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Public safety commission overdue Tuesday (March 17) marks the third anniversary of
Desmond Phillips’ fatal shooting by Chico police officers as he experienced a mental health crisis. As Ashiah Scharaga details in Newslines, family members and social justice activists will mark the loss outside City Hall, then call on the City Council for sweeping reforms. Among the changes they seek is civilian oversight of the police department—something this paper first advocated for more than a decade ago. Specifically, the city should establish a public safety commission. The public gets a glimpse into Chico PD via the Police Community Advisory Board, reinstated by thenChief Mike Maloney in 2010 after a hiatus of several years. As Maloney made clear at the first meeting, and has been evident since, the advisory board doesn’t exist to field complaints. Rather, its select members, appointed by the chief, offer input that the department can take or leave. Even so, current Chief Mike O’Brien hasn’t convened this group since 2018. In contrast, a city commission would meet regularly. The City Council would appoint those who sit on it, as is the case with other commissions—residents who represent their neighbors and hear concerns from fellow citizens, in public. Attendance by city staff, including department heads, is mandatory at
such government meetings. Moreover, commissions are bound by the Brown Act, ensuring openness and transparency. Since the establishment of the Police Community Advisory Board, Chico PD has drawn outrage for multiple officer-involved shootings: most notably, the fatalities of Phillips, Tyler Rushing and Breanne Sharpe. Citizens have packed City Council meetings, for lack of another venue to air grievances. With a public safety commission, issues needn’t be limited to use-of-force or to the police. California Park residents, for example, could question Fire Chief Steve Standridge about his assessment of disaster evacuation should a new hotel go up near Sierra Sunrise Terrace. The CN&R proposes such a commission for oversight of all aspects of first response, though we know Chico PD probably will get the most scrutiny, as it does already. What we published in 2008, we repeat today: “Appoint a commission—public safety has got to be at least as important as art, architecture and parks, right? A healthy department should have no fear of oversight. In fact, it should welcome the chance to show Chicoans the job it’s doing. Only if there’s something to hide should C[hico] PD worry—and in that case, we all should be worried.” Ω
Leave young wildlife in the wild I(BWR) injured wildlife with Bidwell Wildlife Rehabilitation for over 30 years. During that time, I’ve ’ve been involved in rehabilitating orphaned and
rehabbed hundreds of animals and helped hundreds of people reunite orphaned babies with their mothers. Above all, there is a type of phone call that I dread—the kind from someone who has picked up a baby rabbit or fawn. Rabbit and deer mothers care for their babies in a different way from other mammals such as squirrels, possums and raccoons. Fawns by and baby rabbits are left alone for Sandy Doolittle almost the entire day. Because The author is these babies nest on the ground, president of Bidwell these conscientious mamas can’t Wildlife Rehabilitation risk attracting predators, so they and co-founder of visit the babies only once or twice North Valley Animal a day to feed them. Disaster Group. If a well-intentioned animal lover finds a baby rabbit or fawn
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by itself in a wooded or grassy area, here are four important considerations: 1) Is the baby in immediate danger from dogs, traffic or other hazards? 2) Does the baby appear emaciated or unhealthy? 3) Is the baby crying out for its mother? (Healthy, well-fed babies are silent.) 4) Is the baby dirty or covered in insects? If the answer to these questions is no, it is 99 percent certain that the mama is taking good care of her baby, and no intervention is needed. If people take the baby animal away from its home and mama, that wildlife is essentially being kidnapped. All rehabbers know that it is far better for wild animals to be raised by their mothers. What if you are reading this and, by some crazy coincidence, you just picked up a baby rabbit or fawn? Put it back where you found it ASAP! Wildlife mamas will not reject their babies if they’ve been touched by humans. If you want to help these babies, often the best course of action is no action at all. If you’ve encountered baby wildlife and aren’t sure how to help, call the BWR hotline at 343-9004. Ω
SECOND & FLUME by Melissa Daugherty m e l i s s a d @ n e w s r e v i e w. c o m
COVID-19 for dummies I’m more than a little perturbed by the narrative among a certain faction that the media is overhyping the seriousness of the coronavirus—aka COVID-19. I mean, where do they think we get our information? I’m happy to report that it comes from the experts—you know, doctors, virologists, public health officials, et al. It’s not like we’ve reached out to dial-a-psychic or gleaned things from some holistic blogger. Our sources are professionals who know what they’re talking about—they have the educational bona fides, and their jobs are dedicated to protecting human health. This week, as the spread of the virus comes closer to our region, we’ve reached back out to Butte County Public Health, seeking its director’s recommendations for the ways the general public can protect ourselves and our community (see Healthlines, page 12). Meanwhile, we’ve also sought comment from some major local public institutions—Chico State, Butte College and the Chico Unified School District—about their plans when coronavirus emerges locally. Considering the World Health Organization is now labeling COVID-19 as a pandemic—that’s as of the CN&R’s press time, Wednesday morning—local transmission is pretty much inevitable. Meanwhile, tests of suspected local coronavirus cases were pending. Indeed, the situation is evolving rapidly. And because COVID-19 is a new strain, some mystery remains. A few things are certain, however: This illness isn’t a joke or a hoax. But don’t take my word for it. Look to the numbers. As of Wednesday, almost 120,000 cases of the illness have been reported worldwide. More than 4,000 people have died. In other words, coronavirus is fatal for nearly 3.5 people out of every 100 known to have contracted it. For some reason, though, there are people who liken COVID-19 to influenza. But doing so minimizes the significance of the new disease. Case in point: The mortality rate of the flu is approximately 0.1 percent. I’d take those odds over the coronavirus’ any day. There certainly are similarities in terms of symptoms—both are respiratory diseases and present with fever and a cough, for example. The treatment is mainly supportive care, dependent on the symptoms, though flu remedies can shorten intensity and duration. Medical professionals recommend a flu vaccine to avoid that seasonal scourge, but there isn’t one for COVID-19. So, as of this point, the precautionary measures we’ve outlined in this paper are the best ways to ward it off.
IN OTHER (LIGHTER) NEWS Although the recent 80-degree weather makes it feel like spring has already sprung, the first day of the season is March 19. The peak almond bloom was a few weeks ago—as you probably noticed from everyone and their mother jumping into a random orchard to take an Instagram-worthy pic—and now many of the local stone fruit trees are blossoming, too. Then, there are the ornamentals. This week, while on a walk downtown to get a Chico Chai pick-me-up, the Bradford pears were in full bloom. They were giving off their pungent stench—if you know, you know—and dropping petals like scattered showers in the breeze. My understanding is that this variety of tree is considered an invasive species, so my hope is that the city replaces them at the end of their lifespan with something native and less stinky.
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‘Human travesty’ Re “Stuck in survival mode” (Cover story, by Ashiah Scharaga, March 5): Surviving when destitute is a frantic, 24/7 job, and dignity isn’t part of the gig. As I was reading the CN&R’s cover story, a dear friend texted me about a mutual friend whose FEMA-assisted housing has run out, rendering that person homeless. This is a grandmother with a medical condition who was couchsurfing with a family member on the Ridge when the Camp Fire took all they had but their lives. Yet, in spite of the pervasive human travesty in front of us, we continue without any plans for immediate or short-term solutions to affordable and supportive housing. Neither are we sanctioning emergency shelters that people can use as a safety net from being without a place to safely lay their head at night. All of this harm is enabled by the federal, state and county response that is, by design, intended
to force people to leave the area. How we allow this to be an acceptable community response is woefully un-American and far removed from a neighborly, Christ-like response. Bill Mash Chico
Two views on commentary Re “Hatred and fear not welcome here” (Guest comment, by Lauren Kohler, March 5): I’m grateful to Lauren Kohler for her insightful guest comment. To the extent our objective is to limit or eliminate the human rights and civil liberties of any class or identity group, it’s useful to have language making that group less worthy—or just plain unworthy. In Chico’s ugly history, I have no doubt those who drove out the Chinese and lynched the Maidu had plenty of “othering” words available—like “chink” and “digger.”
History repeats itself as lynch mobs gather at council meetings, promoting the notion that the homeless are needle-scattering vermin. Calling them “transients” is one way to signal that sentiment: A homeless person is a human being; a transient is human litter, a thing that ought to be moving along, to anywhere but here. To those who join these mobs, I ask you to do one thing, above all others: Spend time with the homeless on their turf. Hand out a few socks. Keep at it. I think you’ll find this all becomes more complicated than any version of the “us vs. them” formula will allow. Patrick Newman Chico
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LETTERS c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 5 CITY OF CHICO CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE PROPOSED COMMERCIAL CANNABIS ORDINANCES AMENDING CHICO MUNICIPAL CODE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Chico City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 421 Main Street, regarding the following: Proposed Regulatory Framework for Allowing Commercial Cannabis in the City of Chico - The Chico Council will consider two draft ordinances and a resolution that: 1) add a new Chico Municipal Code (CMC) Chapter 5.42 (Commercial Cannabis Businesses) creating a commercial cannabis business permit to be obtained by any business related to cannabis; 2) codify a resolution adding CMC Chapter 5R.42 which implements the application and selection process for competitive and non-competitive commercial cannabis business permits; and 3) amend CMC Chapter 19.75 (Cannabis Regulations) establishing location limitations and operational requirements for the five types of commercial cannabis land uses that would be allowed. At its February 20, 2020 meeting, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and voted 5-1-1 recommending that Council adopt an ordinance to amend CMC Chapter 19.75 to allow for five commercial cannabis land uses, including: 1) Retailer-Storefront, 2) Retail-Delivery Only, 3) Testing Laboratory, 4) Manufacturer, and 5) Distributor. Microbusiness and Commercial Cultivation businesses would not be allowed or permitted. The ordinance further provides operating standards and identifies appropriate zoning districts for the five commercial cannabis uses. For retail sales (Retailer–Storefront), a use permit would be required to be issued by the Planning Commission prior to operating. The Planning Commission recommendation regarding amendments to CMC Chapter 19.75 (Cannabis Regulations), adding a new CMC Chapter 5.42 (Commercial Cannabis Businesses), and codifying Section 5R.43 by resolution together provide a regulatory framework for allowing commercial cannabis in the City of Chico, and will be considered collectively by the City Council at the meeting. The proposed code amendments would not result in an increase in development beyond that which was analyzed in the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared and certified for the Chico 2030 General Plan update (State Clearinghouse #2008122038). The General Plan update EIR includes analyses of the potential environment impacts that could result from development at various commercially designated sites located throughout the City with a range of commercial uses, as well as development at various manufacturing-designated sites with a range of manufacturing land uses. The proposed amendments meet requirements of CEQA Guidelines Section 15183, Projects Consistent with a Community Plan or Zoning, and no additional environmental review or documentation is required. Any person may appear and be heard at the public hearing, and interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments on the above noted project. Written materials to be presented to the City Council should be delivered to the City Clerk’s office 8 days in advance of the meeting (sooner if there are holidays prior to the meeting) in order that copies may be included with the agenda and to give Council an opportunity to review the material in advance. If written materials are submitted later than this deadline, the City Council may not have adequate time to address them. All written materials should be submitted to the City of Chico City Clerk, 411 Main Street, Third Floor, or mailed to P. O. Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927. In accordance with Government Code Section 65009, if any person(s) challenges the action of the City Council in court, said person(s) may be limited to raising only those issues that were raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.
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“transient” and vilifies members of the community who do, with hate speech—using words or phrases such as “moral panic,” “crisis mode,” “aggressively posturing and screaming,” “fear-mongers,” “hate,” “glaring examples,” “hysteria.” Is Ms. Kohler the example we should follow to fight an “us vs. them” situation? In her own words: “Thinly veiled hatred and fear have no place here, and combating it starts with a little bit of humanity in the way we talk about people.” I guess “a little bit” doesn’t apply to Ms. Kohler, only to everyone else. I believe that civil discourse is the best way to talk one to one another, and I also believe that the citizens of Chico have every right to be upset over the criminal element within the homeless population who are using and abusing this city and others. Gordon Reimer Chico
Councilman’s comeback Re “Flaccid leadership” (Letters, by Robyn Engel and Steve Breedlove, March 5): I feel obligated to correct misrepresentations of my record made in a March 5 letter by Ms. Engel. All of the following corrections are supported by the public record. Contrary to the assertion that I “helped attempt to unseat Mayor Randall Stone,” I attempted to keep him from being unseated by offering constructive critique, and then voted against the motion to remove him. The statement that I am a “staunch proponent of landlord rights” is easily disproved by my vote to add just-cause protection for renters of thousands of single-family residences. To the claim that my motion on sit/ lie “further criminalizes human beings,” it does precisely the opposite, by removing all the financial penalties currently in place that result in unpaid warrants that are the basis for criminalization. While claiming that the issue of sit/lie is neither Democratic or Republican, it’s clear that retribution is swift when one breaks ranks in an attempt to find creative, compassionate compromises. In a time of such difficult challenges and community polarization, falling back on symbolic gestures
does not move us toward long-term solutions. Regarding the Breedlove letter, I will only say “consider the source.” Scott Huber Chico
Editor’s note: The author is a member of the Chico City Council.
