Former St. Louisan and breast cancer survivor RUTH PELTASON is hosting a fund-raiser for SITEMAN CANCER CENTER on March 12 at NEIMAN MARCUS. Peltason will discuss her new book, I Am Not My Breast Cancer, in which she talks openly about “love and sex, hair loss and weight gain, mothers and daughters, and being a woman with breast cancer.” For more information, call 935-5511.
You won’t believe your eyes! Ladue High grad (class of ‘98) JUSTIN WILLMAN (a.k.a JUSTIN KREDIBLE) is planning two St. Louis stops during his popular Turning Tricks tour. NPR recently described him as “like a magician, but cooler.” Kredible, now based in Los Angeles, is a regular on the Rachel Ray Show and Room 401 on MTV, and has appeared on The Gilmore Girls, The Today Show, The Dennis Miller Show and in commercials for Cingular Wireless, HP and Sunny Delight. He was awarded 2007 Entertainer of the Year award by Campus Activities Magazine. He’s appearing at Lumen Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. and at University of Missouri St. Louis Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m.
By day, AL HAMMERMAN is a radiologist at WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, but by night, he trades his lab coat for a composer’s pen to create songs inspired by the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. On Feb. 22 at Sheldon Concert Hall, Hammerman will headline his fourth benefit concert, this one a fund-raiser for MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION. It will double as a CD release party for his recent album, “Just Music, Just Hammerman, Just Lucky.” At the event, he will be accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra. For more information or to buy tickets, call 766-5299.
AVENUE Q, the hit musical now on stage at the Fox Theatre (through Feb. 24) has a St. Louisan among its cast members. CARLA RENATA, who plays ‘Gary Coleman’ (yes, the guy from Diff’rent Strokes) is a graduate of Brentwood High School.