Marla Stoker

Marla Stoker

Marla Stoker (Publicist/Social Marketing Consultant) has an extensive background in public relations, media placement, marketing and promotions. She currently provides PR consulting services on a private basis for a wide variety of clients through her company, Marquee Media and Marketing. Previously, she spent ten years doing publicity and promotions for major motion picture studios giving her a long record of successfully carrying out projects that keep everyone from billion dollar movie studios to small local businesses happy. Marla also has experience producing independent short films and curating the short film division of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Her overall passion for the entertainment industry allows her profession to mirror what she loves in her personal life.


Bi-state area high school students compete for scholarships, prizes and a chance to perform at The Fabulous Fox 

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition moves on to its Semi-final round Saturday, March 1st when 37 high school acts take the stage at St. Louis Community College–Forest Park to select finalists who will compete at The Fabulous Fox on Friday,April 4 (a complete list of students/schools can be found here).  “It was exciting to see the quality and variety of this year’s talent.   We’re looking forward to seeing which of the 37 Semi-final acts make it to the Finals on the Fox Stage.  The final competition is a choreographed Broadway-type show and a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to see great young talent atthe Fox FREE OF CHARGE” says Mary Strauss, President of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) Board of Directors.  FREE GENERAL ADMISSION tickets will be available March 2nd through Metrotix and at The Fox box office.

This year, 153 students from more than 80 high schools and performing arts organizations plus homeschoolers registered to compete in thepreliminary round.  57 students, making up 37 acts, were selected as semi-finalists to compete on March 1st.  Semi-finalist acts include singers, a variety of solo musicians, an alternative rock band, dancers including tap, ballet and contemporary, rappers, a ventriloquist and a hula-hooper!

“This is not “Hoosiers”… not even close.”

“The film rivals the classic HOOP DREAMS…” 

Award Winning College Basketball Doc Extends

Alternative Distribution Life with Innovative Technology

The Gray Seasons adds new mobile app to VOD, Streaming and DVD choices

ST. LOUIS/February 11, 2014: After screening at over a dozen film festivals and spending a year and a half playing On Demand on over 200 cable providers, St. Louis-based documentary filmmaker Robert T. Herrera’s emotional college basketball tale The Gray Seasons - is embracing alternative distribution to the fullest extent.  Whether film fans like to stream movies through their TV, their computer, smart phone, tablet or just prefer the traditional route of popping in a dvd… these filmmakers have it covered. 

The filmmakers are debuting an innovative application that makes virtually any aspect of the movie available at your fingertips. The app, created by St. Louis based Candy Lab, gives users the ability to download & watch the film on their device, buy the dvd, read the blog, browse film photos, send the filmmakers an email, connect with them directly via Facebook or stream the entire soundtrack for FREE.  “People always comment on and ask about it, so I figured why not provide the entire soundtrack to everyone,” commented director/producer Herrera.  The film features music composed, produced and performed by Austin musician and frequent collaborator, John Kelley.  For Herrera, the app was an interesting and fun way to spread the film and its related content easily and concisely.  It is available in app stores or through the QR code on their website. 


Award winning documentary on poverty comes home to educate and call viewers to action.

On Tuesday, February 18th, AMC Esquire will take a break from its normal line-up of Hollywood blockbusters to screen a film that will both educate and motivate the community about an issue of global significance – extreme poverty.  The Esquire will host local filmmaker Dan Parris, of Speak Up Productions, as he kicks off the national screening campaign of What Matters? in his hometown of St. Louis at 6:30pm.  Filmmakers and subjects Parris and David Peterka will conduct a Q&A session with the audience after the film.  Tickets should be purchased online by February 11th at  This award winning documentary is launching a series of theatrical, community, and campus screenings across the country in order to build awareness for their upcoming iTunes/VOD release in mid-April.


Bi-state area high school students compete for scholarships, prizes and a chance to perform at The Fabulous Fox 

ST. LOUIS/January 21, 2014 – The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) is pleased to announce that the 4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will begin February 1st  & 2nd when 192 performers take the stage in the preliminary round of competition (a complete list of students/schools can be found here).  “We are thrilled with the response this year from students, parents, arts organizations and the community” said Mary Strauss, President of the FPACF Board of Directors.   “We are proud to provide the opportunity for students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis and are delighted that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight.” 


St. Louis-based American Greed joined celebrities from all branches of the entertainment industry on the red carpet in November for the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards (LAMA). Making their third trip to the televised event at The Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, the band collected wins for both Music Video of the Year (“Ride Baby Ride” produced by Lumivid) and Live Video Producer of the Year bringing their total number of LAMA awards to six. In addition to previous wins in both 2011 and 2012, they've also performed at the Whiskey on Sunset Blvd. for the 2011 nomination ceremonies, opened the 2011 awards at the Avalon as well as the 2011 Phoenix Music Awards in Arizona. With their wins, American Greed joins dozens of other LAMA luminaries including the likes of Slash, Ratt, Santana, and The Black Eyed Peas just to name a few.

Following the release of “FROSTY: ‘Twas the Night Before the Apocalypse,Dead of Night Entertainment and Iron Dead Studios are ready to expand their holiday-themed universe with the help of the Kickstarter campaign FROSTY EXPANDED UNIVERSE.   With the support of backers, they plan to take their multi-media project into the next phase of science fiction storytelling with trading cards and a forthcoming collectible card game experience. Perks for backers include an expanding trading card series (including autographed and foil effects as well as full series), exclusive Giclée art prints, books in the series, digital downloads and possibly the “coolest” reward of all – being immortalized as a character in an upcoming installment! 


Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:26

Pin-Up Bowl 10th Anniversary Party Tonight!

The original bowling and martini lounge celebrates 10 years in The Delmar Loop with a party and $2500 in giveaways!