The latest hoax? Re “Coronavirus, etcetera” (Letters, by Roger S. Beadle, March 5): Mr. Beadle, President Trump doesn’t appropriate the budget for the CDC. Congress does. That is, when they’re not busy trying to get a duly elected president tossed out with a bunch of made-up malarkey pushed by the horrible, corrupt Democratcontrolled U.S “news” media. That should concern you and everyone else even more. Could you provide us with any evidence that the coronavirus isn’t the latest hoax? I’ll wait. Were you as outraged when Obama appointed Ron Klain as “Ebola czar” with absolutely zero experience in Ebola or public health? Get a clue, Mr. Beadle. Remember, ignorance left unattended breeds stupidity. Jimmy Hendryx Chico
Editor’s note: The proposed budget for 2021—authored by Trump but not yet approved by Congress— includes a 16 percent decrease in funding for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
‘Travesty of justice’ PG&E is back to business as usual. This year, it has requested two rate increases on top of the four rate increases last year. In addition, the utility again proposed to the bankruptcy judge $453 million in bonuses and incentives to management. PG&E already has the highest rates in the nation and has failed miserably in providing safe, efficient and affordable energy to its customers. The oversight by the CPUC [California Public Utilities Commission] and the fines that have been levied haven’t worked. I fail to understand why the CEO left the company with a $2.5 million severance after the Camp Fire rather than in handcuffs. And why PG&E, on felony probation, hasn’t been charged for incinerating 85 people and the town of Paradise. The fact that no
management has faced civil or criminal penalties is a travesty of justice. I implore Gov. Gavin Newsom and Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey to hold PG&E accountable with criminal charges. There should be no bonuses, incentives or pay increases until the bankruptcy is completed and fire victims have been compensated. Replace management and board and CPUC members, break up the company, or have California take it over if necessary. No one should lose their life, home, livelihood or community because of PG&E’s continued greed and mismanagement. Paul Arnold Chico
The saga continues Memory lane takes me back to June 27, 2019, when I sent a letter to the CN&R noting the similarities of Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. During an interview with NBC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, coughed in the background. Trump came unglued. “I don’t like that. I don’t like that, you know? If you’re going to cough, please leave the room,” Trump chided. “You just can’t, you just can’t cough.” The episode couldn’t be faked, folks, and I knew at the time that Mulvaney was toast. Trump’s tantrum reminded me of when Kim Jong Un had his vice premier taken out and shot for dozing off during one of his speeches. Flash-forward to March 6, 2020, and just as I said in my June 2019 letter, Trump has quietly exiled Mulvaney to Northern Ireland and replaced him with right-wing birther Mark Meadows. Yes, the same Meadows who wanted to “send [Obama] back to Kenya or wherever it is. We’ll send him back home.” The continuing saga of the madman in the Oval Office—unfortunately for America, it rages on and is so predictable. Ray Estes Redding
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NEWSLINES DOWNSTROKE MAN CHARGED IN MOTHER’S SLAYING
On Monday (March 9), 45-year-old Aaron Connors was charged with murder in the death of his mother last week in north Chico, according to online court records. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said it received a 911 call around 5 p.m. last Thursday (March 5) from a resident on the 4300 block of Keefer Road reporting that his roommate, 68-year-old Susan Robb, had died and appeared to have suffered a head wound. While deputies were responding, BCSO received another call from a resident on nearby Felicidad Lane reporting a suspicious looking vehicle. It was registered to Connors, who allegedly was estranged from his mother. Deputies tracked Connors down at Gold Country Casino in Oroville, where he was arrested on suspicion of murder.
PG&E, FEMA REACH SETTLEMENT
PG&E and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reached an agreement with the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in the utility company’s bankruptcy proceedings, according to a media advisory from FEMA. The agency, which is providing temporary housing for Camp Fire survivors in Butte County, may receive up to $1 billion in compensation for disaster assistance it provided in response to the Camp Fire, as well as 2017 Northern California wildfires and the 2015 Butte Fire. The payout will come only after fire survivors have resolved their individual claims against the $13.5 billion Fire Victims Trust, the advisory says. The agreement is subject to approval by the U.S.
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TREE REMOVAL PROGRAM EXPANDS
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved funding for the removal of trees in the Camp Fire burn scar rooted on private properties and threatening to fall on eligible private roads traveled by the public, Butte County and the town of Paradise announced last Wednesday (March 4). The move expands by 5,000 the number of properties eligible to enter the government-sponsored hazardous tree removal program. As a result, the deadline to submit right-of-entry and inspection access forms has been extended to May 1. Not all private roads are eligible. Visit tinyurl. com/privatetrees for a map or call 552-3030 for more information. Casey Hatcher (pictured), deputy county administrative officer, indicated that assessment of problem trees could begin shortly. 8
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Coronavirus puts contingency plans in motion, including Chico State dorm clear-out, classes canceled
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the weekend when she and her staff at University Housing story and needed to find new photo by rooms for 27 students in Evan Tuchinsky twin dorms that administration decided would evan t u c h i ns k y @ n ew sr ev i ew. c o m be reserved for coronavirus quarantines—then break the news to those Personal prep: students. Huyck, executive See Public Health’s tips for preventing director of University coronavirus, page 12. Housing, where she’s worked off and on for 15 years, had a message for her team, words born of experience. “These are the things you can’t plan for or even know how to handle,” she said. “It is figuring [things] out as it happens…. It is uncharted territory in that respect.” Indeed: Wednesday morning (March 11), Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson made another novel decision due to the coronavirus when canceled inperson classes starting this Friday (March 13) through March 24, an extension of next week’s spring break so instructors can prepare for the exigency of campus closure and all courses going online.
These steps, among others, came after Butte County declared both a “local emergency” and “local health emergency” last Friday (March 6) due to coronavirus spreading in the Sacramento Valley. As Hutchinson told the CN&R, this situation is “dynamic.” The university, other educational institutions and local businesses have had to adapt their plans. News changes quickly: As of press time, Butte County Public Health had no confirmed cases of a local resident with COVID-19; but with tests going directly from medical providers to labs, the department did not have a count of patients exhibiting symptoms and awaiting results. Jordan Fraser, director of the Student Health Center at Butte College, is on the team coordinating the college’s coronavirus response planning. As at other places, measures include intensive disinfecting of facilities and buses, plus new signs and outreach to communicate health information. “Remarkably, I would have expected to have a lot more people calling me being curious or worried, and there just hasn’t been that,” Fraser, a nurse practitioner, said by phone Monday. In consultation with federal and state agencies, county Public Health relays updates to the health care, education and
business communities. This guidance forms the foundation of decisions made by school officials—from K-12 through university— and recommendations issued to businesses by groups such as the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Like its educational counterparts, Chico State has instituted special protocols for janitorial personnel and ramped up communication outreach, along with readying tech for online instruction and other plans that began percolating Feb. 28. The university also has to consider students living on and around campus. That’s where Konkow Hall comes in: House 1 and House 2, downstairs dorms in the six-unit cluster, together can accommodate 33 people. Konkow sits near Nettleton Stadium, at Warner Street and West Sacramento Avenue. Sunday (March 8), housing staff met with residents of the two houses and offered accommodations elsewhere for the rest of the term, along with assistance relocating. Move-out should finish today (March 12), Huyck told the CN&R on Monday; then the university will clean and ready the houses for any coronavirus patients to isolate. For the Konkow students, Huyck said, “we really tried to make it as easy a transition as possible in a really difficult situation.”
Connie Huyck, executive director of University Housing, says 27 Chico State students living in Konkow Hall (pictured) “graciously” accepted relocation in preparation for a coronavirus outbreak.
Hutchinson, echoing administrators from
Butte College and the Chico Unified School District, said by phone Tuesday that assessments from county Public Health shape her decision-making. She also receives state-level briefs, including from the CSU Chancellor’s Office. “Every emergency is different, every emergency is dynamic, every emergency has its own context,” Hutchinson noted. Crises such as the Oroville Dam spillway evacuation and the Camp Fire “were much more local, community-focused, and we were in a much more heightened emergency response—whereas this [coronavirus] takes a global stage, hasn’t hit Butte County yet, [and] we’re able to get ready a little bit differently.” The university already has started technical work required to transition in-person classes to web platforms. Wednesday’s announcement doesn’t impact classes already conducted online, and Hutchinson told the CN&R that the university’s actions—the Konkow move, prep for internet classes—were strictly proactive, not driven by local circumstances. CUSD Superintendent Kelly Staley views school closures as a last resort. COVID-19 has struck predominantly elderly and health-compromised patients. While district schools do have medically fragile children, transmission of the disease is a bigger problem than infection among that age group, she said, and CUSD has broader considerations. “We have such a big impact on our community in terms of the 13,000 kids we take care of every day,” Staley said Tuesday, “so … I really try to keep our schools open and provide a safe place for students. But if it’s not safe, that’s when I’m going to say we have to close.” CUSD has notified parents, per state and county prescription, to keep students home when they’re sick. The Chico Chamber of Commerce relayed comparable advice to businesses, along with tips for keeping employees healthy and work environments virus-resistant. Katy Thoma, president and CEO of the chamber, said Monday that her members hadn’t expressed much worry about coronavirus. She didn’t either, apart from declining to shake hands. In fact, she’s heartened in a way, based on how Chicoans react to tough situations. “I think we learned a lot from the Camp Fire,” she said. “Anymore, I would never fret about a disaster and [fear we’ll] not have the community rise up.” Ω
‘Not backing down’ Fight for cultural change in police department advances on three-year anniversary of Desmond Phillips’ death
Every Sunday after church, David Phillips visits
the City Plaza and distributes water bottles and cheeseburgers to local homeless people. It’s a tradition he started with his son, Desmond, who was shot and killed by Chico police officers during a mental health crisis in 2017. Phillips told the CN&R he has continued the tradition in Desmond’s honor, because “it was very dear to him.” It’s been one way to try to keep his son’s memory and loving, generous spirit alive, he said. Until recently, Phillips and his family had been pursuing a wrongful death claim against the city of Chico. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals effectively ended that pursuit in January by dismissing an appeal by the family after they fired their attorney. However, Phillips said the family is exploring other legal options and will continue to fight not only for the officers involved in Desmond’s killing to be fired and criminally charged, but also for an overall change in the culture of the Chico Police Department. “Desmond suffered from PTSD. That shouldn’t have cost him his life. What cost him his life was the color of his skin, period,” Phillips said. “We’re not backing down. We’re going to fight this until justice is served.”
SIFT ER Chico’s $100,000 club Ever wondered how much of Chico’s population earns a six-figure salary? According to a report by e-commerce software company Volusion, which analyzed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, about 2.8 percent of workers in Chico, or 1,970 people, get paid $100,000 or more. That’s well below the statewide average of 12.7 percent. Among the 208 small metros analyzed (those with populations of 100,000 to 350,000), and categorized from highest to lowest percentage, Chico ranks 57th. Nationally, California has the highest proportion of employees taking home median earnings of over
The family’s next move comes Tuesday (March 17), exactly three years from the date Desmond was killed. That evening, the Phillipses and members of the citizens group Justice For Desmond will host a candlelight vigil outside City Hall at 5 p.m. Then, they’ll go inside to address the City Council during its regularly scheduled meeting, where fellow advocates Concerned Citizens for Justice also will make their voices heard. The groups are looking ahead to the retirement of Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien, whose last day on the job is June 5 (see “Long goodbye,” Newslines, Jan. 23), and are hoping the changing of the guard also results in institutional reform. Since Desmond’s death, the family has called on policymakers for more police training in de-escalation, implicit bias and crisis intervention. They’ve organized events and
$100,000. The Golden State is followed by Massachusetts (12.2 percent) and Maryland (11.9 percent). The states with the lowest percentage of six-figure earners are Mississippi and Louisiana (just over 1 percent). More broadly, 6.7 percent of Americans—or 9.7 million people–make a six-figure income. The most popular six-figure occupation across the nation— comprising 2.3 million Americans—is listed as general and operations managers. Other popular six-figure jobs include those in the tech industry, such as software developers, and health care, such as pharmacists and nurse practitioners.
