Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OUT 967--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ--ADDITIONS (Feb 24-March 2)




We continue our salute to BLACK HISTORY MONTH with ILLI MO based artists who made a dent in the arts...This week we highlight...

Legendary musician Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.

Miles Davis was born on May 26, 1926, to an affluent African American family in Alton, Illinois. His father, Dr. Miles Henry Davis, was a dentist. In 1927 the family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois.

By age 16, Davis was a member of the music society and playing professionally when not at school. In 1944, the Billy Eckstine band visited East St. Louis. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker were members of the band, and Davis was brought in on third trumpet for a couple of weeks. In the fall of 1944, following graduation from high school, Davis moved to New York City to study at the Juilliard School of Music(but didn’t graduate).

Davis began playing professionally, performing in several 52nd Street clubs in NYC. A contract with Capitol Records in 1949 granted several recording sessions including the 1956 album, Birth of the Cool, who’s title gave its name to the "cool jazz" movement that developed at the same time and partly shared the musical direction begun by Davis' group.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Davis recorded a series of albums including the soundtrack to the movie Pr\orgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain (1959–1960) and what is widely considered his magnum opus, Kind of Blue.

Davis' influences included late-1960s acid rock and funk artists such as Sly and the Family Stone,James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix,[4] In 1970, he recorded the double LP Bitches Brew, which became a huge seller.

In 1986, he took part in the Artists United Against Apartheid recording, “Sun City” and Davis signed with Warner Brothers and recorded, Tutu (1986), and won him his 4th Gramy Award in 1987(He’s won eight altogether, two posthumously). His last recordings, both released posthumously, were the hip hop-influenced studio album Doo-Bop and Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux, a collaboration with Quincy Jones for the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival in which Davis performed the repertoire from his 1940s and 1950s recordings for the first time in decades. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991 from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65.[4] He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.


Chicago reared rap superstar Kanye West performed with headliner Rihanna at this year’s NBA All Star Game’s halftime show held last Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Dripping in gold chains, a red-clad Kanye West came out for "All of the Lights," which is off his latest album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” In related Ye newz, he quietly dropped his music video for "All of the Lights" -- in which Rihanna is featured in a revealing black top. Hype Williams directed the five-minute strobe lit video that pays homage to French director Gaspar Noe's drug-fuelled psychedelic melodrama "Enter the Void," in which West sings about a father who abuses his daughter's mother and ends up in the slammer. West then jumps on top of a cop car in between scenes of a little girl walking the streets of the city alone. Rihanna sports a black Herve Leger-style top, with thin strips covering her chest as she writhes for the camera. Rapper Kid Cudi then shows up in a bright red jacket for his solo as Kanye West dances on top of police cars. The news catcher is West only announced the video's release, which was filmed last month, about an hour before its debut last Saturday, according to

Chicago rapper Rhymefest received 20 percent of the vote on Tuesday (February 22), giving him enough leverage to face off with incumbent Ald. Willie Cochran in April, reports theChicago Sun-Times

Rhymefest, whose real name is Che Smith ran an unorthodox campaign for City Council who's lived in Chicago for years, vowed to pick up support from three other candidates who did not make the runoff. He had received backing from the city's powerful Chicago Teachers' Union. His platform included bringing green business to the 20th Ward on the city's South Side, which includes some of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago.

Each candidate must win by 50 percent of the vote. Cochran received 46 percent of the vote, making for only a 26 percent gap between the top two candidates.

The April runoff will take place on April 5

He announced last October that he planned to run for Alderman of Chicago's 20th Ward. Five candidates squared off in the 20th Ward election for Alderman.

Oh, and his link to Ye? He won a Best Rap Song Grammy in 2004 for co-writing , “Jesus Walks.” Hmm, wonder if he will use that song for his potential victory win.

Motown Records will be in the spotlight this Thursday at the white House as President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Berry Gordy Jr., Smokey Robinson and more than 120 students for a tribute to the record label that bears the city's nickname.


An East Room concert that evening will feature Robinson, John Legend, Jamie Foxx and several other musicians including Kennett, Mo native Sheryl Crow (PICTURED) playing Motown classics for the first couple and the student group, including 10 metro Detroit high schoolers handpicked by the Motown Historical Museum. The students will also participate in an afternoon workshop hosted by Michelle Obama, to include a question-and-answer session with Gordy and Robinson. Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, will speak about the social and cultural influence of Motown and Detroit music. Produced by the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and timed to Black History Month, the Motown tribute is the latest in a series of music events hosted by the Obama White House. The concert will be taped for airing March 1 on PBS stations.


Although he may not have been the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards, St. Joseph, Mo native Eminem was big in numbers on social networks,. He made the billion views club on YOUTUBE. Eminem is only the third artist to do it, with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber having reached their billion views in October 2010. He also beat Lady Gaga as the most popular living person on Facebook, with more than 28,866,000 fans on the social networking site. Eminem is now next only to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who’s garnered more than 29.1 million Facebook fans, apparently more than any other person (living or not) on Facebook.

VH1′s Emmy-nominated series Behind the Music launches STL bred hip-hop superstar, Nelly. In the upcoming special, Nelly talks about the ups and downs of his decade-long music career, including his relationship with singer Ashanti, who also sat down for an interview. He also publicly addresses for the first time the death of his sister, Jackie, who died in 2005 from Lukemia at the age of 31. EW has an exclusive first look at Nelly discussing the pain he suffered over his sister’s death and how it affected him while he was on the road touring. “Nobody wanted to tell me how severe and how close things had gotten,” he says in the clip. “She wasn’t telling me the truth, and everyone around her that knew wasn’t telling me that, ‘Yo, she’s not gonna make it.’” Nelly recounts how he was the last one to speak to Jackie before she died, and how he went into a tailspin after he heard the news, splitting a door in half and shatter a television screen in rage. “I just broke down, yo, in one of the rare moments I did cry.” He also talks about the ups and downs of his music career.

To see a tidbit of the interview go to


On the tube is the new crime drama series The Chicago Code created by Rockford, Ill native Shawn Ryan . The show,which is filmed in Chicago, stars Chicago natuve Jennifer Beals who plays Lt,. as Teresa Colvin – Chicago's first female police superintendent. The series premiered February 7, and airs Mndays on Fox.

Speaking of new shows, we discovered that the CBS hit show "Mike and Molly" whose setting is in Chicago, has a third cast member from the ILLI MO area: Tony Award winning actress Rondi Reed who's from Roxie, Ill. She plays bittered mother to Mike, Peggy Biggs. The other two cast members from the region are Melissa McCarthy from Plainfield, Ill and St. Louis native Cleo King.

Jefferson , Mo. native and St. Louis raised comedian /actor Cedric The Entertainer presented comedian/actor/singer Jamie Foxx his 2011 BET Honors Award that was originally aired Monday on BET. Other winners included Chicago native, legendary musician and 2011 Grammy winner Herbie Hancock and Ebony /Jet publisher/chairperson Linda Johnson Rice.


ILLIMOIAN contestants Kaisa Pilewicz of Wheaton, Ill. (RIGHT)and Monique Weignart from Hebron, Ill (FAR RIGHT)made it through the first week of the premiere episode of the 16th Cycle of America's Next Top Model. The show airs Wednesdays on the CW.

American Idol fave Oak Forest, Ill. native Chris Medina shockingly didnt adavnce to the Top 24 during part one of Hollywood Rounds 4 on Wednesday. The world fell in love with him when the show told the story of him taking care of his fiance Juliana Ramos who is suffering form a brain malady after a car accident. The elimination caused judge Jennifer Lopez to have an emotional breakdown. (But we get a feeling he will return in a wild card round. )

ADD: Hailey Reinhart of Wheeling, Ill and Tatynisa Wilson of Aurora, Ill. both made the Top 24
as it was revealed Thursday on Part 2 of Hollywodo Round 5.


