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 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."

We talk with Scott Seaton, conductor of the North State Symphony, and with Joshua Hegg, musical director of Uncle Dad's Art Collective, about their collaboration on the POPS concerts in Redding & Chico this weekend. We also feature visual-art experts commenting on the 40-year retrospective of art by one of Chico's finest painters, Sal Casa. The retrospective exhibit is at the James Snidle Gallery in Chico.

We visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the director and the three-man cast of "Jeeves & Wooster in Come On Jeeves," a stage version of the hilarious stories by P.G. Wodehouse. We also visit Anderson High Performing Arts Center where a new youth performing troupe, South Shasta County Youth Arts, are presenting the musical "Beauty & the Beast, Jr." We'll talk with the young stars and with the director.

This week we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the writer/director (as well as several cast-members) from "Good With Faces," the wildly absurdist dark mystery/comedy currently on stage in its world-premiere production. We also talk with painter Lenn Goldmann and historian Michele Shover. Golmann's landscape of upper Bidwell Park is featured on Shover's new book about early-California conflicts involving miners, native Americans and farmers.


On 3/17, we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and the stars of the Neil Simon hit comedy "The Odd Couple." We also talk with weaver Sandy Fisher about the Chico Flax Project which will grow a field of flax to produce fibers for making linen, a fabric that currently has to be imported from Europe.

We talk with art teacher Daniel Donnelly about his work with young artists at Butte College and at the Chico Art Center, introducing them to fantastic new technologies to help them create art. We also talk with Gregory Thorson of the Shasta College Theatre Department about their entertaining production of the comedy "The Foreigner."