The Orion

Featured Artist: deM atlaS

deM atlaS relaxes before the 'Mi Vida Local Tour' show starts at the Senator Theater on Friday. Photo credit: Brian Luong

Ricardo Tovar

March 13, 2019

  Over the past year, Chico's Senator Theater has gathered notable entertainers from the likes of Insane Clown Posse, Poppy, Bhad Bhabie, and All Time Low have all come through Chico. Chico's notable rise in popularity for these big acts is astonishing and shows the appeal the college ...

Singer-songwriter Nikki Renaud plans to pursue career in music

Nikki Renaud, artist of the week, with her guitar on Thursday. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Alex Coba

December 12, 2018

Music has always been a part of Nikki Renaud's life. As an adult, she is ready to take on the music industry. Armed with her trusty guitar Alistar, nothing will get in her way of pursuing her dream.Renaud is a Chico native and is a singer-songwriter who is incredibly passionate about her craft. Though sh...

Chico Unplugged winner balances music and nursing

Padilla continues to play with ease. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Alex Coba

October 8, 2018

Music has always been a part of Lenon Padilla's life. Padilla was one of seven winners at the Chico School of the Arts Unplugged musician contest Thursday, which is judged at Madison Bear Garden. However, he is not a music major. Padilla is in the pre-nursing program at Chico State. Because of this,...

Student DJ Subfer selected to play at SnowGlobe music festival

Grant Miller

Natalie Hanson and Julia Maldonado

October 3, 2018

A mix of blue and pink fluorescent lights fills the empty black space. Glow sticks that radiate blue, red and green colors are spread throughout the audience. One student gets his audience amped up with his electronic-dance music and eccentric energy. This is Subfer. Chico State student Grant Miller...

Chico nursing student shows his love for music

Paraic King sits in his home recording studio. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Grant Schmieding

September 26, 2018

He takes the stage, guitar slung over his shoulder. The strap tugs on his shirt collar. “I’m gonna take my glasses off so I don’t have to look at y’all," he says. "Nothing against everyone—I just, you know, it makes me feel a little bit more at ease.” After a pause, Paraic King, a local...

Artist of the Week: Chase Avalos works to refine sound, reach wider audience

Chase Avalos plays for the band Stepdad Passport. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Grant Schmieding

September 18, 2018

The venue screams close quarters. Purple, teal and pink lights shine across artistic renditions of famous musicians as Chase Avalos makes his way to the stage. Microphone feedback breaks the still air as he plugs in his guitar, breathes in the intimate crowd's energy and begins a song. At the first...

Alondra Enriquez incorporates different themes in her artwork

Alondra Enriquez used the women's rights movements on campus to influence works like

Hannah Yeager

May 2, 2018

Alondra Enriquez is a junior at Chico State and a diverse artist. She finds that there are two sides to understanding and relating to art and when creating her pieces, she tries to appeal to the vast majority of each group. Enriquez considers herself diverse because she doesn't stick to one theme or...

Artist of the Week: Marie Fox

Marie Fox is a Chico State student who uses fabrics as her main medium and incorporates her childhood memories into her works. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Mitchell Kret

April 11, 2018

Marie Fox is a fourth-year fine arts and art education major who incorporates fabrics, stitching and especially family memories into the drawing skills she learned through her memory-rich childhood. The 25 year old plans to start her teaching credentials program after finishing her Bachelor of Fine Ar...

Printmaker finds inspiration in small rocks, emotions and strangers

Marisa Sergovia holds up one of her paintings. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Mitchell Kret

March 6, 2018

Marisa Sergovia is a third-year printmaking student with a passion for art education and studio arts. She hopes to one day teach art and encourage students to pursue anything that makes them happy. Q: Who are you? A: I think I’m a human, this is the start of my third year here as a transfer st...

Artist of the week: Hayden Duncan

Hayden Duncan is a 23-year-old recording arts student. He refers to gear as his console. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Nicole Henson and Mitchell Kret

February 28, 2018

How did you get started?I went to a bunch of EDM music festivals when I was 18, around 2012 or 2013, when the EDM bubble was kinda at its biggest, and I went to a few festivals and thought “this is pretty cool,” and the music didn’t seem that hard to make, little did I know. I was li...

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