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‘Will Rogers Follies’ to showcase life of folk hero with song, dance

Photo courtesy of School of the Arts

Trevor Whitney

April 21, 2015

One mid-August afternoon, two men traveled via seaplane out of Fairbanks, Alaska, toward Point Barrow, the furthest north someone can go and still be in America. The sky wore a milky haze, Alaska's typical bad-weather uniform. The Point Barrow pit stop was supposed to be just that — a quick little...

Cammies: Jazz Showcase

Cammies: Jazz Showcase

Trevor Whitney

April 12, 2015

This year's CAMMIES jazz showcase pits the old school, savage swinging of Chico Jazz Collective against Bogg's current, filthy groove. Thursday's event at 1078 Gallery marked the beginning of the Chico News & Review music festival's 10th anniversary. Also performing were Holly Taylor and The Miami Rogue Roosters, but Taylor was backed by Bogg and although the Roost...

Narrow Minded: The Colonel’s Men ‘Friends of Mine’ album review

Trevor Whitney

April 8, 2015

The Colonel's Men sounds like the type of band that would prompt you to say "You've probably never heard of them" when asked what music is playing at the painfully hip coffee shop you go to for tea. The Davis band's debut, "Friends of Mine," is of course vocally driven, but it's able to maintain its indie-folky vibe over instrumentals th...

‘Peter and Alice’ coming to Theatre on the Ridge

'Peter and Alice' coming to Theatre on the Ridge

Trevor Whitney

March 20, 2015

Don't go into the performance expecting to see a strung-out Peter Pan chilling with the Cheshire cat somewhere down the rabbit hole. And Alice is still in Wonderland, not in a pirate's cove for some clockodile's luncheon. The play "Peter and Alice," which will be showing at Theatre on the Ridge in P...

Sounds clash at BMU concert

Bull Moose Party was one of many bands performing at Sound Clash. Photo credit: Jeffrey Fox

Trevor Whitney

March 15, 2015

The real battle at AS Productions' Sound Clash event Friday night was between the sound engineer and the audience's ears. Technical difficulties and audio problems occurred the moment the first band, Bull Moose Party, strummed their first chord. They never stood a chance. What started as a weird mix in the ...

Clutter among roommates ends in a bitter clash of clans

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Trevor Whitney

March 12, 2015

A couple years ago, four of my high school friends and I transferred to Chico State at the same time. What an exciting first attempt at living away from home. But once the novelty of freedom faded, our true colors appeared. I signed on to live with two pairs of "best friends". We'd all been i...

“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: Ze Treasure Troll on decorative concrete, not living under bridges

When she ins't bogged down by technology and finances, Ze Treasure Troll creates art. Photo Credit: Kirsten Springer

Trevor Whitney

February 27, 2015

Like most people, it has taken Chico State super-senior and concrete technology major Kirsten Springer, aka Ze Treasure Troll, some time to discover herself. Now that she has, her path to a successful future is practically set in stone. Of all the aliases available, why Ze Treasure Troll? And i...

Narrow Minded: ‘Chico Unplugged’ impresses at new venue

First-year prerecording arts major Matt Holmen performs for his second time in

Trevor Whitney

February 20, 2015

Equipped with a new location at Madison Bear Garden and some unfamiliar talent, every night of this semester's "Chico Unplugged" is guaranteed to be different than any night in the past. Chico State's School of the Arts Productions has been teaming up with KCSC radio and the Instructionally Related Activities program to put on...

Sparks soar in Zap Mama show

Zap Mama brought an impressive and theatrical performance to Laxson Auditorium on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

Trevor Whitney

February 20, 2015

Four women dressed in tight black outfits with gold chains and sleeves casually walked into the spotlight onstage singing in harmony. It was hypnotizing. The shiniest of the quartet, group founder and lead vocalist Marie Daulne, started beatboxing and improvising her own separate melodies as the oth...

‘The Dude’ rocks Laxson Auditorium

Jeff Bridges performs with his band the Abiders and his daughter Jessie Bridges during the encore on Saturday night at Laxson Auditorium. Bridges welcomes his cult following as

Trevor Whitney

January 31, 2015

Even after Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award for his performance in "Crazy Heart," played Robert Downey Jr.'s villainous counterpart in "Iron Man" and delivered the performance of his life in "Fearless," he is still most well known as Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski to his fans. And he fully embraces i...

Narrow Minded: Alec Beretz’s ‘Divided’ album review

Cover art for Alec Beretz's debut album,

Trevor Whitney

January 24, 2015

In my travels across the land, searching far and wide, I stumbled upon Chico State senior Alec Beretz's debut album "Divided," named for the feeling it is supposed to produce after listening to it. That's not true, but it's certainly the way I've felt ever since. Beretz, a music industry and technolo...

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