Arts & Culture

Living the dream

Midway through the opening-night performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as the sun set on a makeshift stage area at the edge of Bidwell Park’s Cedar Grove, the Bard’s words were momentarily drowned out by […]

Arts & Culture

Looking ahead

This feature is part of the Chico News & Review’s 2022 Arts & Music special issue. Arts have long been entwined with the identity of Chico—theaters, museums, troupes, musicians, artists and patrons weaving a rich […]

Arts & Culture

‘Arts in the wild’

This feature is part of the Chico News & Review’s 2022 Arts & Music special issue. Imagine an evening spent watching steampunks and sprites frolicking among the trees at Bidwell Park’s Cedar Grove; or how […]

Arts & Culture

Theater season preview

For the past two years, the calendars for performing arts venues have been a mess. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellations, reschedules (re-reschedules) and prolonged closures. Chico’s theater community has responded to the challenges as […]

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Entertainment, charity & cheer

Community events Toys-for-Tots Toy DriveDec. 2-3, Drop off a new unwrapped toy to one of this year’s locations: Concours Elite, Deer Creek Broadcasting, Two Men & a Truck, Wittmeier Auto Center, Chico Marketplace, or Express […]

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Feed me theater

Fans of the movie version of Little Shop of Horrors who attend the theatrical version of the cult favorite in downtown Chico’s brand-new First Street Theatre are in for a double treat: Not only is […]

Arts & Culture

Staging a comeback

The following Q&A is part of the CN&R’s Bring Back the Arts campaign, an interview series featuring artists and leaders of Butte County arts and music venues discussing their efforts to recover from the coronavirus […]

Arts & Culture

Staging community

This feature is a part of the Chico News & Review’s Bring Back the Arts campaign, an interview series featuring the leaders of Butte County arts and music venues discussing their efforts to recover from […]

Arts & Culture

The opening curtain

This feature is a part of the Chico News & Review’s Bring Back the Arts campaign, a weekly interview series featuring the leaders of Butte County arts and music venues discussing their efforts to recover […]

Arts & Culture

Curtain call

A black plywood casket sat in the space once occupied by the Blue Room Theatre’s main stage, surrounded by the room’s figurative viscera: detached lighting rigs, speakers and piles of coiled-up cables. The unintentional stage […]

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Flip the script

When the Blue Room Theatre opened Stuff ’n’ Things on March 12, California had just announced the cancellation of sporting events, part of the first wave of the state-mandated shutdown in response to the coronavirus. […]