Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Next-to-Best Bets

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Every day, the mail brings dozens of press releases and notes regarding entertainment information. Unfortunately, much of this information is useless. But scattered through the piles are some interesting tidbits -- news we'd like to tell you about but either don't have room to include or only have room to include in a condensed form. This week, for reasons we're still unsure about, we have room. What follows, in no particular order, is some of the better stuff that came out of the envelopes this week.

On The Tube: Grammy Award-winning blues singer Koko Taylor will perform on FOX TV's "New York Undercover" tonight at 8 p.m. Taylor will sing her signature song, "Wang Dang Doodle," in the fictional nightclub Natalie's. Other artists who have performed on the show include B.B. King, James Brown and Roberta Flack.

At The Podium: Although Bob Marley passed away nearly 15 years ago, interest in this reggae master lives on among his legions of fans. One of the foremost authorities on Marley, Roger Steffens, will give a free lecture beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brukens Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. In addition to his talk, Steffens will also show rare videos and footage about Marley. Those in charge of the lecture promise that for true Marley fanatics, the two-hour drive will definitely be worth the trouble. For more information, call 217-786-6600.

From The Booth: While we're on the lecture circuit, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Hal Gurnee, former director of "Late Night with David Letterman" will speak in the J.C. Penney Auditorium at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Gurnee was director of "Late Night" for its entire 11-and-a half-year run and also directed "Late Show with David Letterman" until May of 1995 when he retired. This multi-media lecture will feature behind-the-scenes footage from Gurnee's 35 years in television, which includes directing personalities such as Jack Parr, Joey Bishop, Jimmy Dean, Garry Moore and David Frost. …

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