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.

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. 

We talk with director and cast from California Regional Theatre's production of the large-scale musical based on the Victor Hugo classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." This show features a full orchestra, an elaborate set and a large cast. You'll also hear from San-Francisco-based artist Jerry Frost whose paintings (now displayed at Chico's Snidle Gallery) reflect on Frost's native American heritage and combine figures with words and surreal elements.

We visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and several castmembers from "A Chorus Line," the hit Broadway musical about dancers at a high-pressure audition for a Broadway show. We also talk with Pat Macias, board president of the Museum of Northern California Art, about MoNCA's present exhibitions and its exciting plans for the future.

We talk with directors & castmembers from the Tennessee Williams classic "The Glass Menagerie" at Chico's Blue Room Theatre and from the science fiction play "The Man from Earth" at Redding's Riverfront Playhouse.

We talk with a representative from the Healing Arts gallery at Chico's Enloe Cancer Center which displays art by cancer survivors (two of whom we'll talk with). We also talk with the president of 1078 Gallery (which has been homeless for several months) about its pop-up exhibit at the Museum of Northern California Art and about the event in January to raise funds to remodel 1078's soon-to-be new home in Chico. We also talk with two artists who'll perform at the fundraiser.

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