What’s going on? Feb. 15-21

A weekly preview of arts, music, theater and community events in Butte County

Painting by Karen Mason for the current Avian Art group show at the Museum of Northern California Art.

What happening this week? Chico News & Review has you covered with this week’s highlights of what’s on tap at all the local clubs, theaters, galleries and performance venues. Visit the CN&R’s FREE online calendar for all of the listings in Butte County.

Life is short, get out there and have some fun!

Lizzie No

Chico Women’s Club
(presented by KZFR)
592 E. Third St.

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Lizzie No brings a soulful alt-country singer/songwriter vibe to the world of Americana, and KZFR brings them to to the Women’s Club Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$20.

Avian Art

900 Esplanade

The Museum of Northern California Art’s annual bird-themed group show—which coincides with the Snow Goose Festival—is “a celebration of the intersection between art and nature.” Exhibit runs through March 3.

Keller Williams

Sierra Nevada Big Room

1075 E. 20th St.

The self-proclaimed “one-man jam band” returns to the Big Room stage, Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., for a typical marathon of fun-loving genre-mashing music—two full sets! Tickets: $25.

New Music Symposium

Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall
Performing Arts Center 134
Chico State

The annual two-day New Music Symposium at Chico State is perhaps the most consistently innovative arts event of the year in these parts. The showcase features one concert of original music by student composers, and one featuring a performance by a visiting artist. This year’s headliner is synthesizer pioneer Suzanne Ciani. The five-time Grammy-nominated composer and musician/sound artist has has had a long, wild career that’s included museum installations, neo-classical compositions/recordings, commercial jingles and studio sound effects (the sound of a Coke bottle opening, and the swoosh in the chorus of “Afternoon Delight”—both are Ciani), and immersive quadraphonic performances on the legendary Buchla 200e modular synthesizer. Student showcases happen Thursday, Feb. 15 and Ciani performs (on the Buchla) Friday, Feb. 16, both in Rowland-Taylor Hall at 7:30pm. No cover.

The Stardust Revue

Duffy’s Tavern
(presented by Startdust Revue)
337 Main St.

The burlesque and drag performance troupe celebrates its second birthday with a party at Duffy’s featuring an eclectic cast of dancers from all over the North State. Saturday, Feb. 17, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Senator Theatre
(presented by JMax Productions)
517 Main St.

It makes sense that a son of Willie Nelson would become a country musician and do cool stuff like back up Neil Young on a couple of albums, but Lukas Nelson has gone out of his way not to trade on his family name. The singer/songwriter and his group the Promise of the Real continue to forge their own country-rock path, and are on the road supporting their latest rollicking release, Sticks and Stones. JMax Productions brings the group to Chico for a performance at the Senator on Saturday, Feb. 17. Tickets: $27.50.

North State Symphony: Mozart Requiem

Laxson Auditorium
Chico State

The promotional materials for this second program of the season fro the North State Symphony claims this “concert reflects the human condition of life and death, birth and rebirth, and ultimately, the hope of resurrection.” That might sound like much hyperbole, but when the centerpiece of your show is Mozart then being bold is required. Supporting the great composer’s Requiem is a playlist that includes Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$47.

Brian Regan

Laxson Auditorium
(presented by Chico Performances)
Chico State

Brian Regan has been doing stand-up since the 1980s and performed on just about every comedy platform—from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. Chico Performances has him on the Laxson stage Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$69.

Visit the CN&R’s FREE online calendar to view all the local listings, or to submit an event of your own!

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