Your spring semester calendar

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill

Spring semester DEVOtions Looking forward to the spring semester, here are few highlights according to Arts DEVO that you should paste on your fridge:

Jan. 25: Surrogate and The Make—two of Chico’s best pop-rock crews together at LaSalles.

Jan. 28: Wolves in the Throne Room at Café Coda. The members of WITTR live together on a Pacific Northwest farmstead called Calliope where they create a trance-inducing form of black metal that is said to merge “a Cascadian eco-spiritual awareness with the misanthropic Norwegian eruptions of the ’90s.” Um … yes, please.

Feb. 1-24: Black and White in Black and White at Humanities Gallery, Chico State. First public exhibition of prints from glass negatives of photos of mostly African-American citizens taken between 1910-25 in Lincoln, Neb., and uncovered by Chico photographer Douglas Keister.

Feb. 3 & 4: Last Stand Comedy. Opening weekend of new downtown comedy club.

Feb. 13: Social Distortion, Frank Turner and Sharks at Senator. Awesome triple-bill of gritty three-chord pop-punk.

Feb. 17-March 10: Hank Williams: Lost Highway, a biographical musical at the Blue Room Theatre.

Viddy these glazzies, droogs!

Feb. 24: Sarah Cahill at Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. The Berkeley pianist is a muse to modern composers, having premiered/recorded solo piano works written for her by everyone from Terry Riley to electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, and she will be holding a master class and performing recent works during Chico State’s music department’s Alfred Loeffler: New Music Symposium.

Feb. 29-March 4: Vatzlav at Harlen Adams Theatre. A 77-scene play!

March 1: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Laxson. What has the South African choir been doing since making Paul Simon rich? Oh, just putting out Grammy-nominated (and -winning, on occasion) albums almost every year, and earlier this month releasing the two-disc And Friends featuring contributions from everyone from Emmylou Harris to Taj Mahal.

March 7: Nellie McKay at Laxson. The 29-year-old singer, songwriter, actress, comedienne, piano and ukulele player has, among many other things, starred on Broadway, written music for films and TV (most recently Boardwalk Empire), released five albums and composed a musical biography of Barbara Graham, the third woman to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber. What that all adds up to for her stop at Laxson with her band is one engaging, theatrical, pop-music show.

With cheese on top.

April 12-21: Arcadia at 1078 Gallery. A cast of ringers—Hilary Tellesen, Matt Hammons, Keilana Decker, Shawn Galloway—star in Rogue Theatre’s production of this Tom Stoppard masterpiece.

April 27-May 26: A Clockwork Orange at the Blue Room. Guard your yarbles, the Blue Room has adapted Anthony Burgess’ dystopian tale about Alex and his posse of violent droogs for the stage.

Hopelessly DEVOted I am as bummed as the rest of Chico’s Aaron Rodgers fans that the playoffs have already ended for his Green Bay Packers, but I’m thinking one of these sweet John and Annie Bidwell cheesehead T’s might help fill the empty hole. The shirts were created by Chico graphic designer Oliver Hutton and are available at Made in Chico (127 W. Third St.) for $19.95. Bonus: Throughout the playoffs, 20 percent of the proceeds go to the Save the Mansion fund to help keep the Bidwells’ home open.