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

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

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...

How to stay connected with friends amidst the pandemic

How to stay connected with friends amidst the pandemic

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Shelter-in-place has got us all down. With remote classes and the campus closure, it can feel hard to stay connected with one another in ways that still feel social and meaningful. Thankfully, we live in a world that is technologically advanced with many options for us to stay social online. Here are...

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

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

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...

Featured Artist: William Bays explores the depths of art and mental health

Featured Artist: William Bays explores the depths of art and mental health

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Among the chaos and traffic in today’s world, artist William Bays finds a way to channel his anxieties into emotionally evoking works of art.  During the art department’s open studios on campus, Bays displayed an array of works in preparation for his fall art show. The pieces explored Bay’...

Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

Chico State student artists reveal their hard work

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

March 22, 2020

Photos By Danielle Kessler The Department of Art and Art History held an open studio on Wednesday, March 11, to showcase BFA art students’ work and create a space for artists and friends to view each other's work. Student art pieces included a variety of styles, from digital printmaking to traditional sculpting. Marlee Braxton (@Swagmastermarls on Instagram) was among the student artists featured at the gallery. With a collection based on her experience as a bartender, she explored some of the themes of bar culture and conv...

Chico man gains ability to make food instantly disappear

Chico man gains ability to make food instantly disappear

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

The patio of Woodstock’s Pizza was filled with anticipation. Two large tables were filled with hungry participants looking for a chance to be champion. The task ahead of them was simple: finish a pound of Woodstock’s hot tots before anyone else.  Last Thursday, the popular pizza restaurant...

Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Luke Sweeney’s Peace Meal Group serenades their ‘hometown’

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

The smell of freshly brewed coffee and the hum of large amps filled Tender Loving Coffee as dozens gathered to watch Luke Sweeney and more perform Friday night.  Red and green fluorescent lights spilled over the makeshift stage as Grey Loom opened the night with chilling vocals and deep bass. E...

Carlos Mencia screams out for a dynamic comedy night

Carlos Mencia screams out for a dynamic comedy night

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

From important messages on immigration to saving the world through oral copulation, Carlos Mencia and others had Chico enraptured Saturday night at the El Rey Theatre. Three comedians took the stage before Mencia, setting a risque and vibrant tone for the night.  The comedian preceding Me...

“We Shall Overcome” evokes the spirit of African American leaders

“We Shall Overcome” evokes the spirit of African American leaders

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

Chico Performances hosted the musical production “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Laxson Auditorium on Saturday night. The production encompassed a range of genres from gospel to jazz with spoken word from King’s famous speeches. The band featured...

Maltese bar champions one of Chico’s most diverse drag shows

Maltese bar champions one of Chico’s most diverse drag shows

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Drag kings and queens from all over northern California gathered at the Maltese Bar, Saturday night for the venues monthly Drag Show. The show began at 10:30 p.m., but most of the crowd and a few of the performers were there much earlier to chat and drink on the bar’s back patio. Performers of a...

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Silent disco provides a unique social experience

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

The El Rey Theater held a silent disco event this past Thursday night. With different music genres available, the night was a fun experience for regular and casual silent disco-goers. There were three music channels to choose from, playing music ranging from EDM, hip-hop to a more random genre chan...

The man behind the mandolin: Chris Thile performs at Chico State

The man behind the mandolin: Chris Thile performs at Chico State

Kirstin Joyce, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Grammy award winning singer and famed mandolinist Chris Thile performed at Laxson Auditorium on Feb. 11. The auditorium lobby was crowded with people, most waiting in line at the pop-up bar to grab a drink before the show. There was a buzz of anticipation in the air as many longtime fans of Thil...

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