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Maltese bar champions one of Chico’s most diverse drag shows

A performer dances on an audience member at a drag show

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Drag kings and queens from all over northern California gathered at the Maltese Bar, Saturday night for the venues monthly Drag Show. The show began at 10:30 p.m., but most of the crowd and a few of the performers were there much earlier to chat and drink on the bar’s back patio. Performers of a...

Video: Students reflect on the importance of ‘Queer Week’ events

Mary Vogel and Melissa Herrera

October 16, 2019

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Queens, camera, action: Chico State’s 5th annual drag show

Performer struts a panda costume. Photo credit: Mary Vogel

Danielle Kessler

October 14, 2019

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition held their fifth annual drag show Thursday night in the BMU auditorium. The show provided entertainment while shedding some light on issues within Chico’s queer community. The night started with a song and dance number by host Milian, called "Hip-Hop Extravaganza." Othe...

Chico drag queens throw most glamourous birthday party of the year

A drag queen waves to the audience. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Melissa Joseph

September 23, 2019

Performers and party-goers filled the El Rey Theater Friday night to celebrate Coco, a local drag queen's, birthday. The show, called “Coco Wonderland” started slowly as DJs took the stage to perform their sets. The night quickly livened as queens took the stage to lip sync and dance their hearts...

Chico State’s drag show rocks the Bell Memorial Union

Susie Quite and Psycho Chix performed a unique burlesque. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Grant Schmieding

October 13, 2018

Shiny wigs, high heels, capes and colorful lights awaited the line of students stretching out the door and down the street. Over 1,000 students and community members filled the Bell Memorial Union auditorium Thursday for Chico State’s fourth annual Drag Show. The show featured a supportive crowd with enough energy to give everyone ...

Drag show for a greater good

Eliza Carmichael after dramatically tearing off their long red wig to reveal short brown hair. Photo credit: Sophia Robledo-Borowy

Sophia Robledo-Borowy

October 18, 2017

The third annual Chico State Drag Show hosted by the Associated Student Gender and Sexuality Equity Center sold out on Oct. 12 as part of the festivities for "Queer Week." Every year, these drag shows have been put on for a greater purpose than just entertainment and art. This year’s proceeds ...

Second Annual Chico State Drag Show

Photo credit: courtesy of GSEC

Matthew Manfredi

October 3, 2016

Student, local and professional drag performers from all over Northern California will be taking a stroll across a t-shaped catwalk in the BMU Auditorium on Oct. 13 for the Second Annual Chico State Drag Show. The event bridges the culturing gap between mainstream and queer societies with fashion, entertain...

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