On this week in Billboard 's Hot 100 chart, the big newz story is the resurgence of Dr Dre's song, "The Doctor" featuring Eminem. It moves up from No. 32 back into the Top 5 at No 4. It debuted three weeks ago at No. 5. Both artists aloong with the othe featured singer Skylar Grey performed the song on the Grammys. ......Katy Perry's single, "E.T" featuring Kanye West as rebounded back on the charts debuting at No. 28 in its 2nd week. .......Ye's single, "All of the Liights" moves up 5 spots to No. 54 in its 8th week and moves up two spots to No. 14 on the Hot Hip Hop/R&B charts.........Jerimih moves up six spots up to No. 25 with "Down For Me' featuring 50 Cent in its 15th week and two spots up to No 13 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart. Jerimih is also on the Hip Hop/R&B chart as a featured guest on Lloyd Banks' song, "I Dont Deserve You" moving up from No. 57 to No. 44. ....On the Hip Hop/R&B charts, R Kelly holds at a second week at No. 17 with the title track to his latest CD, single, "Love Letter" and the first single from his latest CD, "When A Woman Loves" still is in theTop 40 with "When A Woman Loves" falling four spots to No. 36 in its 26th week. ....Jennifer Hudson's single, "Where You At" moves up 4 spots up to No. 29 in its 4th week.


St. Louis Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols reported to Jupiter , Fla. last Thursday for Spring Training and of course, it was a media frenzy to get the first words of Pujols in reagrd sto the negotiantions between he and the Cardinals organization not falling through after the deadline to extend it passed.

According to reports, Pujols talked with the press and said, “It’s part of negotiations with the Cardinals,” Pujols said. “I have so much respect for this organization. They gave me the opportunity to play 11 years ago. No matter what went down yesterday because of the deadline, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to be a Cardinal.”

Pujols insisted that he and his agent, Dan Lozano, would not attempt to restart talks during the upcoming season. On Wednesday Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak insisted the organization would honor Pujols’ deadline and not approach him about an extension either during spring training or the season. The stance suggests Pujols is virtually certain to reach free agency this November.

“I’m not disappointed, man. It’s negotiations and it happens,” Pujols said. “Two sides didn’t get together on an agreement. That’s the way it goes. You can’t get disappointed. You know why? Because I still have another chance after the season and maybe we’ll get something done then.”

Pujols acknowledged there may be some negative reaction from fans who have taken sides on the issue.

“If that’s the way they want to take it, they can take it,” Pujols said. “I can’t judge what people think. All I can do is get ready for baseball and that’s it.”

Describing Thursday’s scene as “a zoo,” Pujols said the significance of recent talks had been blown out of proportion.

“We’re not going to talk about the contract through the media,” he said. “Even if it gets to the offseason, we’re not going to talk to the media. I know both sides well. There are no hard feelings.”

Pujols dismissed La Russa’s notion that the Major League Baseball Players Association had pressured him to accept top dollar, handicapping the just-completed talks.

Pujols behavior with the press is exactly what we predicted --cordial and evasive and Cardinals loving. We are sure behind the scenes, Pujols is a boll weevil to cotton on the contract fail. Come November, when his contract will expire we will be on edge to see if Pujols will leave or the Cards head homcho Bill Dewitt II, will gve him what he wants.


Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace, projected opening-day starter and two-time Cy Young Award contender, will receive a second opinion on Thursday after an initial exam found enough damage to a ligament near his right elbow to suggest surgery that would put him out for this season and a large part of 2012.

The injury is believed related to a forearm issue that led to Wainwright being sidelined after he gained his 20th win last September and, according to general manager John Mozeliak, may be traced to ligament problems in 1998 and 2004.

Ligament replacement (Tommy John surgery) would cost the 29-year-old Wainwright this season and probably a significant portion of 2012. It could also make him a free agent because if he were on the disabled list with an arm injury at the end of 2011, the Cardinals could nullify his recent contract option for 2012-13.

Wainwright apparently suffered additional damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament Monday while throwing live batting practice. He awoke from a nap later in the day experiencing discomfort and contacted team trainers that night.

Mozeliak said the pitcher felt a tug on one of his final offerings but offered no complaint as he left the field. Pitching coach Dave Duncan saw nothing unusual and thought Wainwright sharp for so early in camp.

UPDATE: From reports, Wainwright will miss all of 2011 Season and some of Season 2012.

