Preparing for a Sparkling Anniversary
By Steven Libowitz   |   December 2, 2021

To many, the 2021 Music Academy of the West Summer School and Festival was nothing short of a miracle. Despite the need to plan well in advance of the state’s reopening in mid-June, MAW not only managed to pull off a spectacular hybrid season that brought more than 100 fellows from around the world to […]

UCSB Department of Music: Cultivating Excellence
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 30, 2021

Despite the presence of a number of highly regarded professionals over the years, UCSB’s Music Department has not enjoyed a reputation as a top-notch music school on par with, say USC Thornton 100 miles south. Now, a couple of professors and directors of the school’s performing ensembles, hired since COVID first came to town in […]

 

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Back With a Bang
By Richard Mineards   |   November 23, 2021

Broadway is back with a bang at the Granada, courtesy of the American Theatre Guild. With the musical version of An Officer and a Gentleman, based on the 1982 multi-Oscar winning film with Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett, Jr., the traveling version of the Great White Way hit our Eden by the Beach […]

Back to Bluegrass: Jorgenson Coming to SOhO
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 23, 2021

John Jorgenson has been playing a multitude of instruments since childhood, dating back to age eight, when he picked up the clarinet to go along with piano, which he’d been studying for four years to keep pace with his older sister in a family of musicians. Then it was guitar after hearing the Beatles, and […]

Alive and Kicking into the National Tourney
By Scott Craig   |   November 23, 2021

For the third straight year, the Westmont women’s soccer team (10-1-5) will host an opening round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament on November 18 and 20 on Thorrington Field. The second-seeded Warriors will battle third-seeded Embry-Riddle (Arizona) on Thursday, November 18, at 1:30 pm. The top-seeded Southeastern (Florida) will play Marymount (California) on November […]

Congrats are in Order
By Nick Masuda   |   November 23, 2021

The Carpinteria High School boys’ water polo team won its first-ever CIF title with a 12-9 win over Burbank on Saturday afternoon, riding Asher Smith’s seven goals. It’s the school’s second CIF title of the calendar year, as the Carpinteria boys’ swimming team also took home the championship in the spring. Giving Hugs for Thanksgiving […]

Danger Dan? Montecitan Will Race Baja 1000 for 19th Time
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 23, 2021

SCORE International (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts) is the sanctioning body for desert racing, featuring four Baja races annually, most noted is the Baja 1000, slated for November 18, 2021. More than 300 registered Pro and Sportsman class racers of all ages worldwide participate with cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles, and quads.  Our town’s top racers […]

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Christmas Festival Makes Its Granada Premiere
By Scott Craig   |   November 23, 2021

The 17th Annual Westmont Christmas Festival appears for the first time at Santa Barbara’s famed Granada Theatre on Saturday, December 4, at 7 pm and Sunday, December 5, at 3 pm. Tickets, which cost $20 each, go on sale Tuesday, November 23, at 5 pm at westmont.edu/festival. Each year, the festival celebrates the birth of […]

Museum Opens a Trove from Its Collection
By Scott Craig   |   November 16, 2021

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, which moved from the confines of the Reynold’s Gallery to its current home in the Adams Center for the Visual Arts more than a decade ago, reveals the enormity of its holdings in “Academic, Barbizon, and Impressionist Artists: Highlights from the Permanent Collection” from November 11- December 18 in […]

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Women’s Soccer Hosts Tournament
By Scott Craig   |   November 16, 2021

The No. 17 Westmont women’s soccer team hosts the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament beginning Thursday, November 11, with two semifinal games on Thorrington Field. Ottawa (Arizona) will play Hope International at 11 am and the Warriors, co-champions of the GSAC regular season, will battle The Master’s at 1:30 pm. The winners will face off […]

Carpinteria Arts Center
By Lynda Millner   |   November 16, 2021

Small Town Big Art Book, 100 Artists of Carpinteria was showcased at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, with it reminiscent of “The Little Engine That Could.” I have a friend who was involved with the Art Center in its early days back in 2006. They really had nothing except the will to succeed and […]

Going for Baroque: Symphony’s Musical Pyrotechnics
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 16, 2021

Moving on with Music Academy connections, Baroque master Nic McGegan — who led chamber orchestra fellow concerts for MAW’s summer festival for several seasons dating back a few years — makes his debut as guest conductor of the Santa Barbara Symphony for its Royal Fireworks program November 13 and 14 at the Granada Theatre.  The […]

Immediate Need
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 9, 2021

It’s very possible you may never have heard of Waddy Wachtel much less of his band The Immediate Family, who return to the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, November 6. But there’s little doubt that you are intimately familiar with Wachtel’s guitar work and that of his band mates Danny Kortchmar (guitars), Leland Sklar (bass), and […]

Opera Santa Barbara is on a Roll!
By Richard Mineards   |   November 9, 2021

Just a couple of weeks after launching its new season with mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at the Granada, the singers, accompanied by talented dancers from the State Street Ballet and the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra under artistic director Kostis Protopapas, were at the top of their game with a delightful double […]

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