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Chico Unplugged presents the creative heart of the community

Winners of 'Chico Unplugged' pose together. Photo credit: Abram Melendez

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 is finished, the judges decide who wins and places in the competition.This was the first round of ...

Chico Unplugged presented Winner’s Showcase at The Bear

Brandon Mckie, a Chico alum, starts Chico Unplugged on Thursday at Madison Bear Garden. Photo credit: Rebecca Norton

Rebecca Norton

March 1, 2018

Every semester, hopeful and passionate student musicians audition for Chico Unplugged at Madison Bear Garden for two Thursdays in a row. Last Thursday was the Winner’s Showcase where the competition's winners perform their songs. "Some soul, some folk, a little hip-hop and plenty of love songs...

Musicians crank up the volume at ‘Chico Unplugged’

Photo of Chico Unplugged winners (from left to right: Bradley Relt, Jared Kreuzberger, Thom Lacalle) Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Niyat Teferi and Caitlyn Young

September 27, 2017

On Thursday, Chico's popular Madison Bear Garden hosted the singer/songwriter competition, "Chico Unplugged." The School of the Arts Production (SOTA) first launched Chico Unplugged in 2012 as a way for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talent to the community.During the show, 10 musical acts went...

WREC hosts annual climbing competition

Contestants at last year's rock climbing competition. Photo courtesy of George Johnston's Instagram

Amelia Storm

April 7, 2016

The WREC will host the fifth annual Ruckus Climbing Competition this Sunday, April 10. The all-day event is a bouldering competition sponsored by local companies such as The Bear and Klean Kanteen. The competition, which is limited to 35 competitors, has already filled up. The competition opens at 12 p.m....

Madison Bear necessities: Beer, bars and burgers

Illustration by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

Madeline Merlic

September 16, 2015

It's a tale as old as time: college students love to relax with adult beverages and Chico State students are no strangers to having a good time.What better place to do so than at Madison Bear Garden, which won the award for Best Bar in the Best of Chico contest.Walking into the Bear is a sensory overloa...

Late night eats and treats

Illustration by Kayce Tynan Photo credit: Kayce Tynan

Jake Hutchison

September 11, 2015

  The need for late night dining is a sure thing for college students. No matter what, at some point in a student's college career, that late night/early morning craving is going to hit whether sitting in an apartment or (more likely) roaming downtown. Aca Taco A student favorite...

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