Tag archives: La Boheme

Jambalaya Jamboree
By Richard Mineards   |   February 20, 2024

Baubles, bangles, and beads reigned supreme at the third colorful energized Mardi Gras bash produced by La Boheme dance group founder Teresa Kuskey and social gadabout Rick Oshay at Casa de la Guerra. The fun fête, with Spencer the Gardener and the pulsating Mariano Drums was emceed by ubiquitous KEYT-TV reporter John Palminteri, making the […]

Halloween à La Boheme
By Richard Mineards   |   November 7, 2023

Social gadabout Rick Oshay and his galpal Teresa Kuskey put the “fun” into Funk Zone when they threw a spooktacular Halloween bash with the gloriously camp and colorful La Boheme Dancers at the home of the Topa Topa Brewing Company and the Fox Wine Company. More than 170 guests, most of them creatively garbed, turned […]

A Rawr-ing Good Night
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2023

Party guests at the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network gala got an early taste of Halloween with its theme Wild Night Out: Nocturnal. Many of the 225 party animals dressed as Dracula or sported bat wings at the beastly bash at the historic Santa Barbara Club that raised around $150,000 for the popular 35-year-old nonprofit, […]

Birthday Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   August 22, 2023

Social gridlock reigned when society gadabout Rick Oshay hosted a boffo birthday beano at his Montecito home for his longtime companion Teresa Kuskey, founder of the colorful and energized La Boheme dance troupe. Nearly 70 guests turned out for the sunset soirée when Rick and Teresa returned to our rarefied enclave after catching Les Misérables […]

On the Waterfront
By Richard Mineards   |   August 15, 2023

Social gadabout Rick Oshay and La Boheme Dancers founder Teresa Kuskey really put the “ship” in sponsorship as the tony twosome hosted a harborside bash for 75 guests on the 100-foot replica of the 1542 Spanish galleon San Salvador near to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, which also co-sponsored the visit with Old Spanish Days. […]

A New Setting for an Old Favorite
By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2023

Italian composer Puccini’s beloved opera La bohème took on a whole new tone at the Granada as part of the Music Academy’s 76th annual Summer Festival. Instead of Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 1830s, as in the original 1895 work, the setting was Brooklyn and Manhattan in 2011, a time of restless energy and a […]

A Bohemian Occupation
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 18, 2023

Mo Zhou wasn’t sure what the Academy’s new vocal program directors Sasha Cooke and John Churchwell had in mind when they asked her to helm this summer’s production of La bohème. A traditional take with period costumes and mid-19th century mannerisms? Something more modern?  Instead, they asked Zhou, who had assistant directed three previous productions […]

Mardi Gras at the Carriage
By Richard Mineards   |   February 28, 2023

Baubles, bangles, and beads reigned supreme at the colorful, energized second annual Mardi Gras bash presented by La Boheme dance group founder Teresa Kuskey and social gadabout Rick Oshay at the Carriage and Western Art Museum. The fun fête was so popular that more than two dozen would-be guests had to be turned away because […]

A Mardi Mob
By Richard Mineards   |   March 8, 2022

Baubles, bangles, and beads proliferated at La Arcada Plaza when Teresa Kuskey Nowak’s energized La Boheme dancers threw a Mardi Gras party with the 1114 Sports Bar as Ground Zero for the colorful, pulsating bash. Given everybody had been emask-ulated after the pandemic mandate for wearing face coverings ended last month (February), many of the […]

It’s My Cake, I’ll Eat it if I Want To
By Richard Mineards   |   June 17, 2021

Even the pricey horseflesh got upstaged at the Santa Barbara Polo Club when the La Boheme Dance company, colorfully dressed as courtesans from 18th century Versailles, held its cast and crew wrap party. The talented dancers, founded by director Teresa Kuskey Nowak, have participated in the Summer Solstice Parade for the past seven years, but […]

Opera-tunity
By Richard Mineards   |   November 15, 2018

Opera Santa Barbara, celebrating its 25th anniversary, launched its latest season in cracking style with Puccini’s classic work La Boheme at the Granada. Director Omer Ben Seadia, who made her local debut three years ago with A Streetcar Named Desire and L’Italiana in Algeri, has done an artfully crafted four-act show with opera director Kostis […]