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Q&A: Local author pens first novel, inspired by daughter

Q&A: Local author pens first novel, inspired by daughter

Kristen Moran

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As

Giant, human-eating frogs, valiant, sword-fighting heroes and one loyal tortoise.That's just a small taste of what readers will find in Paradise author Ken Young's first novel, "The King's Frog Hunter," a tale of fantasy-adventure set in an ancient land where a princess must fight to save her father and kingdo...

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Trevor Whitney

November 20, 2014


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Though the seats were mostly bare Tuesday night at 1078 Gallery, singer-songwriter Olivia Awbrey told the audience that it felt refreshing to play for them. "You are definitely the quietest audience I've had on this tour so far," Awbrey said. "And it's great." Awbrey played a set that night to 15 or...

Study Break: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ review

Study Break: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’  review

Trevor Whitney

November 19, 2014


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Twenty years of marginal success following 1994's beloved smash-hit "Dumb and Dumber" have left the sibling-director duo of Bobby and Peter Farrelly no choice but to return to the film that started it all, despite the historically unfavorable track record of comedy sequels."Dumb and Dumber To" re-insert...

Q&A: Candy Cougar on vanity, hair dye, Arctic Monkeys

Q&A: Candy Cougar on vanity, hair dye, Arctic Monkeys

Jeffrey Fox

November 18, 2014


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Heather Bennett, also known as Candy Cougar, took The Orion on a tour of her studio Friday and discussed creating with unconventional materials, why she uses them and what inspires her. Her art will be featured Dec. 7 at 1078 Gallery's next Mixed Media Mixer.When did you become a professional artist?About two years ago I started p...

Readers, Digest: Pumpkin Cookies

Readers, Digest: Pumpkin Cookies

Christina Saschin

November 17, 2014


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Some days, it's fun to look into your pantry, pull out ingredients that have been laying around for a while, and create your own recipe by mixing it all together. I haven't made sugar cookies in a while, and since pumpkin is in season, I wondered what would happen when I added pumpkin puree to an exi...

Chico State Crossroads: Student musicians discover new direction from education

Chico State Crossroads: Student musicians discover new direction from education

Trevor Whitney

November 16, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Video

Carlos Rivera and Alex Montes de Oca are arguably the best guitarist and bassist, respectively, at Chico State. The senior students are currently bandmates in the university ensemble Jazz X-Press, and will be performing in the music and theater department's annual Glorious Sounds of the Season holid...

Sold-out comedy show features jokes on blindess, birds, babies

Sold-out comedy show features jokes on blindess, birds, babies

Jake Hutchison

November 15, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Threesomes, bird smuggling and the Baldwin brothers were popular topics Friday night at 1078 Gallery's hilarious stand-up comedy event. The gallery transformed into a comedy club with no shortage of talent hosted by Bob Backstrom, a local music and comedy promoter and the former owner of Bustolini’s Deli & Coffee Hou...

‘Heaven’ on Earth: strong acting, singing highlighted in bare-bones musical

‘Heaven’ on Earth: strong acting, singing highlighted in bare-bones musical

Emma Wood-Wright

November 14, 2014


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Sister Fanny saw them. Sister Polly heard them. If only Sister Hannah would believe them. What were they? Why, the invisible angels flying over the audience's head, of course. The nine-actress cast of Chico State's School of the Arts production "As It Is In Heaven" displayed an enormous am...

Q&A: Professor on folk rock, Rihanna

Q&A: Professor on folk rock, Rihanna

Jake Hutchison

November 12, 2014


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Chico State English professor Geoff Baker opened up to The Orion about balancing his acoustic and folk music career and planning tours alongside lesson plans.Is it difficult to plan a tour when you are also teaching?The job makes it very hard. I literally don't have time to play gigs right now. It's har...

Readers, Digest: ‘The Hunger Games’ Goat Cheese Apple Tarts

Readers, Digest: ‘The Hunger Games’ Goat Cheese Apple Tarts

Christina Saschin

November 10, 2014


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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" will come out Nov. 21. While you wait, try making some Goat Cheese Apple Tarts like those from Peeta's family bakery.Adding the brown sugar and cinnamon cream cheese to the goat cheese gives the filling a sweet taste. This makes the tart taste more like dessert. ...

Momentum showcase features fun, freaky acts

Momentum showcase features fun, freaky acts

Emma Wood-Wright

November 9, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Photo Galleries, Reviews

[metaslider id=38303]Photographs by Veronica Hodur Dazzling jumpsuits, pointed toes, creepy choreography and comical dialogue appeared on the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall stage during Chico State’s Momentum fall showcase Saturday and Sunday. The performance featured various student-choreographed ...

Q&A: The Unexpected Guest on songwriting, meatballs, racism

Q&A: The Unexpected Guest on songwriting, meatballs, racism

Jeffrey Fox

November 8, 2014


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

The Orion chatted with Adan Gonzalez, senior music industry and recording arts major and singer-songwriter of The Unexpected Guest, about his time abroad, the Swedish music scene and releasing his first EP on iTunes. His most recent performance was Nov. 2 at 1078 Gallery.How long have you been performing?About s...

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