David Phillips says he will continue to fight for the Chico police officers involved in the fatal shooting of his son, Desmond, to be fired and criminally charged. PHOTO BY ASHIAH SCHARAGA
marches not just for Desmond but also for others slain during encounters with local law enforcement. This includes Tyler Rushing, who was shot and killed by a security guard and a Chico police officer in July 2017 (his family is suing the city in civil court). In addition to asking for additional police training, the Phillipses and other groups are advocating for a civilian board that oversees the department’s policies and community complaints. Reached this week by phone for comment, O’Brien told the CN&R that he agrees that police departments should have civilian oversight. The city of Chico already has that, he argued, through the city manager and City Council. It’s in the “very fabric of how our systems are set up,” he said. In terms of training, he noted that his department has completed a cumulative 4,146 hours in areas including bias, racial profiling, crisis intervention, cultural diversity and awareness, and tactical communication, which includes de-escalation techniques. A total of 96 officers will have received such instruction as of March 26, with an average of 37.18 hours per officer, he said. O’Brien noted that this includes additional crisis intervention training the department is wrapping up this month. “Generally speaking,” he said, “most if not almost all of our police officers have this training [across the board]. ... To suggest that our officers are not some of the best trained in the country I think is inaccurate.” NEWSLINES C O N T I N U E D
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partisan group Concerned Citizens for Justice will call on the City Council for cultural changes within Chico PD. The group formed in 2017 in response to Phillips’ killing, as well as concerns about the department’s use-of-force protocols. The group believes the city’s Police Community Advisory Board is inadequate and should offer independent oversight of the department. The board, whose members are appointed by the chief, has been inactive since the Camp Fire. Last month, Concerned Citizens for Justice co-founder Diane Suzuki told the council the advisory board isn’t serving its purpose “to facilitate and enhance communication between the police department and the community,” as the board’s policy states. Recruitment for the next chief ends on April 10, according to City Manager Mark Orme. He added that a recruiter sat down with various community organizations to “understand all the dynamics here.” Concerned Citizens for Justice co-founder Margaret Swick said she appreciated Orme including her organization, which is “a wonderful sign.” The group has been pleased to work with O’Brien, she added, and looks forward to working with the next chief. “We’re encouraging the city to hire a chief that will work with the community on improving police culture,” she said. “That means all of our officers are proficient in deescalating very difficult situations; that the police are well-trained to deal with human biases in dealing with difficult people, whether they’re mentally ill or they’re homeless or they’re living in poverty.” Phillips told the CN&R he has been unable to grieve his son’s death. He still lives in the apartment where Desmond was killed. He does have hope that a new chief—one from outside Butte County—could make positive changes in police culture and help prevent the deaths of more people. “[Things could change] if they get somebody that forgets the bias,” he said, “that really wants to do their job, really work for the people and be fair.” —AshiAh schArAgA ash ia h s@ newsr ev iew.c o m
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In hot water County water commissioner faces sharp criticism over Paradise pipeline work
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has been a vocal advocate for studying the feasibility of a water pipeline connecting Paradise to Chico. That advocacy landed him in the hot seat at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday (March 10). Supervisors Debra Lucero and Tami Ritter accused Tennis of a breach of trust and ethical lapses related to his work on a Butte County Water Commission subcommittee that has been tasked with presenting recommendations to the board regarding a potential intertie project connecting Paradise Irrigation District (PID) and California Water Service Co.’s Chico branch. Lucero alleged that Tennis erred by sharing with a local business group last month a “nonpublic” draft resolution—a then-working document explaining the history of the intertie and potential impacts of such a pipeline—and failing to inform his fellow committee members about his presentation. Lucero brought the issue before the board to consider removing Tennis from the Water Commission. “In my mind, he violated the process that was set out for the ad hoc committee,” Lucero said, adding: “Every commission or committee has the right to expect ethical and honorable conduct from its members.” The allegations were the latest dust up surrounding the proposed pipeline. The water conveyance system has been described by advocates as one option that could help PID remain financially solvent as Paradise rebuilds following the Camp Fire and also curb groundwater pumping in the Chico area, thereby relieving stress on the basin (see “Taking on water,” Newslines, Dec. 19, 2019). The project ultimately may be examined in a pending sustainability study conducted by the state, which will review a wide range of options that could keep PID afloat. On Feb. 18, Tennis presented a draft resolution to the Chico Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee, from which he was seeking support. That presentation hit at the heart of objections from Lucero and Ritter, whose districts cover Chico. Ritter accused Tennis of misusing his position as a water commissioner, suggesting he falsely represented the positions of the commission to further his personal advocacy in support of the pipeline project. She also highlighted statements made at Tuesday’s meeting by Paul
50% Gosselin, director of the county’s Department of Water and Resource Conservation, indicating subcommittee members had been warned to not discuss their work with other commissioners. Gosselin further suggested more training regarding policies and procedures may be appropriate. Supervisor Bill Connelly was unpersuaded by the accusations against Tennis, saying that unless there is a legal reason to keep matters confidential, public officials should strive to be as transparent as possible. He further said Tennis was protected under the First Amendment to share the draft document with the public. “I think this is an overstep,” Connelly said of the attempt to remove Tennis, moving to dismiss the matter. The motion gained a second by Supervisor Doug Teeter, whose district includes the Ridge. The motion carried 3-2, with Lucero and Ritter dissenting. Chairman Steve Lambert, however, suggested that the board review policies relating to advisory committees at a future meeting “so we don’t have this situation ever again.” For his part, Tennis said he believed he was subjected to a fair process at Tuesday’s meeting. He further noted an email sent to Lucero and Ritter by Katy Thoma, president and CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Thoma told the supervisors that Tennis “explicitly stated” he was not representing the Water Commission. Tennis told the CN&R he believes he did a good job informing the chamber’s legislative committee on the topic, adding, “I wouldn’t change anything.” At its meeting last Wednesday (March 4), the
Water Commission adopted a final resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors signal its support for the Paradise intertie proj-
Kevin Phillips, district manager for Paradise Irrigation District, said an upcoming state study will examine multiple options for the district to remain solvent, including possibly bottling water for sale. CN&R FILE PHOTO
ect as one concept to be explored in the state’s upcoming sustainability study. The supervisors—though not being asked to commit any money toward the study—are expected to consider the commission’s recommendation in the coming weeks. Kevin Phillips, PID’s district manager, laid out for water commissioners the scope of the state study, which has a budget of about $500,000 and will be facilitated through Sacramento State’s Office of Water Programs, a unit under the school’s nonprofit auxiliary University Enterprises. PID is required to participate in the study as a condition of accepting two years of “backfill” money from the state totaling about $14 million. The money has kept PID running after losing most if its customer base in the fire. The study’s scope will be broad, Phillips said. It will explore multiple avenues for the district to remain viable as Paradise recovers, including the potential intertie project. It also will examine whether PID could bring more customers into its fold, such as those along the Miocene Canal corridor, who lost their water supply when the fire destroyed the upper portion of the canal owned by PG&E. Other options could be on the table as well, the district manager said. Among the options: PID bottling water for sale, consolidating with private or public entities, and taking over the town’s sewer project. Phillips said the district has experience laying pipelines. He added that multiple projects could be identified as pieces in solving PID’s financial puzzle.
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HEALTHLINES Masks needn’t be worn 24/7, Butte County’s public health director says, and pet-owners shouldn’t fret about coronavirus transmission between people and pets.
“Happy Birthday”—the song—twice to keep count; others, saying your ABCs, especially when helping young children wash up. (See Weekly Dose, page 13, for other ideas.) York advocates for soap and water over sanitizing gel, though the latter is fine in a pinch. The old-fashioned method is “tried and true,” she said. “Hand sanitizer hasn’t been around as long.” Public Health advisories also encourage people to refrain from coughing into the palm of a hand; instead, cover the face with the bend of an elbow, a sleeve or tissue. Also, make a conscious effort to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed fingers.
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and lethality, Danette York began a wellrehearsed refrain. “As of today, we remain at zero cases,” said York, director of Butte County Public Health. “So, we have no cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Butte County at this time. We hope it stays that way.” The CN&R spoke with York by phone last Thursday (March 5); that status remained the same through Wednesday morning, but may have changed Local prep: after press time. Schools and businesses brace Last Thursday, for coronavirus, page 8. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for California. The next day (Friday, March 6), Butte County
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administrators declared a “local emergency” and “local public health emergency” to expedite response in the event of a diagnosis. Wednesday (March 11), the World Health Organization (WHO) officially called the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Residents concerned about the virus have thrown a variety of questions at Butte County Public Health (BCPH) in recent weeks—few repeating wild theories stoked by misinformation relayed by politicians and others without medical training. “We are fielding a lot of calls, and people are afraid,” York said. “We’re trying to answer their questions the best we can, but more importantly be proactive and get information out there to the public. “We need to keep the fear down as much as possible,” she added. “Even though we have seen some spread in the United States and in California, the risk to the general population still remains low.” York attributed her assessment to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her department keeps in regular contact with both the CDC and the California
Department of Public Health in shaping its response and preparation measures. BCPH, in turn, regularly updates three community sectors: health care, business and education. Some advice differs; mostly, the same tips apply across the board. Most public queries relate to testing for coronavirus. Answers have changed as state public health streamlined the process. Now, a health care provider directly sends samples from a patient suspected of contracting, or having been exposed to, COVID-19 to one of the dozen labs statewide conducting the tests. Other frequently asked questions revolve around masks and pets (more on those later). Fear remains a factor. In the North State and beyond, folks have gone into crisis mode for coronavirus (see “Preparations,” Second & Flume, Feb. 27). Images of empty shelves at warehouse stores tell the story. York refrains from judging how far is going too far, saying she thinks “people need to take their own situations into consideration and make the best decisions for them and their family.” However, as she suggests, “If you need to stock up on supplies—such as tissues or soap, things that you might need if you were to have an ill person in your home—I would recommend you do so gradually, not necessarily go out and spend a whole paycheck right away.” Here are some reasonable steps for preventing and preparing for coronavirus as prescribed by public health officials:
Scrub up Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Some experts recommend humming
Public health guidelines bluntly state, “Stay home when sick.” That’s the top common sense precaution for preventing the spread of coronavirus—or any communicable disease, for that matter. BCPH further advises that employees and students who arrive ill or become ill should be separated from others and sent home, then be allowed to work from home if quarantined. Families and businesses/schools should make contingency plans to account for sick leaves and also should cancel nonessential travel.
Mask etiquette At this point, some people need face masks. Those who are sick should don a sur-
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as SARS and MERS (see “Going viral,” Healthlines, Feb. 27). The illness spreads via droplets of breath, and other coronaviruses can survive on surfaces anywhere from a few hours to a few days. According to the WHo, researchers haven’t determined the viability of CovID-19.
Our best friends Another area under study is transmission between species. Both animals and humans have contracted CovID-19. According to BCPH, there’s been no confirmed instance of a person getting this coronavirus from their pet, or vice versa—nor evidence this categorically cannot occur. The World organization for Animal Health is investigating a weak-positive test in a Hong Kong dog that authorities there attributed to human-to-animal transmission. Thus, Hong Kong officials warned against kissing pets. BCPH proposes more modest safeguards: If sick, or caring for someone who’s sick, wear a mask while near a pet or service animal. Better still, if possible, have someone else care for it. “I’m sure that will be a concern,” York said. “Everybody loves their animals.” Ω
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In its efforts to educate the public on how long to wash hands to protect oneself from the coronavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, advises singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice to reach the requisite 20 seconds’ worth of scrubbing time. Of course, having that sing-songy melody stuck in your head might in itself make you queasy after a couple of days. As an alternative, the Los Angeles Times recently posted a handful of pop songs with memorable choruses that also hit the mark—including “Heaven on Earth,” by Belinda Carlisle, “Raspberry Beret,” by Prince, and “Truth Hurts,” by Lizzo. It works with so many hummable tunes—just clock your favorite. (“Paradise City,” by Guns ’N’ Roses, is a sink-side banger!) The most fun tune on the Times’ list was probably “Karma Chameleon,” by Culture Club. Let the earworm infect you: “Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon / You come and go, you come and go / Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams / Red, gold and green; red, gold and green.”
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Throw away used facial tissues and disinfect surfaces, such as tables, where someone sneezes. Scientists still don’t know everything about CovID-19, which comes from the same virus family
gical mask before coming in close proximity of others—in a vehicle, in a room—and before entering a medical facility. Those in health care should wear the more refined N95 mask. But most people don’t need them; that’s according to both the CDC and BCPH, who say that healthy folks can go about their lives per usual. “Just the general population, to wear a mask wherever they go, that would be going above and beyond,” York said. In any case, masks needn’t be worn 24/7 nor stockpiled. Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. surgeon general, recently tweeted that Americans should stop buying them because demand among citizens jeopardizes the supply for hospitals and other health care providers. That’s not York’s prime rationale. “There’s a concern that if [coronavirus] becomes widespread in the United States, we’ll not have a large enough supply of masks [for everyone] once they’re needed,” she said, “if everyone uses them now, when they’re not needed.”
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Dried out Experts fear potential for longer fire season after record dry February story and photo by
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Otionfire-prevention officials cleared vegetaalong a steep, rugged section of the
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foothills east of Oroville. The Forbestown Ridge Project is meant to stave off blazes like the Wall and Ponderosa fires of 2017. It was undertaken following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate last year to identify short- and long-term projects to prevent destructive wildfires. Technically done with the work this past December, firefighters have continued on the 1,670-acre project this year, in part because the region has experienced an unusually dry winter, said Rick Carhart, public information officer for Cal Fire-Butte County. Firefighters have been returning to the project site daily, setting ablaze brush piles. The dry weather has allowed the agency to expedite such efforts. It’s a double-edged sword, Carhart said: Dry conditions favorable to prevent wildfires could ultimately result in a longer fire season. It’s a concern for both firefighters and those worried about the possibility for sustained drought in the state. According to the United States Drought Monitor, a wide swath of California, from the Oregon border south to Los Angeles, is seeing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions. Michael Anderson, state climatologist for the California Department of Water Resources, said last month set a record in the Northern Sierra Eight-Station Index, which comprises weather stations monitoring precipitation from Mount Shasta south to the Lake Tahoe area. Anderson noted it was the driest February since the 1920s, when the monitoring began. Fire tips: The lack of rainfall
this season fits the narrative of a changing climate, with extreme shifts in weather patterns, Anderson said. The state, he said, went from a slightly above-average December to a below-average January and then experienced a record dry February. It’s all led to a Sierra snow water equivalent measurement that, as of Friday (March 6), was 40 percent of normal, signaling the potential for a very dry year. So what’s happened? The climatologist said over the last six weeks or so, a highpressure system has pushed storms north of the state. Such systems are common during winter, he said, but “the unusual aspect was the length of time it stayed with us—six weeks instead of two.”
