The Orion

Big Sam’s Funky Nation brings Noladelic Funk to national relevance

Sam “Big Sam” Williams courtesy of Matt Kelly and Michael J. Media.

Rylee Pedotti

October 17, 2016

New Orleans boasts an impressive roster of homegrown talent, including Jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, the Marsalis Brothers as well as current mainstream acts like Harry Connick Jr. and Frank Ocean. Adding to the list, Sam "Big Sam" Williams, founder and band leader of Big Sam's Funky Nation,...

‘Fall into Bed’ with Siobhan Barrett Lingerie and FosterBuilt Coffee

Designer Siobhan Barrett in her studio. Photo courtesy of Siobhan Barrett

Anna Porretta

October 16, 2016

Siobhan Barrett, a body-positive lingerie designer will be presenting a pop-up shop at The Bookstore Oct. 12.Few pleasures in life can compare to the bliss of spending a chilly morning in bed. There's something unique to the sensation of spending a day sipping good coffee and reading a great book all whi...

Behind the scenes of ‘Into the Woods’

Mallory Prucha ties the belt of Little Red Riding Hood's costume. Photo credit: Carin Dorghalli

Carin Dorghalli

October 13, 2016

  Into the Woods is taking place from Oct. 11-16 in the Harlen J. Adams theater. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $6 for youth and Chico State Students. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. Carin Dorghalli can be reached at art...

Local barbers behind cuts locals love

Bruno, Wild Cuts, giving a nice

Jordan Rodrigues

October 12, 2016

I went to Barber Jon's Barbershop, 5 Star Barbers, Wild Cuts and Chico's Barber Shop to ask local barbers a few questions regarding different hairstyles they cut, the diversity of their clientele and their favorite memories as a barber. All of these barbershops are within a mile of the downtown area in...

Music piracy walks the plank

Graph of Chico State DMCA notices. Photo credit: courtesy of Information Resources and Information Security

Matthew Manfredi

October 11, 2016

While living in an era of countless options and apps for entertainment, we have developed particular ways to get music and media. Whether that means paying the monthly subscription fee to Spotify, buying a popular album from iTunes or maybe saying hi to the friend who turned illegal file sharing into an...

Chico State Low Brass Choir Concert brings the sass, class and brass

Photo credit: Carin Dorghalli

Carin Dorghalli

October 9, 2016

Students and staff bring the sass, class and brass by showcasing their musical skills during the Chico State Low Brass Choir Concert. This event was put together by Lloyd Roby, director of the Low Brass Choir, and featured student musicians that play the French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. Accom...

Local talent shines bright at Chico Unplugged

Whitney Hayes, and Weston Andrews sing some heartfelt christian songs. Photo credit: Sean Martens

Rylee Pedotti

October 9, 2016

It was standing room only Thursday night at Madison Bear Garden, where a vibrant crowd consumed the cozy upstairs lounge to catch a glimpse of local talent featured in Chico Unplugged. The singer-songwriter showcase began five years ago when Chico State's SOTA Productions sought to further the conne...

‘Two Door Rev’ revs up the music scene

Two Door Rev's latest album, Noise In The Same Key was released earlier this year. Photo credit: Jae Siqueiros

Anisha Brady

October 6, 2016

Chico is a deep hub for unique and aspiring musicians of all ages. The two-man band, Two Door Rev, stands out among the crowd for their progressively punk sound and politically critical messages.Sam Wotruba, the band's lead guitarist and vocalist, first met the band’s drummer, Jean Thorn at Parad...

Second Annual Chico State Drag Show

Photo credit: courtesy of GSEC

Matthew Manfredi

October 3, 2016

Student, local and professional drag performers from all over Northern California will be taking a stroll across a t-shaped catwalk in the BMU Auditorium on Oct. 13 for the Second Annual Chico State Drag Show. The event bridges the culturing gap between mainstream and queer societies with fashion, entertain...

Frankie Boots and The County Line get folky at Argus

Lead singer, Frankie, bellows out a passionate tune during the performance. Photo credit: Jae Siqueiros

Jae Siqueiros

October 3, 2016

Bay Area folk group, Frankie Boots and the County Line wowed their audience at Argus Bar + Patio on Wednesday night. The song themes ranged from the end of the world to living on Geary Street in San Francisco. The three man band's fancy banjo riffs and tight bass rhythms made just the right notes...

2016 National Futures Yo-Yo Contest

Max Girard, a 14 year old out of Murphy's, CA shows off his own move called the

Carin Dorghalli

October 2, 2016

Chico hosted the 2016 National Futures Yo-Yo Contest on Oct. 1 at the Chico City Plaza. Gentry Stein, the world yo-yo champion, sat as one of the judges. The event showcased promising competitors, ages 18 and under, and focused on the next generation of yo-yo players. Various age brackets have...

1078 Gallery celebrates its 35th year

Franky Brown and Wendy Susan enjoying the neon light piece at the 35th Anniversary of the 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: Jordan Rodrigues

Miguel Orozco

October 2, 2016

The 1078 Gallery's 35 and Alive event was a celebration of its 35 years of being open and the people who made it what it is today. Each piece of art came from someone who helped orchestrate the opening of the local art venue since the 80's and 90's. This local venue is run by various artists that...

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