Wednesday, April 20, 2011

OUT 990--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ=ADDS and UPDATES--A (April 20-26)




If you celebrate, then Happy Easter to ya!

10 more posts away from the "grand" number 1,000. Be on the lookout for the party to celebrate this historic feat for OUTTOWN!

As we continue our celebration of ILLI MO based poets during National Poetry Month. This week we highlight poet/writer/ educator Jabari Asim.

Born in St. Louis, Jabari Asim , who is currently an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College inBoston, spent eleven years (1996–2007) at the Washington Post, where he served as deputy editor of the book review section, children's book editor, poetry editor, and editor of the Washington Post's Education Review. For three years he also wrote a Washington Post Writers Group syndicated column on political and social issues for the Post. Asim is a former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. Since August 2007, has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis published by the NAACP and founded by historian and social activist W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910.From 2008 to 2010, Asim was Scholar-in-Residence in African-American Studies and in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[4] In April 2009, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Jabari Asim a fellowship in nonfiction, one of 180 fellowships awarded to artists, scientists and scholars in 2009 selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. A poet, playwright and fiction writer, Asim has published work in a number of anthologies and literary magazines. He was the only writer to have both poetry and fiction included in "In The Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers"; his short story "Two Fools" appeared in "Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America" (Ballantine); and his poems, along with "Peace, Dog," a one-act play, were published in the "Soulfires: Young Black Men on Love and Violence" anthology compiled by Rohan Preston and Daniel Wideman. Asim’s debut work of fiction, A Taste of Honey, is a collection of sixteen connected stories told from multiple perspectives which take place in a fictional Midwestern town called Gateway in 1968, published by Broadway Books in March 2010. It was featured in the March 2010 issue of Essence Magazine. In January 2011, A Taste of Honey was nominated for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction, 42nd NAACP Image Awards


Former Illinois governor/reality show star Rod Blagojevich' is expected to appear in court at his second corruption trial today, Thursday as jury selection resumes from, Wednesday with a pool 100 who are filling out a38 page questionnaires to be selected.. Blago will returns with a scaled-down defense team that no longer includes charismatic lead lawyer Sam Adam Jr. For prosecutors, it could be seeking testimony from Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. For the defense, it could be putting their client on the stand. In the last trial, Blagojevich repeatedly promised to testify, then didn't.

Speaking at his Chicago home over the weekend, Blagojevich told The Associated Press that he both looked forward to the retrial and dreaded it.

"To have to sit through that and hear all that again ... it's brutal, brutal," he said with the family dog, Skittles, resting on his lap. Listening to former aides, confidants and once-close friends testify against him was particularly painful, he added. All of them are expected to take the stand again in the weeks ahead.

But Blagojevich, who says he ruled out accepting a plea bargain, said he was also eager for another chance to clear his name. He knows he has a lot to lose.

He could get up to five years in prison for lying to the FBI, the sole count on which he was convicted last year. He faces 20 more counts in the retrial, including bribery and fraud. And the stakes are as high as ever: A conviction on just one offense could mean a decade or more behind bars.

It is expected that a jury will be in place by this time next week. The same judge Judge James Zagel will hear the case.

So its Green Mile time for Blago--without the death part.

Talk show mogul Oprah is getting her own section on Flipboard. Folks behind the popular social magazine for iPad selected “some great sources” highlighting themes and topics that have been a driving force for Oprah, including improving education, philanthropic work with charities, healthy eating and do-it-yourself home improvements. The Oprah section incorporates select material from The Oprah Winfrey Show,, O Magazine and OWN, featuring empowering articles, inspiring profiles, healthy eating tips and more. There are also exclusive video diaries chronicling the final stretch of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Next up, her own section in Heaven. LOL

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Grammy Award winning Chicago based rapper Common had its inaugural Common Ground Foundation Gala” that had taken place last weekend at the Intercontinental Hotel.

There, two notable ILLI MO based women were honored for their artistic and humanitarian contributions.


Emmy Award winning Chicago native actress/talk show host Sherri Shepherd


The View's Sherri Shepherd was in the ATL Wednesday evening to film and host the 2011 Dove Award excellence in gospel music.

