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‘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...

Featured Artist: BFA student Ryan Ramos

Ryan standing next to his favorite piece

Rayanne Painter and Hana Beaty

November 5, 2019

The BS-O Gallery at Chico State is a space for art students to celebrate, showcase and most importantly, share their stories through their artwork created by the end of their fine arts education. This week's featured artist, BFA student Ryan Ramos, strikes a deep chord within the LGBTQ+ community an...

‘For the Record’ Podcast: Chico State doesn’t value diversity

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Mitchell Kret and Rayanne Painter

October 6, 2019

“For the Record” is our editorial podcast featuring editors from The Orion staff. This week, our Editor in Chief Natalie Hanson and Arts and Entertainment editor Rayanne Painter discuss an editorial piece about a recent incident involving Border Patrol on Chico State campus. Natalie Hanson and Rayanne Painter can both be reached a...

‘For the Record’ Podcast: Chico State parking is out of touch

Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Mitchell Kret

October 3, 2019

“For the Record” is our editorial podcast featuring editors from The Orion staff. This week, our Editor-in-Chief Natalie Hanson and Arts and Entertainment editor Rayanne Painter discuss Hanson’s editorial piece about why parking, and student safety, is a problem at Chico State. Natalie Hanson and R...

A tall girl’s criticism of Netflix’s ‘Tall Girl’

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Rayanne Painter

September 18, 2019

Let’s set the scene for Netflix’s new original film, “Tall Girl”:Jodi (Ava Michelle) is a white, cisgender, straight, thin, able-bodied, middle-class, blond-haired, blue-eyed woman - Oh, and she happens to be 6’1” and her life is hard.“You think your life is hard...

‘For The Record’ Podcast: Chico State administration, we deserve better

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Mitchell Kret and Rayanne Painter

September 18, 2019

"For the Record" is our editorial podcast featuring editors from The Orion staff. This week, our Editor in Chief Natalie Hanson and Arts and Entertainment editor Rayanne Painter discuss Hanson's editorial piece about journalists' free speech at Chico State.Natalie Hanson can be reached @nhanson_reports...

‘Fat’ is used as an insult, but it’s just my body

My body isn’t a cation sign; you’re not going to slip into the heart of my struggles by just acknowledging me as I am. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Rayanne Painter

September 11, 2019

I’ve been here a thousand times: A thin person, most of the time my friend or family member, stands in the mirror in front of them. They twist their face in disgust while they look at their body: “Why am I so fat?” Accompanied by “I look disgusting,” or something similar.One look at m...

Featured Artist: ‘Your Mom’s Favorite’ new Downtown Chico tattoo shop

Her focus and creative mind brought along the anticipation of a finished art piece. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Rayanne Painter

September 11, 2019

For the past 20 years, the corner of W. First Street by Celestino’s and Chico State has been a tattoo shop. The shop has been swapped from owner to owner over the years, but over the summer, tattoo artists Noe “Weezy” Alvarado and Morgann Villalobos have rebranded the space into th...

Gold Nugget Days proves strength of community

Many vendors sold handmade jewelry, indoor and outdoor decorations and clothing. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Rayanne Painter

May 4, 2019

Paradise Gold Nugget Days and craft fair persisted into its 41st year on Saturday, despite the Camp Fire and displacement of residents.In the years before the fire, Gold Nugget Days brought thousands into the small town of Paradise, California for what was an all-day celebration down the middle of Skyway...

Chico State art gallery showcases studies of birds

The collected pieces from Vogel’s research included taxidermy birds that had been insulated in metal, photographs of bird wings and drawings of birds relating to their flight abilities. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

Rayanne Painter

April 29, 2019

A retrospective take on a German Philosopher of Science’s groundbreaking work in the study of birds is up at Chico State’s Masters of Fine Arts Gallery (MFA). Showcasing a collection of sculptures, drawings, photography and belongings from philosopher Freya Vogel, the exhibit “Fraigais...

Don’t be fooled, Coachella is no paradise

Festivalgoers attend the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Rayanne Painter

April 28, 2019

Thousands of people just spent thousands of dollars to sweat in the California desert. Yes, I’m serious.But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg (or, the sand dune) when it comes to the monstrosity that is Coachella. Not only is this music festival really only used as a chance for privilege...

Featured Artist: Jessie Mercer brings Camp Fire community together through art

One of Jessie's favorite art piece is the apron her father used to wear, which has been recreated, and now hanging in her living room. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

April 24, 2019

When the Camp Fire began on a fateful November morning, the small communities of the Paradise Ridge were ripped apart. Families who had lived in the path of the blaze had lost their homes, businesses and towns. Hundreds of children were displaced to the remaining schools in the county. 85 people lost...

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