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A victory for equality The decision announced Tuesday (Feb. 7) by a panel of the U.S.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Proposition 8, the 2008 state ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, marks the beginning of the end of the battle over marriage equality in California. It will be a while before same-sex marriages can be performed legally because the case can (and will be) appealed, but the U.S. Supreme Court may not hear it and almost certainly will not overturn it. The Ninth Circuit panel ruled that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional on the grounds that it took away a right to be married that homosexuals had enjoyed after the California Supreme Court One way or another, same-sex struck down a state ban in May 2008. (Prop. 8 passed in November 2008.) marriage will soon be legal The argument was drawn directly from a 1996 U.S. Supreme Court opinion in a Colorado case, Romer vs. again in California. Evans, that was brought after voters there passed an initiative that voided a series of local ordinances and state laws that protected homosexuals from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. According to the Los Angeles Times, in that case, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the crucial swing voter on the court, “wrote a strong opinion saying the Colorado law was unconstitutional because it singled out gays and lesbians for unfair treatment and took away their hard-won legal rights.” It takes only four justices to vote to hear a case, but the outcome of this one is virtually foreordained. For one thing, the decision applies only to California, and the court prefers to take cases with nationwide application. Second, Kennedy undoubtedly will side with the four liberal justices and uphold the Ninth’s decision. One way or another, same-sex marriage will soon be legal again in California. Ω

The other Steve Jobs I but if Steve Jobs wasn’t a jerk, then we need a new definition of that word. Much of the glowing commentary followknow we’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead,

ing the death of the Apple CEO came from that swath of aging baby boomers who think they still represent values and attitudes picked up back in the ’60s, all that peace, love and brotherhood stuff Steve Jobs took as his mantle when he named his product line after the Beatles’ failed attempt to turn themselves into a new breed of businessmen. If jeans and a love of rock music were all it took to live by some of those innoby cent but profoundly idealistic old counterJaime O’Neill cultural dreams, then Jobs might deserve his special place in hippie heaven, the The author is a chair for angels who could boogie down, frequent contributor flash the peace sign, and still run a sucto the CN&R. cessful Fortune 500 company. In reality, however, Steve Jobs had more in common with Mitt Romney than with guys like Wavy Gravy, or even Warren Buffet. Outsourcing jobs without regard to the conditions of workers who slave to make his product in China didn’t trouble Jobs in the slightest, not so long as his company was reaping $400,000 in profit for each worker. 4 CN&R February 9, 2012

But Steve Jobs didn’t just outsource jobs; he outsourced his conscience, subcontracting for work overseen by people utterly without concern for workers in Chinese factories who endure conditions so dehumanizing and devoid of hope that suicide can seem like the only way out of an unendurable existence. And, by most of the evidence, Steve Jobs was more imperious, demanding and nasty to underlings than most feudal lords. Henry Ford, the innovator and “job creator” archetype of his day, was, by most accounts, also a jerk, but he knew that it made sense to pay workers a living wage, enough so people who made his cars could afford to buy them. Steve Jobs was canonized in the flood of eulogies that made him the saintly savior of capitalism, a guy who incorporated ’60s attitudes into corporate culture. But, as John Lennon once wrote: “Imagine no possessions/ I wonder if you can/ No need for greed or hunger/ A brotherhood of man/ Imagine all the people/ sharing all the world …” For all the ’60s trappings woven into the Steve Jobs “brand,” and for all the imagination required to dream up his gadgets, the Apple CEO lacked John Lennon’s imagination. And his dream. And his heart. Ω

The out-of-touch candidate Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been living

in the rarified air of the super-rich so long—all his life, actually—that he doesn’t know how to relate to the other 99 percent. How else to explain his many gaffes—the $10,000 bet, his characterizing $374,000 in income as “not very much,” the notion that “corporations are people,” his “I like being able to fire people” remark, and his statement that he’s “not concerned about the very poor.” Granted, some of these have been taken out of context, but even in context they reveal a man who is severely out of touch. When he said he liked being able to fire people, he was referring to health-insurance companies, not his gardener. But imagine you need life-saving surgery and your insurance company refuses to pay for it. Will you find another company to take on your expensive health problem? Fat chance. Or take the “not concerned about the very poor” remark. What he meant was that the very poor have a safety net beneath them and really aren’t hurting, and besides if there are tears in that net, “I’ll fix ’em,” he said. This from a man who strongly supports the House budget plan, which would rip that safety net to shreds. Romney is also out of touch when it comes to Latinos. What else could account for his selecting former Gov. Pete Wilson as an honorary campaign co-chairman in California? Latinos well remember the political damage Wilson caused when he made the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 the cornerstone of his campaign in 1994, effectively turning Latino voters against the GOP brand. Latinos have a saying, “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres”: Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are. We learning who Mitt Romney is, and he’s not one of us. Ω

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The foreskin chronicles Few subjects evoke as much passion, pro and con, as circumcision, and Meredith Graham’s story in last week’s issue, “Ritual under fire,” is no exception. This time we heard from the “con” folks—so many of them that there wasn’t enough space in Letters to publish them all. You’ll find others in Letters online, as well as on our Facebook page. Meredith’s story was first and foremost about a ritual circumcision held in the home of a local rabbi and his wife. One of her goals was to give an honest and respectful rendering of the event as it occurred. But, as the article’s title suggests, she also was well aware of the subject’s controversial history, and particularly the hullabaloo that erupted when anti-circumcision activists in San Francisco succeeded in getting a prohibition measure on the November ballot. Meredith went to some lengths to describe the basis for the opposition, citing several sources, including local pediatrician John Asarian, who chooses not to perform circumcisions because he believes there is no medical benefit to be gained. But that wasn’t enough for the readers who responded. They condemned the article as biased and said they were disappointed with the CN&R. One man vowed never to read it again. Nobody has a right to mutilate a child’s body in that way, they insisted. I thought it was a good story, a solid addition to the community’s awareness of the controversy surrounding circumcision and a sympathetic portrait of a local Jewish family for whom it’s an important part of their religious heritage. For another approach to the subject, read Stacey Kennelly’s March 11, 2010, article, “The controversial cut” ( Rallying around Janice: Regular readers of Anthony Peyton Porter’s CN&R column, From the Edge, know his wife, Janice, is battling stage 4 breast cancer at a clinic in Arizona. Three weeks ago he made an appeal for help with the cost—$30,000—of saving her life. The Chico community has responded with great generosity, contributing more than $18,000 so far. Janice is a mother, an artist and an all-around lovely person. If you haven’t yet contributed, please do so. No amount is too small. Give Janice some Chico love by going to the secure site and donating. You’ll be glad you did. Staff changes: Readers probably didn’t miss Christine LaPado much when she moved to New York in midDecember, inasmuch as she continued doing her Greenhouse column and writing stories for us from her Catskills farmhouse. Well, that adventure didn’t work out the way she’d hoped, so she’s back and working for the CN&R again as Healthlines/Greenways editor. We’re thrilled. Also, the many people who appreciated Ken Smith’s terrific Jan. 12 cover story, “Bond of brothers,” will be happy to know that he’s signed on as a staff writer.

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Circumcision controversy Re “Ritual Under Fire” (Newslines, by Meredith J. Graham, Feb. 2,): Prior to the 1980s the myth prevailed that newborn babies were incapable of experiencing pain. The truth is that an infant’s response to a painful stimulus is more intense and prolonged and affects a larger body area than in adults. In more than 95 percent of the baby boys, the outer skin of the foreskin is adhered to the penis at birth. Over time, in the course of maturation and usually by the age of 5, the foreskin separates cleanly from the penis. In the course of the amputation of the foreskin (circumcision), it is forcibly torn from the penis. Research has demonstrated that infants that survive this unnecessary surgery commonly show the classic signs of shock and trauma, e.g. overstimulation of the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system. The use of anesthesia is controversial, since perinates are generally incapable of metabolizing anesthetizing agents. More than 90 percent of circumcisions are performed without any anesthesia, even topical. The effects of the trauma tend to interfere with breastfeeding and bonding with the mother, while causing reduced sensitivity to the penis, which impairs adult sexual functioning. To our great detriment, this material is not taught in most medical schools in the United States. Prior to the 1990s, there was no mention of the foreskin in any standard textbook. Although improved, modern medical textbooks still omit the full facts about the abundant supply of blood and nerves in the healthy, intact penis. Because of the educational efforts of activists, the rate of circumcision has been steadily dropping as Americans are learning about the normal functioning of this part of male anatomy. In light of current knowledge, there remains no valid excuse to continue this barbaric religious practice. What is needed now is a consistent respect for the human right to genital integrity for our sons and well as our daughters.

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One man’s vendetta Re “More on Dolan’s new job” (Letters, Feb. 2): I see that Rick Clements is continuing his decades-long vendetta against Jane Dolan. How sad. For years this man has been writing the most mean-spirited, bile-filled letters criticizing Jane on just about everything she has ever done. I don’t think he could say anything good about her if she saved him from drowning. His criticism of her for taking a position on the [flood protection board] is just as wrong-headed as any of his previous comments. I can’t think of another person who has done more for our area than Jane Dolan, and you can rest assured that she will do a great job in her new position. CHARLES W. BIRD Chico

Glad for the support Re “What did Aaron do for you?” (Letters, by Jennifer Benjamin, Feb. 2): Ms. Benjamin’s letter is about how Chico has come to idolize and claim Aaron Rodgers as its local hero. She ends by saying, “The true heroes are the men and women who serve in the military.” I just want to say thank you to her. As a U.S. Marine who was born and raised in Chico, it means the world to me and everyone else I know serving that someone appreciates what we do. The fury 6 CN&R February 9, 2012

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that builds inside me every time I make the drive to Chico and have to see the sign that says “home of Aaron Rodgers” is incredible. Aaron Rodgers is a beacon of hope for what you can achieve in life, but he does not represent this town anymore. He’s a professional athlete paid large sums of money to represent Green Bay, and that’s the simple fact of the matter. We don’t want a sign or a parade or anything crazy; all we want is to know we have your support. And it’s the greatest feeling to know that we have the support of at least one. Thank you. LUCAS MERRITT Camp Pendleton

Start school later As the parent of a high-school student, I want the CUSD board to know that I am in favor of starting school Aug. 29. Let’s not set the start date based on assumed benefit to an extremely small percentage of the CUSD population. High-school principals point out that 72 students are concurrently enrolled in college courses and high school. There are 11,837 students in the CUSD, so these concurrently enrolled students account for less than 1 percent of the population. Setting the school start and end dates based on some perceived convenience to less than 1 percent is absurd. Further, Chico State and Butte started Aug. 22 this year, 12 days after CUSD started. If I could imagine that it would be wise to set the start date based on these concurrently enrolled students, we should be making the start date later, not earlier. Starting Aug. 29 helps younger children transition back into school, helps young children get adequate sleep, and still benefits high-school students because they can complete finals before winter break. It’s a win-win-win date for everyone. Please set Aug. 29 as the school start date.

ences a study recently published in the journal Tobacco Control; however, what was missing from the report was years of scientific evidence and real-world use of nicotine-replacement products. Despite the author’s conclusion in this particular study, hundreds of clinical trials involving more than 35,000 participants and extensive consumer use for more than 20 years have proven both the efficacy and safety of nicotinereplacement therapy (NRT) when used as directed. Authors of the study critically point out that NRT products appeared to be often not used as directed by smokers. Numerous studies show smokers who use NRT products per the dosing recommendations, combined with support, can double their chances of successfully quitting over “placebo.” This study points to something GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and experts in the field of tobacco-cessation research have understood for many years—that there is no “magic pill” to successfully quitting smoking. We must understand that treating tobacco addiction is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, it is imperative that smokers have choices that empower them to tailor their own individual approach to address their personal physical and psychological addiction to smoking. It would be a shame if anyone reading the coverage stemming from the recent study took home the incorrect message that using NRT won’t help them quit smoking. At this time of year when many smokers are trying to quit, it is critical to provide them with the most efficacious treatments and resources available, such as NRT and behavioral support that can help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms. NICK KRONFELD Medical Affairs Director GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare North America


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The Chico Cat Coalition, a volunteer-based organization that rescues feral cats from Bidwell Park, has found a new home after months of uncertainty. In late November the owner of the coalition’s current headquarters—a private barn in west Chico—gave notice the group would have to vacate the premises by midFebruary, forcing the coalition to find a new home in a hurry. The new location is a warehouse in a commercial area where the majority of the cats will be housed in one large, two-story room with a second, smaller room devoted to sick cats. The new location is being kept secret so homeless cats are not abandoned there. The coalition, which has rescued more than 950 cats since its inception 13 years ago, is still appealing to the community for help improving the new warehouse through donations of labor and materials.


The Butte Environmental Council has hired an executive director, Robyn DiFalco, who for the past six years has served as the sustainability coordinator for Chico State’s Associated Students. BEC, which was formed in 1975 and advocates, among other things, for the protection of open space and wetlands, was caught up in some controversy back in June 2007 when then-Executive Director Barbara Vlamis, who had overseen operations for 18 years, was dismissed. Vlamis resisted the move and was fired by BEC’s board at the time. Vlamis is now the director of the water-protection group AquaAlliance. The directorship was split into two positions, one administrative and the other for advocacy, but both were eliminated last year. Now the executive director’s job has been restored. BEC also has a new board of directors, including one of its founders, former Chico mayor and the present-day director of the ARC of Butte County, Mike McGinnis.


After much deliberation and public outcry over the future of muralist John Pugh’s first major artwork, Academe, on the side of Chico State’s Taylor Hall, a decision has been made. Pugh, who painted the trompe l’oeil (trick-of-the-eye) mural while he was a student, has agreed to repaint it on the new arts building, which will replace Taylor Hall. Contacted by phone, Pugh said that the new mural will actually resemble the original more closely than the current one does. Since he painted the original in 1981, technology and materials have advanced, he said. “The painting I’m doing of the original will outlast our life spans,” he said. Brooks Thorlaksson, who retired last month as associate dean for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, is seeing this project through. She said Pugh will be paid $70,000 for his work. “The Pugh mural means a lot to this town, and we’re all committed to making this work,” she said.

Yes, science and religion can be integrated, says Greg Cootsona, associate pastor at Bidwell Presbyterian Church and the driving force behind the Science and Religion conference last weekend.