See photos from the 2011 Dove Awards in the slideshow

The Gospel Music Association's 42nd Annual Awards were held at Atlanta's Fox Theater. It will be aired Easter Sunday on the Gospel Music Channel

She also celebrated her bday Friday


2011 Medal of Freedom winner and St. Louis born poet/educator Dr. Maya Angelou

Actress Keke Palmer and business woman , Dee Robinson Reid were also honored.

Grammy Award winning and Chicago based rapper Kanye West closed the Coachella Music Festival with a 2 hour performance that blew away critics and fans alike.

"West delivered a grandiose, theatrical performance destined to be remembered as one of the great hip-hop sets of all time," writes Jeff Miller in The Hollywood Reporter of West, who started just 15 minutes late, and landed on stage via a crane. "Every moment of the carefully-choreographed set was larger than life, beginning with West's entrance. He rose above the audience via an enormous crane that swung him over nearly the entirety of the main stage's gigantic swath of real estate while blasting through 'Dark Fantasy,'" Miller describes.

"The high-intensity start was followed by a run-through of nearly all of West's hits ("Stronger," "Gold Digger," "Through The Wire") divided into a cinematic, three-part arc that was mostly special-guest free and hit surprising emotional resonance mid-set, when West declared his Coachella performance the most important to him since his mother's unexpected death in 2007.

The heft of that statement carried through the performance's end, when West nearly teared up during the poignant "Hey, Mama," adds Miller.

CBS News says West "blew the doors off" Coachella by "performing his biggest hits to an appreciative crowd."

MTV News says the rapper "slayed" Coachella.

"In what is sure to go down as one of the most memorable performances in Coachella history, Kanye West only disappointed anyone who was expecting the controversial MC to phone in his festival-ending set Sunday night," wrote the site's Mary J. DiMeglio.

The Los Angeles Times' Todd Martens writes, "As entertainment, West's set was captivating, a festival performance unlike any other, and one that often showcased the artist and the artist alone on a minimal stage."

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival tied its year-old attendance record last weekend with 75,000 three-day passes sold for the event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

ADD: Ye made a surprise appearance on the elimination episode of American Idol Thursday when he performed with Katy Perry on her hit, "E.T."

The Chicago Bulls are up 2-0 against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Playoffs as they won in their home stadium, The United Center Monday 96 to 90. The teams move the series to Conseco Fieldhouse on Imdiana for Game 3 on Thursday night with Indiana.

UPDATE: The Chicago Bulls won over Indiana 88 to 84 leading the series 3-0. Their next game is Friday.
In unrelated Bulls newz, it is the most cost-effective NBA team, followed by Oklahoma City, which is the only NBA team to rank among the league's top 5 most cost-effective teams for the second consecutive year. This Forbes survey, which calculates efficiency by looking at team payrolls and regular-season wins, finds Toronto gets the least on-court bang for its bucks

Jefferson, Mo native comedian Cedric the Entertainer is

preparing to join a new spinoff of TV Land's hit "Hot in

Cleveland," which he's developing with the network. In the untitled sitcom, Cedric will reportedly play a minister, and though details are sparse about the spinoff's premise, his character will premiere on "Cleveland," which returns in June.According to TV Land's release, the series is contingent upon the pilot script, which will be co-written by Cedric and "Hot in Cleveland" creator and showrunner Suzanne Martin.

People Magazine published its Most Beautiful issue last week with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez on the cover. One of the “beauties” on the list is Chicago native and award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson(PICTURED is HUDSONs PIC from the Magazine). Others who made it was Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Sandra Bullock, Bruno Mars, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson.

Take that David. LOL

The 2011 Academy Award winning film THE KINGS SPEECH was released out on DVD this week. The film stars Academy Award winner Colin Firth, who attended junior high school in St. Louis.

Grammy Award winning and Chicago native singer Chaka Khan (FAR LEFT) was a guest on American Idol last Thursday she and singer Anita Baker, who was also in attendance, were acknowledged on camera by host Ryan Seacrest before he introduced Rihanna on stage to perform.

Congrats to St,. Louis native and Phillies’ First Basemen Ryan Howard. He’s getting married to Krystal Campbell, an Eagles cheerleader, who he has been dating for the past three years. Howard is planning a small wedding for next year.


