Wednesday, March 30, 2011

OUT 981--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (MAR 31-APR 6)


Comedian Martin Lawrence will headline at the Concert Club at the Scottrade Center on May 6.




April is National Poetry Month and OUTTOWN will highlight those bards of pen and voice who has made an impact from the ILLI MO area. This week we focus on the current Missouri Poet Laureate, David Clewell.


The final original episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air May 25. Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Productions has confirmed the date. Winfrey announced live on the show in November 2009 that she would end its run after 25 years. She since has launched cable's Oprah Winfrey Network. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has been in reruns for the last few weeks. But Winfrey tweeted that she was "hard at work planning the final shows" and new episodes would begin April 7. The final episode brings an end to what has been television's top-rated talk show for more than two decades. It airs in 145 countries worldwide.

In unrelated Oprah newz, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has tossed out an author's $100 million lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey for violating the copyright in the political booklet, "How America Elects Her Presidents."

Charles Harris claimed in a lawsuit that in 2008, as Winfrey began supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Harris sent 10 copies of his booklet to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in hopes of gaining publicity. He followed up with several inquiries. Harris got no response, but according to the complaint, on the February 16, 2009 show, Winfrey allegedly read aloud exact questions that were included in the book. Harris wanted more than $100 million for alleged copyright infringement.

Winfrey filed a motion to dismiss, seeking sanctions for a frivolous lawsuit, saying that had the plaintiff obtained a public transcript of the show in question, he would have realized that the talk show host didn't read Harris' "exact same questions" aloud with the arguable exception of one: "Which one of our presidents weighed the most?"

During the episode, titled "Oprah's Search For The Smartest and Most Talented Kids," she brought children on set, including one six-year-old named Graham who she said was a "first grade whiz kid who knows more about American presidents than most adults."

Oprah and Graham joshed about various presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama, before the talk show queen queried the kid about the heaviest president. Graham correctly answered it was William Howard Taft at 327 pounds.

Winfrey's motion to dismiss the lawsuit said Harris' lawyers should have known that facts about American presidents are not copyrightable. A compilation of facts based on the selection and arrangement can be copyrightable, but Winfrey pointed out that Harris didn't register his work as a compilation, and it lacked originality, among other things.

U.S. District Court Judge Jan DuBois agreed that Harris' work is "not original," and that Winfrey's use of the Fat Taft fact, even if she did learn it from Harris' book, was not an infringement.The judge, however, determined that the plaintiff's claims were made with reasonable good faith under the circumstance, and declined to award sanctions.

So basically its about the arrangement of facts that caused the guy to lose. Or in other words, Oprah equals You Lose. LOL

Is there trouble in paradise already for J Hud and David Ortega before they go down the isle? Well, it was evident something is going on when Jennifer Hudson appeared on Friday's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno where she opened up about husband-to-be David Otunga's reaction to her 80-pound weight loss.

"He's getting adjusted to it," she said of David. "He's not really into change that much."

Now a size six from her now famous Weight Watchers program, Hudson has upped her style and traded jeans for gems - a move that hasn't exactly thrilled Otunga.

"He fusses at me like, 'Why do you have to get all dressed up to go out and why can't you just go out like you used to,'" Hudson said. "And I'm like, 'I'm a walking billboard now honey!"

Hmm. Not good. When a man is used to his woman looking a certain way , he is not used to any changes . And now that Hudson looks like a trophy wife instead of a matron type, it is expected that there would be tension now that she is looked at now as sexy. Hmm, it’s gonna be interesting what transpires in their relationship now that she is getting more attention about her figure than her talents. We can just imagine how that convo was between J Hud and David after that interview was aired. Geesh.

St. Louis native award nominated actor Jon Hamm had the No,. 2 movie at the Box Office last weekend with the movie, ”Sucker Punch” raking in $19 million. The film has received good reviews. The story is about a young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility. Hamm plays High Roller/Doctor and has some steamy sex scenes with the lead actress Emily Browning.


Star City and Supafest will host a live and exclusive gig, headlined by two of the biggest international names in hip-hop, STL mogul Nelly and Snoop Dogg on April 8 in Sydney Australia. In other Nelly newz, he recently crowned 2011 Miss Applebottoms recently. Her name is Jessinia Vice. Vice was selected as the wild card pick to join the other three finalists on a trip to Toronto for spa treatments, a personal meeting with Nelly, and VIP treatment at a Nelly concert.

Jessenia is a Newark, New Jersey resident that hosts a radio show “Vice City” every Friday on while still working at the hospital.

The 26-year-old model will be featured with rap star and owner of the clothing line, Nelly in a photo shoot for the next Apple Bottoms campaign.

Of the thousands of women that sent bios and flicks to, 14 finalists were selected by fashion insiders while online viewers picked the final four. Four finalists were selected after an online search launched in August 2010.Vice was one of the final four.


The big newz story on the Billboard charts this week is Chitown's Kanye West receiving his 4th No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 as a featuring on Katy Perry's 4th conesecutive No. 1 hit, "E.T" off her CD, "Teenage Dream." It moves up one spot to No. 1. He also holds for a second week at No, 25 with hsi solo hit, "All of the Lights" with a bullet. It fares better on the Hip Hop/R&B charts as it moves up 3 spots to No. 2. Chitown's Jerimih keeps his bullet on the Hot 100 as his 2nd Top 10 hit, "Down On Me" feat. 50 Cent moves up one spot to No. 9. On the Hip Hop/R&B charts it moves up one spot to No. 7 with a bullet. His featuring on Lloyd Banks' "I Dont Deserve You" moves up 3 spots to No. 38 also on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. Chitown's Lupe Fiasco holds for a second week on the Hot 100 with his single, "The Goes Goes On" and his former No. 1 Album "Lasers" falls to No. 4. Chitown's Jennifer Hudson's single "Where You At" moves up 25 big spits to No. 64 on the Hot 100, but holds for a second week at No. 11 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. Lastly, Chitown's R Kelly, who penned Hudson's Top 20 single, moves up two spot to No. 13 with his CD titled single, "Love Letter," with a bullet.


ILLIMOIAN contestants Kaisa Pilewicz of Wheaton, Ill. (BELOW RIGHT) ,made it through this week BUT Monique Weignart from Hebron, Ill (ABOVE FAR RIGHT )was in the Bottom Two and was sent home in the 6th week of the 16th Cycle of America's Next Top Model. The show airs Wednesdays on the CW

On American Idol Wednesday, Wheeling, Ill. native Hailey Reinhart had the best performance of the nite acccording to judge Randy Jackson singing Elton John's "Benny and The Jets." We will see on Thursday evening if it was enough for the public to keep her in as two conetstants will be eliminated and leaving only nine singers left.

UPDATE: Reinhart was safe and is now part of the Top 9.


The Home Opener of the St. Louis Cardinals season at Busch Stadium will take place today, Thursday.

The following is a schedule of official activities:

11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cardinals Official Opening Day Pre-Game Pep Rally, sponsored by Hardee's: The Cardinals will host a pre-game pep rally located in the Ballpark Village Lot, located directly across from Busch Stadium, at the corner of Clark Street and South Broadway. Local 80s cover band Trixie Delight will perform from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Cardinals Alumni, Danny Cox and John Mabry, will be signing autographs and Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be on hand to give away Opening Day tickets, autographed items and other Cardinals prizes

1:15 p.m. Gates open

Busch Magnet Schedule Day: All fans ages 21 and over will receive a magnet with the 2011 Cardinals schedule, compliments of Busch Beer.

The game will be against the San Diego Padres at 3:15 p.m.

The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is giving Cardinals fans free parking at 150 meters surrounding the stadium on Thursday.

These complimentary parking meters are Hyatt's way of welcoming fans back for another season of great baseball in St. Louis.

In related newz, The St. Louis Cardinals canceled their exhibition game Tuesday against their Double-A club in Springfield, Mo. The forecast caled for rain and temperatures in the 30s in Springfield. The Cardinals said they would play two games in Springfield in 2012.


Its back to the drawing board for Mizzou to try and fill in the vacancy of its head coaching left by Mike Anderson (who went to Arkansas) gig in its basketball department. Purdue’s coach Matt Painter is staying at Purdue after talking with Missouri about its coaching vacancy. Purdue announced Wednesday that it has agreed to an eight-year contract with Painter through the 2018-19 season. Financial terms were not disclosed. Last year, Purdue rewarded Painter with a contract through the 2016-17 season. It included a $1.3 million base salary and up to $1 million in incentives. Purdue coach Matt Painter met with Mizzou earlier this wee to gauge the school's commitment to the basketball program, sources told the Post-Dispatch. The Tigers were looking for a replacement to Mike Anderson,.Before Anderson left, the school had offered a contract extension and raise for Anderson for seven years at about $2 million per year.


