Chico arts and music news and remembering Socially Steve
Gallery found It’s as official as a signed lease: The 1078 Gallery is roaming no more. The gallery’s new space will be at 1710 Park Ave., inside the gutted former home of Sierra Market (which moved into a building across the street), and it’ll be the fourth home for the 36-year-old community art gallery.
There are challenges ahead, chief among them an application for a conditional use permit from the city of Chico to allow for hosting live music events. To raise money for the nearly $7,000 in permits and fees, the gallery is hosting a fundraiser—The 1078 @ 1710 Party!—Jan. 20 at the Chico Women’s Club, featuring live music, plus food and drinks. Stay tuned for details.
Emotional rescue Dude! Citysick is dope! The self-described “super duper emo” Chico band has just released its second EP, Get Better, and it’s one of the best local albums of the year. In general, an emo band has to rock pretty damn hard or be super hyper to make me care about young white guys whining about relationship problems (see The Get Up Kids, Knapsack, et al.), and this bombastic recording (engineered and mixed by lead guitarist David Hollenbeck) from the local four-piece is a super energetic slice of emotional rock that promises to warm all but the most cynical hearts during the chilly holidays. Check it for yourself at the band’s EP-release party Saturday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at The Naked Lounge (Like Roses, Higuera and Creekside open). Or download a copy at citysickca.bandcamp.com.
Keep ROCKIN’ Speaking of local bands releasing EPs, new local “post pop” crew No Wave just dropped its first recording, the five-song No Wave: Live Sessions. Download it at nowavesonlyocean.bandcamp.com.
RIP Socially Steve There has been a lot of hurt felt throughout Chico’s intimate creative community this past week, as one of its favorite sons left the scene way too early. Stephen Pankhurst died at home on Nov. 28, a day after being released from the hospital following heart surgery. He was 45.
Pankhurst was beloved in this town. He was a big-hearted man with an infectious zest for life, something that was on full display at the notorious pool parties he threw and in the hard-partying old-school Chico punk band for which he played bass, Socially Pink (winners of a couple of CAMMIES awards). And he was also respected in an entirely different arena—the financial/business world, where he put his innate ability to generate dollars to work in helping launch local publications Upstate Business Journal and Inside Out magazine before moving on to do independent marketing and consulting work.
An official celebration of life for Pankhurst won’t happen until June 2, 2018 (details forthcoming), but this Saturday, Dec. 9, 2-5 p.m., there will be an informal memorial for the man at The Maltese Bar & Tap Room.
Remembering Ann A memorial for local painter Ann Pierce, who died on Nov. 20, has been announced for Saturday, Dec. 16, 1-3 p.m., at the Museum of Northern California Art. Also, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “Pierce/Trucksess Studio Art Scholarship” via Chico State’s University Foundation, 400 W. First St., 95926-0999.