Former St. Louis Rams guard and La Marque football all-star Claude Terrell is accused of beating and forcing sex on a Texas City woman at gunpoint during a seven-hour ordeal. Terrell, who released by the Rams in 2007 after his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife, was arrested Monday night in Houston,. Terrell was arrested Nov. 19 on charges of assaulting the same woman,No attorney had been appointed to represent Terrell on the latest charges. The woman, whose name is being withheld because she is a sexual assault victim, was attacked Monday after dropping her children off at school and returning to her Texas City apartment Terrell, 28, was waiting for her when she arrived and had found her .38-caliber handgun.and is accused of beating and sexually assaulting her. At the request of prosecutors, Terrell's $25,000 bail for the Nov. 19 assault was revoked Thursday, then doubled to $50,000,.

Terrell remains in the Galveston County jail with bail set at $600,000 on the latest charges: burglary with intended sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping, each a felony carrying a sentence of from five to 99 years imprisonment or life. He also is charged with enhanced family violence with a sentence ranging from two to 10 years.

Terrell is also serving three years probation for a 2007 family assault charge..


St.Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho”OJ” Atogwe Even was released Friday by the Rams, but in an interesting twist he says he hasn't closed the door on a possible return to the team.

"My agent and myself have established a really good negotiating relationship with them, so were we to do something again (with the Rams), I don't believe it'd be a difficult task," Atogwe told the Post-Dispatch. "Because there's no bad blood there. We should be able to get something done."

The only problem — for several years — has been agreeing on Atogwe's value in terms of a multi-year deal. Rather than pay an $8 million roster bonus that was due Atogwe on Monday, the Rams released the six-year veteran.

"It's disappointing to be back in this situation, again," Atogwe said. "Not being able to actually be set at this point in time in my career — it's disappointing."

The relative security of a long-term contract has proven frustratingly elusive for Atogwe, a third-round round pick out of Stanford in 2005.

Grammy award winning pop crooner Tony Bennett comes to the Fox Theatre at May 7.

Actor Timothy Stickney of "One Life to Live" fame, is starring in the lead in Macbeth at The Repertory Theatre in St. Louis thru March 6.

Black rock band Fishbone will perform March 14 at the City Museum.

Kirkwood, Mo native Marci Soto recently released a book on her 30-year affair with late singer Ray Charles titled, “Ray and Me” chronicling the a married mother of two living in Louisiana. From some phone calls until she got through to Charles' manager, led to an exchange of letters and photos and the birth of their relationship. .

Twenty poets are expected March 13-14 at the Poet Laureati: A A Convergence of U.S. Poets Laureate. There will be readings, a silent auction and conference panels on poetry, If the 20 poets two are from the ILLI MO area current Missouri poet laurete David Clewell and the state’s first poet laurete Walter Bargen. In addition, an anthology of poetry called "An Endless Skyway" will be available. It was edited by several poets, including Missouri's first poet laureate, Walter Bargen. The book will be published by Ice Cube Books.

After a scary diagnosis and a few months off the air, Fox 2's April Simpson is back in the anchor chair. Last Friday, she appeared on the 9 a.m. show Friday with friend and coworker Tim Ezell to give an update on her health and announce her return to the anchor desk. Last fall, she discovered she had a brain tumor and underwent radiation treatment. Simpson,who's also nominated for a Traffic Music Award this year, has also been inspired to create a new charity, April's Angels, to support those who are going through the same things she experienced. Her family thanked everyone for their support and prayers during the past few months. April's Angels has a website at, where you can learn more about the foundation's work.

Simpson started a Facebook page to keep viewers and friends apprised of her progress, occasionally posting video updates about her treatment. She also documented her medical journey on video, so we could still see an April Simpson special based on her story in the future.

