The falcon lady, the future, the library, the Banjoman and your weekly DEVOtions

Rebecca and the falcon

Rebecca and the falcon

A bird tale Rebecca O’Connor was an established author and professional animal trainer, then for reasons known only to her, she moved deep into the forest. Now she’s know only as … The Falconer!

I haven’t checked any of my facts, but I’m sure that’s Rebecca O’Connor’s “real” story. The Sacramento author comes to Chico’s Lyon Books Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., to promote her latest book, Lift, a memoir about her relationship with her peregrine and her journey as a falconer. Her presentation, “Winging it: Living a Life Shaped by Birds and Words,” will include video, music, photos and book excerpts related to a life devoted to working with birds.

Wes Anderson’s fox tale

The future will be fun Arts DEVO is really looking forward to some things: S.F. composer and experimental multi-instrumentalist Mark Growden will be at The Frame Nov. 19 for a CD-release party; Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated interpretation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, opens Nov. 25; San Diego post-rock guitar gods Tristeza come to Café Coda Dec. 2; Trevor Lalaguna will present something wonderfully weird for his show Co-Motion at the Humanities Center Gallery (opening reception Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m.); and Number One Gun plays a one-off reunion show at LaSalles Dec. 9.

“Dear Local Editor, each day we are amazed to find that so many community members are not aware of the extensive historical and research collections available free of charge at the Butte County Library.” You heard Butte County Library’s Deborah Holmes, get to the library and get yer local-knowledge on. Holmes’ press release goes on to point out that the Chico Branch of the library has a collection of area newspapers—from the Chico Enterprise-Record all the way back to the Weekly Butte Record, Chico Courant and Chico Daily Enterprise—available to the public on microfilm dating back to 1853. Visit the library at 1108 Sherman Ave., or online at

Trevor Lalaguna

The Banjoman cometh Gordy “The Banjo-ologist” Ohliger is coming to a public television station near you (provided your TV has a cable package that includes Sacramento’s affiliate KVIE). The Viewfinder episode featuring Ohliger’s pickin’ and history lessons (and filmed by local documentary filmmaking stud Peter Berkow) is titled “Arts Alive: The Banjologist” and shows Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, 4 p.m.; and Nov. 22, 6 p.m.


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• The young and wet vs. the old and sticky: The Secret Stolen shows off its new bass player Alex Light, and Jack Dammit (pictured) and his Fat Stickys show off their fairly new bass player Sue Reed at Duffy’s Tavern Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 p.m.

• Strings for Food: Herreid Music has joined the movement: Bring two nonperishable food items to the store (824 Oroville Ave.) Saturday, Nov. 14, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Herreid will re-string, polish and tune your guitar! All food received will be donated to the Jesus Center.

• Arts grant workshop: Friends of the Arts and Chico Arts Commission ask: “Are you with an arts organization? Are you a musician? A docent? A painter? A curator? A poet? A dancer? A thespian? A sculptor? A writer? A historian? A volunteer or involved with a nonprofit or cultural organization?” If so, there will be a day-long grant workshop at the City Council Chambers (conference room 1) Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The day is free and will include all the information you might need to seek out funding for your arts-making. Register now; seating is limited. Contact Debra Lucero at 228-2860 or <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,100,101,98,108,117,99,101,114,111,64,115,98,99,103,108,111,98,97,108,46,110,101,116,34,62,100,101,98,108,117,99,101,114,111,64,115,98,99,103,108,111,98,97,108,46,110,101,116,60,47,97,62)) } </script>.