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Yule Logs let it snow for show at Duffy’s

Yule Logs let it snow for show at Duffy’s

Jake Hutchison

December 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

It was snowing in Duffy's Tavern on Friday night when the Yule Logs' front man Marty Parker held up a sign that read "Free Sid Lewis."The local Noel-core rock 'n' roll band, which calls itself "the hardest working band in snow business," put on a festive show for a packed audience, featuring a foam snow machine, candy cane pa...

‘The Nutcracker’ tastefully brings classic to life in local show

‘The Nutcracker’ tastefully brings classic to life in local show

Trevor Whitney

December 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

[metaslider id=39219]Photographs by John DomogmaThe original Nutcracker ballet's debut in 1892 was an utter failure. In fact, Tchaikovsky never lived to see the piece succeed. But today, somehow it has transcended success and become tradition. Chico Community Ballet was the latest local production co...

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Kristen Moran

December 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Q&As

Snow Queen, Soldier Doll, Flower and a solo as a Spanish dancer thrown in for good measure. These parts, usually portrayed by different people, will all be performed by Core Butte Charter School junior Sofia Allmon in this year's Chico Community Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," staged through Dec....

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Jeffrey Fox

December 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Q&As, Video

Local soul and R&B; singer Lisa Valentine grabbed a coffee and chatted with with The Orion about being raised by her mother and grandmother, the irony of her stage name and how she writes such soulful tunes Tuesday at Empire Coffee. How long have you been a singer-songwriter? I've been playing and writing songs since I was...

Holiday cheer will fill Harlen Adams in annual concert-fundraiser

Holiday cheer will fill Harlen Adams in annual concert-fundraiser

Emma Wood-Wright

December 2, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State's music and theater department will ignite holiday spirit during its fast-paced, joyous three-day concert that has become a seasonal staple in Chico."Glorious Sounds of the Season" will open 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a final matinee performance 2 p.m. Sunday.The fast-paced, 90-minute concert will fe...

Readers, Digest: Chicken goat cheese tacos

Readers, Digest: Chicken goat cheese tacos

Christina Saschin

December 1, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

These chicken goat cheese tacos contain nutrients found in many of the main food groups, including protein, dairy and vegetables. This is why I love tacos; you can layer on different types of ingredients or add as much or as little of each ingredient as you wish. For those who may be lactose-intolera...

John C. Ayres: More than just a name on campus

John C. Ayres: More than just a name on campus

Emma Wood-Wright

December 1, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Sharp, precise lines intersect, making shapes on a piece of white paper. The watercolor shapes overlap, forming a building that looks like the Emerald City from "The Wizard of Oz." There is no bleeding. There are no imperfections. This year celebrates the centenary of the artist of that piece, whose name is all over campus, altho...

Partnering in ‘The Nutcracker:’ leads on finding balance, cohesion

Partnering in ‘The Nutcracker:’ leads on finding balance, cohesion

Kristen Moran

November 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

[metaslider id=39219]Relying on someone to lift you higher, make your jumps more extreme and help present your dancing flawlessly and elegantly may seem like a tall order, but it's something the dancers of Chico Community Ballet do every day. Partner dancing is a major component of the company and Ch...

Q&A: Furlough Fridays on ‘Bay Watch,’ The Rolling Stones

Q&A: Furlough Fridays on ‘Bay Watch,’ The Rolling Stones

Jeffrey Fox

November 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As

Local rock band Furlough Fridays took a break during its practice session Nov. 22 in Chico to chat with The Orion about Pamela Anderson, the band's dynamic and sticking together. Half the band, which is made up of two married couples, lives in Redding. Furlough Fridays' next performance in Chico will be for...

Q&A: Dancer Jenna Large on ‘The Nutcracker’

Q&A: Dancer Jenna Large on ‘The Nutcracker’

Kristen Moran

November 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Q&As

Ballet dancer and Butte College student Jenna Large sat down with The Orion to share some of her favorite parts of "The Nutcracker," her thoughts about a career in dance and details about her most recent dance injury. Large can be seen as protagonist Clara alongside other dancers from Chico Community Ballet in t...

Readers, Digest: Discount Thanksgiving

Readers, Digest: Discount Thanksgiving

Christina Saschin

November 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

If you are staying in Chico for Thanksgiving and want to put together an appetizing, affordable meal for you and your friends, take a look at The Orion's cheat sheet of where you can shop for the best prices. Shopping at Wal-Mart and Save Mart is about $15 cheaper than shopping at Safeway and Raley's when ge...

Study Break: In This Moment’s ‘Black Widow’ album review

Study Break: In This Moment’s ‘Black Widow’ album review

Jake Hutchison

November 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

In recent years, Maria Brink has clawed her way to the top of the mainstream rock charts using her fearless persona, deep vampiric voice and notably dark lyrics. And sure enough, she continues this crusade with "Black Widow," the fifth album of her band, In This Moment. Straight out of the door, In This...

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