Weekend Showcase

Friday at 3 p.m.

Hear the latest news about North State performances, gallery shows, and art events, as well as interviews with artists and figures from the local arts scene.

We talk with representatives from exhibits at Art Centers in both Chico and Paradise. We visit with dance anthropologist Fleur Williams, one of the jurors for "Bodies in Motion," a photography show at Chico Art Center, featuring artistic photos of a variety of different kinds of dance. We also chat with Nancy Sowarby, one of the artists contributing works to June's "Water Media" exhibition at Paradise Art Center.

We talk with artists from Chico's big visual-art event of the spring season, Art at the Matador. We also talk with director & cast from the Blue Room Theatre's production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet. And we talk with maestro Scott Seaton about the North State Symphony concerts this weekend in Redding & Chico.

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.

We talk with two comedians from the hoard of funny-folk who'll take over town to perform stand-up in many different venues for the fourth annual Chico Comedy Festival. We'll also talk with painter Amber Palmer and several of her fellow artists about events planned for this summer including plein air (outdoor) art-creation activities and art exhibitions at several Chico locations.

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.

  

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