Thursday, May 3, 2012

OUT 1132--ILLI MO BITZ (MAY 3-9)




NOTE: On Thursday, July 12, OUTTOWN will spinoff to a new blog called OUTSTAGIN, giving a stage (or platform) to mover and shakers in the arts and entertainment in the STL area (and “out of town”) by ways of interviews and features. It also will focus on recaps and reviews of fashion and style as seen at red carpeted, regular club events, and fashion shows. Lastly, in our theme of stages, we will review live theater, and concerts.

Also noted,  we will only compile once a week on Thursdays.

And don’t worry, we will still have the OUTTOWN faves such as BLIND DISHZ, BLIND PICZ, PROMOCIALITES, BDAZEs and EVENTZ, but  the weekly compilations of top stories in the Midwest will be eliminated.


Last Saturday, at Lights On Broadway in Baden, Mo, actress Vivica A Fox (right) was in St Louis to host Black Women Rock, a Pre Mothers Day Fashion Show that featured fashions by St. Louis native designer, Zaneta Bailey (left). Performing at the event was Chingy (middle) who’s the older brother to Zaneta. (Pic by Z Bailey )


The White House Correspondence Dinner took place Saturday  at the Washington Hilton Hotel, with 2,000 guests including everyone from George Clooney, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Anne Curry and Barbara Walters to of course the Prez and a very chic looking First Lady Michelle Obama.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted evening included a jam-packed red carpet that welcomed tons of celebs. The
President began his comedy routine this year not at the podium but offstage, in a stunt involving a backstage "open-mic" with Obama tossing out lines such as: "Why is she [Kim Kardashian] famous anyway?," "I'm like a five on the 'Just for Mens' scale," "I literally have no idea what I'm saying tonight," and "God forbid we keep Chuck Todd and the cast of Glee waiting."

One of Obama's best knee-slappers included referencing an important anniversary."Last year at this time, in fact on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world's most notorious individuals." But instead of showing Osama Bin Laden, Obama flashed a photo of Donald Trump.
He even kidded about stories that as a child in Indonesia he had eaten dog. (You can watch the full speech here.)
“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?,” Obama joked at one point. “A pit bull is delicious.”

 As for Kimmel's jokes, the funnyman made some digs about Obama's appearance, "You're very lost so much weight we thought you were the guy who won the Boston marathon."
And according to Kimmel, the next "biggest threat to America" is "sitting right there—Kim Kardashian."
Yet the best line of Kimmel's roast may have been saved for last, with a personal shout out to former teacher Mr. Mills, who said he would "never amount to anything," to which Kimmel declared: "Well, Mr. Mills, I'm about to high five the President of the United States."
These dinners are reminiscent of Dean Martin Roasts that used to be on TV in the 1970s when celebs rib each other with G rated jokes (Speaking of jokes, Obama's eating dog joke was a bit bizarre!)If anything, Obama will go down as The Cool Prez under pressure and in the spotlight (besides he has two Grammies, one more than Bill Clinton. LOL). But it just behooves us that Kim Kardashian was there. I mean, you can’t knock her hustle, but she went from giving Ray J sex on tape to being one of the most richest marketers in the country and laughing at Obama’s jokes. Only in AmericaAnd how cool was it that Obama mentioned Young Jeezy in his joke telling (We wonder if he actually listens to his music. LOL) . We re sure Jeezy and his record label are looking at I Tunes stats and collecting from the shout out--can you say free publicity?. LOL

The Jennifer Hudson Family Murder trials continued this week in Chicago.  Some of the things that  had taken place was thetroubling 911 call that Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson (PICTURED), placed when she found her mother's lifeless body in 2008 been released by the judge.
Julia Hudson's ex-husband, 30-year-old William Balfour, is accused of murdering Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. In the chilling 911 call, placed after Julia Hudson first entered the house and found her mother,she said,. "Oh my God ... Somebody's killed my mother," Julia Hudson is heard screaming into thephone after discovering her mother's body.  "She's on the floor and I see blood coming from her head." "Somebody's killed my mother! Somebody's killed my mother! Please!"
Hudson confirmed that she needed an ambulance on site, noting that she can't find her son. "I don't know where Julian is or nothing and I'm here by myself," she said, noting that she "just got home from work" and "there's a bullet hole in our front door."
Prosecutors reportedly tried to prevent the tape from being released since the jurors had not begun deliberations, but Cook County Judge Charles Burns reportedly ruled in favor of it's public releasing, noting that jurors have been warned to read news reports about the high profile case.