Can science and religion be friends? Small Chico conference tackles big questions

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included the potential for ongoing molecular change and discovery of creation’s essential mechanisms. God saw everything that had by been made, and, indeed, it was Kim Weir very good. kimweirhome@ Such a simple adjustment in our understanding of the biblical creation story allows Christphoto by ian theology to embrace modern Kyle Emery science rather than oppose it. This was one message of the fifth annual Science and Religion conference held last weekend at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in downtown Chico, an event now underwritten by a $2 million grant from the John About the Templeton Foundation and its author: Scientists in Congregations iniKim Weir is an tiative, headquartered at Bidwell alto in the gospel choir at Bidwell Pres. Conference coordinator Greg Presbyterian Church. She Cootsona, associate pastor of studied biology adult discipleship and college and environmental ministries at Bidwell Pres, first science as an undergraduate. A engaged the intersection of journalist by Christianity and science as a trade, she is student. Cootsona holds a masfounder and ter of divinity degree from editor of Princeton Theological Seminary Up the Road, www.upthe and a Ph.D. in systematic, a new ogy and the philosophy of relinonprofit public- gion from Berkeley’s Graduate interest media Theological Union. and In his book Creation and environmentalLast Things Cootsona points out education project focused on that only integration—one of sustainability. the four ways that religion and

science have historically interacted— allows for the possibility of transformative thought. He suggests the persecuted astronomer Galileo Galilei as an excellent example of such transformation, because Galileo understood his scientific work as essential for preserving the truth of Christian understanding—faith grounded in truth—yet looked to God as final arbiter. Conflict between science and religion is more common, often played out in politics and other public discourse. Some theologians freely attack “godless science” and, at the other pole, practitioners of “scientism” limit the realm of legitimate knowledge to that which can be proven. More popular, according to Cootsona, is independence, or engaging the worlds of science and religion separately and strictly on their own terms. But this approach has led to the unfortunate conclusion that what is tangible or measurable by science is real—as in “the real world”—while religious faith and spirituality in general are relegated to the realm of fantasy or delusion. The third relationship model, and the best that can be achieved at most conferences seeking common ground, Cootsona says, is the dialogue model. Respective disciplines respectfully share ideas and insights in conversation yet often talk past each other. Only the integration of science and religion allows the knowledge and unique perspective of each to inform the other, Cootsona says—and both have plenty to learn through this exchange. In the words of Albert Einstein, a notable integrative scientist: “Science without

religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” Subjects definitely not on the

conference agenda: creationism, creation science and even theistic creation, which fall into the first three categories of engagement. Speakers and most attendees were interested only in integration—the full monty—or the complete compatibility of Christian belief with modern scientific knowledge, from the Big Bang and chaos theories to evolution. For all the topic’s heft, conference keynote speakers sometimes engaged it with surprising lightness. Karl Giberson, a scholar of science and religion, popular author and Huffington Post blogger, revisited the biblical creation story by completely revising it. The Genesis story gradually “lost much of its power to move us” after it was written down. The unchanging nature of the Bible coupled with literal interpretation can make it seem like faith has been “met and conquered” by modern science. Giberson shared the “literary exercise” of rewriting Genesis 1, where the Bible’s first account of creation occurs, to incorporate contemporary understanding and kick off further discussion. He kept the story’s seven-day structure but substituted more scientific daily accomplishments—from the Big Bang and the appearance of matter and stars to the development of water, life forms and intelligence. A particular difficulty with the Genesis story, he said, is the implication that on the seventh day God was done, that creation was complete, though today “we see no evidence that this process

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has ended.” So in Giberson’s creation story God rests only after “having entered into fellowship with creatures of the universe.” Creation is ongoing and open-ended as life continues to respond to environmental change, an understanding compatible with evolution. But what about extraterrestrial life? If intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe, would these beings be angelic, like Steven Spielberg’s E.T., or demonic like the monsters from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day? Would they embrace faith and morality as well as science? Robert J. Russell, experimental physicist and theologian, playfully extended the notion of “fellowship with creatures of the universe” with his talk “Philosophical and Theological Implications of Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” Founder and director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union, Russell took a “non-reductionist” view of life—wherever it may exist, and however rare it may be—following the thinking of Francisco Ayala instead of the “nature red in tooth and claw” views of Richard Dawkins. Ethical or moral behavior came about through evolution not because it is adaptive in itself, Russell said, but as a result of human intellectual development. In other words, rational thought is adaptive for human beings—supports survival— and came about through natural selection, the process that drives evolution. While rationality leads to moral questions, the particular answers to those questions—values—come from culture. Russell predicted that extraterrestrial life forms, should they exist, would exemplify God’s intentions in creating the universe and have the same inherent value that humans do. They would also bear God-like traits such as capacities for rational thought and moral behavior, stewardship of the environment “and most fundamentality, relationality.” But whether extraterrestrials would be interested in hanging out with human beings would depend on the particular tenets of their morality. Ω About the conference:

For those who missed this year’s chance to dive into these and other big questions of science and theology, thanks to the John Templeton Foundation there is always next year. The foundation, a philanthropic catalyst for explorations of “human purpose and ultimate reality,” awarded a $2 million grant to Bidwell Presbyterian Church to help encourage interchange between science and theology in congregations. The Templeton Foundation’s Scientists in Congregations program, run through Bidwell Presbyterian Church, has awarded sub-grants to 36 Christian congregations in 25 states—and scientists and others from those congregations attended this year’s conference.

What a drag

Attack victim Brian Denham relates the details of an assault that left him hospitalized.

Alleged hate crime committed against Chico cross-dressers Brian Denham arrived a few minutes late to an impromptu meeting Monday (Feb. 6) called by members of Chico’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community in response to a Saturday morning assault many are calling a hate crime. “I literally just got back from the eye doctor,” Denham explained as friends helped him to a chair in the living room. “So far there’s no permanent damage they can see.” Denham was transported to Enloe Medical Center after the 2:15 a.m. incident at the corner of Broadway and Fifth streets, receiving seven stitches and treatment for an orbital fracture and a laceration to his forehead. The incident occurred when Denham and four male friends—two of whom were dressed in drag—encountered a group of about five young white males who allegedly hurled racist and homophobic slurs before throwing punches. Some witnesses say one of the aggressors also brandished a knife during the melee. The dual purpose of Monday’s meeting was for Denham to give a statement to the press and for the LGBTQ community to organize response and support measures. Denham said he and his friends attended a drag show at the Maltese Taproom Friday night, then went to Jack in the Box for a late dinner. “Some people were saying some stuff to us while we were in there,” Denham said. “We got our food and walked out, and they were waiting for us outside. They started yelling at us and from there things escalated.” Denham said he was “sucker-punched” in the face by one of the men, who then ran. “I took off running after them and I fell,” he said, “and then someone jumped on the back of my head.” Matthew Cottrell, one of the men dressed


in drag, confirmed Denham’s account. “While we were in the restaurant people made comments,” he said. “We did what we always do and that’s walk away, try to ignore it and pretend it’s not happening. When we went outside it became impossible to do that. There was a crowd of people throwing hate like it was water balloons. It was really too much to stand for.” Leo Shelby-Dunn said the group waited outside for him and his friends, and then followed them toward their car. Denham and the others said they stood up for themselves verbally, but didn’t throw the first punches, despite extended harassment. “[They kept] calling us faggots, especially the ones in drag,” he said. “What really got me was when they called [one of my friends] a ‘faggot nigger.’” Cottrell and company are concerned about some comments they’ve heard that place the blame for the incident on them. “Some people feel we were in drag and in public and were just asking for some kind of repercussion,” he said, “but I think we live in a society that doesn’t have to take that.”

them. The police report gives a general description of the suspect party as four or five white males ages 16-20, two with slender builds and standing 5 feet 9 inches tall. One was wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt. “It’s really difficult to say what they look like because it was totally your run-of-themill group of guys you see standing on any street corner in Chico,” Cottrell said. The only violence mentioned in the police report is a single kick to Denham’s head, though the victims say others were hit as well, and by Denham’s account he was struck more than once. “We are currently investigating it as a hate crime, but we’re still interviewing members of the victim group,” Chico police spokesman Sgt. Rob Merrifield said Monday afternoon. “Everyone in the group was intoxicated, which makes it much more difficult. “We’re also looking for other witnesses, but unfortunately in situations like this— fights downtown—you don’t have many come forward who can give a reliable account of what they saw.” Merrifield said he was unsure if police had contacted Jack in the Box employees.

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altercation and police were unable to locate

SIFT|ER Business, meet pleasure Ever wondered if you should ask the hottie across the office out for drinks after work? The answer is probably yes, and your friends probably all offered this time-worn advice: Don’t mix business with pleasure! A recent survey by, however, shows that 31 percent of office romances end in marriage. Here are some more results from that survey: • 40% of respondents have dated a co-worker • 18% of people who’ve dated a co-worker have dated their boss • 47% of employees working in the hospitality field reported dating a co-worker, followed by 45 percent in financial services • 26% reported that what someone does for a living influences his or her level of attraction • 19% said they are more attracted to people who have a similar job

Denham said he’s “not really” sur-

prised to be the victim of an apparent homophobic assault. Cottrell confirmed he’s been the victim of gay-bashing assaults in the past. “This isn’t the first time I’ve witnessed violence in Chico,” Cottrell said. “But this is the first time it’s happened that I’ve had a community to turn to for support. More than anything I’m happy he wasn’t alone, because the outcome would have likely been much, much worse.” Thomas Kelem, chairman of Chico’s Stonewall Alliance board, said the organization’s first objectives are “finding out what happened, how we can be supportive, and helping Brian any way we can.” Beyond that, he said, they are watching how the Chico police handle what the alliance feels is unquestionably a hate crime. “We plan to exert pressure if we need to on authorities and other people to make sure things get done that need to get done,” Kelem said. —KEN SMITH

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When Sandra Flake, Chico State’s second in command, announced she was resigning effective immediately last week (Feb. 2), she wasFlake has a Ph.D. in English n’t kidding. By all accounts she from the University of Wisconsinwas out of her Kendall Hall office the next day, preparing, apparently, Milwaukee and taught at the University of Minnesota from 1978 to to take a teaching position in the 1988. English Department next fall, as Aiping Zhang is chairman of allowed by her contract. Chico State’s English Department. “Sandra had told me recently “Like everyone else we were that she would be stepping down surprised as well,” he said, adding from the provost-ship in the near he had not had a chance to talk future,” said university President with Flake since her decision was Paul Zingg. “I did not think that made public. “Since day one she meant so immediately.” Zingg said he respects her deci- has had retreat rights, and now she is coming back to the faculty rossion and the timing allows the school time to conduct a search for ter. Arrangements will be made, and at this point there are a lot of her replacement, which should be secured before the fall term begins. things that need to be worked out.” He said no currently employed “I think this is all I want to say about this matter,” Zingg said. “We lecturers or non-tenured faculty will be bumped to make room for move forward, and that’s what the Flake’s arrival. university community most wants “We do need teachers,” Zhang to hear and needs.” said, “especially this year because Zingg said he would take over the provost’s duties on a temporary of retirements and departures from the department. We need replacebasis. ments.” Flake could not be reached for When she was hired in Decemcomment by press time. A call to ber 2006 Flake was quoted in a the provost’s office was answered by a woman who said, “We weren’t surprised,” when asked if she knew anything about the sudden retirement. She did not elaborate. Joe Wills, the school’s director of public affairs, said he had no specifics, particularly on the “sudden” nature of the change. w s & r e vcomments i e w b u s i n e s s u s e o n ly “Then epresident’s don’t to ss include why she designer issUedecided dATe 03.03.11 ACCT eXeC amb resign when she did,” Wills said. FiLe nAMe reV dATe lawofficesofbh030311r2 new “Maybe she’s the only one who answer the question as to pleasecould carefully review your advertisement and verify the following: why she wanted to retire at that Ad size (CoLUMn X inChes) time. The president said he did not speLLing know& either nUMbers dATes and that he did not seekinFo her(phone, resignation.” ConTACT Address, eTC) Wills said he had not talked Ad AppeArs As reqUesTed ApproVed with by: Flake regarding her resignation. He explained that built into Flake’s contract when she was hired in December 2006 are “retreat rights,” which means she has the option to step down at any

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Sandra Flake, the Chico State provost who was heading up the school’s academic reorganization efforts, announced Feb. 2 that she was stepping down immediately. CN&R FILE PHOTO

story on the Chico State website: “I am very excited about joining California State University, Chico, and I am looking forward to working with President Zingg at this important time in the University’s rich history. The campus community has been very welcoming to me, and my husband and I are eager to explore and learn more about the region.” At the time she replaced Scott McNall, who remained with the school, according to the same story, “as a special assistant to the president in the area of sustainability and environmental stewardship.” In his email notifying Chico State faculty, students and staff of Flake’s sudden resignation, Zingg lauded her efforts through tough times. “Throughout years of very trying budget circumstances,” he writes, “she kept her division focused on supporting students and exploring new ways to improve instruction, efforts fully in line with the University’s strategic priorities. I want to thank her for her dedication and expertise and wish her well as a member of the English faculty. I know Sandra enjoys living in Chico and being at Chico State. She will continue to make a positive contribution on campus and in the lives of our students, faculty and staff.” —TOM GASCOYNE

Assistant City Manager John Rucker (right) “absolutely” wants Dave Burkland’s job. PHOTO BY KYLE EMERY

Riding the waves City, council struggle to respond to dissolution of redevelopment agency If Chico is typical of what communities are going through because of the dissolution of the 400-plus redevelopment agencies in California, confusion and uncertainty are rampant in the state. It’s all happening very fast, the law is extremely confusing, and a lot of money is involved—more than $14 million in annual tax increments, in Chico’s case. At its regular meeting Tuesday (Feb. 7), the City Council received yet another report from City Manager Dave Burkland, Finance Director Jennifer Hennessey and Senior Planner Shawn Tillman, the resident redevelopment expert. The main problem is AB 26, the bill mandating dissolution of redevelopment agencies, or RDAs, Tillman said. The bill is vague and confusing in places, he said, but efforts to pass follow-up legislation that would make its implementation clearer or easier so far have stalled in the Legislature. The main issue is unencumbered funds, money the agencies have collected but not allocated—in Chico’s case, some $1.8 million. Tillman was not optimistic that the city would be able to keep the funds. Hennessey’s explanation of the dissolution budget had everyone scratching their heads. Even she acknowledged that her figures were fluid and subject to change, but if there were any clear messages in her presentation, it was that the city could be looking at a shortfall of $124,000 in 2012-13 and $74,000 in 2013-14 and that staffing adjustments might have to be made. Redevelopment money pays for 25 to 30 full-time-equivalent positions. Obviously, with the loss of much of that money, something will have to give, but at this point nobody knows what form that will take, Burkland said. In a follow-up phone interview, Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Sherry Morgado said her department was adequately funded to handle the three affordablehousing projects now in the works, “but

beyond that is where we have uncertainty because there’s nothing to replace the RDA funding.” She has other revenue sources—loan repayments, for example—but “it’s hard to predict when this money will be available.” All in all, it’s like riding waves, she said, with uncertainty a constant. “It’s difficult. It’s challenging,” she said, but her staff has “sort of accepted it and is working on developing other sources for affordable-housing revenue,” such as a locally funded trust fund. “As a community we need to figure out what we want to do. Times are going to be leaner.” Keeping PACE: The council voted unanimously to implement a program that will provide an attractive and affordable method for local businesses to increase the energyand water-use efficiency of their buildings. Called the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, it will create a special assessment district for the entire city in which business owners will have access to 20-year loans financed by the Pacific Housing & Financing Agency, a joint-powers group with more than 60 member jurisdictions. The loans will be paid back as an assessment on property taxes. Ruben Martinez, the city’s general services director, said the program’s benefits are threefold: It will promote job growth, foster water- and energy-use reductions, and cost the city nothing. Paul Sullivan, who owns Alternative Energy Systems, told the council several major potential solar projects are just waiting for PACE implementation. Count Rucker in: City Clerk Debbie Presson announced that she was about to send out a request for proposal to nine headhunter agencies so the council can choose one of them to search for a replacement for Burkland, who is retiring at the end of August. She expects to have the RFPs back in time for the council’s March 6 meeting. Interviewed following the meeting, Assistant City Manager John Rucker said that, “absolutely,” he was throwing his hat in the ring for the job. —ROBERT SPEER





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A team of University of California, San Francisco researchers has released a report suggesting sugar should be regulated like alcohol or tobacco in order to curb the American obesity pandemic. The report suggests that sugar contributes to noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer that account for 35 million deaths a year worldwide and 75 percent of U.S. health-care spending, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The report, which was published in the Feb. 2 issue of Nature magazine, argues that sugar’s pervasiveness in the American diet, its toxicity and potential for abuse would justify regulation using the model of controlled access and taxation currently in place for tobacco and alcohol. The study’s authors noted the public must stop considering sugar just “empty calories.” At the level of consumption common to many Americans, sugar can change the metabolism, raise blood pressure, alter the signaling or hormones and damage the liver.