Chicago native R&B crooner Jeremih confessed to the MTV series “When I Was 17” recently where the retold a tale of how his thieving actions of a video game led to him having to jump out of his third floor college dorm window. In his sophomore year at University of Illinois one of the singer’s dorm mates owned the popular video game Grand Theft Auto. Jealous of his floor mate’s good fortune and frustrated that his friend wouldn’t let him borrow the game, Jeremih took it upon himself to borrow the title but ended up getting caught hot-handed by the roommate of his friend.

Jeremih incurred the wrath of the video game owner as he ignored the friend’s pleas to open the door and return the video game. But in a classic tale of revenge, Jeremih’s dorm room door was glued shut by the game owner and he had to suffer taunts from classmates who heard him pleading to get out. In a hasty maneuver to escape, Jeremih donned four thick coats and jumped out his dorm window three floors below into a thicket of bushes.


Americas Next Top Model had a recap of the current 16th Cycle Season this Wednesday on the CW so there was no elimination round this week Contesttant Kasia Pilewicz of Wheaton, Ill. (RIGHT) is still safe.

UPDATE: Haily Reinhart (FAR RIGHT)of Wheeling, Ill was in the Bottom 3 again but she was safe after performing Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." It is now six left.

We will see if American Idol contestant Hailey Reinhart (FAR RIGHT)of Wheeling, Ill. will survive this week after her performance of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."


Jerimih made newz this week on the Billboard Hot 100 as his slow chart burning single, "Down On Me" featuring rapper 50 Cent moves up two spots to No. 4 in its 23rd week and with a bullet. The song reaches the same chart position of its debut single, "Birthday Sex" in 2009. On the Hip Hop/R&B chart, the song falls one spot to No 12. Kanye West continues to dominate both Hot 100 and Hip Hop charts as well as his featuring rap on Katy Perry's former No. 1 single, "ET" falls to No. 2. His solo single, "All of the Lights," moves up four spots to No. 19 on the same chart and holds at No. 2 for a fourth week on the Hip-Hop R&B charts. It also move sup one spot to No. 2 on the Rap Track Charts. Lupe Fiasco moves up one spot to No. 15 with his breakthrough single, "The Show Goes On" and six spots up to No, 45 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. It holds at No. 7 on the Rap Tracks chart. Eminem's featuring on Dr Dre comeback single, "I Need a Doctor" continues its slow regain up the Hot 100 chart as it move sup one spot again now to No 18. It peaked at No. 4. Jennifer Hudson's singe, "Where You At", penned by R Kelly, falls one spot from it speak at No. 10 to No 11 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. On the same charts, R Kelly moves up one spot to No 15. The song has peaked at No 13.


Legendary St. Louis Cardinals player Lou Brock and his wife, Jacqueline, was on hand to the unveiling of his likeness in a bronze statue form at Lindenwood University’s Lou Brock Stadium Monday.

Brock said he hopes that students will be inspired to work hard when they walk past the statue. "One of the greatest attributes in competition is to be able to outlast your opponent," he said. "If you can't outlast your opponent, you'll be in second place."

The bronze statue, which was created by St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber , depicts Brock's famous pop-up slide. Also there were John Mozeliak and Albert Pujols.

Brock and his wife are involved with Lindenwood University and raise money for an annual scholarship at the school.


Veteran St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin got booed by fans Wednesday after the first of two games, a day game (that was rescheduled from Tuesday’s cancellation die to tornadic weather) and evening game held back to back when he didn’t close at the day game and ended up losing the game 8 to 6 against the Washington Nationals

Franklin told B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwestthat he was thrown off by the boos he heard on Wednesday after allowing an eighth-inning 417-foot homer to Nationals outfielder Laynce Nix and a subsequent walk to catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

“I guess they have short memories too because I think I’ve been pretty good here,” Franklin told Rains. “It doesn’t bother me but it just shows some people’s true colors. You’re either a fan or you’re not.”

The quotes only get more heated as Rains’ column goes on:

“You don’t boo your own team. I don’t care who you are or what you say or just because you spent your money to come here to watch us play that somebody happens to make one bad pitch and give up a homer and you are going to start booing him? I’ve been here for five years and four years I’ve been pretty good.”

