Wednesday, April 6, 2011

OUT 985--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (APRIL 7-13)

HEY OUTTOWNERS! ITS THAT TIME!! TIME TO GET TOWNED!!! Before we get into the bitz, we are starting with BLIND PICZ. Who was this brotha who wore this velvet pimp hat at Posh last Saturday???

This week we remember Dr. Martin Luther King who passed April 4, 1968

HEY OUTTOWNERS, we are on the verge of hitting 1,000 posts! To commemorate this feat, we are celebrating with a GRAND (1,000 ) PARTY. Details are forthcoming!


As we continue to highlight ILLI MO poets during National Poetry Month, we highlight poet/author/educator Quincy Troupe.

Quincy Troupe was born in St. Louis, and he’s professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California. The son of Negro League baseball catcher Quincy Trouppe after his stint in the United States Army., he developed the passion for writing that would define his career. Upon his return to civilian life, Troupe moved to Los Angeles, where he encountered the Watts Writers Workshop and began working in a more jazz-based style. It was on a tour with the Watts group that he first began his academic life. He taught creative writing for the Watts Writers’ Movement from 1966 to 1968 and served as director of the Malcolm X Center in Los Angeles during the summers of 1969 and 1970.

Troupe become a celebrity in the academic world, winning an American Book Award for 1989's Miles, the Autobiography (written with Miles Davis) and earning numerous other accolades. In 1990, Troupe moved to the University of California, San Diego as a professor of literature, where he continued to gain acclaim, and became the founding editor of Code Magazine.

In early 2002, Troupe was named California's first Poet Laureate and took office on June 11, 2002 but soon resigned. ]

Other notable Troupe works include James Baldwin: The Legacy (1989) and Miles and Me: A Memoir of Miles Davis (2000). He also edited Giant Talk: An Anthology of Third World Writing (1975) and is a founding editor of Confrontation: A Journal of Third World Literature and American Rag. The year 2006 saw the publishing of his collaboration with self-made millionaire Chris Gardner on the latter's autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness. The book served as the inspiration for a film of the same name later that year starring Will Smith.

Among his honors and awards are fellowships from the National Foundation for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.


President Obama announced his 2012 re-election bid on Monday, and much like the 2008 election, social-networking tools are front and center.

Obama's campaign Web site,, encourages supporters to "Get In with Facebook." Using Facebook Connect, users can pledge their support via their Facebook Wall, and encourage friends to do the same. Obama's Facebook page has about 19 million fans.

Supporters can also say they're "in" via Twitter or email.

In a Monday email, Obama said he is "focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, [but] the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today."

"In the coming days, supporters like you will begin forging a new organization that we'll build together in cities and towns across the country," he continued. "And I'll need you to help shape our plan as we create a campaign that's farther reaching, more focused, and more innovative than anything we've built before."

Obama's 2008 election focused heavily on social networking, leveraging the power of Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. Opponent John McCain, meanwhile, got some heat for admitting he was not the most tech-savvy person, and running what Democrats called a "dial-up campaign."

No Republicans have formally entered the race against Obama, though potential candidates include Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, and Michelle Bachmann, among others.

Do you think Obama will get re-elected? We think he will. It will be ruff for him when teh Grand Party brings on the muck, but we think he will prevail.

In a dramatic turnaround that seems way out of character for Charlie Sheen, the former “Two and a Half Men” star revamped his one-man show in time to garner applause from his audience in Chicago Sunday, one day after alienating “a boisterous, liquored-up capacity crowd” in Detroit that “greeted Mr. Sheen with cheers that quickly turned to boos,”

In Detroit for the first stop of his multicity tour, “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option,” Charlie Sheen did not feel the love.

The opening night performance in Detroit on Saturday “clearly had not gone according to plan,” Mr. Scott wrote, “if there ever was a plan.” So Mr. Sheen dropped parts of the show and took questions from the audience at the Chicago Theater on Sunday.

“The show went on to its second performance in Chicago on Sunday night in front of a far friendlier crowd with a changed format that deleted some video sequences, sketches and long monologues from the Detroit show and replaced them with an interview-style format,” Reuters reported, adding that Mr. Sheen took questions from the audience and received a standing ovation that prompted him to post on Twitter, “I LOVE YOU CHICAGO! (the new Rock City!!!)”

