Movie-poster art for the Pageant, and a new venue in Chico

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Art for a digital future There’s nothing like a righteous fundraising campaign to get the creative juices flowing. And three local art folks—Siana Sonoquie, Kyle Forrest Burns and Matt Loomis—have come up with something very creative and fun to help the Pageant Theatre raise money to convert to digital projection.

The Go Digital or Go Dark Art Show Fundraiser for the Pageant will feature original custom movie posters created and donated by local artists and then auctioned off during a reception at the Winchester Goose on Dec. 19, with all proceeds going to the Pageant.

A couple of artists have already submitted pieces—including former local (now living in Brooklyn) Beau Berkeley’s Return of the Living Dead; and local boy Aye Jay’s rad homage to the “Frog Baseball” segment of a long-ago Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation at the Pageant (with owners Tim Guista and Roger Montalbano sitting in for Beavis and Butthead). Other confirmed artists include the three organizers, plus Jeremy Golden, Dylan Tellesen, Kip Delaney, Josh Olivera and Adam Scarborough.

Despite his name, Arts DEVO is no visual artist, but if I was, and if I was going to try and capture my personal Pageant history, the two things that stick with me the most are the many Woody Allen films I’ve seen there, and the time I felt like a creepy weirdo for going to watch Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer by myself. But if you are a visual artist and you would like to get in on the fun, submissions are still being accepted (through Dec. 15). Send an email to for all the deets.

A new place to meet
Longtime Chico promoter Steve Schuman is set to have a new venue at which to host his North Valley Productions concerts, and best of all, the place is his! Steve, his wife Stacie Schuman, and general manager Angela Cook (also a Chico arts commissioner) are opening The Rendezvous, a multipurpose events hall in north Chico (3269 Esplanade) that can hold 325 people for concerts (175-200 for dinners and sit-down affairs). It will be available to rent for weddings, parties and any events for which one might need a big space, with a big dance floor, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a caterer’s kitchen.

The place will start jumping in December, with a concert kick-off on Dec. 6, featuring East Bay funky, soulful, New Orleans-flavored party band The California Honeydrops. And, on Dec. 12, there will be an official grand-opening ribbon-cutting, featuring live music, appetizers, drinks, and tours and demonstrations of the facility’s amenities. Visit for more info.

By now, most folks who knew of longtime downtown character Flo have heard that she died last week (Nov. 13). Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home (680 Camellia Way) will be hosting a public service for Floetta “Flo” Hamilton tonight (Nov. 21), at 6 p.m.