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.

This week our program becomes a New Year's party as we play musical-theater scenes and pop songs about New Year's Eve.  

Weekend Showcase celebrates the holiday season by playing musical-theater cast recordings and oddball novelty songs, all having to do with Christmas.

On 12/16 we talk with the director and with cast-members from the Blue Room Theatre's original adaptation of the Dickens clsssic "A Christmas Carol." We also talk with Vagabond Rose gallery owner Marilyn Souza about her 25 years of celebrating & supporting Chico-area artists.

We talk with the co-directors of "Animation Chico," a festival of funny, poignant & imaginative new short animated films from around the world. We also talk with artists who call themselves the Claymates -- creators of ceramic works that will be on display and on sale at their upcoming show.

This week we talk with the director and actors from the comedy "Ever Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)" at Chico Theater Company. We also talk with the curator and one of the artists from the Chico Art Center's Winter Art Show & Sale which opens this weekend.

We talk with the choreographer and with the lead ballerina from "A Very Chico Christmas" coming up at CSU Chico's Laxson Auditorium. And we talk with several artists from the "Stories 5" exhibition at Chico's 1078 Gallery.

We talk with the cast from the frenetic farce "One Man, Two Guvnors" at Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise. We also talk with artist Chris Sollars about his exhibit in the University Art Gallery at Chico State. The exhibit showcases Sollars' sculptures & performance-art videos including "Daaam" which documents the artist's trek from Oroville Dam to downtown Oroville -- while he was dressed as a tree to highlight drought & environmental issues.

On 11/11 we talk with the director and the stars from the Tony-winning rock musical "Spring Awakening" which opens this weekend at Butte College. We also talk with artists from a current Chico exhibit called "Art on Arbutus" featuring watercolors, charcoal drawings, weavings and other arts & crafts.

On the Nov. 4 program we talk with representatives from the Chico Art Center's celebration of the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead, featuring art, music & festivities. We also talk with the director and two young cast-members from the raucous slap-stick comedy "Scapino!" produced by Inspire School of Arts & Sciences and performing at Chico's Blue Room Theatre.

On the program October 28 we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the four performers/creators of "A Heart Laid Bare," a play that weaves together several stories & poems by Edgar Allan Poe to make a single spellbinding narrative. We also go to the Museum of Sutter County in Yuba City to talk with the curator & two artists from the exhibit "100 Years of Heritage: The National Parks Service."