During the Chicago show, Mr. Sheen shed some of his abrasiveness. “It was a canny shift of the show’s tone, from epic self-aggrandizement to a more casual, at times even likable, persona,” wrote Steve Johnson for The Chicago Tribune. “We will not go so far as to say ‘humble,’ because Saturday’s Sheen seemed to be lurking at Sunday’s edges, ready to return, especially for a few minutes early on when the 45-year-old actor seemed to be resisting the new stage-show format.”

One online review went so far as to say Mr. Sheen almost sounded apologetic: “If they say ‘Here’s your job back,’ I’ll go back to work.” His profane comments immediately following that statement might not persuade CBS executives to make such an overture.

Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times tried to capture the ethos of Sunday’s show. “This show, such as it was, consisted of Sheen and a gum-chewing, unfunny Joey Scoleri (Sheen’s manager and tour co-producer) onstage with a guitarist,” he wrote, adding: “but for the most part it was Sheen smoking and rambling.”

“Sheen has a limited but undeniable skill set as an actor, interpreting other people’s writing,” Mr. Roeper said. “But to command a stage in front of a large audience, you have to bring it.” Mr. Sheen did not.

What's next him to O.D. on stage? This is beyond bizarre.

Last week it was reported that the last The Oprah Winfrey Show would end at the close of its 25th season, but on Friday, Harpo Studios announced the date the last show will air. The final episode will be broadcast on May 25.

According to THR, Ms. Winfrey announced that she is relinquishing all control over the final two shows, allowing her producers and staff to plan surprises and put together the final programs without her input.

But according to Mediatakeout, the two hour show will be hosted by Tom Hanks and Will Smith. And that Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna and a bunch of other folk are going to be on it (SEE APPENDIX ABOVE).

This show is going to be a ratings supernova indeed--and deservedly so. We wonder if any guests form her first nationally televised show in 1986 will be there as well.

St. Louis native actor Jon Hamm(fourth from left) and rest of the cast of The Mad Men cast were left somewhat twiddling their thumbs while waiting for show runner Matthew Weiner and AMC/Lionsgate to reach a satisfying end to their fraught negotiations for their show’s return. But with the show’s production schedule suddenly pushed from a late April to late July start, (causing the show’s fifth season to be aired in early 2012) they’re all staring at an unexpected hole on the calendar. Hamm will fill some of his time on stage, in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. The Jenny Sullivan-directed production, which also stars Hamm’s girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, runs from April 13 to 17. He can also be seen now in the new film, “Suckerpunch” and he’s got a cameo in Saturday Night Live actress Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids which comes out May 13.

Last week, NBC has greenlighted “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” a new senior citizen prank show hosted and executive-produced by the Oak Park, Ill native. Based on the award-winning Flemish series “Benidorm Bastards,” the hidden-camera comedy follows a group of elderly jokesters who “make it their mission to play pranks on unsuspecting younger people.”

Grammy Award winning Chitown rap superstar Kanye West , whos riding high at the top of the Hot 100 and R&B charts with two different singles "E.T" with Katy Perry and "All of the Lights" respectively, is flexing his fashion muscles again with the launch of a new collection of scarves inspired by the artwork for his former No. 1 platinum album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

According to WENN, the rapper hired George Condo to create five different pieces of cover art for the 2010 CD. Those paintings will serve as inspiration in the collaboration with M/M design duo Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag.

The limited edition range will be sold exclusively at the Colette boutique in Paris, France and online at

West has previously completed an internship at top Italian fashion house Fendi and created shoe designs for Louis Vuitton and Nike.

Next will be Kanye underwear called--what else Kanwear. LOL


In other Ye newz, he attended Victoria Secret's VIp Swim evebnt at Club L in Los Angeles recently. From reports, he snuck in the back door to sit beside newbie swimsuit model Kate Upton. According to a New York Post source West and Upton were witnessed flirting and didn't leave separately but rather hand-in-hand through a back door an hour after meeting, to avoid paparazzi. Kate Uptown, who’s 18, made a name for herself appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue earlier this year. She's a Michigan native and has modeled for Victoria Secret and Beackh Bunny swinwear.

Isnt she a bit young? We know she 18 but he is like 14 years older than she is. Whats really going on?

