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 we talk with organizers and artists from the new exhibit at the Chico Art Center, "Contemporary Woman," featuring paintings, drawings and sculptures by women. We also talk with several cast members and the director from the current production at Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise, the wild backstage comedy "Light Up the Sky" by Moss Hart.


On Weekend Showcase this week, we talk with artists at the Chico Art Center who've created an event called "Fairy Doors," putting 20 artistically crafted small doors all around Chico as if they're portals to the homes of supernatural little folk. 

Watercolor by Candy Matthews


This week we talk with artist Candy Matthews who creates scrumptious watercolor paintings of fruits and vegetables. An exhibition of her work titled "From the Farmer's Market" is at Chico's Tin Roof Bakery through April. We also talk with the director of the current production at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse, the classic American play "Our Town."


We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the director & cast from "The Night Alive" by award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson. We also go to the current exhibition at Chico's 1078 Gallery, "My Witness is the Empty Sky." The show features art installations expressing the theme of survival, and we talk with three of the four artists displaying their work in the exhibition.

Acrylic by John Schmidt

We visit Chico's Ninth Avenue Gallery to talk with artist John Schmidt about his current exhibition "Falling Upward." Schmidt's paintings are a part of his process of dealing with incurable cancer. We also visit Chico Theater Company to talk with cast members from the classic comedy "Harvey" about an amiable fellow and his best friend, a six-foot magical rabbit.

This week we talk with the director & cast of "Almost, Maine," a quirky romantic comedy with surreal touches, now on stage at Chico State's Wismer Theatre. We also talk with the curator of the university's Janet Turner Print Museum about the current exhibit of art prints depicting many different kinds of food.

Watercolor by Carolyn Cameron

On Weekend Showcase 2/26 we visit the Sally Dimas Gallery and talk with two artists displaying their work in a show titled "Lovin' Chico." It's an exhibit of watercolors featuring beloved Chico buildings. We also visit the Chico Unified School District's Center for the Arts where Imagine School of Arts & Sciences is preparing to open its biggest theatrical production of the year, Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," about the real-life Wild West Show sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

This week we talk with organizers of "An Evening in Cuba" at the Chico Women's Club. It's a party featuring readings of works by Cuban women plus artwork and authentic Cuban food & music. We also talk with pianist/entertainer/comedian Mimi Blais. She's been called the "Queen of Ragtime," and she'll be appearing at the Paradise Performing Arts Center.

On this Weekend Showcase, we visit with representatives from the Museum of Northern California Art (MoNCA), who tell us about the museum's "Fall in Love with MoNCA" event, a fundraiser which includes a photography exhibit showing north state buildings and structures. We also talk with the cast of the emotional drama/comedy at Theatre on the Ridge — "The Tin Woman," about a woman who is saved by a heart transplant and contacts the grieving family of the heart donor, an auto accident victim.

This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with Debra Lucero, coordinator of the 5th Annual Chico Silent Film Festival.  You'll hear about the fascinating line-up of rarely seen films showing Saturday & Sunday at the Chico Women's Club, projected in 16mm film and accompanied by live music played on a restored Steinway grand piano. We also talk with artist Peter Jodaitis who has an exhibit at Chico's 1078 Gallery, displaying works from throughout his 50-year career.  Many times, the subjects of his artwork come from great works of literature.