JTJ: Slow Children Crossing

Hey everyone!  If you’re looking for a fun and FREE way to start your weekend, join me tonight at the Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater for Robotic Chocolate: The ReMix, featuring LA’s hottest sketch comedy troupe, Slow Children Crossing.  How could you pass this show up with an inappropriately amazing name like that?  The talented SCC troupe provides a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of never-ending laughs!  Seriously, folks.  With their assortment of high and low brow, political, satirical, scatological, and musical humor, you’ll find yourself laughing even after you’ve left the show.   Who knows, even you too may appear slow at that point.

If you are the “too soon” type and giggle during sex-ed than this is the show for you.  Reserve your free tickets now at (323) 960-5519!

Click here for more information on the cast and show dates.

Robotic Chocolate: The ReMix
Thursday Sept 22nd  @ 8pm
Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater
6539 Santa Monica Blvd
LA, CA 90038


JTJ: Walk this Way

Calling all art lovers sans plans for the evening!

Tonight, and the second Thursday of every month, is the free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk.   The DAW brings art lovers and community folk together to celebrate the arts in Los Angeles’ ever evolving downtown.   Many of the DAW activities take place in and around the galleries predominantly on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets.   However, there is a plethora of other activities should you choose to venture outward.  For the true art aficionados, early arrival to the DAW offers a more relaxed pace throughout the different galleries and art exhibits as many eventual attendees are still leaving work at that time.

When in Rome, or Downtown LA, make like the locals and veer off the art path and visit the surrounding shops, restaurants, and bars for the full downtownee experience.  If you’re feeling frisky and want a more upbeat scene, head over to the Art Walk Lounge for the SoBe “Try Everything Experience,” featuring DIY t-shirt screen-printing, full-sized free samples of SoBe’s 31 flavors, Spin Art by DJ Scratch Academy, Live art by CHASE, free bike valet service and free art walk maps!  Free, free and more free.

The lounge features a different theme each week and is located at located at 529  S. Spring St. and is open from 6-10PM.  The art walk galleries are typically open from 12-9PM during the event, however click here for more information on hours of operation and special exhibits.

Happy day before the weekend!

The Friday Funnies

You know how people ask, “you want to laugh?”

A) Who doesn’t?  Really, when was the last time you heard someone reply, “No, not for me thanks.”  Exactly.  That’s just silly!  And B) there’s a 50-50 chance the person will not laugh at all after having set such high expectations.  But in all seriousness, the important question is…you want to laugh?

Then go see The Change-Up this weekend!  I promise you will laugh more than if you didn’t.  The movie is hysterical, raunchy, and even has a sensitive side if you can believe it.  You know, the grass is always greener until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes on the other side of the fence.  Okay I may have just combined two sayings but you get the idea.  Perfect date movie compromise, or even see it with your girlfriends/buddies.  It’s that good.

Bateman, Reynolds, Mann, and Wilde.  Public urination into a creepy fountain.  Babies.  Hot leading ladies.  Again, Reynolds.  What more could you want?

Can you guess which one is my celebrity crush, a la Ross Gellar and Isabella Rossellini on my all time favorite, Friends?

On another note, check out these “Friendly Foes.”

Happy Friday!

JTJ: Thrifty Thursday

Food trucks, friends, and photography oh my!

Come meet me at Melrose Night, a monthly gathering of the best food trucks, store discounts, and exhibits LA has to offer.  Let’s create our very own buffet and share something from each of the popular food trucks lining Melrose Ave.   I know, total fat kid at heart, but hey – it’s just being economical.  Or so I tell myself.

Then, once we’ve digested our delicious feast, let’s take a stroll and visit the many shops that stay open late offering special in-store promotions.  Leave it to me to sniff out a deal and dine at the same time.

And finally, let’s check out the opening night of Atticus’ Inspiring Photographs collection before heading to a nearby bar to catch up with friends.

Melrose Night takes place the first Thursday of each month, and is located between Ogden and Stanley on Melrose.  Nearest landmark?  My favorite, Urban Outfitters.  Click here for a list of tonight’s participating food trucks and stores, and be sure to check back every month for the latest in Melrose Night promotions.

See you on the street!

JTJ: Canon Concerts

It may be very last minute, but if you’re looking for something fun, festive and free tonight, then head over to the Beverly Canon Gardens for Concerts on Canon, featuring a variety of upbeat music from jazz and classic standards to Latin, Folk and Reggae.  Similar to the aforementioned Jazz at LACMA…but under the stars in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Set up camp in the Gardens with a picnic blanket and dining accoutrements, snag one of the first-come first-served seats, or enjoy this magical California venue from one of the surrounding outdoor restaurants, Montage, Bar Bouchon and Bouchon Bistro with full beverage service.  Decisions, decisions…

Dinner reservations are recommended for before or after showtime since this is a happening event amongst locals and not-so-locals.  For a complete list of nearby restaurants, consult the Canon Drive directory.

You’re probably wondering what the catch is to attend a free jazz concert in Beverly Hills.  Zip.  And get this, there’s even free parking under the Gardens with validation from the Information Table.

Concerts on Canon is every Thursday night through August 25, with shows at 6 and 7:15PM.  For the full summer schedule click here.

If jazz is not your bag, but you can’t resist live music, The Damnwells are playing at The Mint tomorrow night for a whopping $10 bucks in advance, or $12 at the door.  Can’t wait!

See you there, or see you at another time.