STL born poet/educator Dr. Maya Angelou is making newz on three events this month. First, she celebrated her 83rd b-day on April 4, on the same day that Dr. King was unfortunately assassinated. Angelou, who was good friends with King, is on record as saying that since 1968, she has been unable to celebrate her birthday because of the death of King. On a lighter note, Angelou signed a deal with Hallmark channel for a new TV show called The Soirit table,. The 13 episode series will feature the host and well-known guests sharing life stories and cooking.The show is slated for prime-time airing and is expected to be launched in early 2012.

Hmm, we are surprised, like many, that she didnt sign a deal on Oprah's OWN Network especially with them being spiritual relatives of each other.


Maya Angelou will be honored by Chicago native Grammy Award winning rapper Common’s The Common Ground Foundation on April 16th event at The InterContinental Hotel in Chicago. The foundation celebrates women of Excellence & Leadership. Others honored that nite will be TV host/actress Sherri Shepherd, actress Keke Palmer and business womanDee Robinson Reid.

Chicago native and Grammy Award winning singer/producer R Kelly performed recently at a private function to benefit Clara's House/West Englewood United Organization. The evening included a variety of music, comedy and performances all designed to revive the 1950's era of elegant entertainment.

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In unrelated R newz, he has released details on his upcoming memoir 'Soulacoaster,' in which he will discuss his life, thoughts and secrets. "I'm writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly," Kelly explained in a previous statement. "I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is." 'Soulacoaster' which will be released in the fall and co-written by author David Ritz, has been described as not only a memoir but a "keepsake," which will promise to take fans on an "unforgettable intimate ride." The book will be published by journalist Tavis Smiley's company, SmileyBooks.

We wonder if the book will get into the two main controversial issues regarding the R: His brief marriage to a then 15 year old Aaliyah on 1995 and the infamous pornography trial in 2008 stemming from the case involving underage girls in 2002.

NBC will re-launch the crime spin-off "Law & Order:Los Angeles" April 11. The show has been on hiatus since December and will now debut at a new time and with a string of cast changes. "LOLA" will return with a two-hour debut and will then air on Mondays. Chicago native actor Terrence Howard's character, District Attorney Jonah Dekker, (THIRD FROM LEFT)will also now appear on the show full-time.

Former Destiny's Child singer and Rockford, Ill. native Michelle Williams, spoke to Hip Hollywood, recently about her former group mate Beyonce’s decision to leave her father’s management group to sign with her husband Jay Z’s management team.

“I don’t want it to be like I’m speaking for her but that's her father you can always get another management but you can’t get another daddy. So, I can’t wait till we all get together again.”

When asked if the girls will get together for a Destiny's Child reunion, she said it's still up in the air and mentions when everyone has settled down and has children, it could be an option.

In unrelated Michelle newz, she is receiving raves for her role in David Talbert’s stageplay “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” that is presently touring the States. Next Tuesday, Williams, and the rest of the cast (Ann Nesby, Clifton Davis and Brian White) will perform at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford. It will also play in Arie Crown Theater April 14-16. Williams plays Lena Summer, a married woman who has a glamorous life and cheats on her husband (Davis) with a service worker at her home (White) It has been touring since February and will play in dozens of theaters nationwide.


TWO ILLI MO based comedian/actors are gearing up for upcoming projects. First, Jefferson, Mo native CedricThe Entertainer (RIGHT)will host a game show called "It's Worth What?,". which contestants have to guess the costs of items, competing for up to $1 million. The show is slated for NBC;s summer schedule. No date and time has been announced as of this blogging. In unrelated newz, Cedric is coming out with a hat line called, Whos' Ced? And, Chicago native and co-host of the Monique Show, Rodney Perry (FAR RIGHT) can be seen in Tyler Perry latest Madea movie, Madea’s Big Happy Family, that arrives in theatres April 22.


ILLIMOIAN contestants Kaisa Pilewicz of Wheaton, Ill. (BELOW RIGHT) ,made it through this week in the 7th week of the 16th Cycle ofAmerica's Next Top Model. The show airs Wednesdays on the CW

We will see Thursday nite if Wheeling, Ill native Hailey Reinhart will remain on American Idol after her performance of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Wednesday nite. .

UPDATE: Reinhart was safe Thursday. Now its only eight that remain.


