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The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit experience.

Pandemic-stricken arts economy questions meaning of ‘essential’

Shae Pastrana, Opinion Columnist // May 2, 2021

Nearly 130 years after his death, Van Gogh still lives. I struggle to find words to describe my experience at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit that opened last month in San Francisco. Overwhelmed with...

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer // May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium...

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

Danielle Kessler and Kati Morris // May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined...

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is Fiona Apple, untethered

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // April 22, 2020

Singer-songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple released her first album, “Tidal” in 1996 when she was only 19, earning the award for Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. After a controversial...

Brett Johnson, owner of Houser's Music in Oroville, says people can support local artists by

Songs from the Sofa keeps live music alive in Chico

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // April 16, 2020

In the midst of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order, all scheduled concerts and music festivals have been put on hold. With the season of live music having essentially been wiped out, one...

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

The Strokes can’t revive the ’ 80s

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // April 16, 2020

The late April weekend of Indio, California’s famed music festival was graced with the buzz band of the decade. The Strokes had just released their debut album, “Is This It.” They were set to play...

The Senator Theatre in Downtown Chico have had to postpone every event through May.

Shelter-in-place takes a toll on Chico music venues

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // April 1, 2020

The beginning of spring is supposed to be one of the most active times of the year for live music, with festival line-ups being announced and fans eagerly awaiting concerts they bought pre-sale tickets...

Damien Sneed performing with a choir

“We Shall Overcome” evokes the spirit of African American leaders

Kati Morris, Staff Writer // February 26, 2020

Chico Performances hosted the musical production “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Laxson Auditorium on Saturday night. The production encompassed...

Angeline Stansbury (Adelaide Sands) and the Nutcracker Prince (Christopher B. Nachtrab) join the Almond Blossoms in dance. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

‘A Very Chico Nutcracker’ delivers on holiday cheer

Melissa Joseph // December 9, 2019

This past weekend, small almond blossoms, a magical toy maker and a daunting mouse king graced the stage in Laxson Auditorium. There’s only one ballet this time of year that encapsulates all of the...

A creative ensemble singing and speaking about how people felt about the devastating fire. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

In times of pain, joy finds a way

Melissa Joseph // November 13, 2019

Goosebumps arose as the Butte County Scottish Society Pipes and Drums marched down the aisles of the Paradise Performing Arts Center playing “When the Battle is Over” to a mass of Camp Fire...

Tzanda Mendes and Nathan Zamudio wait for the film to start outside The Hub. Photo credit: Emily Neria

Queer Week movie discusses conversion therapy

Emily Neria // October 14, 2019

The Hub at Chico State hosted a viewing of "Boy Erased" on Tuesday for Queer Week. The showing was followed by a discussion with representatives from Catalyst Domestic Violence Services and Stonewall Alliance...

Album art from Ansel Olsen's website.

Angel Olsen writes a masterpiece with ‘All Mirrors’

Kati Morris // October 14, 2019

Angel Olsen’s music has always been confessional. Whether she writes twangy, Americana style folk like on her 2014 debut album "Burn Your Fire for No Witness" or venturing into straight-up jukebox...

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