Thursday, July 31, 2008

Phoenix Fridays

The first 50 ladies to RSVP to will get a secret password to Phoenix Fridays at Mood night club.  Guest list closes at 10:30pm, so be sure to get there early.

Patton Oswalt is William Fryer Harvey

Tonight at 7:30pm, The Echo Park Time Travel Mart presents:

Dead Author Readings feat. Patton Oswalt reading
"The Clock" and "August Heat"

1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

...and it's FREE

Jaydi's T-Shirt Picks Under $40

Trash & Luxury's B/W Bazaar Tee as seen on Rihanna (bottom, $36) and Paris Hilton's design (top, $14.99 on sale).

Order now.

Surfs Up

The 2008 International Surf Festival is here at last.

Get ready tomorrow, Fri. Aug 1st, for the LA County Lifeguard Championships at 7pm on Torrance Beach.  Also enjoy the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter & L.A. County Lifeguard Rescue Demo.

Sat. Aug. 2nd
Early birds can enjoy the International Bodysurfing Championships at 6:45 am for a whopping $25 bucks on the Manhattan Beach Pier or watch more of the Lifeguard Championships at night in Torrance.

Sun. Aug. 3rd.
7:30am Paddleboard Championships at the South side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Click here for the full schedule.


If you aren't watching Sarah Silverman perform tonight, the place to be seen is the X Games at the Staples Center.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"I Bought a Car..."

"...turned out to be an alien robot.  Who knew?"

Don't miss The Transformers tomorrow night (Thurs. July 31st) at 8pm at City Walk!

Underneath Your Clothes

If you haven't already, you better sign up for The Underwear Affair and help Uncover the Cure.  To fight all cancers below the waist:

"Hit the streets of Los Angeles on August 2, 2008 for City of Hope's Underwear Affair™ presented by Jockey! Join runners and walkers of all ages and athletic abilities, dressed in everything from briefs and boy-shorts to t-shirts and tracksuits, and help fund life-saving research for cancers like prostate, colorectal, cervical, ovarian, kidney, bladder, testicular and uterine. After you cross the finish line, dance and celebrate at the EXPOsed afterparty. You might even take home a prize during the party's costume contest!!"

Jamba This Opportunity

Hurry up.  It's your last day to buy one, get one free at Jamba Juice!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Feeling Lazy?

Not much going on tonight, so why don't you try a panini at Dolce and/or take a dip at the Tropicana Bar?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Get Down with Geisha

Tomorrow night (Mon. July 28th) Billboard Magazine hosts a private party at the Geisha House in West Hollywood, which is also the locale for Gnarls Barkley's concert after party. 

The first two people to email FWJ with the subject line "Travis Barker" will automatically gain FREE entry (with one guest) to this super exclusive party. Others planning to be present are Kim Kardashian, T Pain, Nelly, and more.

30 Years of Cheesecake

For Cheesecake Factory's 30th anniversary, they will be selling slices on Wed. July 30th at $1.50, the price when they first opened!  Additionally, they will be introducing a new flavor chocolate cake cheesecake.  For every one of these you purchase, $0.25 will be donated to America's Second Harvest - the Nation's Food Bank Network.

Thx to FWJ readers Meredith and Alla for the heads up.

"I'm Howard Hughes, The Aviator"

As part of The Academy's Great To Be Nominated series, they will be screening The Aviator tomorrow night (Mon. July 28th) for $3.  Click here for more info.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Help My Friend Raise Money for UCLA UniCamp

"UniCamp operates as an independently funded non-profit organization linking the University with the community. Each year, UniCamp inspires nearly 1,000 children from low-income families to envision brighter futures by sending them, along with 350 student volunteers, to its residential outdoor summer camp."

Click here to learn more.

For Those into Modern Art...Try a Chicken

Sat. July 26th, 7pm
High Energy Constructs
990 N. Hill St. Suite 180

Music and FREE fried chicken from BonelliContemporary.  'Nough said.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Give Me a Reason to Love You

Not gonna lie.  I'm a huge fan of Aubrey O'Day's new clothing line "Heart on My Sleeve." This Danity Kane singer literally has a heart embroidered on each sleeve, and I can't wait to buy one.

Your Favorite American Idol Runner Up

Justin Guarini performs at City Walk this Sat. July 26th for FREE.

Put On Your Dancing Shoes

Fri. July 25, 6:30-10pm
Music Center Plaza
135 North Grand Avenue

Enjoy live music, a DJ and complimentary dance lessons under the stars.  Admission is FREE on a first come, first served basis and dance lessons begin at 6:30pm.

