The Orion

Mind-reading and magic shock Chico bar scene

Dean Waters and Stephen Chollet are experts in their own unique magical arts. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Rayanne Painter

February 22, 2019

There’s no exaggeration in saying that minds were read on Wednesday night during “An Evening of Wonder” with magician Dean Waters and mentalist Stephen Chollet at Unwined Bar and Grill. Both acts, while vastly different in mystical style, never failed to shock and entertain the audience.Lifelo...

Animation Chico captivates with contest

Animation Chico Film Festival provides festival guides and pins to guests at the contestant check-in station. Photo credit: Grant Schmieding

Grant Schmieding

December 10, 2018

The lights darkened and the door shut. Spectators gazed forward at the bright screen in the small theater. Broken only by pangs of laughter and applause, the room felt still as each short film gave the audience a glimpse inside the mind of its creator. Animation Chico hosted its fourth annual Animation...

The Maltese gets wild for ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

Patricia Quinn (Magenta) lips grace the screen at the beginning of the movie during the Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing at the Maltese on Halloween. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Grant Schmieding

November 2, 2018

The cash register clanged as people crowded the bar, bought drinks and cheered for the start of the show. The small bar was so packed that it looked like a fire hazard. With only a few booths and two rows of plastic chairs, most people were standing. The large mob, featuring many people dressed in racy l...

Sunday Iris duo uses relationship to foster creativity

Sunday Iris consists of the couple Lisa Langley and Dave Elke. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Grant Schmieding

October 12, 2018

Plucking a guitar grounds him in the present moment, washing him with a feeling of calm, serene creativity. Singing brings her to a happy place - giving her a sense of purpose and passion. Lisa Langley and Dave Elke, who make up the local two-part band “Sunday Iris,” use these profound feelings...

Photo of the day

Bryce Goldstein goes door-to-door balloting for local city council candidate Alex Brown. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford

Daelin Wofford

October 11, 2018

Bryce Goldstein goes door-to-door balloting for local city council candidate Alex Brown.

Bethany Abt presents artwork demo at Chico Paper Company

Bethany Abt working on a canvas during a demo. Photo credit: Alex Coba

Alex Coba

October 1, 2018

The smell of acrylic paint was in the air as Chico Paper Company held its very first live painting demo, featuring one of their own artists, Bethany Abt, Saturday.The event was free to the public. Participants could come into the gallery section of the business and watch Abt paint in her unique style, as...

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...

Butte County opens an assistance center for wildfire victims

Cherokee fire burned across table mountain and came close to highway 70. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

October 17, 2017

Butte County announced that it will open a local assistance center for victims of recent fires to learn how to rebuild.La Porte Fire destroyed 37 homes, four commercial buildings and 45 outbuildings while the Cherokee fire destroyed four homes and five outbuildings, according to a public announcement....

‘Dynamic, eclectic’ shirtless solidarity

The trio band smiles with pride as they share their story. Photo credit: Megan Moran

Matthew Manfredi

March 28, 2016

Whether it’s a basement, bar or traditional venue, if they don’t show their team colors it is likely they will get harassed by the audience to do so. You can tell a lot about a band from their name. Team Skins is no exception. “Yeah, we play shirtless every show," said Mathew Houghton, guit...

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