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Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Greta Gordon

February 5, 2015


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This Friday the married comedy duo Merry Standish will be performing in Chico at the Blue Room Theatre at 8 p.m. Aaron Standish and Liz Merry have been doing stand-up in Northern California since 1990. Where are you two from originally? Standish: I was born in Chico and raised in Red Bluff and...

Local artists will cover Prince in ‘Purple Rain’

Local artists will cover Prince in ‘Purple Rain’

Erin Vierra

January 29, 2015


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The songs of Prince's "Purple Rain" will be divided among local musicians and played in various styles, ranging from jazz to rock, Feb. 21 in the Bell Memorial Union auditorium.The concert will include jazz quartet Bogg, alternative rock band The Shimmies and rock 'n' roll outfit The Lolos.The concept...

Show the art and make it weird

Tom Sundgren

January 28, 2015


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From strange to beautiful, local residents will perform in one of Chico's weirdest events. Chico has a vast array of talented performers and artists. Local talent show Keep Chico Weird will start off its second annual event with an art show January 29-31 at 1078 Gallery off Broadway Street 6-8 p.m. ...

Artist to explore the fragility of memory in exhibition

Artist to explore the fragility of memory in exhibition

Lauren Smith

January 27, 2015


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Monika Meler immigrated from Brodnica, Poland before earning her B.F.A, M.A., and M.F.A. from three separate American universities. She has held solo exhibits in Virginia, Kansas City and even Ireland. Her experiences as a Polish immigrant play a heavy role in the influence behind her art in “Fragile Structures," the upcoming exhibit at 1078 Gallery that features the...

Chico gallery shows off its artisans

Amanda Rhine

January 20, 2015


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Artists from all over Butte County get a chance to show off their favorite pieces for the next few weeks. The Chico Art Center's annual "Member Showcase" opened Friday with a warm reception from both artists and art lovers. An acoustic guitar player sang folk songs while dozens of attendees drank ...

Esquire Ali to raise vibes at 1078 Gallery, Downlo

Trevor Whitney

January 19, 2015


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Chico State junior anthropology major Haronamus Maximus, better known as Esquire Ali, has two upcoming shows: Friday, Jan. 30 at Downlo and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1078 Gallery. The free Downlo show will feature Ali in support of "Günesh," the audiovisual representation of the local art collective Vibe Tribe. The collective i...

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


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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....

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


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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...

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


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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


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[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: Dancer Jenna Large on ‘The Nutcracker’

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

Kristen Moran

November 28, 2014


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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...

Dance company to infect Chico with contagious contortions

Dance company to infect Chico with contagious contortions

Trevor Whitney

November 7, 2014


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Internationally-acclaimed dance company Pilobolus will chasse into Laxson Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The company, which has performed in Chico previously, has also performed in TV commercials, NFL games and the 2007 Academy Awards.One of the show's five pieces is a collaboration with renowned illusionists Penn &...

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