Also, a witness, Reginald Jones,  in the trial said he saw the defendant (Balfour) spying on the Hudson family's home in the summer  of 2008 before the murders.
Jones testified Tuesday that he was walking near the Hudson home when he was startled by Balfour, who was sitting in the dark on the rear stairs underneath the bedroom window of his estranged wife, Julia King.
Under questioning by the defense, Jones reportedly said he would open the door to the Hudson home for customers seeking to buy drugs from Jason Hudson. He also said he helped prepare cocaine for sale.

We think the 911 call is big evidence of persuading the jurors on how they will rule, but our question is, where is the gun that Balfour allegedly used? If that is put in as evidence, then it’s a wrap, but if there’s no concrete evidence of Balfour killing Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, he could be ruled “not guilty.”

In related J Hud Trial newz, Jennifer Hudson, reportedly arrives each day at the trial of the man accused of killing three of her close family members with her personal bodyguards in tow. She reportedly uses a secret entrance to elude photographers, eats in private and waits for proceedings to start in normally off-limits judge's chambers.
Hudson reportedly also  slips from the courtroom during particularly gory testimony.  Her accommodations have been reported as special star treatment.

A judge liaison reportedly said "Absolutely not,"  and  that most accommodations, are courtesies routinely extended to victims enduring the grim ordeal of sitting through a murder trial. Others, he conceded, are necessary because Hudson  is a celebrity.
"Star status means things have to be a little different," he said. "You just can't have a celebrity walking about, going to the cafeteria — people running up to ask for autographs."

We can agree with the liaison. Besides, Jennifer Hudson is going to draw attention wherever she goes. Any celebrity driven case is going to cause a frenzy in a celebrity driven society. With a serious matter such as murder, we think that it’s a appropriate for the court to make discretions to not add extra attention that’s not needed.

Chicago bred rap superstar Kanye West is back in the newz on his liaisons wih reality show star Kim Kardashian. He also made newz for what he was pulling up.

After“Kimye” had an eventful weekend together, last weekend,  Ye had a wardrobe malfunction when his pants were caught down during a night out on the town in New York City. Ye reportedly dined with Kardashian at N62 restaurant in Manhattan last Friday night . Afterwards, they traveled in his silver Maybach and arrived at 'Ye's apartment. The couple exited from the vehicle and reportedly shared a little more than he bargained for in front of the paparazzi. West's black leather pants reportedly slipped down, despite the fact he was wearing a belt. Both his underwear and thigh were reportedly exposed.

Mediatakeout reported that maybe Kardashian was giving him some “brain” in his car and Ye was fiing his pants when he got out the car.

It does look a little suspect of why Ye’s pants were down, but our question is, ‘What type of underwear was he wearing? ‘because based on the pic, the sides of his upper thigh does not expose of any underwear (a thong, maybe?) Who knows. 


The Annual MTV Movie Awards were announced its nominations this week.  Three ILLIMOIans, who were in the same movie, were nominated. Plainfield, Ill native Melissa McCarthy was nominated for two  solo awards: Breakthrough and Comedic Performance for her role in he hit film, “Bridesmaids.” St Louis native actress Ellie Kemper also was nominated for Breakthrough Performance in the same film. 


 St Louis native actor Jon Hamm was nominated for Dirt Bag Performance also for “Bridesmaids."

Speaking of Jon Hamm, he made a surprising appearance on the live  telecast of “30 Rock” that aired Thursday, celebrating — and skewering — live TV shows from the past. He appeared in a wig and blackface in sketch that overly satirizes racist television.
In the episode, Kenneth, the NBC page, set up the show thusly: “NBC had the first two black characters on TV — sort of. For ‘Alfie and Abner,’ NBC hired one African American and one Caucasian because they thought two black people on the same show would make the audience nervous. A rule NBC still uses today.”
Tracy Morgan played an exasperated yet eloquent Alfie, who grew increasingly angry as Hamm’s Abner said things, like “Zip-a-dee-doo-doo!”
Alex Rabinowitz, who runs the blog Pop Culture Brain, said in a post he was surprised there weren’t many angry responses to Hamm’s blackface. Indeed, the majority of the responses to the moment are filled with praise.
We saw the pic, and Hamm wasn’t in blackface, he just had smudge on his cheeks. But the commentary is quite telling of how TV works in real life when it comes to the paranoia of casting black performers on TV. 


