The Orion

Legends Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop show Chico where blues really began

Photo provided by Andrea Zucker

Melissa Joseph

October 13, 2019

Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop strolled onto Laxson Auditorium’s stage Sunday night to revisit their influence on the blues and share their musical genius with the town of Chico.From the first bellow of Musselwhite’s harmonica to the last strum of Bishop’s guitar, the crowd could...

Tig Notaro clowns on Chico State

Photo courtesy of Bob Chamberlin from Los Angeles Times.

Melissa Joseph

October 2, 2019

Clowns, internal bleeding, and Adele’s “Hello” -- this is what the crowd in Laxson Auditorium enjoyed as quick-witted stand-up comedian, Tig Notaro, performed Saturday night.Before Notaro took to the stage, the auditorium turned dark and a small film began to play. The film was Notar...

University Box Office helps to organize meetings during the Camp Fire

Laxson Auditorium usually hosts recitals, plays, concerts and musical productions but during the Camp Fire, it was the location for the Town of Paradise meetings and Cal Fire briefings. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

December 4, 2018

During the two weeks of the Camp Fire emergency, many of the meetings and briefings providing information to the community were held at Laxson Auditorium. Box Office coordinator Christopher Zinna said that Cal Fire and the Town of Paradise contacted Stephen Cummins, director of Chico Performances, w...

Erwin Chemerinsky speaks about free speech

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of University of California, Berkeley Law School Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

October 3, 2018

Chico State brought the controversial nature of free speech to the forefront of campus by inviting U.C. Berkeley's Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to speak for Constitution day on Thursday. Chemerinsky came to campus to speak about the status of free speech and the First Amendment. According to...

Chico Performances reflect the university’s connection with the community

Felix Pouliot performs an acrobatic stunt far above the ground at Chico Performances on Feb. 13. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone

Hannah Yeager

March 7, 2018

There is a chance that almost every student has seen the posters posted around Laxson Auditorium advertising the next large performance or speaker coming to Chico. Shows like Cirque Eloize and Radiolab host and producer Jad Abumrad come multiple times throughout each month, provided by Chico Perform...

‘Lion King Jr.’ musical hits the stage at Laxson Auditorium

Young Simba singing

Niyat Teferi

September 13, 2017

The young talented actors of Blue Room Young Company brought magic to the stage as they played the beloved characters of the Disney classic “Lion King.”During the play, the actors sang hit songs of the movie like “The Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?,R...

There’s more than bunnies under top hats

courtesy photo

Niyat Teferi

April 11, 2017

On April 5th, the Laxson Auditorium held a magic show hosted by the popular Australian duo known as the “Naked Magicians.”The Naked Magicians consisted of two handsome, talented magicians that tour all around the world, showcasing their magic tricks and sex appeal. Christopher Wayne and Mike ...

Gayle Hutchinson promises change in her convocation speech

Lucas Moran

August 18, 2016

President Gayle Hutchinson presented her convocation speech on Thursday afternoon in Laxson Auditorium. Her speech offered several broad goals for the future and promised a change in campus climate. Hutchinson is taking over the position of Chico State President following the retirement of former president Pa...

‘The Addams Family’: a night of ghoulish fun

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Carly Plemons

May 6, 2016

Fog crept its way across the stage, silencing the restless crowd for an evening of laughs and nightmarish behavior that “The Addams Family” had in store. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Chico State’s School of the Arts presented its 2016 spring musical “The Addams Family.” The event instantly en...

On-campus facility prices cause concern for student organizations

Cathrine Himberg, kinesiology professor, addressed concerns about the rental prices for facilities on campus and its affect on student organizations. Photo credit: Elizabeth Castillo

December 8, 2015

A facility-use fee change that was made in 2011 continues to affect student organizations on campus. At the open forum held on Nov. 10, Cathrine Himberg, kinesiology professor, addressed her concerns about facility prices for student organizations. Himberg is the faculty adviser for two different studen...

Bollywood Masala Orchestra shows off Indian culture

Members of the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India perform at Laxson Auditorium on Friday night. Photo credit: Alicia Brogden

Dana Muensterman

October 10, 2015

From the immense amount of audience participation to the high-pitched annoying ring of the microphone, Friday night’s performance was better than expected as the Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India made their way to Laxson Auditorium. Just minutes before the show, I was passed out ...

The Milk Carton Kids coming to Chico

The Milk Carton Kids will be coming to Laxson Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Image credit: Brendan Pattengale from the official site. Photo courtesy of Brendan Pattengale.

Erin Vierra

October 4, 2015

Yes, the folk duo with the cool-sounding name is coming to Laxson Auditorium and this writer couldn’t be more happy.The last time The Milk Carton Kids played at Laxson was back in 2012 when they opened for The Avett Brothers, and now they are back and performing as the guest of honor. The Milk Carton Kids is breaking ground as the Simon &...

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