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 the director & cast of "Human Error," the world-premiere comedy in its final weekend at Chico's Blue Room Theatre. We also talk with representatives from the Chico Art Center about the "Replication Machine" which allows you (with the help of a hidden local artist) to get an artistic "replication" of any object you put into the machine.

We talk with the director & cast from the increasingly extreme comedy-satire "God of Carnage" produced by Axiom Repertory Theatre, performing at Redding's Old City Hall.  We also talk with Chico State gallery curators about the print exhibit "Currency" -- the Eleventh Annual Print Exhibition and Competition which showcases cutting-edge printmaking.

We visit the Chico Art Center and its current exhibit "Discovery Series: State of Mind" to talk with the three artists whose works are being displayed.  We also visit Birdcage Theatre in Oroville to talk with the director & cast of the classic play "A Doll's House" which opens at Birdcage next week.

We talk with three members of the creative team behind "Uncle Dad's Art Collective presents Abbey Road" coming to Chico State's Laxson Auditorium on January 3 & 4. We also talk with two of the instructors from "ARTisme" (Art is me), a program of classes for Chico-area retired people to explore arts activities from drawing & painting to creative writing to improvisational theater.

We talk with artist Michael Mulcahy about his exhibit "The Monday Funnies," coming to Chico's 1078 Gallery. Mulcahy's odd & entertaining collages combine cartoons, bad ad art and colorful shapes & patterns. We also talk with cast-members from Chico Theater Company's production of the classic musical "My Fair Lady."

We talk with the director & cast from the play "Amadeus" produced by Axiom Repertory Theatre in Redding. We also find out about the Healing Arts celebration at Chico's Enloe Cancer Center, presenting artwork & poetry by cancer survivors -- we hear from the event's coordinator, one of the artists & one of the poets.

We go to Chico's 1078 Gallery to talk with artist Kyle Campbell about the exhibit "Fortifying the American Dream" which displays Campell's cast iron sculptures made in the shapes of iconic objects of everyday America.  We also hear from the director & cast-members from the comedy-mystery "The Game's Afoot" at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse.

We visit the Chico Ceramics Center to talk with the owner and with the director as they celebrate the center's second year of helping artists turn clay into art. We also listen to songs from new original musicals on the Broadway stage and the silver screen.

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.