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Esquire Ali to raise vibes at 1078 Gallery, Downlo

Trevor Whitney

January 19, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State junior anthropology major Haronamus Maximus, better known as Esquire Ali, has two upcoming shows: Friday, Jan. 30 at Downlo and Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1078 Gallery. The free Downlo show will feature Ali in support of "Günesh," the audiovisual representation of the local art collective Vibe Tribe. The collective i...

Ceramics virtuoso molds his future

Ceramics virtuoso molds his future

Trevor Whitney

December 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Video

Graduate student and ceramics extraordinaire Chaz Martinsen is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Martinsen is set to earn his master's degree in fine arts after next semester, with just the final piece of his project still to be completed. From April 6-10, Martinsen will showcase his ...

Study Break: Wanderers & Wolves’ ‘Down in the Water’ EP review

Study Break: Wanderers & Wolves’ ‘Down in the Water’ EP review

Trevor Whitney

December 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The lasting impression made by local rock band Wanderers & Wolves' debut EP, "Down in the Water," is "Damn, these guys love Band of Skulls." The first three tracks on the EP, released Saturday at 1078 Gallery, bear an uncanny resemblance to the band, much to its detriment. Wanderers & Wolves don't necess...

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Singer-songwriters host intimate concert

Trevor Whitney

November 20, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Reviews, Video

Though the seats were mostly bare Tuesday night at 1078 Gallery, singer-songwriter Olivia Awbrey told the audience that it felt refreshing to play for them. "You are definitely the quietest audience I've had on this tour so far," Awbrey said. "And it's great." Awbrey played a set that night to 15 or...

Chico State Crossroads: Student musicians discover new direction from education

Chico State Crossroads: Student musicians discover new direction from education

Trevor Whitney

November 16, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Video

Carlos Rivera and Alex Montes de Oca are arguably the best guitarist and bassist, respectively, at Chico State. The senior students are currently bandmates in the university ensemble Jazz X-Press, and will be performing in the music and theater department's annual Glorious Sounds of the Season holid...

Swiss mime troupe enjoyable for all ages

Swiss mime troupe enjoyable for all ages

Trevor Whitney

October 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

If anything, MUMMENSCHANZ is captivating. The bizarre costumes, talented cast and hypnotic creativity of the mime theater troupe's short stories kept a Laxson Auditorium audience of all ages entertained and engaged Tuesday night. The show, presented by Chico Performances, was broken up into skits, in which...

Jazz X-Press has ‘Tricks’ up sleeve for fall concert

Jazz X-Press has ‘Tricks’ up sleeve for fall concert

Trevor Whitney

October 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Chico State's Jazz X-Press will present its annual fall concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harlen Adams Theatre. The concert, appropriately named "Tricks & Treats," will feature plenty of both from the elite ensemble and its special guests. "In addition to the sounds of Jazz X-Press playing some great music, we offer two of my best friends that al...

Study Break: Cold Blue Mountain ‘Old Blood’ album review

Study Break: Cold Blue Mountain ‘Old Blood’ album review

Trevor Whitney

October 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Local "doom-inspired sludge metal" band Cold Blue Mountain often sounds like a downtempo deafheaven meets Neurosis on its sophomore album "Old Blood," released Tuesday. The album, which can be bought here or at the band's album release party Friday, Oct. 17, is a slight departure from its previous self-title...

Furlough Fridays to release album influenced by shifted lineup

Furlough Fridays to release album influenced by shifted lineup

Trevor Whitney

October 4, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Previews

Local alternative rock band Furlough Fridays' new album is a celebration of the band's triumph over a cumbersome lineup change. The result? Families coming together.The album release party starting 9 p.m. Friday at LaSalles will highlight "Divided," a culmination of what singer Minnie Mental described...

KCSC Radio back with fresh fall lineup

KCSC Radio back with fresh fall lineup

Trevor Whitney

September 30, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

For the campus radio station KCSC Radio, another semester at Chico State means a fresh group of DJs will be streaming shows online daily, eager to discuss, share and most importantly, entertain. KCSC, which only plays underground, non-mainstream music, isn't for everyone, but it's absolutely for anyone wi...

Study Break: Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ album review

Study Break: Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ album review

Trevor Whitney

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment

The usually-inventive Aphex Twin, or Richard D. James, of England released his first all-new full-length album in 13 years Tuesday in the U.S. via Warp Records."Syro" tries to convince its listeners that time travel is a reality and 2002 is the new present, but forgets that James' music wasn't quite t...

Local zombie film brings boozy, experimental twist to genre

Local zombie film brings boozy, experimental twist to genre

Trevor Whitney

September 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

The first zombie apocalypse action-comedy written and shot drunk made its premiere Saturday at 1078 Gallery.Local filmmaker Joshua Siegel joined co-writer and actress Cat Campbell for the release of the short film, appropriately titled "Dead Drunk," which also included a screening of two of his previous films. "Don't ask me how much I had to drink,...

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