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Cycling season opener comes to an end

Cycling season opener comes to an end

Michael Arias

March 1, 2016


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It was a beautiful but quiet Northern California day in downtown Chico as teams of cyclists hugged corners and accelerated explosively for a chance at first place in the 2016 Chico Stage Races. Over the weekend, cyclists came together to participate in three days of four different stages of race...

‘Deadpool’ daft but delightful

‘Deadpool’ daft but delightful

Matthew Manfredi

February 23, 2016


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When the opening credits of a movie introduce the hero as "God’s Perfect Idiot," the supporting female role as the "Hot Girl" and the producers as "Hollywood Asshats," you can probably figure how the next hour and a half is going to go. "Deadpool" is raunchy, gory and fully loaded with fart jokes...

Brazilian band brings ‘great energy’ to DownLo

Brazilian band brings ‘great energy’ to DownLo

Tom Sundgren

February 16, 2016


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On Valentine's Day at the DownLo, tucked away underground, metal bands shredded the small stage for enthusiastic Chico fans. Head-banging, moshing, physical confrontations with bouncers and good times with friends all took place throughout the evening. Subcreature was the first band to take the stage....

Queen tribute ‘symphonic and ethereal’

Queen tribute ‘symphonic and ethereal’

Carly Plemons

February 14, 2016


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Chatter eased into anticipation as the lights dimmed and the sound of a piano and harmonies silenced the audience. "Queen: A Night At The Opera" produced by Uncle Dad’s Art Collective on Feb. 13 was unlike any other tribute or cover of a band I have seen before. The entire show was like watching...

Logic brings good vibes, music to Chico fairgrounds

Logic brings good vibes, music to Chico fairgrounds

Jesse De Mercurio

February 11, 2016


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For Dollie Partida, first-year undeclared major, Logic’s appearance at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. was only her second concert ever and her first time seeing Logic. What made her decide to come out on a Wednesday night to see the Maryland rapper? “He just seems pretty ni...

‘The Revenant’ stands out as incredible film

‘The Revenant’ stands out as incredible film

February 3, 2016


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I hope “The Revenant” creates a new wave of superhero movies: A vaguely dark and unpredictable storyline, CGI that doesn’t make me feel like I’m watching someone play video games for 90 minutes and involves watching Leonardo DiCaprio crawl through the dirt to the Oscar podium. The story line of...

‘Mustang’: a look into oppression and female empowerment

‘Mustang’: a look into oppression and female empowerment

Carly Plemons

February 1, 2016


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"Mustang" is a foreign film illustrating the lives of five sisters living in a world of oppression in rural Turkey. After being accused of debauchery, the girls are jailed inside their house under the strict supervision of their uncle and grandmother. After seeing her sisters married off one by on...

‘Garfunkel and Oates’ bring unique humor to Netflix

‘Garfunkel and Oates’ bring unique humor to Netflix

January 29, 2016


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The singing, acting and comedic duo Garfunkel and Oates bring a quirky humor to Netflix viewers. Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci pay homage to Art Garfunkel and John Oates, two rock 'n' roll icons, in their name. Lindhome and Micucci created their duo as a band first, and later went on to create their...

Tarantino’s eighth wonder: ‘The Hateful Eight’

Tarantino’s eighth wonder: ‘The Hateful Eight’

January 28, 2016


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Tarantino is here and hateful. Quentin Tarantino’s western tale of tensions between eight bounty hunters and outlaws reaches an all-time high when they're all stuck rooming together in a haberdashery trying to escape a terrorizing blizzard. "The Hateful Eight" is Tarantino’s eighth film. It...

Ukulele group brings music, comedy to Laxson

Ukulele group brings music, comedy to Laxson

January 25, 2016


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The number one rule of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is, “If you know the words, sing along! If you don’t know the words, sing along!” This rule and the attitude it brings followed the performers onstage for a loud, fun-filled show at Laxson Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7:30...

Netflix series ‘Making a Murderer’ triggers debate

Netflix series ‘Making a Murderer’ triggers debate

January 21, 2016


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An 18-year-stay in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. An additional 10 years already spent in jail for a murder he continually pleads not guilty to. 'Making a Murderer' is the new Netflix series about Steven Avery and the turmoil that he and his family face for crimes he claims to not have committed. The...

Climate change is in our hands: ‘Cowspiracy’ review

Climate change is in our hands: ‘Cowspiracy’ review

December 16, 2015


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Over the weekend, Chico’s intimate local theater, the Pageant, played one of the most exhilarating and frightening movies I've ever seen. "Cowspiracy" was similar to 2006's "An Inconvenient Truth," but it also criticizes Al Gore's presentation of global warming. "An Inconvenient Truth," as previou...

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