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The first year of President Obama’s sweeping health-care-reform law saved 3.6 million elderly Americans $2.1 billion in health-care expenditures, or about $604 per beneficiary. The results are among the first tangible effects of the health-care overhaul, which Obama signed into law in March 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times. With looming elections, the announcement comes as the Obama administration attempts to generate support for the reform. The biggest changes, like the guarantee that health-care coverage will be available to all citizens regardless of pre-existing conditions, will not go into effect until 2014. In 2011, beneficiaries were provided with a 50 percent and 7 percent discount on brand-name and generic drugs, respectively. Those discounts are set to rise to 75 percent each by 2020.


The Obama administration announced changes to government-subsidized school meals in an effort to combat childhood obesity. The new guidelines will emphasize the dietary importance of more fruits and vegetables and less salt and fat in school lunches, according to the New York Times. In November, the food industry successfully lobbied Congress to block a proposal that would have reduced starchy foods and prevented schools from counting tomato paste on pizza as a vegetable. The latest rules do not restrict potatoes and tomato paste will continue to count as a serving of vegetables. The 32 million children participating in schoollunch programs will see double the fruits and vegetables on their plate as well as exclusively whole-grain breads and pastas. Meals also will be prepared with a minimum and maximum daily caloric intake in mind, which will be based on student age. 12 CN&R February 9, 2012


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the human body’s most essential organ? Why do people who’ve recently been dumped often claim to be suffering a broken heart? Could it be that falling in love, and remaining that way, could actually have physical effects on our bodies? A recent conversation with two local healers—a psychotherapist and a neurologist—revealed intriguing evidence that indicates that love can, and often does, affect our physical health. Sometimes in the most unusual ways. “There’s definitely a chemistry to love and attraction and the stages of love,” explained Joel Rothfeld, a local neurologist. “The early parts of love include dopamine and a chemical called phenylethylamine, which is also found in chocolate. One could say the stimulation of these pathways is beneficial and endorses feeling good.” Phenylethylamine, according to, actually acts as a releasing

agent for dopamine—the “feel-good” chemical associated with reward. “Falling in love creates a chemical storm,” added Steve Flowers, a psychotherapist who specializes in stress reduction. “It releases dopamine, boosts testosterone—which is, of course, your primary sex hormone. When you see testosterone come in, and there’s sexual interaction, you get an explosion of oxytocin. The tricky thing is, we think this other person makes us feel this way, but it’s really this drug in our brain.” Oxytocin, WebMD explains, is also known as the “love hormone” and is released by both men and women during

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orgasm. Some studies have linked higher levels of oxytocin to positive emotional states—optimism, good self-esteem—and lower levels to higher incidences of depression. Among the most interesting connections the two men pointed to when discussing love and the human body was the apparent changes in brain chemistry over time. When a person has been in a relationship for many years, his or her brain actually starts to look different and react differently. For instance, Flowers pointed to fairly HEALTHLINES continued on page 14

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So, love can help literally mend a broken heart. That’s pretty romantic. recent findings—published in 2010—by researchers at Stanford University that show being in love can actually act as a powerful pain reliever. A study created a moderately painful situation for 15 individuals. While experiencing that pain, they were shown pictures of their romantic partners. In each case, the picture was proven to reduce the pain—enough to rival even cocaine. “Brain scans are showing that over prolonged periods of time of practicing love, it profoundly changes the brain,” Flowers explained. “Studies have shown significant reductions in feelings of fear, anger, stress, anxiety, emotional and physical pain.” Rothfeld added that with newer technologies, like functional MRIs—which are videos rather than still photographs of brain function—researchers are able to better understand how our most powerful organ works and adapts and reacts to external stimuli. “We as humans have a very dynamic system,” Rothfeld said. “With functional MRI scans, we’re able to look at brain activation during different emotional states to better understand all the players. “To take it a step further, now that we understand the players, we could potentially use these tools as therapies to change negative patterns.” In fact, some of this knowledge is already being put to the test. Flowers said he’s currently working on a study that uses love and kindness as therapies for cancer patients. “We’ve seen enormous benefits for cancer patients in regard to response to treatment, quality of life, reported measures of wellbeing,” he said, adding that he expects to officially report his findings next year. The final chemical reaction

Rothfeld and Flowers mentioned in relation to people in love was a marked decrease in stress and the hormone that’s associated with it, cortisol. That hormone is also

linked to a decrease in immune function—a reason why people often get sick after a stressful event. With less cortisol, the body’s immune system is left in peak condition and is in better position to fight off illness. Not every study of love involves its onset or lasting effects. Some take into account the lack of love on a person’s physical health. Just look at the commonly known “widow effect,” Rothfeld said, pointing to incidences in which one-half of a long-term couple dies. Many times, particularly when it’s the man left behind, he’ll die within days or weeks of his wife’s death, even when his life expectancy, medically speaking, would be longer. “It’s not remarkable for people to die within days for reasons medicine cannot explain,” Rothfeld said. “They’re literally dying

because of the loss of love.” Having someone or something to care for also seems to increase a person’s will to live, quality of life and, ultimately, his or her health in old age. Flowers offered the example of a convalescent home that split its ward up into two wings. In one wing, each resident was given a plant and told to care for it—to water it, make sure it got sunlight, etc. In the other, the residents were given plants but told the staff would take care of them. “Those who had the responsibility of taking care of and loving that plant lived twice as long as those who didn’t have to worry about the plant,” Flowers said. “It shows that caring in its own right has a value to our will to live.” So, love does indeed have an effect on the human body. Love is a pain reliever, a stress reducer, a boon to feelings of positivity. But what about the heart, the symbol of love? Where does that come into play? Just look at men who have had heart attacks, Flowers offered. Those who return home to loving partners have been shown to outlive those without a loving partner by two times. So, love can help literally mend a broken heart. That’s pretty romantic. “Loving someone is one of the most enjoyable and dangerous things you can do,” Flowers summed up. Ω

WEEKLY DOSE Feeling the strain If you’re like us, you spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. Chances are, then, that you sometimes experience eyestrain in the form of headaches, sore or dry eyes, blurred or double vision, stiff neck, light sensitivity and difficulty focusing on images. While eyestrain doesn’t typically cause lasting eye damage, it can lead to physical fatigue, reduced concentration or productivity, and an increase in work errors. Sometimes it indicates an underlying eye condition that requires evaluation. There are ways to avoid eyestrain: Rest your eyes by taking a break or looking out a window; adjust the lighting to reduce glare; blink more frequently; increase the resolution, brightness, font size or contrast of your computer screen; use over-the-counter tear substitutes for dryness; and change the distance between your eyes and the computer screen or reading material. If these changes don’t help, see an ophthalmologist. And, for sweet relief when you’re feeling eyestrain, massage your temples in a circular motion for a minute or two.


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GREENWAYS Beauty and serenity in the canyon:

Chico Canyon Retreat is located 30 minutes northeast of Chico, off Highway 32, on the banks of Big Chico Creek; a guest shuttle from Chico is available. Call 892-8796 or go to for more information; see “Valentine’s Day Specials” (under “Spa Services”) for info on the Couples Rose Therapy Package and more.


After 15 years of business, the Chico-based online retailer Greenfeet has closed. The website, launched by Chico’s Valerie and Rob Reddemann in 1997, sold environmentally conscious household products ranging from composters to natural bedding and reusable foodstorage containers. Greenfeet began as a retail store in the Longfellow area and grew into a globally competitive website, earning Valerie recognition from the Chico Chamber of Commerce as 2008’s Entrepreneur of the Year. The Reddemanns made the difficult decision to close the business after evaluating market trends and projections, ultimately concluding they could not compete with “cheap knockoffs” offered at lower prices. “It’s heartbreaking and the competitor inside of me doesn’t like it a single solitary bit— it didn’t end the way I wrote the script,” Valerie, who also serves on Chico’s Sustainability Task Force, wrote on her Facebook wall. “The logical side understands that things change and it’s time to move on. Rob and I thank all of you for your love, support and encouragement.”

Left: Daffodils bloom near the entrance to Chico Canyon Retreat. Below: The atrium room. PHOTOS COURTESY OF DULCY SCHROEDER


Gov. Jerry Brown fired a top state regulator who insisted on a top-to-bottom review of proposals from oil companies before issuing permits for the underground-injection method of oil extraction. Late last year Derek Chernow, then the head of the Department of Conservation, wrote in a memo that relaxing the rules on underground injection would be a violation of environmental laws, according to the Los Angeles Times. The risky extraction process, in which high-pressure water, steam and chemicals flush oil to the surface from old wells, has caused spills, eruptions, worker injury and one death in Kern County. A week after Chernow wrote his memo, Brown had him and a deputy fired and appointed replacements who agreed to relax their standards when issuing permits. This indicates that for the governor, energy interests may trump those of environmental groups as the economy remains sluggish.


The National Marine Fisheries Service was sued by environmental groups on Jan. 26 for approving the Navy’s bid to test underwater sonar along the West Coast to the potential detriment of marine mammals. The coastal waters are home to about 650,000 whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals acutely sensitive to low-frequency noises like the sonar used on Navy vessels, according to Reuters. The lawsuit, filed by a coalition of environmental activists led by Earthjustice, noted that several studies have found sonar can cause damage to the eardrums of dolphins and whales and there is speculation sonar can kill marine mammals outright. Earthjustice said its goal isn’t to stop testing completely but to scale it back in critical areas. 16 CN&R February 9, 2012

V-Day getaway Chico Canyon Retreat offers top-notch pampering and relaxation in a pristine natural environment by

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J Chico—the last three miles of it down scenic, unpaved Harris Wagon Road to the ust a 30-minute drive from

bottom of Big Chico Creek Canyon—lies Chico Canyon Retreat, a peaceful treat of a resort on 287 bucolic acres alongside the rushing waters of Big Chico Creek. “We built it from scratch,” offered Dulcy Schroeder, as she entered the spacious, wood-dominated Forest Ranch resort. “We just used all natural materials and made it ‘lodgy.’” In addition to owning and operating Chico Canyon Retreat for the past year (and living on the property for the past 15), Schroeder is also founder and active member of Forest Ranch’s Broom Education and Eradication Program (BEEP), now in its sixth year of removing invasive French, Scotch and Spanish broom plants. Schroeder led a tour of the 3,600square-foot building and its serene, green environs, stopping first to take a peek inside the impressive 1,000-square-foot “movie room” for overnight guests. “We use passive solar,” said Schroeder,

as she next headed toward two cozy bedrooms at the rear of the building, built into the hillside to reduce heat loss and help maintain a constant, comfortable indoor temperature. Each rustic room features a window looking onto rocks and plants directly outside, a sleeping loft in addition to a double bed at ground level and a skylight. A black-and-white Ansel Adams photograph of Yosemite’s Half Dome in one room and a quilt featuring a series of black bears in the other help to reinforce the pleasant, national-park-lodging feel of the place. “I am designing portable cabins that leave no footprint,” offered the warm 67year-old as she continued down a long hallway featuring Mexican-made metal wall-hangings of hummingbirds and a real bird’s nest on a branch, toward the facility’s many-windowed, plant-filled kitchen/dining area, also known as the “atrium room.” The cabins, she said, will have composting toilets and solar-heated water. Currently, overnight guests—including people attending conferences, retreats and special events, as well as those looking for an intimate bed-and-breakfast-type experience—stay in one of the two inviting rooms or pitch tents outside on the scenic property, which also offers picnic areas and groomed hiking trails. In addition to

overnight guests, Chico Canyon Retreat also hosts day-long events such as weddings and meetings, as well as provides spa treatments, including aromatherapy and massage services in a special room designed specifically for that purpose. Three professional bodyworkers are part of Schroeder’s small staff. Ever the invasive-plant remover, Schroeder noted that she has so far cleared 10 acres of starthistle, and added native and other drought-resistant plants to the stunning, relaxing landscape. “Once the starthistle is gone, wildflowers spring up everywhere,” she added happily, gesturing outside while standing before one of numerous huge dining-room windows. Schroeder entered one of the building’s lovely cedar and slate-tiled bathrooms (she did the impressive tile work herself). Towels in the bathroom were hanging on whimsical towel racks made from “old roots I found down by the creek.” Back in the hallway once again, Schroeder pointed out large recycledwood supporting posts: “Some go back to the Presidio [in San Francisco], from the 1920s, and some of them go back to the Port of Portland, in the late 1800s.” All of Chico Canyon Retreat’s flooring is concrete with radiant heat coming up from beneath.



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What do you buy a couple who have everything? When your best bud gets married, instead of giving a crockpot you could irrigate a farmer’s land for four months, plant 100 trees or fund a school meal program for one child in your friend’s name. Increasingly, couples who are planning a wedding but don’t need a bunch of stuff are turning to organizations like Oxfam America or Heifer International, both of which offer wedding registries that friends and families can feel good about completing. Here are a few of the items you could put on your registry, or choose to buy for a happy couple. Oxfam America • Help a family plant a grove of “miracle treesâ€? ($35) • Cultivate a field of organic cotton ($40) • Build a weather station for farmers ($120) Heifer International • A flock of chicks, ducks or geese for a family in need ($20) • A sheep or goat ($120)—or you can buy a share of a sheep or goat for $10 • A trio of rabbits ($60)





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Heading toward the massage room that faces the creek, Schroeder looked through a window, up toward the rim of the canyon. “I love looking out when we have storms here,� she said. “I’ve actually seen waterfalls go straight up instead of sideways from the wind blowing through the canyon.� A cozy library/fireplace room offers guests a secluded, warm place to sip tea and chat. An outdoor hot tub offers another kind of warmth and coziness. Schroeder, an experienced and health-oriented cook, will whip up delightful meals for guests in the retreat’s wood-centric kitchen, which features lovely, polished-concrete countertops. Two large white-oak tables made from wood salvaged from a dead tree on the property beckon diners to sit and enjoy their made-toorder meals. Schroeder discusses meals ahead of time with guests, making whatever it is that they desire during their stay: “Breakfast, lunch and dinner are customized according to people’s needs, including special diets.�


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What is

Love, Sex, Marriage In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s dive into the heart’s issues

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, it’s hard to avoid Valentine’s Day and all the heart-shaped candies, red balloons and sentimental cards floating

love I t’s one of those “know it when you feel it” things, right? If someone asks you point blank, “What is love?” it is hard to put your feelings into words. Everyone from Shakespeare to Howard Jones has tried, and still thousands more will be trying (with some help from greeting-card writers) this Valentine’s Day to find just the right words to convey their love for another person. But the fact that the answer isn’t easy to come by is what makes the question so fun to ask. While romantic love might be universal, our individual experiences are unique, and every person’s answer to the question provides insight into what is meant by being in love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve thrust five locals into the spotlight, asking a rabbi; a marriage and family therapist; a Buddhist author, teacher and peace activist; a theater actor and director; and a professor/spiritual therapist/author to answer the question from their points of view. So, what is love?

around. So at this time of the year the CN&R endeavors to celebrate the season of love by focusing on the topics of Love, Sex and Marriage. In the pages that follow, you’ll be treated to some unique perspectives on what, exactly, love is; a firstperson look at the institution of dating; and a glimpse at Chico State grad Kourtney Jason’s Naughty Buck-

et List. Also, keep an eye out for the heart symbol elsewhere in this issue, as there are other Love, Sex and Marriage offerings sprinkled throughout. Take a deep breath— after all, love is in the air.

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Lin Jensen What is love? In some sense the question is either impossible to answer or simply unnecessary. If you’re in love, you know what it is. If you’re not in love, no one can adequately explain it to you. The reason for this lies in the reality that love is a felt experience of the moment, as immediate for example as the fragrance of orange blossoms or the touch of a hand. If you’re asking what love is, check it out for yourself. But a lasting love will of its own accord mature into caring, a state of being in which the loved one matters in such a way that the lover is virtually compelled to respond to the loved one’s well-being, safety and happiness. I think of care-giver in this context, bringing to mind images of nurse and patient, teacher and student, parent and child, and yes, boyfriend and girlfriend, partner and partner, husband and wife as well. Caring in this way isn’t necessarily of our own willing, but rather a gift of love that wills itself into being. Lin Jensen is a Soto Zen teacher and author who lives in Chico, where he writes and works on behalf of nonviolence and in defense of the Earth.



Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan

Terrence Hoffman, MFT

Joe Hilsee

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

There is a stereotype that Judaism is not a religion of love, but it’s the Hebrew Bible where you first find the great commandments to love the stranger, love your companion, and to love God with your heart, soul and might. My dear mother’s favorite saying was from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “We are commanded to love our neighbor as we love ourselves; this must mean that we can.” Mom lived that every day in her family life

While there is a difference between “falling in love” and a more matured, active, shared loving experienced over time, both are catalyzed and fueled by a sense of being seen and deeply known. Even the briefest encounter can trigger the feeling that we are now being viewed in an exceptionally accurate light, one that seems to be reflecting back to us our own best qualities. It is as if this other person “gets us” in a way no one ever has before, or ever will again. We experience an irresistible desire to get this person as physically close to us as possible, while simultaneously drifting into a trancelike state of amnesia regarding our usual daily responsibilities. Yes, we are in love. And then something eventually happens, and … hopefully, we graduate into another stage of coupledom, best described as one of engaged, active loving. Now the work begins as we become more familiar with the one who is fast becoming our partner. Do we feel safe with each other? Do I feel deeply valued for who I am? Do we share respect for one another? A shared sense of being deeply and intimately known as someone having exception-

El-Love-Ant: A Play The curtain rises on Person A and Person B sitting on a rock by a stream in Bidwell Park. Silence for 20 seconds, and then: A: What is love? B: Excuse me? A: What is love? I want to know. B: Oh god! Let’s see, love is … crap!

We start with adrenalin-like excitement and then endorphins kick in for comfortable bonding. Scientists discovered we’re attracted to individuals who are like our parents and ourselves, but whose pheromones are least like our own. Different immune systems ensure healthy babies. Love based on deep caring, interest, respect and common values lasts over time, while the half-life of romantic love is often 90 days. We can be infatuated with someone we don’t even like—“bad boys/girls.” It’s easy to confuse love with the intensity of sexual chemistry or of being anxious about whether the other person likes you, when it’s just sexual chemistry or tension. Couples I interviewed for my books on equal relationships talk about working at their relationship. This means hanging in through the difficult times, like illness or having a baby. The work also means regularly scheduling in time for communication and fun to maintain the spark of romantic love. These two areas are problematic for people who write into my column. Romantic love can grow into deep intimacy and joy if it’s tended like a garden needs attention; otherwise its intensity dissipates into boredom or disappointment. Gayle Kimball writes the “Ask Dr. Gayle” column for Lotus Guide and is the author of 15 books, including Your Questions About Love and Family: Ask Dr. Gayle (available at bookstore.html).

and work as a hospital chaplain. She had it pasted on her filing cabinet and heading her blog, and when she passed away we decided to put it on her headstone. Judaism also values the intimate love between committed partners. Celibacy was never an ideal in Judaism; marriage and family life are. Just read the biblical “Song of Songs” (or “Song of Solomon”) for some of the most beautiful and tenderly erotic love poetry ever written. Based on this book, the love of a couple was seen as a reflection of the divine love between God and humanity. At each wedding, we bless the couple to be as “re’im ahuvim,” or “passionate friends,” rejoicing together like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But the most important way to express love in our tradition is through caring—compassionate actions. Our sages taught that to love someone as yourself means to recognize your common humanity and treat them as you would wish to be treated. They also had a great saying: that any love dependent on something (such as beauty, lust or gain) would never endure, but love that is not dependent on anything will endure forever. Rabbi Dr. Julie Hilton Danan, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel and a lecturer at Chico State, loves Avraham, her husband of 32 years, and their five grown children.

al worth—as well as a legitimate need for the security to be found through connection with a trustworthy partner—readies our hearts for the pleasurable celebrations of romantic love. Terrence Hoffman is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has lived and worked in Chico for 35 years.

A: Love is crap? Hmm. Well that is disappointing, I was hoping it would be much more than that. B: No, no. I mean this is difficult—what aspect? What does it look like? Feel like? Sound Like? What does it do? A: Yes. All of those. B: It’s all together—you can’t take it apart without losing it—it is trying to describe an elephant when you have only its tail. It is beyond explanation, it can only be experienced—and the experience itself is the explanation. No more, no less. And when you experience it you see the whole elephant. A: Even the pancreas? B: Absolutely. All of the internal organs, in fact. A: Thank you. A concise explanation of why it is unexplainable. B: Do I get a prize? A takes B’s hand as the park fades and transitions into a glorious red and orange and purple Chico sunset. Ray Charles’ “Come Rain or Come Shine” is heard. A and B start to rise off the stage, slowly, and float into the source of the light as the music rises and the curtain closes. End of Play. Joe Hilsee has been making theater in Chico for 12 years. He has been in love most of his adult life, which should make him an expert.

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Of bowerbirds and



Robert Speer


’ve been married for 25 years. To my kids that seems like eons, so naturally they think my courtship of their mother was seriously old-fashioned, in the manner of a Valentine’s Day card, all roses and gallantry. My wife just laughs at the notion. Hey, I tried taking the courtly route with her. All those lessons at Fresno’s Severance School of Dance my mother made me take when I was 15 years old had sculpted me into an old-fashioned kind of guy when it came to courting women. But the first time I asked Denise to dance—at LaSalles when it was still a fern bar; she was there with her girlfriends, all of them dancing together—she looked at me and said, “I don’t usually dance with men.” I figured it was a test. So I summoned my inner romantic warrior and said, “Give it a try. You might like it.” She laughed, said, “OK, I will,” and here we are, still dancing together after all these years. My courtship didn’t stop there, of course, but then it wasn’t really courtship, at least in the old-fashioned sense of a man’s wooing of a woman until she agrees to marry him. I got the ball rolling, but Denise is a modern woman, and before long it was a mutual courtship, with each of us inviting the other to do things together. Besides, neither of us was thinking of marriage. But the more I got to know her the more I wanted to be with her. I guess she felt the same way, because it got deeper and deeper, and four years after that first dance we married.

I asked my daughter, Sophie, how courtship works in her life. She’s 23, single, a recent college graduate trying to launch a career.

People her age still date, she said, but often relationships begin as friendships, when two people find themselves members of a social group or sharing mutual friends. They “hang out” together and then slowly realize they enjoy each other’s company. As a result, they often end up in exclusive relationships without going through the rituals of traditional dating. Online dating, which most people Sophie’s age at least try, is more old-fashioned, she said, at least when the man initiates contact. The problem with online dating, she quickly pointed out, is that most of those first dates are duds. It’s difficult, when your initial contact is via computer, to pick up the subtle signals that create and indicate an attraction. Romantic chemistry can’t be translated into pixels.

... the male [bowerbird] proceeds to pick up and display a variety of brightly colored objects. If she likes what she sees, she will mate with him.

If there’s a trend occurring in the courtship realm, at least in modern Western societies like ours, it’s toward greater mutuality. In a world where men and women meet as equals in the workplace and elsewhere, traditional patterns of romance, in which the man is more assertive than the woman, have less currency. That doesn’t mean men should give up the chase, however, or that women don’t like being pursued. That’s nature’s way, after all. Rare is the animal species in which the males don’t compete with each other for the sexual favors of the females using their unique styles of courtship.

Consider the great Australian bowerbird.

The males are virtuoso architects, constructing intricate bowers from twigs that they fastidiously decorate with found objects.

But what’s especially amazing is their use of a kind of illusionism to attract females for mating purposes. As writer Kate Wong describes it recently in Scientific American, the bower is shaped like a canopied “avenue” that opens out onto a “courtyard” assembled from bones, stones, shells and other items, collectively called a gesso. “When a female pays a visit,” Wong writes, “she stands in the avenue and looks out onto the court, where the male proceeds to pick up and display a variety of brightly colored objects. If she likes what she sees, she will mate with him.” There’s a lesson for the male human animal in the elaborate drama acted out by the bowerbirds and the courtship displays and battles of other animals: Women expect men to work at attracting them. They like a man who is confident enough to reveal his desire and risk rejection in order to get close to them. They want to be prized, and it’s up to us men to show them they are prized. It never ends, of course. A man who’s won the heart of a good woman knows that his courtship is ongoing. Courtship keeps the coals burning. Denise’s response to me when I asked her to dance all those years ago could have ended it right there, I suppose—no marriage, no kids, no big dogs barking in the night (I’m a cat person), no 25th-anniversary trip to the Caribbean. At another time I might have cringed, muttered “Have it your way,” and walked back to my beer. But she was beautiful and graceful and radiated intelligence. I wanted to find out more about her and, if I was lucky and she liked me, get closer to her (did I say she was beautiful?). So I dangled before her the only brightly colored objects I had at the moment: my desire, my wit and my determination. It was the best move I ever made. Ω more LOVE continued on page 24

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column was basically my own personal ramblings, and all of the others were sex columns,” Jason said. And so the sex-column seed was planted in her mind. The next semester, she asked the paper’s student adviser, the since-retired Dave Waddell, for approval to revive The Orion’s sex column, which had been absent for years. Waddell gave her the thumbs-up, and she was soon off and writing about a variety of sexy topics. Although more recent Orion sex columnists have leaned heavily on their personal experiences to produce content, Jason felt her background covering hard news lent itself more to a research-based approach. “I was always quoting studies, interviewing experts and talking to other students, so it wasn’t so personal,” she said. “I’m not so open about my own sex life; I just like talking about sex in general.”

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S.F.’s Zodiac Death Valley parties like it’s 1969

Ithe members of Zodiac Death Valley’s penchant for good ol’-fashioned

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rock ’n’ roll hedonism. Then I was right in the middle of it, seated at a booth next to guiby Mark Lore tarist/vocalist Nic Abodeely and mark@ thedaysof lorecom bassist Dan Burns at Portland’s Kenton Club sipping whiskey as they talked about their new record and the “rigors” of life on Preview: the road. Zodiac Death Valley “We like to performs tonight, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., at live,” explained Burns without Café Coda. Nate going into too much detail. “We Pendery, Master like the things that people should Lady and Kelly like. We get a bad rap, but we Bauman open. have big-ass hearts. We fall in Cost: $5 love with every town we go to.” Abodeely and Burns might be Café Coda 265 Humboldt Ave. familiar to Chico oldsters. A 566-9476 decade ago they ran together in the Durham Rockers and V, and Burns played bass in Damelo while Abodeely was the OG drummer in Chico noise-poppers Cowboy and circus-rockers MeYow (later Experimental Dental School). Burns and Abodeely made the move to San Francisco soon after and have been there ever since. ZDV didn’t come together until late 2009. Abodeely had been playing solo acoustic shows around the Bay Area before finally getting Burns on board and filling out the lineup with keyboardist Nate Ricker, drummer Landon Cisneros and leadguitarist Jordan Villa. The band carried on with a rather fuck-all approach until someone from S.F. label Omega Records caught a ZDV performance in Oakland. The band signed on and released its selftitled debut in November of last year. It’s easy to see what Omega saw in these five rawk and rollers. At their Portland gig Abodeely— clad head to toe in denim—looked like a cross between Springsteen and Iggy Pop. Even the singer for the openers was anxious to see what was in store:



Special Events BEER RELEASE PARTY: Feather Falls Brewing Company releases “Wild Bill Winter Bock,” a full-bodied traditional German beer with deep amber color. Brewmaster Roland Allen will also offer free tours of the brewery. Th, 2/9, 6pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.feather

Art Receptions OPPOSITES ATTRACT RECEPTION: A reception for

Paula Busch’s latest encaustics on display. Th,

2/9, 5-8pm. James Snidle Fine Arts and


“I’m curious to hear what a band called Zodiac Death Valley sounds like.” ZDV’s immediate influences are difficult to track. Their back-alley blues is an unholy union of all that is right in rock music—loose, fun and noisy in all the right places, reaching as far back as Muddy Waters and landing on something resembling the Doors making sweet, sweet love to, well, Love. First single “The Room” begins with charred guitars that give way to a loping piano line, Abodeely’s vocals dripping swagger throughout. And organ slithers around fractured guitars (always pushed to the red) on druggy blues burners “Jail” and “Bad Girls.” Zodiac Death Valley’s scorching live sets are the talk of their town (a town that includes bands like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees). ZDV have been making their way up and down the West Coast, and now they find themselves in full rock mode. “We just wanna be on the road,” said Burns. He admits to finding some comfort in a cramped tour van with four smelly dudes. “I feel endangered when I’m outside the van—it’s like being swaddled by a baby’s blanket of rock ’n’ roll.” I got the impression he was only half-joking. And while the members are lapping up the good times, there’s also a newfound dedication to the band. “That’s one thing about Zodiac Death Valley,” Burns said. “There’s never too much work.” Sex, drugs, work and rock ’n’ roll? It has a certain ring to it. Ω

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Music TAO: THE ART OF THE DRUM: An explosive mix of Taiko drumming, innovative choreography, colorful costumes and martial arts at Laxson Auditorium. Th, 2/9, 7:30pm. $20-$32. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333;

Theater THE LADIES MAN: A comedy revolving around a doctor’s frantic efforts to keep his young wife from learning about an indiscreet meeting he has with a female patient. Th-Sa, 7:30pm through 2/12; Su, 2/12, 2pm. $12-$16. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

Art Receptions CAROB BRADLYN RECEPTION: A reception featuring psychedelic portraits of inspiring public figures, with all proceeds benefiting the Shalom Free Clinic. F, 2/10, 5-7pm. Naked Lounge Tea and Coffeehouse; 118 W. Second St.; (530) 895-0676.

SIMPLE PLEASURES RECEPTION: A reception for “Simple Pleasures,” an art exhibit on display all month. F, 2/10, 4-8pm. Free. Sally Dimas Art Gallery; 493 East Ave. #1; (530) 345-3063.

Music LETS GET IT ON: Chico State’s Department of Music hosts its spring fundraiser in Harlen Adams Theatre. This tribute to Motown’s greats will include performances by Chico State students, faculty and community members. F, 2/10, 7:30pm. $20. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333; www.chicostatebox

Theater THE LADIES MAN: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

VAGINA MONOLOGUES: The Associated Students and Sexuality Equity Center’s annual spring production of the Vagina Monologues, which talks about sexual abuse, the female libido and the common woman’s experience. Held in Chico State’s Bell Memorial Union. F, 2/10, 7:30pm; Sa, 2/11, 2 & 7:30pm. $13-$15. Chico State, 400 W. First St., (530) 898-6333,



Special Events BLING FLING PARTY: A reception for the Valentines Day Bling Fling, a display of works

by seven jewelry-making artists. F, 2/10, 48pm. Free. Avenue 9 Gallery; 180 E. Ninth Ave.; (530) 879-1821;


Monday, Feb. 13 Sierra Nevada Big Room SEE MONDAY, MUSIC

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FINE ARTS SOCIAL DISTORTION: The pioneering group Social


Tonight, Feb. 9 Laxson Auditorium

Distortion has long been credited with being at the forefront of Southern California’s pop punk movement and influencing a generation of angsty musicians. Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and the UK’s Sharks open. M, 2/13, 7pm. $35. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497;





Theater THE LADIES MAN: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

VAGINA MONOLOGUES: See Friday. Chico State, 400 W. First St., (530) 898-6333,





Special Events EROS AND BEYOND: A Valentines Day writing workshop in which to celebrate or rage against the God of love, lust and creativity. Sa, 2/11, 10am-12:30pm. $10. 1078 Gallery; 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973;

HABITAT HOME RUN: A 5K run or walk through lower Bidwell Park, starting and ending at the One Mile Recreation Area. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Butte County. Register at Fleet Feet Sports at 241 Main Street. Sa, 2/11, 9am. Bidwell Park; Bidwell Park.

Special Events STILL STANDISH: An evening of stand-up comedy with couple Aaron Standish and Liz Merry accompanied by Roland Allen on piano. Su, 2/12, 8pm. $10. Duffys Tavern; 337 Main St.; (530) 343-7718.

Music WE HEART UKULELE FESTIVAL: A six-hour festival celebrating the ukulele with workshops, singalongs and performances by MaMuse, Kyle Williams, Mandalyn May and more. Su, 2/12, 17pm. $10-$25. Trinity United Methodist Church; 285 E. Fifth St.; (530) 343-1497; www.mandalyn

THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON: A pair of tea seatings accompanied by door prizes, a luncheon, raffles and a lecture on Butte County’s Chinese History with Chico State’s Professor Emerita Michele Shover. Proceeds benefit the Butte County Historical Society. Sa, 2/11, 11am & 2pm. $15. Butte County Historical Society Museum; 1749 Spencer Ave. in Oroville; (530) 533-9418.

Music DIEGO’S UMBRELLA: The gypsy rockers from San Francisco, who have been described as a mixture of Muse and Gogol Bordello, will bring their energetic live act to Chico Women’s Club. Sa, 2/11, 8pm. $10-$15. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 894-1978.

HUGH MASEKELA: The iconic jazz master brings his trumpet and high-energy band of South African musicians to Laxson Auditorium for a night of Afro-pop, jazz and ballads. Sa, 2/11, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333;

Theater THE LADIES MAN: See Thursday. Theatre on the

troupe, formed in 1926, carries on the tradition of American dance with an unmistakable style at Laxson Auditorium. The company will perform multi-media pieces “Prelude and Revolt” and “Lamentation Variations.” Tu, 2/14, 7:30pm. $20-$32. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333; www.chicostate



Special Events ANIMAL AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL RIGHTS LECTURE: Temple Grandin, one of TIME Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 “Most Influential People in the World,” will present the first of two lectures at Chico State’s BMU. Tickets must be purchased in person in Plumas Hall room 317. W, 2/15, 9am. $5-$10. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333; www.chicostate

COMEDY NIGHT: Weekly comedy night on Wednesdays inside Spirits Lounge at Gold Country Casino. W, 8pm. Free. Gold Country Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892;

TAKING IN PICTURES: MY LIFE WITH AUTISM LECTURE: Temple Grandin, one of TIME Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 “Most Influential People in the World,” will present the second of two lectures at Chico State’s BMU. Tickets must be purchased in person in Plumas Hall room 317. W, 2/15, 11am. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333;

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1078 GALLERY: Joe Meiser & Michael Arrigo, works by object-based sculptor Joe Meiser and multi-media artist Michael Arrigo on display. Through 2/24. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

ANGELOS CUCINA TRINACRIA: Sal Casa Gallery, some of Sal Casa’s early work depicting classic Sicilian culture. Ongoing. 407 Walnut St., (530) 899-9996.

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Bling Fling, an artists’

Valentines jewelry show. Through 2/12.Uptown-Downton Pacific Flyway Exhibit, art featured as part of the Snow Goose Festival’s Uptown-Downtown Pacific Flyway exhibit, hosted by Avenue 9 and the Chico Art Center. Through 2/12. Free. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821,


Hills, pictures by Rachelle Montoya. Through 2/24. 3536 Butte Campus Dr. Inside the ARTS Building in Oroville, (530) 895-2208.

CHICO ART CENTER: Uptown-Downton Pacific

Flyway Exhibit, art featured as part of the Snow Goose Festival’s Uptown-Downtown Pacific Flyway exhibit, hosted by the Chico Art Center and Avenue 9. Through 2/12. 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726, www.chicoart


Photography, a display of Joel Collier’s photography on all three floors of the City Municipal Center building. Through 7/13. 411 Main St. City Hall, (530) 896-7200.

CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Dragonflies and Damselflies, a photo exhibit by Robert Woodward. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671,

CHICO PAPER COMPANY: Monuments by Bill

DiGrazia, works by DiGrazia, who manipulates photographs to detach the structure from recognizable surroundings. Through 6/1.Jake Early Ca. Mountain Series, an exhibition of the “California Mountain” series, a collection five years in the making. Through 4/30, 9:30am-6pm. 345 Broadway, (530) 8910900,

HEALING ART GALLERY: Current exhibits, by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Currently featuring watercolors by Amber Palmer. Ongoing. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.


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Music ERIC BIBB: With soulful vocals and a guitar style fusing elements of folk and blues, Eric Bibb will deliver an acoustic performance sure to leave an impression. M, 2/13, 7:30pm. $20. Sierra Nevada Big Room; 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 345-2739;

JAZZ HAPPY HOUR: Every Monday.

M, 5-7pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 402-7121.



CAROB BRADLYN RECEPTION Friday, Feb. 10 Naked Lounge



Opposites Attract, Paula Busch’s latest encaustics on display. Through 3/31. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930, www.jamess


Carob, colorful portraits of people local artist Carob Bradlyn finds particularly inspiring. Through 2/29. Gallery hours are Open daily.. 118 W. Second St., (530) 895-0676.

SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: Simple Pleasures, art exhibit featuring 20 local artists.

Through 3/10. 493 East Ave. #1, (530) 3453063.


Mulcahy Paintings, bright bold works of pop art, figures, animals, landscapes, and abstracts. Through 3/15. 627 Broadway St. 120.

TURNER PRINT MUSEUM: Biennial National

Print Competition Exhibition, works by emerging artists pushing the boundaries of traditional printmaking, also on display at the University Art Gallery. Through 3/4. 400 W First St. Meriam Library breezeway, CSU, Chico.


Print Competition Exhibition, works by emerging artists who are pushing the boundaries of traditional printmaking, also on display at the Turner Print Museum. Through 3/4. 400 W First St. Taylor Hall, CSU, Chico.


Images, photos from the travels of Marianne Werner on display. Through 2/29. 130 Main St., (530) 895-3866.


Gadgets, a new display featuring kitchen gadgets past and present. M-Sa, 10am3:45pm; Su, 11:45am-3:45pm. $2 adults/kids free. 1650 Broderick St. in Oroville, (530) 538-2497,

CHICO MUSEUM: Amazing Grains, the story of

rice in California and beyond. Through 2/29. $3 adults/$2 students and seniors/kids 14 and under free. 141 Salem St., (530) 8914336.


Story, an exhibit featuring 12 hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms found in most toys. W-Su, 12-5pm. $3-$5. 625

in Black and White, large-scale historical photos of predominantly African American citizens of Lincoln, Nebraska between 19101925 on display. Through 2/24. 400 W First St. CSU, Chico, Trinity Hall.

Let’s get it on Everyone is in the holiday spirit this Valentine’s week, especially Chico State. The Music Department gets right to the point Friday, Feb. 10, in Harlen Adams Theatre, with a program of music titled Let’s Get It On, featuring classic Motown songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Performers from the university EDITOR’S PICK and the community include Jazz X-Press, The Sonic Ukes, Lisa Langley and James Chato, Robert Karch and Sharon Demeyer, Clouds on Strings, and many more. Over at the BMU, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, the Associated Students and the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center will be hosting their annual spring production of The Vagina Monologues for V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. And, if you somehow haven’t yet made plans for the big day itself, Chico Performances is hosting the pioneering Martha Graham Dance Company at Laxson Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 14, for a multimedia dance program that is just the sort of thing to get bodies moving on Valentine’s Day.

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BULLETIN BOARD Community BAILE LATINO: Latin night at Cafe Flo with host


Monika Ronquillo, who will guide the class in a dance lesson. Sa, 2/11, 7-8pm. $5. Cafe Flo, 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre, (530) 402-7121.

Tonight, Feb. 9 Chico City Council Building

BIONEERS VIDEO SPEAKER SERIES: Bioneers presents “New Energy, New Medicine & New Design” as the first part of the three-part video series. Th, 2/9, 7pm. Free. Chico Womens Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 894-1978.

BIRDING HIKE: A mild three-mile hike through Upper Bidwell Park for birdwatchers of all levels. Bring binoculars, water, snacks walking shoes and proper clothing for the expected weather conditions. Rain cancels. Meet at the parking lot near Horseshoe Lake. Call for more information. Sa, 2/11, 9am. Free. Bidwell Park, Bidwell Park, 5666136.

CALIFORNIA WOMEN WIN THE VOTE VIEWING: A formal tea and viewing of the film “California Women Win the Vote” in honor of California’s centennial of women’s right to vote. Su, 2/12, 2-5pm. Butte County Library, Gridley Branch, 299 Spruce St. in Gridley, www.lwvbutte


FREEDOM FROM SMOKING PROGRAM: An eightsession course providing techniques to quit smoking. The program will be held in the Canyon View Clinic Wellness Center. Call for more information. Th, 2/9, 2:30-5pm. Feather River Hospital, 5974 Pentz Rd. in Paradise, 8767154,

HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS FOR DIABETES: A onehour lecture covering the use of herbs and supplements for type 2 diabetes with holistic therapist Harry Chrissakis. Th, 2/9, 6:307:30pm. Free. Chico Public Library, Corner Of E. First & Sherman Avenues, (891) 891-2726.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: No partners necessary. Call for more information. F, 8pm through 2/24. Opens 2/10. $2. Chico Creek

CARDIAC REHABILITATION OPEN HOUSE: Meet with cardiologists to ask questions regarding cardiovascular health, watch healthy cooking demonstrations, get a quick look at your EKG reading and more. F, 2/10, 1-4pm. Free. Enloe Outpatient, 888 Lakeside Village Commons Dr., (530) 332-6800.

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Sa, 10am-3pm. Butte County Library, Paradise Branch, 5922 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 8726320, Paradise.htm.

CARTOONING & ART CLASS: All skill levels are welcome to join this six-session class where students will learn techniques to draw cartoon and comic book figures, horses, dragons and flip book animation. W, 3:30-4:30pm through 2/22. $70. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726, www.chicoart


SAMARITAN FREE CLINIC: This clinic offers free basic medical care and mental health counseling. Call for more information. Su, 2-4pm. Free. Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Next to Long’s Drugstore in Paradise, 8727085.

SHALOM FREE CLINIC BENEFIT DINNER: Ali Sarsour’s retirement and birthday roast will feature a spectacular array of dishes from around the world and a silent auction to benefit the Shalom Free Clinic. Sa, 2/11, 6pm. $10 donation. Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E. Fifth St., 518-9992.

Chico Friends of the Library weekly book sale. Sa, 9:15-11:30am. Butte County Library, Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave., (530) 891-2762,

CHICO POLICE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD: Monthly meeting hosted by Chico Police Chief Mike Maloney to discuss community issues. Third W of every month, 5:30-7pm. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1877 Hooker Oak Ave., (530) 342-7777.

SOUL SHAKE DANCE CHURCH: Drop your mind, find your feet and free you spirit at this DJ dance wave to a range of musical styles. No previous dance experience necessary. Su, 10am-noon. $8-$15 sliding scale. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., (530) 895-4707.

DANCE SANCTUARY WAVE: Bring a water bottle, drop your mind, free your feet and your spirit. Call for directions. Tu, 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Call for details, 8916524.