Kanye West continues his stay at No.1 for a second week on the Hot 100 with his featured rap on Katy Perry's smash, "E.T." His solo hit, "All of the Lights" falls one spot to No. 26 but holds its bullet. On the Hip Hop-R&B charts, the song holds for a second week at No. 2....Jerimih continues his Top 10 stay with "Down On Me" feat. 50 Cent on the Hot 100 moving up two spots to No. 7 with a bullet and also holds at No. 7 for a second week on the Hip-hop/R&B charts and its bullet. Lupe Fiasco moves up 7 spots to its new peak at No. 24 with "The Show Goes On" on the Hot 100. Jennifer Hudson's single, "Where You At" falls from its peak of No. 64 to No. 74 this week. On the Hip-hop/R&B charts it moves up one spot to No. 10 with her third Top 10 single. Also on the R&B charts, R Kelly's title single from his CD 'Love Letter", falls two spots from its peak No 13 to No. 15.


Mizzou's search to replace men's basketball coach Mike Anderson , who left Mizzou after five seasons on March 16 for Arkansas, where he had been an assistant for 17 years has now been filled. Monday, MU hired Miami coach Frank Haith, after Pudue coach Matt Painter rejecetd the deal last week, who has one NCAA Tournament appearance in seven seasons and a 43-69 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play - including 10-22 the last two seasons.

Critics say that Haith's numbers pale in comparison to Painter, who has taken six of his seven teams to the tournament and was stopped a game short of a third straight Sweet 16 this season ... Haith’s hiring has now lead to an outburst of media and fan criticism of the hire on the Internet late Sunday (even protestors as of this writing)

"Wow. Awfully Disappointed in the response that some Mizzou fans are giving," Mizzou guard Kim English posted on Twitter late Sunday.

Haith's key selling point is his past as a recruiter. At Miami, a source close to the committee noted, Haith graduated 21 of 22 seniors.

MU's board of curators scheduled a special meeting at 7:45 p.m. Monday by telephone for an unspecified matter that now appears likely to be related to Haith's hiring. The curators must approve a contract for Haith before the deal can be finalized.

According to the Associated Press in Miami, Haith is expected to return to the school Monday to tell the Miami players of his decision personally, then be introduced in Missouri as early as Tuesday. Haith had been in Houston at the Final Four.

On Charlie Tuna’s radio show this week on 1380 AM feels that the decision was race based to fill an African American coach with another. Hmm that's a possibility.


Cardinals cleanup hitter Matt Holliday has emeregncy appendectomy surgury last Friday and as of Tuesday was running sprints and playing catch. The Cardinals declared they are optimistic enough about the left fielder's recovery that will not place him on the disabled list for now. The club will play one batter short for a few more games because it expects Holliday to be able to rejoin the lineup on a trip that starts Friday. Holliday said he was told about the decision to keep him off the DL on Tuesday, the day club management said they had to make the call.


On Opening day at Busch Stadium, 46,368 attended Thursday's game and they who witnessed a 5-3 Cardinals loss to the San Diego Padres in 11 innings — in which the home team blew a one-run lead in the ninth and allowed the go-ahead run to score on an error. Fans all wore red and congregated outside Busch Stadium hours before first pitch, and where the organist played “Here Comes the King” for 30 minutes straight while Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog and the Budweiser Clydesdales paraded past the stands at the parade prior to the game.The three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols, who's newsworthy negotiations to renew his contract fell through prior to Spring Training Feb 13, received a warm ovation when introduced before the game, and again when he came to bat in the bottom of the first inning during the season-opener against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium.

The cheering began as Colby Rasmus, batting in front of Pujols, legged out a triple and grew as Pujols came to bat, though most of the red-clad crowd appeared to remain seated.

It didn't help. Pujols popped up, stranding Rasmus, though Matt Holliday followed with a single to score the runner.

As of Thursday, the Cardinals lost 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium, wrapping up their season-opening homestand with a 2-4 record. To asnwer questions on teh Cardinals lackluster record so far, its skipper, Tony LaRussaLa, who reportedly vowed last year to be friendlier to the media in 2011, stalked out of his live postgame press conference after persistent questions about the offense.

"For everybody listening out there, do you think I'm being unreasonable?" La Russa said. "It's the first week of the season. I don't understand this.

