The Orion

‘Heaven’ on Earth: strong acting, singing highlighted in bare-bones musical

Sister Jane (Sarah Kuhn) teaches Sister Izzy (Brittney Nusbaum) how to make Jacob's Ladder in a scene from

Emma Wood-Wright

November 14, 2014

Sister Fanny saw them. Sister Polly heard them. If only Sister Hannah would believe them. What were they? Why, the invisible angels flying over the audience's head, of course. The nine-actress cast of Chico State's School of the Arts production "As It Is In Heaven" displayed an enormous am...

Exhibit allows students to interpret subtle art pieces

University Art Gallery curator, Cameron Kelly, is in charge of assembling the work of photographer Joshua Martinez for the exhibit

Emma Wood-Wright

October 4, 2014

Clinging to a crevice in a cliff, a rock climber is immersed in adventure. The fog is so thick, all he sees is white. And at first glance, that’s what the viewer of the current University Art Gallery exhibit might see too. Bay Area photographer Joshua Martinez has developed photographs th...

Chico World Music Festival delivers stellar performances

Shoji Kameda throat sings, Masato Baba hits the taiko and Eien Hunter plays the drums in On Ensemble. The group entertained Chico residents at the 21st annual Chico World Music Festival. Photo credit: John Domogma

Jake Hutchison

September 14, 2014

[metaslider id=34584] Photographs courtesy of John Domogma Chico Performances' 21st annual Chico World Music Festival brought artists from across the globe together for one epic multicultural event. [View the story "Chico World Music Festival wows audiences " on Storify]     Fe...

Great Garden Art Weekend features stunning local talents, creations

Local jazz quartet Bogg performing at Magnolia Gift & Garden for the Great Garden Art Weekend on Saturday. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Emma Wood-Wright

September 7, 2014

[metaslider id=34583]Photographs by Matthew VaccaIt’s 93 degrees on Saturday and Barbie and Ken are lounging in a water-hole styled planter box, listening to live music performed by local quartet Bogg at Magnolia Gift & Garden on East Ave. Barbie and Ken are listening to the quartet's signat...

Remembering a legacy: Janet Turner

Janet Turner was a world-renowned printmaker and professor at Chico State who would have turned 100 years old this year. Turner’s collection at the Janet Turner Print Gallery currently contains more than 3,500 prints. Photo courtesy of Barbara Edmonson.

Emma Wood-Wright

September 1, 2014

From 1959 to 1981, students at Chico State who took printmaking in Room 205 of Taylor Hall were exposed to prints by artists like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and David Hockney, and not just projected on a big white screen, but within arms reach. Janet Turner, their teacher and world-renowned prin...

Friday Night Concert provides enjoyable community atmosphere

Urban Legend rocks out at the Chico City Plaza for the second performance of the 37th anniversary of the Friday Night Concert series, which runs until Sep. 12. Photo credit: Emma Wood-Wright

Emma Wood-Wright

May 17, 2014

A man in a yellow T-shirt plays the air piano along with the band Urban Legend at the 37th anniversary of Downtown Chico’s Friday Night Concert series. “I’ve been going to the concerts since I was 11,” local John G. said. “I can’t recall the amount of bands I’ve seen here.”The free concerts will run every Friday until Sep...

Extraordinary art stuns at Matador Motel

Members of the Lumininjas harmoniously performing their fire twirling routine at the Art at the Matador event Saturday, hosted by Chico Visual Arts Alliance. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Emma Wood-Wright

May 12, 2014

Photographs by Chelsea Jeffers Fighting gusts of wind, artists stayed grounded at The Art at the Matador event Saturday at the Matador Motel. Hosted by the Chico Visual Arts Alliance, the event gave artists an opportunity to share their work with the community. "It's an amazing organiza...

Spring musical delivers high energy, multiple laughs

Photo by Sean Chen

CSU, Chico's 2014 Spring Musical,

Emma Wood-Wright

May 1, 2014

A man wearing a white silky nightgown, with blonde permed locks, speaks of controversy in a giddy, high-pitched voice. Done.You should already want to go see this year’s spring musical, "Spamalot," which will run 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a final show at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Laxs...

Spring musical provides knee-slapping humor

Murphy Mayer, right, is the French Taunter, and Xander Richey plays King Arthur in

Emma Wood-Wright

April 22, 2014

Knights with silly accents, showgirls with low-cut blouses and Monty Python's knee-slapping humor await the Chico community beginning next week, in Chico State's production of "Monty Python's Spamalot."The production will premiere at 7:30 p.m. April 30, run through May, with a show at 2 p.m. May 4 in Laxson Auditorium. Loosel...

Music awards reward audiences with rousing performances

Aubrey Debauchery & The Broken Bones playing an energetic set onstage at the 2014 CAMMIE Awards. Photo credit: Matthew Vacca

Emma Wood-Wright

April 14, 2014

  A baby in jean overalls and high-top Converse danced with his mom and dad at the 2014 CAMMIES finale awards show. Losing balance on his 13-month-old legs, he fell backward on his rump as Alli Battaglia & The Musical Brewing Co. performed on the main stage. From 2-7 p.m. on Sunday the Chico Women's club was rocking with two stages, twe...

Maker showcase accepting submissions

Jordan Layman, co-founder of Idea Fab Labs, examines an RC car under thousands of LED pixels suspended from the ceiling. Photo credit: Emma Wood-Wright

Emma Wood-Wright

April 1, 2014

Tiny squares of LED lights cover the ceiling of the Idea Fabrication Laboratory’s main room. As seconds progress, each square changes color, creating a wave-like motion. These aren’t just colorful squares, the light-emitting diodes are RGB pixels — there are 2,880 of them, to be exact. Opened in May 2013, Fab Labs is a place where members c...

Altering space through digital prints

Luke Matjas's show is called

Emma Wood-Wright

March 12, 2014

Gallery by Grant Mahan Four small, framed graphite drawings hang on the back wall of the University Art Gallery. The eye is drawn to three orange traffic cones that hover over the gallery attendant, lying flat on the wall as if painted on. Luke Matjas' art exhibit "A Swirling Cloud of Dust and Gas Like This" will be in the University Art Gallery in 100 Trinity Hall until April 10. It features digital prints that fit together like puzzle pieces, creating room-sized ...

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