STATE OF THE COMMUNITY: Community leaders like Chico State President Paul Zingg, Mayor of Chico Ann Schwab and Andrea Thompson of CUSD will meet in the City Council Chambers to present analysis on their respective organizations to the community. The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions or offer observation. Th, 2/9, 6:30pm. Free. Chico City Council Building, 421 Main St., (530) 896-7200.

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this vulgar bulb of the farm field has been credited by some as bearing aphrodisiacal powers. Garlic and ginger are also believed to induce feelings of desire; so mince them and add to the simmering onions, and have the house fragrant and hot by the time your sweetie gets home. Doubt that cheap root veggies will work? Then boost your budget and move to the fancy food aisle, where dark chocolate, caviar, lobster, truffles (both the sugar-powdered ones and the fungal), and fresh figs are often said to be passion promoters. We even know a farmer named Kevin Herman in Imperial County who’s attempting to capitalize on the perceived sexual powers of figs; he has been striving for several years through advanced farming methods to extend his annual autumn harvest of figs through the fall, past the winter, and well into the New Year with the chief objective of selling fresh figs on Valentine’s Day. Shape and form are obvious reminders of sexuality, and it’s the physical build of certain fruits and vegetables that have garnered them reputations as aphrodisiacs. Indeed, such ubiquitous staples as bananas and asparagus can supposedly spark passion. Aroma, too, undoubtedly affects the brain and memory— and if a smell hits your lover just right, it could get him or her purring (not that you should necessarily hang your Valentine’s Day evening on a saucepan of onions).


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dudes, rather than brooding male models in high school jackets. It also handles the boys’ interaction with one other with an eye for veracity. Although at this point, for all I know it was written by a couple of teenage dudes, so maybe that’s it. It helps that Chronicle is clever in how it takes the time to plot out the camera-eye gimmick and is also refreshingly well-paced. And at 83 minutes, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. Of course—unlike its used-car-priced antecedents—it cost $12 million to make. But all that money doesn’t come into play until the effects-heavy battle royale that serves as a third act. And the battle royale is pretty spiffy. Ω

Witch Project burned the old mo’ money equals mo’ money paradigm (with only a $60,000 budget, it hauled in about 250 million worldwide box by Craig Blamer office), Hollywood has increasingly been tapping the vein, striking gold when $15,000 Paranormal Activity made $200 million worldwide and kicked off a profitable franchise. This means we’ve been getting a butt load of stuff that looks like it was shot for reality TV—with disposable titles like The Devil Inside and The Last Exorcism—that seems more focused on Chronicle cashing in than telling a good story. But, hey, at Starring Dane DeHaan, Michael least now we get Chronicle. Chronicle starts off a li’l raggedly, looking B. Jordan and Alex Russell. like it was shot in a Seattle back yard with a Directed by $1,000 camera bought at Best Buy as it sets up Josh Trank. that teen Andrew (Dane DeHaan) has some Cinemark 14, Feather River issues. Serious issues. He’s bullied at school, Cinemas and his mom is dying slowly and his unemployed Paradise Cinema old man only comes out of the bottle long 7. Rated PG-13. enough to slap Andrew around. Reviewers: Craig Blamer and Juan-Carlos So Andrew buys a camera to chronicle Selznick. these abuses but gets distracted when his cousin Matt (Alex Russell) and all-around popOpening this week ular dude Steve (Michael B. Jordan) drag him Poor away from a ragin’ rave and pull him down Journey 2: The Mysterious Island into a rabbit hole that leads to a big, glowing ... A young man (Josh Hutcherson), his stepdad (The Rock) and his girlfriend (Vanessa Hudgens) take off on a fantastium, something. cal adventure to a mysterious island of monsters, volcanoes and mountains of gold to find his missing grandfather Anyway, after an electromagnetic pulse of (Michael Caine). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Fair some kind knocks them on their asses, they Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R. wake up discovering that they now have nasSafe House cent super powers. Quicker than you can say Ryan Reynolds is a rookie CIA agent guarding a badass fugitive (Denzel Washington) in a safe house in South Africa. “Carrie-meets-Zapped!” Andrew forgets the Good After mercenaries attack the safe house, the agent and his “with great power comes great responsibility” charge become allies of sorts as they are forced to go on the run. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise admonition and starts twitching and building Cinema 7. Rated R. N E W S & R E V I E W B U S I N E S S U S E O N LY himself up and using his powers to blow shit Star Wars: Episode ISSUE DATE1— ACCT. EXEC. Very Good up. And toward the end, shit starts blowingDESIGNER up Menace (in 3-D) MM The Phantom 03.25.10 BDC real good. It will seem as though you can just reach out and grab Jar FILE NAME REV. DATE Jar Binks’ droopy ears with both hands and wrestle him to I won’t say that Chronicle is brilliant, the ground in this 3-D update of04.01.10 George Lucas’ 1999 space ONEILDENNIS032510R1 because it’s not. But it is clever. And fun. The adventure. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise 7. Rated R. Excellent leads here come across as actual teenage USPCinema (BOLD SELECTION)








This Means War

Opens Feb. 14. McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs this action/ romance about a couple of hottie CIA agents/friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who, after finding out that they are both dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon) utilize all their spy talents and resources in a battle for her affection. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

a mysterious key his father left behind. An adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 novel of the same name. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.


The Grey

A romantic drama based on the real-life story of a family of gray whales trapped under ice in the Arctic Circle, starring John Krasinski as a newspaper reporter and Drew Barrymore as his Greenpeace girlfriend and partner in leading efforts to try and save the whales. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.

There’s a pulp sensibility running through Joe Carnahan’s The Grey that evokes the man vs. nature adventure stories from the ’30s that were packaged between the lurid covers of men’s magazines, refined with a touch of Jack London’s eye for the desolate wilderness that served as a backdrop for his early Alaska tales. And that is good. However, if one goes into The Grey expecting to see Liam Neeson unleash all sorts of badassery on the timber wolves at hand, one might be disappointed. The film is heavy on the existentialism, light on the badassery, as Neeson and his erstwhile posse of survivors summon everything they can just to stay ahead of the snapping white fangs. Carnahan displays an evocative feel for old-fashioned story-telling, and a nuanced sense of dark irony. And while he follows the template of body-count horror, he also takes the time to define the characters beyond the expected caricatures and tweak the narrative tropes we’ve come to expect from a Hollywood thriller with a subtle hand. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R —C.B.



The Vow

After his wife (Rachel McAdams) awakes from coma after a severe auto accident with severe amnesia, a young man (Channing Tatum) tries to win her heart all over again. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —C.B.


The Descendents

George Clooney plays Matt King, a Hawaiian businessman, soon-to-be-widowed father of two troubled daughters and head of a clan whose roots in Hawaii go back to the 19th century. He’s a mild sort of takecharge guy who’s also a bit of a clueless doofus. Writer-director Alexander Payne puts Clooney/King at the center of things here, but the center in this case is always part of a larger and ever more entangled situation: King’s comatose and dying wife, the sorrows and travails of the two young daughters, the belated discovery of the wife’s infidelity, and the impending sale of virgin wilderness that has belonged to the King clan for more than a century. It’s the stuff of soap opera and tragic melodrama, but Payne and company enliven and complicate all that by taking it in yet another direction—toward the comedy of contemporary middle-class manners. Each of the story’s plot strands involves a test of regions of King’s character that he has heretofore neglected, and the zig-zag path of his quirky integrity is comically crucial but never independent of the tougher issues involved. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

In the wake of the death of his father (Tom Hanks) during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, a young, gifted boy (Thomas Horn) searches for the lock that belongs to

The Iron Lady

Having Meryl Streep play the title role in a Margaret Thatcher biopic seems like a very good idea, but there are also times in The Iron Lady when that seems like the production’s only good idea. Streep’s Oscarnominated performance is a triumph over heavily Thatcherized prosthetic make-up, if nothing else, and there’s a reliably professional cast of British actors in the mix—Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis; Olivia Colman as the Thatchers’ daughter, Carol; Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd as Margaret and Denis in their younger days, etc. Many of the film’s apparent assets, however, are rather sadly neutralized by the decision of the filmmakers—director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Abi Morgan—to put Thatcher’s elderly years as the center of things. Morgan’s screenplay uses an almost random array of flashbacks to provide glimpses of Thatcher’s life, public and domestic alike, with results that are skimpy on the history, clichéd on the personal life, and often counterproductive with respect to character and drama. The end result is not so much a portrait of “the Iron Lady” as yet another demonstration of what a brave and resourceful trouper Streep is. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

One for the Money

Katherine Heigl plays a bounty hunter who ends up chasing down an old flame (Jason O’Mara) on her first assignment. An adaptation of the first book in Janet Evanovich’s best-selling series of romance/adventure novels centered on the exploits of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

Red Tails

A high-flying action/drama inspired by true events surrounding the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed group of African-American WWII pilots. Starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker Ne-Yo and Bryan Cranston. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.


Underworld: Awakening

This fourth entry of the Underworld franchise delivers on what it promises: gothic action-porn with vampire warrior Kate Beckinsale twirling about in pleather, kicking ass among the explosions. This time around, the war between vampires and werewolves is interrupted when humans finally take notice of the conflict and do what humans do best when confronted with what scares them: kill ’em all. There’s no plot, of course. But the movie fills in the blanks with stoner-friendly mayhem, an emphasis on hyperkinetic visuals and pounding soundtrack. Unfortunately, the action bogs down in the second act as the characters pause to vogue and deliver leaden exposition to bring the audience up to speed on the back, front and side stories. Personally, I prefer my monsters to just moan and eat people, not stand around waxing existential. But then, this franchise wasn’t meant for my tastes. (Well, aside for the Beckinsale in pleather part.) Fortunately, the yapping is kept to a minimum as the flick shifts back into gear and resumes delivering with the fireworks to the end. Cinemark 14. Rated R —C.B.

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The Woman in Black

It’s been a while since Hammer Films has been active. Known primarily for their lush but aggressively exploitative approach to Gothic horror (think bared fangs hovering over deep, heaving cleavage), “Hammer Horror” titles like The Vampire Lovers and Horror of Dracula were essential viewing for nascent horror buffs up through the early ’70s. And then, Hammer time ended. The graveyard fell silent up until recently, when Hammer crept into the multiplex with its American remake of Let the Right One In. But while it was a vampire film—and a solid remake in its own right—regrettably there were none of the studio’s signature motifs. So if nothing else, The Woman in Black is a welcome return to the House of Hammer. The Woman in Black is proto-Hammer (albeit without the rampant sexuality), a slow burn approach to the classic ghost story as a widower (Daniel Radcliffe) takes the train from Victorian London to visit a forbidding estate that looks down on an isolated village with dark, empty eyes; and finds that whatever walks there, walks alone. Radcliffe makes the transition to adult role admirably, and the film itself is satisfactorily atmospheric and chilling. Welcome back, Hammer. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —C.B.



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The venue’s kick-off weekend consisted of four shows, two each on Friday and Saturday nights. I attended Saturday’s late show with a group of friends. Though scheduled to start at 8:30, the last comic from the first set was still on. But spending a few extra minutes with friends while waiting to have drinks and have people make us laugh is fine, the slight scheduling snafu forgivable, particularly on opening weekend. Comedy shows ain’t trains. It also allowed me a few minutes to chat with Corbin Quintrona of Bonetown, the venue’s resident five-member improv troupe. Quintrona said the young troupe started working with Ross at the Blue Room and has blossomed under his tutelage. He also said the improv players and comics nailed both Friday shows. As the first audience filed out, it was apparent they’d scored a third kill. Everyone leaving, save one couple who just looked confused, was smiling. This storefront-of-dreams is essentially a deep, high-ceilinged, concrete rectangle. A counter near the entrance serves as a refreshment bar/ticket stand. Ross joined a few others behind the bar, frantically taking tickets, selling drinks and greeting patrons and wellwishers. Comfortable tables and chairs and a large black booth comprise seating in the house and paintings line the otherwise white sidewalls. An enormous, painted pair of Chuck Taylors frames the mid-sized stage set against the far wall. In the light, the interior is still a work in progress, but a certain magic happens when the house lights dim and all that’s left is flickering table-top candles and the

stage lights; suddenly, Chico has its own, legitimate comedy club. The show kicked off with an instructional video dealing with certain logistics of the new venue (apparently it’s a trek to use the restroom) hosted by an undead Gen. Bidwell. For his opening Ross, who often mines his own personal tragedies and travails for comic value, related a true story about getting the family vehicle repossessed so he could open the club. The Last Stand’s format is to kick off with some improv, and Bonetown joined Ross next. While each of the members was responsible for some very funny moments, improv is a fickle beast, and there were some brief lulls. Bonetown has a strong foundation, and the venue plans to do shows every weekend, offering them ample future opportunity to sharpen their chops in front of a live audience. Filling the rest of the bill were four out-of-town comedians—Josh Vigil, Chazz Hawkins, Bryan Yang and Nick Aragon (my personal favorite)—all of whom were very funny. Stand up is a rare—if not the only—avenue where people can speak publicly the way normal people talk privately without judgment. The night’s comedy was edgy and not for the easily offended, and it is—thankfully—likely to continue that way at The Last Stand. Altogether, The Last Stand made for a great, refreshing night out. Watching Ross and company hustle to get this gem running and seeing what they have to offer, it has the potential to be very successful. That said, its fate relies entirely on community support, so go have Ω a few drinks and a laugh.

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weekly revue. F, 4:30pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 East Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.

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tion: Friday night happy hour with a traditional Irish music session by the Pub Scouts. F, 4pm. $1. Duffys Tavern; 337 Main St.; (530) 343-7718.


JOHN TRENALONE: Jazz and Broadway standards of the last 100 years. F,

of Water and the Chico Ska Orchestra. Th, 2/9, 9pm. $4. Lost On Main; 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.

TAO: THE ART OF THE DRUM: An explosive mix of Taiko drumming, innovative choreography, colorful costumes and martial arts at Laxson Auditorium. Th, 2/9, 7:30pm. $20-$32. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333;

9THURSDAY BLUES JAM: Weekly open jam. Th, 8pm-


midnight. Lynns Optimo; 9225 Skyway in Paradise; (530) 872-1788.


Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo; 319 Main St.; (530) 892-2473.

ers ZDV—featuring Chico ex-pats Nic Abodeely and Dan Burns—blow into town and will joined by locals Kelly Bauman, Master Lady and Nathan Pendery. Th, 2/9, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

DRUNKEN DEBAUCHERY: Punk night at Monstros with Drunken Debauchery, RKC, Puke’n’Rally and Disorderly Event. Th, 2/9, 8pm. $5. Monstros Pizza & Subs; 628 W. Sacramento Ave.; (530) 345-7672.

