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Rock-A-Barry Weekend

Sep 24, 2016

This week is a Rock-a-Barry Weekend and I’m starting off with a little folk revival with the Brothers Four, and do you remember The Easy Riders? How about their only Top-10 hit Marianne? The Riders had a lot more influence in the background of 50s folk and pop music, and we talk a little about Cisco Houston, The Limeliters, Peter, Paul & Mary, and The Kingston Trio. And, let’s not forget Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash (yep, he was a big fan of folk music and Bob Dylan), and Joan Baez. All of that is just in the first half-hour, and we move on from there to Peter & Gordon, (Peter Asher became a very influential producer and manager of Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor). If you’re a fan of music from the 1940s into the 1970s, tune and I’ll give you an earful.

This week we visit CSU Chico's new art gallery to talk with the curator Kelly Lindner and with artist Wesley Heiss whose installation uses projections to immerse visitors in an almond grove. We also go to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from the cast of "The Veil," a ghost story set in Ireland. 

North State News Brief: Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2016

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In Book Two: The Tribe and Book Three: Journeys of her trilogy, A Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson resumes her exploration of the late 1960s and the counterculture as seen through the eyes of a communal family living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Up the Road: Get-er-done Museums

Sep 23, 2016
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We’re still visiting museums, and considering how to fit them into anyone’s travel plans.

There are classic homes such as Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park and Stansbury House in Chico, with careful collections that introduce a time, and way of life we’d never know otherwise.

This week our guest is Adam Nimoy. His recent film For the Love of Spock recounts his father Leonard’s famous Star Trek character but also provides a revealing look at the man, the actor and most importantly, the father of the director.

Photo courtesy of Old House Garden.


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Today is the Autumnal Equinox, if gardening at its core is an activity of optimism, then planting Fall bulbs is one of its most profound gestures of hope wherein you plant something that looks like next to nothing and then some months later – perhaps when you might need it most — it appears out of the cold, damp earth and then — it blooms.

Today we’re joined by Chico gospel/folk trio, MaMuse. Led by multi-instrumentalist songwriters, Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker, and with percussion provided by Mike Wofchuck, MaMuse has been writing and performing around the Chico area for the last 10 years. Sarah and Karisha are also familiar to the NPR national airwaves. In 2012, the musicians won 1st place in the Prairie Home Companion duet contest, and even performed on the show. Sarah and Karisha’s songwriting conveys a deep connection with nature and community, and the band favors intimate spaces with attentive crowds over noisy bars or night clubs as performance venues. Sarah is currently in production of her debut solo album, Wild Belonging.

The Shasta Serenade

Sep 17, 2016

This week the Shasta Serenade is back from vacation with plenty of music and featuring Iris DeMent and Loudon Wainwright III who are appearing in Paradise Sept 24. We also play some Bruce Hornsby who will be at Laxson for Chico Performances Monday, Sept 26. We premier Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms new classic country CD, Innocent Road and in the second hour review concerts coming to the Redding area. All in all, two hours of eclectic Americana on this week’s show.


We talk with opera expert Steven Schwartz about the Gala Celebration next week honoring Chico State opera professor emeritus Gwen Curatilo. We also visit the Paradise Art Center to hear about its celebration "50 Years of Art on the Ridge."


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