The Orion

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

Jenna Large, center, dances in a previous Chico Community Ballet performance of

Kristen Moran

November 28, 2014

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...

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

Paradise author Ken Young signs a copy of his first novel for a fan at the book's presentation Tuesday at Lyon Books. Photo credit: Veronica Hodur

Kristen Moran

November 21, 2014

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...

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

Heather Bennett, owner of Candy Cougar Art, displaying her unconventional painting style during the monthly Mixed Media Mixer on Nov. 2 at 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Jeffrey Fox

November 18, 2014

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...

Q&A: Professor on folk rock, Rihanna

Photo by Andrew Boyack, courtesy of Geoff Baker

Jake Hutchison

November 12, 2014

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...

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

Adan Gonzalez, Chico State senior music industry and recording arts major, is the singer-songwriter behind The Unexpected Guest. Gonzalez returned from a semester abroad in Sweden and released his EP

Jeffrey Fox

November 8, 2014

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...

Q&A: Big Mo on children’s tales, blues

Photo courtesy of Maurice Huffman

Michael Quiring

November 3, 2014

Local blues musician Maurice Huffman of Big Mo & The Full Moon Band dished about his upcoming children's book, dream musical project and being part of the best blues band in Chico. The band's next performance will be Dec. 19 at the Chico Women's Club.The Orion: How did Big Mo & The Full Moon Ba...

Q&A: Student DJ, musician Clay Finch

Clay Finch, senior music industry major and guitarist of Dakota Cree, also hosts a local music show called

Michael Quiring

October 24, 2014

The Orion caught up with Clay Finch, senior music industry major and guitarist of folk-rock band Dakota Cree, about his band, inspirations and musical philosophy before his KCSC Radio local music show "Chico Homegrown" 7 p.m. Wednesday.The Orion: Where are you from?Finch: Glendale, specifically. It’s just north of Echo Park, in North Los A...

Q&A: Sofa King on puppets, funk soup

Christina Comfort, left, and Cat Perez of local funk-rock band Sofa King entertain concertgoers with their strong, jazzy vocals Tuesday at 1078 Gallery. Photo credit: John Domogma

Jeffrey Fox

October 19, 2014

The Orion met with the musicians of Sofa King to discover their origin story, writing process and inspirations before their show Oct. 14 at 1078 Gallery.The Orion: How did the band develop?Christina Comfort, lead vocals: The band originally started with myself and brothers Brian Jones and Douglas Jones. Brian and I met at Butte College while we were ...

Q&A: Hellogoodbye on hot Chico moms, sex rock

Hellogoodbye put on a nonstop, energetic power pop show Thursday in the Bell Memorial Union auditorium. Photo credit: John Domogma

Jake Hutchison

October 17, 2014

The Orion chatted with the musicians of Hellogoodbye about dangerous tour adventures, early influences and memorable fans before they took to the Bell Memorial Auditorium stage for a passionate power pop show Thursday. The Orion: Tell me a little about your latest album, "Everything is Debatable."Forr...

Q&A: Wanderers & Wolves

Wanderers & Wolves closed out the final A.S. Productions fall

Jeffrey Fox

October 2, 2014

The Orion chatted with the musicians of Wanderers & Wolves about their band name, creative process and sound after their performance at the last fall A.S. Productions "Nooner" on Wednesday in Trinity Commons.The Orion: How did you all meet?Christian Crandall, guitarist: I met Joe a few years ago an...

Q&A: Dear Misguided

Local pop punkers Dear Misguided put on a killer show at an A.S. Productions

Jeffrey Fox

September 25, 2014

The Orion chatted with the alternative rockers of Dear Misguided about their band name, inspirations and writing music after their A.S. Productions "Nooner" performance Wednesday. The Orion: So what's the story behind the name "Dear Misguided?"David Hollenbeck, lead singer and guitarist: It was mostly t...

Q&A: Kyle Williams, soulful singer-songwriter

Kyle Williams croons for students at A.S. Productions' second fall

Jeffrey Fox

September 11, 2014

Local singer-songwriter Kyle Williams shared his rich melodies and flair for song writing at A.S. Productions' second "Nooner" performance in Trinity Commons on Wednesday. The Orion spoke with him about his roots, competing for a gig on national television and his initial insecurities about changing his image.The Stage Fright EP b...

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