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 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.

Our guest is CSU Chico musical-theatre professor Matthew Miller who talks with host Tom Kinnee about Broadway's Tony Awards (to be given out Sunday night). We play songs from the four shows nominated for Best New Musical, and Matthew & Tom will comment on them.


We talk with artist David Hoppe about his surreal/abstract brightly-colored paintings which are on display at the James Snidle Gallery in Chico. We also talk with Alisa Woods about her involvement with installing art & furnishings (using donated repurposed materials) for Frugal House, open next week in Chico as a benefit for the North State Symphony.

We talk with Chico artist Doug Rathbun who uses scrap metal and discarded parts to create whimsical sculptures -- a giant fish, an oversized spider, a quirky dragonfly. We also go to Redding's Riverfront Playhouse to hear from the director & cast of the hilarious classic comedy "Charley's Aunt" in which a man must masquerade as his friend's eccentric aunt.

We talk with two of the many top local musicians who'll appear in "An Evening of Leonard Cohen Music" at the Blue Room Theatre in Chico. (We'll hear our guests perform two of the songs live in the NSPR studio.)  We will also talk with several ceramists (graduates from the CSU Chico ceramic-art program) currently showing their quirky innovative creations at Chico's 1078 Gallery.

We talk with artists & entertainers from "Art at the Matador," an event happening this weekend to showcase artists & artwork of all kinds, happening at Chico's unique historic Matador Motel. We also visit with director & cast from the current production at Chico Theater Company, the classic Gilbert & Sullivan show "The Pirates of Penzance."

We talk with director & cast-members from the Butte College stage production "Big Love," a tragic comedy about a large group of sisters who flee their arranged marriages but are pursued by their upset fiances. We also chat with three actors who comprise the cast of the Blue Room Theatre's production "The Faith Healer," an Irish drama/mystery about a man with undependable healing powers. He's been touring his spiritual act, with his wife and with his manager -- until horrifying developments occur.

We talk with the director and with cast-members from CSU Chico's big spring musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a snazzy toe-tapping satire of America's corporate world in the early 1960s. We also talk with artist/printmaker Michael Halldorson who, throughout the month of May, is displaying his surreal prints at Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe in Chico.


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."