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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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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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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 $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Boulevard de las Naciones 1813 Acapulco, GRO 39760
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Harry's - Acapulco $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Boulevard de las Naciones 1813 Acapulco, GRO 39897
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Becco al Mare $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Av. Escenica 14 Acapulco, GRO 39880
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Suntory - Acapulco $$$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Costera Miguel Alem├ín No. 36 Acapulco, GRO 39850
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Tentaciones $$$$
Neighborhood: Zihuatanejo
Carr. Escenica a Playa La Ropa Lt.97-C Zihuatanejo, GRO 40894
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Tony's Asian Bistro $$$
Neighborhood: Acapulco
Escenica S/N Acapulco, GRO 39880
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Carlos'n Charlie's Acapulco $$
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Blvd. de Las Nacioes #1813 Lot.1 Mz. 5 Loc. SA01, Acapulco, GRO 39877
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Jimmys Taverna $$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
248 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Chart House Restaurant - Mammoth Lakes $$$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
106 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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CJ's Grill $$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
343 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Whitebark $$$
Neighborhood: Mammoth
50 Hillside Drive Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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The Rafters $$$
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220 Old Mammoth Road Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Erna's Elderberry House $$$
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48688 Victoria Lane Oakhurst., CA 93644
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Campo - Mammoth $$
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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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