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Don’t be scared of scary movies

Don’t be scared of scary movies

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

It's midnight, but you’re still wide awake, eyes glued to the screen as eerie music from the movie fills the room. Looking over your shoulder, you have to remind yourself that you’re safe in your home. As the music gets louder, signifying something is about to happen, your sweaty palms grab t...

‘Onward’ is the movie we deserve right now

Left to right: Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star as elf brothers Ian and Barley, respectively in Pixar's Onward.  
Courtesy of Disney

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

In light of current events, a lot of recently released movies are becoming available through streaming platforms. It’s during this particularly unmotivated time, that film can become a fun escape where “magic” exists, and that’s exactly what Disney Pixar’s “Onward” intends to teach us. ...

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...

How to stay connected with friends amidst the pandemic

How to stay connected with friends amidst the pandemic

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Shelter-in-place has got us all down. With remote classes and the campus closure, it can feel hard to stay connected with one another in ways that still feel social and meaningful. Thankfully, we live in a world that is technologically advanced with many options for us to stay social online. Here are...

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

Left to right: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant star as Héloïse and Marianne in

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Of the vast amount of lesbian dramas that have emerged from the last decade, most have been the product of a male director, containing graphic sex scenes that don’t necessarily contribute to the plot, like Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” for example. Others, however, are ca...

Shelter-in-place takes a toll on Chico music venues

The Senator Theatre in Downtown Chico have had to postpone every event through May.

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

The beginning of spring is supposed to be one of the most active times of the year for live music, with festival line-ups being announced and fans eagerly awaiting concerts they bought pre-sale tickets for. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those events have been either postponed or can...

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’...

Movies to watch during our time in Self-isolation

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

As California remains locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has watched a couple of movies. Netflix and Hulu have been good partners for battling boredom while performing social distancing.  Movies have become a great way to escape reality for a moment and ...

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...

Spring Break playlist

Spring Break playlist

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

It’s been a long semester, and most of us are all too eager to take the week off for spring break. To help you get into a vacation-ready mood, listen to this playlist full of songs that are worthy of revisiting and a few that you might not have heard of.  Steve Lacy: Dark red I can’t explain i...

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Jimmie Vaughan delivers a whirlwind performance in the Big Room

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band serenaded audiences Thursday night as they reminisced in the dimly lit Sierra Nevada Big Room. Without a word, Vaughan thumped his hand against the body of his silky white guitar, sending the night off into a whirlwind of guitar riffs.  “Are you ready...

Apollo transforms into a collective space for local artists

Photo by Dayanna Negrete

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

On Saturday night the Apollo School of Music turned into a buzzing art gallery, showcasing the work of various local artists. The event, which was hosted in collaboration with NorCal Musicians Collective, was a night of bold designs, live music and collective spirit.  Among the works displayed wer...

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