The Park Gallery, an all-ages venue in University Heights, has been having problems with vandalism and theft lately. Late last year, someone broke in and walked away with the gallery’s PA system. In February, someone smashed the building’s front window. Several pieces of art have been stolen during the past few months, says Adam Powell, who helps run the church-owned, volunteer-operated venue. “It’s, like, at least somebody likes it,” he says, “but in the same vein, that sucks.” Powell says the venue, where shows are free and alcohol is banned, has also struggled with visitors who drink in the back parking lot. He’s looking for volunteers to watch for shenanigans (they can apply at email@example.com), but he also asks visitors to be considerate. “If you see something going on, don’t be afraid to speak out about it,” he says.
Electro-rockers All Leather made an appearance on a recent episode of My Ghost Story, a TV show about ghosts on The Biography Channel. Allegedly, the band had a spooky experience at an abandoned hospital in Los Angeles last year while shooting the video for their track “Mystery Meat.” Lenora Claire, an L.A. art curator who was on the set for the video, said she and others heard high-pitched noises and banging and were bombarded with a strange, unpleasant odor that she describes as “ghost farts.” She added that an hour’s worth of video was mysteriously lost. Also, frontman Justin Pearson says chunks of his hair fell out. (As proof, he sent CityBeat a photograph of the top of his head with a tuft of hair missing.) Pearson once went on The Jerry Springer Show with some friends and pretended to be involved in a bisexual love triangle. So, is this haunted hospital a hoax? “No comment,” he says. Update: Pearson has confirmed to CityBeat that he's been diagnosed with alopecia areata, a condition that causes patches of hair loss. Incidentally, staff writer Dave Maass also suffers from this condition.
Hip-hoppers Broken Dreams will perform at a Japan relief benefit for the American Red Cross at Portugalia on Saturday, April 9. The West Indies, Brother Nature and Shag will also perform.
Burden of Truth, Beneath Lanston, Crystal Wyatt, Aghori, Silence Betrayed and Gemini Syndrome will perform at a memorial show for Deora Bodley, a San Diego native who was on the plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001. Proceeds go to the Flight 93 National Memorial Project.