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Dry conditions through the spring and sum-
mer could allow grasses and other vegetation to dry out for a longer period of time, increasing the potential for a longer fire season, Anderson said. Carhart, Cal Fire’s spokesman, said the key word there is “potential.” One could make a case that the potential for a bad fire season is always high, regardless of whether the year is drier or wetter than average. He noted that rain did not stop the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County this past October from burning more than 77,000 acres and destroying about 370 structures. Wet years, he said, spur vegetation growth, which dries out during the summer months. The key is avoiding ignition altogether—lightning strikes, sparks, arson, accidents. “No matter how hot and dry and receptive the vegetation is to fire, if fires don’t ignite, then there aren’t any fires,” he said. “So,
just because we’re much, much drier than we were last year doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to have a worse fire season.” Nevertheless, local firefighters remain concerned about the lack of rain this year, Carhart said. Grass fires, like the recently contained Grizzly Fire near Black Butte Lake west of Orland, can spread quickly. And officials have recently seen prescribed fires, like
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Rick Carhart, public information officer for Cal Fire-Butte County, is concerned that a lack of rain this winter could mean a potentially longer fire season.
the Baseball Fire in the Mendocino National Forest, get out of control. He added that the department may need to adjust its plans as spring and summer approach, such as revising when burn permits will be required. Cal Fire is urging homeowners to cut defensible space around their properties, including the creation of a 5-foot ignition-free zone around structures. Basically, Carhart said, residents should eradicate any living vegetation near their homes. They also should get to work sooner rather than later, when conditions could be windy, dry and hot. Defensible space inspectors will begin examining thousands of properties in the foothills and elsewhere starting April 1, he said. The point isn’t to punish homeowners but to inform them of areas where they can improve or tell them what they’ve done right. The inspectors will work into the fall. One area in which fire officials see room for improvement is coordination between neighbors in the foothills communities, where privacy often is coveted. Problems have surfaced when homeowners refuse to create defensible space around their proprieties, potentially placing their neighbors at risk. “I’m not saying that you guys need to do block parties or exchange Christmas cards, but you ought to at least know your neighbor enough to be able to coordinate defensible space,” Carhart said. “Because it’s going to do nothing but help yourself and your community, and nobody wants the community to be devastated like [has] happened.” Ω
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DIY fun zone For three years, Katie Mintzer loved hosting craft parties in her backyard— she’d invite her friends over for a sign-making session or to create succulent planters. She contemplated opening her own business for a while, but then she stumbled upon Board & Brush Creative Studio, a franchise woodworking workshop. It started as a holiday wine and crafts night tradition in Julie Selby’s Hartland, Wis., basement, and the first location opened in 2015. Now, there are more than 250 across the U.S. Mintzer, who teaches art at a high school in Yuba City, was drawn to the company’s aesthetic and recently opened a Chico location. The CN&R sat down with Mintzer at the studio—which has a homey feel, with paint-splattered floors, walls covered in handmade signs, and a freshly cut pine smell—to chat about what makes the shop a good fit for Chico. A grand opening is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Friday (March 13) at 1380 East Avenue, Ste. 108 (in the Safeway shopping center). Register for workshops online at boardandbrush.com/ chico.
What drew you to Board & Brush? I went to two of the Board & Brush [studios], in Roseville and Redding, and I was like, “Oh, my gosh, I could spend every weekend here,” because you leave with a finished product. It kind of appeals to a variety of people that have different interests. Somebody that likes beer can make a beer cap sign. You can do [signs with] anything from coordinates to your favorite beach to supporting nurses [or] people that have strong faith. You can make your own clock or coffee cup holder. Probably the No. 1 thing is everybody gets to pick what they want to make and customize. I just love that at one table we can have people with all different interests creating something completely different.
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assemble. We’re going to have music playing throughout. There’s going to be [beer, wine and other] drinks. There’ll be meat cleavers [to distress the wood] and nuts and bolts and beer caps and hammers on the table, and everybody kind of just grabs and interacts. We put in ear plugs, and the session starts out with us just letting everything go. ... So that becomes pretty therapeutic, and it gets everybody in the zone. You’ve got a big variety of glazes and over 80 colors to choose from. And we stop the workshop about four times and give a really quick instruction.
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What makes this a good shop for Chico? We kind of have that small town feel, but people are not afraid to try something new. How much fun is it for people, like some mom, to get away and be here to make a wedding gift … or a dad in here making a sports [sign] for their kid? To give something handmade that you’re proud of is something that I think [some] people would love to do, but they’re nervous. We’ve all done that one DIY project that turned into a Pinterest fail. I think this is a no-fail process that we take everyone through. You can give something that’s made by you, but you’ve taken [out] the fear of messing it up. —ASHIAH SCHARAGA as h i a h s @new srev i ew. c o m
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W Stillweird, Chico
he CN&R’s 2020 Weird Issue—our annual celebration of Chico’s wild, fun and freaky side—once again shines the spotlight on the independent spirit of local creative types and free-thinkers, without whom our North Valley outpost would be a very dull place. This year’s issue kicks off with a profile on Deryl Northcote, owner of Ultra Beautician salon, who has been styling the hair of local artists, musicians, hipsters, punks and other rebels for more than 20 years. Also featured is one of Chico’s busiest musicians, Heather Marie Ellison, an entertainer who injects a colorful sense of style and tons of energy into multiple musical projects. Last, we track down some of the over-thetop culinary oddities coming out of the kitchens of local restaurants.
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ive Deryl Northcote a look from any decade, and he says can cut, color and style it for you. He is the Ultra Beautician, after all. You can’t miss his East Sixth Street salon of the same name, wedged between the Pageant Theatre and Tender Loving Cafe, its facade painted red with a bedazzled “UB” out front.
Arthur Lemner and the “Sun God” at the 2019 KCW Art Show.
Once again, the CN&R will roll out another edition of the Keep Chico Weird Art Show Show,, March 19-22, 19-22, at the 1078 Gallery (1710 Park Ave.). It will feature more than 50 pieces of weird local art—plus, during the reception next Thursday (March 19, 6-9 p.m.), local musicians and performance artists, including clowns (you’ve been warned), will join the party. Bonus performance: On the last day of the exhibit— Sunday, March 22—1078 will present an early afternoon concert concert (1-4 p.m., $7 $7 cover) featuring ing four weird live live music acts: Loolowningen & The Far Far East Idiots, from Japan; Japan; Gentlemen Surfer, Surfer, from Sacramento; Sacramento; and XDS and and Donald Beaman, both both from Chico. Loolowningen & The Far East Idiots
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Get your hair did ... Ultra Beautician 361 E. Sixth St. 345-1415 Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and by appointment. … and hit the town for a drag show: Cougar Style Safari, featuring Claudette de Versailles April 18, 8 p.m. Unwined Kitchen & Bar 980 Mangrove Ave.
The Ultra Beautician styles the hair of Chico’s avant-garde and eclectic Northcote opened Ultra Beautician 21 years ago, and since then the shop’s look has constantly evolved, much like his own. One thing has remained the same, however: It has always welcomed the misfits and weirdos of Chico, from the eclectic and creative to the avant-garde and Bohemian. On a recent afternoon, Northcote, 54, took a break to chat with the CN&R as his salon’s three other stylists washed, cut and blow-dried their clients’ locks. Typically, he is on-thego—between the salon, charity work and his second job as the glamorous grand dame Claudette de Versailles, one of the original drag queens of Chico. Northcote has been a leader in the drag community for more than 35 years, both through his charity work with the nonprofit
Imperial Sovereign Court of the Czaristic Dynasty and as a promoter of (and performer in) popular local shows he founded, such as Dragopolis and Beans for Queens, often raising funds for school music programs and organizations like Stonewall Alliance Center. Inside, Ultra Beautician is a vibrant, colorful and cozy space, with art-lined walls and dozens of tchotchkes. Northcote’s styling station has sentimental trinkets, like a RuPaul votive candle, and photos—including one of his grandfather standing outside his stepmother’s former salon in Paradise, where he spent many afternoons as a kid, fascinated by the art of hair styling. It’s not uncommon for people to stop by the shop—even if they don’t have an appointment—and kick off their shoes, lounge on the
The Ultra Beautician, Deryl Northcote. PHOTOS BY MICHELLE CAMY
couch and read or watch a movie. That’s exactly what Northcote intended when he opened the place—he wants clients to feel “not only pampered, but protected and like family.” The shop cuts the hair of musicians, artists and actors, as well as teachers and nurses. It’s also a place where members of the LGBTQ community have shared their coming-out stories. “I think the shop has provided a safe haven for a lot of people that felt different or not accepted or—let’s just say it—are a little more out there, like a little more punk rock or a little more whatever,” Northcote said. “It’s like an oasis for people who need to have kindness and support.” That’s an important idea that was born in Northcote at an early age. He came out as gay when he was 16 years old and living on his family’s farm in Durham. It wasn’t a welcoming community, and he said he often was bullied. “Let me tell ya, bein’ a little sissy out in Durham—you gotta have some balls to deal with that shit,” he said. Plus, the unconditional love and support he received from his mother helped him get through, he added. As for drag, it just kind of happened to him, Northcote said. He won prom queen at a 1950s-themed cross-dressing party when he was 16 and continued performing after that. He aspired to be a theatrical costumer and enrolled in the fashion design program at Butte College—but it wasn’t a good fit. So he enrolled at the Chico Beauty College and has been a hair dresser since he graduated in 1986. Aside from a brief stint styling and performing drag in New York City, Paris and London in the 1990s, Northcote has called Chico his home. He said that he had to carve out his
Ultra Beautician stylists (from left) Josh Roach and Mike Flicker tend to clients—including local musician Erik Elliott (foreground).
own niche in the local salon world. “[Other shops] didn’t allow any freedom of expression for me as a person,” he said. “I thought, Well, if I have to be in this burg, I’m gonna have to make my own world, and it just so happened that this place was vacant.” Before opening, however, since Northcote had heard that the building’s previous salon owners died tragically, he had to make sure the place was safe. He brought in a rabbi, a priest and a Wiccan to cleanse it. “So far, so good,” he said. Today, Northcote has a small, tight-knit team in the salon. Hair stylist Josh Roach (aka drag queen Priscilla De’vil) told the CN&R that working there is an adventure. “We literally will work all day here at the shop, get makeup on, and then we work the entire night circuit,” Roach said, “and then we get up and we do it all again the next day.” But the team also recognizes the important role it plays in the community. “We get a lot of people that are going through a lot in their lives, and it’s not even about really the hair anymore; it’s about making them feel the way that they need to feel to get through their day-to-day life,” Roach said. “And that’s what’s, like, the most important thing. That is a huge philosophy of the shop.” “I like the magic that’s created here,” Northcote added. “There’s a sense of home, and that’s what I want people to feel. “It’s our job to make you walk out feeling fabulous.” Ω WEIRD C O N T I N U E D
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‘ Professional party starter’ The colorful musical world of Heather Marie Ellison
o get a sense of how immersed Bay Area transplant Heather Marie Ellison has become in the local music scene, take a look at this month’s entertainment calendar in Chico: March 13 she hits the stage at The Maltese under her solo moniker, Uni and Her Ukelele; March 26 she joins the rag-tag acoustic crew the October Coalition (aka The Family Band) at Blackbird; two nights later (March 28), she heads back to Blackbird to sing and play synth in disco-pop duo Astronaut Ice Cream; and the following day (March 29), it’s on to playing “shmaltzy love songs” with her brand-new duo The Magic Moments during Sunday brunch at Tender Loving Cafe. That’s not counting her hosting gig for the Kids Share & Tell open mic at Blackbird last weekend or the fact that she’s currently teaching 15 students ukulele and piano. Ellison has been in Chico a little more than two years, and she’s already become one of the more recognizable faces on the local scene, partly because she usually doesn’t turn down a project. “I like community, [and] this is a really
Astronaut Ice Cream, featuring Heather Marie Ellison and Kirt Lind. PHOTO BY KEN PORDES
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good way to make friends,” Ellison said during a recent interview. “You have to just be open. Being closeminded or not up for whatever is not going to get you very far.” Of course, the main reason she’s on stage so much is that she is a great performer. Ellison has the range to deliver a sweet and simple folk tune and turn right around and belt out a pop standard with the chops of a vintage jazz singer, and her emotional commitment to the moment makes for an engaging musical experience. It also doesn’t hurt that her eclectic sense of style—ranging from Grand Ole Opry cowgirl to rainbow-andglitter Jazzercise instructor—is always fun and on point. None of that is by accident. Ellison came to Chico with a world of musical experience, starting with her childhood years in Santa Rosa. “I’ve always been in love with music. I love listening to music and I love perform-
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ing,” she said. “I wasn’t afraid of being on stage, so they’d give me little solos in the kid groups I was in. I just would sing in front of the mirror for hours. It was always in me.” By the age of 15, Ellison was in her first band, singing ’90s country covers in a regularly gigging group. “I got used to playing four-hour gigs. So, from the get-go, I was training to be a show pony,” she said. As a young adult, she graduated to legit show business when she was discovered by R&B pioneer Johnny Otis, the late Rock & Roll of Hall of Famer who wrote, among many other songs, the early rock hit “Willie and the Hand Jive.” Ellison joined The Johnny Otis Show as a singer and had the opportunity to open for the likes of James Brown and Ray Charles and get schooled in the art of showmanship along the way. “I learned so much. [Johnny] just said what needed to be said. If I was doing something that wasn’t to his liking, he would nip it in the bud,” Ellison recalled. “I would dance a lot, and then I couldn’t
sing as well because … I just needed to jump rope all the time to get conditioned for singing and dancing. He would be like, calm it down, disco dancer.” During her time with Otis, she moved to Hollywood and split her time between performances and working at Amoeba Music. “It was a really sweet spot in my life. You know, some people go to college, and I went to L.A. and worked at Amoeba and rang up rock stars.” It was at the end of her time in So Cal—just before moving to San Francisco and pursuing a solo career in earnest—that Ellison created her Uni and Her Ukelele persona. She picked up her first ukulele at the legendary McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. “I wanted it so bad, and then I just couldn’t put it down,” she said. “I started making up songs to go with the chords I was learning.” The original songs she created (“My Favorite Letter is U,” “La La Happy Too!”) were pure pop, and during the mid-2000s Ellison took her compact act and dove right into the DIY mindset, playing shows anywhere—cafes, rock clubs, burlesque shows—burning her own CDs, and booking tours across the U.S. and all over the world, from Europe to New Zealand. She recorded three albums and an EP Show time! with various This week, catch Heather uke-led comMarie Elison as Uni and Her bos. Ukelele, with Rigmarole and Chico The Elwood Show, Friday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. was a regular $7 cover stop during The Maltese her Uni trav1600 Park Ave. els, so when 343-4915
San Francisco became too expensive, she decided to come to this more affordable city that already knew her fairly well. “Everything here is word of mouth,” Ellison said when reflecting on how she’s found herself in one creative situation after another. “I’ve been so lucky and have had amazing opportunities,” she added. On Facebook, Ellison lists her occupation as “Musician/Professional Party Starter.” During her relatively short time in Chico, she has been an instigator in an inclusive way, providing a spark, then getting everyone else— audiences and other artists— involved in fanning the flames. “You gotta be the first entucky Fried Chicken: “How about fried one on the dance floor to chicken between two donuts?!” show the way,” Ellison Chico chefs: “Hold my beer ...” said, before adding with a Even though the colonel’s new monstrosity is laugh, “I’ll be the first, probably greasy-finger-lickin’ good, local gourthen I’ll be the first to mands don’t need to go corporate to expand their leave, too.” comfort-food palates—or their waistlines. Plenty
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The Man Burger and the Man Burger Man, creator Nate Boswell, at Chico’s Tackle Box Bar & Grill. PHOTOS BY JASON CASSIDY
of Chico cooks are busy inventing imaginative, Instagram-worthy dishes in their food labs, and some have brought into being creations that would impress Dr. Frankenstein. On the south side of town, for example, things are getting real—real big—at the Tackle Box Bar & Grill, and this past weekend I visited to see if I had the gastrointestinal fortitude for the most macho sandwich in town: the Man Burger. The stats: 1/4 pound hot dog wrapped in a pound of ground beef wrapped in a half-pound of bacon, with eight slices of cheddar cheese, plus mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions on a sourdough roll as big as a big man’s forearm. It takes about 45 minutes for the meat log to cook in the wood-fired oven, so it was a leisurely 1 1/2 pints of beer before the glorious platter was served. By chance, the inventor of the Man Burger, Nate Boswell, was sitting at the table next to me when it arrived. He doesn’t work at the Tackle Box, but he did “consult” on the menu. The Man Burger was
the result of a series of experiments in making something that could fill up a “big guy” like Boswell. “I’m hungry all the time,” he said, adding that for his version, he skips the lettuce—“That’s for looks for everyone else.” The employees I talked to said it’s not a popular menu item, but that there is one regular who orders it once a week. I got nowhere close to finishing the behemoth. My gut gave out about one-third of the way through (I took the rest for leftovers at home), but the combo of flavors was perfect. The bacon was crispy, the hot dog was amazing, and the best bites included a slice of pickle and a mayo-slathered hunk of the soft roll. Served with a side of fries or onion rings, the Man Burger will put you back $25, but considering the amount of meat product and the cooking time involved, and the fact that it’s enough food to overstuff two very hungry people, it’s a reasonable price. For dessert (yes, dessert), I drove out near the airport and visited the king of wacky culinary creations, Boyd Atkin, owner and chef of The Foodie Cafe. “Everything here is over the top,” Atkin said as he surveyed the dining room at the end of the lunch rush. “We try to make sure every single item on the menu is unique and different and special. People take pictures of it and send to their friends. It gets pictures of our food all over the place.” Those pictures often are accompanied by diners’ awestruck expressions of amazement—and possibly a tiny bit of fear—as they gaze at the
The Foodie Cafe’s Strawberry Shortcake milkshake. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FOODIE CAFE
creations. Take, for example, the Smoked Mac & Cheese, a mighty “side” that comes with the option of an equal amount of meat from the barbecue (burnt ends, pulled pork, grilled chicken or tri-tip) plus onion rings on top. Then there’s the formidable looking Breakfast Beast, a biscuit with country potatoes, cherrywood smoked bacon and carved ham with a fried egg and smoked gouda— and topped with sausage gravy and a drizzle of maple gastrique. I was there for a comparatively tame item: a Chocolate Peanut Butter milkshake. Of course, tame for Atkin means there is a ton of gooey sauce and whipped cream pouring down the side of the glass and, purched on top, a brownie, peanut butter cup or doughnut (from the Donut Nook—where he picks up a fresh batch every day). That makes it worth the price tag: $7. Atkin says the shakes are “crazy popular,” and I can confirm that, even without the extra sugary flair, the chocolate-peanut butter shake at the core of my dessert was perfect—rich ice cream, deep chocolate flavor, chunks of nuts and just the right amount of saltiness. The doughnut? I just couldn’t, but the wide-eyed kids sitting on the patio had no such inhibition and were happy to take it off my hands. —JASON CASSIDY
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Arts &Culture Playwright/composer Wade Gess takes a break during band rehearsals for Stuff-N-Things. PHOTO BY JASON CASSIDY
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his doctor told him an MRI showed the infection was back, twice as big story and photo by as before, and he’d Jason Cassidy need another surj asonc @ gery—immediately. newsrev iew.c om With no time to Preview: process what he’d Stuff-N-Things: A Fair heard, and a very Retail Musical shows uncertain outlook, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 Gess resigned himp.m., through March 28. self and consented. Tickets: $15 “Right then, a Blue Room Theatre new doctor came in 139 W. First St. and said, ‘Oh, by 895-3749 the way, I looked at blueroomtheatre.com your MRI. You’re fine. There was a mix up,’” Gess recalled. For the local actor/playwright/ musician, one brain surgery was enough for him to take stock of his life. “When things got better, I had a real moment where I realized I had been really, really ungrateful for a lot of things in my life,” he said. He spent the next three months relearning how to read and speak (the surgery happened in the language center of his brain). Gess then recommitted himself to a theater project he’d started in 2015, an original musical based on his own life. And tonight (March 12), two years after his ordeal, Stuff-N-Things: A Fair Retail Musical makes it debut at the Blue Room Theatre. Gess, 31, has been involved in local theater since he was a kid growing up in Oroville, acting in productions at the Birdcage Theatre and dipping his toe in theaters in Chico as well. At some point, he decided being on stage wasn’t for him.
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Local playwright brings musical to stage “I wanted to be an actor for a long time, [but it] seemed a little exhausting emotionally to try and go into something like that,” Gess said in recent interview at the Blue Room. “[But] I still wanted to be involved in theater in some capacity,” he added. While he figured out his direction, Gess took a job as a program specialist at 7th Street Centre for the Arts in Chico. The position involved doing various arts projects with the center’s clients—adults with developmental disabilities—including putting on plays. Gess had taken a few piano lessons, and he said that was enough for Program Manager Natalie Valencia to make him music director. “I started slowly writing a little bit of music for the shows,” Gess said. “I had never written music before. It was really fun.” Gess’ turning point came when Valencia suggested he write a short musical on the subject of hygiene based on the interest of one of 7th Street’s clients, who also had a title ready: Soap, the Mini Musical. “I spent two weeks doing it. ... It turned out to be the best two weeks of my life,” he said. “Once I did that, I was like, ‘I wanna do that for realsies.’ And I went back to school to get my music degree, and that has kind of been leading to this.” The setting for Stuff-N-Things comes from Gess’ time at Chico State, when he was working in retail to make ends meet while taking composition classes and starting the process of writing the musical. “When I started to write this, I was working at Rite Aid on Mangrove, and I hated it a lot,” he said. “I was
very depressed.” Gess makes no secret of the fact that the play is deeply personal. It’s set in the fictional Stuff-N-Things department store, and the songs and story deal with that transitional time in his life, during which he also decided: “This is it. I want to take this experience and put it on stage. “I spent a good six months, before I put real pen to paper, just creating a story—creating a structure, template. I wanted it to be legit. ... I didn’t want it to be just me regurgitating onto a page,” he said. After his surgery, he brought the musical to the Blue Room and workshopped it again before getting the thumbs up to produce it there with Theater Manager Amber Miller directing, plus a cast of nine and a band of five (including Gess as pianist and music director). Gess isn’t giving away too many details of the story, but the Blue Room’s promo says the “charming and provocative” musical “uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how corporate capitalism can fracture the American Dream, while sympathy with our fellow humans can lead to powerful new beginnings.” The humor is evident in the lyrics of opening number “Stuff-N-Things”: We got cigarettes and plastic cups/and every kind of creams and make-ups/ We have all the stuff you need/and everything you don’t/So, come for the things, stay for the wings! “Working with the Blue Room has been amazing,” Gess said. “It’s been very surreal. It’s very weird sitting there and watching it and going, ‘Man, I made this happen.’” Ω
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: From the Ground Up presents a week of films and workshops with an ear toward being “active listeners in the ever-evolving story of the Earth.” Most films will be shown at the Pageant Theatre, with additional events, workshops and screenings at Idea Fab Labs, Gateway Science Museum and Paradise Alliance Church. Tickets available for individual screenings and full-festival access. See website for details. Thu, 3/12. $10-$85. www.earthdayfilmfest.org
ELLIS RODRIGUEZ: The Boston standup comedian is joined by Sacramento’s Sydney Stigerts and local comic Jacob McCown. Hosted by Dillon Collins. Thu, 3/12, 7pm. $15. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.
Theater STUFF-N-THINGS A FAIR RETAIL STORY: A world-premiere musical by local playwright/actor/musician, Wade Gess, set in a convenience store and using wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how corporate capitalism can fracture the American Dream. Thu, 3/12, 7:30pm. $14.99. Blue Room Theatre, 895-3749. 139 W. First St., blueroomtheatre.com
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Opens March 13; shows through April 15 Chico Theater Company SEE FRIDAY-SUNDAY, THEATER
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Tuesday, March 17 DownLo SEE TUESDaY, MUSIC
WALK WITH A DOG: Meet one of Enloe Medical Center’s canine caregivers—Enloe, Winston, Ellie or Carson—and take a few laps around the park. No RSVP is required, all ages and abilities welcome. Sat 3/14, 9am. Free. DeGarmo Park, 199 Leora Court.
Music ERIC PETER: The local guitarist entertains the brunch crowd. Sat, 3/14, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS: The longtime Bay Area bluesman is a local fave. A Camp Fire relief benefit hosted by Paradise Rotary Club. Sat, 3/14, 7pm. $25. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, Paradise.
Theater JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: See Friday. Sat, 3/14, 7:30pm. $20-$24. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F., 894-3282. chicothe atercompany.com
Special Events COMMUNITY GARDENING: All community members are welcome to drop on by and work on the Peace Garden. It’s time to revive this green space in the heart of Downtown Chico. Fri, 3/13, 3pm. Free. Chico Peace & Justice Center, 526 Broadway St. chicopeace.org
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: See Thursday. Fri, 3/13. $10-$85. www.earthdayfilmfest.org
Music CAMERON FORD: Live music with brunch. Fri, 3/13. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
Theater JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: A production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera that documents the last week of Jesus Christ’s life entirely through song. Fri, 3/13, 7:30pm. $20-$24. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F., 894-3282. chicothe atercompany.com
EarTh DaY FILM FESTIVaL March 12-19 Pageant Theatre, Idea Fab Labs, Gateway Science Museum SEE ThUrSDaY-WEDNESDaY, SPECIAL EVENTS
STUFF-N-THINGS A FAIR RETAIL STORY: See Thursday. Sat, 3/14, 7:30pm. $14.99. Blue STUFF-N-THINGS A FAIR RETAIL STORY: See Thursday. Fri, 3/13, 7:30pm. $14.99. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., 895-3749. blueroomtheatre.com
Special Events CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: An exploration of climate change, its causes, and practical solutions. CivicSpark Fellows and Camp Fire Restoration Project offer an opportunity to learn what climate adaptation strategies can be adopted by the community. Part of Earth Day Film Festival. Free (register online). Sat 3/14, 11am. Idea Fab Labs, 603 Orange St. chico.ideafablabs.com
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: See Thursday. Sat 3/14. $10-$85. www.earthdayfilmfest.org RUCK, ROCK AND REVELRY: March 5K fun run, brew fest, concert, food truck rally and camping. See website for more details. Sat 3/14, 8am. $10-$550. Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 East Yolo Street, Orland. ruckrockbrewfest.com
Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., 895-3749, blueroomtheatre.com
Special Events CRAFT THAT!: Drop-in crafting for all. Bring something you’re working on or join in making artist trading cards. Sun, 3/15, 11am. Free. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.