Franklin threw two innings in the afternoon game and it was supposed to be a low-pressure relief appearance designed to help Franklin rebuild his confidence

The Cards regained themselves and won the evening game 5-3.

Sports experts and analysts are saying that the fans shouldn’t blame Franklin for the day loss, but its skipper Tony LaRussa who put him in the game. We kinda agree with that, but at the same time,. LaRussa wasn’t pitching either.

The production of "High" at Broadway's Booth Theatre was "marvelous, electric - a beautiful performance" reports Alice Sherwood, a member of the St. Louis contingent on hand for Tuesday's opening-night show.

Starring Springfield Mo native Kathleen Turner as a tough nun trying to help a young drug addict, "High" marked the Broadway debut of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as an above-the-title Broadway producer.

The opening night crowd was full of celebrities, said Sherwood, wife of Rep board vice president Robert Sherwood. Theater-goers included Turner's "Romancing the Stone" costar Michael Douglas , filmmaker John Waters , Broadway's Elaine Stritch and Angela Lansbury.

Oprah's OWN Network is set to air a documentary with St. Louis roots.

"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" is set to be on its fall schedule.The documentary that was filmed last year, will feature Robbie Montgomery, who owns the restaurant on Manchester Avenue in the Grove neighborhood, who was an Ikette in the Ike and Tina Turner Review and took up the restaurant business when her performing career was over. It also features her son, Tim Norman, the co-owner, and a big, extended family,

St. Louis' Coolfire Media, contacted the family with the idea and worked with their Los Angeles partners, Pilgrim Productions, to put together a 5-minute 'sizzle reel" about Sweetie Pie's and pitched it to OWN and from reports, Oprah had saw it and bought the show.

"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" will follow the Montgomery family as they prepare to open a Grand Center location of their restaurant. The heart of the show will be the family members themselves, both actual relatives and restaurant family, as they banter and squabble and put food on tables every day but Monday.

Former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce will be in St. Louis next month for a FREE football clinic at Tuskegee Airmen Field at Sumner High School on May 21. This free clinic will provide youth the opportunity to work on their football skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills, while building self-esteem both on and off the field. Space will be limited to the first 200 youth in each of the two sessions.

Rocker Ted Nugent will perform at. June 19 at Pop's.

Robert Cray Band will perform June 3 at The Pageant

R. Kelly's "Love Letter" tour is expected at Chaifetz Arena on June 17

He's touring with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius.

The Resurrection Tour with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone and Flesh N' Bone performing with a live band, June 16, at Pop’s

David Lowery of Cracker/Camper Von Beethoven (solo acoustic), will perform at Blue berry Hill’s Duck Room May 24

THREE COMICS are coming to the STL

Brad Garrett will perform two shows. June 18 at Lumiere Place Casino's Lumiere Theater

Brian Regan at The Pageant for two shows May 14


Billy Gardell at Pageant July 23

Singer Natasha Bedingfield is performing at the Old Rock House, along with Cadaver Dogs & the Up All Nights. July 9

The St. Louis Teen Talnet Showcase will take place May 8. Students in the finals represent Cardinal Ritter, Central Visual and Performing Arts, Circus Harmony, Clayton, Crossroads, Francis Howell North, Hazelwood East, Mehlville, Riverview Gardens, Soldan, Trinity and Villa Duchesne.The finals will be held at the Fox Theatre, Special guest judge will be St.Louis native Phyllis Smith of the TV hit "The Office," and Broadway performer, director, choreographer and writer Tony Parese will choreograph the show, which is open to the public free of charge. Tickets are available at the Fox box office and through MetroTix.

Grammy Award winning Gospel singer Debby Boone will return to Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts' Bezemes Family Theater in St. Charles to perform May 7. She performed at the theater last year for a PBS filmed special.

Comedian/Talk show host Rickey Smiley will host the STL Music Fest May 6 with Charlie Wilson, Fantasia,. Eric Benet and EnVogue at the Chaifetz Arena.

Local rocker Todd Sarvies, who placed first runner-up on MTV's "P. Diddy's StarMaker" music competition show , performed Wednesday at Off Broadway.


