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Poetry reading shines light on refugee experiences

Poetry reading shines light on refugee experiences

Rayanne Painter

March 11, 2019

Every seat and plus some was filled in Zingg Recital Hall on Thursday evening for this month’s poetry reading. The event, Writer's Voice, is a literary arts reading series hosted by Chico State’s Department of English.Mai Der Vang, the showcased literary mastermind, is the author of a book...

Keep Chico Weird celebrates all aspects of Chico culture

Keep Chico Weird celebrates all aspects of Chico culture

Mitchell Kret

March 4, 2019

The annual Keep Chico Weird art show was held at 1078 Gallery; the reception was held at the gallery March 2. The art was accompanied by live performances and refreshments. While Keep Chico Weird has been centered around live performance art in the past, this year the show was focused more on physical ar...

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

Rayanne Painter

March 3, 2019

Ever read “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Chico State’s New Music Symposium recreated just that, but with music and rhythm.Guest composer Terry Riley joined the audience at the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall on Thursday evening to watch the musicians recreate his masterpie...

Poppy drags after AViVA pops at quirky Senator show

Poppy drags after AViVA pops at quirky Senator show

Rachael Bayuk

February 25, 2019

The human embodiment of confusion, Poppy, visited Chico's Senator theatre. Youtube sensation Poppy brought whimsy to metal in her late-night show.Poppy has a history of presenting the strange and unusual. Her stage presence does not disappoint in that regard. She floats on and off the stage like a fi...

1078 Gallery hosts folk and country music artists

1078 Gallery hosts folk and country music artists

Mitchell Kret

February 25, 2019

The 1078 Gallery was flooded with folk and country music when it hosted three musical artists Saturday, Feb 23. Donald Beaman, China and Garrett Gray took the stage to share their craft. Gray celebrated the release of his album “Five Winds." China’s second album, “And Then Nothing Ha...

Chico Unplugged Winners’ Showcase blew the roof off Madison Bear Garden

Chico Unplugged Winners’ Showcase blew the roof off Madison Bear Garden

Alex Coba

February 23, 2019

Madison Bear Garden was filled with an adoring crowd and acoustic music as Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA) hosted “Chico Unplugged,” an acoustic competition that spans over the course of three nights at Madison Bear Garden. Musicians perform acoustic renditions of songs they've wr...

Thumpasaurus brings the funk to Lost on Main

Thumpasaurus brings the funk to Lost on Main

Mitchell Kret

February 21, 2019

Lost on Main was flooded with psychedelic funk Tuesday night, hosting Thumpasaurus, an energetic band from L.A. making their third stop on their “Book of Thump” tour across the U.S. The show also featured Big Sticky Mess, who filled the venue with a funky ambiance that lasted through the night. The...

Ike’s Place hosts hardcore rock concert

Ike’s Place hosts hardcore rock concert

Angel Ortega

February 21, 2019

Ike’s Place, usually a tranquil sandwich shop by day, was filled with loud, heavy instrumentals, mosh pits and high energy Tuesday night.The concert showcased Chico bands Rogue Squadron, END // GAME and The Choice. Also featured were Dying For It from Redding (who are currently on tour) and With ...

Featured Artist: Caloy shows off piano skills, distinct vocal talent

Featured Artist: Caloy shows off piano skills, distinct vocal talent

Alex Coba

February 19, 2019

For “Caloy” music has been a part of his life from a very young age. Learning how to play the piano at a young age, he began to get inspired by big acts like John Legend, Adele and Lady Gaga. Pop ballads were his go-to type of music. Caloy was drawn to the dramatic vibes that the artist Adele...

‘The Vagina Monologues’ spreads crucial messages about womanhood

‘The Vagina Monologues’ spreads crucial messages about womanhood

Rayanne Painter

February 18, 2019

There are few shows presented at Chico State that begin with cast members encouraging the audience to shout synonyms of “vagina” at the start of each performance.The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition and local acting talent hosted their annual performance of Eve Ensler’s “Th...

Chico’s street lights (or lack thereof)

Chico’s street lights (or lack thereof)

Reed Mccoy and Olyvia Simpson

February 13, 2019

At Chico State, we enjoy a privilege that much of Chico doesn't seem to have, and it isn't the academics.The last time you went beyond campus at night, have you noticed how dark it seems to be? If you live off-campus, do you ever have to walk at night before or after classes only to notice it seems ...

“A Night in Harlem” brings power, resilience and excellence

“A Night in Harlem” brings power, resilience and excellence

Rachael Bayuk

February 11, 2019

A dimly lit room is filled with excitement before the poets and soul-bearers take the stage. The string lights twinkle and cast spells of light on the lone stool on The Hub’s stage.The night’s MC, Chico State alum Walter Torrence III, takes the stage. His charisma immediately soothes the room....

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