For now, Simpson is back to work full time that began Monday. You can see her sparring with Tim Ezell on his 9 a.m. show and anchoring the midday news on Fox 2 at 11 a.m. week


ADD: Speaking of April Simpson, she interviewed NYC native and current St. Louis resident/stylist Ola on Fox 2 in Morning Wednesday. She interviewed her about her stint at New York fashion Week and showcased some of her designs that were featured. To see the vid go to,0,4627692.story


A reliable source told OUTTOWN that the embattled Westport Plaza based Internet Radio station Virtual Entertainment Radio Network had a theft recently of its radio equipment. And from our source, who is a current dee-jay at VERN, it wa san inside job from one of its directors. The station has been in scandal since its inception late when former employee, talk show personality Ashley Holloman blasted the station and its owner Desiree Runnels-Friedrich on her Facebook page on allegnations that Friedrich had stolen money invested by her boyfurend, former co-owner Patrick Gallagher:

Kobalt Books Ent owner and St. Louis native and current Philly resident Cedric Mixon. will shoot a feature length faith-based and family-friendly film, “The Sweetest Cherry”, the last week of May, 2011. He is asking for donations to reach his goal of $10,000. To see the clip go to

Two upcoming St. Louis based award shows are gearing up for the public to vote for the movers and shakers. Promotion team Liquid Assets emailed to various STLers (including OUTTOWN) to choose their Top Three choices of the best of the best for its 3rd Annual Notice Me Awards. Some of the 30 categories included Publication of the Year, Hair Stylist of the Year, Event Photographer of the Year, Venue of the Year, Host of the Year, Promoter of the Year, Mr and Miss Facebook/twitter and Model of the Year (Male and Female) . The award show will take lace in the Spring and venue TBD. The other is the 4th Annual Traffic Music Awards produced and promoted by 314Hits. The Top 5 nominees have been selected in the various categories including Radio Personality, Street Song, Song, Male Artist, Film/Videographer, Alternative/Rock Artist/Group, Producer, Promoter, Collaboration, Host, Radio Song, Club Song, and , Music Video. The top nomiees are . Performances by the show me states biggest artists. The big nominees are rapper Yung Ro (with 6), rapper Gena (with 4) and tattoo shop /entertainemnet production cpmpany BlackPearl (also with 4). Singer Aloha, rapper Rucka Puff and trio MoTre copped three.

To vote go to The voting for the Top 5 ends Mon. 5pm Feb. 28, What’s different this year is the award show will take place through three nites starting March 4 with three separate award shows for the categories. The biggest award show will take place March 6 at the Ambassador


SGTL rapper M-Tez will have an official mixtape release party for his CD, "Fresh Out of The Kitchen" March 5 at The Stable.


There will be a grand opening of the new upscale nightclub Posh (we dont know if its the same Posh that was located in the CWE by owner Jeff Neely, until its closing in 2009) that will take place March 5. The venue is located on East Broadway in East St. Louis.


Former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who played on the Super Bowl Champ Team in 1985, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was 50.

St. Louis native Jay Landesman, founder of our town's famed Crystal Palace nightclub and a man who took "tea with Bette Davis, cocktails with Bessie Smith and LSD with Timothy Leary," has died in London. He was 91.


Cardinals owner died Andrew N. "Drew" Baur, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals' ownership group, has died. He was 66.A cause of death was not given. He was 66.

STL PIECESian BDAZE Politican Elbert Walton, promoter/event host Mocha Latte(PICTURED), fitness trainer Deanthony Moore, and dancer Blance Haley

YOURS TRULY is working on his two projects this year:

The first is SNAP HONEY, a stageplay about an aging female impersonator who returns home to perform one last time her one woman play and finds out her abusive father is dying and contemplates whether to visit him. The settings will be at a talk show and at the one woman play. The play will take place March 18-20 at The Space, 3016 Locust. It will star Jaron Hicks as Vageena Honey and L.A. Williams as Dr. Welfarus Jones who will reprise their roles from the 2007 stagepoem “Monologues and PENSI illin.” Fro ticket and to get on the list for a discount ticket email


MISTA COUTURE NY ’11. We are seeking sponsors as well as models who would like to audition for the New York auditions. The STL auditions will be March 26 at Ola Style Studio in Chesterfield. One STl model will be chosen to audition in The NYC auditions that will be in April. If you are a gent with style, you can email with a recent head and body shot in your best style of fashion and a brief mp3 video bio of yourself and why you think you are Mr Couture. The show is set for Father’s Day Weekend in NYC. Further details are upcomin


Who was the brotha in the gray derby hat gettin his party on Saturday at The Label?


