The Orion

Chico Performances presents the high-flying acrobatics of Cirque de Eloize

Cirque de Eloize opens with an energetic song and dance number. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone

Hannah Yeager

February 17, 2018

Students, staff and community members filed into the Laxson Auditorium prepared for a typical acrobatic show. However, the show presented by Cirque de Eloize which included high-risk, high-flying acting, was more than the crowd expected. On Feb. 13, Cirque de Eloize performed for one night only. With...

The Joke’s on US: Lewis Black comes to Chico

Lewis Black performs as part of a USO holiday show in Aviano Air Base, Italy, 2007. Photo by Tabitha M. Mans (Wikimedia Commons)

Angel Ortega

January 30, 2018

Known for his angry attitude on stage and his satirical rants, Lewis Black performs in Chico’s Laxson Auditorium in support of his tour, “The Joke’s on US.” Lewis Black is best known for his political satire, social commentary and his angry rants about history, religion and curre...

Bollywood Masala Orchestra, dancers of India

Bollywood Masala Orchestra performs onstage in its entirety. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

Dana Muensterman

September 29, 2015

The true Spirit of India will be coming to Chico this Friday, Oct. 2. For their first tour in the United States, the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and dancers of India will be performing at Laxson Auditorium. Rahis Bartis, one of India’s greatest musical figures, will be sharing the music, dancers and spiritualit...

John Hiatt, Taj Mahal Trio rock Laxson Auditorium

John Hiatt and his bandmates rock the stage on Friday, Sept. 11. Photo credit: Sara-Elizabeth Whitchurch

Tom Sundgren

September 15, 2015

The lights dimmed and out walked the 73-year-old Taj Mahal with his two bandmates right behind him. The audience cheered for the blues legend as he gave a warm and friendly wave to all. Mahal sat and grabbed his bronze resonator acoustic guitar, tested it for a split second and then seamlessly went into...

Alonzo King’s LINES ballet was absolutely riveting

Dancers dazzle during Alonzo King's LINES ballet at Laxson Auditorium Photo credit: Dana Muensterman

Dana Muensterman

September 7, 2015

As we all gathered into Laxson Auditorium on Saturday, September 5, the excitement for the ballet never wavered through its entirety. Fidgety legs came to a complete halt as the lights dimmed, leaving a single spot illuminated on the large scarlet curtains. Once drawn, a baby-blue screen accentuated the figure of the bal...

‘Biophony,’ Alonzo King LINES Ballet preview

Dana Muensterman

August 27, 2015

On Saturday, September 5, there will be a new and intriguing kind of ballet presented at Chico State. Alonzo King LINES Ballet will be performing his newest work, "Biophony," in collaboration with natural soundscape producer Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford at Laxson Auditorium. King is known for his in...

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Blues legend Buddy Guy electrifies Laxson Auditorium

Tom Sundgren

April 9, 2015

Purple and blue lights dimly hit the performance stage. A faint keyboard chord lays in for a few seconds. And then all of a sudden, a huge "BOOM" sound drives from the drums to kick off the first song.Out from the side of the stage at Laxson Auditorium on Tuesday came Buddy Guy, wearing his elaborate polka-dot shi...

“Target Earth” misfires

Intergalactic Nemesis is a graphic novel come-to-life as it is narrated by voice actors while accompanied by live music and sound effects. Photo credit: George Johnston

Trevor Whitney

March 8, 2015

The words "live-action" and "graphic novel" aren't typically associated—perhaps for good reason. But Saturday's act, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth, combined them anyway, proving that "because you ain't seen nothing like it" is a good enough reason to like something that doesn't quite work. What...

Q&A: Dancer Sofia Allmon gets on point for ‘The Nutcracker’

Sofia Allmon dazzles as a Spanish dancer in Chico Community Ballet's

Kristen Moran

December 6, 2014

Snow Queen, Soldier Doll, Flower and a solo as a Spanish dancer thrown in for good measure. These parts, usually portrayed by different people, will all be performed by Core Butte Charter School junior Sofia Allmon in this year's Chico Community Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," staged through Dec....

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...

Mime troupe to literally give Chico audience giant thumbs up

Chico Performances presents MUMMENSCHANZ, a miming troupe that transforms ordinary objects into extraordinary acts, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Kristen Moran

October 23, 2014

Mime-masque theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ delivers something quite different from the average show: it takes everyday objects like toilet paper, plastic or trash bags and creates imaginary beings, hands larger than humans and face-like shapes.Audiences can catch the mime artists 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Laxson Auditorium for a must-see, memorable experience presented by ...

Look out Bellow: country-soul band to form ‘quick camaraderie’ with audience

Chico Performances presents The Lone Bellow with opener Hugh Bob and The Hustle
7:30 p.m. Thursday in
Laxson Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances

Michael Quiring

September 26, 2014

Chico is set for a night of country, rock and soul, featuring Brooklyn-based group The Lone Bellow and Hugh Bob and The Hustle. The show, presented by Chico Performances, will occur at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Laxson Auditorium.The Lone Bellow will be visiting Chico during its upcoming tour that will feature material from its EP ...

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