Issue: October 31, 2013

Good morning, CN&R readers:

Here's a little haiku about our cover package this week:

Keepin' Chico Weird

A cast of characters here

Check out all of them

In A&C: Contributor Emiliano Garcia-Sarnoff's "Rock 'n' roll fantasy?" is a fabulously entertaining take on "weird" local band, the Pageant Dads; contributor Juan-Carlos Selznick offers a film review of the peculiarly interesting film The Counselor; and Staff Writer Ken Smith weighs in with "There will be blood," on the Blue Room Theatre's bloody Grand Guignol affair. Contributor Alastair Bland's Chow review, "Trick or treat," looks at the craft-brew oddity called pumpkin beer.

For more good weirdness, go to "Why knot?," contributor Karl Travis' 15 Minutes interview with Chico State math professor Thoma Mattman, an avowed devotee of knot theory. Also check out "Killer plants," my Greenways feature story on carnivorous-plant expert Barry Rice (who will be speaking in Chico this weekend).

Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee has two stories in this week's issue: the Healthlines feature story, "Good springs from tragedy," a poignant piece about late social-work graduate student Froilan Frias; and "Trouble with fungus," a Newslines story on the moldy woes of Fire Station 5.

Also in Newslines, take a look at "To shoot or not to shoot?," Smith's coverage of a recent Paradise Tea Party get-together focused on stand-your-ground shooting rights. News Editor Tom Gascoyne's "Private security" is also gun-related--it's about the armed security guards soon to be to be installed in downtown Chico. Contributor Kaeln Bowater-Skelly's lead news story, "A graphic display," covers a recent two-day appearance (and accompanying ruckus) at Butte College of a group of anti-abortion activists.

Happy Halloween!

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor