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Flipping Paradise

Flipping Paradise

Home and Garden County Just weeks after Chico debuted on HGTV’s insanely popular House Hunters on Jan. 3 (see the “Putting Down Roots in Chico” episode, with local realtor Sarah Neilsen), another HGTV show featuring Butte County sellers is set to air. The pilot episode of Flipping Paradise, a potential new series on the network, will air Jan. 21, at noon. The show features Paradise couple David and Chinoa Rivera, and follows the professional flippers as they purchase a dilapidated vacation home in the area, fix it up and try to sell it for a profit. This is the second showing of the pilot (which also aired in December), and if there’s enough of a response to it this time around, there’s a chance the show will be picked up and made into a regular series. Tune in and support the home team!

Calling all y’all There are a lot of busy organizations and individuals making plans to entertain and enlighten Chico in the coming year, and some of them are actively seeking your participation right now.

Thursday Night Market performers: It’s hard to believe as we navigate the waters of the Pineapple Express, but in just three months (April 9), the Thursday Night Market will return and the DCBA is now accepting applications for street performers as well as for City Plaza Nights events. Visit and hover over the “Events” tab for an application link.

Kids in Cuba, by Emily Teague

• More colors at the Blue Room: In an effort to expand the theater’s talent pool and increase its diversity, the Blue Room Theatre will be hosting regular readings of a culturally diverse selection of plays. The first takes place at the theater (139 W. First St.) Sunday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m., and will include Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar and Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Those interested in taking part should email

• Join the arts committee: The annual spring arts festival at the Matador Hotel needs you. Join the Art at the Matador Planning Committee and help to ensure that the May 12-13 event goes off. Call Cynthia Sexton at 318-2105 to learn more.

• Learn to appreciate: At Butte College, Drama 2, aka Theater Arts Appreciation, needs students! Taught by Tom Kinnee, local theater vet and host of the fantastic Weekend Showcase arts program on KCHO (Fridays, 3 p.m., at 91.7 FM and, the class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m., at the school’s Chico Center. Visit to register.


• Return of the Antidivas: This year’s edition of Chico’s a cappella supergroup’s annual performance—The Construct Concert and Snowball—takes place Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Chico Women’s Club, with a concert at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 and dancing from 8-10. Suggested donation of $10 for the whole evening or $5 for just to dance.

Solivagant reception: Local globetrotting photographer Emily Teague is in town and kicking off an exhibit of her photos from her travels (Cuba) as well as her fashion-art shoots, Friday, Jan. 13, 6-10 p.m., at the Naked Lounge. Local hillbilly outlaws the Michelin Embers provide the entertainment.