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Art of hope

Photo by Ken Pordes David Zink leading a group of players in the Norton Buffalo Hall, which was destroyed in the Camp Fire. Just one month after the Camp Fire had destroyed the Norton Buffalo […]

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Arts Devo

Photo by Douglas Keister Jess Mercer A wish for love Arts DEVO has watched the documentaries. If you’re a Camp Fire survivor, don’t. I was not directly involved in the fire, nor did I live […]

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Pictures of tragedy

Photo by Douglas Keister Melissa Schuster, owner of Chapelle de L’Artiste arts/events complex, one of the portraits in People Places and Pieces of Paradise. Photo by Ron Schwager Colorful shards in post-fire wreckage of a […]

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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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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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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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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 […]