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Keep Chico Weird Art Show is upon us

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Chico: Still Weird. Congratulations, you freaks! You outdid yourselves this year. The Chico News & Review received more than 100 submissions for the 2019 Keep Chico Weird Art Show. We couldn’t choose them all, but we did wrangle more than 50 works for the exhibit that runs tonight through Sunday (Feb. 28-March 3) at 1078 Gallery. The reception is Saturday (March 2), 6-9 p.m., and it will feature a couple of performance pieces, including a set of light jammage from new psychedelic-funk duo the Rangers and a routine by the Psychochix burlsesque trio.

There will be a Best of Show award handed out to the crowd favorite at the reception. Arts DEVO doesn’t want to completely give things away here, but after scoping out all the entries, I thought it would be fun to tease the exhibition with some detail shots from three of the works. Get a super-close look and try and track down the artworks/artists at the show.

Let’s get weird!

And Paradise, too … The CN&R is in the process of preparing for the 2019 CAMMIES, and this year we are putting extra emphasis on the second letter in that acronym: Chico Area Music Festival—as in the towns of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, etc., in our area that are/were home to musicians impacted by the Camp Fire. This year’s event is taking place at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, on April 20, and one goal of the event is to provide support and encouragement to those who lost homes, guitars, practice places, performance venues, etc. If you have a musician’s story to share, or know someone who does, please send a note to

Sit with Donald Local singer/songwriter Donald Beaman has won a couple of CAMMIES awards for his songwriting and recordings, and you should probably start getting stoked that the man has a new album called Open Field coming out soon. In anticipation of the release, he’s posted the gorgeous and sweet “Prefer to See You in the Light,” a Velvet Underground-ish slow-burner set to a trippy video by Dogu Studios composed of cross-blending scenes of the natural world. Check out the video and catch Beaman live this Sunday (March 3), 7 p.m., at 1078 Gallery with Sean Harrasser and Portland’s Run On Sentence.