Art, music and tragedy
Billboard art The toxic political climate of the day has inspired local arts rabble-rouser Sisko to once again share his offbeat, satirical vision with Chico. Sisko is known for making social statements through public art, mainly via large cartoons on local billboards, and he’s set up a crowdfunding campaign to help him with his current project. Search “Sisko on the highway” at generosity.com to take part.
I wanna destroy you! Speaking of life in America going off the rails, a killer new radio show, Eve of Destruction, debuted this week on KZFR community radio. Local rocker Josh Indar is the host and he’s promising to bring “all the underground and fringe sounds in these perilous times!” As we fight the good fight against our incoming oligarch, we need a kick-ass soundtrack, and Indar’s first playlist—featuring a tasty selection of garage-rock, power-pop and punk gems, from Dead Kennedys to Bay City Rollers—is pretty perfect. Tune in Mondays, 7:30-10 p.m., at 90.1 FM or www.kzfr.org.
In the name of Norton It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since renowned harmonica player and Paradise resident Norton Buffalo died. He certainly hasn’t been forgotten in his adopted community on The Ridge, as the members of the newly created Paradise Community Guilds (formerly the Paradise Grange) rechristened its community space (at 5704 Chapel Drive) the Norton Buffalo Hall. Events are already underway under the new moniker, and there will be an official dedication and concert on Jan. 12, featuring the talents of longtime Buffalo cohorts Roy Rogers and Carlos Reyes. Search “Paradise Community Guilds” on Facebook or call 762-1490 for more info.
Quiet in the back The busy music-makers of the Uncle Dad’s Arts Collective have combined forces with the Naked Lounge downtown for a new music series called Listen Up: A Night of Critical Listening. The concept is simple: Some music is best heard in a quiet, controlled environment, and the shows in this series will feature acts that create more intimate, sometimes music- ally intricate works and present them in a fairly distraction-free setting. If you’re up to the challenge of shutting your noise hole, check out the first recital this Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 pm., featuring the works of Joshua Hegg and Shigemi Minetaka and their respective ensembles.
RIP Donna The Chico News & Review sends condolences to the families and friends of the 36 people who died in the fire at the Ghost Ship arts collective warehouse in Oakland Friday, Dec. 2. Among those who died was Chico native Donna Kellogg. The 32-year-old, who was living in Oakland, was a friend to many in the Chico arts/music community and there is a palpable sadness in town as friends process the pain of losing such a vibrant and fun-loving spirit. A crowdfunding relief fund for survivors and victims’ families has been set up at tinyurl.com/firevictims.