Wednesday, September 14, 2011

OUT 1048--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ (Sept 15-21)





This week’s dish is:

Bubble tea

Bubble tea is the popular Americanized name for pearl milk tea and other similar tea and juice beverages that originated in tea shops in Taichung city, Taiwan during the 1980s. Drink recipes may vary, but most bubble teas contain a tea base mixed with fruit (or fruit syrup) and/or milk. Ice-blended versions of the drinks, similar to slushies, are also available, usually in fruit flavors.

Here’s the recipe for a Bubble tea Smoothie--


2 tablespoons of bubble tea milk pudding powder

2 tablespoons of bubble tea flavored powder

1/2 cup of hot tea

1 ounce of bubble tea sugar syrup

1 cup of ice

1/2 cup of fresh fruit, such as pineapple, papaya, strawberry, mango, banana

1 scoop of cooked bubble tea tapioca pearls or jelly toppings


Add all the powders and the hot tea into the blender. Add all the remaining ingredients except for the tapioca pearls or jelly toppings into the blender. Blend the ingredients to your preference.

Pour the shaken ingredients over the tapioca pearls or jelly toppings into the drinking cup.

Add extra chopped fresh fruit or whipped cream as a topping if desired. Use a fat straw to enjoy the smooth texture of the fresh fruit smoothie.

Tips: Choose a bubble tea flavored powder that complements the fresh fruit you are using. Kiwi fruit does not work well in this recipe.

A place in St Louis that makes Bubble Teas is

Bubble Tea House

291 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, MO - (636) 536-4482


Talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey gave a one-hour interview to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at the company's Palo Alto, California headquarters last Thursday where fans tuned in to watch a live online chat with the social networking site.

According to a story from AP, the chat took place in front of an audience of Facebook employees who cheered and took photos on camera phones when she walked out.

Winfrey covered a variety of topics including how Rosie O'Donnell has done some remodeling to Harpo Studios in Chicago. (O'Donnell will host The Rosie Show for Winfrey's OWN network beginning in October.)

"One of the first things she wanted was...the walls taken down...everybody's out in the open and her offices are dogs and kids and music is playing and there's a candy bar and a cookie bar... ."

Life has not slowed down since wrapping up "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in May.

"I think everybody thought I was gonna sit at home and relax...every time I run into people they say "How is it? How's retirement?" First of all I was never intentionally retiring. It's a little more frantic. The days were a little more organized. I feel a little out of body some days."

Winfrey is now focused on developing her OWN television network. She serves as its chairman, CEO and chief creative officer.

"It's a lot harder than I ever imagined. If anybody asks you if you want a network think about that," she joked.

She also said she never felt fear until she decided to launch OWN.

"The fear is getting this right and the fear is whether or not I'm ahead of my time. I fundamentally believe people are yearning for something more but if I look at, if you look at what's on television right now it doesn't look that way. The fear is I hope I'm right."

Winfrey responded to a special lightning round of random questions where she shared she likes thin crust pizza over deep dish, Chai tea to coffee and the iPad to actual books or the Kindle.

Winfrey toured the Facebook offices prior to her live chat and brought along employees from O magazine, OWN and Harpo because she believes they can learn from the social media site. "

Or in other words-- attend it or get fired. LOL. We are still waiting on her live broadcast from the Moon..and you know folk will jet set for that!


The 2011 Miss Universe Pageant was co-hosted by St. Louis native and Bravo TV exec Andy Cohen (along with Today Show’s Natalie Morales) with commentary by St. Louis native and former Miss Universe 2004 Shandi Finnessey (PICTURED). The event tool place Monday in Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil and aired on NBC.


Emmy Award winning talk show host/actress and Chicago native Sherri Shepherd’s Tv special, “Sherri Shepherd Gets Married” aired on the Style network Tuesday, “The View” co-host wed TV writer Lamar Sally, On the special, she said that she didn’t wear any underwear on her wedding day.

Hmm, why did she have to disclose that?


Grammy Award winning Chicago reared rap star Kanye West will be exhibiting a women's collection during this Spring 2012 fashion week… only, it won't take place in NYC. Instead, West will be showing of his Louise Goldin-designed line at Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 1 as reported to Billboard Magazine


Former St. Louis Rams quarterback and Dancing with the Stars alum Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda Warner will be on The View Thursday to talk about her new book, a memoir entitled, “ "One Call Away," which is now on the New York Times Bestseller list.(SEE STL NEWZ BELOW)

Earlier this month, Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was presented with an honorary “Don Cornelius Way” street sign with the Soul Train logo at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park that went up at the corner of Halsted and Madison, where he launched the show at WCIU-Channel 26. The DuSable High School product looked down at the sign and said, “This is the biggest thing that ever happened to me.”

a free concert was held at the park. Chicago soul greats Jerry Butler, the Impressions, the Emotions and Gene Chandler performed with an orchestra.

