Masters of Taste Returns to the Rose Bowl on April 2

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Widely regarded as one of LA’s best food events, Masters of Taste returns to Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl on Sunday, April 2.

Help raise funds for Union Station Homeless Services as you stroll along the 50-yard line savoring food, drinks, and sweets from some of LA’s best creators of culinary and beverage experiences. 

Now in its 6th annual iteration, Masters of Taste offers food from dozens of culinary masters and restaurants. This year’s participants include Michelin Bib Gourmand winner Ayara Thai, Mercado, Lunasia, Celestino, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Great Maple, Casa Cordoba, Yardbird, Poppy + Rose, Yuca’s, Ramen Tatsunoya, Pez Cantina, World Empanadas,Taishi Hainan Chicken, Alexander’s Steakhouse, VCHOS Pupuseria, and many more.

Sip exquisitely crafted cocktails, along with wine, sake, and beer, from the likes of The Raymond 1886, Mezcal 33, Knox & Dobson, MacLeod Ale, CRU Winery, Native Son, Empress 1908, Arts District Brewing Company, Hitching Post, Que Padre, Sake High, Dulce Vida Tequila, Seisyu Akagisan, and more. You’ll also find plenty of non-alcoholic choices from Good Idea (flavored Swedish sparkling water with amino acids), Mountain Valley Spring Water, boba from Bearology, Sunright Tea Studio, Humm Kombucha, and more.

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Movies Till Dawn: Beyond Belief

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974, Dark Sky Films) Tobe Hooper’s landmark horror film has been imitated, duplicated, and sequelized multiple times, all of which (even Hooper’s own 1986 revisit) haven’t come close to the anarchic, nightmarish terror of the original feature, which pits a group of travelers against a family of cannibals in a remote corner of the Lone Star State. Home video versiosn of “Chain Saw” are almost as numerous as its remakes, though Dark Sky’s latest editions (limited and steelbook) offers a wealth of extras along with a new 4K Ultra presentation of the feature. You’ll need a UHD player to watch the movie itself and hear its four vintage commentaries (which feature, in various combinations, the late Hooper, stars Marilyn Burns and Gunnar “Leatherface” Hansen, DP Daniel Pearl, and other crew members); a second Blu-ray disc includes a new making-of documentary, as well as a staggering number of extras, including an interview with Hooper by William Friedkin, multiple interviews with cast and crew, location visits, deleted scenes, trailers, and more.

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watt’s picture of the week – tuesday, march 7, 2023

finally found out what was on the other side of this hatch at the main post office here in my pedro town – romee found out ‘pert-near thirteen years ago! crimony. so sad we lost her to cancer not too long ago, she had a great place on the web called spbxb where she explored san pedro block by block. a great lady, truly.

photo by mike watt

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Zebulon LA Sunday Salon: Lydia Lunch, Joseph Keckler headline, Josie Wreck and more supporting

Next Sunday March 12, the Zebulon Café LA is the place for a plethora of amazing spoken word, music and performance featuring headliners Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler; with Dynasty Handbag, Sylvia Black, Tim Dahl, John Tottenham, and Josie Wreck (with Aeon Lux and Franz Murder) supporting plus DJ Mr. Pharmacist, AND burlesque beauties Rita D’Albert, Kitten DeVille, Lux LaCroix, Ashley Hayward & Miss Marquez included…a seriously phenomenal line-up!

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Lydia Lunch & Joseph Keckler Sunday Salon, March 12 at the Zebulon, 2476 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90036. The show starts at 7:00p., Paid parking lot and free street parking.


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Queerspace at the Zebulon!

Next Friday March 10, Peter Kalisch’s ongoing Queerspace party takes place at the Zebulon Café LA in Silver Lake. These shows usually showcase a variety of experimental, synth, noise and flamboyant musical acts from LA’s sizable queerdo music scene. This month’s performers include Noise Pup (Peter as solo performer), Soltera, Ethical Drvgs and Succubus B2B Infernx. Just in time to help us kiss our winter blues away!

Instagram: Queerspace Party

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Queerspace takes place March 10, 2023 at the Zebulon, 2476 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, 90036. The show starts at 10:00 pm. Paid parking lot and street parking available.

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Sapphic Musk rocks the death metal bowling scene this Saturday night!

This Saturday night Sapphic Musk takes their Valhalla rock to the Corbin Bowl and you don’t want to miss it! Plus you will also get to rock out to Alice Austin, Hat Pin Panic and Bitter Glitter for a mere $5 sweet deal. Sapphic Musk plays at 10:00pm, don’t miss these sexy amazon warriors! Full show starts at 8:00pm.

Sapphic Musk, Bitter Glitter, Hat Pin Panic and Alice Austin at the Corbin Bowl, 19616 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356, showtime: 8:00 pm, parking lot and street parking

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This Thursday! Shizu Saldamando “Momento” exhibit opening, reception in Pasadena

Shizu Saldamando is an LA-based artist who creates portraits on wood, cloth and paper; in drawings, silkscreen and print plus produces occasional installation work. Her subjects are family and friends, many who cultivate artistic practices of their own in the Latinx, punk non-mainstream arenas. Saldamando is of Japanese and Mexican heritage. Past exhibitions showcasing her work locally and nationally include group and solo shows at LACMA, the Japanese American Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Oxy Arts, the Charlie James Gallery and many more.

Thursday March 2nd is the opening reception for Saldamando’s “Momento” exhibit as part of her Artist in Residence for the Galleries at Pasadena City College.  This event is open to the public and will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

See @shizutattoo for more information on Shizu Saldamando

See for more information on this exhibit, location and parking.

Saldamando’s “Momento” exhibit runs in the Boone Family Gallery in the Center for the Arts, at Pasadena City College, from March 1 – April 7, but will be closed for spring break March 6-12, and March 31.

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Queer film series this Sunday! Whammy Microcinema in Silver Lake screens “Madelynn Von Ritz is Almost Famous” short, directors in attendance


A new film by queer directors Naz Riahi & Silas Howard who will be at this screening in person! Plus there will be a post-screening concert and discussion with documentary subject and filmmakers. Presented by L.M.N.O.P., the Lesbian Movie Night Ongoing Project!

Whammy! L.M.N.O.P. Presents Madelynn Von Ritz is Almost Famous


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watt’s picture of the week – sunday, february 26, 2023

the morning after the deuluge, you can big time see the mountains full of snow real easy this morning in my pedro town… this is taken right by the maritime museum, looking northeastward w/the vincent thomas bridge bordering the top.

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Jeff Bovon Scopes out the Best Dim Sum Spots in LA

Happy Harbor Restaurant. Photo by Jeff Bovon

By Jeff Bovon

After two months of research and thousands of dim sum consumed:

Top three Dim Sum Restaurants 

1) Bistro 1968 – Abalone Tart, Baked Pork Bun, Lobster roll, Rice Noodle Roll, Sticky Rice, Stuffed Morel

2) Longo’s – Hargow, Fish Roll, Chicken Feet, Cucumbers, Lobster roll, Pineapple Bun

3) Chef Tony – Hargow, Baked Bun, Pork Knuckle, XLB

Special attributes

Ray’s: Only the spring roll was best in class BUT everything was great Easy to recommend to others

Capital Seafood – Best Carts: Taro Toot Roll, Flaky Pork Bun, Pork & Scallion Cake, Chicken Feet, BBQ Duck

IXLB – Best Fast casual/ Take Out: Hargow, Shumai, Char Siu Bao, Fried Wonton, Curry Puff, Pineapple Bun

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