This Week's Day-by-Day Picks 

WED 9

During the reign of Louis XIII of France (1610-43), a liberal-minded priest in the city of Loudon was burned at the stake on trumped-up charges of witchcraft and sexual tomfoolery with the local nuns. It was part of a power play involving the country's gray eminence, Cardinal Richelieu -- but forget about all that. When The Devils screens at the Pacific Film Archive tonight (7:30 p.m.), we'll be in Ken Russell Land, not France. Russell's truly grotesque 1971 shockeroo, starring Oliver Reed as Grandier the unlucky priest and Vanessa Redgrave as the deformed Sister Jeanne, is part of curator Steve Seid's "Excess of Evil" summer film series. Violence, sex, hysteria, religion, hypocrisy, weirdness -- what more could anyone want? For more details, visit www.bampfa.berkeley.edu -- Kelly Vance

THU 10

Heaven help us, the Brainwash Movie Festival is back. Dave Krzysik's annual showcase of movies no one else would screen begins tonight with the Brainwash Television Series Pilot, a best-of collection (The Sex Life of the Chair, Soft-Spoken Killer, etc.), at the Parkway, 9:15 p.m. Then at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in a parking lot at 1357 5th St. (at Mandela Parkway) in West Oakland, the original drive-in fest itself -- a cornucopia of nuttiness including Jeff Warmouth's Il Spaghetti Occidental and Sam Hurwitz' scatological comedy Another Flush (don't ask). A different show each night. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Alliance for West Oakland Development. www.brainwashm.com -- Kelly Vance

FRI 11

The graphic illustrator and comix artist known as Fly is notorious for churning out loads of illos and books from her Lower East Side New York squat ever since the early '90s -- all with doom 'n' gloom political overtones. In her spare time, she gives spoken-word performances and once played rock 'n' roll with God Is My Co-Pilot and Zero Content. Now Fly is buzzing into Oakland. Tonight (7 p.m.) at AK Press Warehouse (674-A 23rd St., Oakland), she celebrates the publication of Peops: Portraits and Stories by Fly (Soft Skull Press) with a "Peop Show" featuring performance, graphics, and occasional music by such guests as Trina Robbins, Erik Crooker, and Wendy O'Matik. The book is a record of Fly's involvement with the artists, musicians, writers, and anarchists she meets on the road. Info: 510-208-1700. -- Kelly Vance

SAT 12

Of Primeordeal, the EP by Concord quartet Lowki, Powerslave.com wrote, "Lowki has a style that works into the moody corners of the overall sound before pummeling out with a heavy-handed wall of somewhat heavy, but mostly fat-toned metal-tinged music." The band, together since 2000, cites Kyuss, Clutch, Helmet, Tool, and Soundgarden as influences. See them at Time Out (1822 Grant St., Concord) tonight with Sacramento's Inruin, and fellow Bay Area metalheads Happy Ending, Liquid 8, and Driving the Effect. The 21-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. and cover's $6. Call 925-798-1811 for venue information. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 13

And now ... the New Brutalism. Tonight, 21 Grand's aforementioned monthly reading series presents two provocative writers. Poet Ron Silliman typically brings autobiography into his "acrobatic" verse, and is now in the midst of writing a 1,200-page work called The Alphabet. Oakland-based Mary Burger is a writer, editor, and publisher, and has a Web site called Narrativity. Doesn't sound like an especially brutal soiree, but just to be sure, check your weapons at the door. Silliman and Burger read at 7 p.m., $4. Proceeds from the New Brutalism series benefit Secret Swan, an experimental poetry publication. 21 Grand is at 449-B 23rd St., Oakland. 510-444-7263 or www.21grand.org -- Kelly Vance

MON 14

Can you believe nobody's done this before? Well, the First Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival is true to its name, at least in the East Bay (a similar lineup screened at the Roxie in SF in June). Starting today and going through Thursday, different films from the Bay Area and elsewhere will be shown at the Black Box Theater (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) at 6, 8, and 10 p.m., with specially priced youth screenings at 3 p.m. for cinephiles aged ten to eighteen. The films include Kevin Epps' hit documentary Straight Outta Hunters Point and Yakpasua Zazaboi's sideshow doc, Sydewayz, with filmmakers on hand for post-screening Q&A sessions. Local hip-hop and spoken word artists will perform, and there will be food vendors and artisan stalls to add to the festive atmosphere. These events, like the ones in San Francisco, are fund-raisers to benefit the Hunters Point Youth Park Foundation, and there will be a special, all-ages reception, with dinner and dancing, on the last day of the series. Call 510- 451-1932 or visit www.blackboxoakland.com or www.hiphopfilmfest.com for more info. -- Stefanie Kalem

TUE 15

All around the left-hand lady! The Diablo Dancers want you to know that their GLBT Square Dance Class "is not the turkey-in-the-straw square dancing you think you already know from way back in third grade." No peculiar clothes, previous knowledge, partner, or specialized motor skills required -- and there's a new beginners' class series starting up right now. Well, the series officially started on July 8, but you can always just drop on in to learn how to Duck for the Oyster, Break the Chicken's Neck, and a whole passel of other fabulously named moves. And if you attend tonight or next Tuesday, your first class is free; otherwise the classes cost $5 a pop. The Diablo Dancers have been together since 1992, and are affiliated with the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs. The classes start at 7:30 p.m. and take place at La Cheim School, 1700 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill. Call 925-945-7949 or visit www.diablo-dancers.org for further details. -- Stefanie Kalem

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