Last Friday, a couple of noteworthy entertainers were no –shows at two separate appearances in St. Louis last Friday—Jaheim at the Ambassador and Kid Capri at Exo. It was strike two for Jaheim who was supposedly scheduled to perform along with Syleena Johnson after the concert was postponed Feb 13 due to Jaheim’s commitment to attend the Grammys on the same nite. Well, last Friday, he was still a no show (Syleena Johnson performed as did several local acts)

The packed house discovered late into Johnson’s set that Jaheim was not performing. Accoridng to reports, things seemed a bit janky when many local performers performed including R&B group MoTre and comedian St. Louis Slim. It was announced Jaheim reportedly tried his best to get to St. Louis but had flight issues. But actually that was a fabrication. Come to fuind out, he was never scheduled to perform the first or second time and from a substantial source, a bogus booking promoter took off with the STL promoters money to bring Jaheim and used the stars name just to sell tickets and in turn the local promoters, one being Hella Fly Promotions, helped to promote the show.

According to Silky Sol, ST Louis singer, who is connected in the music business said on her Facebook page ).""THIS WAS A SCAM AND A DOUBLE WAMMIE AT THAT!!!!! ""JAHIEM WAS NEVER BOOKED TO COME TO ST. LOUIS…SYLEENA JOHNSON - YES.....BUT NEVER JAHIEM. He was used to sale tickets and St. Louis got played twice."" SO JAHIEMS NAME WAS USED TO ""SALE TICKETS"" AND ""STL GOT PLAYED TWICE


Later that nite at Soul Stylz; season finale of its monthly party Pandora, Dj Kid Capri was scheduled to be the celebrity dee-jay , but it was announced in the wee hours of the event that he was not coming because his mother died earlier that day and that he was at the airport to attend. Capri tweeted "Just watch my moms take her last breath, I am beyond hurt,. I will always always have you in my mind and heart, I love you Ma," he tweeted.

Hmm a double whammy for St. Louis. The Jaheim ordeal was quite janky and the ones who looked bad in this were the local promoters but the general public will always blame the artist for not showing up , not knowing the full reasons as to why they did appear (the reason was a lie as well with the missed flight). Kid Capri, on the other hand, was out of his control. But, the timing of the announcement at Exo was a bit questionable especially if it was known long before the event tha the was not attending. But after a few drinks and local DJ Reminise spinning tunes that Capri may have spun (with his signature loud screams of his name), the crowd , although made slight awww in disappointment really didnt care cuz they were in point of no party return mode (which is probably why they did that). Folk got in free with an RSVP and Soul Stylz got money upfront from its sponsors so it looked likely that the interste was in the venue making money through its bar sales.

We just sayin.

Grammy Award winning pop /dance icon Janet will being her Number Ones tour to St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox tonite, Thursday nite. . In each city, she dedicates a No. 1 song for each city that she tours. For St. Louis, she will dedicate the song, “Call On Me” , a duet she sang with St. Louis raised rap mogul Nelly (that peaked at No. 1 on the R&B charts in 2006)

In a statement, the singer said: "I have always felt the love from St. Louis. I want my fans there to know that I appreciate their submissions asking me to bring 'Number Ones: Up Close and Personal' to this exciting city. I'm answering their call, which is why I chose 'Call On Me' as the song that I am dedicating to St. Louis. Can't wait to see you all there."

Janet is also selecting 20 people under 20 years old who have made a contribution to their community. They will be guests at her show and will come back stage to talk with them. The winner in each city will be announced on and will receive an autographed copy of "Number Ones" and her book "True You."

Grammy Award winning singer Cee Lo Green will perform April 20 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center

Ex Pearl jam singer Eddie Vedder's solo tour will stop at the Fox Theatre July 1.

Disney Channel star/singer Selena Gomez & the Scene will perform Aug. 29 at the Fox Theatre

Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire will perform June 18 at the Fox Theatre.

Comedian Brian Regan will perform at The Pageant May 14.


Rock group Bowling for Soup will perform at Pop's. May 19.

Rapper Raekwon will perform at The Firebird May 16


Rapper Gorilla Zoe performed at the Firebird recently.


Rock Gospel group tobyMac, will perform July 9 at Six Flags


The Game co-star Hosea Chanchez will be at Exo for Sexy Saturdays and later on at Club Flava in EasT St. Louis.

This Friday Night, rapper JUELZ SANTANNA* is Celebrating His B-day at Club Amnesia during Liquid Assets Fierce Fridays. The following weekend, Singer Teairra Mari will make a guest appearance at Five Star Productions' Anniversary &6th Man Promotions Launch April 8th at Club Amnesia.

Reality show stars Caviar, Natalie Nunn and Ashley King will be at Club Amnesia April 10 after the Lil Wayne concert.

