Movies Till Dawn: Untamed Youth

Monday Morning” (1990, MVD Video Rewind) Relentless hazing at the hands of school bully Brandon Hooper drives sensitive new kid Noah (son of Robert) Blake to take his classmates hostage when Hooper tries to threaten him with a gun. Modest teen-angst drama began life as a student film and never quite rises above those limits, though writer-director Don Murphy (the “Transformers” franchise) lends a degree of production polish to the B-movie proceedings. Performances are spotty (especially Hooper), but the presence of Lisa Rinna, Blake Lively’s brother Jason, and “Simpsons” voice actor Karl Wiedergott in the cast, as well as the unfortunately prescient finale, anchored around a school shooting, offers the film’s clearest appeal. MVD’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, part of its VHS-faithful Video Rewind series, offers an alternate home video cut, titled “Class of Fear,” a new interview with Murphy and a vintage profile of his career.

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Paul Roessler’s New Album – The Turning of the Bright World

Noted Los Angeles musician, composer, and producer Paul Roessler (The Screamers, Nina Hagen, Josie Cotton, Mike Watt and a whole bunch more) has released a deeply moving new album of original material, The Turning of the Bright World, on the Kitten Robot Records label. It is an album in which the artist looks at the world with enough time, depth and compassion to ‘notice it’s turning’, and then has a bit to say about what he sees. It is a beautiful commentary – lyrically, musically and even from the spaces between the words and music. Continue reading

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watt’s picture of the week – monday, august 8, 2022

got some free space to festoon in order to gussy up your place? how about this pad up on second street in my pedro town?

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Street Art Battle: Secret Walls’ “Support Your Local Artist” Tour Coming to LA

Artists BigTeef & Greg Mike with SW Founder Terry Guy Hyping the Crowd in Atlanta. Photo credit: Chris House.

Watch local street artists compete to create the most exciting mural while a vibrant throng of onlookers cheers them on. You can join this lively milieu when Secret Walls’ 35-city “Support Your Local Artist” tour stops in LA on August 14.

At this community-minded art celebration, DJs spin while artists are given spray paint, paint brushes, paint rollers, and markers. The clock strikes and the artists have 90 minutes to create a new mural. A group of judges and a decibel meter help determine the winner.

Confirmed art luminaries appearing in select cities include Greg Mike, pop surrealist Allison Bamcat, Ally Grimm, Matt Gondek, Sentrock, Woes, The Obanoth, and LAmour Supreme, along with musical guests Boom Bap Kids and Soulection DJs.

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Flipper in Long Beach! Tonight!

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: I Only Hear Vin

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watt’s picture of the week – wednesday, august 3, 2022

I get to prac w/these guys so I can help them w/some flipper gigs, yatta!

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Take ‘A Trip to the Tropics’: ‘Tiki Oasis’ Adds a Dash of Caribbean Flavor

Illustration poster art courtesy of Tiki Oasis.

Tiki Oasis 2022 is once again at the elegant mid-century modern beauty, the Town and Country Hotel in Hotel Circle, San Diego, this Wednesday, August 3, through Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Themed a “Trip to the Tropics,” Tiki Oasis is celebrating the Caribbean Islands and their influence on Tiki subculture, and have chosen Kay Tita, founded by David Pierre-Louis in 2010 after the devastating earthquake in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, as the spotlighted non-profit for this year.

The schedule of events features live music, fashion shows, educational seminars, art exhibits, people-watching parades, mind-blowing mixology, poolside hot fun in the sun, and cool cat DJ’s. Into the late evening are dozens of hosted and spirit-sponsored room and “Lanai” parties and “Suite Soirees,” Tiki Oasis curated music, DJ dance parties, more groovy live music, and bodacious and body-positive burlesque.

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A New Waterfront Pop-up Bar; BOGO Frosés; $5 IPAs; and More Food & Booze News

Be among the first to visit On the Docks, a new pop-up bar experience on the waterfront-adjacent patio at Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey. Come celebrate the launch of the reimagined space on Friday, July 29, between 3 and 8 p.m. You’ll find plenty of $5 cocktails — including rum-based craft classics, frozen mojitos, and frosés – plus street tacos (brisket, pulled pork, or shrimp) for $3 and chips with salsa and queso for $2, along with a DJ and games. The same specials will be available Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On the Docks

Tokyo-based Ramen Nagi, a spot I loved during my November visit to the Century City location, opened a second Los Angeles shop on Tuesday. Located at Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia, the ramen master is offering a limited edition ramen bowl, the W-Spicy Miso King, through August 2. Ramen Nagi

If you love sipping rosé on a glamorous rooftop, you’ll want to know about the buy-one-get-one rosé and frosé offering at Harriet’s all summer. The rooftop bar at West Hollywood’s 1 Hotel is celebrating summer with “Avaline Hours.” Avaline, Cameron Diaz’s wine brand made with organic grapes and little else, will treat you to a second glass of rosé or frosé ($15 for the first glass) Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. until September at Harriet’s

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L.A. Cookbooks Every Angeleno Will Love

Are you getting tired of the same old recipes you have been cooking since the pandemic began? Looking for some cool gift ideas? Here is a list of LA-based cookbooks that have become indispensable to me as a home cook, along with a few that I am just starting to dive into with great enthusiasm.

I have personally tested several recipes from each of these books, and every recommendation on this list has dependable, easy-to-follow directions, with just enough detail and not too much fuss. Most of the ingredients are in your local supermarket, with an occasional trip to a specialty market. In addition to the expected collections of recipes, they are also good reads, with captivating stories about the dishes and the people who cook them.

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