CREATIVE WRITERS GROUP: A dedicated writing hour for those experiencing a creative block
or struggling to find time to write. Sun, 3/15, 5pm. Free. Blackbird, 1431 Park Avenue.
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: See Thursday. Sun, 3/15. www.earthdayfilmfest.org FREE MOVIE: Call for movie title (891-2762). Sun, 3/15, 2pm. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. buttecounty.net
WEDDING SHOW WEEKEND: Vendor ideas and plans you may not have considered. Sun, 3/15, 12pm. Canyon Oaks Country Club, 999 Yosemite Drive.
Music SUNDAY SUPERJAM: Local classic rock and blues covers by The Loco-Motive and special guests. Sun, 3/15, 2pm. Free. La Salles, 229 Broadway.
Theater JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: See Friday. Sun, 3/15, 2pm. $20-$24. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F., 894-3282. chicotheater company.com
FrEE LISTINGS! Post your event for free online at www. newsreview.com/calendar, or email the cN&r calendar editor at email@example.com. Deadline for print listings is Wednesday, 5 p.m., one week prior to the issue in which you wish the listing to appear.
ANDRE THIERRY: Grammy-nominated accordionplaying soul musician from Richmond. Tue, 3/17, 4pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
SHAM-E-ROCK FESTIVAL: Celebrate Chico-style
CHICO LIVE IMPROV: Local comedy troupe hosts various games every Monday and offers constructive criticism to anyone looking to improve. Mon, 3/16, 7pm. $5. 1078 Gallery, 1710 Park Ave.
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: See Thursday. Mon, 3/16. $10-$85. www.earthdayfilmfest.org SAIL ON: Oroville Concert Association presents a tribute to The Beach Boys. Mon, 3/16, 7:30pm. $30. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville. orovillestatetheatre.com
WEST AFRICAN DANCE WITH BABA KAUNA: Practice traditional West African Dance with an experienced master teacher and live drums. All levels are welcome. Mon, 3/16, 5:30pm. $5-$10. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St.. 513-0482.
at the Down-Lo’s annual all-day St. Patrick’s music fest, with corned beef and cabbage, plus a stacked lineup: Samaria, Kabij (featuring Webster Moore), The Damaged Goods, The Bull Frogs (featuring Brian “Gravy” Asher), Those 2 Dudes, Symblance, Jeff Pershing Band and Austin Farwell. Tue, 3/17, 12pm. $2. Down Lo, 319 Main St.
Special Events ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES: Richard Macias will present a lecture on the evolution of architecture over the past 160 years. Wed, 3/18, 6:30pm. $50 for entire six-part series. Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade. monca.org
CRAFTERS CLUB: Bring a project you’re work-
Special Events CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Community members will gather outside of the city council meeting to remember Desmond Phillips, who was shot and killed by Chico police officers during a mental health crisis on March 17, 2017. Tue, 3/17, 5:30pm. Free. Chico City Hall, 411 Main St.
CRAFTERS CLUB: Bring a project you’re working on and craft around other creatives. An arts group for adults. Tue, 3/17, 3pm. Butte County Library Oroville Branch, 1820 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville. buttecounty.net
ing on and craft around other creatives. An arts group for adults. Wed, 3/18, 10am. Butte County Library Oroville Branch, 1820 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville. buttecounty.net
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: See Thursday. Wed, 3/18. $10-$85. Pageant Theatre, 351 E 6th St. www.earthdayfilmfest.org
SHE DESIGNED THE LIFE SHE LOVES ART WORKSHOP: Empower Me Art presents an art program that aims to inspire youth by introducing them to high-tech fabrication and design equipment and software in a hands-on, fun environment. Wed, 3/18, 9:30am. $15-$75. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St. empowermeart.org
EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL: See Thursday. Tue, 3/17. $10-$85. www.earthdayfilmfest.org FOr MOrE MUSIC, SEE NIGHTLIFE ON PaGE 24
OF ONE’S OWN accOrDION Soul music is great and all, but one can’t help but notice the genre’s glaring lack of accordion throughout—especially outside New Orleans. Thankfully, accordion virtuoso Andre Thierry has it covered. He combines Zydeco, R&B, funk and soul music, and although he was born and raised in Richmond, he’s deeply influenced by his French Creole Louisiana heritage. He was the first American artist to perform in the Akkordeonale International Festival in Germany, was nominated for a Grammy in 2012, and he’ll be performing at La Salles this Tuesday (March 17) at 4 p.m. March 12, 2020
SCENE Blanco Bronco stands in front of his painting on the wall: “Blanco Bronco–A Very Bad Boy.” Photo by Jason cassidy
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Colorful pop art raises money for rescues
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Art 1078 GALLERY: Selections from Memphis and The Wechslers, by Portland fine art photographer, Jennifer Brommer. Through 3/15. Free. 1710 Park Ave. 1078gallery.org
B-SO GALLERY: Ghost, culminating exhibition for the Chico State art student Shay Taylor. Through 3/13. Chico State, Ayres Hall, Room 105. stdaileyphotography.com
HEALING ART GALLERY: Art by Kimberly Rachelle Ranalla, paintings by Northern California Artist and brain tumor survivor. Enloe Regional Cancer Center’s Healing Art Gallery features artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Through 4/17. Free. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856. enloe.org
JACKI HEADLEY UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Foreign Bodies, working primarily in ceramics, Bay Area artist Cathy Lu explores trans-cultural experiences through the appropriation and decontextualization of traditional Chinese art and its perception in the West. Through 3/14. Chico State, ARTS 121.
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Unbroken Legacies – Northern California Art Glass, an exhibition of artists working with a variety of glass techniques. Reception 3/13, 6-8pm. Panel Conversation 3/29, 3pm. Through 4/26. 900 Esplanade. monca.org
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PARADISE ART CENTER: Something Different, works from artists who try a medium, subject matter, technique or a color scheme that they are unfamiliar with. Through 3/28. 5564 Almond Street, Paradise.
THE TURNER: Large Print, an exhibit with some of the largest works in the Turner collection. Exhibition talk 3/12, 5:30pm at Zingg Recital Hall followed by a reception at The Turner. Through 4/13. Free. Chico State, 898-4476. theturner.org
Museums CHICO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Tons of cool stuff for kids to explore including a miniature city, complete with a junior vet clinic, dentist, cafe and farmers’ market, a giant fish tank, multi-sensory room, imagination playground and much more. Check the website for hours and admission information Through 3/25. $7-$9. 325 Main St. chicochildrensmuseum.org
VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Fire and Water Elements of Change, this exhibit curated by Museum Studies students observes our changing planet from an anthropological perspective, through two major elements: fire and water. Through 7/31. Also: Unbroken Traditions Basketweavers of the Meadows-Baker Families in Northern California. Through 5/15. Chico State.
Chico Art Center gallery deliver a delightful mixture of whimsiby cal imagination Carey Wilson and exquisite craftsmanship, and enough of each to keep Review: Furlandia shows viewers engaged through March 27. in exploring the details of the Chico Art Center huge selection 450 orange st. chicoartcenter.com of images. Lovers of color, imagination and humor (and, yes, I mean kids and kidsat-heart) will get a kick out of the many depictions of domestic and farm animals bedecked in human costumes and/or portrayed in delicately rendered psychedelic detail in the duo’s Furlandia show. Likewise, serious-minded students of fine art will find plenty to appreciate in the composition and rendering of the pieces. Making this exhibit especially unique is the first public exhibition of their latest 3-D, reverse-perspective painted sculptures, which they call “viewer interactive art.” In the spirit of no spoilers, I will not reveal the mechanics of how these amazing pieces are put together in their Corning-based New
Perspective Studio, but instead will quote Dynan’s description: “The art has motion and also morphs as the viewer changes positions, and the more the viewer gets into the art, the more they appear to be dancing. They want to figure out how it is done. They will twist sideways, jump up and down, walk back and forth and try to approach the art (which is a little disorienting). But it is impossible to understand the concept completely. It is a combination of geometry, math, science and a little bit of magic.” Dynan’s solo pieces, such as his acrylic painting “Oaxacan Mountain Lion,” employ twodimensional space and complex abstract compositions against flat color background to deliver expressive renditions of the subjects. Collaborative works by the two artists—such as “Lil Snoz X,” which depicts a tall, derby-wearing figure reminiscent of the enigmatic men who populate many of surrealist Rene Magritte’s paintings, but with a comical cow’s face—are both funny and reflective of the pair’s other mission: creating art that supports their Accidental Animal Rescue Center. Nelson explains the background on the project in the exhibit’s online description: “People started dropping off animals at our art studio ... about eleven years ago. At first it was just a few kittens, then goats,
llamas, dogs, and, well, it just turned into a zoo.” Particularly evocative of that effort is the collaborative “The Free Clinic,” which is, as the placard says, “Based on Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.” But in their rather Peter Max-like painting, it’s converted to a free clinic for animals, including some of the residents of their shelter. Of the more serious collaborative works I was particularly struck by was the portrait “Ronin, a Pig’s Best Friend,” a full face of a happy looking dog with liquid eyes and a smiling visage rendered in what from a distance seems done in realistic tones, but when examined up close reveals exquisitely fine brush work of nearly iridescent colors on his snout and throat. In the same style, “I’m Listening” portrays a sheep whose lush folds of wool are detailed in tiny stokes of prismatic color. A personal favorite was Nelson’s self-portrait showing the artist working “in her natural habitat, surrounded by paints, plants and flowers.” The brush work is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh’s, and the luxuriant colors and textures of the paint exude a deep respect for and love of the craft of painting. Go for the fun, of which there is plenty, and possibly even a touch of contemplation. Ω
ARTS DEVO by Jason Cassidy • firstname.lastname@example.org
The LasT refugee One of the sweetest perks of arts dEVo’s job at the Chico news & Review is getting to curate the Keep Chico Weird art show. Sometimes the art is mildly weird (that dog has a silly hat on!) and sometimes it’s mildly traumatic (the less said about the “Bathroom Cauldron,” the better). But many of the works are actually touching. Tanya strishak has submitted art to nearly every KCW Art Show, and her entry for this year’s exhibit (March 19-22, at 1078 Gallery; reception March 19, 6-9 p.m.) is a moving tribute to her mother, Renate netch. The Camp Fire destroyed the Paradise homes of Strishak and her mom, and her “Mother’s Journey” is a collaged triptych made from found objects as well as remnants of the fire, and it traces a long life lived on the front lines of history. Strishak’s accompanying statement: I am a first generation American. My mother was born in the USSR, and lost her father in Stalin’s prisons. As a child, she escaped with her mother and brother through the German lines as the army advanced through Russia during WWII. They walked through Germany, ragged and hungry, until they ended up in a German “transition” camp where my mother and father met. They survived until the American Occupation and escaped repatriation because my mother and grandmother spoke six languages and my uncle spoke four. They “Mother’s Journey” (detail) were useful to the Americans who used them as dispatchers, drivers and gophers. After seven years, my mother found a sponsor in the U.S. and emigrated by ship to New York where she worked as a nanny. She was then able to find work and sponsors for the family as well as my father’s family and they all lived together for awhile. My mother painted, played chess, traveled extensively and lived most of her life on Long Island, New York. Eventually she moved to Paradise and bought a house there. Her grandson saved her from the fire as she was 91 and unable to drive. She evacuated with all of us, but the fire affected her to the point where where she never recovered her health. She died on February 6, 2020, peacefully and quietly at our home, surrounded by her family. She was the last thread connecting me to Paradise and to Russia, the last refugee.
cuTe band aLerT! Normally, news that RedRumsey—the current project of the badass Vern Rumsey, bassist for the legendary Olympia noisemakers Unwound—is coming to duffy’s Tavern on April 9 would be, well, that’d be the news. But on that same bill is Kid Cops, a band you’ve probably never heard of, but whose existence means that one of Chico’s greatest acts is no more. After 20 years, as of right now, the americas are done. The only solace to take from losing the post-punk duo is the fact that drummer Casey deitz and guitarist/singer Travis Wuerthner will continue exploring the far reaches of loopy, mathy, noisy rock dynamics in Kid Cops, and that like-minded soul Mathew Houghton (of Cat depot, Team skins, Black Magnet) is joining the fun on bass. I guess I’m OK Flier by Aye Jay with that. Carry on, dudes. firsT gaThering I just got word from District 1 congressional candidate
audrey denney that a gathering for albree sexton and Mike dolfini, both of whom died last week after a tornado struck Nashville, Tenn., will take place March 28, 5 p.m., at The Old Steeple (246 Berding St.) in Ferndale. All are welcome to attend. Also, a fundraising campaign for the couple’s families is now up on gofundme.com. Search “Albree Sexton & Mike Dolfini.” March 12, 2020
ThUrSDaY 3/12—WEDNESDaY 3/18 SONS OF JEFFERSON: Local high-
energy mountain music. Thu, 3/12, 6:30pm. Free. Farm Star Pizza, 1395 W. Lindo Ave.
