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Category Archives: entertainment

Happy Together Tour Returns to the Chumash Casino

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to go back in time with the Happy Together Tour, featuring an impressive collection of top recording artists from the 1960s. The Turtles’ Flo & Eddie, The Association, The Cowsills, Chuck Negron, The Box Tops and Ron Dante return together to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at […]

Count Basie Orchestra Benefit for Rona Barrett Foundation

by lesliedinaberg on July 3, 2017

The Rona Barrett Foundation hosts a special benefit concert on July 8 at the Lobero Theatre with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart and special guest, Paula Cole. Between them, Count Basie and Paula Cole are the embodiment of jazz and have 19 Grammys to prove it! Headquartered locally, the Rona Barrett Foundation is a […]

Val Kilmer Presents Cinema Twain LIVE

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2017

Val Kilmer will be at the Lobero Theatre this Friday night (Jun. 30) at 8 p.m. to present a screening of his play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, Citizen Twain, played to sold-out houses at several performing arts venues in Los Angeles. Kilmer transforms himself into Twain in a comedic and moving performance based […]

Local Lowdown: State Street Ballet Extends Reach

by lesliedinaberg on June 19, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg Reaching out beyond the professional stage to make ballet accessible and fun for everyone is an important part of State Street Ballet‘s community outreach programming. This summer, company dancers Meredith Harrill, Deise Mendonca, Cecily Stewart, Edgar Zendejas, John Piel, Noam Tsviskin, Skyler Rodgers and Alvaro Oquita hit the road for a series […]

SBIFF Variety Artisans Awards

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2017

  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival‘s Variety Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening takes place on Monday, February 6, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Senior Vice President Awards […]

Her Kitchen Rules

by lesliedinaberg on January 19, 2017

Iron Chef and Santa Barbara local Cat Cora is certainly on a roll! Her new burger joint, Mesa Burger, is constantly packed with locals craving the award-winning chef’s crave-worthy burger creations. So far, my favorites are the Montecito (made with griddled goat cheese/bourbon glazed mushrooms/house onion ring/truffle aioli/arugula/grilled onions) and the Goodland (with double cheddar/sliced […]

Cavalia’s Odysseo is One Wild Ride

by lesliedinaberg on December 6, 2016

If you’re looking for a perfect way to entertain the whole family this holiday season, Cavalia‘s new Odysseo show is just the ticket. This magical spectacle blends jaw-dropping equestrian artistry with Cirque du Soleil level acrobatics and music, as well as beautiful costumes and incredible set design. It’s really quite a magical experience, and well […]

Vocalosity Contest Winners & Free Master Class Announced

by lesliedinaberg on October 24, 2016

The highly anticipated a capella performance, Vocalosity, comes to The Granada Theatre on Friday, November 11, as part of the Granada Theatre Concert Series. From the artistic producer of Pitch Perfect and The Sing Off, Vocalosity takes a cappella to a whole new level with a show stopping theatrical performance featuring 10 dynamic voices singing some of today’s […]

Lil Buck – A Jookin’ Jam Session

by lesliedinaberg on October 24, 2016

JOOKIN’ (jook·in): A street dance style that emerged from Memphis, Tenn. Identified by its extremely intricate footwork and propensity for improvisation, seen by many as a descendant of hip-hop and jazz, with elements of ballet and modern dance.  See what jookin’ looks like for yourself, when UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Lil Buck – A Jookin’ […]

Cocktail Corner: Let Your Mood Inspire Your Cocktail

by lesliedinaberg on October 22, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Feeling adventurous, naughty, flirty, insecure, sentimental or stressed? Have we got a cocktail for you. Author (Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars) Matt Seiter, a certified bartender, and industry historian, has something new and fun on the menu: the Cheers! Just Because collection of 50 “mood-inspired cocktail […]