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Arts Devo

Image from frontline courtesy of REUTERS/Stephen Lam Burning sign outside Paradise Skilled Nursing during 2018 Camp Fire. Films of the fire For many Butte County residents, the coming weeks leading up to the one-year anniversary […]


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Nine lives in Paradise

Jellybean is home. On his own in Magalia since the Camp Fire, the elusive long-haired tabby was finally trapped by Friends United in Rescue volunteers on June 9 and returned to owner Julie Walker the […]


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Raising hope

Photo by shane grammer “Holding on to Hope” mural. It wasn’t art classes that made Shane Grammer want to be an artist—it was a computer class at Butte College in the early 1990s. The classic […]


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Arts Devo

Sounds like Chico out there This Memorial Day weekend, Arts DEVO celebrates the brave local musicians who sacrificed so many tight grooves and fiery licks so that the college students might freely shake the junk […]


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Post-fire blues

Photo by Ken Pordes Maurice “Big Mo” Huffman sings his heart out with his Full Moon Band at a Camp Fire benefit concert at the Sierra Nevada Big Room. The dinosaur survived the fire. How’s […]


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Fire and rain

Photo by Melody Stephens Alan Rigg and Maggie. In the summer of 2005, Alan Rigg was visiting Chico when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast and he learned that his New Orleans home had […]


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Arts Devo

Refugee song This is a tough watch. Longtime local musician John-Michael Sun sits in a chair in the ashes of his destroyed Paradise home and plays guitar and sings in response to the tragedy. “Well […]


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‘Killing things’

Photo by Jason Cassidy Two of Zak Elstein’s unnamed shadow boxes (here and below). If Zak Elstein is right, the future on this planet doesn’t look bright for most humans. Thanks to our overconsumption and […]


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Return to Paradise

Photo by Jason Cassidy Theatre on the Ridge’s Judy Clemens (executive director) and Jerry Miller (artistic director) and a smattering of the cast and crew from Radioland’s Return to Paradise. Neal Road is eerily dark […]


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A portrait of hope

This is not going to be a normal year-in-review essay. Whatever thoughts on the local art scene of the past year that had been running through my head are lost in the smoke that began […]


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Arts Devo

Art is key Art can be part of the healing process in many ways after a trauma like the Camp Fire. For local artist and Paradise resident Jessie Mercer, her “Key Project Tribute” provides an […]


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Belly up to the bar

Photo by Jason Cassidy Sierra Nevada employee Jeff Poliquin—a Paradise native whose parents and grandmother lost their homes in the Camp Fire—with a can of Resilience IPA fresh off the line. As the full cans […]


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Arts Devo

A poem for Paradise Krystalynn Martin and her husband, Steven, moved to Auburn, Wash., with their two young children three months ago. Before that, they lived in Santa Rosa, where the school she worked at […]


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Thanksgiving is not canceled

It may be hard to focus on being thankful when so much has been lost during the Camp Fire, but a respectful dose of gratitude for those who have survived and those helping in the […]


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Now serving Butte County

Photo by Jason Cassidy Head chef Elsa Corrigan (left) and team leader Jason Collis in Chico with World Central Kitchen. The scene is akin to that outside of a stadium before a major sporting event. […]