Classic R&B act the Dramatics will perform at the Starlight Room April 2.

Jazz singer Vanessa Rubin will perform. April 18 in the Dunham Hall Theater at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The concert is free, and will feature Rubin with SIUE's vocal jazz ensemble under the direction of Reggie Thomas. Also in the jazz scene, St. Louis jazz artist Tim Cunningham (RIGHT)will perform at 3:30 p.m. June 5 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

Two major award shows took place recently in St. Louis.

At the 6th Annual Kevin Kline Awards took place Monday at The Repertory Theatre—Loretto Hilton Center. The big winner was Stages St. Louis. The theater company picked up five Kevin Kline awards at the ceremony, the most of any theater. Those awards were divided between "Promises, Promises" and its 2010 show for children, "The Aristocats." The next big winner was The Muny which received four Kevin Kline Awards, Three awards each went to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Upstream Theater. Two awards went to the Black Rep. On the actors side, Kari Ely scored two Klines winning honors both as outstanding lead actress and outstanding supporting actress in a play. Ely was recognized for her performances as two unstable mothers: a ditsy musical-theater fan in Christopher Durang's political comedy "Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them" at HotCity Theatre and a tragic morphine addict in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at Muddy Waters Theatre. Fort all of the winners goto


On Sunday, Liquid Assets presented the 3rd Annual Notice Me Awards held at the new Roberts Tower inside the Mayfair Hotel . The Big winner was model Shanell Howard (ABOVE)winning in all of her categories: Female Model, Runway Model and Picture Perfect (tied with model Cherie Campbell), the same awards she won last year. The second big winner was award co-host Mocha Latte (BELOW)who won both of the awards she was nominated for—Female Hustler and Female Host, both awards she copped last year. There were also several ties that nite including Hairstylist of the Year (B Skye and Shaun Henley), Hardest Working Model ( Ashley Terry and Gbassa D’Acosta) and Picture Perfect. The shocker occurred when award fave King Yella lost both of his photography nominations to fist tie winners Teddy Blackett (event photographer) and Stephen Garnett (fashion photographer). Two moments occureed worth noting, During DJ Sir Thurl’s win of Mood Maker, his colleague DJ Krisstyle pulled a “Kanye” saying that he wanted a recount. Also. Male Host Of The Year winner. Big Terence, made a subliminal comment about “the other” STL award show (Traffic Music Awards) and its vioters when he said, “You (Notice Me Awards) all finally got it right.” Other winners included The Evening Whirl for Publication Of The Year, 1st Friday for Promotion of the Year and Gena for Song of the Year (“Dip In The Club”). Two legendary awards went to The Roberts Brothers family and the Stith family.

For a list of all the winners, go to


Alive Magazine had its annual Iron Bartender contest at Lucas Park Grille Sunday. The winner was Tim Yazawa from the Drunken Fish. He was up against bartenders Kyle Wiggins from Big Daddy's, Chelsea Williams from Flannery's Pub, Matthew Kveton from Just John, Carrie Harris from the Crack Fox and Joe Manwaren from the Stable. Yazawa walked away from $500 and an upcoming spread in Alive magazine, which presented the contest.


Speaking of iron, The Riverfront Times presents the culinary event Iron Fork 2011 April 7 at the Union Station Mariott. For more info got to


STL based gospel artist Scooda put out his newest single and video 'Definition Of Understand' ft. Nisie & Milley Boy. To view it go to

MOVING ONS. St. Louis native model/designer Teresa Dumas has moved to Atlanta.

STL ARIES-ians B-DAZE Politician Carl Officer (PICTURED), singers Sineta Roker and Steve west, radio perosonality Mark Bland, promoters Sasha Fiersome, Stephen Bruce and Monica Tyson.


Who was the young lady in the backless dress at Exo and who was the bald head guy at the Notice Me Awards?

BLIND DISHZ. Which STL promoter was spotted this week walking the campus of Harris Stowe University?

HINT 1--This promoter is a male

HINT 2--This promoter is part of a promotional group

HINT 3--This person's first name begins and ends with the same vowel and his last name starts with an "H."

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

Why did Tom Joyner report at first Foxy Brown was kicked off the cruise ship but got on radio this week and said that was wrong? Why do people keep thinking Wendy Williams was born a man? Why are their so many women feeling they are discriminated against at Walmart? Why did news media camp out overnite for Opening Day at the Cardinals game? Why is The Apprentice this season becoming desperate to find an Omarosa with the black female cast members? Why are people surprised that President Obama is set to invade Libya? Why did that judge at first wanted Willie Nelson to sing for his punishment of having weed in his possession? And Why did Beyonce pick now to fire her Dad as her manager?

