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...

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is Fiona Apple, untethered

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple released her first album, “Tidal” in 1996 when she was only 19, earning the award for Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. After a controversial acceptance speech, in which she referred to the music industry as “bullshit,” Apple made herself the ...

Songs from the Sofa keeps live music alive in Chico

Brett Johnson, owner of Houser's Music in Oroville, says people can support local artists by

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

In the midst of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, all scheduled concerts and music festivals have been put on hold. With the season of live music having essentially been wiped out, one local project, known as Songs from the Sofa, has given musicians the opportunity to perform again. ...

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

The late April weekend of Indio, California’s famed music festival was graced with the buzz band of the decade. The Strokes had just released their debut album, “Is This It.” They were set to play Coachella’s main stage on Sunday. Beside bands like Oasis, The Strokes got their first taste o...

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...

“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...

‘A Very Chico Nutcracker’ delivers on holiday cheer

Angeline Stansbury (Adelaide Sands) and the Nutcracker Prince (Christopher B. Nachtrab) join the Almond Blossoms in dance. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Melissa Joseph

December 9, 2019

This past weekend, small almond blossoms, a magical toy maker and a daunting mouse king graced the stage in Laxson Auditorium. There’s only one ballet this time of year that encapsulates all of the aforementioned, "The Nutcracker."Friends of the Chico Community Ballet, Chico Performances and Chico...

In times of pain, joy finds a way

A creative ensemble singing and speaking about how people felt about the devastating fire. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Melissa Joseph

November 13, 2019

Goosebumps arose as the Butte County Scottish Society Pipes and Drums marched down the aisles of the Paradise Performing Arts Center playing “When the Battle is Over” to a mass of Camp Fire survivors. On Sunday afternoon PPAC held “Joy Will Find a Way,” an event focused on spot...

Queer Week movie discusses conversion therapy

Tzanda Mendes and Nathan Zamudio wait for the film to start outside The Hub. Photo credit: Emily Neria

Emily Neria

October 14, 2019

The Hub at Chico State hosted a viewing of "Boy Erased" on Tuesday for Queer Week. The showing was followed by a discussion with representatives from Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and Stonewall Alliance Center.The movie is about Jared Eamons, a gay college student whose father is a preacher. Whe...

Angel Olsen writes a masterpiece with ‘All Mirrors’

Album art from Ansel Olsen's website.

Kati Morris

October 14, 2019

Angel Olsen’s music has always been confessional. Whether she writes twangy, Americana style folk like on her 2014 debut album "Burn Your Fire for No Witness" or venturing into straight-up jukebox rock ‘n’ roll, like on her 2016 album "MY WOMAN".On her fourth studio album, Olsen tak...

Chico State student exhibits art for ‘The Last Generation’

Rafael Orti Garcia stands in front of his piece entitled “Overwhelmed” Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Emily Neria

October 9, 2019

Chico State art major, Rafael Orti Garcia, welcomed guests to his art exhibit titled "The Last Generation" in a reception on the third floor of the BMU Thursday afternoon. The exhibit featured artwork primarily done in ink and charcoal. Each piece depicted eclectic scenes of machinery, wildlife, and ruin,...

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