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Community hopeful for El Rey

City council meeting addressed possibilities in protecting the 110-year-old theatre, El Rey. Photo credit: Ronnie Bolser

Katia Berg

October 7, 2016

Students, residents and members of the El Rey Alliance participated in an open forum Oct. 4 to rally support for the El Rey Theatre in front of the Chico City Council.Students from Chico Country Day School, the Butte County Green party, long-time residents and members of the El Rey Alliance spoke in ...

Hope shines on El Rey Theatre

An inside look at the historical El Rey Photo credit: Ken Naas

Katia Berg

September 29, 2016

Roaring applause and cheers filled the Chico City Council chambers on Sept. 20 when the city council members unanimously voted to add the El Rey Theatre to the October agenda.The meeting will discuss options to protect the building. The decision came from the joint effort of the El Rey Alliance, a non-profit organ...

Comedy competition at the El Rey Theatre

Myles Weber, the competition host, counts down 10 seconds for applause, which awards each comedian one bonus point Photo credit: Matthew Manfredi

Matthew Manfredi

September 14, 2016

On Saturday night, a line outside the El Rey Theatre formed well before doors opened for the 8 p.m. show. Inside the theatre, 16 comedians from all over the U.S., Canada and even as far as China, prepared for the 41st annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, a multi-week event that took place in venues al...

Shortz! Film Festival to take center stage at the El Rey

Shortz! Film Festival logo. 
Photo courtesy of L. Renee Boyd

Rylee Pedotti

September 13, 2016

Local film aficionados are in for a treat when the fifth annual Shortz! Film Festival takes residency at the historic El Rey Theater Sept. 16-18.What began in 2011 as an interactive method for local filmmakers to share their work with peers, family and friends have now flourished into an acclaimed event fea...

Wade Bowen set to bring Texas Country to Chico

Promotional photo for Wade Bowen courtesy of the official The El Rey Theatre Facebook page.

Rylee Pedotti

August 29, 2016

Wade Bowen, a 14-year-veteran of the Texas Country music scene, is scheduled to take the stage at the El Rey Theater on Saturday, Sept. 24. Bowen has long served as a prominent figure within the distinguished sub-genre that is Texas Country. Home to artists such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Granger...

Pauly Shore reeks at El Rey

Pauly Shore event poster. Photo credit: JMAX Productions

December 15, 2015

The night of Dec. 10 has come and gone and all of the original, innovative comedy in Pauly Shore’s stand up comedy went with it. As a millennial baby who grew up watching his films, I am sad to see it go while simultaneously glad that it is over. His performance felt like the longest 45 minutes of my life....

The Green to share positive vibes with Chico

The Green will make their way to Chico to perform at the El Rey Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Photo courtesy of Mason Rose.

Valeria Flores

September 28, 2015

Yes, you heard right. Hawaiian band The Green is coming to the El Rey Theatre, just a short walk from campus.“If you guys want to experience a little piece of Hawaii in Chico, then come to the show,” said Zion Thompson, singer-guitarist.The Green is going to be performing on Wednesday, Sept. 30, a...

Floater returns to Chico with pair of upcoming shows

Rob Wynia of the band Floater performs an acoustic set. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Tom Sundgren

April 21, 2015

Ever since the mid-'90s, Floater has been traveling to Chico to play its music live on tour. This time around, the band will change things up by performing an acoustic set for its first show and then plugging back in for the second. Floater's singer/songwriter Rob Wynia said: "We try to always keep ...

Christopher Titus to hit Chico on latest stand-up tour

Photo credit: Zak Magno

Erin Vierra

March 5, 2015

Chico is about to feel the heat of comic greatness when popular comedian Christopher Titus brings his newest one-man comedy show to the El Rey Theatre later this month.Titus has done six comedy specials, and each one heavily revolves around a central theme. His stand-up consists of breaking out into ...

Q&A: Ralphie May on touring, Chico memories

Ralphie May will perform at the El Rey Theatre on Feb. 6. Photo courtesy of Stacey Pokluda, SPPR Consultants.

Amanda Rhine

February 1, 2015

Four-time platinum stand-up comedian Ralphie May is coming back to Chico. He talked to the Orion about his stand-up act, recalled first memories of Chico and even shared his favorite joke. The Orion: How’s the tour going so far? Ralphie May: So far so good. I cannot complain to be honest w...

Chico nostalgia alive at fourth annual festival

The You Know You're From Chico Festival will continue to feature local musical acts this year, such as Charlie Robinson, pictured here on the guitar at a past event. Photo courtesy of Jim Secola

Emma Wood-Wright

September 21, 2014

Pioneer Days, Scotty’s Landing, Upper Bidwell Park, Towne Lounge, El Indio Tortillas and crepes at Kramore Inn. These are some names that might ring a bell to Chico State students but resonate on a deeper level to those who call Chico their hometown. The fourth annual You Know You’re From Chico Festival will ...

Keep Chico Weird talent show lives up to its name

Performer of Mint Shekels and the Treif-Stars, keeping chico weird with their performance at the El Rey.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Ashiah Scharaga

February 4, 2014

There's only one place where you'll find a freak-folk artist, female illusionist and hula-hoop dancer on the same stage in one night: The Keep Chico Weird Talent Show, held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre in Chico. Though the show ran for about three hours and had technical issues and delays, the host, contestants and judges remained engaging and entertaining. The show, presented by Chico News & Review and Feather Fal...

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