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 MoNCA (Museum of Northern California Art) in Chico to talk with the board president Pat Macias. The museum is celebrating its one-year anniversary of moving into its permanent location at the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall, and to celebrating with a street party. In conjunction with the outdoor party, the museum is opening an exhibition of murals and graffiti art. Also on our show, we'll play songs from the top- selling album in the nation, which amazingly is a cast recording of a musical.

On 7/13 we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with director and actors from "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a collection of musical theater sketches about contemporary life and love.  We also talk with a teacher from Yuba City High about a ceramic mural made by her students, a mural about the life-cycle of salmon, for display at the Feather River Fish Hatchery. 

We visit two viual-art venues in Chico. We explore the current exhibition of finely observed views of a garden and flowers painted by watercolorist Candy Matthews.. We also talk with the proprietors of the James Snidle Gallery which is closing at the end of this year. We'll hear about exhibits planned for the final six months -- artshows that include a showcase of paintings by the late revered artist Ann Pierce.

We talk with a professor at CSU Chico who teaches the art of painting public murals, and we talk with one of his students who helped paint the Cesar Chavez mural in Chico City Hall. We also talk with director and actors from the tense drama at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse, "12 Angry Men," about jurors deliberating as a human life hangs in the balance.

We talk with director and cast of Axiom Repertory Theatre's current production in Redding, "Next to Normal," the Tony-and-Pulitzer-winning musical. We also visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to hear from the director of "TheTwilight Zone." And we talk with the owner of Chico's Vagabond Rose, about the exhibit of works by revered local artist Sal Casa (pictured here).

We take you to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from director & cast of the charming comedy "Enchanted April" about four restless Englishwomen revitalized by their stay in Italy. We also talk with the curator of the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City about the current exhibition of photos showing everyday Native American tribal life. And we talk with the new concert promoter for the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico.

We talk with director and cast from Chico Theater Company's current production, "Footloose the Musical." We also talk with two of the sixty women artists who are showing their works in the exhibit called "Persistence" at the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with directors and actors from "Fresh Ink 2018" which presents (this weekend only) three freshly-written one-act plays all set at the same hotel. We also talk with two representatives from the Snidle Gallery in Chico. They'll tell us about the artwork on display for June, including Lynn Criswell's exhibit "Clowns and Portraits."

Our guest is one of the northstate's favorite singer-songwriters, Hannah Jane Kile. She'll talk about her songwriting & performing career, about the two new albums she's about to release and about her northstate concerts to celebrate the albums' release. Hannah & members of her band will be performing for us in the NSPR/KCHO studio, singing three of her new songs.

We talk with representatives from exhibits at Art Centers in both Chico and Paradise. We visit with dance anthropologist Fleur Williams, one of the jurors for "Bodies in Motion," a photography show at Chico Art Center, featuring artistic photos of a variety of different kinds of dance. We also chat with Nancy Sowarby, one of the artists contributing works to June's "Water Media" exhibition at Paradise Art Center.

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