Arts DEVO

Save me, art scene!

Arts DEVO is a slave to the internet right now. I’m just trying to stay connected to people as I shelter in place, but with that comes being connected to all the anti-science, anti-mask, anti-human-decency […]

Arts & Culture

Band practice blues

I broke quarantine for band practice. And so did my bandmates. (Sorry, fellas. I ratted you out.) I don’t regret it. Before getting together, we charted our connections for any sketchy contacts, an ad hoc […]

Arts & Culture

Virtual campus

Last week, Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson announced that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university will hold a virtual graduation commencement ceremony (May 15) instead of an on-campus event. It’s the final nail […]

Arts & Culture

Go to your window

In Fairbanks, Alaska, there are moose in someone’s driveway licking salt in the snow. A sleepy dog is splayed out on a patio as the sun sets in Australia. Looking down from a high-rise apartment, […]

Arts & Culture

Walk the talk

“Creativity is a survival strategy.” That line is part of a quote by art critic Jerry Saltz that opens the most recent Art Talk newsletter put out by longtime local arts activist, teacher and painter […]

Arts & Culture

Poetry 99

The Chico News & Review’s annual Poetry 99 issue was supposed to come out on April 2. That was before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the paper to suspend print publication, putting many planned stories—including the […]

Arts DEVO

Poetry-in-place

Read aloud the poem below, yelling the word “Corndog!” every time it appears: CORNDOG!Corndog!amber brownCorndog!perfect coreCorndog!what are we eating?Corndog!what are we rooting for?Corndog!got a bad taste in your mouth?Corndog!you know what will get it outCorndog!down […]