So much for calm, cool, and collected. LOL

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Two hip hop rappers eventz made newz for not the event but for the melees that erupted at the event. First,STL rapper Hitman Holla had a bday party at Club Escalades May 31 that erupted in a fight of several folk in the venue that stemmed from the dee-jay playing fight induced music. To see the fight, go to

Also, nat'l recording artist Webbie was scheduled to perform at BlackmonsPlaza in East St. Louis but did not get a chance to perform because of a fight that happened involving members of the crowd and the two security guards.

According to reports, a security guard was left wounded after a gun went off inside the nightclub when the fight broke out with just two security guards struggling to control the crowd . In an attempt to control the crowd, one security guard used his pistol to strike one of the guys in the fight when the gun went off striking the other guard by accident. 40 state police officers were said to have arrived on the scene afterwards, responding to calls that fights were happening both inside and outside of the club.

There was no word on what started the melee at the club. Neither Webbie or anyone in his entourage was injured during the fighting. During the melee at Blackmon's, fights broke out a two other clubs, Club Flava and The Mansion.

According to Mayor Alvin L. Parks, Blackmon's will temporarily lose its liquor license, as police investigate the incident.

We got scoop from a substantiated source, the videographer who filmed the fight who said that the fight stemmed from too many opening acts and after the last act MTE from Indy got their set cut short all hell broke loose.:”

These two instances have been on the national spotlight and the bigger picture of hip hops negative influence on nightlife and the people who frequent these areas. Overall, these venues have done a great job in curbing violence. But with these two instances along with the past ones mainly activities that occurred outside of then Lush Nightclub last year, it gives the STL area a bad name when it comes to urban clubs. In the end, the city 's money revenue suffers, life is lost and the number of places to go will be shut down.


StL native NFLer Laurence Maroney was charged this week for a drug and weapons bust in St. Louis in January -- and he's only going to face a misdemeanor. Prosecutors reportedly tagged Maroney with one count of marijuana possession -- for the arrest back in January when St. Louis PD pulled over a car and busted the former Denver Broncos player and four other people. Cops originally booked Maroney -- who's now a free agent -- for possession of a firearm, but it was later determined he had a permit to carry the gun. Maroney faces up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.


Internationally known televangelist Joyce Meyer submitted to a recorded deposition this week in the murder case where her former bodyguard, Christopher Coleman, is accused of strangling his family. The deposition took place at Monroe County Courthouse. Meyer made her first appearance in a public setting connected to the case since May 5, 2009, when she visited Coleman's home in Columbia, Ill., to show support the morning his wife, Sheri, and two sons were found slain.

Mario DeCicco, Sheri Coleman's brother, said he is upset that Meyer is recording a deposition in place of appearing at trial in person.

Prosecutors said Meyer, whose Joyce Meyer Ministries is based in Fenton, Mo., will not be available during Coleman's murder trial, which is scheduled to start with jury selection next week and opening statements April 25. Instead, Meyer will submit to questions from lawyers in a session to be recorded and played for jurors later.

Dan Meyer, Joyce Meyer's son and CEO of the ministry's U.S. operations, also will submit to a recorded deposition today to be shown at trial.


There were several nat'l acts who came through St. Louis recently.


Grammy Award winning pop /dance icon Janet was in town recently performing her Number Ones tour in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox . In each city, she dedicated a No. 1 song for each city that she tours. For St. Louis, it was supposed to be 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. But, that nite, it was strangely switched to “What Have You Done For Me Lately: according to reports. The crowd, more than likely, was not aware of the switch nor cared as long as they saw the 44 year old sex symbol who wore them out with her fully fitted black cat suit. She lip synched, sang and danced through her 20 or so No. 1 hits from “Control” to “Together Again” either in full or in part and did some scripted conversation with the crowd that reportedly felt not so warm and intimate as her concert was supposed to bring. But she did look good and she danced which is pretty much what one expects when going to her concerts. And speaking of Nelly, who he was not in attendance to perform due to being on an international tour with the St. Lunatics, “Call On Me” he sent a video of himself performing that was shown at the concert.

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Grammy Award winning country artist Faith Hill and Emmy Award nominated talk show host Conan were the featured celeb guests at St Louis native sportscaster’s Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center Benefit held at the Fox. Accoridng to a report from, O'Brien served as the opening act, and he tailored his set just for St. Louis. He donned a Cardinals jersey he noted that Tony La Russa was in the audience, and asked him, "Why are you here? You should be mowing Albert Pujols' lawn right now." O'Brien also talked about the beauty of the Gateway Arch, but complained St. Louisans are more obsessed by the giant Amoco sign on Skinker. "Just sell it to InBev and move on," he said.

