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Chico State students, faculty, staff work to keep local music scene vibrant amid pandemic

Performances at Laxson auditorium have been cancelled for the semester, but staff are still employed.

Kelsey Ogle

September 14, 2020

School of the Arts Productions and Chico Performances are each working on projects that will help music and arts thrive during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Paul Young, a music industry professor who runs SOTA Productions, said the faculty and students across the music and theater department are...

Second Life to take over Thrift Queen on Nord Avenue

The front of Thrift Queen thrift store

Kelsey Ogle, Reporter

September 8, 2020

Thrift Queen on Nord Avenue has closed after 20 years and another thrift store, Second Life, will soon be taking its place. In a June 16 post on the Thrift Queen Facebook page, the store’s owner shared the news that she would be retiring. The post read, “After 20 successful years, I am retiring a...

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium student employees were not initially informed about the cancellation of all events. Employees re...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris

May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined for a digital audience.  Companies like School of the Arts and Chico Performances that host...

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Ways to celebrate Earth Day at home, COVID-19 edition

Elijah Ewing, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

As holidays continue to come and go, it's important to retain normalcy and attempt to celebrate holidays as we all endure this global pandemic. Earth Day is usually a great day to leave the house and enjoy nature. This may be hard as public beaches and parks are closed in an effort to slow the s...

Chico drag performers serve virtual elegance

Joseph Lau, who performs as J-Lau, is a local drag performer based in Chico. During quarantine, Lau has participated in a new online wave of drag shows, usually done through livestreams.
Courtesy of Joseph Lau

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Among Chico’s renowned nightlife and social scene, the drag community is one that is prominent and growing. The shelter-in-place order has changed the way the drag scene can promote itself. In what has become an era of virtual entertainment, local drag performers have risen to the occasion to prov...

Songs from the Sofa keeps live music alive in Chico

Brett Johnson, owner of Houser's Music in Oroville, says people can support local artists by

Kati Morris, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

In the midst of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, all scheduled concerts and music festivals have been put on hold. With the season of live music having essentially been wiped out, one local project, known as Songs from the Sofa, has given musicians the opportunity to perform again. ...

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Bars implement new curbside pickup policy

Danielle Kessler, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

“First of all, not everyone knows about it, that’s something people bring up jokingly like ‘Oh I can’t get a beer to go can I?’, ‘well, actually, we can do that!’," Burgers and Brew manager Dan Moore said.Photo credit: Alex Coba For decades, Chico has been a place where people can ...

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...

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

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...

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

William Bays poses with his artwork.

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’...

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