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Study Break: Godzilla movie review

David Kahn

May 16, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Gareth Edwards' take on the massively popular film franchise "Godzilla" opened Friday. For all the hype and derision for the giant reptilian beast over the years, this new take on Godzilla is able to weave together the authentic feeling of the cult monster movie and the grand, CGI-enhanced cinematography of a bi...

North State Symphony performance bids farewell to professor

David Kahn

May 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The North State Symphony presented a performance of "Harmonic Landscapes" Saturday, May 10.The North State Symphony, a combination of Chico and Redding symphonies, was established in 2001 and has been part of Chico State's College of Humanities and Fine Arts for 14 years. During that time, the North State Symphony has ...

School seeks singing competitors

School seeks singing competitors

David Kahn

April 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State's School of the Arts Productions is accepting video submissions for a chance to compete on NBC's "The Voice."SOTA Productions will pick 10 submissions to audition on campus on Friday, May 2. Of those 10, five students will be chosen to travel to Los Angeles to audition for the producers of...

Benefit features musically talented faculty, students

Benefit features musically talented faculty, students

David Kahn

April 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State School of The Arts presents "88 Keys at Chico State" at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.Featuring both students and faculty performing solo and ensemble pieces, the evening of classical piano music raises funds to support the Chico State keyboard program. Natalya Shkoda, co...

Ensemble to jazz up campus theatre

Ensemble to jazz up campus theatre

David Kahn

April 22, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State School of the Arts presents the Jazz X-Press ensemble 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Harlen Adams Theatre.Led by Professor Rocky Winslow, director of jazz studies at Chico State, the Jazz X-Press will perform pieces by Thad Jones, Maria Schneider, Alan Broadbent and Anita Brown.The ensemble will be join...

Study Break: ‘Transcendence’ review

Study Break: ‘Transcendence’ review

David Kahn

April 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

"Transcendence," directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman, opened in theaters on Friday. When noted artificial intelligence researcher Dr. Will Caster, played by Depp, is shot and killed by an anti-technology group, his consciousness is uploa...

Wind ensemble blows audience away

Wind ensemble blows audience away

David Kahn

April 13, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

From classical compositions to more contemporary works, Chico State's Wind Ensemble, conducted by Royce Tevis and featuring guest clarinetist Ryan Heimlich, displayed a level of incredible musical ability. The Chico State School of the Arts department of music and theatre presented the Symphonic Winds “Band-ology” performance Saturday night in Har...

Folk icon to perform at Laxson Auditorium

Folk icon to perform at Laxson Auditorium

April 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances welcomes world-renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at Laxson Auditorium.Like his father Woody, Guthrie has been involved with folk music from a young age and is well-known for his many songs protesting social injustice. Guthrie is best known for the song "Alice's Restauran...

Fiddle ensemble delivers traditional energy

Fiddle ensemble delivers traditional energy

David Kahn

April 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances welcomes the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Laxson Auditorium.Combining the traditional Scottish sound of fiddles with pipes, guitars, piano and percussion, the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers deliver a show that is at once beautiful and rousing. Formed i...

‘Lucky’ singer-songwriter to serenade Chico

‘Lucky’ singer-songwriter to serenade Chico

David Kahn

March 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances presents a rare acoustic evening with Jason Mraz and special guest Raining Jane at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Laxson Auditorium.Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz is touring for a limited time with indie-folk-rock group Raining Jane. Mraz got his start playing in coffee houses before the...

Dance meets gymnastics with dynamic group

Dance meets gymnastics with dynamic group

David Kahn

March 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico Performances presents Diavolo: Thrilling Gymnastics and Dance, a group that defines themselves as "a distinct style of architecture in motion." The gymnasts and dancers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in Laxson Auditorium.Diavolo Dance Theater was founded in 1992 by Jacques Heim, a graduate of Cal...

Trio brings rock, blues, barroom boogie

Trio brings rock, blues, barroom boogie

David Kahn

March 8, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

CHICO PERFORMANCES presents: Elvin Bishop with Guests James Cotton, Paul Thorn Rock, Blues & Barroom Boogie Saturday, March 15, 2014 Laxson Auditorium | 7:30 p.m. Premium $38 | Adult $33 | Senior $31 | Student/Child $25 www.chicoperformances.com Chico Performances presents rock and blues icon Elvin Bishop, Grammy Award-w...

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