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Behind the scenes at Keeping Dance Alive!

Behind the scenes at Keeping Dance Alive!

February 28, 2014


Filed under Multimedia, Video

"The goal is to get the dance and local Chico community together to celebrate dance," said Daran Goodsell, marketing and publicity director for Chico Performances. This year's event consists of thirteen individually choreographed pieces, from tap to modern and ballet. The event will take place...

Ranting comedian stops in Chico for stand-up

Ranting comedian stops in Chico for stand-up

David Kahn

February 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances presents comedian Lewis Black's spring 2014 tour, "The Rant is Due," at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Laxson Auditorium.Black's distinctive comedy style of outrage and vitriol has established him as one of the most well-known comedians working today. As a comedian, he is able to provoke audiences to...

Dance showcase keeps art alive

Dance showcase keeps art alive

Ashiah Scharaga

February 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Keeping Dance Alive! will not only have audience members cheering for talented local dancers and choreographers, but it might just inspire them to start dancing too. The performance, presented by Chico Performances and Friends of Chico Community Ballet, will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8 in Lax...

Vocal jazz quartet to groove at Laxson Auditorium

Vocal jazz quartet to groove at Laxson Auditorium

David Kahn

February 19, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances presents The Manhattan Transfer, a distinguished vocal quartet known for their impressive array of styles, including: jazz, pop, doo-wop, soul and "vocalese," a style incorporating instrumental jazz pieces that have been refreshed and given vocals.The album "Vocalese" gained a remarkable 12 Gram...

Bagpipe player to perform on campus

Bagpipe player to perform on campus

David Kahn

February 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances will present a night of thrilling cross-cultural music with Carlos Nunez at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Laxson Auditorium. Nunez grew up in Galicia, in northern Spain, and began playing the Galician bagpipes at 8 years old and fell in love, he said. Galicia has a strong Celtic history, which i...

True Blues shows Chico the real deal

True Blues shows Chico the real deal

Sarah Scharf

February 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

With the multitude of electronically produced music blasting from every radio station these days, it's quite a breath of fresh air to experience raw, simplified music that's anything but simple. The talented musicians of True Blues took the stage on Thursday night at Laxson Auditorium.Corey Harris opened the show by introducing Guy Davis as the first act of th...

Prepare to be seduced by The Graduate

Prepare to be seduced by The Graduate

David Kahn

February 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Come witness the show American Theater Magazine calls “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” L.A. Theater Works and Chico Performances present The Graduate, a live radio theater event at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20.Based on the 1963 novel by Charles Webb and the 1967 film by the same name,...

Japanese drummers represent cultural rhythm

Japanese drummers represent cultural rhythm

Sarah Scharf

February 8, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

Hands and sticks became blurred as drummers shouted back and forth with the rhythm, beating their drums with dizzying speed and precision. This was the overwhelming effect of Japanese taiko drumming. TAO: Phoenix Rising took the stage on Friday Night at Laxson Auditorium.The show opened with tranquil flute...

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...

Be amazed by Lonestar at Laxson Auditorium

Be amazed by Lonestar at Laxson Auditorium

Emma Wood-Wright

February 2, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

They say they are amazed by you, but country fans everywhere are amazed by them.Chico Performances will welcome the country quartet Lonestar to Laxson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Formed in Nashville, Tenn. in 1992, the group played hundreds of shows before landing a contract. Now they are on tour celebrating their 20th anniversary. With the original le...

Guitarists captivate crowds at Laxson Auditorium

Guitarists captivate crowds at Laxson Auditorium

Michael Quiring

January 31, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

It didn't take long for acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to captivate his audience, as he opened up his performance with his award-winning song "Gameshow Rag/Cannonball Rag." The audience quickly responded with whistles and hurrahs.Guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor brought their musical s...

String music arrives in Chico

String music arrives in Chico

Emma Wood-Wright

January 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

What do five men, including one of the world's leading banjo players and a string quartet, have in common? A new twist on combining string instruments in an imaginative performance. Explore the contemporary sound of string music with Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider Banjo Quintet, courtesy of Chico Performances, ...

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