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“We Are Who We Are” offers a thrilling and unique coming-of-age story

Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer are among the cast of HBO's series

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 17, 2020

The first episode of HBO’s original series directed by Luca Guadagnino titled, “We Are Who We Are,” premiered on Sep. 14. Cast members include  Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamon, Kid Cudi and Chloë Sevigny. Once again, Guadagnino tells a story from an Italian landscape, much like hi...

The Killers’ new album “Imploding The Mirage” offers consistency in a world of uncertainty

The Killers' sixth album

Kelsey Ogle, Reporter

September 17, 2020

The Killers released their sixth studio album, “Imploding The Mirage,” on Aug. 21. It is the first album without lead guitarist Dave Keuning, who has been on hiatus from the band since August 2017. The album features several big-name guest musicians and vocalists, including Lindsey Buckingham of F...

The Netflix original that’s breaking the internet doesn’t have much to offer

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 15, 2020

“Cuties” (or its native French title, “Mignonnes”) is a film that does not quite live up to its infamous reputation as an exploitative coming-of-age flick, while at the same time does not do much to make a name for itself in the indie film collective consciousness. The film tells the story of 1...

Chico State students, faculty, staff work to keep local music scene vibrant amid pandemic

Performances at Laxson auditorium have been cancelled for the semester, but staff are still employed.

Kelsey Ogle

September 14, 2020

School of the Arts Productions and Chico Performances are each working on projects that will help music and arts thrive during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Paul Young, a music industry professor who runs SOTA Productions, said the faculty and students across the music and theater department are...

Dirty Projectors’ “Super João”: Longstreth and Co. continue their EP hotstreak

The cover art for Super João EP

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 10, 2020

On “Super João”, Dirty Projectors’ eclectic style of songwriting and composition goes bossa nova while continuing their stellar 5EPs project.  The indie rock band hailing from Brooklyn has had, to put it modestly, a prolific year. Starting with their EP “Windows Open” from March, the...

Charlie Kaufman delivers an eerie romance in “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Charlie Kaufman's

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 9, 2020

The recent Netflix film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” directed by Charlie Kaufman is an adaptation of the book by Iain Reed and stars Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons.  The psychological thriller starts with a young couple on a road trip to Jake’s (Plemons) childhood home to meet ...

Second Life to take over Thrift Queen on Nord Avenue

The front of Thrift Queen thrift store

Kelsey Ogle, Reporter

September 8, 2020

Thrift Queen on Nord Avenue has closed after 20 years and another thrift store, Second Life, will soon be taking its place. In a June 16 post on the Thrift Queen Facebook page, the store’s owner shared the news that she would be retiring. The post read, “After 20 successful years, I am retiring a...

Jayna Feldman finds her best self on “Renee”

Jayna Feldman looking out from behind a lightly colored veil

Sophia Pearson, Reporter

September 6, 2020

Chico State senior Jayna Feldman, a singer and songwriter, is releasing a debut single titled “Renee” on Sept. 4. It’s Feldman’s first project since launching her solo career.  Feldman is a Chico State music industry and marketing major. She is from Folsom, California, where she grew up in...

Angel Olsen’s “Whole New Mess”: Distress, Recontextualized

Thomas Stremfel, Reporter

September 4, 2020

A little over a year since the artist's last album release, American indie rockstar Angel Olsen returns with a pleasant, if not fairly stagnant reimagining of her most grandiose album to date. What was originally a lavish, dramatic expression of emotions is now presented as a vulnerable and raw show...

‘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...

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium student employees were not initially informed about the cancellation of all events. Employees re...

Parks and Recreation reunion lifts spirits amongst quarantine

A still from the Parks and Recreation reunion special

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

The original cast of the hit series Parks and Recreation made a special comeback on April 30 to create the first new episode since its last season in 2015.  The 30 minute episode featured a unique storyline where the characters are stuck in quarantine. The audience follows the main protagonist Leslie...

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