Which STL artist has a fascinaton with the cartoon character Betty Boop, even has a statue of one

Hint 1. The artist is male

Hint 2. The artist is not a simger.

Hint 3.The artist's name is associated with the "sound effects" from material success.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Which STL promoters/socilaites are gettin it in this week? Promoters JoAnn Smith and Mocha Latte (TIE) and Phil Assets of Liquid Assets and Mo Spoon of MPAC

JoAnn Smith.(BELOW) This artist and eventy opromoter of her own comnpany, Keep Living Entertainmet, is holding it down with her new weekly music and poetry showcase Tuesday Night Fusion at Club Viva.(SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW) But after spotting her last Saturday at SYGU's NInes event at The Label, she mentioned that her Fusion event will expand to Wednsdays pretty soon!

Mocha Latte (TOP) Coming off of hosting Ladies Night at The Label last Saturday during SYGU's The Nines, Latte, who is nominated for Host of The Year for the upcoming Traffic Music Awards, is now gearing up for her Forveer 21 Bday party at The Label a special edition of Ladies Night. (SEE MOCHA's CORNER BELOW))

Phil Assets. (FAR LEFT) This mover and shaker is gettin it in again as his group's sent ballots for its 3rd Annual Notice Me Awards. The deadline for entries were this Wednesday. The group which was recently nomniated for Promotion Group for the upcoming Traffic Music Awards , continues its nightly events Red Hott Thursdays, Fierce Fridays, and Successful Saturdays all at Club Amensia (SEE OUTGOING BITZ LINK BELOW).

Mo Spoon. (LEFT) This vet of promotions continues with his Martni Mondays happy hour at ClubEnvy and this Friday he will have the 2010 Grand Finale of Eye Candy where Miss Eye Candy 2010 will be chosen. The event will take place ths Friday at The Loft (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) . His group, MPAC was nominated fior Promotion Group of the Year a for the upcoming Traffic Music Awards.

WORDZ TO THE WHYZ ???????????????????????????

Why did the Oprah and Iyanla Van Zandt chew fest seem a bit staged? And why did it take now on Oprah;s last season for them to reconcile? Why did radio host Rush Limbaugh say that First Lady Michelle Obama's health programs are a joke? Why are those Beyonce blackface pics causung so much of a stir? Why is Halle Berry's half sis doggin her out for shunning the "black" side of the family? Why is the Las vegas senator Harry Reid wants to ban prostitution in the city? Why did rapper Foxy Brown show up at New York Fashion Week drunk and toe up? Why was there a fight that broke out between Janie Foxx's male friend and his ex-manager at Ushers Grammy party in Los Angeles? Why are half of Detroit schools closing? Why were St Lousians caught off guard with black ice that fell Wedensday morning? Why was Dr. Maya Angelou wearing shades during her Medal of Freedom awards at the White House? Why did Justin Bieber cut off his famous hair? why were media outlets joanin on Drake's leopard print shirt he wore with a suit recently? Why is Stevie Wonder's hairline so far back on his head these days? Why did Keyshia Cole take nude pics that were sent and leaked online? Why was J Anthony Brown of the Tom Joyner Show absent for two days this week on the show? and Why was BET Honors recipient Cicely Tyson overacting her speech?


Macbeth is at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through March 6. You may call 314-968-4925 or visit

2011 Grammy winner Miranda Lambert performs. Feb. 24 at Chaifetz Arena.


Stress Free Fridays teams up with 70's Made Entertainment and visits The Cotton Club, 8132 Scott Avenue in St, Louis. Starts at 5 p.m.

The 2010 Eye Candy Grand Finale will take place Friday February 25, at the Loft Night Club. On this night Miss Eye Candy 2010 will be selected. All the winners from 2010 will compete for the title Miss Eye Candy Model 2010.(CLICK ON PIC)

Sommore, Don DC Curry , Bruce Bruce and DL Hughley will perform

at Royal Comedy Tour stop at the

Chaifetz Arena Feb 25. After the show, Sommore HOSTS Soul Styls's "PANDORA:: '



2011 Grammy winner nominee Randy Newman will perform at The

Sheldon Benefit Feb 25.

