Issue: October 22, 2015

Feel that chill?

It finally sort of feels like fall in Chico, perfect weather for

gathering inside around a table with a few friends and enjoying a board

game. For this week's cover story, Ken Smith spent many hours playing

games with newly made friends as he explored the popular, and very

social, gaming culture in town.

In local news, we take a look at a couple of stories affecting care of

local Chicoans: the cut in funding to the Esplanade House transitional

housing complex, and the continuation of health services at the Shalom

Free Clinic despite the closure of the organization's thrift store. And

in arts, we talk cassettes--as in two new cassette releases by Chico

bands--plus theater at Chico State and, in the wake of a successful

Chico Beer Week, our city's growing craft-beer scene.

Enjoy the seasonal weather.

Jason Cassidy, arts editor