Tom Kinnee

Host, Weekend Showcase

Tom Kinnee has been an arts enthusiast his whole life. He has been an actor, director, playwright and producer for many different North State theaters and has been teaching in the Theater Department at Butte College since 1990. Tom loves bringing the voices of a wide range of arts-creators to NSPR audiences with his program, Weekend Showcase.

On 8/10 we talk with the organizers of two events in Chico -- The "Shortz!" Film Festival, happening at Chico Theater Company, screening inventive new short movies from the northstate and around the world, and "Shakespeare Mix Tape: Order and Disorder," happening at the new 1078 Gallery, featuring live performances of comedic and dramatic scenes from the bard.

On 8/3 we visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to talk with the writer-director and the cast from the current production "Radioland's Back to the Beach," a variety show in the style of an old-time radio broadcast, including songs, comedy, serial chapters with wild characters and an audience-interactive game-show.

We talk with the director and cast from "The Wolves," a Pulitzer Prize nominated drama about nine young women on a high school soccer team, facing the pressures and exhilarations of life. The play is produced by Slow Theatre (the organization that also puts together Chico's popular theatrical event the Butcher Shop). "The Wolves" will be on stage the first weekend in August at 1078 Gallery in its brand new location on Park Avenue in Chico.

We visit MoNCA (Museum of Northern California Art) in Chico to talk with the board president Pat Macias. The museum is celebrating its one-year anniversary of moving into its permanent location at the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall, and to celebrating with a street party. In conjunction with the outdoor party, the museum is opening an exhibition of murals and graffiti art. Also on our show, we'll play songs from the top- selling album in the nation, which amazingly is a cast recording of a musical.

On 7/13 we visit Chico Theater Company to talk with director and actors from "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a collection of musical theater sketches about contemporary life and love.  We also talk with a teacher from Yuba City High about a ceramic mural made by her students, a mural about the life-cycle of salmon, for display at the Feather River Fish Hatchery. 

We visit two viual-art venues in Chico. We explore the current exhibition of finely observed views of a garden and flowers painted by watercolorist Candy Matthews.. We also talk with the proprietors of the James Snidle Gallery which is closing at the end of this year. We'll hear about exhibits planned for the final six months -- artshows that include a showcase of paintings by the late revered artist Ann Pierce.

We talk with a professor at CSU Chico who teaches the art of painting public murals, and we talk with one of his students who helped paint the Cesar Chavez mural in Chico City Hall. We also talk with director and actors from the tense drama at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse, "12 Angry Men," about jurors deliberating as a human life hangs in the balance.

We talk with director and cast of Axiom Repertory Theatre's current production in Redding, "Next to Normal," the Tony-and-Pulitzer-winning musical. We also visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to hear from the director of "TheTwilight Zone." And we talk with the owner of Chico's Vagabond Rose, about the exhibit of works by revered local artist Sal Casa (pictured here).

We take you to Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from director & cast of the charming comedy "Enchanted April" about four restless Englishwomen revitalized by their stay in Italy. We also talk with the curator of the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City about the current exhibition of photos showing everyday Native American tribal life. And we talk with the new concert promoter for the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico.

We talk with director and cast from Chico Theater Company's current production, "Footloose the Musical." We also talk with two of the sixty women artists who are showing their works in the exhibit called "Persistence" at the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico.

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