A few minutes later he was prodded to deal his signature “I wish you love, peace and soul” salutation, to which the hundreds of thousands who came through chanted along. The street honor commemorated the 40th anniversary of Soul Train. Soon after the honor,

R&B singer Johnny Gill was a guest on The Tom Joyner Morning Show Wednesday to promote his latest album, “Still Winning” that will be released Oct. 11 The CD was released on his new label, the St. Louis –based Notifi Records, headed by Ira Dewitt (PICTURED FAR RIGHT). When Joyner asked about the Twitter beef he had withDewitt, Gill said that the conflict was squashed and compared the situation to both of them having a baby and making sure that it was taken care of. In August, Gill went on Twitter tweeting about Dewitt calling her “nuts” and “deranged” after he discovered a track, produced by R&B singer Tank was supposedly leaked to the social outlets. After Gill’s tweet, Dewiitt subsequently filed a lawsuit for defamation and claiming that she got permission to release the preliminary track. She eventually dropped the lawsuit.

We guess only time will tell in regards to Gill and DeWitt’s business relationship. OUTTOWN got first glimpse of their business dealings recently during the filming of a video medley of three songs off his latest CD at the Mayfair Hotel and we saw and heard some animated discussions between them about the direction of his career with the label in between video takes.


And speaking of Notffi record artists, its first national artist signee R&B singer Ginuwine, who signed with the label in 2009, is no longer on the label. It was confirmed by himself as well as a reliable source from the label. He released two albums through the label “A Man;s Thoughts’ (2009) and “Elgin” (2011).

When OUTTOWN asked was he still the label on Twitter, he replied, "NOPE." We responded back with the details on why he left, but as of this blogging, he had yet to respond.


Former St Louis Rams player and 2011 NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk will have a special brand of cereal in his honor called Faulk Flakes. It is a frosted corn flakes cereal in a limited edition collector's box commemorating Marshall' Hall of Fame career and that will benefit his foundation . The cereal can be bought at Shop'n Save stores, or online.


St. Louis native gospel singer Amber Bullock won the Sunday Best title after vites were tabulated and revealed Sunday on BET. She will receive a recording contract and a new Ford Explorer. In her hometown, there will be a concert in her honor where she will attend at Kennerly Temple COGIC at 4037 Kennerly Ave. this Friday at 6p.m. . It will also be posted on U Stream.

Tonite, Thursday, we will see if St Louis native fashion designer Laura Kathleen will survive another week to make the Top 8 on Project Runway on Lifetime.

UPDATE: Laura was safe and has advanced to the Top 8


Another ILLIMOian has made newz on the reality show competition genre as Meg Caswell of Chicago is HGTV's new "Design Star." Caswell and Karl Sponholtz, also from Chicago, were the last two contestants vying for the title in the Season 6 finale Monday. Caswell, owner of Design Shoppe in Lincoln Park, moves on to host her own show. "HGTV's Great Rooms" will debut Saturday. The five-episode series was filmed in Chicago. On the show, contestants were —judged on their design skills and their on-camera performances


ADD: Rockford, Ill native model Kayla Ferrell was safe on the season premiere of America's Next Top Model All Stars Cycle 17 this past Wednesday and is now in the Top 13.


The St. Louis Rams lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 31-13 at its season home opener Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. With turnovers and mistakes all over, the Rams were not able to recover. And most of its starting players got inkured and casuing most of them to be calel dout of the game. The injured were running back Steven Jackson after a 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter with a strained right quad (Jackson is already listed as “out” for next week’s matchup against the New York Giants.) Another was quarterback Sam Bradford who left in the fourth quarter after his throwing hand collided with an opponent’s helmet (His finger is simply bruised ans will play Monday).Next was cornerback Ron Bartell who played the entire game, but afterwards discovered he got two fractures in his neck and will be out for the remainder of the season. Others suferung injuruies were fellow starter Bradley Fletcher listed as day-to-day with a sprained toe. And The last player to suffer an injury was wide receiver Danny Amendola who dislocated his elbow in Sunday’s game. It is still up in the air whether or not he will need surgery, in which case his season would likely come to an end.


In related Rams newz, Sam Bradford made all the throws during a short practice this week , making a fast recovery from a bruised index finger. A special glove designed to increase blood flow to the injury and reduce swelling may have helped get him back on the field quickly.

