Issue: January 31, 2013

Happy Thursday, CN&R readers!

Music lovers will definitely want to check out this week's covers story, our annual issue on Chico bands. This year's installment focuses on seven not-to-be-overlooked acts, including Spanish ensemble Los Caballitos de la Canción and indie-rockers French Reform.

In Newslines, staff writer Ken Smith will take you into the world of signs, via a local sign maker who could establish a museum of local history through signs. News Editor Tom Gascoyne has a report on who filled the seats of the city's board and commissions. Editor Robert Speer checks in with the City Council as new City Manager Brian Nakamura laid out his vision for a new, restructured city staff. And contributor Vic Cantu reports on the arrest of a man Chico Police believe could be responsible for a slate of kidnapping and sexual assaults.

In Greenways, check out Christine G.K. LaPado's write-up on how certain small food operators will now be able to cook their creations at home.

In Healthlines, Calendar Editor Howard Hardee enters a sensory deprivation chamber.

In the arts, food critic Henri Bouride checks out the offerings at Chico Fish Market. MaryRose Lovgren heads over to MÁNÁS Art Space for its new group show. Mark Lore previews SF rockers La Plebe's Friday performance at Monstros. And film critics Juan-Carlos Selznick and Craig Blamer check out Rust and Bone and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, respectively.


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor