It’s good to be in Chico

Ryan Mulford with his “Hepburn.”

Ryan Mulford with his “Hepburn.”

“Interesting and beautiful” Local artist and entrepreneur Ryan Mulford has opened a brand new Chico art gallery. It’s right down the street, about a blog away on the other side of that Facebook wall at Mulford opened Hidden World Gallery in early October (and yes, it is a digital gallery), and so far it features the paintings and drawings of nine artists—some from Chico, like Mulford and Daniel Vera, and some from as far away as Australia—available for purchase as limited-edition giclée prints for $90-$120.

“The majority of people can’t afford to pay hundreds or thousands or dollars for an original work of art,” explained Mulford in an email. “In the case of Hidden World Gallery, the artist keeps their original work of art, and anyone in the world can have the access to buy a limited-edition museum-quality print of the artwork at an affordable price.” Mulford says the only criteria for the work chosen for the gallery is that it’s “interesting and beautiful,” and those two words apply to the colorful but clean and well-organized site as well. Visit today.

<i>Print & Paste</i>, at RayRay.

Woah! How’d you manage to fit so much rad into one weekend, Chico!? This is all happening here this Thursday-Sunday: Raymond Carver Festival returns to the Blue Room (opens tonight, Nov. 3); Jackson Browne plays to a sold-out audience in Laxson Auditorium (also tonight); L.A.’s California E.A.R. Unit performs Chico State music instructor David Dvorin’s experimental multimedia piece As Alice (Friday, Nov. 4, Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall); RayRay Gallery hosts an opening reception for Print & Paste, Siana Sonoquie and Alec Patience’s screenprint and collage show (Saturday, Nov. 5); The Barr Brothers (of The Slip fame) perform as their new avant-folk crew at Origami Recording Lounge (Saturday); and Paris-via-Los Angeles chanteuse Jessica Fichot is at Bustolini’s (Sunday, Nov. 6). And that’s leaving out the Purple Xperience, the Prince tribute out at Feather Falls Brewing Co. on Friday and Saturday nights! Let’s go crazy, Chico!

Three to grow on

Wearin’ my beer hat in Yuba City.

• Viking road trip: Visited the Happy Viking last weekend, an awesome sports bar, with an incredible craft-brew menu in Yuba City. As luck would have it, on tap was Bad Luck Blonde Ale, a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp selection crafted by the pub’s owners. Tasty!

Art test: I’ve taken my Chico Arts Commission public-art survey, have you? Go be heard at

• On repeat: Now and forever listening to “Elle Me Dit,” by MIKA. Je veux danser!