The Orion

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

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 student employees were not initially informed about the cancellation of all events. Employees re...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

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.

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 for a digital audience.  Companies like School of the Arts and Chico Performances that host...

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

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.

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 pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts that now have to transition into online lectures. Geoffrey B...

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

William Bays poses with his artwork.

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, Bays displayed an array of works in preparation for his fall art show. The pieces explored Bay’...

Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

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

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 each other's work. Student art pieces included a variety of styles, from digital printmaking to traditional sculpting. Marlee Braxton (@Swagmastermarls on Instagram) was among the student artists featured at the gallery. With a collection based on her experience as a bartender, she explored some of the themes of bar culture and conv...

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 music is now playing. Lo is now in the creative mindset she needs to create something not only beau...

‘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 form that has been preserved for centuries, with the help of talent from student actors. On Thursday...

LEAD illustrates ‘The Struggles of Undocumented Womxn’

Members of LEAD pose for photo

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 to illuminate the struggles that undocumented women living in the U.S. experience. LEAD historian Maryann Estrad...

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

Damien Sneed performing with a choir

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 a range of genres from gospel to jazz with spoken word from King’s famous speeches. The band featured...

Hot Tuna celebrates 50 years of psychedelia

The members of Hot Tuna

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 an incredible musical experience after all these years.  The set was complete with no shortage of so...

Vagina Monologues offers an unapologetic narrative for the women of Chico

Cast of the Vagina Monologues

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 resources in Chico that help women secure proper reproductive care and relationship support. ...

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

Portrait of Chris Thile

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 a drink before the show. There was a buzz of anticipation in the air as many longtime fans of Thil...

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