Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
-Alfred Hitchcock

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 […]

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 […]

Sings Like Hell: Stone Cupid With Julie Christensen, Natalie D-Napoleon

by lesliedinaberg on December 2, 2015

Friday night’s Sings Like Hell! Series at Lobero Theatre features Stone Cupid with Julie Christensen, with opener Natalie D-Napoleon. Songwriter Christensen co-fronted Los Angeles punk-roots pioneers Divine Horsemen, and sang with Leonard Cohen for several years, among other notable artists. After five independent solo albums, she formed the Nashville band Stone Cupid and is releasing the debut album from […]

Editor’s Pick: Michael McDonald

by lesliedinaberg on October 5, 2015

Iconic singer and five-time Grammy-winner Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and loads of solo hits) teams with Ambrosia for a special Concert to Benefit Youth Interactive at the Lobero Theatre (Oct. 11). All proceeds support Youth Interactive’s after-school programs for local underserved youths. —Leslie Dinaberg Originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Santa […]

Editor’s Pick: DANCEworks’ production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

by lesliedinaberg on September 24, 2015

DANCEworks‘ residency performances are always exciting, and this year is certainly no exception. New York choreographer Adam Barruch spends a month at Lobero Theatre, culminating in the creation and premiere of a new dance theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sept. 25–26). | 8 p.m. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. […]

Editor’s Pick: An Evening with BESO!

by lesliedinaberg on April 23, 2015

Gypsy rock band BESO is a hybrid that crosses traditional Romani music with rock music. The group’s all-star lineup of internationally renowned musicians has brought drive and passion to the genre. Their love for tradition collides with modern sensibility, transforming Gypsy rock into a vibrant new beast: darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy. […]

Editor’s Pick: Three Women and the Truth

by lesliedinaberg on February 19, 2015

Three Women and the Truth Three women, three guitars and the words, music and hard-won wisdom from three lifetimes spent in pursuit of the song. Award-winning female songwriters Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters balance personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the […]

Editor’s Pick: Desert Dancer

by lesliedinaberg on January 29, 2015

Desert Dancer Opening night of the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival brings the U.S. premiere of the powerful and true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in the suppressed society of Iran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election. Forming an underground dance company, the dancers learn, through banned […]

Lobero LIVE presents Dave Rawlings Machine on 10/5 + Mary Chapin Carpenter on 10/10

by lesliedinaberg on October 6, 2014

Lobero LIVE has two terrific concerts in October. First up, on October 5, the rock and bluegrass supergroup, Dave Rawlings Machine takes the stage at a special 7 p.m. performance. Rawlings is an award-winning guitar player, singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show and Ryan Adams. Later on that […]