The Annual Billboard  Music Awards announced their nominations recently. ILLI MOians who were nominated were Chicago bred rapper Kanye West (featured with Katy Perry) for Hot 100 Song and Top Pop Song for “E.T.,” St Joseph, Mo native Eminem for Top Social Artist and Chicagoan singer Jennifer Hudson  was nominated for  Top R&B  Album for "I Remember Me."  


The Chicago Bears was No 19 in last week’s NFL Draft. In the First Round, The Bears selected Shea McClellin. In the second round, traded up five spots, relieving themselves of a fifth-round pick( trading their fifth-round pick to the St. Louis Rams) and their second-round pick to grab Alshon Jeffrey. The draft moved on to the third round, and it was used on Brandon Hardin When Chicago announced it would use its fourth-round selection to select Evan Rodriguez, a FB/TE hybrid. The sixth- and seventh-round picks were used to grab Isaiah Frey and Greg McCoy—two cornerbacks.
The Chicago Bulls players reportedly came to the defense of their head coach Saturday when asked if Tom Thibodeau should have had Derrick Rose on the court at the time he tore his left ACL late in their playoff-opening 103-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers reportedly had whittled a 20-point deficit to 12 when Rose jump-stopped and elevated. He grabbed his left knee as he landed with 1:22 left and the Bulls leading 99-87. Rose writhed in pain before being helped off the court. The reigning MVP reportedly underwent an MRI that revealed a season-ending torn ACL.

Rose's injury status has been a season-long storyline for the Bulls. He missed 27 games -- during which the Bulls went 18-9 -- with a variety of injuries, from turf toe, to back spasms, to a pulled groin, to a foot injury.


In related Rose newz,  a Nike shoe designer mocked Derrick Rose's season-ending ACL injury on Twitter on Sunday, igniting a firestorm of criticism on the social media website.
Jason Petrie, who designed LeBron James' signature sneakers, tweeted that Rose should have signed with Nike (instead of Addidas) after the Chicago Bulls superstar tore his ACL in the final minutes of Game 1 of Chicago's Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

This is insane to blame a sneaker for Rose’s injury.

WheelingIll. native singer Haley Reinhart will become the first American Idol act to play Lollapalooza when the festival returns to Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 3-5. It will be a hometown show for the third-place finisher on last year's American Idol -- she's a Chicago native (by ways of Wheeling which is on the outskirts on Chitown).  In other Reinhart newz,  her debut album Listen Up :will be released May 22.  In older Reinhart newz,  the singer performs her new single, "Free," for the show,  "90210"  that aired March 27 on the CW.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn gave late-night comedian Jay Leno his own day Sunday.Quinn proclaimed that day as "Jay Leno Day" in honor of the comedian's work with an Illinois-based empowerment group Omni Youth Services of Buffalo Grove dedicated to helping children and families. Leno serves as one of the empowerment group's partners. The late-night entertainer appeared in Chicago on Saturday for a special performance to commemorate the organization's 40th anniversary.


KSDK personality Julie Tristian, the new host of the magazine show, “Show Me St. Louis” has gone viral in the onlinesphere with her flirtatious interview with St Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series hero  David Freese  that aired this week. The interview had taken place at Six Flags on a piece about the opening of the amusement park ride Mr Freeze.   In the interview Tristan  brought her girlfriend for  it and awkwardly asked Freese  has a girlfriend, whether he prefers blondes or brunettes and if he thinks she and her friend are pretty.
All while telling Freese she loves him.

Wow talk about a “blonde” moment. But whats so wild about it, Tristan may get some national talk show buzz (if not already) or even being interviewed herself. We can bet that for sure. Our question is, who , at the assignment desk of KSDK thought it was a good idea for Tristan to flirt with Freese. We wonder if this interview will backfire and having even more jobs at KSDK to be gone or give KSDK and Tristan higher ratings. 


The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and St. Louis Rams’ deadline of May 1 on their back and forth proposal jocking on who will help fund the 100 million plus  improvements of the Edward Jones Dome before the lease terms at the end of the 2015 NFL season.  St Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke sent CVC its counterproposal Feb 1 and May 1 was the deadline for CVC to say YES or NO to but this go round, the Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke  strong armed  the CVC who manages the Dome for the  proposal terms not be disclosed to the media or public (as opposed to the prior proposals being disclosed)

The proposal is now in a judges hands and the deadline to go to court is June 1.

