.stlafricanartsfest.org/



Maxwell and Jill Scott will perform May 29 at Scottrade Center


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ALIVE Hot List 2010 Launch Party May 30, 2010 The Pepper Lounge (2005 Locust St) For the fourth year in a row, ALIVE is rolling out the red carpet for our 2010 Hot List winners. Mingle and mix with more than 800 trendsetters as we toast the area's most popular establishments. Expericence the best of St. Louis dining, nightlife, shopping, entertainment and more at the launch event for our Hot List “Best of St. Louis” issue. 7 pm - 9 pm Private VIP Reception, 9pm - 3am Doors open. Enjoy Miller Lite & Pearl Vodka drink specials all night long. RSVP to
HotListRSVP@alivemag.com


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The Memorial Day Old School Jam with SOS Band and Midnight Star is May 30 at the Ambassador
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Stuntman presents Memorial Day Weekend STL v ESTL Car and Bike Show Explosion, Imperial Palace, 2143 North Grand, Sunday, May 30 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Car entry fee $20; Bike entry $15 . Hosted by Young Dip.

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EGO II (All White Affair) Ladies Drink Free All Night MPac & Liquid Assets
Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 9:00pm
Lure Nightclub
1204 Washington
Ego II (all White Affair) Ladies Drink Free All Night LongSunday May 30Mpac the company that brought you Eye CandyandLiquid Assets the Company that launched Red Hott Thursdays and Notice MeInvite you to the All White affairLadies wearing all White Drink Free all Night LongFellas its Liquid Assets and Mpac so you know the Ladies will be in the buildingThis will be the Ultimate Pre-Memorial Day CelebrationFor Bottle Service, VIP, and birthdays call (314)480-2912
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Do You Social Fashion Show at Europe Club May 30
Go to
http://www.doyousocial.com/

for more details



SYGU. TEESE PARTY kicks it off. SUNDAY MAY 30th, 2010, THE PAGEANT6161 DELMAR SAINT LOUIS MO9am-2amMust be 21 or Older to attendSoundtrack provided byDJ ReminiseDJ Stan Da ManDJ DeceptionDJ Charlie Chan Soprano GRAPHIC TEE's a MUST (but not musty - please) - you already know what happens if you don't show up dressed right...(one word starts with "t" and it rhymes with "ax").So get to shopping! Get Creative! ! PATCHES CLOTHING - and get those custom tees (wearing the same Tee as somebody else = a no no)!This year promises to be the BIGGEST TEESE EVER! +
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Radio One personality Michael Baisden will be in St. Louis next month as part of his One Million Mentor Tour. He will be in the Lou, Wednesday, June 2ndat Harris-Stowe State University Dr Henry Givens Jr., Administration Building. Starting at 6 p.m. located at 3026 Laclede. For more info goto
http://www.onemillionmentors.com/




Kappa Summer Kick-Off Klassic--June 2 thru June 6Gospelfest, Thursday, June 3 at Friendly Temple featuring Marvin Sapp

White Party, Thursday, June 3 at Lumen

Komedy Show, Friday, June 4 at the Ambassador featuring Nephew Tommy

After Party, Friday, June 4 at the Ambassador

Kappa/All Greek Picnic, Saturday, June 5 at Forest ParkKrimson & Kream Ball,

Saturday, June 5 at Renaissance Grand HotelMusic by DJ Kut



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B Free Paparazzi will celebrate its second year anniversary. To celebatre it will have another edition of SIMPLE PLEASURES 4, Friday, June 4, 2010 at 7:00p.m at Lola's located on 500 N. 14th Street in downtown ST. Louis and where everybody's VIP.

The rescheduled concert of FRANKIE VALLI& THE FOUR SEASONS will be Friday, June 4 at The Fox Theatre.. All tickets purchased for the original date of February 27 will be honored for the new date of June 4.





The Ambassador will have its 1st Anniversary Celebration with Chico DeBarge, June 4, in the Klymaxx Room at the Ambassador.








Pop diva Diana Ross will perform June 6 at the Fox


















Pop singer/songwriter Jewel will perform. June 6 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in a solo acoustic performance










Jazz superstar and actor Harry Connick Jr will be at the Fox Theatre June 11













Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will perform at the Chaifetz Arena at 8 p.m. June 11. Babyface is also on the bill.



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Suite 76: DJ 76kiD Birthday Edition, Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 9:00pm, The INSPOT Dessert Bar & Lounge 5854 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO, Food and drink. FREE. ++++++++++++++++++++

















Super Jam 3 takes place June 12 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, with Drake, Gucci Mane , Mario, Young Money, and Waka Flocka Flame. More artists will be announced. R&B female acts Dondria and Teairra Mari (PICTURED BELOW RIGHT) are acts newly added to Super Jam 3,Tickets at
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Old School Explosion with Dana Dane and Kurtis Blow will perform June 19, at the Ambassador




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Party on the Plaza at the Old Post Office Plaza , 815 Locust,wThe free, outdoor concerts are from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.Here’s the rundown:–– June 16, Jim Stevens Group– July 21, UG Project– Aug. 18, Hudson & the HooDoo Cats (August 18)– Sept. 15, GroovethangFor more information, visit
http://www.downtownstl.org/
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Finalists in CinemaSpoke screenplay competition will receive partial readings, one a month from April through August, with the winning script receiving a full reading at the 19th Annual SLIFF, held from Nov. 11-21, 2010.


The REMAINING finalists and the titles of their scripts, with the reading date: June 22: Vinay and Sona Kamat’s “Juggernaut”July 27: Paul Brandon Polaski’s “Mike and the Sinister”

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Aug. 17: David Stiffler’s “The Inheritance”


All readings will be held on a Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Dana Brown Rehearsal Hall/Rialto Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Centene Center for Arts & Education, 3547 Olive St. in Grand Center. The readings are free and open to the public. On each evening, the first 30 pages of a script will be read by actors, with judges offering critiques and the author responding to questions from both the judges and audience members



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STL playwright MICHAEL HARPER'S stageplay, THE FIGHT FOR AMAZING LOVE). the stageplay, as well as the soundtrack , will take place Saturday, June 26 at the Ambassador for two shows for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m Tickets will are on sale now at all Metrotix locations by dialing (314) 534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com as well as The Ambassador Box Office at 9800 Halls Ferry Road . Due to economic restraints the ticket prices have been discounted by Giants Beware Christian Entertainment to $25 VIP Ticketing and $20 General Admission Ticketing.Hey Fam! I hope to see you there!!!!
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Glitz Glamour (A Fashion Extravaganza)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Henry Rollins will perform at 8 p.m. July 1 at the Pageant as part of his Frequent Flyer Tour.




















New wave/pop act B-52s and soul singer John Legend are coming to town to headline Fair St. LouisLegend will perform July 3; B-52s will perform July 4. Both acts will perform on the Budweiser Main Stage.Here’s the 2010 Fair St. Louis schedule:July 310 a.m., 133rd Veiled Prophet Parade12 p.m., Festival and K-Town Kids Zone open3 p.m., Local bands5:30 p.m., Air show (90 minutes)8 p.m., John Legend9 p.m., FireworksJuly 411 a.m., Festival and K-Town Kids Zone open11:30 a.m., Air Show (90 minutes)1 p.m., Family act on the main stage4 p.m., Local bands5:30 p.m., Air show (90 minutes)8 p.m., The B-52s9 p.m., FireworksAll the events are free.More information is at http://www.blogger.com/www.celebratestlouis.org.



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