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 talk with the talented troupe of teen thespians at Chico's Blue Room Theatre. They're writing, directing and performing a collection of original short plays under the overall title "I'm Dead . . . What's Your Story?" These funny/frightening plays (presented this weekend only) are based on urban legends. We also talk with Erin Wells from the Chico Art Center about the current project which invites people of all ages and levels of art-experience to put paint, clay or wood-carvings on 12X12 inch canvases to create artwork which will be exhibited at the Center in September.

We talk with director and cast from "Cheaper by the Dozen," Chico Theater Company's comic production about a family with twelve children living in the 1920s. We also talk with watercolor artist Cynthia Sexton whose paintings (including vibrant florals and geometric cityscapes) are on display at Ninth Avenue Gallery in Chico.

We talk with leaders at two Chico-area art organizations. Three board-members from the Chico Visual Art Alliance (ChiVAA) tell about the current refocus of their activities including the creation of the new Chico Art Map which will direct the public to galleries, artists' studios and art tours. We also talk with the president of Chico Art Center about "Time for Art," a fund-raising event which invites art enthusiasts to decorate wooden clocks to be displayed at the center.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the director and the two lead actors from "Frost/Nixon," the play opening next week that's based on the real life TV special in which host David Frost interviewed the disgraced post-Watergate ex-president Richard Nixon. We also talk with three artists from a group called the "Claymates" who have an upcoming exhibit in Chico to show off their colorful, whimsical ceramic artwork. The exhibit is titled "Women Who Play With Fire and Water."

We talk with the playwright, the director & the music director from the original musical "Rodeo," opening next week at Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise. We also talk with Pat Macias, Board Chair of the Museum of Northern California Art which just opened in its permanent home, the Veteran's Memorial Hall in Chico. Macias tells about MoNCA's plan to bring arts-experiences to veterans and to homeless young people.

We talk with the director & the performers from Shasta College's production of the musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim, "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street." We also visit the Idea Fab Lab in Chico to hear about its wonderland of cutting-edge tools & machinery for makers of all kinds of artwork. 

We talk with Dr. Stephen Cummins (director of University Public Engagement at Chico State) about his new role as head of the Chico Arts Commission, an organization that makes arts-funding recommendations to the city council and promotes the marketing of Chico as an arts & culture destination. We also visit Riverfront Playhouse in Redding to talk with directors & actors from the theatre's double-bill of one-act plays.

We talk with Simone Senat whose paintings  (currently showing at Beautiful Life Furnishings in Chico) depict the brilliantly colorful houses she saw on her trip to Chile. We also talk with Karma Boyer whose fine-art photography (which are now on display at the Orland Art Center) captures arresting visions gathered during her journies through the U.S., Europe & India.

We talk with directors and actors from two current North State musical productions: "Chicago" at Chico Theater Company, and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Reddng's Old City Hall, staged by Axiom Repertory Theatre.

 

We visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the director and cast of the romantic comedy "Outside Mullingar" set in rural Ireland. We also talk with artist Melinda Whipplesmith-Plank about her woodblock prints which depict familiar and lesser-known State Park locations and northern California agricultural vistas.

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