From reports CVC, which is a public firm, and  the Post-Dispatch both filed lawsuits Wednesday, presenting arguments about  the public not being informed of the Rams’  counterproposal. The CVC wanted to know what were its limitations in disclosing the document (it feels full disclosure to the public would affect negotiations) and the Post wanted the CVC to disclose the documents bar none as applied to the “Sunshine Law”, the state's open-records law exempting certain  public bodies to withhold certain records related to contracts.

The CVC in its suit argues that records related to the Dome talks aren't covered by the Sunshine Law and that if it is not legally required to release the documents but does so, it could breach a confidentiality clause in the Dome lease. That could open the door for the team to terminate the lease altogether, a CVC lawyer contends.

The Post-Dispatch maintains that none of the Sunshine Law exemptions apply to the CVC and Rams proposals because they pertain specifically to a lease that is already an effective contract.

From earlier reports, if it goes into arbitration, a decision if The Rams can move out of St Louis after the 2015 could be decided by December 2012.

We think Stan Kroenke and The Rams has the upper hand in the negotiations. After the CVC loosened the terms of the contract by allowing Kroenke to have a game out of the country in London during the 2012 Season, the CVC had lost its power in the negotiations. What we think will happen is, The Rams will get the public to fund most of the renovations and have it as an ballot amendment. And if the public votes NO, then the contract will be null and void and the Rams will leave the city in 2005.

The St. Louis Rams took their next step towards returning to contention in last week’s NFL DRAFT. Listed at No., 14  in the draft, they  selected LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

Here are the other picks in the other seven rounds:
Second round - 33rd pick: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State; Janoris Jenkins, CB, Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

Third round - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana

Fourth round (96): Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Fifth round (150): Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina
Sixth Round (171): Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western
Seventh Round (209): Aaron Brown, LB, Hawaii

The St. Louis Cardinals will honor former manager Tony La Russa, announcing this week they will retire their former manager's No. 10 this month. La Russa retired last fall after leading the franchise to a second World Series title in his 16 seasons. He left the game ranked third all time in managerial victories, trailing Connie Mack and John McGraw. The jersey will be retired May 11 before the Cardinals' game against the Atlanta Braves.

The St Louis Blues lost back-to-back games to the Los Angeles Kings at Scott Trade Center last Saturday and Monday  to fall behind 0-2 in the best-of-seven semifinal series. After a franchise-best record of 30-6-5 at home in the regular season, the club is a mediocre 2-2-1 at. The Blues  will play Game 3 against LA tonite, Thursday at Staples Center.

The St. Louis based St. Joseph's Academy All-Girls School was noted in Sports Illustrated recently for capturing 18 state titles during the last decade in tennis, soccer, golf, volleyball and basketball.

Controversial radio personality J.C. Corcoran was let go Thursday from his afternoon show at KTRS (550 AM). According to Deb Peterson of, sources at the station said Trish Gazall, who was Corcoran's sidekick on the noon to 3 p.m. show called "The Showgram," will remain at the station.

The firing was "a cumulative effect of J.C. picking fights that he didn't need to pick," said one source. Another said Corcoran had a penchant for straying into subject matter station management thought was inappropriate and persisted even after he had been asked to stop.

His substitute since his firing has been Corchran’s substitute Mr Smash until May 14  when Fox 2 sports personality Martin Kilcoyne will replace J.C. Corcoran in the noon to 3 p.m. slot at KTRS (550 AM), Mark Dorsey, the station’s general manager, reportedly said.

Dorsey said Kilcoyne will start out doing the show solo but can add people if he wants. Trish Gazall, who was Corcoran’s sidekick, is still employed by the station, Dorsey said, but added that he does not know her plans.

Corcoran is St. Louis' most frequently recycled shock jock. A rough count shows he has worked at 13 local radio and TV stations during his 28 years here and was off the air for a year before starting his three-hour daily show at KTRS on Oct. 25, 2010.

Well, we are sure Cochran got a nice severance package but we think he should do webcasts where the restraints of management isn’t as strict.  But we were hoping that recently fired John Carney was going to replace Cochran because he is a perfect fit with KTRS’ colorful commentators.

In related changes to KTRS, Steve Cochran, who has been doing shows in two time slots at KTRS – from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – and one from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WIND (564 AM) in Chicago, will get a much needed break with the changes. Dorsey said Cochran will only do the 
10 a.m. to noon show starting May 14.

