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!


Save the Children

I write about food trucks and cheap ways to live a lavish life – but what about those that face complete starvation and haven’t even had a chance to taste the things we’ve tasted?  Ever.  This doesn’t have to happen.

Save The Children has launched an emergency aid response in Africa.  Please watch this video, share with friends, family, colleagues, even acquaintances, and download Bob Marley & The Wailer’s single ‘High Tide or Low Tide.’  All download proceeds go to East Africa Fund’s food crisis appeal.

You can help now.  Be a friend.


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!

Music Monday

White men may categorically not be able to jump, but a few of them sure can rap…and this one will definitely surprise you.

Check out the first four tracks from Jared Ryan Shaw, and be on the lookout for his music video releasing soon!

It’s okay, you can claim you found him first.  I won’t mind ;).

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: Manilla Monday

It’s just another Manilla Monday.

If you’re anything like me and have a hard time keeping track of your boatload of bills, accounts, passwords and so on because you’re much, much too busy remembering all of the extremely important and hardly important things you need to do for your boss or company, and have a self-diagnosed case of A.D.D. to boot, then this is the site for you!  It’s called Manilla, like the folder or envelope,  and it houses all of your super-forgettable stuff in one place.

Genius.   One log in, one site, and BAM.  Just today I linked all of my bank accounts, credit cards, student loans, home utilities, cell phone bill, and travel and reward accounts so now I’ll never miss a due date or double pay a bill (because I forgot I paid it already) again.  Manilla even stores your account statements and sends you reminders when it’s time to pay bills or messages from the companies you link to your account.  It’s like your own free, secure and reliable assistant with bank-level security.  Not to mention it doesn’t talk back or miss deadlines.


Click here to sign up for a Manilla account today!

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.