It's tough to nail down a place as eclectic as Golden West Café. The place where New Mexico meets the Far East has a whole lot of thrift-store paintings on the walls and menus that arrive in old record album covers, with food that ranges from Frito pie to warm Vietnamese noodle salad (aka the Mental Oriental). Weekend breakfast-time waits can be long, but are worth it--the kitchen churns out righteous huevos rancheros and hot cakes (three crucial words: real maple syrup), though our perennial favorite is the blueberry Bismarck. (“If butter offends you, do not order this,” the menu intones.) Lunch and dinner bring burgers, green chile soup, and other Southwestern treats, plus amazing homemade layer cake for dessert. Best of all, the Golden West's addition of a bar means, at long last, margaritas with that quesadilla.
Reggae, rocksteady, and the like can be pretty male-dominated forms—to the point of seeming sexist. The Scotch Bonnets (pictured), fronted by the razor-sharp vocals of Lady Hatchet, are out to change that shit, pulling the cool bass lines, steady groove, and soaring harmonies from the form while leaving the cultural baggage behind. They’re joined tonight by Thee Lexington Arrows, whose vocalist, Kathleen Wilson, is one of the coolest of any gender and any genre in Baltimore. (Disclosure: CP illustrator Alex Fine is responsible for the smoking surf guitar.) The Forthrights, a female-fronted rocksteady band from Brooklyn, help bring the grrrr up to a roar. (Baynard Woods)
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