JTJ: I See London, I See France

If you are one of the lucky LA-ites that’s out of work or free after 6PM on a Wednesday, then head over to the lavish London West Hollywood where you can socialize, sip, savor and most importantly…SAVE.  That’s a word you don’t hear often in reference to a Hollywood hotel!

The London West Hollywood’s Wednesdays at Sunset is a chic and sophisticated, open-air twist on the traditional happy hour, with gourmet bites, the most special of specialty cocktails and of course, DJ-curated tunes.  This event takes place from 6-8pm through the end of the summer and is the only time outside guests are granted access to the hotel’s exclusive rooftop Pool Deck.

Entry to Wednesdays at Sunset is free, however a reservation is needed.

Panoramic views and personal space.  Love!

JTJ: Move Over OpenTable

Three words: discount shopping sites.  Thank you economy for giving us unlimited reasons to be online even more than when we first learned of Facebook and Twitter.  It’s unbelievable, a new shopping site pops up daily.  From Groupon to Swirl to Hautelook to Living Social, the list seems to be endless.  It’s starting to feel like these sites are my friends I get so many freaking emails every day.  You can even add the apps to your phone or tablet for even easier access to deals.  I almost want to hold a contest to see who can find something that isn’t sold online yet at all OR at a discounted price.

Any who, I happened to stumble upon a site that I am happy to put my stamp of approval on.  Ready for this?  It’s the discount version of OpenTable!  Savored.com, formerly VillageVines, brings you access to members-only pricing at the most popular restaurants across the US.  A) I love all things exclusive and B) who pays full price for anything at this point?  It’s about time we eat at a discount too, and don’t have to keep up with daily deals that eventually expire or are no longer available online.   Groupon and Bloomspot I’m talking to you (not that I love you any less).  Basically with Savored, you make a reservation for a mere $10 booking fee at one of Savored’s restaurant partners and instantly receive 30% off your entire bill!  No fine print or annoying paper coupons.  You can change or cancel your reservation up to two hours before your reservation AND if the applied discount somehow winds up less than your $10 booking fee, they’ll refund the price of your reservation.   I know!!

Click here to start savoring.

JTJ: Fancy Friday

“…it’s Friday…you ain’t got no job…and you ain’t got sh*t to do.”

Okay so maybe you do have a job and things to do.  But if you don’t already have plans for the evening and like jazz, being outdoors, and avoiding the looming Carmageddon nonsense, then here’s a fun, le fance and free option for your Friday night!

Jazz at LACMA features a different jazz band each week – this week featuring the tribute band, Luther Hughes and Cannonball/Coltrane Project.  This evening’s concert will also feature a special Photographic Retrospective of the 20 years of “Jazz at LACMA,” showcasing eight LA photographers’ work capturing some of LACMA’s most magical jazz moments.  So if you haven’t been to JAL before, you can catch up on everything you’ve missed at this one-night-only exhibit!    And, to make Jazz at LACMA that much more enticing, Ray’s and Stark Bar is on-site so you can grab a bite to eat or an after-work beverage or seven while Luther Hughes and Cannonball/Coltrane Project jam out on stage.  I mean really, what could possibly be better than sitting, eating, drinking, and listening to some snazzy tunes?

For more on Luther Hughes and Cannonball/Coltrane Project, check out the band’s website for music and video samples.

Jazz at LACMA takes place every Friday through the end of the summer from 6-8PM and is free to the public.

BP Grand Entrance – 5905 Wilshire Blvd. (Central Court Area)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6115

Click here for the complete summer jazz schedule.

JTJ: Wednesday Winos

Calling all self-anointed winos!  I received notice today about one of the most truly amazing Los Angeles wine happenings I’ve ever heard of, and it’s totally le fance.

The Capital Grille announced its summer wine series, The Generous Pour Event.  Kicking off today and lasting through the end of summer, the experience offers unlimited tastings for $25 per person, plus the purchase of one entree (prices ranging from $27-47) from the dinner menu.  I mean wow, really?!  The retail cost for all nine featured wines would be around $750!   I would never pay for that in real life so this is a serious taste of the good life if you ask me.  All wines featured were hand selected by The Capital Grille’s George Miliotes, one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world.  He’s a big deal and so is The Generous Pour, now available at all The Capital Grille locations, including Los Angeles and Costa Mesa.

Click here to make your reservation and feel free to invite me along ;).

While you’re out living the life le fance, please remember to drink responsibly!


Welcome back to Growing Up Golden self and hello readers!  Yea, I disappeared, I know.  But hey, I’m back!  Whilst on my very extended hiatus, it occurred to both my bestiekins and I that I am neglecting my readers of some valuable knowledge I possess and it would be a crime to keep it from you.   So, without further ado, I present to you “Jen the Jew.”   What?!?!   How dare I use that word in jest?  But I do because it is just so perfect.  And well, we all know I love a good stereotype when I see one.  So it stays.   It’s origination comes from countless conversations with friends about deals I’ve found that are…to put it bluntly, cheap.  Don’t be confused though, cheap does not mean you can’t keep it classy kids.  I have a special talent for finding the most le fance food and fun for almost free.  So there you have it, cheap deals plus a Jewish girl named Jen equals “Jen the Jew.”  Voila!   JTJ segments will detail my latest and greatest finds throughout LA and the country, so stay tuned and find out how to be le fance on a budget.  Now, let’s all take our white wigs off and be honest…we’ve got a little Jew in us!