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 two artists who are creating magical miniature doors for enchanted fairy-folk, doors which will be on display at three upcoming events in Chico. We also talk with Catherine Sullivan, curator of CSU Chico's Turner Print Museum, about the current juried Student Print Museum Show.

   

We visit Butte College to talk with director and cast from Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" set in America in the 1970s when soldiers home from Vietnam meet groovy hippies -- and love blooms. We also talk with director and actors from the musical "Oliver!" at Redding's Cascade Theatre, and we talk with one of the organizers of "Keeping Dance Alive" in Chico.

We visit Old City Hall in Redding where Axiom Repertory Theatre is presenting the play "W;t." It's a dark comedy about a a woman who, with resolve and lots of humor, faces the final weeks of her life. We talk with the director and cast. We also talk with Reta Rickmers, art teacher at Chico's Pleasant Valley High, about how her students creatively use recycled materials of many types to create wearable art which they'll be showing off in a unique fashion show. caption: Reta Rickmers and some of her art students.

We talk with filmmaker and master of stop-motion animation Josh Funk whose short fantasy-horror movie "3 Keys"is having a world-premiere at MoNCA, the Museum of Northern California Art. We also talk with writers, directors and actors from the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Play Festival, a collection of original short comedies performing at Chico's Blue Room Theatre.

This week we talk with Steven Schwartz (former host of "The Opera Attic" on NSPR) who'll tell us about "A Night of Jewish Music," an event in Chico at which Schwartz will be singing Jewish songs accompanied by a klesmer band. We also talk with a mother/daughter team of painters who are currently displaying their vibrant works at the Orland Art Center. 

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the director and with the star of "The Village Bike," a dark comedy for mature audiences, about sexuality, desire and human relationships. We also talk with artist Christine Mac Shane about her TV series on KIXE northstate public television, which teaches us step by step how to create paintings.

We visit Redding's Riverfront Playhouse to talk with directors and actors from "Jack of Diamonds," a comedy about a group of retirees who concoct a creative revenge against a con man. We also visit Chico's A Beautiful Life gallery to talk with featured artist Richard Whitehead about his colorful, often abstract paintings inspired by his travels to Santa Fe and Italy.

  

We visit two different theater venues in Chico to talk with directors and actors from two current productions: Chico State's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Chico Theater Company's "9 to 5 the Musical."

We talk with members of Uncle Dad's Art Collective about their major production coming up at Chico State's Laxson Auditorium -- "The Songs of Stevie Wonder." We also talk with artist Molly Amick about her magic-realist collages on mythic themes. Her art is now on display at Chico's Beatniks Coffee House.

  

We visit the CUSD Center for the Arts to talk with the director and the star from the stage musical "42nd Street" produced by Chico's Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. We also visit Chico Art Center to hear from the gallery director about what exhibits and activities are in store at CAC in 2018.

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