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 visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the director and the two lead actors from "Frost/Nixon," the play opening next week that's based on the real life TV special in which host David Frost interviewed the disgraced post-Watergate ex-president Richard Nixon. We also talk with three artists from a group called the "Claymates" who have an upcoming exhibit in Chico to show off their colorful, whimsical ceramic artwork. The exhibit is titled "Women Who Play With Fire and Water."

We talk with the playwright, the director & the music director from the original musical "Rodeo," opening next week at Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise. We also talk with Pat Macias, Board Chair of the Museum of Northern California Art which just opened in its permanent home, the Veteran's Memorial Hall in Chico. Macias tells about MoNCA's plan to bring arts-experiences to veterans and to homeless young people.

We talk with the director & the performers from Shasta College's production of the musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim, "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street." We also visit the Idea Fab Lab in Chico to hear about its wonderland of cutting-edge tools & machinery for makers of all kinds of artwork. 

We talk with Dr. Stephen Cummins (director of University Public Engagement at Chico State) about his new role as head of the Chico Arts Commission, an organization that makes arts-funding recommendations to the city council and promotes the marketing of Chico as an arts & culture destination. We also visit Riverfront Playhouse in Redding to talk with directors & actors from the theatre's double-bill of one-act plays.

We talk with Simone Senat whose paintings  (currently showing at Beautiful Life Furnishings in Chico) depict the brilliantly colorful houses she saw on her trip to Chile. We also talk with Karma Boyer whose fine-art photography (which are now on display at the Orland Art Center) captures arresting visions gathered during her journies through the U.S., Europe & India.

We talk with directors and actors from two current North State musical productions: "Chicago" at Chico Theater Company, and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Reddng's Old City Hall, staged by Axiom Repertory Theatre.


We visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the director and cast of the romantic comedy "Outside Mullingar" set in rural Ireland. We also talk with artist Melinda Whipplesmith-Plank about her woodblock prints which depict familiar and lesser-known State Park locations and northern California agricultural vistas.

Our guest is CSU Chico musical-theatre professor Matthew Miller who talks with host Tom Kinnee about Broadway's Tony Awards (to be given out Sunday night). We play songs from the four shows nominated for Best New Musical, and Matthew & Tom will comment on them.


We talk with artist David Hoppe about his surreal/abstract brightly-colored paintings which are on display at the James Snidle Gallery in Chico. We also talk with Alisa Woods about her involvement with installing art & furnishings (using donated repurposed materials) for Frugal House, open next week in Chico as a benefit for the North State Symphony.

We talk with Chico artist Doug Rathbun who uses scrap metal and discarded parts to create whimsical sculptures -- a giant fish, an oversized spider, a quirky dragonfly. We also go to Redding's Riverfront Playhouse to hear from the director & cast of the hilarious classic comedy "Charley's Aunt" in which a man must masquerade as his friend's eccentric aunt.