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The monca finishes the year strong with ‘Selfie 2020’

Another painting by Arran Harvey that depicts the everyday wearing of masks. Courtesy of the Museum of Northern California Art.
December 15, 2020

The Museum of Northern California Art’s new exhibit, “Selfie 2020,” is a collection of art that reflects how the first 10 months of 2020 has affected the artists. Executive Director, Pat Macias,...

Chico State’s Tribal Relations presents ‘Misconceptions of Identity: The Native American Experience’

The office of Tribal Relations hosted a Zoom presentation on Nov. 19 in response to Native American Heritage month. Photo credit: Danielle Kessler
November 22, 2020

On Thursday, Chico State’s new Office of Tribal Relations hosted a presentation via Zoom to hold conversations regarding the Native American experience. The presentation was led by a group of individuals...

On the Camp Fire’s second anniversary, Paradise looks to a brighter future with ‘The Hope of Daffodils’

On Nov. 8, a wall of art in Nic's depicts local artists expressions of hope for the future of Paradise and it's residents.
November 18, 2020

Nov. 8 marked two years since the Camp Fire that ravaged the town of Paradise, a horrific event that garnered coverage across the globe. While Paradise has still been recovering even after all this time,...

Pat Hull performs at The Barn at Meriam Park

Pat Hull performing at The Barn at Meriam Park on Friday, Nov. 6. Photo credit: Kelsey Ogle
November 15, 2020

On Friday, Nov. 6, local musician Pat Hull played a concert at The Barn at Meriam Park, a new venue in the Meriam Park planned community. Meriam Park is a new self-contained community with apartments,...

Small town boy on the world stage: An exclusive with Dutch pop artist Duncan Laurence

November 14, 2020

Duncan Laurence is a singer-songwriter hailing from the Netherlands, and he’s had an exciting 2020 to say the least. With one of his singles, “Arcade” becoming a trend on TikTok as well as his debut...

“Breathe: Portraits from a Pandemic” is virtual theatre for the COVID-19 Age

November 7, 2020

“Breathe: Portraits from a Pandemic” is a new video-on-demand play from Chico State’s department of music and theatre that tells the stories of people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Slow Theatre’s Garage Fest offers drive-in experience

The film portions of the event were displayed on a outdoor 20x 30 screen
October 26, 2020

On Oct. 17 and 18, Slow Theatre hosted a drive-in event that included comedy, monologues and musical performances centered around the theme “Freedom of Speech.” The presentation was a mix of live...

Chico artist B3Nii is bringing the party to the people

Pando can't wait to share new music he's been working on with his audience, but wants to keep them wondering what he'll do next.
October 19, 2020

In the middle of a pandemic, one of the most popular methods of keeping up with fans that artists have clung to has been livestreaming performances on social media. For Noah Pando, a local electronic...

Chico State professor sews together self-portrait to be displayed in local art exhibit

Shelley is using a drawn version of her self portrait to help guide her as she creates a new one using fabrics.
October 16, 2020

Monca’s (Museum of Northern California Art) current exhibit, “Those Who Can Teach...Can” puts Butte County teacher’s artwork on display. One of the teachers participating in the exhibit is...

The vintage revival: meet the guys behind Second Life

Owner Damien Herrera (Left) and business partner Brandon Gutierrez (Right) have opened Second Life on it's new Nord location.
October 16, 2020

Second Life has officially opened the doors to its new Nord Ave. location and is ready to supply street and vintage wear to Chico. Owner Damien Herrera and business partner Brandon Gutierrez caught up...

Featured Artist: Maddi Gruber talks musical influences, Green Day and upcoming solo work

Courtesy of Maddi Gruber
October 7, 2020

Maddi Gruber is a local punk rock musician who is both a solo artist and band frontwoman for The Viles. She cites Jack White as one of her biggest musical inspirations, and like White’s former band...

Butte County Art teachers participate in virtual art exhibit at the monca

The Monca entrance faces Chico High School on the opposite side of Esplanade
September 23, 2020

On Sept. 17, the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) hosted a virtual art exhibition. Featured artists are all teachers from Butte County who have contributed to the monca’s exhibit. When Penni...

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