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Comedy competition brings big laughs at the El Rey

First place winner, Christian Machado makes the audience laugh with outlandish humor during the San Francisco Comedy Competition on Thursday night. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford
September 22, 2018

It was a night of hysterical laughter and drum solos played on toasters. Chico's El Rey theater hosted the 2018 San Francisco Comedy Competition Thursday. This is a yearly competition where hundreds of...

Abstract show shakes Blackbird Cafe with loud energy

Harsh R screams his lyrics throughout Blackbird on Tuesday. Photo credit: Daelin Wofford
September 20, 2018

The tiny venue barely had any spots in its parking lot Tuesday night. Musicians dressed in all black, unloaded rugged tour buses full of equipment while locals made their way to the back door of Blackbird...

Taste of Chico welcomes all foodies

Enzo Perri tosses pizza dough to the desired form for Friday's dinner rush at Celestino's. Photo credit: Brian Luong
September 19, 2018

Classics and newcomers will all gather in downtown Sunday to feed the foodies of Chico. The 33rd annual Taste of Chico will feature over 150 food and drink vendors from throughout Northern California....

Circus Vargas makes another appearance in Chico

The Circus Vargas returned to Chico from September 14-17.
September 18, 2018

Pirate costumes, acrobats, clowns, fog machines, loud music, colorful lights and entertained families filled the Chico Mall parking lot this weekend. Circus Vargas, featured in the novel and film “Water...

Getting trashed on a Saturday morning

Hundreds of volunteers line up to claim their free burger courtesy of Madison Bear Garden. Photo credit: Dan Christian
September 17, 2018

Bidwell Park is looking better than ever thanks to a record number of community members who gathered at the One Mile Pool, donating their Saturday morning to cleaning up the park. Organizers estimated...

Reynold’s campaign and storefront vandalized overnight

Several of Reynold's campaign signs and the storefront of her business were vandalized, late Friday night. Photo credit: Christian Solis
September 15, 2018

Kasey Reynolds, a candidate for Chico city council, was woken up in the dead of night, around 2 a.m. Saturday, by a friend with terrible news. Along with her storefront, over a dozen of her campaign posters,...

Chico High catches burglary on camera, leading to arrest

Michael Coley broke into a copy room and classes close to the main office of Chico High School. Photo credit: Christian Solis
September 13, 2018

Michael Coley, was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of tech from Chico High School, after six days on the lam. Coley allegedly snuck in to an open copy room and stole approximately $2,500...

Chico icon ‘Mike G’ electrifies downtown streets

Mike G smiles with his dog while resting on his pedicab. Photo credit: Tara Killoran
September 12, 2018

It’s quiet at the Thursday Night Market - most of the vendors are still setting up. Low guitar hums in the background as pedestrians move lazily through the blocked-off streets. The sound of loud...

Nan Timmons to retire after 32 years with Associated Students

Nan Timmons poses on Kendall Lawn last Thursday afternoon. Photo credit: Brian Luong
September 12, 2018

Nan Timmons’ career at Chico State is coming to a close after 32 years of working on campus. Timmons began working in 1986 when an opening for the Community Action Volunteers in Education’s...

Uncle Dad’s Art Collective tour highlights Northern California musicians

Saint Jame (left) and Calvin Black of F.A.M For All Mankind perform Thursday evening at Small Town Big Sound in Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Big Room. Photo credit: Brian Luong
September 11, 2018

With "Small Town Big Sound" Uncle Dad’s Art Collective spotlighted Northern California musical talent and toured four towns in their 4th annual showcase this weekend. The Collective, comprised...

Chico’s Thursday Night Market offers a variety of choices

Rodolfo Martinez, owner of RM Farms, holds his blackberries and strawberries at the Chico's Thursday night market. Photo credit: Yaritza Ayon
September 11, 2018

If you’re new to Chico or just want to know the town in a nutshell, the Thursday night market is the place to go. Located on Broadway St. between 2nd and 5th St., the market gives off a real feel...

Chico City Council candidates address student concerns

Council candidates left students out of the conversation on Wednesday. Photo credit: Christian Solis
September 7, 2018

Eight city council candidates gathered at a forum, Wednesday, to discuss policy positions and local problems, but failed to mention one key topic.The public forum, hosted by the Chico Chamber of Commerce,...

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