The Orion

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Q&A: Lisa Valentine on morbid poets, iced crotches

Jeffrey Fox

December 3, 2014


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Local soul and R&B; singer Lisa Valentine grabbed a coffee and chatted with with The Orion about being raised by her mother and grandmother, the irony of her stage name and how she writes such soulful tunes Tuesday at Empire Coffee. How long have you been a singer-songwriter? I've been playing and writing songs since I was...

Q&A: Furlough Fridays on ‘Bay Watch,’ The Rolling Stones

Q&A: Furlough Fridays on ‘Bay Watch,’ The Rolling Stones

Jeffrey Fox

November 28, 2014


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Local rock band Furlough Fridays took a break during its practice session Nov. 22 in Chico to chat with The Orion about Pamela Anderson, the band's dynamic and sticking together. Half the band, which is made up of two married couples, lives in Redding. Furlough Fridays' next performance in Chico will be for...

Q&A: Candy Cougar on vanity, hair dye, Arctic Monkeys

Q&A: Candy Cougar on vanity, hair dye, Arctic Monkeys

Jeffrey Fox

November 18, 2014


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Heather Bennett, also known as Candy Cougar, took The Orion on a tour of her studio Friday and discussed creating with unconventional materials, why she uses them and what inspires her. Her art will be featured Dec. 7 at 1078 Gallery's next Mixed Media Mixer.When did you become a professional artist?About two years ago I started p...

Q&A: The Unexpected Guest on songwriting, meatballs, racism

Q&A: The Unexpected Guest on songwriting, meatballs, racism

Jeffrey Fox

November 8, 2014


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The Orion chatted with Adan Gonzalez, senior music industry and recording arts major and singer-songwriter of The Unexpected Guest, about his time abroad, the Swedish music scene and releasing his first EP on iTunes. His most recent performance was Nov. 2 at 1078 Gallery.How long have you been performing?About s...

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Local performance venue back on track to open in November

Jeffrey Fox

October 28, 2014


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A collective of Chico artists and musicians will open a performance space in November with the intent of allowing concertgoers to see their favorite local musicians perform on stage. For free. The Barn, a subscriber-funded venture located at 164 E. 11th St., is championed by two locals already steepe...

Q&A: Sofa King on puppets, funk soup

Q&A: Sofa King on puppets, funk soup

Jeffrey Fox

October 19, 2014


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The Orion met with the musicians of Sofa King to discover their origin story, writing process and inspirations before their show Oct. 14 at 1078 Gallery.The Orion: How did the band develop?Christina Comfort, lead vocals: The band originally started with myself and brothers Brian Jones and Douglas Jones. Brian and I met at Butte College while we were ...

Q&A: Wanderers & Wolves

Q&A: Wanderers & Wolves

Jeffrey Fox

October 2, 2014


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The Orion chatted with the musicians of Wanderers & Wolves about their band name, creative process and sound after their performance at the last fall A.S. Productions "Nooner" on Wednesday in Trinity Commons.The Orion: How did you all meet?Christian Crandall, guitarist: I met Joe a few years ago an...

Student shares poetry to shed light on mental illness, depression

Student shares poetry to shed light on mental illness, depression

Jeffrey Fox

September 26, 2014


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Cameron McCallister, a fourth-year psychology major, began writing poetry when he was 19 years old. Now, at 22, he's recited poems about topics like depression and mental illness in order to shed light on those issues for events like UMatter Cafe. "I'm here because I like to help out in any way I can," he said. "An...

Q&A: Dear Misguided

Q&A: Dear Misguided

Jeffrey Fox

September 25, 2014


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The Orion chatted with the alternative rockers of Dear Misguided about their band name, inspirations and writing music after their A.S. Productions "Nooner" performance Wednesday. The Orion: So what's the story behind the name "Dear Misguided?"David Hollenbeck, lead singer and guitarist: It was mostly t...

Concrete comes alive with vivid color at Pastels on the Plaza

Concrete comes alive with vivid color at Pastels on the Plaza

Jeffrey Fox

September 21, 2014


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[metaslider id=35407] Photographs by Annie Paige and Jeffrey Fox Rainbow-colored knees and hands rushed about trying to finish a scene of tongue-kissing unicorns dreaming about sunflowers and fairies before this year's Pastels on the Plaza event ended on Saturday. It was a hot day and local ...

Local indie rockers sprint from concert to concert

Local indie rockers sprint from concert to concert

Jeffrey Fox

September 14, 2014


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The LoLos' guitarist Ben Colbeck pulls off his shirt as the band walks briskly down the sidewalk of West 3rd Street after a Chico BandSwap performance in the City Plaza. If he wants to change before the band's next show, he'll have to do it now.A few party-goers chant "LoLos" as the band rushes by. A fe...

Chico World Music Festival delivers stellar performances

Chico World Music Festival delivers stellar performances

Jake Hutchison

September 14, 2014


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[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...

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