30 Plus Promotions presents Old School Saturdays (last Saturdays) at The Venue in Wellston. This week they are bringing in rapper Rob Base Feb 26


ADD: For a schedule of this weekend's Mardis Gras events in St. Louis go to


ADD: FreeTime presents its annual WinterFresh event at Exo. Starts at 10 p.m.

Country singer Mark Chestnutt will perform at Lumiere Theatre in Lumeire PLace Feb 26 and 27

Hot 104,.1,will present Martini Mondays Concert Series starting off with St. Louis based Notfi Records artist Ginwuine performing life as well as an album and video release party for his album, “Elgin.” FEB 28TH @ THE JAZZ LOFT


Host/ Producer of Sexy In STL TV~ Gbassa D'Acosta whom will be hosting the 2011 Steve ELLĂ© FALL COLLECTION FASHION SHOW.February 27 · 7:00pm - 9:00p at the Third Degree Glass Factory 5200 Delmar Blvd St. Louis. Guest performance by East St Louis native and 2004 American Idol contestant DeAndre Perryman. TICKET ALTERNTIVE 877.725.8849


Jazz musician Stanley Clarke Feb. 2 concert at Jazz at the Bistro that was postponed because of the snow storm, has been rescheduled for Feb. 28.



2011 Traffic Music Award nominee Mocha hosts at The Label with Ladies Night and Saturday Night Live (2nd Saturdays) at The Label
Mocha hosts her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Exo Nightclub.
Mocha will have her Forever 21 b-day bash at The Label this Saturday Feb. 26 with a special appearance by singer and reality show star Kandi.

R.E.A.L. Love Celebration is a community empowerment and psycho-educational event that celebrates healthy relationships and teaches Black males and females of all ages how to initiate meaningful dialogue and develop healthy relationships based onR.E.A.L. love.

Based on the fact that almost 50% of Black women are not married and 69% of Black children are born to unwed Black women, the theme for this year’s celebration is entitledA Black Woman’s Worth: My Queen and Backbone”.

Day 1 - Thursday March 24, 2011 (7 - 9 p.m.) (Free DVD with Ticket purchase)

WHAT: Film Premiere and Panel discussion of "A Black Woman's Worth: My Queen and Backbone"


6350 Delmar in The Loop

St. Louis, MO 63130

WHO: Filmmaker - Dwayne L. Buckingham

Mocha us hosting and moderating this.

Day 2 - Friday March 25, 2011 (7 - 9 p.m.) (Free Music CD with Ticket purchase)

WHAT: Spoken word performances by various artists & live music performances of the film soundtrack

WHERE: Legacy Cafe

5249 Delmar Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63108

WHO: Soul and R&B artists Prolyric and Tarlise

Mocha is hosting.

Day 3 - Saturday March 26, 2011 (1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) (Free Food with Ticket purchase)

WHAT: Educational workshop - How to Love and Respect A Black Woman

WHERE: Centennial Commons

7210 Olive Blvd

University City, MO 63130

WHO: Dwayne L. Buckingham and Dr. Shonta Smith

Sponsored by RHCS, CHAARM/St. Louis & Global Nation

Mocha is hosting.

For mor einfo on thses events call 34.



Rhythm & Words Wednesdays 2nd & 4th Wed every month Meshon's Bar & Grill 410 N Tucker Blvd


ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase Final Thu. of every month8:30pm - 10:30pm $5 cover Big Moe's1072 Tower Grove St across from Sweetie Pie's on Manchester


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


New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline"

Aireez DaRychuss music available online now




By Lynn Nottage

THRU - March 6,

Directed by Ron Himes

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ruined transports us to a small mining town in the midst of civil war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two young women, ripped away from their families and violated by the competing factions, find themselves in the service of Mama Nadi at her brothel after being sold by a travelling merchant. Set within the brothel, the play explores each woman’s efforts to survive the constant threat of war and cope with their misfortunes as African women in difficult times.

The show will take place at Grandel Square Theatre in Grandel Squarein St. Louis

For times and ticket info go to




The Real McCoy By Lynn Nottage

March 16 – April 10, 2011


Black Pearl Sings!

By Frank Higgins

April 20 – May 1


The Montford Point

By Samm-Art Willia

May 25 – June





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