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Monday, March 02, 2015

NON-PROFIT MONDAY: Cancer Fit, Inc. - Childhood Cancer Awareness Night

Non-Profit Monday: We like to support and bring attention to non-profits that are doing some great things.

This week it is Cancer Fit, Inc. - Childhood Cancer Awareness Night, September 2014

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

MALIBU, CA: Day Trip... Take a drive to #malibu to shop and eat.

Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Jimmy Haslip & Eric Marienthal

“…Lorber [has the] remarkable capacity to bring musical authenticity to everything from bebop and lyrical balladry to sweet soul and some irresistible grooves.”– Los Angeles Times

In the late ‘70s, trailblazing keyboardist Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the jazz fusion movement—marrying traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk, and other electric sounds. Now, the acclaimed group he started then—Jeff Lorber Fusion—is back, revisiting the revolutionary sound it helped pioneer, and bringing its combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures, and compelling rhythms along. Both of Lorber’s band mates have had storied careers between Fusion’s initial run and this reunion, with bassist Jimmy Haslip being best known as the long-time bassist with the Yellowjackets and Eric Marienthal playing with the Chick Corea Elektric Band.
style: contemporary jazz / fusion

If you like Jeff Lorber Fusion, check out these artists: David Sanborn, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet, Kneebody, Good 4 the Soul


ST. LOUIS: Works by Ten Photographers Offer Rare Glimpse into Rural and Urban Life in China

 MARCH - MAY 2015
Works by Ten Photographers Offer Rare Glimpse into Rural and Urban Life in China

(ST. LOUIS): The Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome the International Photography Collaborative to Monsanto Hall located in the Ridgway Building at the Missouri Botanical Garden from March 13 through May 10.
2015 China Exhibit HalperinInternational Photography Collaborative: China 
at the Missouri Botanical Garden is an example of the broad collaborations and cultural initiatives that are the focus of the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Organized by IPHF, ten photographers representing St. Louis were invited to Nanjing, China to participate in the 2014 Nanjing Federation of the Arts Festival. This was the first time that photography was allowed into the esteemed annual exhibition.
During their visit to China, the photographers documented both rural and urban life in China producing a poignant glimpse into this global powerhouse of business and art.
The International Photography Collaborative sponsors cultural exchange between the United States and other countries and will continue in 2015 when ten photographers from Nanjing travel to St. Louis.

2015 ChinaExhibit DreyfusThe exhibit is sponsored in part by Emerson, PNC ArtsAlive, Webster University and the Confucius Institute.
Installation viewings are included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.
For general information, visit or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and
More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at
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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 156 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is a regional non-profit organization whose purpose is to celebrate the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The IPHF has preserved the art of photography and its contribution to modern civilization since 1965, and is the proud home to over 6,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images. The IPHF is located in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, please

ST. LOUIS: Jerry Springer the Opera

ST. LOUIS, MO . . . New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” continues its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, running March 5-28, 2015, at the Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road. This show contains very adult content and language.

The New Line season continues with one of New Line’s wildest and most ambitious projects, JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, the smash-hit, multi-award winning musical that ran to unprecedented rave reviews and standing ovations at the National Theatre in London, after a sold-out run in London’s West End. The Sunday Times called it “a shocking, irresistibly funny masterpiece.” With music by Richard Thomas, and book and lyrics by Thomas and Stewart Lee, this is an audacious, fearless piece of theatre that brilliantly and hilariously dissects the cultural forces that have kept Jerry Springer on the air all these years, the lives of quiet desperation that explode into public view in Springer’s weirdly nonjudgmental, national confessional.

The New Line cast includes Keith Thompson  (Jerry Springer), Matt Pentecost (Jonathan Wierus), Matt Hill (Steve Wilkos); and as Jerry’s guests, Zachary Allen Farmer, Ryan Foizey, Marshall Jennings, Lindsey Jones, Taylor Pietz, Christina Rios, Anna Skidis, and Luke Steingruby; and as Jerry’s studio audience (among other things), Reynaldo Arceno, Tyler Cheatem, Joel Hackbarth, Ann Hier, Sarah Porter, Michelle Sauer, Kimi Short, and Christopher Strawhun. Scott Miller directs the show, with music direction by Jeffrey Richard Carter, scenic and lighting design by Rob Lippert, and costume design by Sarah Porter.

There will also be a Springer talk-back, free and open to the public, on Tues. March 24, at 7:00 pm in the theatre, when the New Line design and production staff will take the stage to talk about their work and answer your questions!

Originally opening in 2003, Jerry Springer the Opera ran over 600 performances in London, before touring the UK. The production won four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and it was the first show ever to win all four Best Musical awards in the UK (Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and What’s On Stage). The first North American performance was at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and it was performed by a number of American regional theatre companies, before making its New York debut in 2008 at Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times wrote, “Will it turn out that the great American musical of the early 21st century is an opera born in Britain? A convincing case for the rights to that title was made by the celestial Jerry Springer The Opera, the notorious show from London about the transcendent within tabloid television. . . Now ‘celestial’ might seem an ill-chosen adjective for a work devoted to the raw and nasty public doings of a throng of aspiring celebrities with dirty little secrets expressed in dirty little words. But this remarkable work – which features a spectacularly inventive score – uncovers something grand within the small, squalid lives it portrays.”

New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line was created back in 1991 at the vanguard of a new wave of nonprofit musical theatre just starting to take hold across the country. New Line has given birth to several world premiere musicals over the years and has brought back to life several shows that were not well served by their original New York productions. Altogether, New Line has produced 72 musicals since 1991, and the company has been given its own entry in the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre. New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Jerry Springer the Opera runs March 5-28, 2015, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. March 5 is a preview. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays; and $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Thursdays. Tickets are on sale now through the Fox Theatre Box Office, or by calling Metrotix, at 314-534-1111. Advance tickets are not sold at the theatre box office.

HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT:  Any student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket at any performance, with the code word for that show, which will be posted on New Line's Facebook page, at

New Line also offers COLLEGE FREE SEATS, ten seats put aside for every performance, free to anyone with a valid college student ID, one ticket per ID. The Free Seats will be available at the theatre box office, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. on performance nights only.

EDUCATORS AND MILITARY DISCOUNT:  New Line offers all currently employed educators and all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. Not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability. 
This show contains very adult content and adult language. For other information, visit New Line Theatre's full-service website at . All programs are subject to change.

Monday, February 16, 2015

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TRAVEL: Vacationing in Acapulco? Need Restaurant Reservations?

If you are planning your trip to Yosemite or Mammoth Lakes or if you are there right now!

Find Online Reservations at the following locations:

Shu - Acapulco $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Boulevard de las Naciones 1813 Acapulco, GRO 39760
online reservations

Harry's - Acapulco $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Boulevard de las Naciones 1813 Acapulco, GRO 39897
online reservations

Becco al Mare $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Av. Escenica 14 Acapulco, GRO 39880
online reservations

Suntory - Acapulco $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Costera Miguel Alemán No. 36 Acapulco, GRO 39850
online reservations

Tentaciones $$$$
Neighborhood: Zihuatanejo
Carr. Escenica a Playa La Ropa Lt.97-C Zihuatanejo, GRO 40894
online reservations

Tony's Asian Bistro $$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Escenica S/N Acapulco, GRO 39880
online reservations

Carlos'n Charlie's Acapulco $$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Blvd. de Las Nacioes #1813 Lot.1 Mz. 5 Loc. SA01, Acapulco, GRO 39877
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TRAVEL: Planning a Trip to Yosemite or Mammoth Lakes?

If you are planning your trip to Yosemite or Mammoth Lakes or if you are there right now!

Find Online Reservations at the following locations:

Jimmys Taverna $$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
248 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
online reservations

Chart House Restaurant - Mammoth Lakes $$$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
106 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
online reservations

CJ's Grill $$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
343 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
online reservations

Whitebark $$$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
50 Hillside Drive Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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The Rafters $$$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
220 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Erna's Elderberry House $$$
Neighborhood: Oakhurst
48688 Victoria Lane Oakhurst., CA 93644
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Campo - Mammoth $$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
1001 Minaret Rd Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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The Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room - Ahwahnee Hotel $$$
Neighborhood: Yosemite
1 Ahwahnee Road Yosemite Village, CA 95389
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Editor Pick: Tour Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (Hollywood, CA)

The TCL Chinese Theatres Tour is the only tour in Hollywood where you learn the history of The TCL Chinese Theatres, inside and out, from its earliest days to the present. The Tour features stories and fun facts about the theatre’s Hollywood premieres and its Forecourt of the Stars.
So step off the red carpet and walk through the golden doors of this Movie Palace of the Stars on our exclusive 20 minute Walking Tour. A visit to Hollywood is not complete without this stroll through Hollywood movie history.

