Tom Kinnee

Host, Weekend Showcase

Tom Kinnee has been an arts enthusiast his whole life. He has been an actor, director, playwright and producer for many different North State theaters and has been teaching in the Theater Department at Butte College since 1990. Tom loves bringing the voices of a wide range of arts-creators to NSPR audiences with his program, Weekend Showcase.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with director & cast from "Monty Python's Edukationel Show" featuring many classic Python sketches. We also talk with art teacher Reta Rickmers and two of her Pleasant Valley High students about the many student-made items (artwork, jewelry, keepsake boxes and more) that will be featured in May at the "Art at the Matador" event.

We talk with Pat Macias, board chair of the Museum of Northern California Art (MoNCA) about the museum's move this month into its permanent home, the Veteran's Memorial Hall in Chico. We also visit Redding's Old City Hall to talk with the director & cast of  the Axiom Repertory Theatre production of "Marvin's Room."

We talk with Scott Seaton, conductor of the North State Symphony, and with Joshua Hegg, musical director of Uncle Dad's Art Collective, about their collaboration on the POPS concerts in Redding & Chico this weekend. We also feature visual-art experts commenting on the 40-year retrospective of art by one of Chico's finest painters, Sal Casa. The retrospective exhibit is at the James Snidle Gallery in Chico.

We visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the director and the three-man cast of "Jeeves & Wooster in Come On Jeeves," a stage version of the hilarious stories by P.G. Wodehouse. We also visit Anderson High Performing Arts Center where a new youth performing troupe, South Shasta County Youth Arts, are presenting the musical "Beauty & the Beast, Jr." We'll talk with the young stars and with the director.

This week we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the writer/director (as well as several cast-members) from "Good With Faces," the wildly absurdist dark mystery/comedy currently on stage in its world-premiere production. We also talk with painter Lenn Goldmann and historian Michele Shover. Golmann's landscape of upper Bidwell Park is featured on Shover's new book about early-California conflicts involving miners, native Americans and farmers.

 

On 3/17, we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and the stars of the Neil Simon hit comedy "The Odd Couple." We also talk with weaver Sandy Fisher about the Chico Flax Project which will grow a field of flax to produce fibers for making linen, a fabric that currently has to be imported from Europe.

We talk with art teacher Daniel Donnelly about his work with young artists at Butte College and at the Chico Art Center, introducing them to fantastic new technologies to help them create art. We also talk with Gregory Thorson of the Shasta College Theatre Department about their entertaining production of the comedy "The Foreigner."

We talk with the director & cast of "Human Error," the world-premiere comedy in its final weekend at Chico's Blue Room Theatre. We also talk with representatives from the Chico Art Center about the "Replication Machine" which allows you (with the help of a hidden local artist) to get an artistic "replication" of any object you put into the machine.

We talk with the director & cast from the increasingly extreme comedy-satire "God of Carnage" produced by Axiom Repertory Theatre, performing at Redding's Old City Hall.  We also talk with Chico State gallery curators about the print exhibit "Currency" -- the Eleventh Annual Print Exhibition and Competition which showcases cutting-edge printmaking.

We visit the Chico Art Center and its current exhibit "Discovery Series: State of Mind" to talk with the three artists whose works are being displayed.  We also visit Birdcage Theatre in Oroville to talk with the director & cast of the classic play "A Doll's House" which opens at Birdcage next week.

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