Weekend Showcase

We visit Old City Hall in Redding where Axiom Repertory Theatre is presenting the play "W;t." It's a dark comedy about a a woman who, with resolve and lots of humor, faces the final weeks of her life. We talk with the director and cast. We also talk with Reta Rickmers, art teacher at Chico's Pleasant Valley High, about how her students creatively use recycled materials of many types to create wearable art which they'll be showing off in a unique fashion show. caption: Reta Rickmers and some of her art students.

We talk with filmmaker and master of stop-motion animation Josh Funk whose short fantasy-horror movie "3 Keys"is having a world-premiere at MoNCA, the Museum of Northern California Art. We also talk with writers, directors and actors from the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Play Festival, a collection of original short comedies performing at Chico's Blue Room Theatre.

We talk with two comedians from the hoard of funny-folk who'll take over town to perform stand-up in many different venues for the fourth annual Chico Comedy Festival. We'll also talk with painter Amber Palmer and several of her fellow artists about events planned for this summer including plein air (outdoor) art-creation activities and art exhibitions at several Chico locations.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the director and with the star of "The Village Bike," a dark comedy for mature audiences, about sexuality, desire and human relationships. We also talk with artist Christine Mac Shane about her TV series on KIXE northstate public television, which teaches us step by step how to create paintings.

We visit Redding's Riverfront Playhouse to talk with directors and actors from "Jack of Diamonds," a comedy about a group of retirees who concoct a creative revenge against a con man. We also visit Chico's A Beautiful Life gallery to talk with featured artist Richard Whitehead about his colorful, often abstract paintings inspired by his travels to Santa Fe and Italy.

  

We visit two different theater venues in Chico to talk with directors and actors from two current productions: Chico State's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Chico Theater Company's "9 to 5 the Musical."

We talk with members of Uncle Dad's Art Collective about their major production coming up at Chico State's Laxson Auditorium -- "The Songs of Stevie Wonder." We also talk with artist Molly Amick about her magic-realist collages on mythic themes. Her art is now on display at Chico's Beatniks Coffee House.

  

We visit the CUSD Center for the Arts to talk with the director and the star from the stage musical "42nd Street" produced by Chico's Inspire School of Arts and Sciences. We also visit Chico Art Center to hear from the gallery director about what exhibits and activities are in store at CAC in 2018.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with directors and cast members from two different productions: the main stage show "Bug," an intense psychological thriller, and "Twilight Zone Live," the return of a favorite to the late night (10:30pm) slot.

We visit Redding's Old City Hall to talk with the director and cast from Axiom Repertory Theatre's current stage production, the unusual love story "Harold and Maude." we also talk with Chico Art Center's director and with three of the artists whose work is now on display there as part of the "Discovery" exhibition which showcases artists with whom many gallery-goers might not yet be familiar. 

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