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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...

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

North State Symphony works to perfect modern interpretation of classical music

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...

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

Open Studios walk lets visitors explore the artistic process

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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....

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

Chico Art Center hosts artist showcase for patrons

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...

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

Students to compete in 24-hour animation contest

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)...

‘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...

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

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."...

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

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

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...

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

Podcast: Netflix originals offer lots of content with varying quality

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...

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