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New Music Symposium showcases student work

Jaik Hakkarinen performs his original music.
Photo credit: Kati Morris

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

On Thursday, the School of the Arts opened with the first night of the 16th annual New Music Symposium, a two-day event that highlights a broad range of original music performed by Chico State students.  “Dedicated to encouraging young musicians and musical ingenuity, the Symposium showcase...

Ozzy Osbourne proves he is no ordinary man

Illustration by Melissa Joseph

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

“Ordinary Man” is Ozzy Osbourne’s first album in a decade, consisting solely of original music. Despite a string of serious health issues that left the 71 year old musician hospitalized and forced him to cancel his 2020 North American tour, he sounds as lively as ever.  In 2018, the Prince of Darkne...

Queer Prom offers music, dancing and inclusivity

Guests dancing on the dance floor during GSEC's Second Annual Queer Prom Photo credit: Angel Ortega

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...

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

Helena anguishes over her unrequited love for her sister's fiance in

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

Kehlani is an open bisexual artist. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Refinery29)

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

Jess Jarocki or “Tripsy McStumble” races against the Sacramento Flood Water jammer as they both hurry to pass one another to earn more points during the match. Michaella King or “Rebel Rose” is the pivot and dictates the pace of the jam match. She gets ready to slam into the Flood Water opponent so Jarocki can pull ahead. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

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...

“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...

Chico art curators host 3-D mural art gallery

Angel Ortega

February 4, 2019

Chico Idea Fab Labs hosted a gallery featuring artwork from Santa Cruz muralist, Elijah Pfotenhauer, on Saturday. Daniel Govan, co-founder of Idea Fab Labs, says the art gallery, titled “Terraform,” is one of a handful that they host throughout the year. “We throw galleries quarterly, about...

‘Air Play’ takes Chico’s breath away

Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone watch balloons float in a simulated night sky.  Photo by Florence Montmare.

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...

“The Favourite” is a brilliant period piece

Angel Ortega

January 31, 2019

“The Favourite” captures some of the best on-screen performances and exquisite production values this year. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, follows Queen Anne of Britain (Olivia Colman) in her later years during the late 18th century. As war with France drains the British economy and as...

Boogie puts his life on display with emotional lyricism

Boogie dropped his debut album this month. Image courtesy of Shady Records.

Mitchell Kret

January 30, 2019

Compton rapper Boogie released “Everything’s For Sale,” his debut album, Jan. 25. In it, he envelops his real-life experiences with deep, melodic flows and beats. This is Boogie’s first project released under Shady Records, Eminem’s label.Anthony “Boogie” Dixson was sign...

Chico artists successfully revamp Madonna smash hits

Ending the first act with a bang Photo credit: Mathew Boe

Rayanne Painter

January 30, 2019

The sass of Madonna and the raw talent of Uncle Dad’s Art Collective joined forces for a fiery opening night. Filled with all of Madonna’s classic hits from “Material Girl” to “Like a Prayer,” musicians, vocalists and dancers collaborated beautifully to commemorate co...

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