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Who got it in this week? Promoters Vanta Applebum and Mocha Latte (TIE) and promoters Phil Assets of Liquid Assets and The Men of 1st Fridays (Fred Finley and Harry Michel) (TIE)

Vanita Applebum (ABOVE). This sista is making a slow return back into the promoting event game after a year hiatus. Starting earlier third year with the listening party Next at Inspot Dessert Lounge every secind and fout\h Frdiays with Teddy Blackett of B Free Paparazzi, she is set to return with her monthly music showcase Suite Soul Spot that will take place at the Old Rock House this Friday and special guest Anthony David (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)

Mocha Latte (BELOW) The Queen of Promotions is back in the cut here with no surprise. Fresh off of hosting Pandora at Exo and co-hosting the Notice Me Awards (and copping two awards), Latte will continue her weekly hosting duties at The Label this Saturday.

Phil Assets (RIGHT). Coming off the successful promotion of the Notice Me awards at Roberts Tower Sunday, this weekend he continues his events at the Notice Me Award winning Club Amnesia
with Red HotThursdays with a special Opening Day St Louis Cardinals party, Firece Fridays with rapper Juelz Santana celebrating his b-day (SEE BUTZ ABOVE) and Successful Saturdays.

Fred Finley and Harry Michel. (FAR RIGHT) These vets in the biz are coming off of a Best Promotion win at this years Notice Me Awards with the longest running monthly event 1st Friday which will held at its venue Exo where the Mike Epps/Sheryl Undrwood concert after party will take place. On Saturday, at the same venue , The Game star Hosea Chanchez will be the celebrity guest host of the weekly event Sexy Saturdays.


Opening Day St. Louis Cardinals fans. March 31, 3:15 p.m. CT, begins the season that never fails to keep the town buzzing with excitement: baseball season. The Cardinals will be playing their opening game against the San Diego Padres. As of March 30, are still available. Prices start from $54.75 and exceed up to $180. Act fast, though. Seating is limited.


Thursday, March 31 · 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Monarch Restaurant & Wine Bar

7401 Manchester Avenue

Maplewood, MO

PRONTO tickets for the upcoming May 7th event are now on sale and may be purchased at Monarch! Join us for happy hour where appetizer and drink specials will be offered to guests. The first two guests each receive a $5 discount off the ticket price. PRONTO General admission at $25 and VIPs at $50 with gift bag. For more information, please call (314) 402-0764.

Grammy Award winning pop diva Janet Jackson and 2011 NAACP Image Award nominee, is coming to St. Louis. She is performing March 31 at the Fox Theatre as part of her "Number Ones Up Close and Personal Tour,"


Stress Free Fridays will be at Posh in East St. Louis, a first for the weekly networking party. Starts at 5 p.m.

Comedians Mike Epps and Sheryl Underwood will co headline at the Chaifetz Arena on April Fools Night.

Singer/musician Anthony David will perform at the return of Suite Soul Spot at The Old Rock House April 2. Suite Soul Spot is promoted by creator Vanita Applebum.

Comedian Adam Carolla will perform April 2 at the Pageant.



Saturday, April 2 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm at Club Escalade


INBF Missouri All Natural Bodybuilding & Figure Championships


Pattonville High School

2497 Creve Coeur Mill Rd.

Maryland Heights, MO

Pre-Judge @ 11:00a.m., Night Show starts @ 5pm WNBF Professional Bodybuilder Chad Troup Presents "2011 INBF Missouri All Natural Bodybuilding & Figure Championships" ******


Elitism Magazine launch party scheduled for Apr 2 also at the Roberts Towers on 8th and Washington

UPDATE: It has been moved to LOLAS.


The 23rd Annual Bob Costas Benefit with Faith Hill and Conan O'Brien, a benefit for the Cardinal Glennon Medical Center.

The event takes place at 8 p.m. April 2 at the Fox Theatre.

The Game co-stars Hosea Chanchez and Pooch Hall will make guest appearances at separate venues on the same nite. Chanchez will be at Exo for Sexy Saturdays and later on at Club Flava in EasT St. Louis. Hall will make an appearance at Posh in EasT St. Louis.

Grammy Award winning gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 3 at the Fox theater in St. Louis. Grammy Award winning sister duo Mary Mary is also on the bill.

Turner Classic Movies will bring its "Road to Hollywood" tour to St. Louis on Monday, April 4, with a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic "The Birds." Star Tippi Hedren will attend the screening at the Hi-Pointe Theatre along with TCM's Ben Mankiewicz