Even if you have no experience as a dancer, there will be someone there to teach you:

JULY 25 - Samba
AUGUST 8 - Zydeco
AUGUST 22 - Cha Cha & Salsa
SEPTEMBER 5 - Argentine Tango
SEPTEMBER 19 - Disco

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What Could Be Sweeter?

So we've been reading about Dessert Decadence on, like...every major blogging site (Sun. July 27th, 5-8pm); however FWJ reader KT has discovered a means of getting there for $40!

Horay for Goldstar!

Related articles:

You Don't Have to Like Paintings to Enjoy Art

Thx to FWJ reader Reg for digging up SiteLA's skater ramp reveal and exhibition.  Starting tomorrow (Fri. July 25th at 8pm), Jesse Rodato, one of the residents at this Quiksilver-sponsored art gallery, will be hosting a "new skatepark for inner city kids" concept.

Aside from the DJ, there will be a skate ramp, along with pieces that "combine street art, performance, and bruised knees."

At 2522 Sunset Blvd.

Stolen from Zoomdoggle...I Couldn't Resist

Looks like Albert Einsten, right?  Stare at it a little longer to be sure.  Now walk away ten feet and look at your screen. :)

Fight the American Way

Once a year, American Apparel gathers all the clothes in its factory to create a giant pile of fun Downtown for you to dig through (on 7th and Alameda).  Last year 4,000 people showed up to fight over almost 200,000 garments - some priced as low as $1!

On Sun. July 27 (2pm-midnight), you can be one of those people.  For $5.  Early birds can get in for $12, so figure out if the wait is worth it.

Other fun included?  Try a slip n slide, snow cones, a moon bounce, a dunk tank, and DJs.

Cherry Up

Tomorrow (Fri. July 25), Sprinkles is releasing yet another to die for cupcake into the world: Summer Cherry.  Made with pureed cherries in the cake and frosting, this is one you won't want to miss.  Available through Aug. 3rd.

Thx to Caroline on Crack for the heads up.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Just a reminder to talk hands free while driving.  If not, you might just get a ticket from a motorcycle cop driving behind you on Ocean.

Missed The Simpsons movie?

Catch a FREE outdoor screening tomorrow night (Thurs. July 24) at 8pm at City Walk.

"Hanging" with Lucent Dossier

Tonight, Bored-LA reminds us that my favorite downtown restaurant (the Edison) is hosting Lucent Dossier, "a cabaret-style evening reminiscent of 1920s Paris and Berlin." 

Their Vaudeville Cirque performance art troupe performs at 9pm, hanging from the ceilings while you dine, and the cover charge is $20 at the door.  Get there early to secure entry and good seating, and don't forget to order the Elvis peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Silky Smooth, Silky Free!

West Hollywood's "first and only micro creamery" Silky Smooth is giving away a FREE scoop of ice cream or sorbet every Wednesday until Labor Day.  And yes, that means today.

So get your butts over to the Beverly Center on the 7th floor by Macy's and get a 90% fat free treat.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Who's Your Garth TriniDaddy?

Thanks to Fusicology, at least one FWJ reader will be very happy.

West Hollywood's The Standard will be celebrating this LUSH Tuesday (July 22nd) with none other than Garth Trinidad (discovered acts like Jill Scott and Gnarls Barkley) at the Purple Lounge.  With FREE mojitos from 10-11pm, this is sure to be one awesome, cover-free night.

The Monkeys Aren't the Only Ones Making Noise

Tues. July 22nd, 6-9pm
(5pm to purchase tickets at gate)

Extend your day at the zoo with world music night under the stars.  Feel free to picnic with the late-night animals as international musicians (Caribbean to Peruvian to African drummers) rock them to sleep - sponsored by 104.3 MyFM.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I See London, I See France

Okay, so not to advertise $30 underwear or anything, but...
You have to check out Pull In, a South of France import now on 8012 Melrose Ave.  

In my opinion, this could be the new Victoria's Secret.  They have my all time favorite cut (men's style with thick bands), and their men's collection looks pretty sweet, too.

Guys, be prepared to pull out your wallets.  These will make great gifts for the ladies.

Wish a Bite

To celebrate its 30th year of operations, Morton's Steakhouse is donating $5 from every $19.78 prime sirloin burger purchase to Make a Wish Foundation.

Now until Sept. 28th.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Emmy Nominees 2008

To check out the full list of Emmy nominees, click here.

A Primo Deal

Sun. July 20th, 10am-2pm
8590 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood

The cafe below Ketchup is premiering its new brunch menu this Sunday.  To celebrate, models will be handing out complimentary Rubyy Blood Orange Energy Bellinis (normally $7) to guests who purchase any brunch entrĂ©e.

"Viddy Well, Little Brother"

Sat. July 19th.

