Chico Performances, David Lynch, Matador Records and DEVOtions

Giant. Mime. Animals!

Giant. Mime. Animals!

World cup runneth over If it wasn’t for Chico State’s public events producer Chico Performances, there would be even less the diversity in our little city. Even though it takes all my strength to overlook the fact that wuss-rockin’ earsore Asia is this season’s opening act, I will still give props to CP for putting together another wide-ranging, packed schedule of diverse acts from around the world.

Make-a-series tix (six-show bundle at 10 percent discount) are available beginning July 6, and individual shows go on sale Aug. 2. Haiti, China, Australia, Mali and Mexico will be represented in the winter/spring semester, and below are the fall highlights from the first half of CP’s 2010-2011 schedule (visit www.chicoperformances.comfor tickets and the full calendar):

Sept. 8: Last Comic Standing (Season 7 tour)

Sept. 9: Jonny Lang (blues)

Sept. 17: Ozomatli (Latin/funk/hip-hop)

Sept. 22: Celtic Fiddle Festival (Ireland/Brittany/Canada)

Oct. 2: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (comedy/bluegrass)

Oct. 14: Badi Assad (Brazilian guitar), plus MaMuse

Oct. 15: Jazz Mafia Symphony (jazz/hip-hop)

Oct. 26: Ruthie Foster & Eric Bibb (acoustic blues)

Oct. 28: Gamelan Çudmani (Bali)

Oct. 28: Omara Portuondo (Cuba)

Nov. 2: Imago Theatre: Zoo Zoo (giant mime animals!!!)

Nov. 17: Scott Simon (NPR host)

Dec. 2: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano: Fiesta Navidad

Dec. 14: Béla Fleck & The Flecktones (blu-bop Christmas tunes)

“David Lynch,” by David Lynch

David for DEVO fundraiser Many of you already know that Arts DEVO’s all-time favorite director is the Eagle Scout from Missoula, Mont. So, when I found out about the efforts of the Lynch(One) filmmakers to raise money to make LYNCHthree, another (a third, apparently) installment documenting David Lynch at work, I immediately sprung into action. The way it works is, fans donate $50 (at to help offset production costs of the film, and in return they get a shirt, poster or tote bag featuring an original self portrait by Lynch himself. I really want to help, so I’m asking all AD fans to reach deep and give. If you loyal readers can send me $50 total in donations (353 E. Second St., c/o Arts DEVO), we can make sure this documentary gets made. For your donation, you will receive an image of me wearing a new Lynch-designed T in this very column.

Hold on a minute, faithful reader This just in: Pioneering indie label Matador Records is celebrating its 21st birthday with a three-day bash at The Palms in Las Vegas this Oct. 1-3. On the bill are a few bands that just might rank super high on the most-freaking-awesome bands in AD’s life list—bands like Sonic Youth, Pavement and Guided by Voices. Oh, and there are some other “OK” ones—Belle and Sebastian, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Chavez, Superchunk, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. What is going on in this world!?! How is this even possible? If I can’t get local girl and Matador recording artist Barbara Manning to get me in the back door, I’m going to need AD readers to divert all previous Lynch funds to the new Arts DEVO Can Die Happy This October Telethon. Phone lines are now open.



• Deerpen reunion: If you’re not twirling around in Quincy this week, take in some classic Chico rock when Deerpen comes out of the woods for a one-night-only reunion show at Café Coda tonight (July 1). Dr. Yes! and Portland’s The Volt per Octaves open.

• Lulacruza: The last time this Colombia/Argentina duo came to town with its “hypnotic female singing, South American instruments, found sound objects, field recordings, and electronic manipulation” was for the Palais Idéal experimental festival at the 1078 Gallery in 2006. Hear the multicultural, multiformat, multidimensional sounds Monday, July 5, at Café Culture.