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.

This week we talk with the director & cast of "Almost, Maine," a quirky romantic comedy with surreal touches, now on stage at Chico State's Wismer Theatre. We also talk with the curator of the university's Janet Turner Print Museum about the current exhibit of art prints depicting many different kinds of food.

Watercolor by Carolyn Cameron

On Weekend Showcase 2/26 we visit the Sally Dimas Gallery and talk with two artists displaying their work in a show titled "Lovin' Chico." It's an exhibit of watercolors featuring beloved Chico buildings. We also visit the Chico Unified School District's Center for the Arts where Imagine School of Arts & Sciences is preparing to open its biggest theatrical production of the year, Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," about the real-life Wild West Show sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

This week we talk with organizers of "An Evening in Cuba" at the Chico Women's Club. It's a party featuring readings of works by Cuban women plus artwork and authentic Cuban food & music. We also talk with pianist/entertainer/comedian Mimi Blais. She's been called the "Queen of Ragtime," and she'll be appearing at the Paradise Performing Arts Center.

On this Weekend Showcase, we visit with representatives from the Museum of Northern California Art (MoNCA), who tell us about the museum's "Fall in Love with MoNCA" event, a fundraiser which includes a photography exhibit showing north state buildings and structures. We also talk with the cast of the emotional drama/comedy at Theatre on the Ridge — "The Tin Woman," about a woman who is saved by a heart transplant and contacts the grieving family of the heart donor, an auto accident victim.

This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with Debra Lucero, coordinator of the 5th Annual Chico Silent Film Festival.  You'll hear about the fascinating line-up of rarely seen films showing Saturday & Sunday at the Chico Women's Club, projected in 16mm film and accompanied by live music played on a restored Steinway grand piano. We also talk with artist Peter Jodaitis who has an exhibit at Chico's 1078 Gallery, displaying works from throughout his 50-year career.  Many times, the subjects of his artwork come from great works of literature.


This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with Redding stage director Ken Hill about the new repertory theater company he has founded. We also talk with San Francisco artist Kara Maria whose paintings will be on display at Chico State University's Art Gallery.


By Tom Kocotis

This week we talk with members of the cast of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Chico Theater Company. We also go to the gallery at Enloe Medical Center to talk with the coordinator of the Cancer Treatment Center's Healing Through Art program.

Found object assemblage by David "Dragonboy" Sutherland

This week on Weekend Showcase we go to Chico's 1078 Gallery to talk with David "Dragonboy" Sutherland whose art blends paintings, drawings and found objects. We also visit the Blue Room Theatre in Chico to hear from the director and cast of the comedy/drama "Detroit" about suburbanites partying in the backyard as they're crushed by the recession.

This week on Weekend Showcase we visit Chico's James Snidle Fine Art Gallery to talk with David Hoppe, one of the three artists currently showing works there. We also preview songs from the Broadway musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" which opens at Chico Theater Company next week.

This week on Weekend Showcase, we ring in 2016 with musical theater songs and unusual pop songs, all about New Year's.