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Blue Room Young Company performs ‘Dr. Doolittle Jr.’

Blue Room Young Company performs ‘Dr. Doolittle Jr.’

Jae Siqueiros

September 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Community, Showcase

      On Thursday, the Blue Room Young Theatre Group performed their highly anticipated musical “Dr. Doolittle Jr.” in Laxon Auditorium. "Dr. Doolittle Jr." tells the tale of a doctor who learns to talk to animals. Their adventures take them far and wide to learn al...

Dark and rattling play ‘True West’ hits Chico

Dark and rattling play ‘True West’ hits Chico

Tom Sundgren

February 15, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Intense, true, and funny attributes arise in the brilliant play "True West." Two brothers who live completely opposite lifestyles from one another see each other for the first time in years. A play that anyone can relate to is dark at times yet the audience remains laughing from the extreme per...

Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Q&A: Merry Standish to bring topical humor to Chico

Greta Gordon

February 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Q&As

This Friday the married comedy duo Merry Standish will be performing in Chico at the Blue Room Theatre at 8 p.m. Aaron Standish and Liz Merry have been doing stand-up in Northern California since 1990. Where are you two from originally? Standish: I was born in Chico and raised in Red Bluff and...

Student pursues laughter throughout state

Student pursues laughter throughout state

Jake Hutchison

October 31, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

From a young age, Yusef Swafford enjoyed creating laughter. "I've been doing it off and on for a while,” he said. “As a kid, I was always telling jokes.” When he got older, he became a standup comedian, finding stages for his art across the U.S. Most recently, he's made a home in Chico, where he is a senior computer...

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Jeffrey Fox

October 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A collective of Chico artists and musicians will open a performance space in November with the intent of allowing concertgoers to see their favorite local musicians perform on stage. For free. The Barn, a subscriber-funded venture located at 164 E. 11th St., is championed by two locals already steepe...

Comedy show to bring life lessons, laughs to stage

Comedy show to bring life lessons, laughs to stage

Emma Wood-Wright

September 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Merry Standish Comedy will add an “NY” to next Friday's fun with a local comedy show featuring personal, political and topical stand-up bits. Aaron Standish of Merry Standish Comedy will host “Unhireable: An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy” 8:00 p.m. Friday at Blue Room Theatre. The sh...

Local theater delivers raw, emotional performances in ‘The Outsiders’ adaptation

Local theater delivers raw, emotional performances in ‘The Outsiders’ adaptation

Jake Hutchison

September 25, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews, Reviews

Outcasts, freaks and misfits gained a voice through S. E. Hinton's classic novel first, then through Francis Ford Coppola's iconic film. Now the story of "The Outsiders" has evolved again, told through local director Frank Bedene's play. The play will close with 7:30 p.m. showings Sept. 25-27 at Blue...

Youth camp focuses spring break on music

Youth camp focuses spring break on music

Maegan Webster

March 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Music lovers will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get into the gritty details of music theory, songwriting and collaboration between artists with Uncle Dad's Art Collective's Let's Talk Music camp.The camp is designed to bring local musicians and knowledgeable guest speakers to help students lear...

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