9pm – 3am



Authors attending STL Jewish Book Fest

Monday, November 11, 2013

9:30am / ADMISSION $18 – FREE with Series & Series PLUS Tickets
RSVPs required 314-442-3299
JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts and Education Building
Light breakfast refreshments courtesy of Nishmah’s Sharsheret Support, increasing awareness of genetic risk & offering support for those affected by breast and related cancers.
Feminist, best-selling author, and cofounder of Ms. magazine, Pogrebin, a cancer survivor, presents a practical, sensitive and humorous guide to the dos and don’ts of caring for the ill; including plenty of helpful advice, with wise and witty lessons about a prized but neglected human trait: empathy. A handbook of kindness and care to help both patients and their friends.           
1:00pm / ADMISSION $15 – FREE with Series & Series PLUS Tickets
JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts and Education Building
Marshall Cohen
ROUGH CUTS: A Man, A Plan and A Gym…
Uplifting Stories from the St. Louis 'Hood
Overcoming learning disabilities, abuse and depression, Cohen has devoted his life to helping St. Louis city children find a purpose and build bright futures. With the recognition of such renowned figures as Colin Powell and football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, Cohen’s Lift For Life Gym and the Lift For Life Academy charter school, have given city kids safe places to learn, gather, work out, and be surrounded by people who care.
Linda Joffe Hull
The first installment in Hull’s new series features mayhem, mystery and a crazy cast of characters. After her husband loses the family’s savings in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie Michaels secretly moonlights as “Mrs. Frugalicious,” an extreme couponing maven and author of a bargaining blog. When evidence points to Maddie as the prime suspect in a murder at the local mall, she must find the real killer before the police throw away her “get out of jail free” coupon.
Michael Kahn
THE FLINCH FACTOR: A Rachel Gold Mystery
Kahn’s eighth mystery featuring stunning and savvy lawyer Rachel Gold, opens with the suspicious death of a hunky contractor; two overlapping cases; and an eccentric judge. When witnesses begin disappearing, Rachel fears for the safety of her family. With support from Benny Goldberg, her crude but irrepressible best friend, and Jacki Brand, her fiercely loyal law partner, Rachel presses on to the final courtroom confrontation.
Pat Lorraine Simons
BROTHERS ON THE RUN: Fleeing Hitler, Fighting Franco
Based on the true story of her father and uncle, Simons, founder of Ready Readers, takes you on a high-velocity ride. Two teenage Jewish brothers barely escape death at the Nazis’ hands in pre-World War II Europe only to find themselves crisscrossing the continent as refugees living on luck, daring, and wits. Denied entry into the U.S., the boys enlist as soldiers in the Spanish Civil War—a fateful decision that indelibly scars them and serendipitously opens the door to freedom.
Moderator: Carol Daniel, News Anchor KMOX RADIO
ALL I EVER WANTED: Relationships, Marriage, Family
Be inspired and encouraged by Daniel’s amazing life as she juggles one husband, two sons, two jobs and sleep deprivation! Daniel, news anchor for KMOX, 30-year veteran of broadcasting and award-winning columnist, writes about marriage, motherhood and politics.
BAILOUT: How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street
7:30pm / ADMISSION $15 – FREE with Series & Series PLUS Tickets
A riveting account of Barofsky’s high-level experiences in the Bush and Obama administrations after becoming special inspector general, and overseeing the spending of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. Candid and hard-hitting, this book is an exceptionally informative insider’s play-by-play of what went wrong during the Great Recession rescue; and why the banks have only become bigger and more dangerous in the wake of the crisis.
       “[One] of our favorite business books so far this year…”
       -Bloomberg BusinessWeek
       “Witty and’ve gotta get this. It’s unbelievable.”
       -The Daily Show - Jon Stewart



JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts and Education Building

Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein kicks off 15 days of amazing authors and events at the 35th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book FestivalFrom November 3 to 17, thirty-eight authors and special guests will be in St. Louis to participate in a variety of events for all tastes.  Fierstein will be the keynote speaker on opening night, Sunday, November 3rd at the JCC in Creve Coeur.  Mike Isaacson (Executive Producer of The Muny) will lead a live, on-stage conversation with Fierstein at 7pm.  Fierstein will sign copies of his children’s bookThe Sissy Ducklingand CDs from some of his Broadway shows (available in the festival bookstore) after the event.

Fierstein may be best known for the roles he’s played in “Hairspray” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”  But that unmistakable voice is also the playwright behind over 10 Broadway hits including recent successes “Newsies” and “Kinky Boots,” “Torch Song Trilogy” and “La Cage aux Folles.”  Also a comedian, singer, songwriter, activist, and author, Fierstein has been a staple on TV throughout the years from winning an Emmy for his work on “Cheers” to his guest spots on “Nurse Jackie” and “The Good Wife.”  He’s entertained young and old on the big screen voicing Yao in the “Mulan” films, running from aliens in “Independence Day,” and helping Robin Williams get in touch with his feminine side in “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Seems like the subject "gluten" (to eat or not to eat) is all the rage at the moment.  South Beach Diet creator, cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, will be in St. Louis on Sunday speaking about his new book "Gluten Solution" at a free event.  The Jewish Book Festival and The St. Louis Jewish Light have partnered to bring the doctor in to their Primetime Expo to talk about the benefits of a delicious, doctor-designed, gluten-aware plan for losing weight and feeling great-FAST, as well as other issues related to healthy aging.

Admission is FREE! The event takes place at the Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex in Maryland Heights.  The Expo runs from 11am-3pm and Dr. Agatston speaks at 11:30am.  

For more info on the Expo itself, click here.  For more info on Dr. Agatston's event, click here and for his book click here.

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