University Public Events
The University Public Events mission is to present Chico and the Greater
North State Region with culturally diverse, nationally acclaimed performing
arts programming including dance, music, theater, and lecturers. The cultural
scene in Chico is enriched by more than 80 events and performances a year
sponsored by University Public Events (UPE). In addition to overseeing
and coordinating all events that are open to the public on the CSU, Chico
campus, University Public Events hosts world renowned artists, speakers,
and a wide variety of musical and theatrical performances through their
Chico Performances presenting program. Chico Performances also provides
education and instruction opportunities for CSU, Chico students, faculty,
and the community through the introduction of visiting lecturers, authors,
and artist performers to classrooms and community centers to conduct workshops,
lecture demonstrations, and master classes. UPE also directs the University
Box Office and manages the Facility Reservations system for the Chico State
The facilities at California State University, Chico are available for
community and civic groups, as well as for private and commercial use.
The initial request for facility availability may be made by phone through
the Facilities Reservations office, call 530-898-6118. If a venue is available,
a written request must be submitted.
UNIVERSITY BOX OFFICE
Tickets for all events on campus that require admission (including music,
theatre, dance, athletics, and special events) are available through the
University Box Office. In addition to selling tickets to events, the University
Box Office has up-to-date information on scheduled events and offers tickets
to the Chico Performances Field Trip series and Chico State Kids Club memberships.
The Chico Performances presenting program strives to educate and entertain
students, faculty, and community members through its internationally acclaimed,
culturally diverse performing arts programming, which includes dance, music,
theater, authors, family programming and lecturers. Recent productions
have included performances by The Buena Vista Social Club, Arlo Guthrie,
Hal Holbrook, Keb Mo, Zap Mama, Sam Bush, the Gyuto Monks, Mark OConnor,
and the Mark Morris Dance Company.
The impact of Chico Performances extends far beyond the stages at Chico
State. Aside from the evening performances, Chico Performances hosts a
variety of programs that enrich, entertain and educate north state audiences.
These programs include:
Master Classes/Lectures Demonstrations/Workshops
Many of the artists who perform for Chico Performances participate in lectures,
demonstrations, workshops, and master classes as a way to enrich the experience
of live performance. While many of these activities are designed for general
audiences, others provide advanced training for students and personal contact
with professional artists.
Field Trip Performances
Aimed at students K-12, this just for kids series features condensed
performances by the same artists who perform in the evenings. Planned specifically
for classrooms, field trips are offered in the morning hours. To help maximize
the educational experience, Chico Performances often supplies participating
teachers with informational packets about the artists. On an average, 30,000
elementary school students pass through the doors of Laxson Auditorium
annually to see artists perform.
The Adopt-A-Class program links businesses, schools, and the performing
arts. Through the Adopt-A-Class program businesses can underwrite or sponsor
the cost of a Field Trip attendance by local schoolchildren. Over the last
few years, more than 35 businesses have sponsored more than 3,000 schoolchildrens
attendance to the Chico Performances Field Trip program.
Chico State Kids Club
This popular program, for children ages 14 and under, helps introduce the
arts to our children. Developed as a way for parents to affordably take
their children to performing events, this program has greatly increased
the number of children attending Chico Performances programs. For a minimal
cost, a Chico State Kids Club membership includes a T-shirt, membership
card, and admittance to five performing events for a child accompanied
by an adult.
Media Nights/Open Rehearsals
For selected performances, Chico Performances hosts open rehearsals and
media nights, allowing the community a unique, behind the scenes glimpse
of final dress rehearsals.
Pre-Performance Dinners and Post-Performance Receptions
Chico Performances dinners and receptions allow for a special night out.
These themed events include dinner and a ticket to the performance to help
raise support and awareness of the Chico Performances program. In addition
to dinners, Chico Performances offers receptions to select events, as well
as book signings by visiting authors and meet-and-greets by performers
after select shows.
Chico World Music Festival
Each fall, Chico Performances hosts The Chico World Music Festival featuring
artists from throughout the world. The Saturday and Sunday daytime performances
are free to everyone and feature continual performances on three stages.
The festival also includes a childrens program, fine food, crafts and
artisans booths, along with free musical workshops and a student art display.
Friday and Saturday evenings festival headliners perform in historic Laxson
Auditorium, and showcase some of the worlds leading musicians. Past headliners
have included Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, Iris DeMent, Rickie
Lee Jones, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Inti Illimani with Paco Pena, Christopher
Parkening, and Jubilant Sykes.
Presidents Lecture Series
Launched in 1998, the prestigious Presidents Lecture Series has hosted
several Nobel Peace Prize winners, along with other high profile speakers.
Co-sponsored by Chico Performances, this community-oriented event is also
sponsored by the Office of the President and the Provosts office at CSU,
Chico, along with several community and business sponsors. Past lecturers
have included Shimon Peres, Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa,
Oscar Arias, Jose Ramos-Horta, Mary Matalin and James Carville.
Constructed in 1930, Laxson Auditorium is one of Californias
finest performance venues. The beautiful and award-winning
Romanesque architectural style brick design facility houses
state of the art production facilities. Featuring a proscenium
arch as well as a stage with a removable orchestra pit, Laxson
Auditorium is a showcase venue for professional productions
as well as student and community staged performances. The
largest performance facility in the area, Laxson has seating
Harlen Adams Theatre
Newly remodeled, Harlen Adams Theatre in the Performing
Arts Building serves as a classroom and learning facility, as well as being
used for cultural offerings in drama, opera, recitals, and choral programs.
It also houses the universitys Centennial Pipe Organ. Harlen Adams Theatre
seats 507 people and has a 40-foot proscenium stage.
Wismer Theatre was designed for intimate theatre-in-the-round
performances, and seats anywhere from 100-200 people. It is a black box
theater and has a full complement of sound and lighting capabilities.
Ruth Rowland Taylor Recital Hall
Ruth Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, dedicated
during homecoming activities on Oct. 25, 1981, is used for operas, recitals,
concerts, choral workshops, performance art shows, and other university
gatherings. The hall seats 218 people.
Home of the Chico State basketball and volleyball teams,
Acker Gymnasium was originally constructed in the 1960s and recently renovated
with new flooring, seating, and sound system. Includes a lobby with concessions
area. Capacity: 2,000.
A full-size gym with some bleacher seating, Shurmer is
used primarily for practices, recreational leagues, physical education
classes, and other events. This facility can accommodate one full-size
basketball court, or three smaller courts. Capacity 1,800.
A lighted, outdoor facility with bleacher seating, University
Stadium includes an all-weather track and football-sized, natural-grass
field. Capacity: 8,000.
University Soccer Stadium
A lighted, natural-turf field constructed in 2001,
the University Soccer Stadium includes permanent bleacher seating and sound
system. Capacity: 3,800.
Home to the two-time national champion Chico State baseball
team, Nettleton Stadium was constructed in 1997. The natural-turf, lighted
facility includes locker rooms, concessions stands, and picnic areas. Capacity:
The Campus Grounds and Special Environs
The campus grounds and special environs
like the Albert Warrens Reception Center, the George Peterson Rose Garden,
Alumni Glen, the several recreation fields, open lawns and congregation
areas in front of Kendall Hall, Glenn Hall, along Chico Creek, various
campus courtyards and other quiet spots are available for public and private
events including outdoor concerts, weddings, receptions, and ceremonies
of many kinds. All may be reserved through Facilities Reservations.