Virtual icons

Josh Mills in front of the register at The Bookstore.

Altogether, Chico Art Center (65), The Bookstore (44) and Pageant Theatre (40) have been around for a total of 149 years. While the future remains uncertain for all businesses and nonprofit groups, these three local icons are still around during this COVID-19 shutdown, if only virtually.

Chico Art Center’s current exhibit, Furlandia, featuring the colorful animal pop art of Ana Nelson and Phil Dynan, can be viewed on the gallery’s website—both via still images and videos, including one featuring their 3-D reverse-perspective pop-out pieces.

This week (starting today, Monday, April 6, 2-5 p.m.) The Bookstore announced a test run of “virtual browsing” for customers, with workers taking pics of books and sections and delivering items by mail or local drop-off. Message The Bookstore on Facebook with your requests. Of course, you can also visit The Bookstore website, press the “shop” link and browse through a limited online selection or buy a gift certificate to use whenever things open back up.

With its theater seats empty for the foreseeable future, The Pageant has started a Virtual Screening Room on its website. Films that the local art-house cinema had planned on showing are being made available to view online by distributors that will split the proceeds with the Pageant. On the program for the first week of April are the Brazilian “weird western” Bacurau, Robbie Robertson/The Band documentary Once Were Brothers, British director Ken Loach’s intimate family drama Sorry We Missed You, and Romanian crime thriller The Whistlers.

The Pageant also is offering sustaining memberships as well as guest passes for sale. Go here to purchase.

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