ALEX VINCENT: Live music. Fri,
3/13, 8pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville. theex changeoroville.com
COLLECTIVITY: Bay Area jazz/funk/ psychedelic group featuring members of Whitesnake, Lyrics Born, New Mastersounds, Booker T and the M.G.s, Boz Scaggs and more. Lo & Behold opens. Fri, 3/13, 9pm. $13. Lost on Main, 319 Main St. loston mainchico.com
hOUSE OF FLOYD Saturday, March 14 Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co.
comedian is joined by Sacramento’s Sydney Stigerts and local comic Jacob McCown. Hosted by Dillon Collins. Thu, 3/12, 7pm. $15. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.
BOGG DOES BACHARACH: The second
show of the local modern jazz quartet’s dinner tribute series this month will feature the music of iconic American composer Burt Bacharach. Thu, 3/12, 6pm. Tender Loving Coffee, 365 E. Sixth St.
ELLIS RODRIGUEZ: The Boston standup
REGGAE NIGHT: Vibes by Stay Positive Sound DJs, food by Green Paradise Cafe. Thu, 3/12. The Commons Social Empourium, 2412 Park Ave.
SILENT DISCO: Pop on your headphones and dance alone in a room full of people. Switch between three channels—hip-hop, EDM and open format. Thu, 3/12, 8pm. $7-$15. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St. elreychico.com
DEREK KILPATRICK BAND WITH JENNIFER THATCHER: Classic rock covers. Fri, 3/13, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.
DON’T STOP BELIEVING: The tribute band does its best to capture Journey’s signature sound and stay true to its musical legacy. Fri, 3/13, 8pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.
HA’PENNY BRIDGE: Live music from the
local California Celtic band. Fri, 3/13, 7:30pm. $5-$6. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.
JOHN SEID, LARRY PETERSON, CHRIS WENGER, BOB LITTELL: Live dinner
music. Fri, 3/13, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.
NOT YOUr FaThEr’S FrIDaY ThE 13Th
LOCALS NIGHT: All-local show featuring Rigmarole, The Elwood Show and Uni and Her Ukelele. Fri, 3/13, 8:30pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
MADONNA TRIBUTE: The ultimate tribute to the Queen of Pop. Fri, 3/13, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
Don’t be frightened. Yes, Vancouver post-punks Spectres are known for their bleak, dark music, but they rip, and you’ll have scary fun watching them. Also, after a two-year slumber, local hardcore surf punk band Criminal Wave has risen from the dead, and Iver rounds out a stacked, eerie show this Friday (March 13) at Naked Lounge.
ONOFF: Live rock from Ireland (via
Sacramento). Fri, 3/13, 9pm. Free. Jen’s Place, 7126 Skyway, Paradise.
SPECTRES: Chico Area Punks presents another evening of dark music featuring the post-punk band on tour from Vancouver. Local hardcore crew Criminal Wave plays its first show in two years along with dreamy darkwave trio Iver. Fri, 3/13, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
THE UNDERCOVERS: Humboldt County cover band. Fri, 3/13, 10pm. $2. Down Lo, 319 Main St.
3PINTS DOWN: Live music. Sat, 3/14, 6:30pm. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade.
THE BASH DOGS: So-Cal rockers on tour in support of their new album. Local support from Rise & Fall and Little Black Cloud. Sat, 3/14, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
happy hour crowd. Sat, 3/14, 10pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
GUERRA DE BANDAS: ABK Events presenta Noche Latina con Cynthia Silva La Grande, Banda Las Palmas, Banda Tierra Azteca y intermedios por DJ Lil 50. Sat, 3/14, 8pm. $30. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St. elreychico.com
HOUSE OF FLOYD: The Bay Area Pink
GUIDO: Live music for the late-night
Floyd tribute band incorporates sound effects, moving lights, lasers & video projection including many of the original backing films used by the band. Sat, 3/14, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3
50 pieces of PRESENTS
weird art 1078 Gallery
1710 Park Ave., Chico
2020 Keep Chico
Reception: Thursday, March 19, 6-9 p.m., featuring live performances and the Best in Show award. Plus, live printing by Pedal Press. Free admission Bonus performance: Sunday, March 22, an early show, 1-4 p.m., featuring four weird live music acts: • Loolowningen from Japan • Gentlemen Surfer from Sacramento • XDS and Donald Beaman from Chico $7 cover For more info visit: keepchicoweird.com
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METaLachI Sunday, March 15 Tackle Box
SAIL ON: Oroville Concert Association presents a tribute to The Beach Boys. Mon, 3/16, 7:30pm. $30. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville. orovillestatetheatre. com
TEMPO: A day-and-night party featuring reggae, dancehall, dub, and roots music with Junior Toots, DJ PHG, Itimo, Stay Positive Sound and special guests. Sat, 3/14, noon (food), 5pm (music). Free. Sipho’s, 1228 Dayton Road.
TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS: The longtime Bay Area bluesman is a local fave. A Camp Fire relief benefit hosted by Paradise Rotary Club. Sat, 3/14, 7pm. $25. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, Paradise. troubadour. Sat, 3/14, 8pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville. theexchangeoroville.com
Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfalls casino.com
I LOVE THE ’90S DANCE PARTY: DJ Barndoor and DJ A-Lo-fi play all the pop, hip-hop and R&B hits you can’t not dance to. Sat, 3/14, 10pm. $3. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
JOHN SEID, LARRY PETERSON, CHRIS WENGER, BOB LITTELL: Live
music. Sat, 3/14, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.
KYLE SMITH: So-Cal reggae singer/
covers. Sat, 3/14, 9pm. Free. Jen’s Place, 7126 Skyway, Paradise.
METALACHI: JMax Productions pres-
SATURDAY SWING: West Coast swing
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dance night. Free beginner’s lesson from 7-8pm followed by the main event. No experience necessary. Sat, 3/14, 7pm. $8. Downtown Dance, 163 E. 3rd St. downtowndancechico.com
ents the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, on tour from Juarez, Mexico. Sun, 3/15, 9pm. $15. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave. jmaxproductions.net
OPEN MIC COMEDY: Sign-ups from 8-9:15pm. Sun, 3/15. Free. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
CELTIC CREEK: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with three stouts on tap and live music from the traditional Irish Folk band. Tue, 3/17, 6pm. Free. The Allies Pub, 426 Broadway, Ste. 130.
SHAM-E-ROCK FESTIVAL: Celebrate Chico-style at the Down-Lo’s annual all-day St. Patrick’s music fest, with corned beef and cabbage, plus a stacked lineup: Samaria, Kabij (featuring Webster Moore), The Damaged Goods, The Bull Frogs (featuring Brian “Gravy” Asher), Those 2 Dudes, Symblance, Jeff Pershing Band and Austin Farwell. Tue, 3/17, 12pm. $2. Down Lo, 319 Main St.
ST. PADDY’AOKE: Holiday karaoke. Tue, 3/17, 9pm. Free. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PAINTING: Create a four-leaf clover with Sienna Joy Painting. Tue, 3/17, 6pm. $32. The Commons Social Empourium, 2412 Park Ave.
DANCE NIGHT: Four lady DJs with large vinyl collections select a fresh slice of wax every Wednesday for your boogie pleasure. Wed, 3/18, 9pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.
EMMA & WILL: The local duo covers music from all genres and decades. All ages welcome. Wed, 3/18, 6pm. The Allies Pub, 426 Broadway, Ste. 130.
MUSIC BINGO: The typical game with a musical twist. Wed, 3/18, 7pm. The Commons Social Empourium, 2412 Park Ave.
OPEN MIC: Every Wednesday, hosted by Floyd Vannata, all performances welcome. Vendors and visual artists contact the venue beforehand if interested. Wed, 3/18, 7pm. The Spirit, 2360 Oro Quincy Hwy.
OPEN MIC: Share anything from poetry and memoir to folk songs and instrumental guitar. Wed, 3/18, 7pm. Free. Butte County Library Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave.
BLUES FOr GOOD
Legendary blues and soul musician Tommy Castro and his band The Painkillers are coming back to Butte County, heading to Paradise with Atlanta blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis for a Camp Fire relief benefit show at Paradise Performing Arts Center this Saturday (March 14). World-class, groovy blues rock for an emotional an uplifting night.
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music. Sun, 3/15, 6pm. 5th Street Steakhouse, 345 W 5th St.
Mac tribute. Sat, 3/14, 8pm. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.
MAX MINARDI: Chill tunes with local
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songwriter. Sat, 3/14, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.
THE REVELLS: Live classic rock
Cameron Ford. Call after 3:30pm to participate. Tue, 3/17, 6:30pm. Secret Trail Brewing Company, 132 Meyers St., Ste.120.
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REEL WORLD FILM SHORTS Reviewers: Meredith J. Cooper, Bob Grimm and Juan-Carlos Selznick.
Opening this week Bloodshot
Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
The Crazies (1973)
Two blue brothers in new Pixar adventure
Pageant’s March Late Show series is “Shocks to the System.” Each Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., a different subversive-horror flick from the 1970s will be presented. This week (March 13-14): The Crazies, a grindhouse classic by horror master George A. Romero. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.
The Earth Day Film Fest
A week’s worth of environmental films from around the world. Visit www.earthdayfilm fest.org for schedule and information on passes. Pageant Theatre.
nward is one of Pixar’s weirder releases, a goofy ode to fatherhood, brotherhood and the geeky glory of Dungeons & Dragons-type fantasy roleplaying games. While it likely won’t be countby ed among the animation studio’s Bob Grimm best (see: Up, Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, WALL-E), the film bg r i mm@ newsrev i ew.c om is still a good time for kids and adults alike, and it packs a nice little sentimental punch in the final minutes. Ian Lightfoot and older brother Barley (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, respectively) are living with their mom (Julia LouisOnward Starring the voices Dreyfus) in a suburban fantasy of Chris Pratt, Tom world inhabited by trolls, dragons Holland and Julia and their own species, elves. Their Louis-Dreyfus. world is much like ours (replete Directed by Dan Scanlon. Cinemark 14, with strip malls, smartwatches and Feather River Cinemas. crappy vans) but once was a place Rated PG. of magic, full of wizardry and adventure. On his 16th birthday, Ian gets a note from his long-dead father, whom he never met. Dad has bequeathed to the brothers a wizard’s staff, along with a spell incantation that can bring pops back for 24 hours. After they both try the staff, the bros discover that it’s Ian who possesses magical powers. He manages to bring only the bottom half of his dad back before their magical staff stone explodes. Thus, the clock starts ticking to figure out how to summon the rest of him before time runs out. This puts Barley and Ian on a quest to find another magical stone, conjure the
half of dad that can actually see and speak, and spend some quality whole-dad time before he’s off into the great beyond. On their adventure, the two encounter a band of angry biker pixies, a dragon made of concrete rubble, and a dragon lady with a scorpion’s tail named The Manticore (Octavia Spencer). The Manticore, formerly a magical beast, now runs a restaurant/arcade out of a once-sacred castle. Onward is the second Pixar directorial effort from Dan Scanlon (after 2013’s Monsters University); he also contributed to the screenplay. Despite a 102-minute run-time, the film feels a little rushed. The city where Ian and Barley live exists as just a backdrop and is never sufficiently explored. The focus is a little narrow as well. While the brothers are fun, the movie would’ve benefited from some cohorts along for the ride. Pratt, who did a fine job voicing his character for the Lego movies, arrives in the Pixar universe in fine form. Holland, whose Ian actually looks a little like him, masks his English accent to good effect, as he did in the Spidey movies. They combine to form a winning, if not necessarily memorable, pair. While Spencer provides some fun moments, supporting turns from Louis-Dreyfus, Mel Rodriguez and Kyle Bornheimer barely register. This is the first of two Pixar movies coming out this year. The second, Soul, is set for a June release and seems likely to be the more significant of the two. Onward is still plenty fun. You have to like a kid movie with two brothers on an adventure together. And with the unique character of dad’s bottom half— who communicates by rubbing his feet together and dancing—there’s a weird edge to Onward that helps it rise above mediocrity. Ω
A dozen people are kidnapped and dropped in the middle of a remote estate where they are hunted for sport and must fight back to have a chance to save themselves. Loosely based on Richard Connell’s 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
I Still Believe
The film, like the memoir it’s based on, takes its title from a song by contemporary Christian musician Jeremy Camp, whose life story is told here, specifically the period during which his first wife was battling cancer. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.
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This latest offering from the DC Comics Extended Universe follows up Suicide Squad (2016), and finds the unhinged badass Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) teaming with a new crew, an all-female band of superheroes trying to rescue a young girl from the Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
The Invisible Man
A horror adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name, with Elizabeth Moss starring as a woman whose abusive partner (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) continues to terrorize her even though he appears to have disappeared. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG —B.G.
Sonic the Hedgehog
James Marsden and Jim Carrey star in this live-action/animated adaptation of the famous video game, with Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) voicing the title character. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.
The Way Back
Ben Affleck stars as a one-time basketball phenom now battling demons and struggling with alcohol, who gets a chance at redemption by coaching a high school team. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
Now playing Bad Boys for Life
In this third installment in the trilogy, the buddy-cop duo (played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence) reunite to fight a cartel mob boss. Cinemark 14. Rated R.
