Monday, October 20th
EL REY THEATER
Um, what? This feels like a very happy, slightly magical accident: Devendra Banhart playing El Rey. Indie-pop, experimental, psychedelic, acoustic; all these labels and more help point inward at the strange creature that is Devendra. 2014 sees Devendra cleaning up his physical appearance slightly, going for the politely hilarious nerd instead of the intensely tripping hippy songwriter we’re used to. His voice is still strange and beautiful, as are his songs. Also featuring Andy Cabic. $24 in advance, 7pm, ages 18 and over.
Friday-Sunday October 24th -26th
FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL
COLUSA HALL CSUC
Three days, 29 effing films. A full day of films is $15, Saturday and Sunday together are $25, and individual films are $5 each. Art, outdoor sports, Oscar winning and Oscar nominated shorts, real life heroes encountering disease, and entrepreneurs in Rwanda encompass just a few of the profound films being shown at Colusa Hall on campus, this Saturday and Sunday. The weekend starts Friday at the Big Room at 6:30pm with the story of Bobby McMullen: a world class mountain bike racer who’s BLIND.
Friday, October 24th
Giant panthers in armor, demolishing peasants in the field. The love child of Con- verge, Blood Brothers, and marijuana. What busking musicians would sound like on Hell’s downtown strip. These are some of the ways in which I like to describe the loose, free, pounding heaviness that is Mercy Ties, from Seattle. Also featuring Teeph, Divider, and Gorilla X Monsoon. $5, 8pm
Saturday, October 25th
Z-ROCK PUMPKINHEAD CONTEST
Z-Rock presents the 18th annual Pumpkinhead contest. Contestants compete from 8am until only one man is left standing, for a prize of $1000. The challenge? They must wear a self-carved pumpkin on their heads for hella long while every- one listens to live music in the City Plaza. There’s more to it than just standing there, of course, and it’s pretty fun to watch. Live music begins at 12pm, see next page for a list of the bands.