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1. Play time For a town Chico’s size, there are a respectable number of theater options, each offering something a little different. In addition to the university’s program—contemporary and classic works presented by the School of the Arts (www.schooloftheartscsuchico.com)—there are three community theaters in Chico: Blue Room Theatre (modern and contemporary works, and occasional late-night fare, www.blueroom theatre.com), Chico Theater Co. (small-scale Broadway musicals, www.chicotheater company.com), California Regional Theatre (large-scale Broadway musicals, www.crtshows.com).

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Life’s rich Pageant

1078 Gallery

For 36 years, the Pageant Theatre has been Chico’s dependable art-house screen, showcasing independent films that otherwise would never have found their way to our little North State island. (Local tip: Monday is cheap night—all seats $4.) And in the past year, the neighborhood theater has added regular late-night showings of cult classics paired with live performances by local bands. 351 E. Sixth St., www.pageantchico.com


3. Art party Most local galleries and cafes kick off new art exhibits by putting out some snacks and beverages and hosting the artist for a meet and greet. Some even bring in live music. And it’s free. The opening shindigs at the 1078 Gallery (820 Broadway, www.1078gallery.org) are particularly lively.

4. What’s a

“Chikoko”?

The weird, colorful and alwaysentertaining Chikoko is a fashion and performance troupe that is a cornerstone of Chico’s unique art scene. Formed in 2005, the group is currently made up of five local designers/artists/performers who embrace creativity and innovation via original fashions and various functions hosted around town. Look for the annual, and very popular, fashion-show/performance extravaganza at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in the fall, and the Bizarre Bazaar arts and craft fair in December. www.chikoko.com

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6. Public art crawl

You can find art throughout Chico, and you don’t have to enter a single gallery to experience it. From the impressively tiled Sea Serpent in Caper Acres to the Lindo Channel Aerosol Art Project to the many murals covering iconic downtown buildings, there is more art than can be visited in one day. Visit the city website for details on Chico’s public art and an Art in Public Places map: www.chico.ca.us/arts_commission/ home_page.asp

7. Butcher Shop There is no quicker path to local cred than taking in the annual Butcher Shop theater festival. For two nights over Labor Day weekend, a collection of Chico’s theaterand music-types—including many visiting expats—convene in an orchard at the end of Normal Street for a program of live music, original

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avant-garde one-acts and the staging of a classic tableau. Nearly every arts-loving Chicoan, young and old, will be there. www.face book.com/TheButcherShopChico

8. The polka-dot house

Local artist Norm Dillinger has covered his entire house, (aka Lumina), outside and in, in

polka-dotted paintings. The walls are covered. The windows are covered. His guitar is covered. Even his yard and his truck in the driveway are covered. It’s like a pointillist painting come to life. Walk by and knock on the door for a tour. 821 Orient St.

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the monkey At first sight, it normally takes a moment for recognition to kick in. “Ahh, it does look like a monkey.” Monkey Face is a rock formation in the shape of what looks like a giant primate’s profile jutting out from a hillside above Horseshoe Lake and watching over the entrance to Upper Bidwell Park. It’s one of Chico’s most iconic images, and the hiking trail leading up to its crown is a must for all newcomers. www.bidwell park.org

11. Go take a hike!

is your bag, check out B Trail, which cuts downhill from the north rim of the canyon, or Guardians Trail—a challenging path over on the south side. Trail maps at www.bidwell park.org.

12. Be a river rat Grab a tube from any local liquor store and a few—or a few dozen—of your best friends, slather on the sunscreen and prepare for a leisurely float down the Sacramento River. Load in at Irvine Finch river access and end at Scotty’s Landing, where a post-float burger and a cold one would certainly be in order.

All the trails in Bidwell Park are worth exploring, but the ones along Big Chico Creek in Upper Park are the most scenic and diverse. Of those, a favorite of locals is the Yahi Trail, which follows the creek upstream for 4 miles along its north side, providing easy access to swimming spots. If mountain biking

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13. Into the wild A little knowledge can go a long way toward an appreciation of the natural world, and one can learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the Chico area by tagging along with one of many local naturalist groups that lead frequent informative, fun (and often free) excursions into the local wilds. Hook up with the Altacal Audubon Society (www.altacal. org), California Native Plant Society (www.mountlassen.cnps.org) or the local chapter of the Sierra Club known as the Yahi Group (www. sierraclub.org/mother-lode/yahi). And keep an eye on the calendar at the Friends of Bidwell Park website (www.friendsofbidwellpark.org).


