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The year of Harry Potter spin-offs

The year of Harry Potter spin-offs

George Johnston, Elizabeth Helmer, and Rylee Pedotti

September 15, 2016


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  J.K. Rowling keeps spelling magic into the world. The Harry Potter author has recently released three new tie-in ebooks into the potterverse; "Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists," "Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide" and "Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism and Dangerous Hobbies." With ea...

Study break: 5 free podcasts worth the listen

Study break: 5 free podcasts worth the listen

George Johnston

September 14, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

College isn't cheap. After all the books, rent and tuition, it adds up. Fortunately, there's a trending medium of entertainment that is completely free— podcasts. Here are five podcasts worth listening to:The Nerdist With a name like "Nerdist," you might be questioning what to expect. Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira and...

In search of the best burrito in Chico

In search of the best burrito in Chico

Matthew Manfredi

August 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

With the busy schedule of being student on the go, cooking at home is always a chore after a long day on campus. Fortunately, Chico is a town teeming with taco trucks where you don’t have to travel far to find quality Mexican food—especially a good burrito to consume on the way to or from cl...

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’- Nostalgic, yet futuristic

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’- Nostalgic, yet futuristic

Carly Plemons

August 28, 2016


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After four years of anticipation and lost hopes, Frank Ocean's newest masterpiece, "Blonde," dove into the hearts of its listeners; or at least of those who could listen to it due to its exclusivity on Apple Music. Ocean's newest and most awaited release has a mix of nostalgic, yet futuristic sound. Th...

Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’ gives retro vibes

Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’ gives retro vibes

Matthew Manfredi

August 19, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

There is a certain allure to Netflix’s new series "Stranger Things." From the very beginning it pulls at the characteristics of horror, sci-fi and drama. This combination results in the eight-part series and an unexpected weekend obsession. (Don’t worry. I won’t ruin the rest of your year by ...

‘Knight of Cups’: Weird, strange cinematic journey

‘Knight of Cups’: Weird, strange cinematic journey

Matthew Manfredi

May 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Terrence Malick doesn’t worry about things like storyline, plot points, character development and climatic endings when he makes movies. Instead, the writer and director wants the audience to not only question their decision to watch his films, but question their metaphysical existence within the s...

Fallujah’s ‘Dreamless’ adds darker elements

Fallujah’s ‘Dreamless’ adds darker elements

Tom Sundgren

May 14, 2016


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San Francisco’s atmospheric metal band Fallujah just released their third album, “Dreamless,” on April 29. Their unique blend of extreme and ethereal melodies, progressive song structures and underlying cosmic layers are as present as ever. But the sound overall stands out darker th...

Community parties for ‘Purple Rain’

Community parties for ‘Purple Rain’

Michael Arias

May 12, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The musical power of Prince and The Revolution had moviegoers uneasy in their seats, turning the theater's aisles into a dance floor. It was almost like an evening at a live concert rather than a movie screening.On Thursday, May 5, the Pageant Theatre sold out for a night of "Purple Rain" as a tribute...

‘The Addams Family’: a night of ghoulish fun

‘The Addams Family’: a night of ghoulish fun

Carly Plemons

May 6, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Fog crept its way across the stage, silencing the restless crowd for an evening of laughs and nightmarish behavior that “The Addams Family” had in store. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Chico State’s School of the Arts presented its 2016 spring musical “The Addams Family.” The event instantly...

‘The Jungle Book’ stunning visuals brings animals to life

‘The Jungle Book’ stunning visuals brings animals to life

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

May 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

My dad would have taken me to a lot more kids movies when I was growing up if they were made like the newest version of "The Jungle Book."Disney's remake of its own cartoon classic was visually stunning. The CGI animation made you feel like you were actually running alongside a pack of buffalo through t...

Healing Resonance evokes beautiful sounds

Healing Resonance evokes beautiful sounds

Tom Sundgren

April 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Solo musicians Ian Ethan Case, Nicholas Farrar and Adrian Bellue performed at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on April 21 for a show that resembled a TED Talk mixed with acoustic and jazz music."What we're going to start out with tonight is a little unusual, but I think that is why you're all here ...

‘Flaked’ refreshing and unexpected

‘Flaked’ refreshing and unexpected

Matthew Manfredi

April 22, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Netflix is completely killing HBO, Amazon Video and Hulu for original content successfully turning binge-watching into a daily habit. And this is happening because of shows like “Flaked." Written, produced and starring Will Arnet (“Arrested Development” and “30 Rock” star)...

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