Tattoo turnabout and your weekly DEVOtions
One good burn deserves another Longtime Chico tattoo artist David Singletary has taken a mean-spirited act of vandalism and turned it into a lighthearted act of charity … with a tiny amount of sweet revenge thrown in.
Singletary recently reopened his Sacred Art Tattoo Parlor—in the same 804 Broadway spot where he’d been working at the now-closed Amber Rose Tattoo—and last month someone made a giant sticker featuring an image of him wearing a T-shirt with “Straight Outta Neckroom” on it and stuck it to a vintage “Tattoo” sign in front of his shop. To his credit, Singletary is taking the body-shaming slam in stride. He’s not pressing charges (even though he says he has surveillance footage); instead, he’s made a T-shirt featuring an image of the sticker and is selling them to pay for repair of the sign. Any extra proceeds will be donated to charity. Swing by the shop and get yours for only $20. Just don’t ask for a turtleneck.
Housebound sound If, like Arts DEVO, you’re always on the lookout for something different in your art, you’ll likewise be interested in the new album by Addi D., aka local musician-of-many-hats Addison DeSantis. The publicity-shy player says that the thread running through House Parts is, well, the parts of the house, as seen through the fog of being sick and stuck inside. His “Porch,” “Cupboard,” “Pillow,” etc., all make appearances on this trippy, all-over-the-musical-map bedroom recording. My jam right now is the Pinback-esque “Front Door,” with oddly timed acoustic riffs and cool vocal interplay between DeSantis and guest Melanie Treuhaft. Get it now at addid.bandcamp.com.
• Diverse Minds: The Iverson Wellness and Recovery Center presents the Diverse Minds art show, a group showcase of its members’ art, Nov. 1-4, at the Museum of Northern California Art. The opening reception is tonight, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., and will be followed by a release party for the Diverse Minds journal, Friday, Nov. 2, 4-6 p.m.
• Whistling competion: To get inspired for your whistling tryout—this Friday, Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m., at Purple Line Urban Winery (760 Safford St., Oroville)—search for footage of “Whistling Caruso” from The Muppets movie (2011). It’s Andrew Bird—a bona fide master whistler—doing the behind-the-scenes whistling for the Walter character, and it’s thrilling. The qualifiers will get to perform during intermission of Bridge Over the River Kwai—a film with maybe the most famous whistling scene of all time—at Oroville’s State Theatre on Nov. 9.
• Through the Red Door: This Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8 p.m., author Carson Medley will be holding a book signing at The Bookstore (118 Main St.) for Through the Red Door, his book chronicling the 2015-16 season of the Chico State’s men’s basketball team that went 22-7 overall, won its conference and made it to the NCAA Division II tournament for the fifth season in a row. Joining Medley for the signing will be Greg Clink, men’s basketball coach.