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 three participants in the Chico music event "Small Town Big Sound III" which showcases local songwriter/performers, backing them up with an impressive 18-piece orchestra at Sierra Nevada Brewery's Big Room. We also talk with instructors from Chico's Blue Oak School which engages kids by using the arts to teach core subjects like math and language skills.

We talk with the curators of Chico State's University Art Gallery about their current exhibit "Two Truths & a Lie" which showcases photos taken by famous (infamous?) 1930s/40s New York tabloid photographer known as Weegee who specialized in on-the-spot images of murder victims and violent disasters. We also talk with music professor-emeritus Russell Burnham who's presenting a concert featuring himself and many other musicians and singers to showcase an array of Burnham's original compositions including a new clarinet concerto.


On today's show we talk with two of the central creators of this year's Butcher Shop, the free only-in-Chico outdoor theatre/music happening for Labor Day Weekend. We also talk with artists and staff from the Museum of Northern California Art (MoNCA) about this Friday evening's special presentation at MoNCA discussing/celebrating Chico's public murals and street art.

We talk with two women who are leading an Art Walk in downtown Chico which gives you a chance to see and learn about a rich array of public art. We also talk with members of the creative Chico-based jazz ensemble known as Bogg. The group will be hosting a release party this weekend.

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.