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Carlos Mencia screams out for a dynamic comedy night

Carlos Mencia performing a stand-up act

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

From important messages on immigration to saving the world through oral copulation, Carlos Mencia and others had Chico enraptured Saturday night at the El Rey Theatre. Three comedians took the stage before Mencia, setting a risque and vibrant tone for the night.  The comedian preceding Me...

Power 102.1 throws spooky, silent Halloween Bash

Emily Neria

November 5, 2019

Chicoween participants gathered in costume at the El Rey for a silent zombie-themed disco on Halloween night. From 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., the theater hosted crowds of witches and pop culture icons dressed up in rave gear.The event featured sets from DJ Mack Morris, DJ Cootdog and DJ Forester who mixed track...

Riff Raff headlines show in Downtown Chico

Rift Raffa preforming “Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwwdinz”  for the crowed during his show at the El Rey Photo credit: Alex Coba

Angel Ortega

September 8, 2019

Riff Raff performed a headlining show at the El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico on Friday. The concert was held in part as a celebration of the grand opening of the new Blaze N' J’s store in Downtown Chico, next door to the El Rey Theater. Fans were able to meet and take a photo with Riff Raff i...

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

Alex Coba

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 comedians audition to for a chance to secure one of 32 spots. The late and great Robin Williams once...

Photo of the day

Space Jesus takes on the El Rey stage in Chico, California on Friday, February 23rd. Photo credit: Kate Angeles

Kate Angeles

February 25, 2018

Space Jesus takes on the El Rey stage in Chico, California on Friday, February 23rd.

Party Favor’s ‘Tuned Out’ Tour takes Chico

The large LED graphics used to visually bewilder attendees of the Tuned Out Tour Show at the El Rey Theater. Photo credit: Alejandra Solorio

Alejandra Solorio

November 28, 2017

Dylan Ragland, best known as prominent bass DJ and producer "Party Favor," returned to Chico on Nov. 15 at the El Rey Theater for his sold out "Tuned Out" Tour show featuring Bad Royale. The night consisted of a variation of original head bang-inducing trap and bass juxtaposed mashups of throwback-favorite r...

Mexican cuisine: Cheap and real

Steven Black

February 15, 2017

It rarely happens in Northern California, when traditional dishes at a Mexican food restaurant taste authentic.Recently, I was pleasantly surprised by a simple dish at the El Rey Mexican Grill: the refried beans. For most of my life I have lived in Southern California, I am among the first people to...

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