Costas found himself with time to kill when headliner Hill was late getting to the stage. So he calmly called La Russa and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith out of the audience for impromptu interviews. Costas' also did occasional updates of Final Four basketball scores When she finally showed, her hour-long set showcased her powerhouse vocals and many of her country-pop hits. Dressed in long turquoise gown and high heels, Hill seemed every bit the diva, but came off as an unpretentious one. During uptempo tunes she looked like she wanted to cut loose and dance, so she hiked up her dress and strutted as best she could. Ballads provided her set's best moments.


Grammy Award winning gospel brother-sister duo BeBe and CeCe Winans’ "Still Something Big" tour with Grammy Award winning gospel sister duo Mary Mary that aldo stopped at the Fox Theatre was reprtedly the last with his sister CeCe, played out a bit differently from the traditional setup of support band first, headliner band on last. The Winans were first, then Mary Mary was last. According to a review from Kevin Johnson of St Louis Post Dispatch, both acts shared the stage during the show’s abbreviated first half, creating a communal feel as they jumped back and forth between each others’ hits. During the show’s longer second half, the acts got the crux of the event.

At the end of "Never Thought," BeBe Winans respotedly broke down into tears as he remembered those who passed on including his brother Ron, who died in 2005. BeBe also briefly addressed his 2009 arrest for domestic assault telling the crowd he was innocent.

Johnson also said, “Though all the acts were devout in the praise and worship, the show didn’t come off as preachy. The concert never wavered from being a concert, and an uplifting one at that.”


The Game stars Pooch Hall and Hosea Chanchez were also in town to make appearances at three clubs: Exo, Flava and Posh. For Exo fans. this was a disappointment to those who were expecting Hosea Chanchez to meet and greet the fans. Not the case. He only came through more like a pit stop to the main spots Flava and Posh on the East Side of St. Louis. Come to find out, the promoter (who will be a blind item this week) agreed to an hour with Chanchez at Exo. That was not the case. Plus, as a conflict to the clubs on the East Side, Chanchez didn’t agree with taking pics with fans or the paparazzi (luckily the OUTCAM blended well with the cell phone pic takers LOL) He was there just to show up for a minute (literally) and then bounce to the East Side where he was scheduled at Club Flava to speak to the crowd and take pics. Also there was Pooch Hall who was not scheduled to be at Exo. After about 20 minutes, they let and went to the EasT Side to go to Flava and Posh where they greeted the fans, took pics and partied.

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"Glee" cast member Matthew Morrison will perform June 19 at Fix Theatre in St.Louis.

Grammy Award winning rap superstar LIL WAYNE will host the official after party for his April 10 concert IM STILL MUSIC at Posh (FORMERLY PLUSH, FORMERLY THE MONASTERY) early Monday April 11. ALSO FEATURING BIG TERRENCE AND DJ SIR THURL. FOR MORE INFO CALL (314)680-2775

THE"Get Motivated Business Seminar" that will be held at Scottrade Center April 27. Speakers will include Colin Powell, Lou Holtz, Laura Bush, Steve Forbes, Rudy Giuliani, Kurt Warner, Howard Putnam, Dr. Robert Schuller and Krish Dhanam. If you buy your ticket at the door, it will cost $225. The ad info explained that if you were to buy your ticket in advance, it would cost $1.95. What's more, you could 'send your entire office for only $9.95."

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy will perform at 8 p.m. June 15 at the Fox Theatre.

Classic rock bands Yes and Styx are teaming up for a tour coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 24.

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt is at 8 p.m. June 21 at the Fox Theatre.

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt is at 8 p.m. June 21 at the Fox Theatre.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters will perform July 1 at the Pageant.

John Oates of Hall & Oates fame will perform May 20 and 21 at Argosy's Music Hall at the Argosy Casino in Alton.

Chuck Berry's April 9 concert at the Argosy is sold out.

Pop group Poco will perform two shows at the Ameristar Casino's Bottleneck Blues Bar

Hearthhrob actor Lance Gross will be the celebrity guest at Johnathan Burns’ bday bash at his venie Club Envy April 22

Rapper Yung Joc Concert will be at The Blue Note April 16th in Columbia, Mo.


