Month: January 2005

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Spoken-word orator a ‘Bush hater’ but supports troops

Henry Rollins delivered blue “Shock and Awe” Wednesday night to a crowd packed in the kind-of clinical setting that is the polished Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. The 44-year-old lead singer of Rollins Band doubles as a spoken word artist commenting on what he sees in the world, especially what he saw during his trips with…
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Chris Cagle rides into Crazy Horse

The Crazy Horse Saloon will be a little crazier May 25, as the California Cowboys perform with headliner Chris Cagle. The California Cowboys will be recording their first video for “The Party’s Over” at the beginning of the night. A crew from Fox 30 will film the video to repay a debt from station owner…
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Stand-ups take on tough crowd

Never provoke a comedian. It doesn’t matter if the show started late or if the microphone wasn’t on — or when it was turned on, it was too loud. Comedians are like mountain lions–corner them and they will leap for the throat. When their ears could take no more of a shrieking microphone, some of…
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Singling out one man’s top 20

Radio playlists suck. Almost every radio station uses them like gospel, when they”re really just toilet paper music companies pay for. Now, with services like iTunes and Napster 2.0, the chains on music fans have been loosened. Listeners pick their songs and leave the trash where it belongs. No longer are you confined to albums.…
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“Hedwig” inches into Chico

If you go see “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” expecting a nice, little play, please deposit your ticket in the trash can by Collier Hardware. This is a rock show people. The instruments are live, only some of the offstage singing is taped and the lead singer has a short, little surprise up her short,…
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Two-day concert jams Feather River

At the edge of the Feather River an 800-year-old African xylophone will kick off the self-proclaimed “first fresh-air full-moon freak-out of the year,” or simply The Bobolink Music Festival. This two-day tour of music genres will be played out on two stages Friday and Saturday at the Belden Town Resort, about a 90-minute drive from…
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Media spotlight slights serious stories

Every day, all over the world, news stories fall through the cracks. And every year Project Censored picks 25 and gives them new life in a book called “Censored: Media Democracy in Action.” Peter Phillips, the director of Project Censored, will be speaking about the group’s work and “New American Censorship” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday…
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Man on a mission

What if Jesus ran for president? Before joining the campaign, think about it. Maybe after 2,000 years, society has overblown his perfection and the only way we can learn the truth is if the messiah was just an ordinary person with vices like the rest of us. That’s the path local author and former politician…
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Inside the mind of a mural

The smell of spray paint engulfed both floors of Taylor Hall Thursday afternoon while artist Christopher Benfield brought his latest creation to life in front of the public’s eyes as part of the two-artist exhibition, “Welcome to My World.” A spritz of orange and a blotch of black were released onto a piece of cardboard…
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Spice up spring break

Spring break is seen as an escape to Cancun or some other place where it isn’t safe to drink the water. For those students who don’t want to force themselves into debt for a week-long vacation, here’s a chance to catch up on TV shows you might have missed while you were busy studying or…
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