Wednesday, April 13, 2011

OUT 987--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (ADDS and UPDATES)(April 14-20)





Who were these two ladies who were wearing these OH NO outfits heading to the Scott Trade Center Sunday for the Lil Wayne concert?

We are 13 posts away from the 1,000th posting. To celebrate a forthcoming party called GRAND PARTY will be set for this landmark feat. Details TBA.

The Taxman Knockeths. The deadline for filing your taxes has been moved from Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 17!

As we continue our spotlight on poets in the ILLI MO area for National Poetry Month, we highlight poet/educator Shirley LeFlore.

Shirley LeFlore is one of St. Louis' most influential performance art poets.[1] Before she became a board member for Word In Motion, she split her time between performances in New York City and teaching creative writing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. One of the premiere women's voices in St. Louis, Shirley has been a part of many underground activists poetry organizations including the 1960s based Black Artists' Group and Harmony. Between 1968 and 1972, a radical group of artists, musicians, writers, actors and dancers created life in an abandoned warehouse at 2665 Washington Boulevard. The Black Artists Group was committed to the belief that the act of creation — whether on paper, in sound or in the movement of the human body — was the highest, most noble pursuit one could undertake. A book of her poetry is scheduled for release, and she has received the Warrior Poet Award. She was commissioned to write a children's libretto performed at the Kennedy Center, and a musical poetry composition performed at Carnegie Hall. She has been published in a number of anthologies and has collaborated with musicians of various styles, most recently, JD Parran. Her most recent CD, JD Parran featuring the poetry of Shirley Bradley LeFlore, was released in 1997.


President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday at his press conference at the White House a plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years. The plan was put together largely from the outline produced by his own deficit commission co-chairs.

The proposal, which comes as House Republicans get set to vote on a budget of their own and a bipartisan group of six Senators chart their own deficit-reduction framework, includes a mixture of tax hikes, drastic spending cuts, reductions in the Pentagon’s budget and smaller entitlement reforms. It would seek to achieve a final balance of three dollars in spending reductions for every dollar generated in additional tax revenue.

President Barack Obama has agreed to negotiate a deal to cut spending in return for a vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, House Speaker John Boehner suggested shortly after a meeting with the president at the White House Wednesday.

President Barack Obama has requested that formal negotiations to begin in May on reducing the long-term U.S. debt as a share of the economy and annual deficits.

Obama also is opposing extension of Bush era tax breaks to those earning more than $250,000 per year.


Oprah continues to prove that she can demand big money for everything, as the price for a 30-second commercial spot during her May 25th finale reaches $1 million.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this price is even higher than the finales for either Lost($900,000 a spot) and 24 ($650,000), despite that Oprah has a smaller audience (around 7 million viewers) than either show.

This is still only half of what the Friends finale commanded, which $2 million per spot.

According to UPI, the spots during the finale will be the most expensive non-Super Bowl spots since 2005. That year, advertisers paid $1.2 million for a spot during CBS’s Everybody Loves Raymond finale.


Oprah Winfrey's camp is denying reports the U.S. television superstar will not endorse President Obama's re-election campaign.

A spokeswoman for Winfrey told the New York Daily News she remained a stalwart backer of the first African-American president.

"Oprah's support of President Obama has been and remains unwavering since she initially endorsed his candidacy in 2007," Lisa Halliday told the newspaper. "Any reports that suggest otherwise are untrue."

The Daily News said Saturday the idea Winfrey had cooled to Obama originated with an entertainment Web site that said Winfrey was distancing herself from Obama because she did not want her fledgling Oprah Winfrey Network to experience any negative fallout from the potentially contentious 2012 election.

Winfrey's high-profile endorsement and support of Obama in the 2008 campaign was seen as a major contribution to the meteoric rise in his popularity among voters.