"Everyone says I look like Michael Jackson," Bradford joked Wednesday as reported by the Atlanta Journal constitution. "I'm not really sure what it does. They say it works and obviously my hand feels better, so I trust them."


Meanwhile, The Chicago Bears started the season out on a dominant note, winning their season opener 30-12 over Atlanta at Soldier Field on Sunday. Their next game will be against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in New Orleans.


The St. Louis Cadinals are narrowing its Wild Card margin by 4 ½ games this week as they beat the Pottsburgh Pirates 3-2- Wednesday and winning two of the three games in that series. St. Louis, which has 13 games left, has won seven of eight and remained 4 1-2 games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race. The Cardinals began the day 6 1-2 games back of Milwaukee in the NL Central. Their next four games (this Friday through next Monday )will be against the Phillies

Meanhwile. Left outfielder Matt Holliday is dealing with an inflamed tendon in his right middle finger. Holliday reportedly sustained the injury during Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the 9thinning of that contest, Holliday experienced pain while taking a few practice cuts and had to be removed.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Holliday reportedly will have to rest the hand for 4 to 5 days before being reevaluated next week. At that point the club should have a better idea of what Holliday is dealing with and how long his recovery period will be.

It worked getting St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial receiving the Medal of Freedom Award from the White House earlier this year now the organization is hoing to hot another home run with another veteran player , current Cards broadcaster Mike Shannon according to a story by STL Today sports writer Rich Hummel, the organization is campaigning for Shannon to be inducted into the Hall of Fame through the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters The campaign is called, "Like Mike," to honor Shannon’s 40 years as a commentator. In order for Shannon to be nominated, his name has to be on the ballot as one of 10 nominees. The Hall of Fame, which released a list of 75 initial eligible nominees for the award, is currently conducting fan balloting on its Facebook page to select three of the 10 nominees for the 2012 award.

The winner will be announced in December.

Those who wish to support Shannon may go to and click the "vote now" button to be directed to the Hall of Fame's Facebook page.

Husband and wife Kurt and Brenda Warner is currently on a book tour to promote Brenda’s memoir :”One Call Away and she and her husband paid a visit to their former home city of St Louis to do an interview with various media outlets including KSDK on her New York Times Best Seller. To see the interview go to

Two artists that were scheduled to operform this weekend in St . Louis will be no shows. First, R&B singer and Clear Channel radio personality Keith Sweat will not appear on the St Louis stop of the Superstars of Soul concert,this Saturday at the Chaifetz Arena. Still on are Isley brothers, El DeBarge and After 7. There was no reason as to why Sweat dropped out of the tour performing (but we did see that he performing at the Kiva Auditorium in New Mexico the following Saturday)

Also, rap star Gucci Mane will have to cancel his appearance at Posh Nightclub Friday after he was sentenced to six months in Dekalb County jail in Georgia on an admitted assault charge on a female involving a unsuccessful sexual solicitation . The event was promoted by Loose Cannon and Liquid Assets


Famed and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform at The Red Velvet Ball October 1 at Powell Symphony Hall


Country superstar Clint Black will perform at Lumiere Place Casino's Lumiere Theatre Dec 9

Blue Springs, Mo.bred and American Idok winner David Cook’s (FAR RIGHT) joint tour with rocker Gavin DeGraw will stop by in St Louis performing at The Pageant Oct 11

Grammy Award winning jazz group Take 6 will open up the new season of Jazz at The Bistro Sept 21-24

Today Show Style Contributor Lloyd Boston, will be at Macy's St. Louis Galleria, to talk on 7 Ways To Wear It with Lloyd Boston!
Saturday, September 24th at
2:00 p.m. To RSVP call 866.607.4422.

The St. Louis-area choirs have been lined up for the How Sweet the Sound gospel choir competition, taking place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Scottrade Center. Donald Lawrence will host, and CeCe Winans and Marvin Sapp are judges.


Pop Group ERasure is coming to the Pageant Sept 21


Miami DJ George Acosta be in St.Louis on Saturday September 24th at Europe Nightclub

First, the new morning anchor at KSDK Channel 5, is SLU grad Pat McGonigle(FAR LEFT) , who replaced veteran anchor Art Holliday (LEFT) last week .who partnered with Jennifer Blome for the past 22 years on "Today in St. Louis." Holliday has moved to the station's new 4 p.m. newscast with Kay Quinn and Mike Rush, and is also anchoring the noon newscast.


Vera Culley has been hired as Morning Content Manager and Web Producer for she was behind the scenes with KPLR TV Channel 11.

