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‘Will Rogers Follies’ to showcase life of folk hero with song, dance

Photo courtesy of School of the Arts
April 21, 2015

One mid-August afternoon, two men traveled via seaplane out of Fairbanks, Alaska, toward Point Barrow, the furthest north someone can go and still be in America. The sky wore a milky haze, Alaska's...

Cammies: Jazz Showcase

Cammies: Jazz Showcase
April 12, 2015

This year's CAMMIES jazz showcase pits the old school, savage swinging of Chico Jazz Collective against Bogg's current, filthy groove. Thursday's event at 1078 Gallery marked the beginning of the Chico...

Narrow Minded: The Colonel’s Men ‘Friends of Mine’ album review

April 8, 2015

The Colonel's Men sounds like the type of band that would prompt you to say "You've probably never heard of them" when asked what music is playing at the painfully hip coffee shop you go to for tea. The...

‘Peter and Alice’ coming to Theatre on the Ridge

'Peter and Alice' coming to Theatre on the Ridge
March 20, 2015

Don't go into the performance expecting to see a strung-out Peter Pan chilling with the Cheshire cat somewhere down the rabbit hole. And Alice is still in Wonderland, not in a pirate's cove for some clockodile's...

Sounds clash at BMU concert

Bull Moose Party was one of many bands performing at Sound Clash. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox
March 15, 2015

The real battle at AS Productions' Sound Clash event Friday night was between the sound engineer and the audience's ears. Technical difficulties and audio problems occurred the moment the first band, Bull...

Clutter among roommates ends in a bitter clash of clans

Illustration by Miles Huffman
March 12, 2015

A couple years ago, four of my high school friends and I transferred to Chico State at the same time. What an exciting first attempt at living away from home. But once the novelty of freedom faded,...

“Target Earth” misfires

Intergalactic Nemesis is a graphic novel come-to-life as it is narrated by voice actors while accompanied by live music and sound effects. Photo credit: George Johnston
March 8, 2015

The words "live-action" and "graphic novel" aren't typically associated—perhaps for good reason. But Saturday's act, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, combined them anyway, proving that "because...

Q&A: Ze Treasure Troll on decorative concrete, not living under bridges

When she ins't bogged down by technology and finances, Ze Treasure Troll creates art. Photo Credit: Kirsten Springer
February 27, 2015

Like most people, it has taken Chico State super-senior and concrete technology major Kirsten Springer, aka Ze Treasure Troll, some time to discover herself. Now that she has, her path to a successful...

Narrow Minded: ‘Chico Unplugged’ impresses at new venue

First-year prerecording arts major Matt Holmen performs for his second time in
February 20, 2015

Equipped with a new location at Madison Bear Garden and some unfamiliar talent, every night of this semester's "Chico Unplugged" is guaranteed to be different than any night in the past. Chico State's...

Sparks soar in Zap Mama show

Zap Mama brought an impressive and theatrical performance to Laxson Auditorium on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.
February 20, 2015

Four women dressed in tight black outfits with gold chains and sleeves casually walked into the spotlight onstage singing in harmony. It was hypnotizing. The shiniest of the quartet, group founder and...

‘The Dude’ rocks Laxson Auditorium

Jeff Bridges performs with his band the Abiders and his daughter Jessie Bridges during the encore on Saturday night at Laxson Auditorium. Bridges welcomes his cult following as
January 31, 2015

Even after Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award for his performance in "Crazy Heart," played Robert Downey Jr.'s villainous counterpart in "Iron Man" and delivered the performance of his life in "Fearless,"...

Narrow Minded: Alec Beretz’s ‘Divided’ album review

Cover art for Alec Beretz's debut album,
January 24, 2015

In my travels across the land, searching far and wide, I stumbled upon Chico State senior Alec Beretz's debut album "Divided," named for the feeling it is supposed to produce after listening to it. That's...

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