A St. Louis-made movie apparently has become a regular at a Turkish literary festival. Chris King of Poetry Scores says "Blind Cat Black" will be in May. It also was screened last year in Turkey. The Ece Ayhan Festival is part of a festival at Ankara University. The movie, shown in the 2007 St Louis Filmmakers Showcase, features poetry by one of Turkey's modern poets.

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NYC stylist and STL resident Ola is running fast down the runway of fashion in ST Louis. First, she just opened another Ola Styles Studio in Clayton across from Oceano's on Brentwood. Her other studio is in Chesterfield. She is also the premiere deisgner for Delux Magazine's Fashion Week April 26-29 at the Meteropolitan Gallery. She ill be the sole designer in Alive Magazine's Glow Fashion Show April 28 on Windows on Washington. And on May 1 she will be featured in License to Thrill" Fashion Show m @ The Hilton Garden Inn Regency Ballroom 360 Regency Park Drive, Ofallon, IL.

St. Louis resident Mark I. Sutherland (FAR RIGHT) has released a picture book for children, "Why Do We Celebrate Easter?". The 28 page book was published by Dunrobin. Sutherand is a corporate e-communication lead at Monsanto and his father, a Scottish native, is a church missionary in St. Louis.


The 2nd Annual S.L.U.M. Fest (St. Louis Underground Music) is taking place June 18 at Atomic Cowboy. A few of the 50 plus local artist performing this year are SKiddalz, Ruka Puff, J Biggs, Pancho Rucker, Big Will, Niteowl, Midwest Avengers, Nato Caliph, Ooops, Potzee, Bee, Rockwell Knuckles, Jia Davis and Tef Poe. Get more information at

Speaking of local artists in the STL, Legion is making newz not for his music but for his stickers om STL city parking signs and complaints from city residents . KMOV Channel 4 did a report on this recently. To see it goto

We hear that Washington University graduates had their grad party at Lumen Saturday. No reports of any drunken misbehavior was reported but it was an open bar for the newbie graduates.


Veteran local musician Starchild will have a bday party at at Club Sevens in the Casino Queen April 30


Steve Mizerany, the zany appliance dealer who roller-skated through his store and squealed pitches over the radio, died last Friday He was 87 .

Mr. Mizerany's trademark slogan was describing the store, called the New Deal, "at 4719 Gravois, next to the Bevo Mill." He'd vary the line during radio ad libs, often saying "the Bevo Mill is next to us." A McKinley High alum, he went to work with his brothers after high school at a family store, Mizerany Brothers Appliance at 3849 South Broadway.

In 1972, he left that store and co-founded the Mizerany-Farhatt New Deal Appliance Co. at the famous Gravois address.

But it was for the New Deal that he found his voice. He took to TV and radio with enthusiastic slapstick, delivered in his distinctive voice. He'd appear in plaids and stripes that were outlandish even for the 1970s.

Mr. Mizerany lived for the last six years in Bethesda Meadow nursing home in Ellisville. He had been a patient at St. Luke's for about a week before his death.

Services are pending through Kutis Funeral Home Affton.

STL BDAZEs-TAURUSians. Comedian Darius Bradford(PICTURED), sports journalist Earl Austin Jr., singer Kim Massie, DJ Charlie Chan, musician Starchild, DJ J Mo, promoter John Burns, actor/musician Anthony Tarvin, singer/model Jzanell (PICTURED) photographer Erica Brooks promoters Larry Blue and Joann Smith, model Snap Babei, and socialite , Renaud Chavoz Lucas,

BLIND DISHZ--Which STL club is on the brink of closing due to its inability to pay its lease payments?

HINT 1. The club is located in Midtown St. Louis

HINT 2. The club caters to a specific crowd.

HINT 3. The club's name can be found as part of the name of a popular chick flicck in the 1980s.

PRO-MO-CIAL-I-CIOUS--Promoter Mocha Latte and promoter Phil Assets and photographer/promoter Teddy Blackett (TIE)

Mocha Latte. This Notice Me Award winner of Monopoloy Promotions was absent from this section last week, but the Queen of Promotions has returned back to her usual spot. This week, she made an appearance on STL Live on Monday, then, she hosted her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at Exo on Wednesday and on Saturday she reteams with her former promotion partner Big Tah of 3 Way promotions for the weekly Saturday Night Live./Ladies Night at The Label.

