The Orion

‘The Half of It’ isn’t a typical teen movie

Still image from The Half of It, a Netflix original film

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Over the years Netflix has built a reputation for producing teen romances and coming-of-age films — some that I love, and some that make me feel a little less than inspired, like Noah Centineo’s entire filmography. Among the new releases for May is “The Half of It,” a refreshing and sweet pe...

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...

Chico drag performers serve virtual elegance

Joseph Lau, who performs as J-Lau, is a local drag performer based in Chico. During quarantine, Lau has participated in a new online wave of drag shows, usually done through livestreams.
Courtesy of Joseph Lau

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Among Chico’s renowned nightlife and social scene, the drag community is one that is prominent and growing. The shelter-in-place order has changed the way the drag scene can promote itself. In what has become an era of virtual entertainment, local drag performers have risen to the occasion to prov...

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

“First of all, not everyone knows about it, that’s something people bring up jokingly like ‘Oh I can’t get a beer to go can I?’, ‘well, actually, we can do that!’," Burgers and Brew manager Dan Moore said.Photo credit: Alex Coba For decades, Chico has been a place where people can ...

‘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. ...

‘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...

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...

‘Emma.’ is a visually breathtaking adaptation

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Emma.” gets another readaptation in Director Autumn De Wilde’s visually beautiful version of a classic story of rich, young matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. As far as the story goes, “Emma.” isn’t something under the radar in pop culture. There have been countle...

‘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...

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

If anyone has been feeling a little underwhelmed by the latest films in the horror and thriller genre to come out—à la “The Turning”—then I’m here to say that “The Invisible Man” has come to the rescue. Directed by Leigh Whannell, who starred in and co-wrote “Saw” (2004), “The I...

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...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

Sonic the Hedgehog

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Director Jeff Fowler’s feature directorial debut, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” takes the classic video game character into a fun, carefree movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s been an entire year since we got a first glimpse at the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, and we can ...

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