The Orion

Partnering in ‘The Nutcracker:’ leads on finding balance, cohesion

Dancers from a past production of Chico Performances and Chico Community Ballet's production of

Kristen Moran

November 30, 2014

[metaslider id=39219]Relying on someone to lift you higher, make your jumps more extreme and help present your dancing flawlessly and elegantly may seem like a tall order, but it's something the dancers of Chico Community Ballet do every day. Partner dancing is a major component of the company and Ch...

Q&A: Dancer Jenna Large on ‘The Nutcracker’

Jenna Large, center, dances in a previous Chico Community Ballet performance of

Kristen Moran

November 28, 2014

Ballet dancer and Butte College student Jenna Large sat down with The Orion to share some of her favorite parts of "The Nutcracker," her thoughts about a career in dance and details about her most recent dance injury. Large can be seen as protagonist Clara alongside other dancers from Chico Community Ballet in t...

Guitar trios set to bring lush melodies to Laxson

Chico Performances presents California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio Nov. 9 at Laxson Auditorium. Photo by Pierre Larue courtesy of Chico Performances

Kristen Moran

November 2, 2014

Complex guitar tricks and re-imaginings of familiar songs by the powerful musicians of California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio will fill Laxson Auditorium Nov. 9. California Guitar Trio will perform covers such as Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" along with original songs. Joined by Montreal Guitar Trio, the six guitar masters will also...

Student opens glass shop, hopes community members will ‘get hooked’

Downtown's new glass shop, Chico Valley Gallery, has a map with pins stuck in each location where it gets its art from, according to Mike Calnan, owner and Chico State senior business management major, pictured left. Photo credit: Veronica Hodur

Kristen Moran

September 28, 2014

When walking through the glass doors at Chico Valley Gallery in downtown Chico, customers will see artwork unlike any other found in town, including colorful, abstract geometric paintings, glass orbs with oceanic scenes and glass dream catcher pendants. Chico Valley Gallery features pipes, invert...

Funkadesi bringing funk fusion for Chico World Music Festival

Funkadesi will kick off the 21st annual Chico World Music Festival Friday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

Kristen Moran

September 5, 2014

Headlining Chico Performances' 21st annual Chico World Music Festival is Funkadesi, a fusion music group that has won multiple ensemble awards and received praise from President Barack Obama. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 at Laxson Auditorium. Funkadesi combines the musical styles of reggae, funk, hip-hop and blues. The band also fe...

Local activist, artist creates for survival

Marie Hubbard, a local artist, poses with artwork from her collection of 3D collages at 100th Monkey Cafe & Books. Proceeds will benefit 100th Monkey's movement toward a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community cafe. Photo credit: Kristen Moran

Kristen Moran

August 26, 2014

Marie Hubbard, a local artist, remembers drawing faces when she was 3 years old, sketching on the walls whenever she ran out of paper. Now, at 76, it is through art that Hubbard has helped others, by donating proceeds from her pieces and being actively involved in many nonprofit organizations. ...

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