May 20, 2014 by Jenna Zine

Who here is a fan of Working Girl? I hope everyone is raising their hands right now! My favorite moment is when Tess is in the elevator explaining how she got the idea to put Trask Industries together with a radio station. (Um... spoiler alert?) That scene resonates so deeply with me - her practice of reading everything and discounting nothing, combined with that delicious a-ha moment, is what I strive for as well. Plus she's kicking business ass in some seriously baggy mom jeans and a gray sweatshirt - more power to anyone who can pull that off!

So imagine my excitement when I had a Trask Radio moment of my very own recently with the incarnation of Keep It Like A Secret! Here's the lowdown: I follow a great Twitter feed called Live @ The Apt, which hosts "secret" comedy shows in NYC in (you guessed it!) an apartment. I was quite taken with the idea and found it to be very charming. Meanwhile I've been toiling away in my comedy classes while finding time to brave the open mics in Portland. Open mics, while necessary, can be terrifying for newbies. I found myself thinking, "I wish I could just hold an open mic in my apartment for my classmates and myself." Wait a minute! Comedy. Apartment. Where had I seen that before?

Before I knew it, I was dropping a line to the founder of Live @ The Apt to ask if I could host a similar showcase. It was a quick jump from the thought of a private open mic with my classmates to a full-blown "secret" showcase in my very own apartment. And, oh my god - what a thrill it's been! I've never had more fun planning or hosting. The years I spent without direction, fearing that I'd never have passion for something have melted away. I've found my thing. Trask plus radio. I can't wait to see what's coming next!


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May 7, 2014 by Jenna Zine

How about all three? But, wait; there's more, including: a comedy set from the hilarious Sean Jordan, ale samples from McMenamin breweries, sassy 80's-inspired hairdos from the stylists at Paul Mitchell, swag from MovieBoozer and 105.9 The Brew, as well as ticket giveaways from the Crystal Ballroom. Let the river run you right over to the Mission Theater, one week from today, Wed. May 14th, for this fabulous event. Rise up like Tess McGill, while enjoying a slice of some vintage Harrison Ford. Your boss would approve!

Wed. May 14th 
Comedian Sean Jordan &
The Oscar-nominated film Working Girl

Doors 7, comedy 8, movie begins at approx. 8:30
21 + over // only $5 - you don't even have to ask for a raise!

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Apr 30, 2014 by Jenna Zine
Jenna & Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo.JPGFor someone who is incredibly social, and who books events for a living, I am one awkward chick. Sometimes it feels like I'm two people - for every half of me that is confident and driven, there's the other half lurking, just waiting to embarrass the shit out of the part of me that has it together. This happens with alarming frequency.

Take, for instance (you were hoping for a "for instance," right?) an incident that happened earlier this month. I'd recently booked one of my favorite local comedians for one of my MovieBoozer events. We'd been communicating via Facebook and all was well. Then I saw him out at a club. The normal half of me thought, "Oh, great - what a lovely opportunity to introduce myself in person." The weirdo half of me thought, "Why don't you just walk away?" Well, the normal half of me won out - until I approached him, and then the weirdo took over. (Damn you, weirdo - you are an asshole! Who gave you control?)

This is what I said: "Hi, I'm Jenna. I smell of booze and edamame." What in the fuck, weird Jenna? Was, "Nice to meet you" unavailable? And why did I think my breath would be a factor? We weren't in a small, enclosed space, nor were we going to be making out. Of all the things, why did weirdo Jenna reveal this tidbit? I still don't know. But it didn't sway this gracious guy. He gave me a hug and said, "You know, there're a lot of smells out there and those are two really good ones."

The normal part of me could've recovered and carried on a conversation from there. But no - the weirdo part still had control! So I stared at him for a moment, with absolutely no follow-up, until I shrugged and said, "Well, I can see that you're busy." And then I walked away! Why, Jenna? Why?!

I spent the rest of the evening in a tailspin, until I stumbled upon a way to beat weird Jenna at her own nefariously nutty game. Here's what I've decided to do: give her a platform. (If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.) So look for The Humiliation of Jenna Zine, coming soon to my YouTube channel. I'll talk about all the times I've said insanely asinine things, usually to famous people that I'd admire - and then we can all have a laugh. 

[Photo: The time I met Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo. He was really nice!]

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