In other hip-hop news: Slam Poetry scion Marc Kelly Smith's brand of open-mic anarchy paved the way for free-form expression in such pursuits as (how coincidental!) Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam and, uh, MTV's Miss Seventeen. Smith travels from Chicago to unravel in St. Louis alongside St. Louis' own experimental hip-hop band, Jupiter Jazz. Come to Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, 314-773-3363 or www.offbroadwaystl.com) at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Tickets are $6 online, $8 at the door. It'll be slammin'.
And the antithesis of hip-hop: Ahh, the classic St. Louis question: "So, where'd you go to high school?" If the answer is anywhere in the Hazelwood School District, you and your fellow Hawks, Spartans and Wildcats are invited to Hazelwood Party Night at Here's Johnny's (1322 Sunburst Drive, O'Fallon, 636-474-1322 or www.heresjohnnys.com) at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. A DJ will be on hand to play "Livin' on a Prayer" and other prom staples to help you reminisce about all those gr8 summers spent with your BFFs.