The Call of the Wild
A grumpy, growly Harrison Ford sporting a David Letterman beard stars alongside a CGI dog in this latest cinematic take on Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild. Shooting for a safe PG, much of the violence—against humans and dogs alike— has been removed in favor of a more family-friendly take on the man-and-his-dog fable. Ford plays John Thornton, a grieving, boozing loner who has left his wife after the death of their son. He rescues Buck from sled-team drudgery and bonds with his new four-legged prospecting partner. Buck, the big house dog who was kidnapped from his California home and sold into pulling a mail sled in Alaska, is a curious enough technological creation. Buck doesn’t look bad; he just doesn’t look and act “real.” As Ford narrates the movie with his huffy grumble, his onscreen persona does have a surprising nuance. He makes much of the movie
An English adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as the title character, a young, beautiful woman in mid-19th-century England who meddles in the love lives of her friends and family. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.
Based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name, with Vin Diesel starring as the Marine who is assassinated, brought back to life and transformed by scientists into a superbeing with great strength and the ability to instantly heal. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
watchable, even heartwarming in places. But then Buck the dog bounces around like Scooby-Doo and kills the moment. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG —B.G.
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crack one open Cans are winning as craft beers’ vessel of choice
Lstanding Coast Brewing Co., a longveteran of the craft beer
ast month, Fort Bragg’s North
community, announced it was releasing a beer by in cans for the Alastair Bland first time. I appreciated the press release, but I couldn’t help but think that this would have been novel and more newsworthy a decade ago. Coming in 2020, the announcement reminded me that the canned craft beer transition is no longer news. Rather, cans are now almost ubiquitous as the packaging style of choice for craft breweries (not to mention Budweiser, Coors, Miller and friends). Cans are light, sleek, smart and green, while glass bottles are seen as clunky artifices of the old-school past. In fact, soon more craft beer will be canned than bottled—a milestone expected this year. Thus, canned craft beer is no longer a story in itself; it’s just business as usual for thousands of breweries. It would be more newsworthy at this point if a young brewery ventured into the retail market using glass bottles—something craft breweries increasingly want nothing to do with. They either serve all their beer in glassware for on-site consumption, or they put it in cans—either crowlers for brewpub patrons to take home or 12- to 16-ounce cans for retail distribution. (Some breweries, including Deschutes Brewery and
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Lagunitas Brewing Co., sell singles in 19-ounce cans.) A mobile service called the Can Van has cashed in on the can transition by doing on-site canning at breweries all over Northern California. But many breweries are starting to invest in their own canning machinery. East Brother Beer Co. in Richmond opened in 2016, and in the early days, the Can Van took care of their needs. More recently, owners Rob Lightner and Chris Coomber bought their own canning system. “Makes more financial sense and gives us way more flexibility,” Lightner said. Other breweries that established themselves during the peak of the bottling era have shifted to canning—and, reportedly, finding takers for their secondhand bottling equipment is proving difficult to impossible. The canned craft beer boom seems to have started with a company called Cask Global Canning Solutions, based in Canada. In 1999, Cask introduced a tabletop canning system that received praise from American homebrewers who tried it—mainly because the final product was easier to handle than beer in glass bottles.
But when Cask founder Peter Love presented the concept to commercial craft brewers, he remembers receiving harsh criticism. “Several brewers told us, ‘That is the dumbest idea I have ever seen. No craft beer drinker’s going to buy beer in cans,’” Love said. Other craft brewers were not so bent on bottles, and Cask found its first client with Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado—a tiny brewery at the time, now among the nation’s most recognized craft labels. Oskar Blues cans more than 200,000 barrels of beer each year, and Cask meanwhile has distributed 1,700 canning systems to beverage companies in more than 70 countries. Cask is currently working with new customers in Estonia. In the United States, a shade less than 50 percent of craft beer is currently canned, and the Brewers Association’s chief economist, Bart Watson, said he expects the canned sector to surpass the bottled this year. As more and more of the beer market shifts to cans, it becomes clear that the bottled beer industry was, for all those years, just a glass castle waiting to shatter. Ω MARCH 12, 2020
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poet Gary Snyder said, “Three-fourths of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering.” Personally, I think that many of us, not just philosophers and writers, do the same thing. Are you one of us? Your first assignment during the next four weeks will be to explore whether you do indeed tend to convince yourself that you like the cage you were tricked into entering. Your second assignment: If you find that you are in a cage, do everything you can to stop liking it. Third assignment: Use all your ingenuity, call on all the favors you’re owed, and conjure up the necessary magic so that you can flee the cage.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Your
body is not a temple,” declared author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. “It’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” I half-agree with him. I’m deeply devoted to regarding the body as an amusement park. It should be a source of endless fun and enjoyment. We have the right—indeed, I’d say a duty—to wield our bodies in ways that immerse us in the mysteries and miracles of pleasure. But here’s where I disagree with Bourdain: I believe the body is also a temple that deserves our reverence and respect and protective tenderness. Your assignment in the coming weeks is to raise your commitment to treating your body as both an amusement park and a holy temple.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Early in his
career, Cancerian painter Jean-BaptisteCamille Corot (1796–1875) sold only a few paintings. But eventually his luck improved. Once he was financially successful, he became very generous. He wielded his influence to get jobs for other artists, and mentored many artists as well. Sometimes he added a few dabs of paint to the finished works of younger, struggling painters, then signed the canvases with his own name so that the works could more easily be sold. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to adopt your own version of Corot’s approach toward those around you who could benefit from your help and support. (P.S. It’s in your selfish interest to do so, although the reasons why may not be clear for a while.)
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Composer Brian
Eno has testified that African music underlies and influences much of his work. He exults in the freedom and unpredictability it encourages. Why? Here’s one reason: In African songs, there are often multiple rhythms. And they’re not locked together; they float freely in relationship to each other. Eno says this is different from Western music, whose salient quality is that all the rhythmic elements are contained “in little boxes”—locked into a tyrannically mechanical clockwork pattern. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to experiment with Eno’s insight. How? Escape mechanical clockwork patterns and activate the “multiple, free-floating rhythm” metaphor in everything you do.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Are you
interested in enhancing your mastery of togetherness? Are you open to my sug-
by rob brezsny gestion that you should seek out practical education about the arts of intimacy? Would you be willing to meditate on how you might bring additional creativity and flair into your close alliances? If you answered yes to those questions, the next six weeks will provide you with ample opportunities to dive in to all that fun work. “Collaboration” and “cooperation” will be words of power for you. “Synergy and symbiosis” should be your tender battle cry.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As you come
to the climax of your Season of Good Gaffes and Lucky Bloopers, I’ll remind you of folk singer Pete Seeger’s definition of a “productive mistake.” He said it had these five qualities: “1. made in the service of mission and vision; 2. acknowledged as a mistake; 3. learned from; 4. considered valuable; 5. shared for the benefit of all.” Let’s hope that your recent twists and turns fit at least some of these descriptions!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Would you
consider making one more push? Can I coax you to continue your half-confusing, halfrewarding quest? Are you willing to wander even further out into the frontier and take yet another smart risk and try one additional experiment? I hope so. You may not yet be fully convinced of the value of these forays outside of your comfort zone, but I suspect you will ultimately be glad that you have chosen what’s interesting over what’s convenient. P.S. In the coming weeks, you could permanently expand your reservoir of courage.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
A traditional astrologer might say that you Sagittarians typically spend less time at home than any other sign of the zodiac. Some of you folks even rebel against the idea that having a stable home is a healthgiving essential. You may feel that you can’t be totally free unless you always have your next jaunt or journey planned, or unless you always have a home-away-from-home to escape to. I understand and appreciate these quirks about your tribe, but am also committed to coaxing you to boost your homebody quotient. Now would be a perfect time to do that. You’re more open than usual to the joy and power of cultivating a nurturing home.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The
more crooked the path, the faster you’ll get to where you’re going. Every apparent detour will in fact be at least a semi-valuable shortcut. Any obstacle that seems to block your way will inspire you to get smarter and more resourceful, thereby activating lucky breaks that bring unexpected grace. So don’t waste even a minute cursing outbreaks of inconvenience because those outbreaks will ultimately save you time and make life easier. (P.S.: During the coming weeks, conventional wisdom will be even more irrelevant than it usually is.)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When
I was a young adult, I was unskilled and indigent. Many restaurants exploited my feeble prowess at washing pots and pans and dishes, but the meager wage they paid me barely kept me fed and housed. You will perhaps understand why, now that I’m grown up, I am averse to cleaning pots and pans and dishes, including my own. That’s why I pay a helper to do that job. Is there an equivalent theme in your own life? An onerous task or grueling responsibility that oppressed you or still oppresses you? Now is a good time to find a way to declare your independence from it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I suspect
your fantasy life will be especially potent in the coming weeks. Your imagination will have an enhanced power to generate visions that could eventually manifest as actual events and situations. On the one hand, that could be dicey, because you can’t afford to over-indulge in fearful speculations and worried agitation. On the other hand, that could be dramatically empowering, because your good new ideas and budding dreams may start generating practical possibilities rather quickly.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BOWEN TREATMENT AND HEALING CENTER at 2770 Olive Hwy Suite D Oroville, CA 95966. DIANE MARROQUIN 1558 Bridge St #18 Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DIANE MARROQUIN Dated: February 25, 2020 FBN Number: 2020-0000226 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name BOWEN TREATMENT AND HEALING CENTER at 2770 Olive Highway Suite D Oroville, CA 95966. DIANE MARROQUIN 1558 Bridge St #18 Oroville, CA 95966. CAROL GISSELL 220 Rim Canyon Parkway Oroville, CA 95966. JOSEPH OSGOOD 220 Rim Canyon Prkwy Oroville, CA 95966. This business was conducted by Copartners. Signed: DIANE MARROQUIN Dated: February 25, 2020 FBN Number: 2019-0001229 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BENCHMARK BUILDING MAINTENANCE, CHICO COLLEGE LIVING, HILL PROPERTIES at 123 W 6th Street Ste 130 Chico, CA 95928. APARTMENT EQUITIES, INC 123 W 6th Street Ste 130 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: WENDY GRIGGS, SECRETARY Dated: February 28, 2020 FBN Number: 2020-0000245 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as INSPIRED LIFE COUNSELING at 468 Manzanita Ave Ste 6 Chico, CA 95926. JESSICA WILKERSON 9 Patches Dr Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JESSICA WILKERSON Dated: March 3, 2020 FBN Number: 2020-0000266 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BIDWELL BLINDS at 47 Cobblestone Drive Chico, CA 95928. BRIAN MYRICK 400 Mission Ranch Blvd Apt 2 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BRIAN MYRICK Dated: March 6, 2020 FBN Number: 2020-0000272 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MULTIFAMILY ASSET ADVISORS at 123 W 6th Street Ste. 130 Chico, CA 95928. TIM EDWARDS, TRUSTEE 670 E 5th Street Chico, CA 95928. WESLEY D HILL, TRUSTEE 643 Jardin Way Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: WESLEY D HILL Dated: Febraury 28, 2020 FBN Number: 2020-0000244 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020
NOTICES NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units contain clothes, furniture, boxes, etc. 133cc CASEY MICHAEL A 5x7 (Furniture, Totes, Bags) 278ss CASSIDY MICHAEL 6x10 (Boxes, Totes, Clothes) 426cc CRUMB DOUG 6x10 (Household items, Bags, Totes) 518cc BRITTANY HANSON 6x7 (Boxes, Totes) 314as TOPPING NANCIE/ JAMES (household items, bags, Boxes) Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on: Saturday March 28, 2020 Beginning at 1:00PM Sale to be held at: Bidwell Self Storage, 65 Heritage Lane, Chico, CA 95926. (530) 893-2109 Published: March 12,19, 2020
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JENNIFER LYNN ORILEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JENNIFER LYNN ORILEY Proposed name: JENNIFER LYNN LYON 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 court 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: April 15, 2020 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: February 13, 2020 Case Number: 20CV00411 Published: February 20,27, March 5,12, 2020
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JENNIFER KNIGHT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LANDON STRYKER LEE Proposed name: LANDON STRYKER KNIGHT 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 court days before the this Legal Notice continues
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 25, 2020 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: January 27, 2020 Case Number: 20CV00206 Published: February 27, March 5,12,19, 2020
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner VICTORIA KNOPPER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: VICTORIA KNOPPER Proposed name: VICTORIA TRYON 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 court 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: April 8, 2020 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: February 13, 2020 Case Number: 20CV00403 Published: February 27, March 5,12,19, 2020
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAZI SHAMIM HASAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KAZI MUHAMMAD TAWHEED SARA TAIBAH Proposed name: TAWHEED HASAN TAIBAH HASAN 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 court 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 this Legal Notice continues
written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: April 22, 2020 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: February 26, 2020 Case Number: 20CV00557 Published: March 5,12,19,26, 2020
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOSEPH WILLIAM STEMPINSKI filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JOSEPH WILLIAM SENDACKI Proposed name: JOSEPH WILLIAM STEMPINSKI 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 court 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: April 15, 2020 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P CANDELA Dated: March 2, 2020 Case Number: 20CV00618 Published: March 12,19,26, April 2, 2020
PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE JOHN LESLIE JONES, aka JOHN L. JONES, aka JOHN JONES To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: JOHN LESLIE JONES, aka JOHN L. JONES, aka JOHN JONES A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MARY ANN SHINN in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: MARY ANN SHINN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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, this Legal Notice continues
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: April 7, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: Probate Room: TBA Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord 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 the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. 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. Attorney for petitioner: REBECCA YUHASZ McKernan, Lanam, Bakke & Williams LLP 55 Independence Circle, Suite 106 Chico, CA 95973 (530) 877-4961 Case Number: 20PR00074 Published: March 12,19,26, 2020
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