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One of the world’s largest flowers is named the Amorphophallus titanum (aka giant misshapen penis) because, well, that’s exactly what it looks like. But its common monicker, the “corpse flower,” is based on the fact it smells like rotting flesh when it blooms. The flower is rare even in its native Sumatra, and there are just a few dozen carefully cared for in America. One lives in Chico State’s greenhouse and is available for public viewing when it blooms every three years or so. The last time it did was June 2013, so keep your ears and nose open for the opportunity. Biological Sciences Department, 898-5356

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One of the best ways to end a brutally hot Chico summer day is a night swim at Sycamore Pool—that concrete swimming hole at One-Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park. You won’t be alone: On hot nights, the pool is poppin’ with people cooling off after a day spent outside—or, perhaps, in a bar—and you’ll find it’s an entirely different experience by starlight. We’ll look the other way if you forget your swimsuit.

17. Trail of trees In south Chico, there is a wondrous place where more than 130 species of trees from all around the world grow. It’s officially called the USDA Forest Service Genetic

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In Upper Bidwell Park, park in lot B, take the short walk up the hill just past the Easter cross, find the bench (or better yet, the horizontal arm of the crooked oak), sit facing west, enjoy.

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Resource Center, but most locals know it as the Tree Farm. Established in 1904, it features an impressive nature trail that leads visitors along Comanche Creek past native and exotic trees, including a giant bamboo forest. Most are labeled with scientific and common names and country of origin. It’s also dog-friendly. Take Skyway past Raley’s, turn right on Dominic Drive, left on Morrow Lane, right on Cramer Lane and go to the entrance gate at the end.

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19. Meet the

vultures

OK, this is kind of a random destination, but it’s so badass. The Turkey Vulture Soaring Area is pretty far out Yahi Trail in Upper Bidwell Park, past Salmon Hole along the north edge of Iron Canyon rising up from Big Chico Creek. Find the trail sign and peek over to watch the big birds riding the breeze. Trail maps at www.bidwellpark.org.


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Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy has been around for more than 75 years, and for generations of Chicoans, the handcrafted ice cream and candy tastes like home. What should be your first scoop? It has to be Chico Mint—milk chocolate ice cream with broken pieces of Shubert’s signature Chico Mint candies mixed in. Tastes how the place smells. 178 E. Seventh St., www.shuberts.com

21. Cheese skirt You can get a great burger at a number of establishments around Chico, but as locals know, there’s one joint in town that takes cheeseburgers to the next level: Nobby’s. The longtime fave south of downtown uses giant cheese slices and lets them run over onto the grill. The technique creates a burger with melted goodness under the bun and a crunchy outer skirt that gives Nobby’s burgers (and its “Vegi Burger,” too) their signature flavor. A must-eat. 1444 Park Ave.

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Late-night grubbin’ At some point during your time here, you will head out after midnight for second dinner, whether it’s to fuel that allnight study session, to soak up those drink specials or to

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just satisfy the munchies. Downtown: Weiner Man cart—regularly sets up shop on Main Street or Broadway—or Main Street Pizzeria (331 Main St.). Near campus: Serrano’s Mexican Grill (645 W. Fifth St.), Tacos Mary (429 Ivy St.) or Aca Taco in the Safeway shopping center at Nord and West Sacramento avenues. Another after-2 a.m. staple is downtown’s diner, Jack’s Family Restaurant (520 Main St.).

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of each month (during the sunny months), most of them are parked behind Manzanita Place for the Fork in the Road food-truck rally. Choices include Mexican, Indian, Filipino, American and soul food, among others, plus live music and a lawn on which to chill. www.facebook. com/ForkInTheRoadChico. 1705 Manzanita Ave.

25. Mac daddy Few foods in this world are as comforting as macaroni and cheese, and the version at The Banshee, featuring an overflowing bowl of oozing cheesy goodness topped with bread crumbs and thrown into the oven until the top browns and the whole bowl bubbles, will make you feel better than most—especially if you add on bacon or ham. You’ll never look at a Kraft box the same again. 134 W. Second St., www.bansheechico.com

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27. Grab the mic In Chico, there is a stage for everyone, amateurs and pros alike. There are open mics in the area nearly every night of the week, including Tuesdays, 6 p.m., at Gogi’s Cafe (230 Salem St.), Wednesdays, 6 p.m., at the Maltese (1600 Park Ave.), and Thursdays, 7 p.m., at the very popular granddaddy of local open mics at Has Beans Coffee & Tea (501 Main St.). All of those cater mostly to musicians (and some, to poets, too), but if you think you have what it takes to make people laugh, or maybe just squirm uncomfortably, hit up the

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28. All the world on stage Sept. 10, Chico State kicks off the school year with one of the best, most eclectic music events of the year. And it’s free! The Chico World Music Festival takes over the campus core to showcase music from around the world on four stages—including two outdoors. While musicians from West Africa to South America perform, local


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29. Tricks and treats Downtown Chico maintains a solid G-rating during daylight hours on All Hallows’ Eve, as children scurry about the storefronts in search of sweets at a familyfriendly event called Treat Street. But come nightfall, all censors are dropped as the streets are overrun by horrifically, comically and/or scantily costumed young people in search of something other than candy. Those seeking to observe— or jump into—the paganistic, drunken revelry should find ample opportunity anywhere near campus, including downtown.

