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Living Room Gallery provides a new platform for local artists

The Living Room Gallery may have started from a school project, but with help from colleagues, Holland has started a full-fledged brand that will only grow from here.
October 30, 2020

Eric Holland is enrolled at Chico State as a Music Industry and Recording Arts major, and what started as one of his school assignments has evolved into a project on Instagram called Living Room Gallery....

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State
May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium...

Chico State arts programs are planning for a semester online

A sign posted on the window of the Laxson Auditorium box office stating all Chico Performances, North State Symphony and School of the Arts shows have been canceled.
May 4, 2020

With the university’s shift to online instruction, many arts programs have found new ways to adapt. With in-person classes already canceled and potentially next semester, events are being reimagined...

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” delivers an erotically fun show

Left to right: Magenta (Makenzie Ryan), Dr. Frank N' Furter (Juan Bolaños), and Riff Raff (Brandon Burchard). Photo credit: Angel Ortega
October 23, 2019

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” was a gritty and gruesome, yet erotically captivating musical production. The musical, produced by Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA), was originally...

Chico Unplugged presents the creative heart of the community

Winners of 'Chico Unplugged' pose together. Photo credit: Abram Melendez
October 8, 2019

The Chico Unplugged contest began at Madison Bear Garden on Thursday. This Chico State School of the Arts event is an American Idol-style competition in which contestants play two songs. After everyone...

Soloists perform lauded classical pieces

Leighton Fong on cello (right), Bradley Martin on piano, Anna Presler on violin (left) perform at Zingg Recital Hall at Chico State. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph
September 10, 2019

Four soloists took on the grueling challenge of recreating the masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert and Hindemith Sunday afternoon at Zingg Recital Hall. The soloists included cellist Leighton Fong, clarinetist...

School of the Arts hosts final choir concert of the semester

Chico State's Chamber Singers performing
April 29, 2019

The Chico State Department of Music and Theatre held a choir concert, featuring Chico State’s Chamber Singers and Acappella Choir, Saturday at the Harlen Adams Theatre. The concert, titled, “And...

“The River Bride” brings magic and heartache to Chico State

Helena anguishes over her unrequited love for her sister's fiance in
April 7, 2019

There’s no fairy godmother to save the day, or happily ever after while riding off into the sunset. This isn’t a typical Walt Disney fairytale.Chico State School of the Arts’ Department...

Chico State musicians tackle Terry Riley’s ‘In C’

A violinist from New Music Symposium concentrates while playing the beginning of Terry Riley's
March 3, 2019

Ever read “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Chico State’s New Music Symposium recreated just that, but with music and rhythm.Guest composer Terry Riley joined the audience...

Chico Unplugged Winners’ Showcase blew the roof off Madison Bear Garden

5 Mile Myth Lead guitarist ends their third song of the night with soulful tunes. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera
February 23, 2019

Madison Bear Garden was filled with an adoring crowd and acoustic music as Chico State’s School of the Arts (SOTA) hosted “Chico Unplugged,” an acoustic competition that spans over the...

Fall Acoustics show brings relaxing vibes to The Hub

Lenon Padilla performs at the first-ever Fall Acoustics show in The Hub. Photo credit: Grant Schmieding
December 2, 2018

Wet fall leaves littered the floor as students entered the room. Christmas lights twinkled across a raised stage and melodic acoustic guitar songs rang through the relaxed crowd. Students escaped the cold,...

TV producer and writer shares journey through the entertainment industry

Joe Escalante listens to questions from the audience. Photo credit: Dominique Wood
October 26, 2018

From playing punk rock, practicing media law, managing a record label and radio broadcasting to writing and producing TV shows and movies, Joe Escalante has done it all. Escalante, founder of Kung Fu Records...

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