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Featured Artist: BFA student Ryan Ramos

Featured Artist: BFA student Ryan Ramos

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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. Many people lo...

Queer Prom offers music, dancing and inclusivity

Queer Prom offers music, dancing and inclusivity

Angel Ortega

April 22, 2019

The second annual Queer Prom, organized and promoted by Chico State’s Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition (GSEC), was hosted on Saturday at the Bell Memorial Union. Queer Prom was held as part of Gender and Sexuality Week, in which GSEC puts on many inclusive events for the LGBTQ community and their...

Playlist: Angel Ortega’s ten picks

Playlist: Angel Ortega’s ten picks

Angel Ortega

April 13, 2019

For my playlist, I decided to choose songs that have been in my constant rotation for years and have some significance in my life, one way or another.KANYE WEST – "REAL FRIENDS" Kanye West is one of my favorite artists of all time. The man has proven time and time again that he is not only one of th...

Featured Artist: 5 Mile Myth brings good vibes and sick music to Chico

Featured Artist: 5 Mile Myth brings good vibes and sick music to Chico

Alex Coba

April 10, 2019

One of the things that makes a band great is group chemistry. Without it, a band can fall into obscurity or even fail to get off the ground in the first place. Luckily, 5 Mile Myth has enough chemistry to spare, as is apparent from just one conversation with the band. They are one of the most genuine gr...

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

Rayanne Painter

April 7, 2019

There’s no fairy godmother to save the day, or happily ever after while riding off into the sunset. This isn’t a typical Walt Disney fairytale.Chico State School of the Arts’ Department of Music and Theatre presented “The River Bride” on Thursday, its opening night. Describe...

Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Rayanne Painter

April 2, 2019

As a queer woman, I often relate more to music made by queer artists.I jam out to many songs made by folks outside of the LGBTQ+ community as well, but these songs and artists hold a special place in my heart. No matter what you identify as, I invite you to listen to these songs along with me and su...

Nor Cal Roller Girls skate into a hopeful season

Nor Cal Roller Girls skate into a hopeful season

Rayanne Painter

March 26, 2019

Nor Cal Roller Derby Girls raced off into their 2019 season opener on Saturday night at Chico’s Cal Skate.The team faced off against Sacramento’s Floodwaters, both teams head-to-head until halftime, where Nor Cal took the lead 89-48. Nor Cal’s winning streak continued as the girls pus...

Featured Artist: Jacob Meders showcases the art of printmaking

Featured Artist: Jacob Meders showcases the art of printmaking

Alex Coba and Melissa Herrera

February 12, 2019

Jacob Meders, a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, visited Chico State as a guest curator of a three-day talk and workshop session. Meders is currently exhibiting "Mǝǝmento: Before" at the Turner Print Museum and his new work, “Aksum Belle: Afterwards" at the Ja...

“Broken Open” gallery highlights Chico artists

“Broken Open” gallery highlights Chico artists

Rayanne Painter

February 5, 2019

"Broken Open," an art exhibition focusing on sound, words and objects, is open at 1078 Gallery on Park Ave. in Chico. Featuring Chico artists, the gallery collaborates between three different art forms. Clay plates and oval dishes portraying colorful scenes, often of political discourse, hang on the wal...

‘Air Play’ takes Chico’s breath away

‘Air Play’ takes Chico’s breath away

Rayanne Painter

February 2, 2019

A fresh breath of air, quite literally, took to the stage at Laxson Auditorium.Clown couple, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, invited audience members into their make-believe alternate reality designed specifically for laughter and imagination in their stunning show, “Air Play”. Acting as...

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