Author spotlight: Joanne Calitri

Joanne is a professional international photographer and journalist.  Contact her at: artraks@yahoo.com

Arts in Lockdown Series Part 8: J.J. Kandel, Stage to Screen, NYC to L.A.
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 24, 2020

Multi-talented millennial J.J. Kandel was born in Long Island, New York, and grew up on East Valley Road in Montecito, attended Montecito Union, and decided on acting, film, TV, and theatre for his life’s work. He attended a summer drama program at Yale University prior to his senior year at Santa Barbara High School, briefly […]

Arts in Lockdown Series Part 7: Rochelle Vincente Von K, From Runway to Rockstar to Reiki n’ Chocolate
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 17, 2020

Currently doing indie work with her band in Los Angeles and creating new health recipes with her organic chocolate line, Lover Organic Chocolate, superstar Rochelle Vincente Von K is a source of inspiration for us in the lockdown. Her natural creative drive moved her through multiple careers that most would be happy to have one […]

Lyle Lovett in Concert
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 16, 2020

Gracing our town with five-part harmonies from heaven, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett made a serious stop here with his all-strings acoustic band called Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group, presented by Arts & Lectures UCSB at Campbell Hall. One of 46 tour dates in a five-month spread across the country, he uses buses and […]

Arts in Lockdown Series Part 6: Michael DeVorzon, Actor and Writer
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 10, 2020

Michael DeVorzon grew up in Montecito, with a great family lineage in music, and carved his own way in film and TV. Still working actively during the lockdown, he is polished in defining the narrative of the hard work it takes to stay in the game, do it like a pro, and always with kindness. […]

Arts in Lockdown Part 5: Ziyad Marcus, Gen-Y World Music Musician & Teacher
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 3, 2020

Ziyad Marcus is a world music musician with a diverse background and education. Recently appointed as a music educator for the Santa Barbara Charter School, he draws upon Sri Lankan and Jewish cultural roots in order to share an unfiltered view of the world with youth, something he cherishes and takes seriously. At 27, his […]

Arts Lockdown Series Part 4: From Space with Astrophysicist Andy Howell, PhD
By Joanne Calitri   |   August 27, 2020

Transporting us from science to sci-fi films is astrophysicist Andy Howell, PhD. He is a staff scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), where a global network of 23 telescopes operate 24/7. His team co-discovered the first “kiloanova” in 2017, two neutron stars that rotate around each other and release gravitational waves, merging to create a […]

Arts Lockdown Series Part 3: Skye Gwilliam and Dari Mos
By Joanne Calitri   |   August 20, 2020

It’s 2016 and a millennial Santa Barbara gallery owner and multi-medium visual artist is seated writing furiously in his journal at the Café Rendez-Vous des Amis in Montmartre, once home to 19th century artists Gauguin, Monet, Degas, and Cézanne. Also sitting there is a chic femme artist-musician from Belarus studying philosophy at Sorbonne University Paris. […]

The Arts, “Lockdown Series” Part 2: The Formidable Jade Hendrix
By Joanne Calitri   |   August 13, 2020

From performing as a solo artist on the Ojai-Ventura music scene, to opening for Ronnie Spector in Los Angeles and the English Beat in Ojai, to gigs with her band on the main stage at the NAMM show and L.A., one thing sings out clearly: Jade Hendrix is a phenomenal female artist. The thirty-something singer-songwriter […]

Retail Therapy
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 30, 2020

The Montecito Country Mart (MCM), located at 1016 Coast Village Road, is home to 21 boutique shops anchored by the Vons grocery store and Union Bank. MCM owner Jim Rosenfield acquired the mall in 2010, reconstructed its original 1960s façade and added outdoor patios to make it an upscale Montecito shopping destination. “I am so […]

The Arts, “Lockdown Series” Part 1:
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 16, 2020

Toni Scott on Bearing Witness and the Transformative Power of Art For this new “Our Town” series, we are interviewing visual and musical artists in hopes of sparking larger discussions about the inherent value of art and creativity, especially at a time when the arts are playing such a prominent role in contextualizing our experiences […]

Montecito’s Village 4th Parade
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 9, 2020

Our town’s Annual Village 4th Parade was a great success! The Montecito Association went to great efforts to have a car parade whose route included all the Montecito area schools and where most of the students lived, as well as Channel Drive. The parade was well attended all along the parade route, lined with happy […]

Gen X’ers NEXT Tech: Windows That Power Buildings
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 2, 2020

Our town’s innovative business, Next Energy Technologies Inc. (NEXT), a solar technology company with the motto “Windows Power Buildings” is co-founded by Gen-X’ers Corey Hoven PhD, Chief Technology Officer, from Montana and Daniel Emmett CEO from Carpinteria and a Cate School graduate. It was Corey’s research and studies in Materials Science, organic photovoltaics, with a […]

Interview with 5G Free SB
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 25, 2020

