What’s Going On? May 9-15

A weekly preview of Butte County arts and fun

Russian surf-rock trio Messer Chups open for Agent Orange at Lost on Main, tonight (Friday), May 10.

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!

Labyrinth at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church.

Chico Art Festival

Friday, May 10, 4-8pm
Saturday, May 11, 10am-4pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church
2341 Floral Ave.
Presented by CHIVAA

The folks from Chico Visual Art Alliance (CHIVAA) are on year three of hosting their annual spring arts festival on the beautiful grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The long-time “Art at the Matador” moved out to the shady spot post-pandemic and now has established a new tradition with the same set-up—two days (May 10-11) of local artists selling their works all in one spot. Chico Art Festival will feature the usual food and beverage vendors, kids arts activities and live performances by local bands (Soul Posse, Loki Miller, and Los Caballitos de la Cancion), plus fire dancing with Alaya Crystal Dance and Friends (at the close of Friday night’s festivities). Visit the CHIVAA site for the full schedule.

Noise at Naked

Friday, May 10, 7pm
Naked Lounge
118 W. Second St.

No other local performance this spring can promise to be as simultaneously exhilarating, confounding, surprising, painful, refreshing, ridiculous and just-plain fun as this Friday’s show at Naked Lounge. A stacked roster of local musicians takes a hard left from their usual musical endeavors to tweak knobs, tweak sensibilities and take control of the atmosphere during a night of sonic experiments. Bring your ear plugs and an open mind and get lost in the noise. Cost: $10.

Agent Orange & Messer Chups

Friday, May 10, 8pm
Lost On Main
319 Main St
Presented by JMax Productions

AO from the OC is one of the OG punk bands out of CA. Front man Mike Palm has kept the surf/skate-punk crew going for more than four decades now, and their live shows are just as fun and energetic as ever. The extra-special bonus for this Friday’s gig at Lost on Main is the presence of the outstanding Russian surf-punk crew Messur Chups on the bill. Don’t think about it too much; just get in the pit.

Paradise Chocolate Fest

Saturday, May 11, 10am-5pm
Terry Ashe Recreation Center
6626 Skyway, Paradise

The Paradise Chocolate Fest has everything—like “every” thing you could possibly squeeze into one day of a festival. Before you even get to the chocolate, there’s an “Art in the Park” exhibit, a young-authors writing contest, community exhibits, food trucks, a kid-zone with giant inflatables and carnival games, a 5K run/walk, raffles and live music by Big Mo & the Full Moon Band! Then, of course there’s plenty of that sweet sweet chocolate in the Chocolate Candy Land, featuring chocolatiers, ice cream, cakes, a chocolate fountain and more. Tickets for the general fest are $5. For the Chocolate, Wine, Brew and Spirits tasting/drinking event it’s $50. Visit the Paradise Chocolate Fest site for more info.

Local Citrus

Shows through May 26
1078 Gallery
1710 Park Ave.

Brian McNamara sculpts and draws luchadores, and he says:

Spending the last year and a half in the state of California after a stint in the cold and dreary landscape of the East Coast, I’ve been inspired by the plethora of citrus lining the streets of Chico. … [This show at 1078 Gallery] serves as my honoring of these moments through scenes of my two characters: Montaña Desierto and Hermano Biblia. They will experience life, love, loss, and tender moments recalling moments of my own life …

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

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