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 some of the Chico artists who are inviting the public to come visit them in their workspaces during the Open Studios Art Tour. And we talk with director & cast from the current production by Redding's Axiom Repertory Theatre -- "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim musical about characters out of different fairy tales mixing & colliding.

We talk with the two lead actors from the Mel Brooks musical-comedy "The Producers" at Chico Theater Company. We also talk with the trio of artists showing works in the exhibition "Three North Valley Women" at Chico's Vagabond Rose gallery.

This week we talk with the director, the designers and two cast-members from CSU Chico's lavish production of "Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's musical mashup of several different fairy tales. We also talk with four of the founders of 1078 Gallery in Chico, on the occasion of that art venue's 35th anniversary.

This week we talk with the director of the Torres Shelter and the director of the Chico Community Gospel Chior about their "Sing4Shelter" event in which 100+ voices will be raised in joyous song to raise awareness about the good work done by the Torres Shelter in service of the homeless. And we talk with the coordinator of (as well as one of the artists from) next week's "Art & Wine & Fairy Dooors Walk" -- for kids it's a treasure hunt for hidden portals to wee folks' homes, for adults it's a chance to sample a variety of wines and enjoy artwork displayed in downtown Chico.

This week we visit CSU Chico's new art gallery to talk with the curator Kelly Lindner and with artist Wesley Heiss whose installation uses projections to immerse visitors in an almond grove. We also go to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from the cast of "The Veil," a ghost story set in Ireland. 

We talk with opera expert Steven Schwartz about the Gala Celebration next week honoring Chico State opera professor emeritus Gwen Curatilo. We also visit the Paradise Art Center to hear about its celebration "50 Years of Art on the Ridge."

This week we talk with representatives from "Small Town Big Sound 2" at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, a show which will present works by local songwriters adding elaborate big band instrumentation. And Cameron Kelly, director of the Chico Art Center, interviews Dolores Mitchell about her exhibit at the Snidle Gallery, a show featuring a series of jazz-inspired phantasmagorical paintings of San Francisco.

This week we "talk shop" with two different theatrical shops in Chico. We visit with some of the creators of "The Butcher Shop 2016," this year's edition of the unique outdoor theater happening for Labor Day weekend. And we talk with cast-members from "Little Shop of Horrors," the campy comedy-horror musical about a bloodthirsty alien plant, now on stage at Chico Theater Company.

Today on Weekend Showcase, we talk with Cameron Kelly, the new director of the Chico Art Center. She will discuss her vision for the future of the center. We also talk with the writer-director & the cast of "A Kid Walks into a Bar," an original comedy at the Blue Room Theatre which gives us an inside look at the Chico bar scene.

This week we talk with representatives from Concours de la Chapelle, a classic car show and art/music/entertainment event in Paradise to benefit Northern California Ballet. We also talk with members of the cast from "Romeo and Juliet" at Birdcage Theatre in Oroville, opening this weekend.