I have been waiting to post the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings until I found one I absolutely loved, and here it is (drum roll please): A Clockwork Orange!

Gates upon at 7:30pm at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, though I would recommend arriving MUCH earlier if you are planning on parking there for $5.  Street parking is extremely difficult, and I missed a screening once before due to parking issues.

The film starts at 9pm, and while it is FREE, they request a $10 donation.  Bring blankets, drinks and a picnic dinner, and dine below the stars.

More Refreshing This Way

In honor of Jamba Juice's new orange refresher drink, you can now buy one, get one FREE by filling out this coupon here.  Good until July 30th.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Live Nation for $10!

The same FWJ reader "M" who took 20 minutes to order dinner, has an incredible recommendation for us:

"In light of the escalating transportation costs [Live Nation] fans are experiencing during the summer, this Friday only, over 40 shows at eleven of Los Angeles and San Diego favorite concert venues will have $10 tickets available! Participating artists include Rod Stewart, Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, Santana, ZZ Top & Brooks and Dunn, Alejandro Fernandez, Steel Pulse, and many, many more! Tickets will be available while supplies last on Friday, July 18 from 10am to midnight. Get out and support live music in Los Angeles and San Diego."

Click here to buy your tickets!

"They Think I'm the Poo Monster"

When you get the chance, please go out and support the Australian mocumentary Kenny (about a guy who delivers porta-potties).  It was a refreshingly great comedy, and it premieres this weekend in Santa Monica and Pasadena at the Laemmle 4-Plex and One Colorado respectively.

My screening was FREE, but I definitely would have paid to see it.  The Giant who saw it with me couldn't stop laughing, but admitted disappointment upon discovering that Kenny is not a real person.  Seriously.  He was near tears.

Buy tickets now during its limited release - you won't regret it.

Zing! Spoon

Looking to start a food fight?  For $10, you can!  Intrigued?  Click here to buy a Zing! Spoon.

Angelini Osteria

I don't usually blog about food, but today I couldn't help it.  Last night I ate at Angelini Osteria, and the food was out of this world.  Well, at least...out of this country.  Born and bred in Italy, chef Gino Angelini is a talented master of his craft, who has even cooked for the Pope.

Our waiter was the nicest guy, who waited patiently as my friend M took about twenty minutes to order.  He simply grinned, flaunting his authentic Italian accent, "Take-a your time."

I went with the $15 pumpkin tortelli, which was just about the best dish I have had in a year.  A perfect romantic dining spot, boys, you now have the next best place to take your girlfriend (or date) - complete FWJ approved.

Check out the menu here.

If You Think Your Body Might Be Tired

from Glow, don't forget to invest in FREE yoga lessons on Sunday!

Thomas Ian, Sing Me a Song

If you missed Lucy Lawless sing at City Walk, Sat. July 19th at 7:30pm is your chance to catch Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) for FREE.  Lucy wasn't bad at all, and I don't expect Thomas to be too bad either.

To hear a sampling of his music, click here.

Glow Glow Glow

This weekend update would not be complete without mentioning Glow.

Sat. July 19, 7pm - Sun. July 20, 7am
100 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica

More than 25,000 people are expected to attend this all-night, FREE dizzying array of effervescent sights, sounds, and music, inspired by Nuit Blance in Paris.

Featuring 20 multi-media art installations, Glow will highlight a solar-powered Ferris Wheel, host to a revolving orchestra.

According to Eater LA, several restaurants will offer specials such as:
- a prix fixe menu at Ocean & Vine at the Loews 
- $5 sangrias after midnight at Bar Pintxo 
- specials at Ye Olde King's Head, The Yard, Thai Dishes, Makai Lounge and more

Tired of Singing in the Shower?

Fri. July 18, 7:30pm
Music Center Plaza
W.M. Keck Amphitheater at Walt Disney Concert Hall
135 N. Grand Ave.

As part of their summer Friday night sing-alongs, you now have the opportunity to belt out your favorite classic Broadway tunes, accompanied by live musicians. While the event is FREE, there is limited seating capacity and will be based on a first come, first served basis.

If you cannot make this event, mark your calendars for Aug. 15th's 80's night.

"You know, Farva...

...only you can make a dark man blush."

Reminder: $10 screening of Super Troopers at midnight tomorrow!


Sat. July 19th, 11am-12:30pm
On the grass off Marine St./Barnard Way
Marine St. 

Join the girls of Hoopnotica as they offer FREE hoola hoop lessons on the grass.  They will also offer their new summer cocktail 2008 collection of limited edition hoops on sale.

For more info on their program, click here.