Comedian EARTHQUAKE AND singing brother duo KC & JOJO LIVE will be @ THE AMBASSADOR May 22


Friends of the Sheldon are presenting Steve Tyrell at 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.


Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform. June 24 at the Family Arena

Project Pat will perform Saturday, April 30 at Blackmon's Plaza

The 2011 Top Chef tour is kicking off in St. Louis April 15. Nikki Cascone, a New Yorker who competed in the reality cooking show's fourth season, and Hector Santiago, a native of Puerto Rico who appeared in the sixth season, are scheduled to appear. They'll be cooking pork or lamb, whichever protein wins a vote on the show's Facebook page, They are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 15 at Soulard Market.They will be available at the tour's website,

Stadium Sports Bar and Grill will open this spring in the former Sleek space, Lumière Place announced in a press release yesterday. The venture will feature the expected array of hi-def flat-screen televisions. The menu will feature "appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hand-tossed pizzas, flatbreads and smoked meats, steaks and more."

ADOPTED St. Louis rapper Stevie Stone has found a new home with Tech N9ne. Stone has signed on with N9ne's Strange Music label. Stone is simulteously signed to Fly Moves Productions locally. Stone will accompany N9ne on his 6's & 7's Tour, coming to Pop's Aug. 6

Where U Want 2 Be Ent. and Vanita Applebum Ent. present Secrets of the Game…Entertainment Entrepreneur’s Workshop and Acoustic Flow. The purpose of the workshop is to spread and gather knowledge from industry professionals from all spectrums of the business. Each month there will be a different panel of speakers highlighting their respective specialties. Registration begins at 8am the workshop begins at 9am. The same evening is the show…

Acoustic Flow which will feature four artists that will do a 3 song acoustic set. The artist get to choose one instrument…the choices are drums, keys, sax, and bass. You are more than welcome to have your own musician. Doors open at 8pm and the show will start promptly at 9pm. All artists are required to be at the venue at 8pm. The next show is May 7th at Big Moe’s

If you are interested please send your information to


Soul Stylz, Freetime and SYGU present THE FRIDAY ALTERNATIVE: SUMMER SERIES starting April 8 at LOLA

RIP BITZ. Gene Slay was a state high school wrestling champ from the near South Side who grew up to become a political power broker, successful head of a nationwide transportation business and the target of federal anti-corruption investigators.

In his heyday, he was a formidable sight at 250 pounds and 5 feet 8 inches tall. He kept a hand gripper in his Lincoln Continental and used it to keep his hands strong. He knew that a firm handshake makes a strong first impression.

Eugene P. Slay died Sunday (April 3, 2011) at his home in Ladue. He was 83 and had been recuperating from throat cancer and a broken leg.

STL ARIES-IAN B-DAZE St. Lunatic member Kyjuan Dabess, music producer Foxx starstrukk, 2010 Miss Missuori Tara Osseck (PICTURED) , photographer Stephen Garnett, promoter Curtis Faulkner, poet MK Stallings, singer LeAndra, poet Aireez Darychuss, detailer Sylvester Chisolm, businessman Earl McDowell, Jr , and promoter Amanda McCaleb.

BLIND DISHZ. Which STL promoter cussed up a storm outside of a venue recently involving the brief appearance of a celebrity guest?

HINT 1. The promoter is a male

HINT 2. The venue's name means "love"

HINT 3. The promoter's initials are the same as the initials one of the co-stars of a popular 1990s urban sitcom.

HINT 4. The celebrity is the star of a returning sitcom that made newz for its ratings of its first returning episode.

BLIND DISHZ EXTRA. Which former STL politician got their freak on up in VIP with a young hottie recently at a nightclub?

HINT 1. The politician is a male

HINT 2. This person was "the first" when they won its candidacy

HINT 3. This person doubles as a media personality

HINT 4. The nightclub had its opening recently at a spot who's name used to be the same name as a place where monks congregate.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Who got it in this week? Radio personality Janee and promoter Mocha Latte (*TIE) and Phil Assets of Liquid Assets.

Janee. Coming off of hosting at Posh where The Game stars Pooch Hall and Hosea Chanchez came through, this sista who can be heard weekdays on Hot 104,. 1 FM is holding her own
as an emcee at Posh every Saturday nite/early Sunday.

Mocha Latte. The Queen of Promotions will be holding it down Saturday nite hosting at The Label and may take the mic along with Big Terrence at the Lil Wayne afterparty hat will be held at Posh early Monday.

Phil Assets. This brotha is holding it down again for another wekeend at Club Amnesia. First, starting with Redd Hott Thursdays, then Fierce Fridays (with Tearri Mari--SEE EVENTZ BELOW), then on Saturday with Successful Saturday. On Sunday, he, will have three reality show stars including Natalie Nunn to host a Lil Wayne afterparty at Club Amnesia (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) then later on, along with promoter Loose cannon will be at Posh where LIl Wayne himself will host the official after party to his I Am STILL MUSIC Tour at ScottTrade Center.

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

Why is the government tryin to shut down now especially with folk filing their taxes before the deadline? Why is Flava Flav's checks bouncing for employees at his chicken spot in Iowa? Why is there gonna be a cartoon spoofing former Cali governor Arnold Schwarzengger called The Governator? Why did Tony LaRussa blow up at a recent press conference when asked about the dismal start of the Cardinals? Why did DJ Mr Cee get caught in his car allegedly gettin oral from a tranney? Why has the new music video from teen Rebecca Black become the next viral hit? Why are the American Idol stylists putting so much lip gloss on contestant Jacob Lusk? And why is she gettin death threats? Why were Steve Tyler and Rhianna performing on Country Music Awards? Why did Snooki get 35K to speak at Rutgers? Why now is Barry Bonds' steroid trial going on? Why is Jermaine jackson claiming broke and sayin he's not like Michael and cant pay the 85K the courts fined on him for back child support? Why did Angie Stone not know her license was suspended when she was pulled over? Why is their a latex life size doll of Mylie Cyrus called Finally Mylie? And why did Nick Cannon and a very pregnant Mariah Carey take nude pics? And why is Nick now regretting doing them?


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

Scott Stapp of Creed will perform at the Ameristar Casino April 7.


Stress Free Fridays will be at 609 eastgate Ave in the U City Loop. 5 p.m.




Friday, April 8 · 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th Street, St Louis, MO 63118

A Night of Trivia to benefit the John Van Voris Scholarship from Pride St. Louis, Inc. Hosted by Dieta Pepsi & Trish Busch Doors Open 6:45 • Trivia Starts 7:30 $25 per person / $160 for table of 8 ($150 if table is pre-paid by March 15)


The Bobby Rush Blues Revue performs at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. April 8 at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups. Special guests for the show are Eric McSpadden with the Rough Grooves Band.Tickets are $20 at BB's and at Vintage Vinyl


LIQUID ASSETS presents DollFace MGMT and 6th Man Productions Launch in conjunction with 5Star Productions Anniversary Party with very special guest Teairra Marrie (of the Movie Lottery Tickect APRIL 8\


Rapper Lil Wayne "I Am Music II tour, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 10. Also on the bill are Rock Ross, Nicki Minaj , DJ MIx Master Mike and Travis Barker. D





Mocha hosts Saturday nites at The Label

Mocha hosts her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Exo. teh next one is April 20



Mocha's column COFFEE TALK can be seen in the weekly The Evening Whirl newspaper published on Mondays.

For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917



STL Come Out, April 17th @ Fubar $10 advance tickets, Hip-Hop/R&B show. purchase online before Mar 19th and save $3 off PROMO CODE: AIREEZ816 Let's go!…

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


ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase Final Thu. of every month8:30pmat Big Moe's


WORD THERAPY AT CLUB PARADISE Open Mic Final Friday of the month $5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free 812 Martin Luther King on the East Side

New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline"

Aireez DaRychuss music available online now

MORE INFO on AireezDarychuss




By Andrew Moodie

Elijah McCoy may be the greatest inventor you have never heard of. A prodigy since birth, his lifetime of study eventually led him to an invention that changed modern transportation forever, the self-lubricating steam engine. And that’s just one of the many inventions society can thank him for, as we’ll learn in this historical work making its U.S. Premiere. His personal and professional lives can be measured in equal parts triumph and tragedy as he struggles to make his way as an African-American inventor at the turn of the 19th century.

The Real McCoy By Lynn Nottage THRU APRIL 10

For tickets go to


Black Pearl Sings!

By Frank Higgins

April 20 – May 15


The Montford Point Marine

By Samm-Art Williams

May 25 – June 26



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