FISH OUT OF WATER: An evening of ska and reggae with San Diego’s Fish Out

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LIVE MUSIC: Live music and dancing. F, 2/10, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country

Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountry

Department of Music hosts its spring fundraiser in Harlen Adams Theatre. This tribute to Motown’s greats will include performances by Chico State students, faculty and community members. F, 2/10, 7:30pm. $20. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333;

STEEL BREEZE: High-energy covers of

hits from the 80s, 90s and today. F, 2/10, 8pm. $5. LaSalles; 229 Broadway St. 2nd street; (530) 893-1891.

SUPERLICIOUS: 80s cover band from

Sacramento in the brewery. F, 2/10, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;

MOKSHA: Las Vegas funk rockers bring a special guest horn section. F, 2/10, 9pm. $7. Lost On Main; 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.

MUMBLEFINGER: Acoustic guitarist and songwriter Mumblefinger of Red Bluff appears with new Chico group Magnolia Road and the soulful Laurie Dana. F, 2/10, 8pm. $5. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476;

NORTHERN HEAT: An evening with south-

Buck Ford. F, 2/10, 10pm. $5. The Graduate; 344 W. Eighth St.; (530) 3432790.

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lovers of classic rock. F, 2/10, 9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 East Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.

ern rockers Northern Heat. F, 2/10, 9pm. Colusa Casino Resort; 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844;

11SATURDAY CHICO SCHOOL OF ROCK STUDENT CONCERT: Chico School of Rocks pupils will flash their talent at the annual showcase, complete with fog and laser lights. Sa, 2/11, 3-9pm. Free. Round Table Pizza; 2201 Pillsbury Rd.; (530) 891-1200;

will bring their energetic live act to Chico Women’s Club. Sa, 2/11, 8pm. $10-$15. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 894-1978.

HUGH MASEKELA: The iconic jazz master brings his trumpet and high-energy band of South African musicians to Laxson Auditorium for a night of Afropop, jazz and ballads. Sa, 2/11, 7:30pm. $18-$30. Chico State; 400 W. First St.; (530) 898-6333; www.chicostatebox


master of worldly funk. Sa, 2/11, 9pm. Studio Cocktail Lounge; 2582 Esplanade; (530) 343-0662.

KELLY MCDONALD: Live country music in

Carlino’s Night Club. Sa, 2/11, 9pm. Free. Rolling Hills Casino; 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500;

LIVE MUSIC: Live music and dancing. Sa, 2/11, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountry

NORTHERN HEAT: An evening of southern rock with Northern Heat. Sa, 2/11, 9:30pm. Colusa Casino Resort; 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844;

STEVE JOHNSON: Acoustic Americana

with guitarist Steve Johnson. Sa, 2/11, 8:30pm. Free. Farwood Bar & Grill; 705 Fifth St. in Orland; (530) 865-9900.

SUMMER OF 69: A tribute to 80s and 90s hit-maker Bryan Adams in the brewery. Sa, 2/11, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885;

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NIGHTLIFE Pagel, Vince Newsom and Marla Tomorug. Sa, 2/11, 8pm. $5. Café Coda; 265 Humboldt Ave.; (530) 566-9476;


Big Room; 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 3452739;

JAZZ HAPPY HOUR: Every Monday. M, 57pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 402-7121.

SOCIAL DISTORTION: The pioneering group Social Distortion has long been credited with being on the forefront of Southern California’s pop punk movement and influencing a generation of angsty musicians. Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and the UK’s Sharks open. M, 2/13, 7pm. $35. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497;

JAZZ: Weekly jazz. Su, 4-6pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria; 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033;

WE HEART UKULELE FESTIVAL: A six-hour festival celebrating the ukulele with workshops, singalongs and performances by MaMuse, Kyle Williams, Mandalyn May and more. Su, 2/12, 1-7pm. $10-$25. Trinity United Methodist Church; 285 E. Fifth St.; (530) 343-1497;




ERIC BIBB: With soulful vocals and a

with Aaron Rich. Tu, 7-9pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 402-7121.

guitar style fusing elements of folk and blues, Eric Bibb will deliver an acoustic performance sure to leave an impression. M, 2/13, 7:30pm. $20. Sierra Nevada

15WEDNESDAY JAZZ LUNCH: Every Wednesday with

Carey Robinson Trio. W, 12-2pm. Free. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 402-7121.

dance Party w/ DJ2K. F, 9pm2am through 4/6. Free. Maltese Bar & Taproom, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

restaurant. W, 8-11pm. Tortilla Flats; 2601 The Esplanade; (530) 345-6053.

SWING DANCE WEDNESDAY: Every Wednesday night, swing dancing lessons 8-10pm. W, 8-10pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery; 303 Main St.; (530) 894-5408.

CRAZY HORSE: DJ Hot Rod and mechani-

DOWN LO: DJ Ron Dare. Tu, Sa, 9pm. Free. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.

DUFFYS: DJ Lois & DJ Spenny. W, 10pm. $1. Duffys Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather

LASALLES: Th, 10pm: DJ Mac Morris; Fr,

11pm: on the patio; Sa, 9pm: “That 80s Party”; and Tu, 10pm: DJ. LaSalles, 229 Broadway St. 2nd street, (530) 893-1891.

MADISON BEAR: Dancing upstairs and on

Free. Montgomery St. Pub, 1933 Montgomery St. in Oroville, (530) 533-0900.

Tavern, 5771 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-7100.

LASALLES: Su, 9pm. LaSalles, 229 Broadway St. 2nd street, (530) 893-1891.

LAST CALL LOUNGE: M, Th, 8pm-midnight. Last Call Lounge, 876 East Ave., (530) 895-3213. 9225 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-1788.

MONTGOMERY ST.: Tu, 8pm. Free. Montgomery St. Pub, 1933 Montgomery St. in Oroville, (530) 533-0900.

QUACKERS: F, 9pm. Free. Quackers Lounge, 968 East Ave., (530) 895-3825.

TACKLE BOX: DJ Shelley. Tu, Su, 6pm. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 East Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

KINGS TAVERN: M, Tu, 8pm. Free. Kings

LYNNS OPTIMO: F, Sa, 9pm. Lynns Optimo,


cal bull contest. F, 9pm-1:30am. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408.


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FEATHER FALLS: Tu, 7-11pm. Free. Feather

the patio. W-Sa, 9pm. Madison Bear Garden, 316 W. Second St., (530) 891-1639,

FEATHER FALLS: Su, 8pm-midnight. Free.


9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408.


bass rig, guitar amp and PA system are provided, bring your own instruments. All ages until 10. W, 7pm. Free. Italian Garden; 6929 Skyway in Paradise; (530) 876-9988;

band Victoria. Avenue of Escape and Caraway open. W, 2/15, 9pm. $5. LaSalles; 229 Broadway St. 2nd street; (530) 893-1891.

CRAZY HORSE: All-request karaoke. Tu,

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QUACKERS: Th, 9pm. Free. Quackers Lounge, 968 East Ave., (530) 895-3825.

SMOKIE MOUNTAIN: F, Sa, 9pm. Free. Smokie Mountain Steakhouse, 7039 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-3323,


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9pm-1am. Studio Cocktail Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (530) 343-0662.

TORTILLA FLATS: Karaoke en Espanol. Su,

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HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE? A blind man, a stuttering woman, a guy in a wheelchair and a little person walk into bar … Wait, that is no joke. This Saturday, Feb. 11, the Comedians With Disabilities Act will be on stage up at Red Bluff’s State Theatre, and the act features four comedians from all over Nor Cal with the aforementioned disabilities (Eric Mee, Nina G., Mike O’Connell and Steve Danner), poking fun at themselves and inviting everyone to laugh with the disabled instead of at them. (O’Connell, whose muscular dystrophy keeps him in a wheelchair, has a business card that reads: “100% Comedy, 0% Stand-up.) Visit www.statethe for ticket info. It’s OK to laugh.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name UNITED COUNTRY TOWNE AND COUNTRY PROPERTIES at 2540 Esplanade #7, Chico, CA 95973 ROBERT PROSISE, GAIL PROSISE, 640 Cedar Canyon Rd. Lake Almanor, CA 96137. This business was conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: ROBERT L PROSISE Dated: January 10, 2012 FBN Number: 2005-0000880 Published: January 19,26, February 2,9, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as NORTH COUNTIES REAL ESTATE at 1074 East Ave. #B1, Chico, CA 95926. ROBERT L PROSISE, 10675 Bryne Ave. #31, Los Molinos, CA 96055. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ROBERT L PROSISE Dated: January 10, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000054 Published: January 19,26, February 2,9, 2012


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business as THE ENERGY X CHANGE at 1870 Vallombrosa, Chico, CA 95926. JON STALLMAN, 1870 Vallombrosa, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: JON STALLMAN Dated: December 9, 2011 FBN Number: 2011-0001664 Published: January 19,26, February 2,9, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as GOLDEN LEAF, GOLDEN LEAF DESIGNS, GOLDENLEAFDESIGNS.COM at 472 E 1st Ave. Chico, CA 95926. GREG BELLINGER, 472 E 1st Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: GREG BELLINGER Dated: January 10, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000046 Published: January 19,26, February 2,9, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SANTINOS IN CHICO at 1340 Laurel St. Chico, CA 95928. KAELEN DAVIS, 1340 Laurel St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: KAELEN DAVIS

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Dated: January 6, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000024 Published: January 19,26, February 2,9, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons is doing business as ARTFUL ENGRAVINGS at 641 W 6th Ave. Chico, CA 95926. STEWART OMARAH, 641 W 6th Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: STEWART 0’MARAH Dated: January 19, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000094 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name WASHER WAREHOUSE at 1436 Nord Ave. #E, Chico, CA 95926. MARILYN R SCHMIDT, MICHAEL W SCHMIDT, 1131 Stewart Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: MARILYN R SCHMIDT Dated: January 9, 2012 FBN Number: 2007-0000584 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MANZA BIRD PRODUCTS, RIDGETOP RANCH at 151 Verner Oaks Rd. Oroville, CA 95966. HEATHER GRAY, JOHN GRAY, 151 Verner Oaks Rd. Oroville, CA 95966. Signed: JOHN GRAY Dated: January 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000070 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LOVELY PRECIOUS MOMENTS at 2321 Honey Run Rd. #39, Chico, Ca 95928. Angela Marie Fonseca Salerno 2321 Honey Run Rd. #39, Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: ANGELA SALERNO Dated: December 13, 2011 FBN Number: 2011-0001684 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PERFORMANCE

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ORIENTED at 2776 Alamo Ave. Chico, CA 95973. PAUL ABBOTT, 2776 Alamo Ave. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: PAUL ABBOTT Dated: January 19, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000092 Published: January 26, February 2,9,16, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LION OF ENTERTAINMENT at 1850 Humboldt Rd. #61, Chico, CA 95928. OLIVER T POLLARD, 1850 Humboldt Rd. #61, Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: OLIVER POLLARD Dated January 12, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000069 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as THE PAW SPA at 762 Mangrove Ave. Chico, CA 95926. LORI MONIAN, 702 Mangrove Ave. #232, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: LORI MONIAN Dated: January 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000072 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LATENIGHTAIRCOOLED at 2961 Hwy 32, #91, Chico, CA 95973. BRYAN HOUSTON, 1223 Stewart Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: BRYAN HOUSTON Dated: January 26, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000137 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as STRANGE SEED MUSIC at 134 W 13th St. Chico, CA 95928. SCOTT CAMERON, 134 W 13th St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: CAMERON SCOTT Dated: January 27, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000148 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012



FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name QUEEN NAIL AND SPA at 801 East Ave. #112, Chico, CA 95926. TONY LE, 400 Mission Ranch #39, Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by an individual. Signed: TONY LE Dated: January 30, 2012 FBN Number: 2009-0001694 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as QUEEN NAIL SALON at 801 East Ave. #112, Chico, CA 95926. DUY LE, 10127 Barnes Ln. S Tacoma, WA 98444. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: DUY LE Dated: January 30, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000156 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as JIMMY JACKS at 305 Main St. Chico, CA 95938. LISA N COOKE, TYLER COOKE, 1574 Kona Dr. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: TYLER COOKE Dated: January 26, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000134 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons is doing business as ENLIGHTENED FITNESS at 24 Tarn Circle, Oroville, CA 95966. AIYANA CASSANDRA MILLER, 24 Tarn Circle, Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: AIYANA MILLER Dated: December 28, 2011 FBN Number: 2011-0001732 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as COUPONACODE at 1281 Arch Way, Chico, CA 95973. NICHOLAS KOEHLER, 1281 Arch Way, Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: NICK KOEHLER Dated: January 23, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000105 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WHIRLED EVENTS at 865 E 6th St. Chico, CA 95928. STORMI D TURNER, 865 E 6th St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: STORMI D TURNER Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000129 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CELESTINO’S LIVE FROM NY, CELESTINO’S NY PIZZA at 101 Salem St. #100, Chico, CA 95928. CELESTINO ENZO LLC, CELESTINO GENCARELLI, ENZO PERRI, 101 Salem St. #100, Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: ENZO PERRI Dated: January 19, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000097 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons is doing business as FULL SERVICE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT at 641-643 Flume St. Chico, CA 95928. DAVID M HOWARD, 1722 Hemlock St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: DAVID M HOWARD Dated: January 4, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000011 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BARRY FISCHER PROPERTIES LLC at 14401 Hwy 99 N, Chico, CA 95973. BARRY FISCHER PROPERTIES LLC, 27 Veneto Circle, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: ROBERT B FISCHER Dated: January 26, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000141 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PUREHEART ACADEMY LLC at 2961 Hwy 32 #15, Chico, CA 95973. PUREHEART ACADEMY LLC, 2961 Hwy 32 #15, Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: JEREMY ROSALES Dated: January 30, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000158 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as P1 MARKETING CHICO at 3470 Brook Valley Commons, Chico, CA 95928. JAMES EDWARD GROSS, SANDRA MAE GROSS, 3470 Brook Valley Commons, Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: SANDRA GROSS Dated: January 31, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000168 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons is doing business as HIP ROOF REAL ESTATE, HIP ROOF REALTY at 1372 E 1st Ave. Chico, CA 95926. KANDACE ANN CAULFIELDCHESSCHER, 226 Nicalog Rd. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: Kandace Ann Caulfield-Chesscher Dated: February 6, 2012

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FBN Number: 2012-0000196 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO MOVING SERVICES, DOG GUY JOSH at 1339 Sunset Ave. Chico, CA 95926. JOSHUA NICOLAS PITTS, 1339 Sunset Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: JOSH PITTS Dated: January 27, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000145 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PINK EYE STUDIO at 4243 Keefer Rd. Chico, CA 95973. EVAN JOSHUA WOOLERY, 4243 Keefer Rd. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: EVAN WOOLERY Dated: February 1, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000180 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BALLOU ENTERPRISES at 2389 England St. Chico, CA 95928. TARA DANIELLE DAVIS, 2389 England St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: TARA DAVIS

