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Christmas musical brings holiday cheer to Chico

Christmas musical brings holiday cheer to Chico

Kristen Moran

December 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Chico Theater Company's "White Christmas," is an intimate, cheerful holiday performance with bone-chilling vocal talent, detailed set design and impressive choreography. The musical, which runs through Dec. 21, follows the story of Bob Wallace (Steve Chollet) and Phil Davis (Robert Neal), two World War II veterans...

Yule Logs let it snow for show at Duffy’s

Yule Logs let it snow for show at Duffy’s

Jake Hutchison

December 7, 2014


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It was snowing in Duffy's Tavern on Friday night when the Yule Logs' front man Marty Parker held up a sign that read "Free Sid Lewis."The local Noel-core rock 'n' roll band, which calls itself "the hardest working band in snow business," put on a festive show for a packed audience, featuring a foam snow machine, candy cane pa...

‘The Nutcracker’ tastefully brings classic to life in local show

‘The Nutcracker’ tastefully brings classic to life in local show

Trevor Whitney

December 7, 2014


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[metaslider id=39219]Photographs by John DomogmaThe original Nutcracker ballet's debut in 1892 was an utter failure. In fact, Tchaikovsky never lived to see the piece succeed. But today, somehow it has transcended success and become tradition. Chico Community Ballet was the latest local production co...

Study Break: In This Moment’s ‘Black Widow’ album review

Study Break: In This Moment’s ‘Black Widow’ album review

Jake Hutchison

November 24, 2014


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In recent years, Maria Brink has clawed her way to the top of the mainstream rock charts using her fearless persona, deep vampiric voice and notably dark lyrics. And sure enough, she continues this crusade with "Black Widow," the fifth album of her band, In This Moment. Straight out of the door, In This...

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Trevor Whitney

November 20, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Reviews, Video

Though the seats were mostly bare Tuesday night at 1078 Gallery, singer-songwriter Olivia Awbrey told the audience that it felt refreshing to play for them. "You are definitely the quietest audience I've had on this tour so far," Awbrey said. "And it's great." Awbrey played a set that night to 15 or...

Sold-out comedy show features jokes on blindess, birds, babies

Sold-out comedy show features jokes on blindess, birds, babies

Jake Hutchison

November 15, 2014


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Threesomes, bird smuggling and the Baldwin brothers were popular topics Friday night at 1078 Gallery's hilarious stand-up comedy event. The gallery transformed into a comedy club with no shortage of talent hosted by Bob Backstrom, a local music and comedy promoter and the former owner of Bustolini’s Deli & Coffee Hou...

‘Heaven’ on Earth: strong acting, singing highlighted in bare-bones musical

‘Heaven’ on Earth: strong acting, singing highlighted in bare-bones musical

Emma Wood-Wright

November 14, 2014


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Sister Fanny saw them. Sister Polly heard them. If only Sister Hannah would believe them. What were they? Why, the invisible angels flying over the audience's head, of course. The nine-actress cast of Chico State's School of the Arts production "As It Is In Heaven" displayed an enormous am...

Momentum showcase features fun, freaky acts

Momentum showcase features fun, freaky acts

Emma Wood-Wright

November 9, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Photo Galleries, Reviews

[metaslider id=38303]Photographs by Veronica Hodur Dazzling jumpsuits, pointed toes, creepy choreography and comical dialogue appeared on the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall stage during Chico State’s Momentum fall showcase Saturday and Sunday. The performance featured various student-choreographed ...

Study Break: Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’ album review

Study Break: Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’ album review

Trevor Whitney

November 8, 2014


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The fact that Calvin Harris even makes albums is perplexing. According to England's Official Charts Company, the Scottish DJ has the most top 10 hits ever from his "18 Months" album, with nine. Even if that's the best thing he ever does, it's obvious that he set out to make hit singles above all els...

Readers, Digest: Grana offers simple yet delicious pizza

Readers, Digest: Grana offers simple yet delicious pizza

Christina Saschin

November 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Grana, a locally-owned restaurant, offers flavorful, wood-fired foods and reasonably-priced pizza and fresh ingredients. Though it is open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant's atmosphere has more of a late night vibe, with its impressive wine menu and dim lighting.The first time I tried Grana was Tue...

Media mixer features local artists of all trades under one roof

Media mixer features local artists of all trades under one roof

Jake Hutchison

November 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Photo Galleries, Previews, Reviews

[metaslider id=37807] Photographs by Chelsea Jeffers. Sculptures, vinyl records and the mild smell of grape juice drew passing crowds of Chico residents and local artists into 1078 Gallery Sunday night. The Mixed Media Mixer, which just made its local debut, is a free event that will take place ...

Swiss mime troupe enjoyable for all ages

Swiss mime troupe enjoyable for all ages

Trevor Whitney

October 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

If anything, MUMMENSCHANZ is captivating. The bizarre costumes, talented cast and hypnotic creativity of the mime theater troupe's short stories kept a Laxson Auditorium audience of all ages entertained and engaged Tuesday night. The show, presented by Chico Performances, was broken up into skits, in which...

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