Hmmm, sounds like the spin is in on this one. But again, Obama has his own feet to stand on and an Oprah endorsement is kinda beating the horse. We are sure she supports him, but Oprah is a realist and her biz deal with OWN is her focus--that is if the spin is in. LOL


Despite earlier reports that Oprah Winfrey might be dialing back her support of President Obama due to his dropping poll numbers possibly affecting her flailing OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), it looks like Oprah is having Obama and his wife, Michelle, back on her show as it enters into its home stretch.

The interview will tape on April 27 and air on May 2. The Oprah Winfrey Show is set to go off the air after 25 years on May 25, leaving a nation of housewives with nothing to do now on afternoons at 4 pm.

The last time the Obamas appeared on Winfrey’s show was back in 2006; however, Winfrey and the Obamas have been increasingly attached since then, with Oprah becoming one of Obama’s most ardent supporters during his presidential campaign, raising millions of dollars for the prudential hopeful, and has subsequently interviewed the president a number of times.

One can look at this as mutually beneficial—having a sitting president and his wife on your show during its last month isn’t a bad way to go out, and Obama will receive some free press/ airtime, as he recently officially announced his bid for reelection in 2012.

Hmm, maybe this is saving face for Oprah to at least have the Obamas on her daytime show.

Oak Park, Ill. native and Emmy Award winning actress Betty White has been vocal lately on the state of actors and actresses in Hollywood. Betty White says in her day, TV stars knew their place.

'We considered ourselves lucky to be on the box, never complained if a critic didn't like us, dressed modestly and were always on our best behavior in public,' she told London's Daily Mail.

Now 89, she's been a star for more than 40 years with "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Golden Girls" and "Malcolm In The Middle," and she doesn't have much time for modern celebrities.

White said of today's stars: "They party too much, don't learn their lines, are unprofessional and they grumble about everything.

"I think they are terribly ungrateful. I cannot stand the people who get wonderful starts in show business, and who abuse it. Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, for example, although there are plenty of others, too. They are the most blessed people in the world and they don't appreciate it."

When asked about White's comments, Lindsay responded "Wow" to E! News. "I've always been a fan of hers," Lohan added. "It's just a bit strange when people feel they must speak publicly about others. Especially a grown woman."

We say Betty White for 2012. LOL. But seriously, we are glad that someone from the golden era of Hollywood spoke up about the state of the entertanmet biz and White is the perfect person to do such cuz of her rebounding comeback and pop culture status.

The Chicago Bulls closed the regular season with their ninth straight victory, beating the New Jersey Nets 97-92 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs with the NBA's best record later Wednesday with San Antonio's loss to Phoenix. Had the Bulls and Spurs tied, a random drawing would have decided the top spot because all the tiebreakers were even.

The Bulls motored past the New York Knicks Tuesday (April 12), 103-90. The win, combined with San Antonio's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, deadlocks the Bulls with the Spurs for the league's best record with just one regular season game to go.

This is the fourth time since the ABA merger that the Bulls have defeated every team in the league.


Former Illinois governor/ reality star Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he was fighting for his life and needed the public's support when his second public corruption trial begins next week. He launched a campaign-style stump speech against federal prosecutors, saying they want to prohibit his attorneys from asking questions about Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's role in his plans to fill Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat.

"I'm a former prosecutor," he said outside his Chicago home. "It is not the job of a prosecutor to win at all costs. It's not the job of a prosecutor to railroad an innocent man. It is the job and duty of a prosecutor to do justice. What is justice? Justice is the finding of the truth. You don't find the truth by hiding the truth."

The former Illinois governor also said his lawyers may be barred from telling jurors that Blagojevich championed a children's health care bill that benefited the hospital he was accused of shaking down.

"I'm fighting for my life's work. I'm fighting for the hard work and sacrifice of my parents and the values they taught me," he said.

Blagojevich faces 20 charges, including that he sought to exchange an appointment to President Obama's old U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or a top job. His first trial ended last year with jurors agreeing on just one count — convicting Blagojevich of lying to the FBI.

Wiretap recordings were at the heart of the prosecution's case at the first trial and will be just as crucial at the second, set to begin Wednesday.

