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.

This week we visit the Healing Arts Gallery in Chico to talk with five cancer survivors who put together the current exhibit of visual art and poetry by and for cancer patients. We also listen to music and dialogue from the 1954 Audrey Hepburn romantic-comedy "Sabrina" -- Chico Theater Company is currently staging "Sabrina Fair," the original play on which the movie was based.

This week we find out about Artisme, a new multifaceted program of classes y o immerse participants in a diversity of artnaking --- body movement, creative writing, theater & visual-art creation. We talk to the founder of the program and to two of the instructors. We slso listen to music from and talk about the details of "The Twilight Zone Live!" at Chico's Blue Room Theatre through this Sunday.

On this week's Weekend Showcase, your next stop: The Twilight Zone! Dolores Mitchell talks with the lead actors and the director (Tom Kinnee) from the show that's onstage at Chico's Blue Room Theatre July 21-24, "The Twilight Zone Live," an adaptation of a classic episode of the original TZ series. In "Jess-Belle," a young Appalachian woman strikes a bargain with a witch—and pays a terrible supernatural price.

This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with the director and several cast members from the latest production at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse -- a stage adaptation of Jane Austin's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice."  We also talk with artist Waif Mullins who's currently showing his oil paintings and pastels at the Chico Art Center.  Mullins is perhaps best known for his paintings of Bidwell Park.

On Weekend Showcase 7/1, we launch you into your holiday weekend by bringing you Fourth of July celebrations from the silver screen, from the Broadway stage and from a classic comedy album. Happy birthday America!

On Weekend Showcase this week, we talk with playwrights, actors and the producer from Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's One-Act Play Festival in Chico. We also talk with artists from the Chico Art Center's current exhibition featuring water-media paintings.

This week on Weekend Showcase we talk with the chairperson for and with two of the artists from the third annual "Musical Chairs" event benefiting the North State Symphony. At the event, happening this Saturday evening in Chico, forty north state visual artists display and auction off unique artistic versions of chairs. We also listen to songs from the fun off-the-wall musical-comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone" which is now onstage at Chico Theater Company.

This week we talk with two representatives from MoNCA, the Museum of Northern California. We'll talk about the museum's engagement with the north state and about its impending move into the Veterans Memorial building in Chico. We also sample the phenomenal Broadway show set to sweep the Tony Awards this Sunday.

June is bustin' out all over, and we've finally gotten consistently beautiful weather all across the north state. In honor of the Spring season, Weekend Showcase brings you musical theater songs and scenes all about Springtime. Hear cast recordings from classic shows as well as lesser-known ones, and hear an excerpt from a popular musical that's currently on Broadway in a Tony-nominated revival production. Grab a tall lemonade and enjoy!

On 5/20 we visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the directors, the actors and one of the writers from "Fresh Ink," a festival of four brand-new short plays. We also talk with art photographer Paula Schultz. Her images of north state native Americans are on exhibit at Ninth Avenue Gallery in Chico.