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 talk with Joshua Hegg and two of his Uncle Dad Art Collective cohorts. They tell us about "Decomposition," their series of innovative music/art performances at Chico's Naked Lounge cafe, happening on Wednesdays this month. We also talk with Dolores Mitchell about the current exhibition "Dualities" which showcases Mitchell's oil paintings which take a fantastical look at iconic details of Chico. The exhibit also features charming whimsical ceramic sculptures by Margaret Allen.

Prepare to ring in 2018. This week, Weekend Showcase plays songs from musical theater and from pop music, all about New Year's Eve.

Musical theatre songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul have had quite a year, winning an Oscar for "La La Land" and a Tony for "Dear Evan Hansen." They've rounded out the year with the live TV broadcast of their show "A Christmas Story the Musical" and the release of their new original movie-musical "The Greatest Showman." We'll sample songs from all those shows/films as we celebrate Pasek & Paul.

We visit Chico Theater Company to talk with the director and several members of the cast from "It's a Wonderful Life the Musical," a tuneful Broadway-style version of the beloved Frank Capra film. We also preview a bit of the big TV event coming Sunday, the live broadcast of "A Christmas Story the Musical."

We talk with Butte College students about their "Winter One-Acts," staging four brand new short plays written, directed and acted by students. This collection of theatrical concoctions is on stage at Butte's Black Box Theatre. We also listen to holiday tunes from Pink Martini, the marvelous mini-orchestra from Portland whose music blends eclectic world-music, sophisticated cabaret, top-level musicianship and pure fun. Pink Martini has a concert at Chico State this Friday night.

We talk with the choreographer and some dancers from "A Very Chico Nutcracker" produced by Chico Community Ballet and on stage at Chico State's Laxson Auditorium. This unique spin on a holiday classic weaves in historical references to the town of Chico. We also talk with artists displaying work at the exhibition "Stories Six" presented by 1078 Gallery at its temporary "pop up" location in Chico.

We talk with several members of the Butte College arts faculty about the college's Arts Faire next week, a two-day event that will show off the wonderland of arts in the main campus's ARTS building: painting, drawing, sculpture, digital-arts, recording-arts, music and drama. We'll also talk with representatives from the Chico Art Center about the center's Holiday Art Show & Sale which begins December 1.


We talk with painter Frances Miller who for three decades has been using transparent watercolors to depict birds and animals. Her paintings are currently on display at Chico's Snidle Gallery. We also commemorate next week's holiday with classic satire about our nation's first Thanksgiving, as well as an original, contemporary Thanksgiving song by a Chico singer-songwriter.

On 11/10 we talk with North State Symphony's conductor Scott Seaton and NSS guest artist, violinist Chloe Trevor. They're leading the symphony's concert "Infectious Rhythms," coming to both Chico and Redding. We also talk with Mo Martin, instructor at the 7th Street Center for the Arts in Chico, which works with developmentally disabled students, guiding them to create their own artwork.

On NSPR's Weekend Showcase Friday 11/3, we talk with contributors to a current exhibit at Chico State --"Vanished: A Chronicle of Loss and Discovery Across Half a Million Years." A huge majestic tree, a native American who was the last of his tribe, a massive prehistoric mammoth's tooth, and a once-powerful-but-now-extinct volcano -- these are the vanished icons explored by the exhibition.