Arts DEVOté

Are you done with school? Are the kids done with school? What’s the plan? What are you doing? C’mon! Fill up that calendar. Times a wastin’. Everyone’s making plans (except for Arts DEVOté, unless being lazy is a plan), and if you’re looking to join the crowd, here are few artsy possibilities:

• Court Theatre: Tickets are on sale now for Chico State’s summer repertory theater series. The packed schedule starts June 22 and features the Broadway revue Showtime, Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday , Royal Gambit , Enter the Guardsman and the Tony-award winning musical Cabaret. For full schedule, check, or call (530) 898-5351. Tix run from $10 to $25 and are available from the University Box Office, (530) 898-6333.

• Janet Turner Print Museum Summer Art Academy: Sign up now for 2-D and 3-D arts instruction for ages 7 to adult by Chico State art faculty and art students, July 23-Aug. 3. For info and enrollment, call Barbara Morris at (530) 680-4740, or download an application at

• Camp Blue: Blue Room Young Company is offering its annual summer program of workshops and performances for aspiring thespians. Sign up now. Performances start in early June and run through July. (530) 895-3749, ext. 2.

“Sitting on a park bench!”
Tent-a-tive-ly, the Chico Performances 2007-08 season schedule is shaping up to be a little weird and a lot impressive (the schedule isn’t completely confirmed, and tix are NOT on sale yet, so chill). The (only slightly) weird includes flute-wielding Ian Anderson and his band Jethro Tull (Oct. 3) and the New Zealand Pink Floyd tribute band The Pink Floyd Experience (April 15, 2008—A.D. was so hoping it was a laser-light show like they used to have at the Schreder Planetarium in Redding).

Highlights include country-roots couple Steve Earle & Allison Moorer (Sept. 8); eight-time Grammy winner Doc Watson (Oct. 9); Jean-Michael Cousteau (son of Jaques, Oct. 5); Youssou N’Dour, probably the best known African vocalist in the world (Nov. 29), plus a couple of NPR faves, with This American Life host Ira Glass (Nov. 3) and A Prairie Home Companion ’s Garrison Keillor and his inimitable baritone (Feb. 14, 2008).

Weekly devotions—extended remix

Mosaic: Many Dancers, One Dance: The badass women of Origin tribal belly dance present a Middle Eastern dance extravaganza at the 1078 Gallery, Sat., June 9, 8 p.m. Everything from modern Egyptian to tribal fusion will be in motion to the tune of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.

Maiden Voyage: Masters of Seid: A group show featuring 13 artists from San Francisco and Chico (including Jeff Soto, Dave Kinsey, Christine Fulton, Tiffany Bozic, Martha Sue Harris, Hotel des Arts’ Casey O’Connell and more). The show coincides with Arts First Saturday June 2, 4-10 p.m. at 46, the art studio/gallery of local artists Dylan Tellesen and Stephen Beebe located on the far-west side at 2961 Hwy 32, #46.

Art In Public Places Committee: Meets Wed., June 6, 3:30 p.m. in the City Manager’s Conference Room, third floor in Chico Municipal Building.

A Celebration of Color: Chico painter Cynthia Schildhauer is part of the show down at the Lilly Vigil Gallery in Nevada City. Take a road trip for the reception, Sat., June 9, 4-6:30 p.m.