Summer odd and ends.

“It’s a crystal.”

“It’s a crystal.”

The Goblin King: “You have 13 hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us … forever.” You have no time to waste! You only have until Aug. 30 to purchase your $100 engraved donor brick and help support the installation of Chico’s first permanent labyrinth in Children’s Park. Contact Marilyn Jennings of the Chico Community Labyrinth Project at or visit the site at

Kite mural (details).

High five for Susan Throw a hand up for Chico artist Susan Kirk, who was just awarded the city of Chico’s 2010-11 Artist Mini Grant in the amount of $2,000 for her kite mural at Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Children’s Performing Arts on Chestnut Street.

“Bidwell Mansion”

High 10 for Avenue 9 Gallery The north Chico gallery has teamed up with Bidwell Mansion to organize a Save the Mansion Benefit Drawing to raise money to help keep the Bidwells’ historic home from closing to the public once state park funding cuts are implemented next June. The prize is an original oil painting of the mansion by Laura Williams, and the drawing will be Oct. 14 at Avenue 9 Gallery. Tickets can be purchased for $5 each from the gallery, Bidwell Mansion and Chico Art Center.


True crime I jammed the barrel under her chin/ And her face looked raw and vicious/ Her head it landed in the sink/ With all the dirty dishesNick Cave, from “O’Malley’s Bar.”

Ah, the messy fun of a good murder ballad. As he does so completely in the 14 minutes of mass-murdering in “O’Malley’s Bar,” Cave loves to splash about in the blood probably more than anyone. That tune is one of 10 from his 1996 masterpiece, Murder Ballads, and this Friday, July 29, the good folks at RayRay Gallery are closing out the recent Dead’s Town exhibit with a live replaying of the entire album. Arts DEVO is honored to be included among the collection of local troubadours—Fera, Garrett Gray & Beth Knight, Erin Lizardo, Aubrey Debauchery and more—reveling in the dark stuff.

Punk rock DEVOtion

• Sid & Nancy: What, what, what!?!? The Blue Room Theatre’s original musical production of the gloriously loud, fun and messy punk-rock love story is back on the boards! Sid and Nancy: Love Kills is returning for three shows, Thursday-Saturday, July 28-30, 7:30 p.m., at the Blue Room, to raise money to take the production on the road!