And in more media personality shakeups, according to Deb Peterson of  several KSDK TV several personalities’ jobs will not be renewed.  One in particular is Jeff Small, who will leave the station in June.  Others rumored to be leaving the station are reporters Kasey Joyce and Courtney Gousman. The contracts for Small and reporter Ann Rubin both expired in February and they got extensions that will take them through June. While Small is definitely out, Rubin, "is a question mark."

Veteran education reporter Sharon Stevens called to say that her contract is up next year. 

Small Facebooked recently that he did a live report on The Weather Report  on the Saturday tornados so it looks like he may have a gig coming after KSDK.


ADD: According to reports,  Michael and Steven Roberts bought a little breathing room for their beleaguered Roberts Mayfair Hotel on Monday.

At their venue closing hearing,  Roberts Hospitality Services reportedly paid off delinquent state sales taxes on the Mayfair, and $15,000 towards a sales tax bond, according an order issued by Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Department of Revenue. The state last month reportedly sued to close two Roberts hotels – the Mayfair and their Comfort Inn in the Central West End – over $212,000 in unpaid taxes.
The state is reportedly seeking a larger bond on the Mayfair, and taxes on the Central West End hotel are still outstanding. Last week, a judge reportedly put that hotel into receivership over a second lawsuit filed against it by Pulaski Bank. Moriarty set another hearing May 29 on the taxes for both hotels.
Rapper Diggy Simmons,singer  Elle Varner, rapper Travis Porter, girl group OMG Girlz, and St Louis native rapper Fresco Kane were added this added to WHHL’s Super Jam 2012, that will take place June 9 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Previously mentioned on the bill were Young Jeezy, Wale and Miguel.

Grammy Award nominated rapper/singer Nicki Minaj will perform at the Peabody Opera House July 31.  

ADD: ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Nelly will join some big names performing in St. Louis this summer for the Fair St. Louis and Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert Series.

Officials released the concert line-ups Thursday morning.

Heart will kick things off for the 32nd annual Fair St. Louis on the 4th of July at 8 p.m. Rock band Third Eye Blind will play on Friday, July 6 and country music star Dierks Bentley will take the stage on Saturday, July 7. As always, all shows will be held on the Arch grounds.

The Neon Trees will play on July 13 for the first of four concerts in this year's Celebrate St. Louis Concert Series, which will be held at Soldiers's Memorial. Michael Franti and Spearhead will play on July 14 and The Offspring will come to town July 20.
St. Louis' own Nelly will return to St. Louis to perform for the final concert on July 21.

Singer/author Neil Sedaka was the keynote speaker at this year’s Jewish Book Festival  Wednesday nite at The Jewish Community Center. He was there to speak about his new children’s book, “Dinosaur Pet.”

Mystery writer Philip Kerr had a book signing and reading at the St. Louis County Library Wednesday nite.

Washington University  professor Carl Phillips, has won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his last book of poetry, "Double Shadow." The prize was announced in connection with the city's huge annual book festival.


The Annie Malone Foundation had its 2012 Kickoff BBQ featuring McDonald’s Music Fest at Kiener Plaza April 27. The annual parade itself will take place in downtown St Louis May 20

Actress  Camille Winbush , noted for her role in “The Bernie Mac Show,” will be guest on Kevin Jordan’s “To Need to Know Show” next Tuesday May 8 at 10 AM CST. To hear the show go to

Singer Nikko Smith was featured in American Idol’s magazine of Where Are They Now that was published recently.
In other Nikko newz,  The first concert opening Twilight Tuesdays concert series  in the front lawn of  History Museum at Forest park was cancelled May 1 due to pending weather. Scheduled were St Louis singers Nikko Smith and Mo Tre.  As of this blogging, no info was given on when it will be rescheduled.
In  other Mo Tre newz, they have released their new mixtape, “Married To The Muzik”


ADD: Soul and blues singer Silky Sol is performing at the 

2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this Thursday, May 3.


Soho had its grand opening weekend party last weekend, The restaurant and bar s located on 4229 Manchester in the Grove. 


Lastly, congrats to East St Louis native bodybuilder Terry Starks for winning the 2012 Natural Southern States Overall Championship that were held last weekend in Liberty, Mo.

Actor-comedian Aziz Ansari comes to the Pageant May 11.


Comedian and actor Tim meadows will be at The Funny Bone at West port Plaza May 11-12

Denise Thimes & Friends' annual Mother's Day concert will be. May 13 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Saxophonist Tom Braxton will be featured.
Fred Hammond and Mary Mary headline Gospel Fest, taking place May 13 at the Chaifetz Arena.Also performing are Broderick Rice and Jessica Reedy.
Steve Winwood is at Peabody Opera House, in concert on May 14.
Rocker Daughtry comes to Peabody Opera House with a concert on May 16.
Grammy award winning Bonnie Raitt and Marc Cohn at Pageant May 18
Rapper 2 Chainz will perform at The Ambassador May 18

Pointfest 30 will take place May 19 and 20 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.


R&;B group Dru Hil will perform May 19 at the Ambassador

Snoop Dogg is heading to Pop’s with a concert at 7 p.m. May 25.


Sting performs June 5 at the Fox Theatre.

Superjam June9 at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre

R&B singer  "CARL THOMAS" will be performing @ the "I'M A SURVIVOR" ALL WHITE CANCER BENEFIT PARTY on June 10TH, at the Planetarium at Forest Park 


Shock rocker Alice Cooper will perform at the Pageant June 16.
 Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Leslie Uggams will reprise her role as Muzzy in this summer's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Muny. In its premiere Muny production, the show will run June 18-24
The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue 2012 will perform June 20 at the Fox Theatre featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.

REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent headline the Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express Tour, coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater June 22.
Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat co-headline a tour coming to Peabody Opera House June 24.

Afrojack will perform June 24 at the Pageant.


Comedian Margaret Cho is at Lumiere Place Casino’s Lumiere Theater for two shows,. June 23.


Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Thompson Square’s will perform June 29 show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
FAIR ST LOUIS The 32nd annual Fair Saint Louis will will feature three days of free entertainment on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.  Featured headliners include Heart on Wednesday, July 4, Third Eye Blind on Friday, July 6 and Dierks Bentley on Saturday, July 7. Activities will also include two Independence Day runs in collaboration with the St. Louis Sports Commission, the 135th annual VP Parade themed “Parade Around the World,” air shows and more!

Rock singer Fiona Apple heads to the Peabody Opera House July 14.

Ledisi will perform July 13 at the Pageant.
Eric Benet is also on the bill.

Rock group O.A.R. will perform at the Fox Theatre. July 19.

Grammy Award winning rock group Train performs at the Peabody Opera House July 29.

Seal is playing the Fox Theatre July 31.Macy Gray opens. 

BLIND PICZ. Does anyone know what's the name of this venue?

BLIND DISHZ. Which longtime STL mover and shaker was spotted having a chat with someone at the BP Gas Station located in the Central West End recently about going to Sweetie Pies for some  pear cobbler ?

HINT 1. This mover and shaker is a female.

HINT 2. This female hosts many community events in St Louis area

HINT 3.This female works with an organization that works with the community who's name is part of "a chain"

HINT 4. Her first name starts with a vowel and is three letters long.

PRO-MO-CIAL-ITES. (April 29-May 5) Which STL mover and shakers/socialites were on the grind and was seen hittin the spots  this week?

Seviin Li. This talented and lovely singer/talk show host  is currently in Cancun, Mexico touring with Nelly and The St Lunatics and  on Saturday, she will return to St Louis to perform a special set for Cinque De Mayo (She was born in Madrid, Spain) during  her monthly set at Lola (SEE ONGOING BITZ LINK BELOW)

Mocha Latte. The Queen of Promotions is back in the promotions seat this week. She was spotted earlier this week gettin her Red Fever on at the Cardinals Game at Busch Stadium and this Thursday is her monthly poetry showcase staple , Got Lyrics (May 3) at the Inspot Lounge and this Saturday she will hype the crowd on the mic with a special Cinque De Mayo edition of Late Nites at The Loft. 

Jonathan Burns. This mover and shaker is continue to bring top hip-hop performers to the Ambassador (although his concert with Mystikal and a very late Birdman was a bust) when he brings hip-hop star Plies (along with Wop Wop Wow Ent) at the venue and he continues to hold it down as the owner of Lavish in Midtown that has various special nites for patrons including $2 Tuesdays and Tempt Me Thursdays 

DJ Needles. This vet on the 1s and 2s got it n last weekend with his monthly  deejay spins, Summer Madness at Lola (moved from J Bucks due to weather) and the Daylight edition which also was at Lola. He holds it down every Wednesday  nite with  his radio show, RAWTHENTIC  on KDHX 88.1 (SEE NEW ONGOING BITZ BELOW) and this Friday (May 4)  he will have a bay tribute to soul legend James Brown at 2647 Cherokee.





