The Orion

Bogg’s ‘Summer Harvest’ album review

Photo courtesy of Bogg

Ashiah Scharaga

December 20, 2014

It’s impossible not to like Bogg. The 2-year-old modern jazz band manages to make Britney Spears' "Toxic" hip and musically intriguing. It's a fitting kick-off for "Summer Harvest," the group's locally-recorded third album filled with an eclectic mix of covers, from Charlie Parker's "Scrapple From the Apple" to System of a Down's "Toxicity."...

Day by Day: custodian, musician on fishing, fame

David Day is a custodian at Chico State during the week and performs country music for free on the weekends.

Ashiah Scharaga

December 17, 2014

David Day has a kind, dimpled smile and eyes that light up when he talks about music, which he performs, for free, on the weekends. During the week, he works for Facilities Management and Services on the fourth floor of the Student Services Center. Day, who lives in Paradise, has worked for the unive...

Students share works on God, widowers, first loves

Martin Salgado jokes with audience members at the Writer's Voice Graduate Writers' Workshop Thursday while reading a piece about his first love in junior high. Photo credit: Ashiah Scharaga

Ashiah Scharaga

December 12, 2014

Tomie Bitton is a 35-year-old mother, nervous about returning to college. Daria Booth is a 35-year-old widow, compiling sarcastic shopping lists for widowers.This fall's Writer's Voice Graduate Writers' Workshop was filled with deeply personal, polished story excerpts, poems and vignettes crafted by students in Rob Davidson's English 620 writer's workshop course....

Divorce doesn’t dampen family holidays

Illustration by Zachary Phillips

Ashiah Scharaga

December 1, 2014

When I found out this summer that my parents were getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage, turkeys, pumpkin pie, sleigh bells and tinsel were the last things on my mind. I was more worried about how weird it was going to be when I came home for the first time since my mother moved out, an...

Study Break: Hunter Hayes ‘Storyline’ Album Review

Hunter Hayes released his latest album

Ashiah Scharaga

May 8, 2014

Hunter Hayes, 22-year-old Nashville-based country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, released his second full-length album "Storyline" May 6. The album is sprinkled with tracks like the light and playful "Wild Card" and "Tattoo." Hayes' poppiest songs practically drip with honey, the lyrics are so sticky-sweet. But Hayes is far from kitschy. He means ...

Children’s classic delivers magical, musical ride on stage

Photo Courtesy of Chico Performances

Ashiah Scharaga

May 1, 2014

A talking parrot, flying carpet and whimsical genie will enchant the stage of Laxson Auditorium in Storyteller, formerly Playhouse Youth Theatre and Chico Performances' production of "Aladdin Jr."The stage adaptation of the popular Disney film performs at 7:30 p.m. on May 7 and features the talents of 62 ac...

41-year-old university film series offers free showings of profound, artistic films

Sarah Pike, Director of the University Film Series. Photo credit: Ashiah Scharaga

Ashiah Scharaga

April 17, 2014

The University Film Series, presented by the Humanities Center at Chico State, has had over a 40 year history on campus. Films, corresponding to the center's theme for the academic year, are shown at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Little Theatre, room 106 of Ayres Hall. The Orion sat down with Sarah Pike,...

Backstage Q&A: Students showcase directing talent

Amelia Bransky, a senior theater major at Chico State, directs Mike Bartlett's

Ashiah Scharaga

April 9, 2014

Amelia Bransky and Murphy Mayer, senior theater majors at Chico State, are directing for Chico State's School of the Arts production of the 2014 Donna Stone Breed Memorial One-Acts, which run 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a final show at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Larry Wismer Theatre. The Orion spoke with...

Quick on his keys: Competition-winning pianist Q&A

Jason Kim competed at the 2014Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance Competition April 5 at the Performing Arts Center. Photo credit: Shayla Ramos

April 6, 2014

Jason Kim, a senior from Westview High School in San Diego, came to Chico State's Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall on Saturday with three other California pianists to compete for $2,000 in the 16th annual Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance Competition. The Orion chatted with Kim, the first place winner, about what he loves a...

Theater professors, students weave thought-provoking creation stories into show

Spirit and Science confronting each other through song in

Ashiah Scharaga

March 5, 2014

Thunder booms and 15 actors clad in white pants and T-shirts with tie dye spirals are illuminated by a faint light. They march in, haphazardly stomping and clapping in the dark theater, becoming thunder.Suddenly there is a bang, and an image of the cosmos is projected onto the curtain at center stage. The actors...

Harlem Renaissance revived by rent party

Julie Atlas shows off her 1920s fashion at the Rent Party costume contest Thursday night.Photo credit: Shannon Miller

Ashiah Scharaga

February 28, 2014

The door reads "New York Times: Editor-In-Chief." When you cross the threshold, a luscious jazz melody that sounds both familiar and foreign fills your ears and the New York skyline catches your eye.Welcome to Chico State's ninth annual Harlem Renaissance Rent Party on the stage of Harlen Adams Theatre....

Married artists use house as sculpture, ceramics gallery

Jana Lawton explains the themes of her work, including women's history, which is displayed at The Art House.Photo credit: Annie Paige

Ashiah Scharaga

February 26, 2014

Believe it or not, there is more than one garden on Nord Avenue. But this garden, a part of The Art House, is not inhabited by Chico State students.The Art House, which has been at 325 Nord Ave. for 14 years, features artwork, sculptures and furniture by Jana and Dave Lawton. He mainly crafts in direct ...

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