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Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards announced

Angel Ortega

January 24, 2019

Films such as “Roma,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “A Star is Born” and “Black Panther" were among the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards announced Tuesday. Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” lead the ...

North State Symphony works to perfect modern interpretation of classical music

A portion of the violin section of the North State Symphony at the Museum of Northern California Arts on Saturday. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Natalie Hanson

November 7, 2018

Violins whined, clarinets hummed and strings moaned as musicians warmed up their instruments next to famous pieces of artwork. The conductor, Scott Seaton, stepped up to his music stand, shuffled his music sheets and rolled up his sleeves, all eyes fixed on him. Seaton slowly raised his arms, signaling...

Open Studios walk lets visitors explore the artistic process

Janet Lombardi Blixt works with oil, acrylic, and pastel in her pieces. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Alex Coba

October 23, 2018

The Chico Art Center's annual Open Art Studios event is a staple. Normally you would be separated from the artist and see the work after it's been put up in a showroom. However, this event invites visitors to go to an artist's studio and see their artistic process firsthand. It's like getting a behind...

Podcast: We can’t wait for the return of “Red Dead Redemption”

Alex Coba, Ulises Duenas, and Grant Schmieding

October 22, 2018

"Red Dead Redemption II" is on the horizon with a release date set for Oct. 26. What better time to reminisce about the quality and legacy of the first game? This week we got together to talk about what made "RDR" so memorable and enduring. We also go over the various reasons why we're so excited ab...

‘Odyssey’ is different, yet satisfying new take on ‘Assassin’s Creed’

The main character looks on at what lies ahead. Image from Ubisoft. Photo credit: Ulises Duenas

Ulises Duenas

October 9, 2018

At a glance, "Assassin's Creed Odyssey" looks like a copy of the previous game, "Origins," but set in Greece. While they're extremely similar in a lot of respects, "Odyssey" does enough things differently to move the series forward in a new yet polarizing direction.The series has now fully embraced RPG mechanics to ...

Animation Jam competition is a 24-hour test of skill and endurance

Sam, Nicole Martinez, Shannon Hanson, and Marissa Winslow create storyboards for their animation. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Ulises Duenas

October 8, 2018

The annual Computer Animation and Game Development Animation Jam means different things to different students. For some, it's the toughest test for animation and storytelling that they're going to get. For others, it's an opportunity to show their prowess to companies like Pixar, Dreamworks and Cartoon Ne...

Chico Art Center hosts artist showcase for patrons

Jovian Mcmeans Piece showcased at the Patron's Exclusive Preview Reception. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Alex Coba

October 7, 2018

The Chico Art Center showcased local artists in a brand new event, a patron's exclusive preview and reception. This event was a prelude to the annual Open Studios Art Tour.This preview was the center's major fundraiser. Participants paid $25 to attend and receive the tour guide booklet and complete ...

Students to compete in 24-hour animation contest

John Pozzi, an instructor for the Computer Animation and Game Design department, will be at the Animation Jam competition. Photo credit: Ulises Duenas

Natalie Hanson

October 4, 2018

A competition will have students animating day and night this weekend.The "Animation Jam" is an annual, international event that gives students studying in the Computer Animation and Game Design (CAGD) department the chance to win recognition. In a 24-hour period beginning Friday afternoon, students are e...

‘Vitality’ showcases work of student artist

Natalie Hanson

October 4, 2018

A new art showcase in the Bell Memorial Union is spotlighting a student artist with the theme "Vitality" this week.The third floor art gallery of the BMU began hosting the exhibition of "Vitality" by student Megan Wade on Tuesday.Wade is majoring in Arts and her solo exhibition "Vitality" has 23 paintings...

Arts in Review Podcast: Fans of “Assassin’s Creed” series prepare for release of “Odyssey”


Ulises Duenas, Grant Schmieding, Alex Coba, and Natalie Hanson

October 1, 2018

This week, we are talking about the history of the "Assassin's Creed" video games and our personal perspectives on the franchise. In anticipation of the new game, now released, "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey." We sat down to discuss the game franchise's impact on video gaming overall. Combat and gameplay...

Thee Phantom blends hip-hop with classical music; entertains on college campuses

Jeffrey McNeill, known as Thee Phantom, has blended hip-hop with classical music with his group since 1987. Image courtesy of Jeffrey McNeill.

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018

If hip-hop and classical music seem like an unlikely combination, Thee Phantom is here to change everyone's mind. Phantom and his group of musicians are releasing their third album on Oct. 9, and aim to reach college students all over the nation with their unique musical style.Phantom and his Illharm...

Podcast: Netflix originals offer lots of content with varying quality

Netflix Originals has a wide variety of releases planned for this year. Image courtesy of Netflix.

Natalie Hanson, Ulises Duenas, Alex Coba, and Grant Schmieding

September 15, 2018

This time on The Orion's A&E Podcast Natalie Hanson, Grant Schmieding, Alex Coba and Ulises Duenas discuss the rise and stagnation of Netflix's original programming. What started off as an ambitious and interesting endeavor has turned into a shooting gallery of hits and misses. We discuss the hi...

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