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Torsos on the lawn I got a note from the residents at the yard-sculpture house on East Seventh Street letting me know that the front-yard art works are the creation of one Scott Feldman, a local pharmacist who has been placing torso sculptures that he’s been creating around his home in various installations. Since Arts DEVO mentioned the visionary environment in this space a couple weeks ago, Feldman has added a new feature to the yard—a clipboard for passersby to leave comments and observations. Stop by (between Orient and Flume) and leave the artist a note.

The system works! Ask for art and you shall receive. Durham painter and sculptor James Woronow sent me a link ( to the site for his home studio/gallery, Neutral Gray Gallery, and I’m impressed with his cool geometric-centric abstract approach. The large 3-D metal pieces are the most intriguing, and Woronow says that he’s in the process of assembling a sculpture garden with them.

You see how that works, Chico arts and music and otherwise freaky types? Communicate with the arts dude in the paper, sit back, and watch stacks of fame grow.

The space between the stairs and office One of my favorite downtown detours is to dip my toe into the Chico State campus, step inside Ayres Hall and visit the B-SO Space. The tiny art department gallery hosts short-run shows (usually a week or two) of student works—group shows, class projects and BFA culminating exhibits—and there’s almost always something interesting and often surprising on display. Last week, for instance, the props from a project by students in the intermediate and advanced drawing classes who were “asked to select a scene from a film, play or book and perform it” were on display in the space. I was impressed by the cute little cutout puppets for the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and I really wish I could have seen the Harold and Maude re-enactment with little cardboard cutouts of the Harold character and the flames of self-immolation. You still might be able to catch the exhibit, but if not, there’ll be something new to experience in Ayres 105.

Fiction contest starts … now! The CN&R is accepting entries for its annual Fiction 59 contest. You have exactly 59 words—no more, no less—to tell your story. Visit to submit. Winning stories will appear in the Nov. 9 Fiction 59 issue. Deadline to enter is Oct. 17, 11:59 p.m.

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