Spring time, fun time in Chico

An erotic scene by RayRay.

An erotic scene by RayRay.

The fertile months Tonight, the Thursday Night Market makes its 2012 debut, and its return marks the start of what are usually the busiest couple of months for music, arts and community events in Chico. The downtown Friday Night Concerts are just down the road (May 18), as is the Silver Dollar Fair (May 24-28), and leading up to all that Yo-Yo Ma(!) will actually be appearing in Chico at Laxson Auditorium (April 27, for those lucky enough to have gotten tickets already). What follows are just a few of Arts DEVO‘s picks for the rest of spring.

April 5: Lois Cohen: a reception and celebration of the life of and prolific amount of art by the late artist, 5-8 p.m., at both James Snidle Fine Arts (254 E. Fourth St.) and at a downtown art studio upstairs at 126 W. Second St.

April 12-14: CAMMIES Music Festival: This year, the CN&R’s celebration of music crams all of the genre showcases into one weekend—three days, six venues, 12 shows, dozens of bands—festival style! Visit for a full schedule.

April 12-21: Arcadia at 1078 Gallery. Rogue Theatre’s production of this Tom Stoppard masterpiece.

Major chord.

April 13-14: Ron Paul: The Musical, at the Blue Room. While ex-Chico rocker Cameron Ford prepares an encore run (starting April 21) of his original musical at Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre, his brother Nolan will present a West Coast version of the play that features a singing Ron Paul on the campaign trail.

April 18: Alpha Yaya Diallo at the Sierra Nevada Big Room: The multiple Juno Award-winning Vancouver (by way of Guinea) musician brings his band Bafing to town for a night of world-class world beat.

April 21: California Nut Fest: Music, art, wine, beer and farm-fresh food at the Patrick Ranch Museum.

April 22: CAMMIES Finale/Awards Show at Chico Women’s Club.

April 26 & 27: RayRay Gallery’s Real Erotic Art Show: A “Juried art exposition of XXXuality” for two nights at The Last Stand.

Allo Darlin’

April 27-May 26: A Clockwork Orange at the Blue Room. Anthony Burgess’ dystopian tale adapted for the stage.

May 7: David Eggers: Chico Performances hosts the author of this year’s book in Common, Zeitoun.

May 4: G-Hum Parade and Art Show: The G-Hum is just what it sounds like, a bunch of instruments humming a G-Major chord in unison. “Our goal is to have at least 100 people walking around downtown Chico playing the chord of ‘G'.” Look up G-Hum (or organizers, Chico MEISA) on Facebook for more info.

May 4 & 5: Music fest overload: May 4, it’s the brand-new Music For Music Festival, featuring an eclectic array of local bands—from Wolf Thump to Soul Butter—at 1078 Gallery, Bustolini’s and All Fired Up, and the following day, Chico State’s Wild Oak Music Group hosts its annual multi-band Chico Music Fest. Visit and for details.

May 5: Endangered Species Faire, Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park. Butte Environmental Council’s annual event featuring exhibits, entertainment, food and crafts.

May 9: Allo Darlin’ and The Wave Pictures at Origami Lounge: A double dose of perfect, hand-clapping, hum-along, indie-pop goodness from England.

May 11-13: Art Fiesta: three-day art fest sponsored by the Chico Visual Arts Alliance (ChiVAA) at the Matador Hotel.