The decompression of DEVO

Throw it over there, Aaron!

Throw it over there, Aaron!

Photo By Chris Callies

DEVOtions: vacation edition

Arts DEVO is taking some time off to have an extended spirit-regeneration performed. It’s going to be a grueling battery of procedures—daily burrito injections, extreme napping, poodle-snuggling therapy and even an experimental guitar-reattachment surgery. It all starts right now, so I’m leaving you with a few instructions for the weeks to come:

• Tonight, Feb. 3, 5 p.m.: Rent Party.The Harlem Renaissance Rent Party will be filled with partygoers dressed up as figures from the period. Partygoers can be anyone they choose as long as that person was alive sometime between Jan. 1, 1919 and Dec. 31, 1929.” The Black Faculty and Staff Association at Chico State and the School of the Arts are kicking off Black History Month with an old-fashioned rent party, with Southern-style food and period entertainment, to raise money for student scholarships. Harlen Adams Theatre on the Chico State campus. $5 donation.

• Sunday, Feb. 6, 3:30 p.m.: Super Bowl. Calling all bandwagon Green Bay Packers fans (and Arts DEVO is definitely marching wit’ you in that parade—I think I might even be developing a bit of an up Nort’ accent, eh?), let us all turn our attention to Texas this Sunday and root for the local boy to bust through the Steel Curtain and bring another championship to Title Town, USA, and some extra trivia to Chico’s Wikipedia page. Go Aaron!

• Tuesday, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m.: Print Sale. Everyone knows how much Arts DEVO loves cheap art, and The Print Club at Chico State is bringing it. Prints by student artists will be sold for $20 each, or $30 for two! Get there before they’re all gone!

Sea Monster, Chico’s Valentine

• Friday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.: Sea Monster Presents. I will always show Sea Monster love whenever she unveils one of her art extravaganzas. No one gives Chico as much bang for its buck when it comes art happenings. But, I gotta admit, getting a hand-delivered Valentine in the form of a metal Reba McEntire lunchbox stuffed with art, candy, pencils and a racy, hand-typed invitation to her upcoming RAYRAY Gallery exhibition/party—The Secret Adventures of the Famous Miss Muffin—has made me more intrigued than usual about what saucy art shenanigans she has in store for Chico.

Charlie Hustle

• Sunday, Feb. 20: Sports VIP Night. Pete Rose, yes the Pete Rose, is coming to Gold Country Casino with his old Cincinnati Reds teammate Gary Nolan for a Sports VIP Night. There are several packages available, including one with a chance for autographs from the baseball greats. Visit for info.

Slam Buckra

Rest in peace Just got word that kooky, twisted, bluesy, funky, fun-loving Redding bar rocker Slam Buckra died last Friday, Jan. 28. A story at reports that he succumbed to a battle with tongue cancer. He was 53. Buckra often brought his wild act to Chico, and the spirited showman always put on a memorable performance, drawing comparisons to everyone from Captain Beefheart to Dean Martin.