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An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium...

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris // May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined...

Arts and Humanities Building at Chico State. Some BFA art students have found the transition to online teaching difficult since they no longer have access to studios.

Bachelor of Fine Arts students face challenges in online classes amidst pandemic

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer // April 3, 2020

For every student at Chico State, the COVID-19 pandemic has created much concern and uncertainty as every department has taken a hit in the last few weeks. This, of course, includes the many students...

William Bays poses with his artwork.

Featured Artist: William Bays explores the depths of art and mental health

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // April 1, 2020

Among the chaos and traffic in today’s world, artist William Bays finds a way to channel his anxieties into emotionally evoking works of art.  During the art department’s open studios on campus,...

Artist Geoffrey Bark had some of his work at the gallery, including

Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer // March 22, 2020

Photos By Danielle Kessler The Department of Art and Art History held an open studio on Wednesday, March 11, to showcase BFA art students’ work and create a space for artists and friends to view...

Chico State student uses art to express identity and culture

Chico State student uses art to express identity and culture

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer // March 11, 2020

Elizabeth Lo sits down to continue working on her painting. She knows it's late, but it's at this time that she feels like she can really start to be creative. The Wi-Fi is shut off, and her classical...

‘Servant of Two Masters’ preserves a theatrical tradition

‘Servant of Two Masters’ preserves a theatrical tradition

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer // March 11, 2020

Chico State’s School of the Arts put on a production of “Servant of Two Masters” from March 4 to March 8 in Larry Wismer Theatre. The classic commedia dell’arte play showcased a traditional art...

Members of LEAD pose for photo

LEAD illustrates ‘The Struggles of Undocumented Womxn’

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer // March 4, 2020

On Wednesday, Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers (LEAD) held a presentation titled “The Struggles of Undocumented Womxn” in honor of Undocweek. Members of LEAD gave this presentation...

Damien Sneed performing with a choir

“We Shall Overcome” evokes the spirit of African American leaders

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // February 26, 2020

Chico Performances hosted the musical production “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Laxson Auditorium on Saturday night. The production encompassed...

The members of Hot Tuna

Hot Tuna celebrates 50 years of psychedelia

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer // February 26, 2020

Legendary 1960s rock group, Hot Tuna, graced the stage at Laxson Auditorium on Sunday night for their 50th anniversary tour. Their show emphasised to many of their dedicated fans that they still bring...

Cast of the Vagina Monologues

Vagina Monologues offers an unapologetic narrative for the women of Chico

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // February 19, 2020

Hundreds gathered to celebrate their womanhood and explore the nature of their gender identity during the Vagina Monologues, Friday night.  Among attendees were dozens of organizations detailing...

Portrait of Chris Thile

The man behind the mandolin: Chris Thile performs at Chico State

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer // February 19, 2020

Grammy award winning singer and famed mandolinist Chris Thile performed at Laxson Auditorium on Feb. 11. The auditorium lobby was crowded with people, most waiting in line at the pop-up bar to grab...

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