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Bachelor of Fine Arts students face challenges in online classes amidst pandemic

Arts and Humanities Building at Chico State. Some BFA art students have found the transition to online teaching difficult since they no longer have access to studios.

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

For every student at Chico State, the COVID-19 pandemic has created much concern and uncertainty as every department has taken a hit in the last few weeks. This, of course, includes the many students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts that now have to transition into online lectures. Geoffrey B...

Shelter-in-place takes a toll on Chico music venues

The Senator Theatre in Downtown Chico have had to postpone every event through May.

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

The beginning of spring is supposed to be one of the most active times of the year for live music, with festival line-ups being announced and fans eagerly awaiting concerts they bought pre-sale tickets for. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of those events have been either postponed or can...

A Night at The Museum of Northern Art

One of the main performances was a belly dancing show from Mylee Francisco. She wowed the crowd with her swift and cheerful movements. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Melissa Herrera

April 10, 2019

The Museum of Northern Art had a fun night this past Saturday filled with circus-themed festivities. Many locals came to the event dressed in extravagant clothing that elevated the rest of the night. There was a Chikoko art exhibition, belly dancing, an open bar, and a Tarot card reader to enjoy. Mel...

Poetry reading shines light on refugee experiences

Mai Der Vang's

Rayanne Painter

March 11, 2019

Every seat and plus some was filled in Zingg Recital Hall on Thursday evening for this month’s poetry reading. The event, Writer's Voice, is a literary arts reading series hosted by Chico State’s Department of English.Mai Der Vang, the showcased literary mastermind, is the author of a book...

Chico Community Concert Band to play free holiday concert

The Chico Community Concert Band flute section plays at the Chico Elks Lodge on Nov. 11, 2016, during a Veterans Day program. From left: Linda Gould, Carolyn Hamilton, Jackie Corrie and Sanda Doerschlag. Image courtesy of Mark Plenke.

Natalie Hanson

December 7, 2018

The Chico Community Concert Band will perform its annual Christmas concert at the Lakeside Pavilion in California Park at 3 p.m., Sunday.The concert, titled "Christmas Serenade," is free to the public. The program includes a mix of classic Christmas carols as well as a variety of contemporary selection...

Students to compete in 24-hour animation contest

John Pozzi, an instructor for the Computer Animation and Game Design department, will be at the Animation Jam competition. Photo credit: Ulises Duenas

Natalie Hanson

October 4, 2018

A competition will have students animating day and night this weekend.The "Animation Jam" is an annual, international event that gives students studying in the Computer Animation and Game Design (CAGD) department the chance to win recognition. In a 24-hour period beginning Friday afternoon, students are e...

‘Vitality’ showcases work of student artist

Natalie Hanson

October 4, 2018

A new art showcase in the Bell Memorial Union is spotlighting a student artist with the theme "Vitality" this week.The third floor art gallery of the BMU began hosting the exhibition of "Vitality" by student Megan Wade on Tuesday.Wade is majoring in Arts and her solo exhibition "Vitality" has 23 paintings...

Associated Students Productions kicks off event series, Open Mic Night

The Associated Students Productions hosted Open Mic Night at the BMU Thursday, September 13. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Grant Schmieding

September 15, 2018

An intimate crowd shuffled in slowly and began to occupy round tables as the dimly-lit room filled with light chatter. Silhouettes danced over artistic portraits of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Albert Einstein while artists took their positions on stage. Students and community members came together in th...

Chico Elks Lodge announces second annual Craft Faire

Art and craft fair held at the Trianon park in São Paulo. Stock image by Getty Images.

Natalie Hanson

September 14, 2018

Last year's first "Craft Faire" event in Chico celebrated local crafters and invited everyone in the community to participate. This month, the Chico Elk Ladies group has announced that they will host the event again, at the Chico Elks Lodge Sept. 29-30. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||fu...

On This Day- Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ released in 1975

The album cover artwork for

Natalie Hanson

September 12, 2018

On September 12 in 1975, Pink Floyd released its seventh album, "Wish You Were Here." After already reaching worldwide fame for the milestone album, "Dark Side of the Moon," this album became another classic in its own right within the band's long list of work. You may only know this album, or "Dark...

5 standout albums dropping this week

We Were Promised Jetpacks' album cover for

Natalie Hanson

September 12, 2018

If you're ready for the release of fresh albums this Friday, here are a few standout drops that we are looking forward to sampling.Willie Nelson - "My Way"This will be Nelson's 68th studio album and he is still going strong. "My Way" was announced as a collection of songs associated with Frank Sinatra, an insp...

School of the Arts Productions to host Chico Unplugged

Chico State's SOTA will host its Chico Unplugged competitions for three Thursdays starting Sept. 21. Image courtesy of SOTA.

Natalie Hanson

September 11, 2018

Chico State's School of the Arts Productions will host the first of three musical competitions, Chico Unplugged, at the Madison Bear Garden restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 20. This biannual competition by SOTA allows the competition of singers and songwriters, for three Thursdays, to share their original...

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