30. A porch

is a party

Porch parties are a staple of Chico’s south campus neighborhood, and with our area’s especially long summers, there is plenty of opportunity for taking the festivities and friends outside. Put out a cooler full of ice, pump up your party playlist, fire up the grill (or just hit up the closest taco truck) and send a blast to your friends to come over and put on a day-long

show for the whole block. (Just don’t dare set a couch on that porch—we wouldn’t want it to spontaneously catch fire.)

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Like the Chico News & Review coming out on Thursdays and the farmers’ market on Saturdays, the Friday happy hour at Duffy’s Tavern—featuring the traditional Irish music of the Pub Scouts—is a weekly tradition that defines Chico. Only $1 gets you music and snacks. Local tip: Keep your very busy bartenders happy and just order a pint and nod along to the reels. Save the Bloody Marys for the next morning.

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35. Halfway to Burning Man

Like any self-respecting liberal college town this close to Nevada, Chico has its share of Burners, and one of the more visible of local Black Rock regulars is the Camp Upsie Dasium crew, with its soundtrack provided by those funky brothers of invention, GravyBrain. Each year in March, at the midpoint between Burns, Upsie Dasium hosts the Burnal Chiquinox party featuring an eclectic array of performers at the Habitat Lab art space (199 E. 13th St.). Follow the pink elephant.

36. Trivia throwdown Fill in the blank for these lyrics for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s 1971 cover version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light”: “Blinded by the light, ___________” Answer: A. “read up on the news”; B. “wrapped up like a douche”; C. “revved up like a deuce”; D. “rack up like you do.” If this was Wednesday night trivia at Woodstock’s Pizza, you wouldn’t be allowed to look it up on your smart phone like you’re probably doing right now. But it’s way more fun figuring it out with a team of your smartest friends. Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. 166 E. Second St.,

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The boys of summer are back in Chico. After a 14-year absence, the Chico Heat baseball team has returned as part of the new, six-team Great West League, which draws top college players from across the country. That means high-caliber baseball, hot dogs, fireworks and Heater, the wacky dragon mascot, are back at Chico State’s Nettleton Stadium. The season runs from June 3 to Aug. 11 and includes 30 home games. Go to www. chicoheat.com for tickets and schedule information.

38. Dig up history OK, don’t take that literally, but do head over to the Chico Cemetery for a tour of the graveyard and

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learn about some of the town’s earliest residents. City founders John and Annie Bidwell—as well as a number of other prominent Chico folk—are buried there, and on the third Thursday of each month, tour guide extraordinaire Clark Masters will show you around. Sometimes he’ll even bring out the antique hearses while spinning stories about our kooky (and spooky) past. Call to reserve a spot. 881 Mangrove Ave., 345-7243.

a great place to start the weekend; pick up some fruits and veggies and then head farther into the city center for additional shopping and people-watching. Speaking of which, the Thursday Night Market is a great place for seeing all sorts of Chico characters. In addition to selling stuff from the farm, vendors at this street-fair-like seasonal market (6-9 p.m., April-September) have everything from carnival food to live music.

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There’s something ritualistic about the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. Partly, that’s because the vendors—farmers, food-makers and other crafty folk (ceramicists, jewelry designers, etc.)—sell their wares every single Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, in the heart of downtown. The market at Second and Wall streets is also

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40. EVERYBODY SHRINKS

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There are many team sports available—basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, ultimate disc, etc.—offering many opportunities to recapture the glory of your youth. Visit www. chicorec.com for CARD info and registration, and www.csuchico. edu/recsports for details on Chico State’s offerings.

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million barrels a year of world-class brew right in our own backyard, but the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. also offers a look at the science and art of the process with daily free tours of the brewery. And if you’re 21-over, there’s a free beer tasting at the end of each tour! They fill up fast, so reserve your spot. 899-4776, www.sierranevada.com

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44. Bike to the river

There’s only one place in Chico where you can enjoy a cold one and standard pub grub while sitting on a patio overlooking the Sacramento River. Scotty’s Landing is the riverside dive where a colorful mix of fishermen, Chico State tubers, farmers, bikers and longtime locals convene, and it makes a great destination for a bike ride—roughly

45. Stand

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46. Get a read on Chico 6 miles through the orchards straight out West Sacramento Avenue. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

How much does Chico love its downtown used-book oasis, The Bookstore? A few years ago, when the previous owner decided to retire, the community rallied around longtime employee Josh Mills and his wife, Muir Hughes, and, via an Indiegogo campaign, raised the

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and Annie Bidwell, and the 26-room, three-story Victorian home, which was completed in 1868, remains a wellpreserved time capsule of life in wildcats Chico kill it during

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