March 12, 2012

Monday Night Recall

This week my first-ever magazine feature story hits Midwestern news stands. It’s more exciting than getting a summer job at Anthropologie, although not quite as exciting as quitting that job 10 weeks later. Anyway, I worked very hard, and you can see the comedy guide I put together in the April issue of Chicago magazine (pg. 84-87).

You may have noticed that I have a new photo on my About page. A very adorable redhead named Kristen Lynn Barker took the picture, along with all of the images accompanying my text in the aforementioned Chicago magazine article. Click here to see more of Kristen’s work.

A couple more quick thank yous…
In my long absence from Just Jenna, I’ve been given two wonderful opportunities to share my work with kids. When I decided to become a writer, I never imagined anything except long lonely hours sitting at a desk, punctuated by the occasional book release party. A few weeks ago, I got to teach a writing workshop to fifth-eighth graders called “Baby Got Snack – How to Write a Song Parody.” My students came up with four parodies: “We Found Bugs” (Rihanna’s “We Found Love”), “Broken Clock Anthem” (LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”), “School Lunches Are So Gross” and “I See Someone I Know” (both riffing on “My Heart’s A Stereo” by Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine). And the last Tuesday of February, I got to read my work in front of 500+ students at Fremd High School in Palatine, IL. My sister attends Fremd, and I spoke as part of their annual Writers Week. I was very self-deprecating and I wore lilac H&M tights – it was pretty great.

And now, some more stuff that I wrote:

Time Out Chicago
A review of Jerry Seinfeld at the former Rosemont Theatre
A preview of Graveyard, a web series starring Dave Pasquesi and Christian Stolte
A review of Ripper: The Musical at The Annoyance
A review of Tracy Morgan at The Improv
A review of Barretta at Stage 773

New York magazine
A Mayoral Mexican Wrestling Challenge at Occupy Broadway
Hugh Acheson Offers to Pluck the ‘Hughnibrow’ for Charity
A First Peek Inside Joanne, the New Restaurant from Art Smith and Lady Gaga’s Dad

Jezebel
Do Egg Donors Lie?


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