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Depp finds depth again in “Black Mass”

Depp finds depth again in “Black Mass”

George Johnston

September 22, 2015


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  After a string of less-than-stellar movies such as "Mortdecai" and "Transcendence," the golden age of Johnny Depp had seemed to pass. But in "Black Mass," Depp proves he actually has plenty of depth left in his acting. Playing the Boston gangster, Whitey Bluger, Depp is terrifying. S...

Fourth annual Chico Unplugged shows steady improvement

Fourth annual Chico Unplugged shows steady improvement

Chelsea Gallegos

September 21, 2015


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The eclectic second floor of Madison Bear Garden has played host once again to Chico Unplugged, the School of the Arts Productions singer-songwriter competition. An initially small crowd swelled into one much larger to support the showcase, which had its best-ever turnout according to Kaleb Sievers, the event pr...

John Hiatt, Taj Mahal Trio rock Laxson Auditorium

John Hiatt, Taj Mahal Trio rock Laxson Auditorium

Tom Sundgren

September 15, 2015


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The lights dimmed and out walked the 73-year-old Taj Mahal with his two bandmates right behind him. The audience cheered for the blues legend as he gave a warm and friendly wave to all. Mahal sat and grabbed his bronze resonator acoustic guitar, tested it for a split second and then seamlessly went into...

There’s no such thing as ‘The Perfect Guy’

There’s no such thing as ‘The Perfect Guy’

Erin Vierra

September 14, 2015


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When writing a movie about obsession, there are certain details one must construct in order to successfully create a suspenseful story. These details are almost always revealed in the same fashion:The Meet: When two characters have a chance encounter, mostly likely in a coffee shop, which is then followed by the male swooping in...

Bad moon rising: “Moonbeam City” review

George Johnston

September 13, 2015


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"What is this shit?" Audiences will be asking themselves some form of this question while watching the first episode of the disappointing '80s-nostalgia wet dream, "Moonbeam City." Set in fictional "Moonbeam City," the parody cop series evokes the visual aesthetic of Miami Vice with its animation...

W. Kamau Bell delightful with serious tone

W. Kamau Bell delightful with serious tone

George Johnston

September 11, 2015


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On Wednesday, Chico reached 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Nobody seemed to have told W. Kamau Bell though because he brought the heat to Laxson Auditorium with his show, "Ending Racism in About an Hour." Bell started out telling funny anecdotes about his wife and daughters before moving into political commentary, desc...

Take “A Walk in the Woods”

Take “A Walk in the Woods”

Erin Vierra

September 8, 2015


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Hiking poles, REI and bears, oh my! Based on the real-life journey of travel writer, Bill Bryson, and adapted from his 1998 book of the same name, “A Walk in the Woods,” tells the story of Bryson’s experience walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with his estranged childhood friend, Stephen Katz. Bill Bryson, wonderfully...

Alonzo King’s LINES ballet was absolutely riveting

Alonzo King’s LINES ballet was absolutely riveting

Dana Muensterman

September 7, 2015


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As we all gathered into Laxson Auditorium on Saturday, September 5, the excitement for the ballet never wavered through its entirety. Fidgety legs came to a complete halt as the lights dimmed, leaving a single spot illuminated on the large scarlet curtains. Once drawn, a baby-blue screen accentuated the figure of the bal...

Dooberville, California: One artist’s interpretation of Chico

Dooberville, California: One artist’s interpretation of Chico

Chelsea Gallegos

September 6, 2015


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Walking into 1078 Gallery for the reception celebrating artist Judith Leinen’s exhibit, "Dooberville," was an initially confusing experience. Before entering the gallery, one spots a hanging contraption that makes access inside a tight squeeze, leaving one to wonder whether they were supposed to inter...

‘Does Size Matter’ changes perspectives for viewers

‘Does Size Matter’ changes perspectives for viewers

Dana Muensterman

September 4, 2015


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It's all about perception. The way people perceive things is the key to life; it either makes people grow as individuals or pushes them further into their own world. In the most recent exhibition at Chico State, “Does Size Matter,” Catherine Sullivan, curator and head of the collection, ch...

Reunited and it feels so good: ‘Star Wars’ is back in comic form

Reunited and it feels so good: ‘Star Wars’ is back in comic form

George Johnston

September 1, 2015


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It was gone, lost like the Old Republic to the Empire. My love "Star Wars" left me. As a child, I loved the original trilogy. I even loved the prequels— but then I got older. The movies lost some of their charm, and all I was left with were fond memories of the films. Once Disney bought "Star Wars" from Lucasfilm, however, countless...

‘No Escape’ review

‘No Escape’ review

Erin Vierra

August 30, 2015


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"No Escape" is, at its core, a pulse-pounding, disturbing thriller that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats throughout its 103-minute length. Jack Dwyer, played by Owen Wilson, tries his best to keep his family together. When life in the US falls short of his expectations, he uproots his family and moves ...

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