Charlaine Harris author of the Sookie Stackhouse book series, that is the inspiration for the hit HBO drama True Blood”: will be a participant in the42nd annual Bouchercon at The Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. Sept. 15-18. The convention is a gathering for writers and readers of mystery fiction. Harris is one of Bouchercon 2011’s American Guests of Honor among other honorees

STL artists Jazz pianist Peter Martin, actress Linda Kennedy and artistic director Joan Lipkin, and, and, along with three organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts, will be honored on Jan. 23 as recipients of the 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards. Martin will receive the Excellence in the Arts award; Kennedy will receive the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Lipkin will receive the Arts Innovator award , The 21st annual St. Louis Arts Awards event will take place at the Chase Park Plaza.


L.A based award winning film director Camille Thoman, will be filming ner next movie, “You Were Never here” in St. Louis this winter. She was guest on Charlie Brennan;s radio show on KMOX to talk about it. To hear the interview go to


NIAFIDAHLI in conjunction with THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM presents I AM HIP HOP: Redefining the Images of Women in Hip Hop Sept 15 at The Missouri History Museum from 6pm-9pm,(free admission and open to the public). Nia’fidahli is teaming with Tavis Smiley’s, America I Am Exhibition, to present an interactive, art-driven event that will bring together a plethora of St. Louis musicians, scholars, activists, poets and visual artists in an effort to highlight the positive contributions of women in hip hop, as well as engage in a healthy dialogue about ways to redefine how women are perceived within the context of hip hop culture.


Paul Ha, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis director since its inception in the early 2000s, has landed a new gig with the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge, Mass. Ha will serve as director of the List Center Dec. 1.


Taste of St. Louis will take place September 23-25 Soldiers' Memorial Downtown. For more info go to


St Louis Fashion Week will take place Oct 11-15 at various svenue sin St. Louis. Just this week the six contenders in the Project Design contest showcasing uo and coming designers in St Lousi were also announced. They were Brittany Davidson (BMDESIGNS) of Overland, KS, Caroline Willard (CWCOUTURE) of Ballwin, Mo, Stephen Curd (Garic Stephens) of Chicago , Siera Moses (Haus Designs) and Kelly Christine (KellyChristine), both from St Louis. The contest will open the week on Oct. 11 at the hip 2720 on Cherokee Street. From there, the festivities will move from Downtown to Brentwood to Frontenac and back, keeping the city buzzing about the latest looks to hit the runway. For more information about each event go to

East St Louis native singer and America Idol finalist Deandre Perryman and his fiancé Shonie are in Las Vegas on their honeymoon after getting married (if not already ). He popped the question during his competing in the Budweiser Opening Act Competition at the Loft in August.

THREE ILLI MO BASED PROMOTION MODELS are gettin their promotions on:

FIRST, STL promoter and promotion model Chelsea Dawn will be a ring girl an the Mayweather fight in Las Vegas this Saturday

NEXT, STL based model/MMA fighter and photographer Ashley Salazar is in a photography contest to shoot with renowned photographer Austin Hargrave on a celebrity photo shoot with Talent House. Hargrave will choose the winner to shoot with him To vote for her go to

Voting link

Voting Ends: September 19,

Winner Announcement: October 3


LASTLY, Chicago model Alejandra Rodriguez, who was recently seen walking the runway at Cleons Pop Art fashion Show last month in Chicago, is a Top 10 finalist in FLIRT! Cosmetics’ Search for the Biggest FLIRT contest! To vote for her, go to their Facebook page. The grand prize trip to New York! Voting ends Sept 23. Go to

Female impersonator Dieta Pepsi (PICTURED) will be a volunteer nurse with Vital Voice Health Fair that will take place St. Louis Science Center

Sunday, September 25th from Noon - 4:00 PM. Pick up the September STYLE Issue of Vital VOICE Magazine, and bring in the full page Vital Health ad for a discounted $7.50 health fair admission to Gunther von Hagen's Body Worlds & The Brain exhibit. (SEE EVENTZ BELOW) If you do not bring in the Vital VOICE ad from the September issue on the day of the event you will have to pay the full admission pricing of $20..

In related newz, Dieta Pepsi visited the Body Worlds exhibit recently. To see her adventure go to


B Free Paparazzi is debuting the new networking event The Soulful Sundays Dessert & Wine Mixer at the Inspot Dessert Bar & Lounge starting this Sunday. It will feature complimentary wine & desserts from 6pm - 7pm as well as the soulful sound of live music from Will Robinson & The Soul Experience.


Who was rockin the pumps at the Pink Carpet Fashion Show held at Vivid Café last weekend?


Which STL news personality had a wardrobe malfunction on air recently?

