What’s going on? April 5-10

A weekly preview of Butte County arts and fun

What happening this week? The clouds are parting and the Butte County arts scene is inviting you out to play. Below is handpicked list of suggestions for the latest local live theater, music and art. Visit the CN&R’s FREE online calendar for all of the listings in Butte County.

Amy, Amy, Amy!

El Rey Theater
230 W. Second St.

The late great Amy Winehouse burned out fast and young, but her legacy as one of the 21st century’s great vocalists (and great songwriters—her nonpareil Back to Black was all her original compositions) has endured in the dozen-plus years since she joined Jim, Kurt, Janis, etc. in the so-called “27 Club.” This weekend at the El Rey Theater, Chico’s newest collaborative-artist group—the Belladonna Collective—pays tribute with an “immersive journey through the many facets of Amy Winehouse,” featuring several local singers and other performers (including Lorna Such, Melli Farias, Ilani Welsh-Johnson, and more) fronting a live band playing Amy’s music. Two shows, April 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40.

Game of Tiaras

Theatre on the Ridge
3735 Neal Road, Paradise

“Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy.” Fun, right?! It should be, with an all-female cast, this comedic update of King Lear by Don Zolidis (the most produced playright in America) is tragic, of course, but hilariously so.

Shows Thursday-Sunday, through April 21. Tickets: $18.

43rd Annual Invitational Members’ Show 2024

1078 Gallery
1710 Park Ave.

Ain’t no party like a 1078 party! Every year, the Butte County arts mainstay celebrates its birthday with a members’ invitational. For No. 43, each participating member gets a 2-foot-by-2-foot space to show whatever they want. All pieces must be for sale at $107.80 or less. The show runs through April 28, with an opening reception/party going off Saturday, April 6, 6-8 p.m.

Dogs in a Pile

Dogs in a Pile & Blü Egyptian

Lost on Main
319 Main St.

Epic jam band + epic jam band = eternal jam? Probably. You can find out the answer Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m., when Asbury Park, New Jersey, up-and-comers Dogs in a Pile join locals Blu Egyptian for an ever-extending genre-blending mashup of danceable grooviness. Tickets: $20-$25.

Poor Man’s Whiskey

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

Genres can be limiting, especially one like “jamgrass.” Bands don’t like the label, but record labels do, so any crew with a roots background that likes to spread out and improvise—like Poor Man’s Whiskey—gets the tag. The Nor-Cal five-piece does know how to extend tunes to keep the dance floor packed, but their musical explorations also take them down many other dusty American roads, to old-time music, southern rock, outlaw country and more. Chico Concerts brings the band back to Chico this weekend, Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., for a show at Chico Women’s Club. Tickets: $27.


SunDog, Cosmic Sans, Purity, and Cherry Ghoul

Naked Lounge
118 W. Second St.

The kids are definitely alright. Two local indie/punk/whatever-rock crews—Purity and Cherry Ghoul—open up for a couple young touring acts, SunDog, a “psychedelic glamrock power trio from Anchorage, Alaska;” and Cosmic Sans, “Western-psych five piece out of Missoula.” It’s Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., at Naked Lounge, so you know it’s all-ages. Tickets: $10.

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