We think the jury will show no mercy for Blago.

Kanye West and Bono have collaborated on a Swizz Beatz song. called ‘Skyscrapers’ for Swizz Beatz’s new ‘Haute Living’ album.

Beatz’ told Paper magazine: “It’s me, Bono, and Kanye on this one song called ‘Skyscrapers’. I recorded with Kanye in the studio and then I recorded with Bono in this actual studio right here.”

Swizz has also lined up a host of top stars to work with on his album, including Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and John Legend.

A release date for Swizz’s album is yet to be revealed, but it is widely expected to come out sometime this year. In related Ye newz, he has guaranteed himself an O Music Awards, as his greatness on Twitter has necessitated the invention of an entirely new category honoring Best Tweet. Each of the five nominations belongs to West, including “I have decided to become the best rapper of all time! I put it on my things to do in this lifetime list!” and “Dating models I had to learn to like small dogs and cigarettes.” West also picked up fan-voted nominations for Best Fan Forum (for and for Best Animated GIF (for Kanye Smile, Then Angry).

St. Louis Cardinals slugger and superstar Albert Pujols had a sit down interview on 60 Minutes Sunday. The story, reported by veteran CBS newsman Bob Simon, mostly covered his life away from baseball. He talked about being in the 13th round in the 1999 MLB Draft, an adopted daughter with Down Syndrome, his devout Christianity, and his philanthropy in the Dominican Republic.


St. Joseph, Mo. native and Grammy Award winning rap superstar Eminem is a finalist in 16 award categories for the upcoming 2011 Billboard Music awards, including Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Rap Artist.(RIHANNA IS The TOP NOMINEE WITH 18). The winners will be announced at the Billboard Music Awards show airing on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22

ADD: St. Louis native director James Gunn's indy film, "Super" was released in limited theaters acorss the country last weekend. It grossed so far $92,000 since its film debut April 2. He is best known for either writing or directing the films, :"Dawn of the Dead", "Scooby Doo" and "Slither. " He was also onc emarried to St. Louis rasied actress Jenna Fischer of "The Office " fame.

Wheaton, Ill native Kasia Pilewicz (RIGHT)made it through this week in the 8th 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 (FAR RIGHT) will remain on American Idol after her performance of Blondie's "Call Me" Wednesday nite. .

UPDATE: Reinhart was safe again this week after being in teh Botton Three Thursday. It is now seven left.

ADD: Chicago native actress LisaRaye 's second season of her reality show "The Real McCoy" debuted last Thursday on VH1.


Kanye West holds for a third week as a featured artist on Katy Perry;'s 4th consecutive No. 1 hit, "E.T.," on the Billboard Hot 100. His solo hit, "All of the Lights" moves up 3 spots to No. 23 on the same chart and holds for a third week at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts...Jerimih moves up one spot to No. 6 with his single, "Down On Me" feat. 50 Cent on the Hot 100. On the R&B/Hip Hop charts it falls from its peak No. 7 to no 11. On the same chart, Jerimih's featuring on Lloyd Banks' single, "I Dont Deserve You" moves up 3 spots to No. 37. Lupe Fiasco's hit, "The Show Goes On" moves up 8 spots to No. 16. on the Hot 100. Eminem's featring on Dr Dre's "I Need A Doctor" moves up one spot to No. 19 in his 3rd nonconsecutive appearance in the Top 20 peaking at No. 4 two months ago. Jennifer Hudson's single, "Where You At" holds at No. 10 on the R&B/Hip Hip charts and R Kelly's single, "Love Letter" falls two spots from its peak at No. 13 to No. 15.

St. Louis Cardinals cleanup hitter Matt Holliday was back in the starting lineup against San Francisco Sunday , nine days after undergoing an appendectomy. Holliday is batting in his usual cleanup spot against the Giants on Sunday. He had played in only one game this year, going 3 for 4 with a home run in the team's season-opening loss to San Diego.

