Caleb Nichols endeared himself to many rock fans in the East Bay by combining anxious, self-effacing, melancholy lyrics with well crafted balladry — which, together with his autobiography (a perfectly hewn "coming out" narrative about growing up gay in Los Osos, California), made him stand out among hipsters, albeit in a fairly innocuous way. The band name "Churches" could be seen as a provocation, except that it's not: Nichols is not a pious person by nature, but he often writes about existential angst and a desire for salvation. It's not "church" in the traditional sense, but it's definitely church in the abstract. Moreover, he's got a fabulous cast of backing musicians, including drummer Pat Spurgeon and bassist Dominic East. Churches performs alongside Talk Hot, Cerfs, and Dempsey at The Night Light on Friday, Sept. 28. 9 p.m.,. $5-$15 TheNightLightOakland.com — Rachel Swan
Add yet another charge to the whole litany of allegations lobbed at "revenge porn site" IsAnyoneUp, which trafficked in (mostly) unflattering nudes from (mostly) unwitting subjects, some of whom may have been victims of a hacking scam. According to Courthouse News Service, the site's new spinoff, IsAnyoneUp.net, is now facing a lawsuit for extorting the company that tried to kill off its antecedent. If the plaintiff prevails, IsAnyoneUp could lose three domain names, $300,000, and any chance to further exploit its now-infamous brand.
Ahoy. Here's what you're doing this weekend.
Art in Nature Festival
Site-specific art can both pull from and give back to its surroundings. So when those surroundings are nature itself — as in the multidisciplinary Art and Nature Festival at Redwood Regional Park (7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland) — it follows that the works would take on an organic quality. More than two hundred artists and performers, from dancers and musicians to poets and painters, are scheduled to span a mile of the park's Steam Trail, turning the wooded regional park into a venue and gallery. Parking is limited, but a free shuttle runs from the Merritt College parking lot (12500 Campus Dr., Oakland) throughout the day. On Sunday, Sept. 23.11 a.m.-5-p.m.; free, $2-$5 donations accepted. — Cassie McFadden
Sad news is spilling in as Berkeley bids goodbye to one of it's few dance clubs — the only one within walking distance of the university. Shattuck Down Low, which just celebrated its eleventh year in Berkeley's downtown retail corridor, was actually well in the green when club owner Daniel Cukierman received word of the venue's imminent demise.
Some UC Berkeley students made this fairly slick "UC Berkeley Style" video as a submission to the Myx TV (that's the Asian-American channel) Gangnam Style Parody contest. (ICYMI, "Gangnam Style" is the viral song/video by South Korean artist PSY that skewers materialistic culture in the Gangnam district of Seoul.) What is Berkeley style? "At the beginning of semester, a guy who was just as fashionable as you were/Nonetheless, a week later, a guy who puts on his worn-out sweatshirts and flip flops." Yeah, that sounds about right.
Happy Friday! Here is two and a half minutes of dogs wearing boots:
ALSO, five fun activities for your brain and body to do this weekend!:
Brainwash Movie Festival
Brain feeling foggy? Clear your head by getting in your car, hopping on your bike, or simply putting on your walking shoes and heading to the Brainwash Movie Festival for some food-truck fare, live music, and a satiating selection of cinema. Billed as a "drive-in, bike-in, walk-in" festival, the eighteenth-annual event returns with four evenings of film screenings, including a short about how to survive a bear attack, a documentary chronicling two men's efforts to lug three Doggie Diner dog heads across the country, and more. Check website for full schedule. Festival runs at the Mandela Village Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23. 8 p.m., $9-$12. 415-273-1545 or BrainwashM.com — Cassie McFadden
Okay we know you're busy reliving this magic moment in your heads over and over:
But it's time to get to important WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Banned Books Reading
Howl. The Devil's Highway. Friendly Fire. What do these titles have in common? They were all banned at one point. In honor of Banned Books Month, PEN American Center West collaborates with Mrs. Dalloway's to present an evening of local writers, including Peter Orner, Camille Dungy, Carolyn Cook, Tess Taylor, and Michael David Lukas, to read selections from authors who've been either banned, censored, or imprisoned for their art. On Saturday, Sept. 8, at Mrs. Dalloway's. 7:30 p.m., free. 510-704-8222 or MrsDalloways.com. — Alison Peters
Sad news coming down the transom today as we learn that DJ Matthew Africa — UC Berkeley and Berkeley High alum; former KALX staffer; unbridled, unconditional music lover; absolute beast on the turntables/computer; and unbelievably nice guy — died in a car crash driving back from Yosemite last weekend. Per the Patterson Irrigator, via Ian Port at SF Weekly: