Opening Night - Celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop Through Film and Music

Opening Night
Hi-Pointe Theatre

Co-presented with the Saint Louis Art Museum

SPONSORED by Barry & Jackie Albrecht

Join us for an unforgettable evening featuring complimentary* beer, wine, and entertainment by DJ Charlie Chan Soprano, the official DJ for Run DMC. Following the reception, immerse yourself in the world of hip-hop, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, through an exploration of its presence in film and the vibrant evolution of the culture right here in St. Louis.

This event is proudly co-presented with the Saint Louis Art Museum's exhibition, "Culture: Hip Hop & Contemporary Art in the 21st Century." This immersive showcase offers a profound journey into hip hop's global impact on art and culture, spanning music, visual arts, fashion, technology, and more, underscoring its immense international significance.

Producer Lyah LeFlore-Ituen will moderate the conversation and include the following panelists:

  • Lyah LeFlore-Ituen, Producer and Owner of Dolly’s Girls Productions, Inc., is one of the most versatile, talented, and respected creatives in the entertainment industry. 
  • Andréa Purnell, audience development manager and co-curator of “The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century” at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
  • Finsta, AMP St. Louis, host of St. Louis’ longest-running iconic hip-hop club night, the Hi-Pointe Café (where up-and-coming artists honed their skills and platinum recording producer scouted for talent) as a part-time on-air personality for a show called, “Phatlaces” with DJ Needles.
  • Dana Christian, Cinematographer, owns and operates Breaking The 180, which produces video/film content for corporate and entertainment companies. Christian directed music videos for clients including Murphy Lee, Chingy, Yo Gotti, Johnny Gill, and Ginuwine. 
  • Zachary Manditch-Prottas, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, is jointly appointed in the Department of African and African American Studies and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and currently, he and Professor Jonathan Fenderson are co-teaching a yearlong course at WashU called “Beats, Rhymes, and Life: A Cultural History of Hip-Hop.” 
  • DJ Charlie Chan Soprano is a St. Louis-born and bred DJ known worldwide as a turn-tableist and DJ for Run-DMC.

Following the 60-minute conversation, we will screen the 1990 classic House Party, directed by East St. Louisan Reginald Hudlin

*Each guest (21+) receives two drink tickets good for Urban Chestnut beer or wine.