The Orion

Local artist is the man behind the dots

Local artist is the man behind the dots

Emma Wood-Wright

February 1, 2014

Acrylic giraffes smile down from the living room window like stained-glass saints, three koalas cling to a branch and a woman holding a cluster of balloons keeps steady on her bicycle. Norm Dillinger, 76, has created hundreds of companions, born from perfectly placed dots of acrylic paint, to share th...

Guitarists captivate crowds at Laxson Auditorium

Guitarists captivate crowds at Laxson Auditorium

Michael Quiring

January 31, 2014

It didn't take long for acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to captivate his audience, as he opened up his performance with his award-winning song "Gameshow Rag/Cannonball Rag." The audience quickly responded with whistles and hurrahs.Guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor brought their musical s...

String music arrives in Chico

String music arrives in Chico

Emma Wood-Wright

January 30, 2014

What do five men, including one of the world's leading banjo players and a string quartet, have in common? A new twist on combining string instruments in an imaginative performance. Explore the contemporary sound of string music with Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider Banjo Quintet, courtesy of Chico Performances, ...

Audition Spotlight Q & A

Nicole Santos

January 30, 2014

Annie Mulry, senior communications major and music minor, said she would audition for "The Voice" again in a heartbeat. The Orion sat down with her for a Q&A; about her experience, her song choice and her undeniable passion for music. The Orion: What was the most exciting part about that experience?Mulry: Well, you know what was funny? The b...

Stunt Dog Experience is ‘dog-gone fun’

Stunt Dog Experience is ‘dog-gone fun’

Emma Wood-Wright

January 29, 2014

Bouncing with excitement from his plush, red-velvet chair a boy remained restless until the lights went dim in Laxson Auditorium Tuesday evening. Wearing a red collared shirt and matching high-top Converse, Chris Perondi entered the stage and began his Stunt Dog Experience. "What kind of fun are we go...

The Upstairs Neighbours bring the funk

The Upstairs Neighbours bring the funk

Veronica Hodur

January 28, 2014

In a calm, welcoming environment, a jazzy beat sounds through the Saturday morning air as mothers and their babies bounce in time to the music of The Upstairs Neighbours while enjoying freshly baked muffins.The Upstairs Neighbours, a local band made of Chico State students, play jazz-influenced pop at locat...

Chico State senior creates extraordinary bicycles and artwork

Chico State senior creates extraordinary bicycles and artwork

Ashiah Scharaga

January 28, 2014

A teeter-totter, a 6-foot-tall bicycle, brightly painted Sony speakers and Chico State all have one thing in common: Travis Stock. To say that Stock, a senior from Laguna Niguel majoring in art with an emphasis in art studio, is an artist of any one trade wouldn't do him justice. Stock not only de...

Bluegrass jam delivers great music, welcoming atmosphere

Bluegrass jam delivers great music, welcoming atmosphere

Ashiah Scharaga

January 26, 2014

Bluegrass music flowed smoothly out of the front door of Cafe Flo and onto the sidewalk of East 6th Street on Saturday. The intriguing sound came from 15 musicians sitting in a circle with banjos, mandolins and guitars in their arms or harmonicas at their lips, singing and playing bluegrass tunes from 1-4 p.m. The Bluegrass Jams, ...

Get weird with Chico’s alternative talent show

Get weird with Chico’s alternative talent show

Maegan Webster

January 25, 2014

For a fun, funky and especially fresh Saturday night experience, head to the Keep Chico Weird Talent Show to see talented Chico residents compete for a trophy, a gift bag and an opportunity to perform at Feather Falls Casino or at the CAMMIES Awards Show.   The Chico News and Review will host the competition to showc...

Canine spectacle comes to Laxson Auditorium

Canine spectacle comes to Laxson Auditorium

Emma Wood-Wright

January 24, 2014

Can't get your dog to fetch the newspaper on Sunday morning? How about catching it mid-back flip and landing on all fours? Get ready to be "doggone" amazed as Chico Performances hosts Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. Featuring over a dozen do...

A collaborative new approach to creation

A collaborative new approach to creation

Subina Khan

January 23, 2014

The Idea Fabrication Laboratory is keeping original art alive in its own unique way by granting students and members of the Chico community the opportunity to use amazing tools to create cutting edge art. Located at 603 Orange St. — a mere four blocks away from the Chico State campus, the 6,900-s...

“The Voice” Audition Spotlight: Sophia Xepoleas

Yzel Romo

January 22, 2014

Sophia Xepoleas covers and rocks Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady".Last fall semester, Chico State students were given the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for NBC's "The Voice."Sophia Xepoleas, a sophomore journalism major with an option in public relations, was approached by the music department to participa...

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