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Category Archives: Arts & Culture

First Person: Sullivan Goss Gallery’s Nathan Vonk

by lesliedinaberg on July 17, 2017

Preserving the Legacy, Embracing the Future By Leslie Dinaberg The link between Burning Man’s annual bacchanal festivities and Sullivan Goss Gallery’s 30-plus-year legacy of celebrating important 19th-, 20th– and 21st-century American art may seem tenuous, but it was a visit to Burning Man that first sparked Nathan Vonk’s interest in art and the friends he […]

Concerts in the Park Kick Off July 6

by lesliedinaberg on July 6, 2017

The free Concerts in the Park series starts on Thursday, July 6 with the PettyBreakers—dubbed as “The Nation’s Premier Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers”—performing from 6-8:30 p.m. on the Chase Palm Park stage (323 E. Cabrillo Blvd.). This is the kick off to a month of free outdoor Thursday night concert fun. Up next, […]

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 […]

Library Book: Writers on Libraries

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2017

The venerable Downtown Santa Barbara Central Library (40 E. Anapamu St.)  is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and writers are celebrating this centennial milestone as well, with a heartwarming anthology of stories, essays, and poems written by over 80 authors about their library experiences and the glories of the public library. Edited by local writer Steven […]

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 […]

Santa Barbara Choral Society Spring Gala Journeys to Rockwood Abbey

by lesliedinaberg on March 13, 2017

Anglophiles and music fans will come together on May 20 for a wonderfully fun evening titled Rockwood Abbey, an homage to the beloved Downtown Abbey television series. Honorary Chairs “Lord” Brooks and “Lady” Kate Firestone invite guests to be transported to a posh evening reminiscent of days gone by, where white-gloved footmen attended the creme de la creme of English society […]

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 […]

Poetry: William Stafford Community Reading

by lesliedinaberg on January 27, 2017

The 11th annual  William Stafford Community Reading takes place at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road in Los Padres National Forest at 2 pm on Saturday, January 28. “This year’s featured readers are Enid Osborn, Ron Alexander, and the inspiring student poets from the Los Prietos Boys Camp,” says organizer Paul J. Willis, […]

Hold Hope | Obama in Santa Barbara, 2007

by lesliedinaberg on January 25, 2017

International award-winning photographer (and Santa Barbara Seasons contributor) Patricia Houghton Clarke presents never-before seen black and white images from Barack Obama’s campaign stop in Santa Barbara in 2007. She says, “The photographs embody the President’s abiding power, grace, and most importantly, HOPE.” There will be an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at PATRICIA […]

SBIFF is on the Way With Another Excellent Lineup

by lesliedinaberg on January 23, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) to begin on February 1. At last week’s press conference, Executive Director Roger Durling revealed the poster (once again designed by local graphic artist Barbara Boros) as well as an impressive slate of programming, including films representing 50+ countries, 51 world […]