Arts DEVOté

A Divine catwalk

A Divine catwalk

Aren’t you famous yet?
With a double entendre tagline like “Want to Be on Top?” Arts DEVOté is tempted to give a tiny bit of credit to the America’s Next Top Model casting call that is stopping off in Chico today (March 6, at Giada Salon and Spa). But forget that. If there is any art in fashion, it is not emerging from the disconnected world of “top models,” least of all from the self-righteous (and incredibly cynical) dog show that Ms. Tyra Banks hosts.

Unless you plan to hit the catwalk doing the centipede with a corndog in one hand and a head shot in the other (all bets would seriously be off), A.D. advises that you save your best poses for another casting call Saturday, March 8, at the downtown farmers market. Local troubadour John Staedler is welcoming everyone who shows up at 10 a.m. to be a part of the filming of a video for his song “#1 Hit Single.” You might not get famous, but if you’re under 5-foot-7, this could be your one-and-only shot.

And now, something completely …
In all of his regular excitement over all things at Chico State’s superfine galleries—Humanities Gallery, University Art Gallery—A.D. often neglects to focus attention on one of his favorite art spots on campus, the Between the Stairs and the Office Space in Ayres Hall. The B-SO Space is always rotating works by BFA students, and A.D. just stumbled upon an online listing of the space’s schedule ( Ellen Heise’s BFA culminating exhibition is up through March 14, and after spring break visiting artist Michael Arcega’s installation shows the week of March 24-28. Also, check out the Art Department’s online gallery:

Rhymes with pistachio
A.D. loves nuts, and he loves poems, and so does Lyon Books. So nutty were they over the entries for their California Nut Festival poetry contest they decided to publish a book of the best called Sustenance . Chico State professor Jeanne E. Clark is among the poets featured. Pick it up for only $7.

Where the Buffalo chassé
Is spring really almost here? The Chico Community Ballet and Chico Performances are anticipating the season by getting all their friends together for three days of dancing during Keeping Dance Alive! Adding some extra soul to the annual repertory dance concert this year is a piece called “Changing Room,” which has been scored by harmonica superstud (and Paradise resident) Norton Buffalo. Three performances in Laxson Auditorium: Fri., March 7 and Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.

Bi-weekly devotions
• Arts Commission: Meets Wed., March 12, 7 p.m., Chico City Council building, 421 Main St.

• Demure Rapture: Two-person show featuring works by Erin Lizardo and Muir Hughes, Third Floor Gallery in the BMU.

• Marcel Duchamp: “About the Large Glass and Related Works,” March 12-April 27, Turner Gallery at Chico Museum.

• Narrative Shorts Film & Video Festival submissions: May 1 is the deadline for submitting works for consideration in the University Art Gallery’s program of works that are narrative in structure and are shorter than 10 minutes. For info, e-mail