5G Free SB is a local grassroots group whose mission is, “To advocate for wired technology known as Fiber Optic To The Premises (FTTP) in Santa Barbara County. To stop unnecessary and excessive densification of wireless microwave radio frequency radiation which science has proven to be harmful to our health and the environment. Wired technology […]

Our Town’s 18th Annual Graduation Issue: Part 1
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 11, 2020

Our community of schools held their 2020 graduation ceremonies through online Zoom graduations, school drive by parades with their teachers, one in-person ceremony with directives from the health department and two schools opted to postpone an in-person ceremony till later this year. The number of graduates are 186: Montecito Union 58, Cold Spring 20, Crane […]

Part 2: 5G Impact Interview with Santa Barbara City Attorneys
By Joanne Calitri   |   June 4, 2020

On Friday, May 22, I held a Zoom meeting with SB City Attorney Ariel Calonne and Assistant City Attorney John Doimas regarding 5G in our town. The focus of this information is where we are at in the process, what the remainder of the process is going to look like, and a few of the […]

5G Impact and Santa Barbara City Council Update: Part 1
By Joanne Calitri   |   May 28, 2020

Most people have heard of “next generation” 5G wireless signal, its technical merits, and you may have even perused some research on its effects on humans including in utero. This series presents published 5G information, the status of 5G in our town, and interviews to provide current vetted information with references for the reader. About […]

Rick Caruso on Trump & Newsom Economic Recovery Committees
By Joanne Calitri   |   May 14, 2020

Rick Caruso, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Caruso, owner/developer of Montecito’s luxury resort The Rosewood Miramar Beach, and philanthropist, was appointed on April 14 to U.S. President Donald Trump‘s Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups Task Force Committee, a task force created to combat the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Days later, […]

Lend a Socially Distant Hand Project
By Joanne Calitri   |   April 23, 2020

Michael Baker, CEO of the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, is turning the COVID-19 lockdown into an all-community outreach program with his new project, Lend a Socially Distant Hand. The project is multi-faceted, but its overall mission is to take advantage of this time when the clubs are dark and give […]

Nomad Goods Switches Gears to PPE Production
By Joanne Calitri   |   April 9, 2020

Our town’s local premium consumer goods brand Nomad Goods, Inc., founded by Noah Dentzel and Brian Hahn, took on the COVID-19 urgent need of single use masks for frontline workers on March 18, and have ramped production to over a million masks per week with shipping in two to three days worldwide, utilizing their iPhone […]

Blues Legends in Concert
By Joanne Calitri   |   April 2, 2020

Tipping the charts at a double sold out concert, UCSB Arts & Lectures knocked it out of the ballpark in early March with a triple-header of blues legends at the Arlington Theatre, presented with additional support from Sharon and Bill Rich. The blues is America’s heartland music, one that is respected worldwide as our country’s contribution […]

The 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count
By Joanne Calitri   |   March 19, 2020

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest running citizen science survey in the world, with origins dating to December 1900 when ornithologist Frank Chapman asked people to count birds not hunt them for sport at Christmas time. This shift began an international bird species count to help birds repopulate that had begun to decline […]

Three Billion Birds Lost
By Joanne Calitri   |   March 19, 2020

A most pivotal lecture of our time was presented at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on January 29, titled, “Three Billion Birds Lost: The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It.”The standing room-only lecture was given by renowned scientist and author, Kenneth Rosenberg, who works at the Cornell […]

Lyle Lovett in Concert
By Joanne Calitri   |   March 12, 2020

Gracing our town with five-part harmonies from heaven, four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett made a serious stop here with his all-strings acoustic band called Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group, presented by Arts & Lectures UCSB at Campbell Hall. One of 46 tour dates in a five-month spread across the country, he uses buses and […]

Musicology Benefit Concert
By Joanne Calitri   |   February 27, 2020

Montecito’s Erland Wanberg, Director of Musicology SB located at the Music Academy of the West (MAW), and John Lucchetti, CEO of Green Room Strategy, are producing a benefit concert with 100% of the proceeds going toward the Musicology’s free one-on-one music lessons to low income youth at the Santa Barbara Police Activities League teen center. […]

The NAMM Show
By Joanne Calitri   |   February 20, 2020

The 2020 NAMM, National Association of Music Merchants, show at the Anaheim Convention Center January 16-19 welcomed over 2,000 exhibiting member companies, 7,000 brands, and 115,888 attendees internationally to exhibits, demos, and over 350 classes for kids through professional. Notable locals at NAMM 2020: In his large booth filled with celebrity users of his gear […]

Exploring the Process of Music with Joshua Roman
By Joanne Calitri   |   January 30, 2020

World-renowned cellist, composer, and curator Joshua Roman is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West (MAW) since 2002. He sent out letters of inquiry around the U.S. to secure a space undisturbed for composing a 16-minute piece for the Cleveland Orchestra. Scott Reed, President and CEO of MAW, reached out to Ashley Woods […]

