From Rogue Ballerinas to Meg Tilly, Here are a Few Must-Reads
By Leslie Zemeckis   |   July 15, 2021

You do not have to be a ballerina, or a dance mom, as I am — quick shout out to Gustafson Studios for managing an end of year, in-person ballet show — to enjoy Georgina Pazcoguin’s memoir Swan Dive: The making of a Rogue Ballerina. Pazcoguin’s rise from ABT Summer Intensive student to NYCB’s first […]

The Little Town That Could
By Lynda Millner   |   July 8, 2021

I wish I had thought of that title, but Leslie A. Westbrook did in an article she wrote about Carpinteria. It deserves a rerun because their Art Center in the middle of downtown (855 Linden Avenue) is a happening place and one that everyone can enjoy. They just welcomed in a new executive director, Linda […]

 

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John Comer: Bringing Light to the Land
By Zach Rosen   |   July 8, 2021

Part of the mystique of nature is revisiting an area at different times of year, or even just different times of the day. The scenery is always familiar yet ever changing as the light, weather, and seasons impart their effect on the view. Longtime landscape painter John Comer has been capturing these subtle changes of […]

‘Transformative Experience’: A MAW Season Preview with Jamie Broumas
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 8, 2021

Jamie Broumas, the Music Academy of the West’s second year chief artistic officer, had the unenviable task of trying to program a performance-packed summer music festival during the ups and downs of the pandemic and the ever-changing protocols.  “It was very, very, very challenging,” she admitted over the phone the other day. “Were we going […]

Bringing Back the Beatles: ETC Music Benefit Honors the Fab Four
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 1, 2021

For Ensemble Theatre Company’s education director Brian McDonald, the theme for this year’s fundraiser for the ETC’s education and outreach programs was a bit of a no-brainer: “Come Together.” After all, the title of the Beatles song from their penultimate album provides the perfect prescription for emerging from a pandemic that has kept people apart […]

It’s Kismet: A Love for Broadway, and Bringing it Home to Santa Barbara
By Sara McCune   |   July 1, 2021

Growing up in New York during the 1950s turned me into a lover of Broadway theatre — especially musicals. By the age of 18 I’d been fortunate enough to see wonderful productions of West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and close to a hundred other musicals, dramas, and comedies. I next fell in love with […]

A Time For Reinvention
By Steven Libowitz   |   July 1, 2021

Opera Santa Barbara won’t ease back into action, instead taking on a first-time production of Das Rheingold at the Lobero Theatre Anyone who thought Opera Santa Barbara might ease its reentry into live indoor operas with something out of the standard repertoire clearly doesn’t know Kostis Protopapas very well. OSB’s artistic and general director has […]

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Wildling Museum Collab with SBC Trails Council & Healthy People Healthy Trails
By Joanne Calitri   |   July 1, 2021

The Wildling Museum’s Valley Oak Gallery current exhibit, “Art from the Trail: Exploring the Natural Beauty of Santa Barbara County,” is a collaboration of Stacey Otte-Demangate (Director of the Wildling Museum), Margaret Weiss (Health Education Director, Sansum Clinic, Steering Committee for Healthy People Healthy Trails SB) and Mark Wilkinson (Executive Director of SBC Trails Council). […]

MAW, Please: ‘Restorative Power of Live Music’ Returns to Montecito
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 17, 2021

Faced with the pervasive pandemic protocols in the summer of 2020, the Music Academy of the West proved its mettle by coming up with MARLI — the Music Academy Remote Learning Institute — a technical wonder that allowed students and faculty to immerse themselves in learning and music making even if only virtually and in […]

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Grateful and Still Going Strong: 4 Questions with Rock Photographer Jay Blakesberg
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 17, 2021

San Francisco-based photographer Jay Blakesberg is a self-confessed Deadhead whose work has appeared everywhere from Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Relix to Time, and Vanity Fair. Over a 40-plus-year career he has taken pictures of innumerable rock legends, including the Grateful Dead, Phish, Radiohead, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Rolling Stones, and Tom Waits, to […]

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By Steven Libowitz   |   June 17, 2021

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By Joanne Calitri   |   June 10, 2021

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By Steven Libowitz   |   June 10, 2021

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UCSB Music Goes Live, with Tech Support from SBCC
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 3, 2021

Last October, Santa Barbara City College’s Jim Mooy used the Jamulus audio platform and live-streamed videos of each performer generated via Zoom to direct a synchronous audio and video stream of a university ensemble performance of SBCC’s Lunch Break Jazz Ensemble concert.  This week, Mooy lends his expertise to his counterparts at UCSB’s Music Department, […]

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