HINT 1. It is a female

HINT 2. She is part of a morning show

HINT 3. She shares the same last name with a famous radio DJ who had a popular video show in the 1980s and early 1990s and a singer who’s music partner recently passed away.


STL TV personality Sande Stevenson and singer Kelly Rowland

PRO-MO-CIAL-O-CIOUS.. Which STL movers and shakers got it in this week? Event promoter/dee-jay DJ Jewel and event promoter/host Mocha Latte (TIE) and King Kerry.

DJ Jewel (FAR LEFT) . This sista keeps it goin each week as the host of the Jewel Box on The Wave 89.5 on Mondays (as well as her own website djjewellive,com), dee-jaying at Mocha Lattes Sista Girl Tuesdays at The Loft and hosting Catre to You Fridays for the gents at the Aqua Bar (SEE ONGOING BITZ LINK BELOW)

Mocha Latte (LEFT). No stranger to this section, The Queen of Promotions is coming off of hosting her monthly poetry showcase Got Lyrics at The Loft last Friday, she continues to get her hosting duties on with her other creations Sistah Girl Tuesdays at The Loft and The Best Damned Ladies Night Period at Club Amnesia. .

King Kerry. As his business partner Dano Johnson continues his mends from a recent shooting, Kerry has continued the reign on Hella Fly Promotions’ events including its ROCK UR MEK ROCK UR TRUEZ" DESIGNER JEAN BIG VIRGO CRUISE ON DA MISSISSIPPI. This Friday (its $4 Fridays at The Broadway will go on temp hiatus this week for the cruise ) and on Sunday. Its mainstay sexy As You Wanna Be Sundays with Rockhouse Entertainment.

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

Why do folk keep insisting that Beyonce’s baby bump is a prosthetic? Why did Keith Sweat cancel out on the St Louis stop of the Superstars of Soul show this weekend? Why are there so many recalls to food these days? Why do athletes continue to get busted creeping on their wives via cellphone texts and social networks (Deon Sanders is the latest)? Why is now coming out that Sarah Palin had a sexual fling with NBA player Gene Rice? Why do we not care that Whiz Khalifa and Amber got marred or not? Why are folk hating on Adele’s MTV performance? Why did John McEnroe tried to put his two cents in on Serena Williams getting fined for calling out the scorekeeper? Why hasn’t rapper Mr 314 blown up yet on the national music scene? Why is NFL er Roland Williams no longer part of the organization Youth Lifeline America? And why is every serious black oriented movie that has come out since “Precious” been compared to that movie (eg For Colored Girls, The Help, “Pariah",) ?


HAPPY STL VIRGOians B-DAZES artist manager Sonny Metcalfe, model Shanell Howard (PICTURED) ,,singer CJ Conrod, rapper/poet Corey Wright, politician Chris Carter, photograoher Kevin Hopkins, event promoter Lisa West, attorney/artist manager Daniel Brown, and event promoters Kristy McKeown, Stuart Allen,


In times of crisis how do we respond to those who look like the "enemy?" Through the eyes of Toyo, the daughter of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps and Neamet, a Muslim American we will explore how fear informs our actions as a country. Pearl Harbor and 9/11 provide the background to this provocative play.

Fri and sat shows @7:30 and sun shows @3. LOCATION: REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION in the LOOP. Running thru Sept 25 Info

(314) 721-6556


Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents


running through Oct. 2.

Where • Browning Mainstage at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road

How much • $16-$72

More info • 314-968-4925;

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain
Saint Louis Science Center Closes Oct 5


Follow the Leader Art Exhibit opening

Fri Sept 16 6p.m.

Kranzberg Arts Grand Center

Sept 16 Grammy Award nominated Chicago native singer Syleena Johnson will headline for Café Soul’s 5th Anniversary at The Loft Sept. 16



Foo Fighters with Rise Against

Saturday, Sep 17


at Scottrade Center, St Louis, MO


Marquise Knox Blues Band, Funky Butt Blues Band and Javier Mendoza are among the acts performing at the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place in downtown Webster Groves Sept. 17. The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m., at the intersection of Lockwood and Gore Avenues in Webster.Admission is free. Get more information at

Superstars of Soul concert,

taking place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.

On the bill are the Isley Brothers, El DeBarge and After 7.


NYC based and STL resident Ola Hawatmeh is presenting and hosting an MTV style Sweet16 Party for youngsters Isabella and Katie at Harrys Bar on 2144 Market on Sept 17 starting at 8p.m. DJ Nune will spin with guest appearances by rapper Yung Ro and MrCouture 2012 Ryan Mitchell.


Alternative rock band Sister Hazel is performing at Lumiere Theatre inside Lumiere Place Sept. 17



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