What’s going on? April 18-24

A weekly preview of Butte County arts and fun

Chico Performances presents Chinese concert pianist Wynona Wang Sunday, April 21, 2pm, Chico State's Recital Hall.

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

Talib Kweli

Friday, April 19, 7pm
Sierra Nevada Big Room
1075 E. 20th St.

This is a big one, Chico. One of the legends of hip-hop who kicked the doors open as a member of the duo Black Thought, with Mos Def, and their acclaimed debut, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Thought (1998). A life of constant creation, touring and activism followed, with dozens of solo and collaboration albums, including a return to Black Thought with 2022’s No Fear of Time. Talib Kweli on the Big Room stage: Do it. Tickets: $30

All Shook Up

April 19-May 12
Chico Theater Company
166 Eaton Road, Ste. F

“The story is all new; the hits are all Elvis.” What else is there to say?! All Shook Up, the new musical-comedy at Chico Theater Company opens Friday, April 19, at 7pm (shows through May 12). Tickets: $20-$22

The Wind-Ups, XDS, Seth Prinz

Friday, April 19, 9pm
Duffy’s Tavern
337 Main St.

The Wind-Ups are killing it! The Chico garage power-pop/punk crew just finished an East Coast U.S./Canada tour and is making a triumphant return home with a Friday-night blowout at Duffy’s Tavern (with two other local crews—disco punks XDS and singer/songwriter Seth Prinz). Get hyped for the show with the fun video (above) for “Jonathan Says,” a song from the new Wind-Ups album, Happy Like This, that’s inspired by everyone’s favorite troubadour Jonathan Richman (who happens to live right here in Chico).

California Nut Festival

Saturday, April 20, 11am-4pm.
Patrick Ranch Museum
10381 Midway, Durham

The almonds, walnuts and pecans are all in bloom, which makes this the perfect time to head out to Patrick Ranch in Durham and enjoy the fruits of last year’s harvest against a backdrop of beautiful orchards as the trees start to leave. The California Nut Festival returns this weekend with nuts, of course, plus tons of locally grown/made food, live music, a chef competition and art show. Tickets are $35-$40 ($15-$20 for kids).

High on live music

Saturday, April 20
The Commons Social Empourium
& Gnarly Deli

It is 4:20 all day this Saturday, 4/20, and two local venues are tapping into that good-time spirit with two different mini music festivals. At The Commons (2412 Park Ave.), the Good Vibes Festival starts at 4pm on the new outdoor stage with a performance by local reggae/rock faves Dylan’s Dharma, followed by sets by other 4/20-friendly acts, DubCraft and Triple Tree. Meanwhile, down in the basement at Gnarly Deli, it’s Gnarfest, with two stages, 15 bands, and all the gnar you can handle from 5pm to 2am! Performers include Sunny Acres, Similar Alien, Cherry Ghoul, Garrett Grey, Hank Duke, Sons of Jefferson and many more. Tickets for each fest are $25.

Kite Day

Sunday, April 21, noon-3pm
Community Park
1900 Dr. MLK Jr. Parkway

Take two! Last weekend it rained, so Kite Day organizers did the smart thing and moved it to the following week! Community Park is still the place, and now the skies will be clear and blue, the perfect backdrop for dozens of colorful kites!. Bring the kids and the kites Sunday, April 21, noon-3pm, and enjoy a trackless train ride, live music, food court, games and bounce houses.

Chico Performances presents Chinese concert pianist Wynona Wang Sunday, April 21, 2pm, Chico State’s Recital Hall.

Wynona Wang

Sunday, April 21, 2pm
Recital Hall
Chico State

The season finale for Chico Performances takes place in the beautiful Recital Hall in the Arts & Humanities Building, an acoustically gorgeous room that will be the ideal place to hear a world renown concert pianist. The Chinese-born virtuoso has won many prestigious prizes and toured all over the globe. Wynona Wang lands in Chico Sunday, April 21, for 2pm afternoon performance. Tickets: $39 ($15 for students).

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