The Orion

Chico Performances presents the high-flying acrobatics of Cirque de Eloize

Cirque de Eloize opens with an energetic song and dance number. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone

Hannah Yeager

February 17, 2018

Students, staff and community members filed into the Laxson Auditorium prepared for a typical acrobatic show. However, the show presented by Cirque de Eloize which included high-risk, high-flying acting, was more than the crowd expected. On Feb. 13, Cirque de Eloize performed for one night only. With...

The Joke’s on US: Lewis Black comes to Chico

Lewis Black performs as part of a USO holiday show in Aviano Air Base, Italy, 2007. Photo by Tabitha M. Mans (Wikimedia Commons)

Angel Ortega

January 30, 2018

Known for his angry attitude on stage and his satirical rants, Lewis Black performs in Chico’s Laxson Auditorium in support of his tour, “The Joke’s on US.” Lewis Black is best known for his political satire, social commentary and his angry rants about history, religion and curre...

‘The Nutcracker’ tastefully brings classic to life in local show

The Snow Queen (Sofia Allmon) and Snow King  (Clinton Bell) enchant audience members for Chico Performances and Chico Community Ballet's production of

Trevor Whitney

December 7, 2014

[metaslider id=39219]Photographs by John DomogmaThe original Nutcracker ballet's debut in 1892 was an utter failure. In fact, Tchaikovsky never lived to see the piece succeed. But today, somehow it has transcended success and become tradition. Chico Community Ballet was the latest local production co...

Swiss mime troupe enjoyable for all ages

Audience members interact with one of the mimes of MUMMENSCHANZ, portraying a giant hand. The troupe performed a captivating theatrical show Tuesday night at Laxson Auditorium. Photo credit: John Domogma

Trevor Whitney

October 30, 2014

If anything, MUMMENSCHANZ is captivating. The bizarre costumes, talented cast and hypnotic creativity of the mime theater troupe's short stories kept a Laxson Auditorium audience of all ages entertained and engaged Tuesday night. The show, presented by Chico Performances, was broken up into skits, in which...

The Hot Sardines to bring infectious, hip-swinging jazz tunes to Laxson

Chico Performances presents The Hot Sardines, a contemporary jazz group from New York. The band will bring energized, hip-swinging rhythms to Laxson Auditorium on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Michael Quiring

October 13, 2014

Jazz is still alive and kickin'. One of the genre's most renowned groups, The Hot Sardines, will take music from the '20s, '30s and '40s and add a contemporary twist for its show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Laxson Auditorium.Chico is one of the many stops on the New York-based group's first major tour across the ...

Look out Bellow: country-soul band to form ‘quick camaraderie’ with audience

Chico Performances presents The Lone Bellow with opener Hugh Bob and The Hustle
7:30 p.m. Thursday in
Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Michael Quiring

September 26, 2014

Chico is set for a night of country, rock and soul, featuring Brooklyn-based group The Lone Bellow and Hugh Bob and The Hustle. The show, presented by Chico Performances, will occur at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Laxson Auditorium.The Lone Bellow will be visiting Chico during its upcoming tour that will feature material from its EP ...

Classical pianist to ‘tear roof off’ Laxson Auditorium

Chico Performances presents award-winning pianist Alpin Hong, who will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Michael Quiring

September 23, 2014

One of the most interesting and intuitive pianists of the decade will make his debut Chico performance 2 p.m. Sunday at Laxson Auditorium. Chico is the first stop on classical pianist Alpin Hong's fall tour, during which he will premiere work from his upcoming album "Myths and Legends." Hong, who is renowned for the energy...

Acclaimed acrobats amaze Laxson audience

Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Kristen Moran

September 17, 2014

Audience members sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation when the red curtain rose on the Laxson Auditorium stage Tuesday night. The crowd, a mixture of young and old with a dash of Chico State students, came to watch the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China's "Cirque Pekin...

Acrobats to twist, tumble into Laxson Auditorium

Chico Performances presents The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China's show

Kristen Moran

September 10, 2014

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China's show "Cirque Peking" was inspired by the troupe's mascot, said Zhou Zhongtao, troupe director. “(The) mascot of our troupe is a phoenix," Zhongtao said. "Bird in search of light." The troupe, one of the most acclaimed acrobatic tr...

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