Arts Devo

Spreading all my DEVOtions



DEVOtions: overflow edition Wherein Arts DEVO performs a list dump of his accumulated local-culture tidbits and weekly recommendations in order to turn the page to those busy final two months of the year—with all the Star Wars anticipation and Krampusnacht preparations.

Banana Grape Stomp

• Ask a TOKiMONSTA: L.A.-based EDM producer/DJ TOKiMONSTA is coming to Chico State's Harlen Adams Theatre. She's not coming to perform; rather, she'll be the guest of School of the Arts (SOTA) Productions for its annual Music Industry Q&A (Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6:15 p.m.), where she'll talk about music-making and her work in the industry. Free and open to the public.

• Call for writing: The folks of Slow Theatre have started a new regional writing project called Along These Lines. They are inviting “anyone with something to say” to submit work by Dec. 1. “Eventually we may ask for work around specific themes or by specific populations in the area, but for our first reading there are no restrictions except one: Whatever you send us must not exceed 8 minutes of reading time, or around 1,600 words. Shorter is better.” Works will be read blind, and chosen pieces will be included as part of a public reading as well as a digital chapbook. Send works to Along These Lines via (do not include your name).

The Funky Trunk’s Sharon Nilsson.

• Banana Grape Stomp: Local sweet guy/Mother Hips documentarian/concert videographer Bill DeBlonk has something rad coming down the pike. His new show Banana Grape Stomp, a documentary series featuring live-music recordings of shows and festivals from around the North State, is going to debut on PBS/KIXE this January. Get a sneak preview—with clips of everyone from Nicki Bluhm to Leftover Salmon—at

• One for my dawg: Former CN&R designer/good friend/righteous dude/hip-hop historian/renaissance man Mazi Noble has had a long (and financially taxing) recovery since undergoing brain surgery last spring. To raise a little scratch for Mazi and his family, this weekend (Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.), a bunch of us local musicians are going to hit the mic at the 1078 Gallery for a Rap Cover Night, and you should come party with us.

• Closing the trunk: Oh, no! What about the weirdos!? Where will they get their freaky threads?! I just got word that Chico's funkiest thrift/consignment clothing shop, Pepper Grand Coulee's Funky Trunk, is closing. Owner Sharon Nilsson announced on her shop's Facebook page that the store will be open for two more months, but after the new year it will be no more. There will still be new one-of-a-kind ugly sweaters for the coming holiday season, and much of the stock is now 20 percent off (with discounts deepening as the end of the year nears). Thanks for funky fun, Pepper!

• Keep Chico Weird: Speaking of the freak flags of Chico's glorious weirdos, the CN&R is now accepting submissions for the annual Keep Chico Weird Talent Show & Art Exhibit. The art show is Jan. 28-30 at 1078 Gallery and the talent show is Jan. 30 at the El Rey Theatre. Deadline for submission is Dec. 16. Check for guidelines.

• Call for art and stuff: The busy Chikoko fashion/art collective is now accepting applications from “quirky artists and crafters” for its annual Winter Bizarre Bazaar, to be held Dec. 12-13 at Chico Women's Club. Apply online at