Rap superstar Lil Wayne performed before a near sold out crowd at the Scott Trade Center Sunday with openers Travis Barker, Rick Ross and his protege Nicki Minaj. Check out the review at OUT 986! (photo by Meteromix)

U2's July 17 concert at Busch Stadium was sold out this week, the first for the new Busch Stadium.. The band will be the third musical act to perfom there . The first two were Dave Matthews Band with the Black Crowes and the Eagles with the Dixie Chicks.

Ticket prices are released for the July 28 Sade concert at Scottrade Center.Tickets are $49.50-$149.50, on sale at 10 a.m. April 16 at, Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000 and at the venue. There is no service charge at the box office. John Legend is also on the bill.

Ticket prices have been announced for the Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow pairing July 16 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Tickets are $25.50-$75.50, with six lawn tickets available for $99 while supplies last.


Grammy Award winning rap band The Roots will be one of the acts at Lou Fest at Forest Park Central Field Aug 27-29. TV ON THE RADIO + DEERHUNTER CAT POWER + !!! + THE HOLD STEADY + SURFER BLOOD + DOM + THE LOW ANTHEM + many more

Tickets go on sale April 16 for Brad Paisley's June 17 concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Novelty superstar "Weird" Al Yankovic returns to Family Arena with a show June 3.

Gary Sinese and the Lt Dan band May 27 at The Pageant

Young Jeezy will perform May 6 at Posh nightclub

The 30 Seconds to Mars concert April 18 at the Pageant.

Award winning actress Diana Goodman, will reprise her stage role as the bipolar heroine in "Next To Normal. April 24 at the Fox Theatre

DJ Jay E deejayed at the event Abstract promoted by Koncepts and 1st Friday April 8 at Exo

Rap duo Ying Yang Twins will perform May 5 at the Imperial Palace.

ST Louis native rapper J Kwon opened up with stlhiphop about his past troubles with child support and ho wit affected his career. Go to


Legendary pop /R&B group Tower of Power will perform a May 14 at Lumiere Place Casino


Comedian and “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell July 23 at the Pageant.

Ohio Players


The Masters of Funk are coming to the Ambassador June 3 with the Bar-Kays, Sugarfoot's Ohio Players and Slave


Former Cardinals player and KMOX personality Bill White released his memoir 'Uppity: My Untold Story About the Games People Play' By Bill White with Gordon Dillow. Published by Grand Central

The St. Louis Chamber Chorus will celebrate Alphonsus Rock Church's restoration with a concert April 17 focused on music that has also been restored. The St. Louis Chamber Chorus performs Concert V: 'Transfiguration — From Completion to Invention' this Sunday

at the church, 1118 North Grand Boulevard

How much • $27 ($10 full-time students with ID)

More info • or 636-458-4343. There will be a pre-concert lecture by Washington University professor Craig Monson beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Former 104.1 personality Young Dip hosts at The Inspot Dessert Lounge every Wednesday and Thursday at the Imperial Palace with Tity Boy and Leggo.


Singer Deandre Perryman hosts Tatse Full Thursdays at The Lions Den located at 12104 Bellefontaine Rd. He also promotes the event with Black 300 & King Management LLC


Partnership for Downtown St. Louis' Parties on the Plaza returns to the Post Office Plaza at 8th & Locust Streets, with free outdoor concerts from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. beginning May 12.

Here's the lineup:

-- May 12, Fat Pocket

-- June 9, Plastic

-- July 14, Hollywood 5

-- Aug. 11, Jake Austin & the City Limits

-- Sept. 8, Well Hungarians

Get more information at


Bands who want a spot to perform are taking place at The Old Rock House.All bands need to do to take advantage of this offer is to email


Stella Artois, Cinema St. Louis, and Vital VOICE present the 4th Annual QFEST! at Hi-Pointe Theatre & various venues around St. Louis April 14-17 (SEE EVENTZ BELOW)


DJ Needles will present his DJ session event SPIN DEEP at J Bucks in downtown St. Louis April 16. Other dee-jays with Needles are DJ Reminisce, Enoch, DJ Willpower, and DJ J Mo.