Why was Kanye’s pants down when he got out of the car with Kim Kardashian? And why was Kim K invited to Obama’s Correspondence Dinner? Why did the Tom Joyner Show say that Spike Lee might have caused the fire at Tyler Perry;s studios? Why was  dancing with the stars judge Len fawning over Donald Driver’s abs and chest rather than his dancing? Why is the Octomom now considering porn?
Why did Mitt Romney say he knows black people because his family used to own slaves? Why weren’t there more precautions for the tent that fell on hundreds of people near Busch Stadium during the tornado?
Why do people have personal conversations in public on their cell phones?
Why did that lady Dentist pull out all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth after they split? And why did he go to her to get a tooth pulled in the first place?
Why do criminals use Facebook to talk about the crimes they committed?  And Why hasn’t the new TV show “Scandal” been a big ratings winner?

HAPPY STL TAURUSians BDAZEs. News reporter Ann Rubin (PICTURED), painter Daniel Hodges,  poets Sandra Chance, singer Starchild,  poet Maurice Minor, and singerTiffany Elle

Black Rep is staging “ Ma Rainey Black Bottom “ at Grandel Sqaure Theatre until May 13 . For tickets and showtimes go to



Singer Tiffany Nicole will perform a set at Lola on May 3 starting at 7 p.m. 

DJ Needles will  have a birthday Jam for James Brown May 4 at
2647 Cherokee starts at 9 p.m. 

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Come out meet and greet world renowned millinery Harriett "Rosebud" of New York, for a spectacular in-store Hat Fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind Hats for all. Special guest commentator Reporter Bontia Cornute of KTVI/KPLR, Actress Redina Medley, local celebrity models, Percussionist David A.N. Jackson, Comedian Lecia J. Rives, give-a-ways & much more. Two shows; 11am & 3 pm., cost is $10 in advance & $15 at the door. Portion of proceeds benefit Forest Park Forever, refreshments served, for information call 314-389-5194.

Plies will be in concert at Ambassador May 5. The after party will be at  The boom boom room 5558 Martin Luther king in kinloch mo 


Singers Howard Hewitt and Alyson Williams will be at The Sheldon May 6



It's Back! FUNNY FIRST SUNDAYS! Hosted by Yours Truly Arvin Mitchell. I'm bringing some of the hottest comics from across the country with me. Meet Me THIS SUNDAY! At The Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop. Doors open at 7 Show starts promptly at 8. We gone have a good time and we got DJ Epic on the 1's and 2's. $10 advance $15 @door for advance tickets call 314 599 0705

The FREE weekly summer music series Twilight Tuesdays on the lawn of the Missouri History Museum at Forest Park starting at 6p.m.  


Release Thursdays | JunkYard Bar & Grill | Ladies Free til 10 | $3 Margarita's & Martinis 

#HOMETEAM | For Free B-Day Parties Call Quita! | Females 21^ | Guys 25^



Former Fox 2 personality Rob Desir returns to TV as he debuts a new show on STL TV called St Louis Presents with co-cost April Trupino. It debuts today, Thursday,  at 10 am. CST. Go to for more info.


:"Who's Next 2 Blow Live - Up Close & Personal" is a new television show that will make its’ debut on the CW Network on April 27, and will air on Friday mornings at 2:30am, directly following ‘That 70's Show’.  The show is designed to take a fascinating look (up close and personal) at local St. Louis Spoken Word artists, along with all genres of local musical artists and businesses that are simply making a name for themselves right here in our local St. Louis area.

Kontrolled Kaos has a talk show Wednesdays  at  WWW.IWATCHRADIO.COM


Rawthentic w/ Nappy DJ Needles is on KDHX 88.1  Wednesday nites @ 11P..


STL Poet/singer Robert Akaiden Dillard is releasing his new album  'Damage Control', For more info go to  online 


EI_Institute will offer dance classes. For more info go to

Dynamic Fitness studios will help you get to where you want to be... 1624 Delmar suite B

Looking for a quick pick me up?? Enjoy chair massages during your lunch breaks or at work (if premited). Do you have other events planned such as bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, or even a girls night?? Add chair massage and make it even better!! Email:, inbox, or call 314.884.8591!!! Professional Massages by Tasha is at your service!!!


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