The View from Here: L.A. and Photography

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Sponsored by the Getty Museum Photographs Council on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of photography's invention, this all-day symposium will address the state of photography as it relates to Los Angeles during the past 25 years. Following a keynote lecture by George Baker (associate professor of art history, University of California, Los Angeles), a series of panel discussions will focus on teaching and studying photography in L.A., Southern California as a photographic subject, and critical perspectives on photography in L.A. Participants include photographers Matthew Brandt, Jo Ann Callis, John Divola, Robbert Flick, Harry Gamboa Jr., Catherine Opie, Alex Prager, Stephen Shore, and James Welling, curators Rebecca Morse, Jennifer Watts, and Colin Westerbeck, and critic Christopher Knight.

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JazzU with special guest Terell Stafford May 23-24, 2014 at Jazz at the Bistro

JazzU with special guest Terell Stafford

May 23-24, 2014 at Jazz at the Bistro
This weekend’s shows feature the top two performing ensembles in the JazzU program, which includes the premiere group, the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars. Special guest artist Terell Stafford will be teaching clinics with the two groups prior to performing with them during a portion of the shows. Tickets for these performances are just $5.

 style: straight-ahead jazz

Jazz St. Louis Announces Grand Center Expansion; Launches $10M Campaign

In the Press: 
Jazz St. Louis Announces Grand Center Expansion; Launches $10M Campaign
Jazz St. Louis launched the public phase of a $10M campaign to reimagine and expand the jazz experience in St. Louis’ Grand Center arts district. With commitments of $5.8M to-date, work is already underway at 3540 Washington Boulevard, adjacent to Jazz at the Bistro.
The new larger facility will accommodate seating for 220,  add a lounge with additional seating for 75, greatly expand space for jazz education and provide room for Jazz St. Louis staff to reside in one location. The 150 seats currently offered regularly sell out and staff is located at the nearby Arts & Education Council building.

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Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert

Richard McDonnell Memorial Concert
May 25, 2014 at Jazz at the Bistro
Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce a memorial concert for Richard McDonnell at Jazz at the BistroSunday, May 25, 2014. McDonnell, who passed away February 8, was a long-time board member of Jazz St. Louis and the owner of the MAXJAZZ record label, based in Webster Groves. This concert will feature a headlining performance by MAXJAZZ artists Terell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Tim Warfield, and Carla Cook, joined by St. Louis’s Montez Coleman and Bob DeBoo,starting at 7:00 PM. Many St. Louis-based artists, including Good 4 the Soul, Jesse Gannon, Cheryl Brown, Funky Butt Brass Band, the Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience, the Phil Dunlap Quintet, and more, will be performing throughout the day, beginning at 1:00 PM, leading up to the headlining set. Brilliant Corners, the first band to record on the MAXJAZZ label, will also be performing. A full schedule will be announced Wednesday. The concerts are general admission, free, and open to the public. A suggested donation of $25 can be made at the door to Jazz St. Louis in honor of Rich McDonnell.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Now Showing at the Saint Louis Science Center

The incredible true story of the lemurs of Madagascar is told for the first time on the giant screen at the Saint Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater. IMAX® and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is now showing. The film is narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will take you to a remote and wondrous part of the world where these captivating primates first landed as castaways 60 million years ago, evolved into hundreds of species and now face extinction. You will see lemurs leap, sing and dance across the giant screen. You’ll meet the American scientist who is trying to protect and save them, a task more daunting each year as more of the rainforest is burned to clear land for farming. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary spectacle Born To Be Wild 3D. David Douglas serves as director of the film. 

Tickets are on sale at the Saint Louis Science Center. Please visit slsc.orgor call (314) 289-4424 for reservations.

Opens Friday, May 23, 2014. Showtimes daily. 
Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Saint Louis Science Center Salutes Veterans On June 6, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

On June 6, the Saint Louis Science Center will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy landings, with World War II soldier reenactors, military vehicles, displays by veterans’ organizations and special tributes to World War II veterans before each showing of the giant-screen film D-Day: Normandy 1944. In addition, military veterans will receive free admission to D-Day: Normandy 1944 on June 6 (and select dates listed below). Families and friends of military veterans will receive the military discount of $6.00, special pricing that is offered to our military and veterans every day of the year.