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Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000117 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person is abandoning the use of the fictitious business name DISCOUNT CIGARETTE AND CIGAR MARKET at 1229 Mangrove Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by an individual. Signed: SHAMIYA YASIN Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2007-0000340 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DISCOUNT CIGARETTE AND CIGAR MARKET at 1229 Mangrove Ave. Chico, CA 95926. SAMAHER HADEED, AKRAM HAKIRI, 400 Mission Blvd. #21, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: AKRAM HAKIRI Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000127 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name XHALE TOBACCO at 337 Nord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. Shamieh Abdel Raouf Yasin, 400 Mission Ranch Blvd. #160, Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by an individual. Signed: SHAMIEH YASIN Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2009-0000539 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as XHALE TOBACCO AND GIFTS at 337 Nord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. SAMAHER HADEED, 400 Mission Blvd. #21, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: SAMAHAR HADEED Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000128 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as STONER AND ASSOCIATES at 3120 Cohasset Rd. #8, Chico, CA 95973. JOAN STONER, 81 Chico Canyon Rd. Chico, CA 95928 This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: JOAN E STONER Dated: January 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000084 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name VISIONS HAIR AND NAIL DESIGN at 680 Rio Lindo Ave. #10, Chico, CA 95926. JILL WORSWICK, 1980 Durango Way, Chico, CA 95926. This business was conducted by an individual. Signed: JILL S WORSWICK Dated: January 6, 2012 FBN Number: 2008-0001154 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NAIL CANDY at 169 Cohasset #6, Chico, CA 95926. SCOTT C OGBORN, JILL S WORSWICK, 949 Downing Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: JILL S WORSWICK Dated: January 6, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000025 Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

NOTICES Notice of lien sale: February 18th at 11am at Bidwell Self Storage, 65 Heritage Lane, Chico, 893.2109, Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units of household or personal items and boxes, furniture, home d‚cor, kitchen items, etc. and other misc. items not specified will be sold. Silent auction. The unit numbers and names are: Unit 005: Christina Straits Unit 486: Michael Brown Unit 251: Deborah Nolen Unit 393: Cathy Turner Unit 255: Destini Lee Unit 467: Michael Brown Unit 460: Michael Brown Unit 316A: Adriana O’Neal Unit 054: George Boeger Unit 279: Frank Torress Unit 239: Frank Torress NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE DARYL W KAISER TO all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: DARYL W KAISER A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MARGARET KAISER in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: MARGARET KAISER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: FEBRUARY 23, 2012 Time: 1:30pm Dept: TBA Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal repre-

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sentative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40137 Attorney for petitioner: RICHARD D HARDIN, INC. 7 Williamsburg Lane Chico, CA 95928 (530)895-8868 Published: Februayr 2,9,16, 2012

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE JO ANN PRATT TO all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: JO ANN PRATT A Petition for Probate has been filed by: Comerica Bank & Trust, N.A. in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: Comerica Bank & Trust, N.A. be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: March 8, 2012 Time: 1:30pm Dept: TBA Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an



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inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40142 Attorney for petitioner: Kenneth H Horowitz 951 Mariners Island Blvd. #240 San Mateo, CA 94404 (650)378-7680 Published: February 9,16,23, 2012

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner NATALIE LOUISE BOYETTE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: NATALIE LOUISE BOYETTE Proposed name: NATALIE LOUISE FROST THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: February 24, 2012 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Stephen E Benson Dated: December 28, 2011 Case Number: 155510 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MELISSA ANNE HICKS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MELISSA ANNE HICKS Proposed name: CAROLYN ANNE GOLDSTONE THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the ob-

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jection at least two days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 23, 2012 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Sandra L Mclean Dated: January 24, 2012 Case Number: 155729 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

SUMMONS CITATION FOR PUBLICATION UNDER WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE SECTION 294 CHILDS NAME: B.S.S. Case Numbers: J-35950 To: CANDACE C. STRUVE and anyone claiming to be a parent of B.S.S. born on 7/03/11 at Enloe Hospital, Chico, CA. A hearing will be held: Date: March 15, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is Superior Court of California, County of Butte, Juvenile Branch 1 Court Street, Oroville, CA 95965. At the hearing the court will consider the recommendations of the social worker or probation officer. The social worker or probation officer will recommend that your child be freed from your legal custody so that the child may be adopted. If the court follows the recommendation, all your parental rights to the child will be terminated. You are required to be present at the hearing, to present evidence, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney. If you do not have an attorney and cannot afford one, the court will appoint an attorney for you. If the court terminates your parental rights, the order may be final. The court will proceed with this hearing whether or not you are present. Dated: January 31, 2012 Signed: Kimberly Flener Published: February 9,16,23, March 1, 2012

SUMMONS NOTICE TO RESPONDENT JOAN B SMITH You are being sued. Petitioner’s name is: ALEX J SMITH

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You have 30 calendar days after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response (form FL-120 or FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your Response on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( at the California Legal Services Web site (, or by contacting your local county bar association. The name and address of the court are: Butte County Superior Court One Court St. Oroville, CA 95965 The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: Alex J Smith 5678 Clara Lane Paradise, CA 95969 Signed: Kimberly Flener Dated: August 15, 2011 Case Number: FL040372 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2011

SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT MAX LEE CRICK and BETTY CRICK and DOES 1 to 10 You are being sued by Plaintiff: STATEWIDE CREDIT AND COLLECTION BUREAU, INC. NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 calendar days after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you.Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your country law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose

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the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Chico, CA 95926 The name, address, and telephone number of the plaintiff’s attorney, or the plaintiff without an attorney, is: Troy M Wilkinson 589 East Ave. Chico, CA 95926 530-342-6142 Signed: Kimberly Flener Dated:October 19, 2011 Case Number: 154960 Published: February 2,9,16,23, 2012

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):

“Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or conquest,” said author George Eliot. I believe the same is true even about intimate bonds that have not been legally consecrated. Each tends to either be a collaboration of equals who are striving for common goals or else a power struggle in which one party seeks to dominate the other. Which of those two models has characterized your romantic history, Aries? Now is an excellent time to begin working to ensure that the partnership model will predominate for the rest of your long life.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Love loves to

love love,” wrote James Joyce in his 1922 novel Ulysses. “Nurse loves the new chemist. Constable 14A loves Mary Kelly. Jumbo, the elephant, loves Alice, the elephant. Old Mr Verschole with the ear trumpet loves old Mrs Verschoyle with the turnedin eye. The man in the brown macintosh loves a lady who is dead. His Majesty the King loves Her Majesty the Queen.” What Joyce said 90 years ago is still true: The world is a churning, burning uproar of yearning. The droning moan of “I want you, I need you” never dies down. Give yourself to that cosmic current without apology this Valentine season, Taurus. Celebrate your voracious ache for love. Honor your urge to merge with reverence and awe for its raw splendor.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’ve ghost-

written a personal ad for you to give to your Valentine or potential Valentine: “I’m looking for a free yet disciplined spirit I can roll down hills with on sunny days and solve thorny puzzles with when the skies are cloudy. Can you see the absurd in the serious and the serious in the absurd? Are you a curious chameleon always working to sharpen your communication skills? Might you be attracted to a sweet-talking wiseass who’s evolving into a holy goofball? Emotional baggage is expected, of course, but please make sure yours is organized and well-packed. Let’s create the most unpredictably intriguing versions of beauty and truth that anyone ever imagined.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22): On average,

an adult on planet Earth has sex 103 times a year. But I’m guessing that in the immediate future, Cancerians everywhere may be motivated to exceed that rate by a large margin. The astrological omens suggest that your tribe’s levels of sensual desire may reach astronomical heights. Do you know anyone you’re attracted to who might be willing help you out as you follow your bliss? If not, be your own Valentine. One way or another, it’s prime time to celebrate your relationship with eros.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I’d love for you to be

able to always give the best gifts you have to give without worrying about whether they will be received in the spirit with which you offer them. But that’s just not realistic. I would also be ecstatic if you never had to tone down your big, beautiful self out of fear that others would be jealous or intimidated. And yet that’s not a rational possibility, either. Having said that, though, I do want to note that now and then both of those pleasurable scenarios can prevail for extended lengths of time. And I believe you’re now in one of those grace periods.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In accordance

with the astrological omens, here’s what I wish and predict for you in the near future: You will be a connoisseur of temptations. By that I mean you will have a knack for attracting and playing with allurements and enticements. More importantly, you’ll have a sixth sense about the distinction between good bait and bad bait—between provocative temptations that will serve your most fervent dreams and debilitating traps that will dissipate your integrity. And when you get a lock on the invigorating, ennobling kind, you will know just how to work with it so that it drives you wild with smart longing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Eliphas Levi was

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by Rob Brezsny cian whose work has had a major influence on Western mystery schools. The great secret of magic, he said, is fourfold: “to KNOW what has to be done, to WILL what is required, to DARE what must be attempted, and to KEEP SILENT with discernment.” Your assignment, Libra, is to apply this approach to your love life. How can you create a relationship with love that will be a gift to the world and also make you smarter, kinder, and wilder? KNOW what magic you have to do. WILL yourself to do it. DARE to be ingenious and inspired. And don’t tell anyone what you’re doing until you achieve your goal.

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Howard Hardee Paul Fink is the owner of PlayTime4You, a nearly 4,000-square-foot warehouse off Highway 32 dedicated to the sale of “adult novelties,” which includes anything from lingerie to outlandish sex toys and a host of confusing and sometimes unidentifiable sex-related objects in between. Fink’s store boasts the largest selection of adult films in town, with more than 1,000 videos on the floor at all times. The 32-year-old former Centerfolds bouncer believes his business is providing a valuable service to Chico, but has continually dealt with the negative connotations associated with working in the sex industry.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): After analyz-

ing the astro data for this Valentine season, I realized that you could really benefit from being less sober, solemn, and serious about your intimate relationships. That’s why I decided to collect some one-liners for you to use as you loosen up your approach to togetherness. Please consider delivering them to anyone you’d like to be closer to. 1. “Let’s go maniacally obsess about our lives in a soothing environment.” 2. “We’ll be best friends forever because you already know too much about me.” 3. “It would be great if you would schedule your social events around my mood swings.” 4. “I’m sorry I drunk-dialed you before realizing you were already in bed with me.” 5. “I wanna do boring things with you.” (All the one-liners come from

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The

world is an oyster, but you don’t crack it open on a mattress,” said a character in Arthur Miller play. He was referring to the idea that if you’re obsessed with sex and romance, your level of worldly accomplishment may be rather low. It jibes with what a friend in my youth told me when he noticed how much of my energy was engaged in pursuing desirable females: “They don’t build statues in parks for guys who chase women.” I realize you may not be wildly receptive to ruminating on these matters during the Valentine season, Sagittarius. However, the omens suggest I advise you to do just that. It’s a good time to fine-tune the balance between your life-long career goals and your quest for love.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ancient

Egyptians thought that drinking bear grease could stimulate ardor, while the Greeks believed that eating sparrow brains would do the trick. When potatoes first appeared in Spain in 1534, imported from the New World, they were used in love potions and worth more than $1,000 a pound. The Asian rhinoceros was hunted nearly to extinction because its horn was thought to have aphrodisiac properties. Just in time for Valentine season, I’d like to suggest that you call on a very different kind of romantic stimulant that costs nothing and doesn’t endanger any species: being a good listener.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Maybe

there is a soulmate for you in this world. Maybe there isn’t. But you can count on this: If that person is out there, you will never bond with him or her by clinging to a set of specific expectations about how it should happen. He or she will not possess all the qualities you wish for and will not always treat you exactly as you want to be. I’m sure you already know this deep down, Aquarius, but hearing it from an objective observer like me might help liberate you further from the oppressive fantasy of romantic perfection. That way you can better recognize and celebrate the real thing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “We are all a

little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” So proclaimed Dr. Seuss. I think this is an excellent meditation for you during this season of love. You need more permission to share your idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, and you need more freedom to ally yourself with people whose idiosyncrasies and eccentricities you’re compatible with—and on behalf of the cosmos, I’m hereby giving you that permission.

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Overall, I never had any problems. You’re dealing with a lot of customers who come there for different reasons—sometimes you have someone who just wants the company of a female, some of them just want to see the females, some have never been on a date or anything like that, so this is their comfort level, and others just want to get out of the house for some entertainment.

Where did you get the idea to open PlayTime4You? They had a little store while I was working at Centerfolds, but it was really my parents who gave me the idea. They were like, “Why don’t you get out there and try it?” My brother and I share ownership, but he’s serving in the Army in Korea. He had the financial backing, and I had the knowledge of how to run the business.

Do you have a hard time donating to charity? We try to help the community as much as

possible, but it has been hard being the kind of business we are. I hope people are starting to see we are trying to be a clean business just like any other. Of course people are excited [about a donation] when they don’t know who we are yet, but when we let them know it’s grown-up novelties, then people will say its not a good fit for them. We just move on and try different avenues.

What would you say to someone who hasn’t been in the store yet? We would like for people to come check it out and just realize we’re here to help. We don’t have a big neon lady dancing on our sign. We’re here to educate and help people, to put that spark in couples’ lives so they’re not out there looking for something else when maybe it’s just something missing in the bedroom.

What surprises you about running the store? I’m still surprised by what people come in and ask for. Even though I’ve been in the industry for nine years, it’s still shocking to me what people are looking for that I’ve never heard of.


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The post office I love the post office. The post office is a useful government service and worth paying for, like Amtrak, Social Security, and universal single-payer health care. We shouldn’t expect it to make a profit or even break even—we should just pay for it. One of my uncles worked for the post office for 42 years. He had a good job and was one of my mother’s heroes. I worked for the post office for a couple of years in the sixties and, while working there now is bound to differ from my experience, the post office is still doing the same thing it was doing when I had the best part-time job in town. Management was a bit dim—as management tends to be—and it didn’t matter because everybody knew that the goal was delivering stuff. We never had strategy meetings or new thoughts about what to do. We delivered stuff. Because we all knew why we were there management had limited influence. I don’t know what this month’s first-class postage is. I don’t care. It’s worth it. I can give the post office a letter and somebody will put it in the designated slot anywhere I say in the continental United States for less than 50 cents. What’s cheaper than that?

Nothing. Businesses that depend on cheap junk mail can die and go away. Whenever I piece together postage with several stamps I put extra stamps on as a tip. Since the post office people should expect to do the necessary work for every stamp sold, when I buy stamps and don’t ask anything in return, I feel like I’m giving them a little respite, a slackening in their steady pace, a minuscule, anonymous break. The Internet has caused the post office to lose a lot of business. That’s traumatic for the people who make their livings that way, and I hope the government will do right by them as they try to find another way to make a living. I hope they can be as useful as they are now. I give a little extra to the city of Chico, too. I used to keep nickels, dimes and quarters for parking meters, and now I use quarters only, even if I’m only gonna be five minutes. You’re welcome, Chico. If you handed me a No. 10 envelope and told me where to put it in Chicago or Key West for 50 cents, I might tell you where to put it. If the post office charged a dollar instead of the current rate, I wouldn’t squawk. Deliver your own mail and see how you like it. February 9, 2012

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