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A weekly preview of Butte County arts and fun

Eilen Jewell performs tonight, April 26, at the Chico Women's Club.

What concerts, plays, art shows and other events are coming this week? Chico News & Review has you covered with the 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!

Gold Nugget Days

April 26-28

In 1859, Phineas Willard, Ira Weatherbee and Wyatt M. Smith pulled a 54-pound gold nugget out of the Feather River Canyon—in an area known as Dogtown—and rode it into Paradise on a mule. They eventually took it to San Francisco, where the U.S. Mint paid them $10,000 for their find. Today, that gold would fetch nearly $1.5 million. The town of Paradise is currently in the middle of celebrating the discovery of the Dogtown Nugget and the rest of the town’s history with the annual Gold Nugget Days. Tonight (Friday, April 26, 4-10pm) is the Gold Nugget Days Hoedown at the Elk’s Lodge; and tomorrow (Saturday, April 27) is the Donkey Derby/pancake breakfast at Magalia Community Church (7am) and Gold Nugget Parade on the Skyway (noon-1pm). Visit the Gold Nugget Museum site for full schedule.

Eilen Jewell

Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
Chico Women’s Club
592 E. Third St.
(presented by Chico Concerts)

Over a couple decades and a dozen albums, roots/Americana singer/songwriter Eilen Jewel has made a name for herself as an artist with, as American Songwriter puts it, “one of America’s most intriguing, creative, and idiosyncratic voices.” Before her latest release, Jewel’s personal life and her career started to fall apart, and the 2023 album, Get Behind the Wheel, is the end product of her work to recover from the trauma, and it kicks off with “Alive,” a statement of self-determination: “You gotta get behind the wheel, you gotta drive / Baby, how you feel? I feel so alive / So alive, so alive.” Chico Concerts brings Jewel to the Chico Women’s Club tonight (April 26). Doors at 6:30pm. Hattie Craven opens. Tickets: $30.

2024 Wildflower Century

Sunday, April 28
(Pre-ride party Saturday, April 27)

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
2357 Fair St.
(presented by Chico Velo)

As is spring tradition around these parts, thousands of bikes will take over local roads this weekend. Wildflower Century headquarters/starting line is a the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, where Saturday, noon-5pm, is the Wildfest pre-race-day party (free entry) with a bike rodeo, Sierra Nevada beers, live music and vendors. Sunday is the big day. Enjoy a really long or a fairly short ride through a sunny Butte County. Courses range from the 12-mile Mildflower up to the 125-mile Megaflower.

The Music of John Williams

Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm
Harlen Adams Theatre
Chico State

In the 1970s, soundtrack composer John Williams was such a boss that his pieces—for Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind—charted on the pop charts! This Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm, in Harlen Adams Theatre, the Chico State Wind Ensemble pays tribute to the man whose music is the soundtrack of many of our lives by performing some of his best-known works, from Star Wars to Harry Potter. Tickets: $6-$18.

Pierre Kwenders

Saturday, April 27, 9pm
Duffy’s Tavern
337 Main St.

Montreal-based musician Pierre Kwenders fuses the sounds of his Congolese roots with Western pop and hip-hop. His most recent album, José Louis and the Paradox of Love, won the 2022 Polaris Music Prize (Canada’s album of the year award). Valley Fever brings the innovative artist to Duffy’s Tavern Saturday, April 27, 9pm. Calvin Black and Michael Elias open. Tickets: $10.

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