This is a unique opportunity for all Saint Louis Science Center visitors to meet veterans and hear their personal stories, including World War II veterans who took part in the storied Allied invasion and the battles fought in both the European and Pacific Theaters.

The Saint Louis Science Center is grateful for the support of all the veterans and volunteers participating in this special day of commemoration including the following organizations:
• Greater St. Louis Honor Flight
• Mid-American Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association
• Missouri Gateway Chapter 101st Airborne Division
• Missouri Gateway Chapter Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
• Missouri Veterans History Project
• U.S. 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion of St. Louis, Inc

Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended for all showings ofD-Day: Normandy 1944 on June 6. To reserve your seats, please call 314.289.4424.

Free admission for veterans to D-Day: Normandy 1944 will be offered on the following dates:
May 26 - Memorial Day
July 4 - Independence Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 16 - The Battle of the Bulge Remembrance Day

Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Funky Butt Brass Band

Free. Casual Attire.

PRESS RELEASE, March 1, 2010

St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers features on Sunday, March 20, at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the Beatitudes of Second Baptist Church of St. Louis. The acoustically excellent sanctuary is located 1/2 mile west of the St. Louis Galleria at the intersection of Clayton Road and McKnight Road (one mile north of the McKnight intersection of Highway 40/I-64). This venue is offered to the best jazz and blues groups in the city to perform 100 minutes of popular music. The Vespers, held on the third Sunday of each month, are free to the public. There is a lighted, free, adjacent parking lot.

Funky Butt Brass Band was formed in 2008 by six musicians who respect and revere the New Orleans brass band tradition. Made up of members of Gumbohead, The Feed, Musica Slesa and other renowned St. Louis groups, the FBBB takes traditional New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a funky flavor, in the style of the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands. But don't be surprised if you also hear a little Motown, some Southern rock and a touch of straight-ahead Chicago blues.

The next St. Louis Jazz and Blues Vespers will be on Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 pm, featuring the Paul DeMarinis & the Webster University Jazz Faculty Quintet. For more information, go to our website, or call 314/991-3424.

Congratulations to the East St. Louis Senior High Jazz Band!

Anyone familiar with the history of jazz in St. Louis and its neighbor East St. Louis, will regale you with tales of the famed East St. Louis Lincoln High School jazz band program under the direction of saxophonist Ron Carter (now Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University).

When Carter took over the program in 1977, the enrollment had dwindled to 15 students. Within two years, more than 100 were enrolled in music programs, touring Europe, making records and playing to international acclaim alongside legends like Wynton Marsalis.

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Christian McBride, Benny Green and Gregory Hutchinson

March 16 - 19, 2011

"The Ray Brown Tribute Band"  Sponsored by Beck/Allen Cabinetry

Ray Brown's legacy lives on in the countless musicians he touched, and this trio celebrates the man and his music. Former Ray Brown Trio members Benny Green and Greg Hutchinson are joined by bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride to comprise an all-star trio that is second to none.

Read, see and hear more about the Ray Brown Tribute Band ...

Ronald Carter & OGD

March 11 - 12, 2011 Sponsored by Ted Wheeler of American Family Insurance

Get ready for some DOWN...HOME...BLUES! World-renowned saxophonist and educator Ronald Carter returns to St. Louis, joined by versatile pianist/organist Reggie Thomas, guitarist Rick Haydon and their acclaimed organ trio, OGD. Before taking his current position as Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University, Carter led the East St. Louis Lincoln Senior High jazz program to worldwide prominence during his tenure. Together, Carter and OGD are sure to swing the doors off the Bistro!

Read, see and hear more about Ronald Carter ...

Chris Potter Underground

March 2 - 5, 2011 Sponsored by Friends of Jazz St. Louis

Saxophonist Chris Potter has been pushing the limits of the saxophone since his entrance to the jazz scene. Potter created the Underground band as a vehicle for his explorations in improvisation and composition. Though the band has only been around for a short time, it has proven to be one of the most engaging and far-reaching ensembles around.

