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‘Candide’ delivers opera full of laughs and heart

‘Candide’ delivers opera full of laughs and heart

Alex Coba

September 24, 2018


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The accessibility of comedy and the sophistication of opera came together seamlessly at the Department of Music and Theater's fall opera production of “Candide: An Absurd Musical Comedy”.Candide is one of those weird plays that you think,“this can’t possibly good.” Going int...

On This Day – “Abbey Road” a defining finale for The Beatles’ legacy

On This Day – “Abbey Road” a defining finale for The Beatles’ legacy

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018


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We know the cover, and we still know some of the songs. Yet it seems incredible that the iconic "Abbey Road," by The Beatles, is 49 years old today.It may seem impossible now, but the album received mixed reviews upon its release in 1969. Now, it is considered perhaps the band's best album, for good ...

Podcast: Modern sitcoms look to the past, from ‘Friends’ to ‘New Girl’

Podcast: Modern sitcoms look to the past, from ‘Friends’ to ‘New Girl’

Natalie Hanson

September 23, 2018


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You know them, you love them or sometimes you hate them and we're talking about them. In this week's podcast, we tackle sitcoms in past and present entertainment, and how these types of shows have evolved. From "Roseanne," "Seinfeld" and "Friends," to "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and "New Girl...

‘Batman: Damned’ has a promising yet aimless start

‘Batman: Damned’ has a promising yet aimless start

Ulises Duenas

September 23, 2018


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DC's black label series has gotten a lot of buzz thanks to "Batman: Damned." This is a new mini-series of graphic novels that promises to show a darker side of the already gritty hero. The first part of three brandishes an impressive art style and sets up a murder mystery where Batman is the prime su...

Abstract show shakes Blackbird Cafe with loud energy

Abstract show shakes Blackbird Cafe with loud energy

Grant Schmieding

September 20, 2018


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The tiny venue barely had any spots in its parking lot Tuesday night. Musicians dressed in all black, unloaded rugged tour buses full of equipment while locals made their way to the back door of Blackbird Café, contemplating what they would see tonight. Chico has a thriving population of local ...

Jazz Jam entertains listeners, invites all musicians

Jazz Jam entertains listeners, invites all musicians

Alex Coba

September 18, 2018


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It was a night of jazz-filled goodness as Naked Lounge hosted the first anniversary of its 3rd Monday Jazz Jam. Locals enjoyed original music and popular covers as a variety of artists got to perform. The event was put on by the non-profit arts organization Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, which aims...

On This Day – “Paranoid” makes Black Sabbath a metal icon

On This Day – “Paranoid” makes Black Sabbath a metal icon

Natalie Hanson

September 18, 2018


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Rock and metal may seem all but absent from mainstream music these days, but their influence remains everywhere. Metal, in particular, owes its rise and transformation to a few key bands - one of which is definitely Black Sabbath. With "Paranoid," the career of the band Black Sabbath really took off as...

‘The Predator’ gets it all wrong

‘The Predator’ gets it all wrong

Ulises Duenas

September 18, 2018


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Making a good "Predator" movie shouldn't be difficult. Just have an alien monster chase a bunch of military dudes around until the coolest one is left alive. "The Predator" feels like three different movie ideas jammed into one and it doesn't pull any of them off well. If you're going to make a "Predator" movie in this d...

‘Forsaken’ makes ‘Destiny 2’ the game it should be

‘Forsaken’ makes ‘Destiny 2’ the game it should be

Ulises Duenas

September 17, 2018


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After a year of ups and downs "Destiny 2" has released its largest expansion, "Forsaken". While "Forsaken" does add a lot of content and needed mechanical changes, it also delivers another mediocre story. Even so, this is the best "Destiny" has been in a long time.It's no spoiler that the story of this expansion revolves around t...

‘Bojack Horseman’ stands at top of Netflix pile

‘Bojack Horseman’ stands at top of Netflix pile

Ulises Duenas

September 17, 2018


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Balancing comedy and drama is a difficult thing to do. More shows have been attempting to find the right mix between the two in recent years. None do it as well as "Bojack Horseman". This fifth season isn't the show's best, but it's got plenty of what makes this show good.On the surface, this show is a satire about the culture of show bu...

Playlist- 14 iconic ’80s songs from John Hughes’ teen films

Playlist- 14 iconic ’80s songs from John Hughes’ teen films

Natalie Hanson

September 17, 2018


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The high school films of John Hughes were some of the first to understand and define an entire generation in the 1980s. What makes them classics for the coming-of-age even to this day? Their soundtracks - from "Sixteen Candles" to "Some Kind of Wonderful", John Hughes wrote films about and for real teenagers...

On This Day: The Kinks’ “Something Else By The Kinks” released in 1967

On This Day: The Kinks’ “Something Else By The Kinks” released in 1967

Natalie Hanson

September 15, 2018


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The summer of 1967 is legendary in the history of music's development. The several short months in that "Summer of Love" defined the sound of a generation, as from that year's incredible journey through music came classics that showed the maturing of some of the decade's strongest bands. One such band,...

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