Does Chico really need another gallery? Absolutely. Especially if it’s one that advertises itself as a “phantom gallery.” Now open in the Garden Walk Mall in downtown Chico is … Another Gallery, a Butte College phantom gallery created and curated by the college’s director of graphic design/multimedia, Daniel Donnelly. The space is being provided rent-free by the landlord until the empty storefront is rented again, at which time Donnelly says he’ll hopefully convince another empty business to fill up with art (hence the “phantom” tag). Showing this month are works by San Diego artist Michael Walton, plus live art-making by David Miller (most days, roughly 10 a.m.-1 p.m.—gallery hours will be determined by the times working artists will be in the gallery). Contact Donnelly at 521-9159 for more info.
Bring back the sideways haircut
Thanks to a recent thread on the time-sucking Chicolist.com message board, A.D. has been reliving the new-wave soundtrack of his teenage years for the past few days. With most of the over-compressed classics, one listen is enough to get over the nostalgia, but there are some fun, and less worn-out, numbers that have kept A.D.’s toes tappin’ on repeat listens. Here are A.D.’s Top Five ‘80s jams-for-dancing-into-summer (find the original videos on YouTube to really get the flava). Note: You probably noticed the absence of DEVO from the list. They have been disqualified because there is no genre or decade that can possible contain them!
1. Bow Wow Wow, “I Want Candy”
2. Adam and the Ants, “Antmusic”
3. The Plimsouls, “A Million Miles Away”
4. Tenpole Tudor, “Swords of a Thousand Men”
5. Tracey Ullman, “They Don’t Know”
• New murals: Roy Steves’ mural on the side of Fire Station 1 (842 Salem St.), and Gregg Payne’s latest mural (a portion of it is at right), a city of Chico mini-grant-funded piece brightening up a storage shed at Chico Community Children’s Center (22nd and Elm streets).
• Aquaro: Collaborative process paintings by Jacquelyne Price and David “Dragonboy56” Sutherland will be up in two spots for June: Has Beans Internet Café and the Naked Lounge.
• Heritage Trails: The culmination of Avenue 9 Gallery’s spring art-making safari, featuring paintings and photographs of Chico sites. Opens at the gallery Friday, June 20 (reception 5-8 p.m.).
The day this paper hits the street marks 15 years of wedded bliss for Arts DEVOté, and he asks you all to raise your glasses as he toasts Mrs. Arts DEVOté: Thank you, for choosing me.