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Spoken word stuns, inspires student audience

Spoken word stuns, inspires student audience

Ashiah Scharaga

February 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Spoken word artist Suzi Q. Smith leaned into the mic on Thursday night at the UHUB stage and a quiet, luscious melody filled the room. A silent audience listened intently. Emotion seeped into each note Smith sang, making them sweeter than pancakes saturated by hot syrup. Smith sang and recited poems th...

Shop reopening features local wearable art

Shop reopening features local wearable art

Ashiah Scharaga

February 9, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Oroville artist Christian Laney-Clark, also known as Archaic Revival, fashioned a seat belt onto one of the hiking backpacks that he designed. He tore his own backpack apart to figure out how to do it when he first came up with the idea. The backpacks and other handmade products from local artists Sadiedelu...

Chico Unplugged is finger-pickin’ good

Chico Unplugged is finger-pickin’ good

Ashiah Scharaga

February 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Reviews

If you stroll down to Woodstock’s Pizza on Thursday night for the next two weeks you’ll receive a special treat with your Wildcat Combo: some original tunes from local singers and songwriters of all styles. Chico Unplugged, presented by Chico State's School of the Arts Productions, KCSC Radio and Woodstock's Pizza, transformed Woodstock’s Pizza into a rockin ac...

Chico Performances gives Laxson Auditorium the blues

Chico Performances gives Laxson Auditorium the blues

Ashiah Scharaga

February 6, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances will soon have audience members singing the blues. True Blues: History of the Blues comes to Laxson Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The performance, based on the film "True Blues" and represented by Folklore International, will chronicle the history and culture of the blues from West Africa to the United Sta...

Keep Chico Weird talent show lives up to its name

Keep Chico Weird talent show lives up to its name

Ashiah Scharaga

February 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Photo Galleries, Reviews

There's only one place where you'll find a freak-folk artist, female illusionist and hula-hoop dancer on the same stage in one night: The Keep Chico Weird Talent Show, held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre in Chico. Though the show ran for about three hours and had technical issues and delays, the host, contestants and judges remained engaging and entertaining. The show, presented by Chico News & Review and Feather Fal...

Chico State senior creates extraordinary bicycles and artwork

Chico State senior creates extraordinary bicycles and artwork

Ashiah Scharaga

January 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A teeter-totter, a 6-foot-tall bicycle, brightly painted Sony speakers and Chico State all have one thing in common: Travis Stock. To say that Stock, a senior from Laguna Niguel majoring in art with an emphasis in art studio, is an artist of any one trade wouldn't do him justice. Stock not only de...

New restrooms welcome everyone

New restrooms welcome everyone

Mozes Zarate

January 22, 2014


Filed under News

Construction of the first of three gender-inclusive restroom in the Bell Memorial Union wrapped up Monday afternoon. The restrooms were funded by the Associated Students at Chico State and cost around $140,000 to build, said Kory Acosta, vice president of Facilities and Services. The intention is to accommodate gender variant st...

Ceramics studio provides creative environment for artists of all abilities

Ashiah Scharaga

January 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Janice Hofmann gently presses a clay heart with multiple textures, including one from an avocado net, onto a small square of brown clay. Once the project is fired, it will be a ceramic heart tile that can be displayed on a wall, hold dried flowers or contain a love note to someone special. Hofmann has been a ceramic artist for almost 25 y...

Acoustic guitarists astonish at 1078 Gallery

Acoustic guitarists astonish at 1078 Gallery

Ashiah Scharaga

January 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Peter Janson pulled out his iPhone and took snapshots of the audience before he strummed a note on his acoustic guitar. He waved to an audience of about 35 and it exuberantly waved back. Larry Pattis, sitting to the right of Janson, smiled, leaned into his microphone and said, "A thought just c...

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