Singer/actor Tre'Von Griffith had a music concert Tuesday at the Sheldon concert hall.

Delux Magazine will have its first Fashion Week April 27-29 at The Metropolitan Gallery. For more info go to

STL TV personality Sande is making a buzz with her video podcast Socialite Sande. To view it go to

THREE MOVE ONS are making strides in and outside of St Louis

FIRST, Actor/director Joel King will perform his one man play "Deeper Shade of Blues" May 22 at The Kickback Lounge in Hollywood.

SECOND, Fashion designer Teresa Dumas is having auditions for her upcoming fashion show The All-White Affair with A Taste Of Chocolate ATL Saturday, April 23 at 10:00pm (SEE OUTGOING BITZ)


THIRD, Model/event promoter/talk show host Jon Erickque, who lives in Memphis, Tennessee will host the talent showcase Cipha Thursday’s at The Guest Room on Grand & Natural Bridge. SPECIAL GUEST: SHUT EM DOWN, RUKA PUFF, LA THE PLAYER, BLOCK RADIO HOST JON ERICKQUE, TIGGA, SWAGGA MAGAZINE AND MANY MORE (SEE OUTGOING BITZ for info on auditioning)

Congrats to Hella Fly Promotions who will celebrate its one year anniversary if the weekly Sunday event Sexy As You Wanna be Sundays at The Label this Sunday(SEE OUTGONG BITZ)


YOURS TRULY made an appearance alog with stylist Ola on STL Live Monday with host Christia Parker.

Ma'atology Productions is gearing up for a reprise of SNAP HONEY the stageplay next month in St. Louis. Details TBD.
The 3rd Annual MISTA COUTURE STYLE CONTEST will take place June 18 at Carlton Hotel in Manhattan NYC.

STL ARIESian BDAZE. Comedians Willie Lynch (PICTURED) and Carmen , rapper/model Allen Gates, Tony Bryant, photographer/poet Racquita, poets Ill Skillz and Xplicit and socialites Yemi Adewemni, Jimmel Meyers,.

BLIND DISHZ.Which STL comedian might be hosting a the new season of BET's Comic View?

HINT 1. This comedian is a male

HINT 2. This comedian has had national exposure

HINT 3. This comedian recently won a locally based award for his comedy.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS. Who are gettin it in this week? Promoters JoAnn Smith and singer/musician Jennifer Norman(TIE) and the Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson and event host Big Terrence).

JoAnn Smith (RIGHT). This lovely sista who is the founder of KeepLiving Entertainment Management is packing them in with her successful weekly music showcase Tuesday Night Fusion at Club Viva.(SEE OUTGOING BITZ)

Jennifer Norman.(FAR RIGHT) This singer/songwriter/musician has been writing & performing original music & acoustic covers for four years. This week she has a busy mini tour in the area which started Wednesday at The Halfway Haus. Then on Friday at McKendree College in Lebanon, IL. On Saturday, April 16 she will perform at Spirits Lounge and Sunday at Just Johns.

King Kerry and Dano Johnson(FAR LEFT). This dynamic duo is continuing to get it in and this weekend is special because they are bringing in rapper Mystikal for its $5 Friday at The Broadway and Sunday, celebrating its one year anniversary of its weekly event Sexy As You Wanna Be Sundays at The Label (SEE OUTGOING BITZ).

Big Terrence (LEFT). This Notice Me Award winning vet of the mic and hype is coming off of hosting the Lil Wayne concert afterparty at Posh early Monday. He also holds it down every Thursday on the mic at Liquid Assets Red Hott Thursdays at Club Amnesia.


