Issue: June 06, 2013

Good morning, Chico News & Review readers!

I hope you are all surviving the hot weather reasonably comfortably. If you're looking for some great (indoor) entertainment to keep your mind off of and your body out of the heat this week, there are some excellent music shows coming up, including Wayne "The Train" Hancock and captivating French-Chinese-American chanteuse, Jessica Fichot (see our Calendar listings for details).

This week's must-read cover story, "Through the looking glass," by Staff Writer Ken Smith, is sure to provide you with plenty of entertainment as well. It's a really fun look at the eclectic world of Craigslist--and boy, did Smith do a good job of seeking out some of the characters that advertise there!

Also a must-read is Calendar/Special Projects Editor Howard Hardee's lead Newsline, "Of money and meds," which previews Enloe Medical Center's upcoming panel discussion featuring Dr. Donald Light, co-author of The Risks of Prescription Drugs. Hardee's interviews with Light and with Enloe oncologist Dr. David Potter shed some very thought-provoking light on the workings of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, which is the subject of the Enloe event, titled The High Personal Cost of American Drugs. Three more Newslines await you as well, including Editor Melissa Daugherty's revealing piece on what was discussed at the most recent City Council meeting.

CN&R contributor Claire Hutkins Seda weighs in with an interesting Greenways feature story, "Farming with heart," which focuses on the sustainable farming techniques of the new Heartseed Community Farm at the GRUB Cooperative. In Healthlines, contributor Evan Tuchinsky offers "Minor adjustment," about the increasingly popular phenomenon of chiropractic care for children.

In the Arts and Culture section, check out contributor Alan Sheckter's review of Theatre on the Ridge's ongoing production (through June 23) of The Black Bird Sings, titled "In search of 'the dingus.'" Also take a look at "Cherries on top," contributor Alastair Bland's informative story on those sweet, yummy, bright-red (well, except for Rainiers) orbs that we love to gobble up by the handful this time of year. And Staff Writer Ken Smith's interview with Lisa Valentine, "Soul siren," is a nice look at the local songstress, who has just released her debut EP.

Oh yes--those of you needing your Robert Speer fix (I know a number of you readers are missing the sage words of the recently retired CN&R editor), head straight to In the Mix (in Arts and Culture) and savor his book review!

Click the links below, but also don't forget to pick up a hard copy of the CN&R for exclusive event picks, columnists and cartoons (and just for the sheer joy of holding a real newspaper).

Stay cool!

--Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor