The Orion

‘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...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris

May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined for a digital audience.  Companies like School of the Arts and Chico Performances that host...

“Love Never Dies” is a poor addition to the otherwise celebrated broadway livestreams

Still image from the Broadway play,

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

The arts have suffered greatly during the COVID-19 shutdown, but renowned impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has found a way to bring state-of-the-art performances to the people. Webber is one of the most well-known composers in the world, with works like “School of Rock,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and...

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

As holidays continue to come and go, it's important to retain normalcy and attempt to celebrate holidays as we all endure this global pandemic. Earth Day is usually a great day to leave the house and enjoy nature. This may be hard as public beaches and parks are closed in an effort to slow the s...

Chico drag performers serve virtual elegance

Joseph Lau, who performs as J-Lau, is a local drag performer based in Chico. During quarantine, Lau has participated in a new online wave of drag shows, usually done through livestreams.
Courtesy of Joseph Lau

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Among Chico’s renowned nightlife and social scene, the drag community is one that is prominent and growing. The shelter-in-place order has changed the way the drag scene can promote itself. In what has become an era of virtual entertainment, local drag performers have risen to the occasion to prov...

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is Fiona Apple, untethered

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple released her first album, “Tidal” in 1996 when she was only 19, earning the award for Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. After a controversial acceptance speech, in which she referred to the music industry as “bullshit,” Apple made herself the ...

Songs from the Sofa keeps live music alive in Chico

Brett Johnson, owner of Houser's Music in Oroville, says people can support local artists by

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

In the midst of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, all scheduled concerts and music festivals have been put on hold. With the season of live music having essentially been wiped out, one local project, known as Songs from the Sofa, has given musicians the opportunity to perform again. ...

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

The late April weekend of Indio, California’s famed music festival was graced with the buzz band of the decade. The Strokes had just released their debut album, “Is This It.” They were set to play Coachella’s main stage on Sunday. Beside bands like Oasis, The Strokes got their first taste o...

Quibi breaks the Status Quo

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Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

Liam Hemsworth stars as Dodge, a man who participates in a deadly game to in hopes of saving his wife.Courtesy of Ryan Donegan/Quibi Somewhere amongst the endless social media feeds, Netflix binge sessions and YouTube rabbit holes, you might have heard about one of the newest up-and-coming strea...

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

“First of all, not everyone knows about it, that’s something people bring up jokingly like ‘Oh I can’t get a beer to go can I?’, ‘well, actually, we can do that!’," Burgers and Brew manager Dan Moore said.Photo credit: Alex Coba For decades, Chico has been a place where people can ...

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