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

Why did Rev Al Sharpton and Dr Cornell get into a verbal fight about President Obama?Why did that mother from NYC drive her and three of her children into the Hudson river and killing herself and three children? Why didnt Eva Longoria didnt think her boob wasnt going to come out of a tuxedo jacket without a bra? Why was folk so shocked when American Idol contestant Pia Tascano went home last week? And why does it matter of the eliminations when most of the finalists will receive record deals anyway? Why doesnt St. Louis have an NBA team? Why is so much time and money spent on the Barry Bonds trial? Why was Latoya Jackson wearing a Michael Jackson outfit circa 1987? Why are air traffic controllers falling alseep these days? And why did Nene Leakes say that Latoya was old, got famous from her last name and acts like was 12? And why has actress Loretta Devine become the go-to actress to play every mother in urban based films?

AT THE LIL WAYNE CONCERT At SCOTT TRADE: Why were there so many sistas wearing ho-fits? Why did Nicki Minaj do a lap dance on a sista and then stop realizing kids were in the crowd? And speaking of kids, why were their some toddlers at the concert? Why were polictcians State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, and State Representative Jamilah Nasheed have a verbal clash in a luxury box at the concert ? Why did Rick Ross call his fans "mutah fuckas?" And Why wasn't Drake on the bill?


Stella Artois, Cinema St. Louis, and Vital VOICE present the 4th Annual QFEST! April 14-17 This year's festival is PACKED with amazing films and special events! Check out the details below.

Red Carpet Opening Night Celebration Hi-Pointe Theatre 5:30pm APR 14

Official Opening Night After Party Pi Pizzeria 6144 Delmar Blvd *******SCHEDULE OF FILMS******* Thursday, April 14: The Sons Of Tennessee Williams - 7:30 pm Queer Shorts - 9:30 pm Friday, April 15 Leading Ladies - 7:00 pm Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music - 9:30 pm Saturday, April 16 March On - 2:00 pm shown with Just Like Anyone Else: St. Louis After Stonewall Fishnet - 4:30 pm Different From Whom - 6:30 pm Violet Tendencies - 9:15 pm Sunday, April 17 The Owls - 2:00 pm Out For The Long Run - 3:30 pm Loose Cannons - 6:00 pm BearCity - 8:30 pm For descriptions and trailers, visit For tickets, visit


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,


Stress Free Fridays is ready for STRESS FREE FRIDAYS: 70's Made Entertainment Edition this Friday at Lola, 500 N. 14th Street...CEEJAZZSOUL performing LIVE!



Drag Queen Death Match: Championship Edition!

Friday at 10:00pm - The Complex 3515 Chouteau Ave

Doors@10. Show@11. Dancing til close!

FREE before 11 and $5 after for 21+

$10 all night for 18+


Taylored Poet’s CRAZED Sanity Book Release Celebration

Saturday, April 16 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm


The Space,

3016 Locust Ave


DJ Needles SPIN DEEP Spin Deep

James Needles Nodzilla invited you!


Saturday at 9:00pm - April 17 at 1:00am

J Bucks Restaurant

1000 Clark St


Mocha will be a featured guest on STl LIVE on STL TV April 18.

Mocha hosts Saturday nites at The Label

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


Jobs!! Positions available with the National Children’s Study in St. Louis. One is a part time Community Liaison. The other is a full time nurse/phlebotomist. Perhaps you or someone you know would be interested. Please share the link below.https://performancemanager-sr.




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



Aireez is now represented by Jackie Phillips' Where U Want 2 Be Entertainment..


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

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Black Pearl Sings!

By Frank Higgins

April 20 – May 15

Directed by Andrea Frye Jailed in a Texas prison, Alberta “Pearl” Johnson has little hope for release and even less for reconnecting with her missing daughter. That is until Susannah Mullally, a song collector on a mission to record pieces of African-American culture, overhears Pearl singing while on a visit to the prison. Through her music, Pearl has the unexpected opportunity to earn her freedom and search for her daughter. This work harnesses race relations and the rich oral history of the African-American community to build a tale that is funny, touching, and compelling.

For tickets go to


The Montford Point Marine

By Samm-Art Williams

May 25 – June 26




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