Love on a Pole

Thurs. July 17, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30 p.m. at the Bank of America Plaza
333 S. Hope St.


Fri. and Sat. July 18-19, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm
725 S Figueroa Street

A troupe of dancers from Australia who call themselves Strange Fruit fuse theater, dance, and circus while bending atop 13-foot-tall flexible poles. The poles’ extreme strength and flexibility allow the performers to bow to impossible angles, swaying back and forth in a hypnotic dance while enacting dialogue-free stories.

Their FREE performances will be a love story titled “Swoon.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Don't Know Your Neighbors?

If you live downtown (or want to), attend their community mixer tomorrow night (Thurs. July 17th) from 6-10pm at Cafe Pinot on 700 W 5th Street (inside Maguire Gardens).

Enjoy appetizers, desserts, and lots of mingling over vino and sangria.

Additionally, on Tues. July 22nd, a California cuisine tasting party will be held from 6-8:00pm for patrons to sample work from the new chef.

For the first event, RSVP here.

Victoria’s Secret Pinkapalooza feat. Fall Out Boy

Thurs. July 17, 5-10pm
380 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica

Over 15,000 people are expected to attend this FREE Fall Out Boy concert (9pm) in support of Victoria Secret's PINK line.  Get there early (before 5pm), for the first 3,000 people present will get FREE rides and games.  Also, they will be giving away some items from their new collection.

To participate, you must download your pass here and bring it to the pier.

It's Getting Hot In Here...

...But no need to take off your clothes.
In honor of ice cream month, here is a list of LA's finest ice cream shops (in no particular order):

1824 W Main St
in Alhambra

Highlights of this overlooked, cash only location include: lychee flavor, taro flavor, and old-fashioned root beer floats.

For a full list of flavors, click here.

1525 N. La Brea Ave.
in Hollywood

Don't be fooled by its strip-mall location.  This Iranian ice cream parlor is out of this world.  Try Persian flavors (now available at Whole Foods) such as lavender, or their $2 ice cream sandwich - a scoop of ice cream nestled between two thin wafers, rolled in fresh pistachios.

Every year they invent one new flavor, though they indicate that rosewater ice cream in Iran is as common a flavor as vanilla is here.

1010 N Vermont Ave.
in Hollywood

A Central American delight, this shop offers unique flavors such as fresa sapote, mamey banana, and luquma - all $1.50 per scoop.

3827 W Sunset Blvd
in Silver Lake

If you are craving gelato, this is the place for you.  With free WiFi and flavors like mango cayenne and chocolate martini, you can't go wrong.  The latter is a high-grade Venezuelan chocolate infused with Grey Goose vodka.

Their coffee is also supposed to be unbelievable.

712 N. Heliotrope Dr.
in Koreatown

Closed on Sundays, this ice cream shop is famous for its brown bread flavor, made with Grape Nuts breakfast cereal and caramel.  Other popular flavors include avocado with banana, brioche french toast, and raisin and gorgonzola cheese.

Those brave souls might venture to try the "painfully sweet" chocolate wasabi.

Something else to note about this parlor is its DVD exchange program.  Bring a movie and take another one home!


Interested in seeing Kenny tonight (Wed. July 16th)?  Since I cannot attend, I now have 2 FREE tickets to a screening on Sunset.  Email FWJ if you want them.

*Fools In Love*

For those who miss The OC, or for those who love Inara George, the video below is for your viewing pleasure.  If you haven't already, hurry up and buy $15 tickets to see Inara perform on June 23rd from 8-10pm at The Fold in Tangier.  21+ only.

“Paw” Hana Hawaiian Party

Wed. July 16th, 5:30-7:30pm
Three Dog Bakery
411 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica

In Hawaiian, "Pau Hana" means to hang out with friends after work.  Tonight, "Paw Hana" means to hang out with your dog after work!

During this Hawaiian-themed event, the Three Dog Bakery will be selling Aloha shirts and bikinis for puppies!  Additionally, they are hosting the best dressed Hawaiian duo contest, so show up dressed in Hawaiian gear with your dog.

To add to the festivities, there will be:

♥ Hawaiian snacks and drinks
♥ FREE leis for your dog
♥ Prizes for the best Hawaiian costume

Because this is a FREE event, try and make a small purchase while you are there to support the store.

Thx to Yelp for the info

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Ringling Bros: Barnum & Bailey Circus

Is back in town!  July 16th-July 20th.

Click here to buy tickets.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rock Band 2

has announced its song list:

For me, highlights include Panic at the Disco's "Nine in the Afternoon," Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy," Smashing Pumpkins' "Today," The Go Gos' "We Got the Beat," Blondie's "One Way or Another," and Journey's "Any Way You Want It."