Raising Our Light
By Joanne Calitri   |   January 16, 2020

On January 9, 2020, Montecito residents gathered for the second annual 1/9 debris flow memorial titled, “Raising Our Light: An Evening of Remembrance, Connection and Hope.” The inspirational event was hosted by Westmont College at the Murchison Gymnasium, its stage decorated with white roses and two small Christmas trees glistening with white lights. The event […]

Montecito Schools’ Holiday Concerts
By Joanne Calitri   |   January 2, 2020

The Montecito schools held their holiday concerts throughout December celebrating both religious and secular seasonal greetings. Here is the round up from me and Santa. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Christmas Program on December 5 at St. Joseph’s Church in Carpinteria showed full on spirit with chorus, band, and […]

Toys for Tots at Richie’s
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 12, 2019

Join Richie Ramirez and his team in donating a toy of your choice for a child from toddler to teen. Just drop off the unwrapped toy at his barber shop on Coast Village Road during regular business hours starting now through Tuesday, December 17. Richie shared a few details about the toy drive in an […]

Dance Theatre of Harlem Review
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 5, 2019

On their 50th Anniversary tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) performed at the Granada Theatre in November as part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures Dance Series, with Montecito sponsors Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz, Margo Cohen-Feinberg and Bob Feinberg, Annette and Dr. Richard Caleel, Barbara Stupay, Sheila Wald, and Jody and John Arnhold. The 15 […]

Atkinson Gallery Names John Connelly as New Director
By Joanne Calitri   |   December 5, 2019

The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College has taken on a new director, John C. Connelly. An art aficionado since birth, Connelly hails from the metro NYC area where he received his MA in Art History at Hunter College and began his career as an art curator and director for the Andrea Rosen Gallery […]

GLBA Announces Annual Scholarship Winner
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 21, 2019

Long established Montecito Realtor-Broker of 34 years, John Chufar of Sterling Properties Luxury Real Estate on Coast Village Road announced the Annual Santa Barbara Gay and Lesbian Business Association (GLBA) Scholarship winner at a well-attended reception on October 14. The 2019 winner is student Salvador Gonzalez. He started UCSB spring quarter 2019 with a double […]

FestForums Living Legend Award
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 14, 2019

Winning a Living Legend Award at the annual FestForums Santa Barbara is film director Penelope Spheeris. A not-to-miss three-day event is filled with a VIP Speaker Line-Up that includes Steve Baltin from Forbes Magazine, former World Surfing Champion Shaun Tomson, Skip Martin (Kool & the Gang, The Dazz Band), Jon Anderson (Yes), Grammy Songwriter Ray […]

Ghost Village Road 2019
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 7, 2019

Our town’s annual trick-or-treat event was full on with students from local schools wearing the top tiers of costumes. Parents assigned to groups of kids were also in great form. The highlight of the event was the all-boy band from Crane Country Day School, taking the stage on the porch of the Berkshire Hathaway Home […]

Philip Glass In Conversation with Pico Iyer
By Joanne Calitri   |   October 24, 2019

In a candid interview conducted by our town’s favorite literary author Pico Iyer, 82-year-old Philip Glass talked about his parents, becoming a musician-composer and still being stimulated by life to write and play the music he hears. The October 4 event was part of Pico’s talk series for UCSB Arts & Lectures, sponsored by Martha […]

Musical Masters Make SB Debut
By Joanne Calitri   |   October 17, 2019

Béla Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Edgar Meyer (double-bass), and Rakesh Chaurasia (flute) will perform for the first time in Santa Barbara on October 19 at UCSB Campbell Hall, coming in from their tour and work in Nashville on a new LP. With over 20 Grammy Awards collectively, we can expect this collaboration to be […]

Oniracom’s Onifest 2019 Hits High Note
By Joanne Calitri   |   October 3, 2019

Santa Barbara based business Oniracom’s Jacob Tell, John Lucchetti, Sean Campos, and Mike Wald gave a huge thank you party for their clients and extended a warm open invitation to our town. The event, appropriately named “Onifest 2019,” featured top recording musicians and multi-mediums of art curated by one of Montecito’s favorite artists, Matthew McAvene. […]

Montecito Deli Celebrates 18th Anniversary
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 26, 2019

Jeff Rypysc, owner of Montecito Deli and Catering, is celebrating his 18th year in business. The deli is located at 1150 Coast Village Road, the same location since Jeff took over the ownership on September 11, 2001 and also purchased the prior owner’s secret recipe for piadina, special flatbread made in Italy. The deli continues […]

Santa Barbara Country Music Festival
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 26, 2019

The first annual Santa Barbara Country Music Festival was held on Sunday September 8, from 1 to 7 pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racket Club (SBPRC). The event featured music headliner Hunter Easton Hayes, and musicians Devin Dawson, Honey Country, and Savannah Burrows. I interviewed the festival co-founders, OakHeart Country Music Festival co-founder […]

fStop Warrior Project
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 26, 2019

9/11,” the same code we assign in the United States to call for emergency services, also marked the 18th year since the immeasurable attack on our soil with catastrophic loss of lives, many unanswerable questions and thousands of people to honor who gave unconditionally to respond to the emergency call at the Twin Towers. The […]