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“Target Earth” misfires

“Target Earth” misfires

Trevor Whitney

March 8, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The words "live-action" and "graphic novel" aren't typically associated—perhaps for good reason. But Saturday's act, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, combined them anyway, proving that "because you ain't seen nothing like it" is a good enough reason to like something that doesn't quite work. What...

The Mondegreens album release reels in support, with good reason

The Mondegreens album release reels in support, with good reason

Lauren Smith

March 8, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

At Cafe Coda on Friday, local folk group The Mondegreens celebrated the release of their debut album, "Kid Tell Time," to an enthusiastic audience. Opening acts included fellow Chico musicians The Rugs as well as Alex and Tom from the Sacramento folk-rock band Walking Spanish. Although the crowd for the two openers was nothing compared to the tight, sweaty ...

‘Antigone’ thought-provoking, current despite age

‘Antigone’ thought-provoking, current despite age

Greta Gordon

March 7, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The action and drama of the Greek tragedy, "Antigone," plays with complex ideas of morality. When Chico State’s Department of Music and Theatre chose to stage a Greek tragedy they knew it would be unlike other shows they have done in the past. “Because we’re working in an education department, ...

In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

In Flames brings destructive sound to Chico

Tom Sundgren

March 3, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As, Reviews

Shadowy beings emerged from the onstage fog as heavy melodic guitar riffs flourished throughout the Senator Theatre's PA systems on Saturday as progressive metal act, In Flames, ignited the air with their incendiary sound. Devout fans of all ages head banged, moshed, crowd surfed, and sang along thr...

Punk is not dead in Chico

Punk is not dead in Chico

Daena Marissa Iqbal Hakim

March 1, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Illuminating the gallery walls, the soft glow of warm lighting bounced across the room, lining a trail of contemporary art. 1078 gallery played host to “The Jefferson Pre-Fest,” a hardcore punk showcase celebrating “The Jefferson Fest” based in Anderson, CA. The Jefferson Fest is a hard...

North State Symphony tries out 3rd conductor candidate

North State Symphony tries out 3rd conductor candidate

Amanda Rhine

February 23, 2015


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Walking into Laxson Auditorium Saturday night, notes of classical instruments being fine tuned filled the air and heightened the room's anticipation for the coming performance and chance to witness a piece of the North State Symphony's history in the making. The masterpieces of Jakob Ludwig Fe...

Narrow Minded: ‘Chico Unplugged’ impresses at new venue

Narrow Minded: ‘Chico Unplugged’ impresses at new venue

Trevor Whitney

February 20, 2015


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Equipped with a new location at Madison Bear Garden and some unfamiliar talent, every night of this semester's "Chico Unplugged" is guaranteed to be different than any night in the past. Chico State's School of the Arts Productions has been teaming up with KCSC radio and the Instructionally Related Activities program to put on...

Sparks soar in Zap Mama show

Sparks soar in Zap Mama show

Trevor Whitney

February 20, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Four women dressed in tight black outfits with gold chains and sleeves casually walked into the spotlight onstage singing in harmony. It was hypnotizing. The shiniest of the quartet, group founder and lead vocalist Marie Daulne, started beatboxing and improvising her own separate melodies as the oth...

Dark and rattling play ‘True West’ hits Chico

Dark and rattling play ‘True West’ hits Chico

Tom Sundgren

February 15, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Intense, true, and funny attributes arise in the brilliant play "True West." Two brothers who live completely opposite lifestyles from one another see each other for the first time in years. A play that anyone can relate to is dark at times yet the audience remains laughing from the extreme per...

Study Break: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ review

Study Break: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ review

Erin Vierra

February 13, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The film "Jupiter Ascending" is an intergalactic Cinderella story with absurd action and a bland storyline. The movie, which stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean and the recently Oscar-nominated Eddie Redmayne, opened in theaters Feb. 6. The story opens up as if it is a fairy tale. T...

Ballet troupe awes with ‘Swan Lake’

Ballet troupe awes with ‘Swan Lake’

Amanda Rhine

February 9, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Reviews, Video

Lights flickered with warning that it was time for the clamorous crowd to take their seats. One by one, folks found their places in the theater and waited, their eager eyes glued to the stage’s drawn curtain. Music began to play overhead and the muffled murmurs filling the room hushed until ...

‘The Dude’ rocks Laxson Auditorium

‘The Dude’ rocks Laxson Auditorium

Trevor Whitney

January 31, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Even after Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award for his performance in "Crazy Heart," played Robert Downey Jr.'s villainous counterpart in "Iron Man" and delivered the performance of his life in "Fearless," he is still most well known as Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski to his fans. And he fully embraces i...

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