Phil Assets. (FAR RIGHT)This brotha who is the CEO of Liquid Assets continues to get it in with his events at Club Amnesia with Red Hott Thursdays, a special Fierce Fridays teaming with Topher of Derrty Ent for Nelly's Good Fridays and a special Successful Saturdays with , Fashion Statement, a bday party for Notice Me Award winner Mario Clay and model Snap Babei.

Teddy Blackett (FAR RIGHT) This Notice Me Award winner continues to do double duty as event photographer of his company B Free Paparazzi and co-promoting events through it. With the Movie Group, he is giving away movie passes for . The rest of his events are all on Friday. First, his weekly happy hour Recess at Ginger Bistro, with Ivy League Ent. its Soulful Sounds with singer Eric Roberson at The Loft, and with Vanita Appelbum Entertainment, the listening party Next, every 2nd and 4th Friday, at Lola's.

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

Why didnt ABC think that soap fans werent going to protest the cancellation of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE? Why did Kobe Bryant call an NBA ref faggot? Why did Missouri Rep Russ Carnahan curse out Missouri Rep Lacy Clay on the House floor? Why isn't the St. Louis Police department city controlled? Why are their portable tan tents? Why is hard to distinguish Rihanna from Britney Spears on the "S&M" remix? Why hasnt there been a comedian hired to replace Guy Torry on the Breakfast Crew show? Why are air traffic controllers sleeping on the gig lately? And why didnt they catch the slip up on First lady Michele Obama's plane after the flack they been getting? Why is Vice President Joe Biden gettin the rep as a Goober? Why did actress LisaRaye say on her reality show during a date that men eats sushi better than women because they eat pussy? Why did "The Game" star Hosea Chanchez say it feels like being white when Monique asked him on her talk show how it felt to have historic ratings of the return of "The Game" on BET? Why did American Idol contestant Casey Abrams kiss judge Jennifer Lopez on the cheek after his performance? And why are there gonna be two more singing competitions thsi year with The Voice and the X Factor? Why are people not feeling Will Ferrell as a potential replacement of Steve Carell on The Office? And why is Donald trump pretending he is running for President for the Tea Party?


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.


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

2011 Grammy Award winning indy band Arcade Fire will be at the Scott Trade Center April 21


April 22, 2011 at 5pm to April 23, 2011 at 1:30am

Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, April 22nd as we visit one of the hidden gems in Downtown St. Louis, Jade, located at 910 Olive Street, across the street from the new Schnucks Culinara...enjoy all of the amenities that this multi-leveled venue


Eye Roc Eyewear will have a Grand Opening Launch Party

Maryland Plaza Central West End, St. Louis, MO 63108) Introducing Eye Roc Eyewear in the Central West End, the newest eyewear experience in St. Louis. Come join us for our grand opening launch party April 22nd, starting at 6:00 pm at 28 Maryland Plaza in the Central West End. H’ordeuvres provided by Herbies Restaurant and Wine Bar. Eye Roc Eyewear brings to St. Louis the coolest frames at incredible prices, all of which are designed exclusively by Eye Roc. Come by and pick up a $100.00 gift card, good towards a complete pair of eyewear at Eye Roc. For more information call 314-361-9900 or find us online at


Hearthhrob actor Lance Gross will be the celebrity guest at Johnathan Burns’ bday bash at his venie Club Envy April 22. Later that nite, he will make an appearance at Posh in East St. Louis.

Ivy League Ent presents Soulful Sounds April 22 with Eric Roberson in concert at The Loft. Also performing is STL native singer Teresa Jenee. It is hosted by comedian Maurice G with soundz by DJ Needles.


Mocha hosts Saturday nites at The LabelL

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



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Black Pearl Sings!

By Frank Higgins

April 20 – May 15

Directed by Andrea Frye Jailed in a Texas prison, AlbertaPearl” 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.

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The Montford Point Marine

By Samm-Art Williams

May 25 – June 26



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