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.

Tom Kinnee

On 10/5 we talk with two of the many artists who'll be displaying their work in Chico's downtown windows. People can see those many works of art during an Art Walk this Friday. We also talk with director & cast of the comedy-drama "Making God Laugh," about a family which gathers at end-of-year holidays in the 80's, 90's and 2000's.

We go to Old City Hall in Redding where Axiom Repertory Theatre is staging the Tony-nominated new comedy-drama "A Doll's House Part 2" (a sequel to Ibsen's classic).  We'll talk with the director and cast.  We also talk with Dan Corbin from the Butte College Art Department who has an exhibit of his sculptures and will have a reception where he'll be signing his new book "Kiss of the Art Gods" about his career making contemporary figure-sculptures.

We visit Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with formidable female actors in the play "PUMA" about unstoppable women wrestlers. We also talk with a teacher/student team of artists from the Pleasant Valley High Art Department whose paintings celebrate the renewal of nature following the devastation wrought by North State fires.

Tom Kinnee


On 9/14 we visit Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise to hear from the director and the cast from TOTR's current production "Women in Jeopardy," a comedy-mystery.  We also visit MoNCA (Museum of Northern California Art) in Chico to chat with the curator of the current exhibition of works by San Francisco artists reflecting on African-American lives and culture. We also talk with one of those artists. She photographs many different objects with sentimental significance to members of the SF African-American community.

Tom Kinnee

On 9/7 we visit the Sutter County Museum in Yuba City to talk with the curator of the current exhibition "Structures" with works by an array of artists. We also go to Chico's Blue Room Theatre to talk with the writer-producer of a world-premiere musical about the funny world of retail sales.


We talk with Josh Hegg from Uncle Dad's Art Collective about the group's upcoming event in Chico, Weaverville, Orland and Redding -- "Small Town Big Sound 2018" which showcases 15 northstate singer-songwriters, backing up their performances with a big band orchestra. We also talk with two people from the creative team behind "The Butcher Shop," the only-in-Chico festival of original experimental plays and art-creations, happening Labor Day weekend.

We talk with the curator of the University Art Gallery at Chico State about the current exhibition of intriguing, sometimes whimsical creations by a local Vietnamese-American artist. We also talk with the organizers of next month's Outdoor Art Festival at which artists are invited to an outdoor location to create paintings of the place on-the-spot.


We visit two arts destinations in Redding. At Riverfront Playhouse, we talk with the director & the teenage cast from "The Outsiders," a stage adaptation of the popular young-adult novel about violent conflicts between poor teens and rich teens in the 1960s. At Armando's Gallery House, we talk with the proprietor of this art-venue/restaurant, about the range of artwork on display there.

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.