The Orion

Interview with Creekside

Interview with Creekside

January 31, 2017


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An interview with lead singer Grant Sanchez and bassist Ben Schlotthauer of the local band, Creekside. Carlos Gonzalez can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_arts on Twitter...

Q&A with local sneakerhead

Q&A with local sneakerhead

Jordan Rodrigues

December 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Campus, Features, Q&As, Showcase

Chico native and sneakerhead Brandyn Donahue talks about his impressive shoe collection. What was the pair that made you a sneakerhead and why? Brandyn Donahue: 1999 Air Jordan 14 "Last Shot" I was always into shoes growing up because I have two older brothers that were into sports and being sty...

Local pointillist uses art to help refugees

Local pointillist uses art to help refugees

Carin Dorghalli

November 27, 2016


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  Norm Dillinger's art is on point. Literally. He's a pointillist. Dillinger defines pointillism as "dots and dashes of color." This local artist has provided beauty to Orient Street in Chico since the early 70s. To keep his life upbeat, Dillinger provides himself with the things he wants—wo...

‘New Beat Fund’ brings So Cal Guac Rock to the music world

‘New Beat Fund’ brings So Cal Guac Rock to the music world

Anna Porretta

November 16, 2016


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When New Beat Fund Front Jeff Liliberte took the stage at The Senator Theater, you could tell that he'd stood where Kurt Cobain once stood in a booth at the legendary Sound City. It was like the ghost of the Nirvana front man inhabited his body as he danced on stage in an oversized cardigan similar to...

The journey of an artist: Q&A with David Garlin Mcmillian

The journey of an artist: Q&A with David Garlin Mcmillian

Matthew Manfredi

November 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Community, Multimedia, Photo Galleries, Q&As, Showcase, Video

On a quiet Friday afternoon, a living room in a house on Chestnut Street is dimly lit. As Bob Ross talks softly on Netflix, David Garlin Mcmillian hunches over a light box, a device illuminating a piece of his artwork, over a poem his girlfriend wrote. In this effort of artistic collaboration, he...

The creativity behind ‘Idea Fab Labs’

Anna Porretta

October 22, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As

Everyone has a creative spark inside of them, no matter how thick their shell is. All that spark needs is a safe, nurturing place to peck it's way out: a laboratory. A laboratory which facilitates not only experimentation but community. Perhaps it takes an Idea Fab Lab, home to gallery walls, a fancy la...

Local barbers behind cuts locals love

Local barbers behind cuts locals love

Jordan Rodrigues

October 12, 2016


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I went to Barber Jon's Barbershop, 5 Star Barbers, Wild Cuts and Chico's Barber Shop to ask local barbers a few questions regarding different hairstyles they cut, the diversity of their clientele and their favorite memories as a barber. All of these barbershops are within a mile of the downtown area in...

The Band Perry talks new sound, resilient ‘Comeback’

The Band Perry talks new sound, resilient ‘Comeback’

Rylee Pedotti

September 26, 2016


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When I asked The Band Perry to describe their future direction in one word, these were their replies: Kimberly: Future. Neil: Forward. Reid: Fun. For siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, these three words are symbolic of not only their highly anticipated third studio album but also their...

Musician shares his perception of music

Musician shares his perception of music

Tom Sundgren

April 29, 2016


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Ian Ethan Case, 18-string acoustic guitarist from Boston, shares his thoughts on what music means to him and his influences in life. Your work seems to express a strong nature motif, from cover art to song titles. Does nature have a big influence on the songs you create? If so, how? Yeah. I real...

Georgina Herrera shares more than just poetry

Georgina Herrera shares more than just poetry

Sarah Strausser

February 25, 2016


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Herrera's responses were translated into English by Sara E. Cooper, Chico State professor and Cubanabooks head. See the video at the end of the story.  Georgina Herrera, Afro-Cuban poet, sits comfortably in an oversized cream colored chair in the quiet office of Trinity Hall 131. Her long and airy yellow top contrasts her deep colore...

Biggie, Tupac can rest assured

Biggie, Tupac can rest assured

Michael Arias

February 23, 2016


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Retired LAPD homicide detective, Greg Kading, who worked on the Tupac and Biggie murder cases, claims he knows who killed the famed rappers in his recently released documentary on the investigations. Although no one has been tried or convicted of murdering the two rappers, Kading focuses on stacking...

Local author shares her journey from marketing to writing

Local author shares her journey from marketing to writing

Matthew Manfredi

February 17, 2016


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As an undergraduate at Arizona State University, Alexis Bass didn’t do much writing. Instead, she focused on her major in marketing because she thought it was the “practical” thing to do, she said. Although she could see a path for her in marketing, the literary world had something else in mind. Originally...

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