Read, see and hear more about Chris Potter ...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Restaurants in St. Louis Known for Their Wine List

Restaurant NamePrice
Tony's - St. Louis
St. Louis | Italian
Webster Groves | Tapas / Small Plates
Truffles - St. Louis
Frontenac | Continental
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - St. Louis
Frontenac | Steak
Eleven Eleven Mississippi
Soulard / Benton Park | Californian
Porter's Steakhouse-Collinsville
St. Louis | Steakhouse
Café Napoli
Clayton | Italian
Annie Gunn's
Chesterfield | American
Jim Edmonds 15 Steakhouse
St. Louis | Steakhouse
Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill'
The Hill | Italian

Top Ten Romantic Dinner Locations in St. Louis


10 Diners' Choice Winners

Restaurant NamePrice
Tony's - St. Louis
St. Louis | Italian
Ruth's Chris Steak House - St. Louis
St. Louis | Steak
Lombardo's Trattoria
Downtown | Italian
Top of the Riverfront - Millennium Hotel
St. Louis | American
The Ritz-Carlton Grill
Clayton | Contemporary American
Chez Leon
Clayton | French
Porter's Steakhouse-Collinsville
St. Louis | Steakhouse
Carmine's Steakhouse
Downtown | Steak
Aya Sofia
St. Louis Hills | Turkish
House of Savoy at Lumier Place
Downtown | Italian

Brad Mehldau Trio with Larry Grendaier & Jeff Bellard - Jazz St. Louis

Brad Mehldau TrioThe Brad Mehldau Trio returns to Jazz at the Bistro to kick off their very brief U.S. tour!

Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 at 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. both nights.

Tickets are $30 for all shows and are now on sale to the general public via all Metrotix outlets, by phone at 314.534.1111 or 314.289.4030, and online at Student tickets are priced at $20, but only available at the door 15 minutes prior to the start of each set.

Stanley Clarke & Hiromi - Jazz St. Louis

February 28, 2011
Jazz St. Louis is pleased to announce that Stanley Clarke & Hiromi have rescheduled their performances from Wednesday, Feburary 2, 2011, for Monday, February 28.  Tickets for this past Wednesday evening's performances will be valid for the newly scheduled date (same set) or can be returned to their original point of purchase for a refund.  Tickets that were exchanged for another show in the run will not be valid for the new dates.  For questions, please call the Jazz St. Louis box office at 314.289.4030.
Clarke & HiromiSponsored by Friends of Jazz St. Louis

Recording artist, performer, composer, conductor, arranger, producer and film score composer, Stanley Clarke is one of the most celebrated bass players in the world.  Known for his ferocious dexterity and consummate musicality, Clarke is a true musical pioneer.  Unquestionably, he has attained "living legend" status during his 36-year career as a bass virtuoso.

Hiromi has been heralded as one of the brightest new lights on the jazz piano landscape since the release of Another Mind, her 2003 debut recording. Six years and four critically-acclaimed albums later, she has not only lived up to the initial praise for her early efforts but surpassed it entirely - thanks in large part to live performances that spotlight her boundless talent, energy and artistic vision.

Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quintet

February 16 - 19, 2011
Ray Vega
Sponsored by Kranson Industries

Ray Vega has established himself as one of the innovators of Latin Jazz with his own fiery brand of New York Latin Jazz - a true fusion of jazz repertoire and Latin rhythms. A veteran of the bands of Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Joe Henderson and Nicholas Payton, Vega is extending Latin jazz's rich tradition into the 21st century.

Special Valentine's Shows - Jazz St. Louis

Valentine's Weekend with the Mardra Thomas Group
Mardra ThomasFriday and Saturday, February 11 and 12
8:30 & 10:15 PM both nights
$25; $10 students with ID

Celebrate Valentine's weekend with the soulful sounds of the Mardra Thomas Group featuring Adaron "Pops" Jackson, Zebadiah Briskovich and Miles Vandiver.  A long-standing tradition, Mardra and Valentine's at the Bistro is a special weekend not to be missed. 

Valentine's Day with Mardra & Reggie Thomas

Reggie and Mardra Thomas
Monday, February 14
8:30 & 10:15 PM
$25; $10 students with ID

Mardra Thomas' soulful vocals coupled with the endless groove of Reggie Thomas' trio make for a swingin' Valentines Day like no other. Together, they are the perfect match to make this special day most memorable.

REMINDER ALERT: Great Valentines Gifts

  • Bucket of Love which includes: Sparkling or Champagne, champagne glasses and delicious Bissinger's chocolates, all resting in a beautiful wine bucket. From $30.
  • Favorite wines, collectible wines, over 1,000 different wines to choose.
  • Wine decanters, glasses, racks and unique gifts and accessories.
  • Membership to our newly revamped Wine Of The Month Club with fabulous new perks included (see store for details).
  • Gift cards in any amount. 



Auditions for New Line Theatre's production of the pop opera BARE will be held on two successive Monday nights, March 14 and 21, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington University South Campus, 6501 Clayton Road (formerly CBC High School), just east of Big Bend, in the second floor theatre. This is not on the Washington University main campus. Performers need to come to only one of the dates. The show will run for four weeks, June 2-25, 2011. For details about the show, visit New Line's BARE webpage, at

New Line is looking for a multi-racial cast of 15 actors. Twelve of the characters are high school students, but New Line will not cast anyone under 17. There are also roles for one adult man and two adult women. New Line is looking for intelligent singing actors who are willing to take risks onstage. Performers are asked to bring a prepared contemporary theatre song, preferably in rock or pop style, with printed piano music for our pianist (no tapes and no a cappella). There will not be a dance audition. Performers may also be asked to sing from the score.

No roles in the show have been pre-cast. All roles will be cast through the auditions.


New Line's 20th Anniversary Season closes with the regional premiere of the cult phenomenon bare, a pop opera by up-and-coming theatre writers Jon Hartmere & Damon Intrabartolo. The show has been described as a mix of Rent and Dead Poets Society, exploring sex, sexuality, self expression, guilt, jealously, and religion, and all overflowing with the kind of urgency and intensity that comes with being 17. First produced in Los Angeles in 2000 and then off Broadway in 2004, this show has attracted a fierce cult following across the country and around the world. The New Liners are thrilled to bring it to St. Louis audiences for the first time.

bare follows five seniors at a Catholic boarding school. At the center are Jason and Peter, who are forced to deal with their mutual romantic attraction while trying to live up to the standards of their parents and the Catholic Church. The show explores the range of problems facing American youth today, from body image to teen pregnancy, from drug culture to adult expectations. The show's first director, Kristin Hanggan, said in an interview, "Its real allure for audiences is the commonality of experience -- alienation, fear of rejection, confusion of sexual identity and the poignancy of marginalization." In Los Angeles, bare won the L.A. Weekly Award for Best Musical, the Ovation Award for Best Musical and the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Best Score. When bare was originally produced in Los Angeles, it was supposed to run for 32 performances at an 87-seat theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. Four months later, it had become a multi-award-winning sensation created by two 26-year-old writers and a 23-year-old director.

New Line Theatre will be one of the first companies in America to produce this exciting and powerful new pop musical.

No appointments are necessary. All performers should arrive for the audition before 7:00 p.m. New Line is a non-union, professional theatre company and is always very eager to find a multi-racial cast. Rehearsals will begin the first week of April, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., plus every night the week the show opens. Rehearsals are at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in St. Louis Hills. Performances are at the Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road. Performers will share a guaranteed 10% of box office receipts. Call 314-773-6526 or email for more information.


New Line Theatre is a professional company dedicated to involving the people of the St. Louis region in the exploration and creation of daring, provocative, socially and politically relevant works of musical theatre. New Line Theatre was created in 1991 at the vanguard of a new wave of nonprofit musical theatre just starting to take hold across the country. New Line has given birth to several world premiere musicals over the years and has brought back to life many shows that did not do well in their original New York productions. Altogether, New Line has produced 59 musicals and 5 concerts of theatre songs since 1991. New Line Theatre was recently given its own entry in the latest edition of the Cambridge Guide to American Theatre. New Line has also created a new online musical theatre book and music store, at New Line receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council. For more about New Line, go to

New Line has recently announced its annual scholarship for high school seniors planning a career in musical theatre. For more info, visit

New Line's upcoming musical TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA runs March 3-26, 2011, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. March 3 is a preview. Tickets are on sale now through all Metrotix outlets, including Macy's stores, the Fox Theatre, the Edison Theatre at Washington University, and select Schnucks stores, or by calling 314-534-1111. This show contains adult content.

Al Jarreau Friday Night! at the Touhill

Al Jarreau  

Al Jarreau's unique vocal style is one of the world's most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.

Tickets, priced at $150 (Gold Circle seating and post-concert reception to which Mr. Jarreau has been invited to attend), $50, and $40, are available via the Touhill Ticket Office at 314.516.4949, toll free at 866.516.4949 or online here.

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