Ja Rule Plays Jergel’s; Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Kicks Off (Mon., 1/14/19)

1) Queens-native Ja Rule, who is known for both originals and remixes, plays two sold-out shows over three days at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. His 2001 single, “Always on Time,” which features R&B singer Ashanti, was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. That is, until Ja Rule’s remix of Jennifer Lopez’s “Ain’t It Funny” unseated it. His acting credits include an appearance in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, the first in a highly successful action-film franchise. (2001 was a very good year to be Ja Rule.) He also acted in 2004’s The Cookout, which was co-written by and stars Queen Latifah. Pain Is Love 2, released in 2012, was his latest album. A new album, tentatively titled Coup De Grâce and reportedly his last, has been in the works for years, although no release date has been set yet. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (CM)

Ja Rule in 2016 (photo: WebSummit and Wikipedia)

Ja Rule in 2016 (photo: WebSummit and Wikipedia)

2) It’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Why is this important to you? More than 50 Pittsburgh restaurants are offering extra special deals through January 20, including multi-course meals or $20.19 specialties. Some of the participating restaurants are: The Twisted Frenchman, Lidia’s Pittsburgh, The Lemont, Superior Motors, Twelve Whiskey Barbecue, Social House 7, Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, Hyeholde, Roost, Eliza – Hot Metal Bistro, and Bonfire. To view all participating restaurants and for more information, visit Pittsburghrestaurantweek.com. Let’s get out there and support all our great Pittsburgh restaurants!