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SBIFF Winners Announced

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Santa Barbara, CA - The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. To the joy and surprise of both patrons and industry professionals, the festival's 26th season managed to surpass even the great success of last year's silver anniversary. Throughout the past 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of the most vivacious periods the area has ever seen.

Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, "This year in particular, I have been incredibly impressed by our film lineup. Each of the films possessed their own unique quality, creating one of the most diverse and interesting programs yet."
The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included:  actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor Billy Baldwin (Gossip Girl); writer/director Paul Brickman (Risky Business)and his wife Jennifer Brickman; writer/producerRusty Lemorande (Electric Dreams, Captain EO),Frank Donner (producer, Deliver Us From Evil); actor Anthony Zerbe(The Matrix) and his wife Arnette Zerbe and director Andy Davis (The Fugitive).

The winning films are as follows:


The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to the Australian film Face To Face (WORLD PREMIERE),directed by Michael Rymer.  Written by Australian playwright David Williamson and adapted for the screen by Rymer, the film is based on transcripts from actual conflict resolution sessions.  Wayne, a young construction worker, rams into the back of his boss’s car in a fit of anger at being fired.  Rather than going to court, he opts for a community conference to discuss the events that led to such a violent reaction. In the tradition of 12 Angry Men, Face To Face is an ensemble piece, focusing on ten very dissimilar Australians bound together by a complex pattern of relationships and shared histories. They come together to navigate a series of entanglements to help determine the fate of this troubled young man. Featuring an impressive cast of A-list Australian actors including Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton, Luke Ford and Matthew Newton, this film truly reveals the tangled webs we weave.

Winner received a camera package worth $60,000.


The Best International Film Awardgoes to Togetherness Supreme from Kenya, directed by Nathan Collett, and based on true events that show a street level vantage point of the Kenyan political riots of 2007.  Kama, a talented young artist living in Kiberia, Kenya, is recruited by his friend Otieno to support a potential presidential candidate in the midst of a heated political race. In order to join, Kama must put aside the wishes of his father and turn away from the people of his village in order to achieve change after years of living in poor conditions. Things get even more complicated when a young woman enters the picture, causing friction between Kama and Otieno. Kama’s beliefs, heart and loyalty are put to the test in a city with rising tempers while the possibility of a major political upheaval is drawing near.


A special jury mention was awarded to actress Alicia Vikander from the Swedish film Pure, directed by Lisa Langseth.  Vikander portrays 20-year-old Katarina whose dreary life is instantly transformed when she discovers Mozart for the first time on YouTube, immediately fascinated by the emotional power of his music.


The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film was awarded to Nostalgia For The Light (Nostalgia De La Luc), a US PREMIERE film directed by Patricio Guzmán.  The past can either haunt or enlighten us, propelling us forward to head confidently back to the rest of our lives, or keeping us in the vicious cycle of never quite understanding. Set against the backdrop of Chile’s eerie Atacama Desert, esteemed screenwriter/director Patricio Guzmán sheds light on the link between a group of astronomers and their study of the distant past of our unknown galaxy, and a group of valiant women’s last attempts at uncovering what is rightfully theirs—the remains of their loved ones who were cruelly tortured, killed, and then unceremoniously dumped during Pinochet’s reign in the 1970s. NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT is a provocative portrayal of how we treat and acknowledge the past. It presents the parallels between a horrendous event that society chooses not to acknowledge and the widely accepted and appreciated practice of astronomy.


Best East Meets West Cinema Award went to Patisserie (Coin De Rue), the WORLD PREMIERE film from Japan directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa.   Patisserie is a story of introspect and soul-searching, both on the parts of the viewer and characters. When Tomura (Yosuki Eguchi) vanishes from the upper echelon of the pastry circuit in Japan, people are befuddled as to where he went, and why. Living a quiet life as a lecturer to confectionary students in Tokyo, Tomura figures that he is home free. That is until he is “discovered” by the young daughter (Yu Aoi) of a cake-baker, who, on a whim, decided to leave her home to follow her boyfriend to the big city. When she becomes an apprentice at a small but well-esteemed bakery, she makes it her duty to try and bring Tomura back into the proverbial pastry ring.


Best Eastern Bloc Award went to the Romanian film If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (Eu Cand Vreau Sa Fluier, Fluier), directed by Florin Serban.  Silviu is an aloof but watchful teenager in his last week of incarceration in a brutal juvenile prison camp in Romania. When he learns the mother he blames for ruining his life is about to claim his little brother, he comes unglued. Romania’s Best Foreign Film Oscar submission, Winner of the Silver Bear (Jury Grand Prix) at the Berlin International Film Festival.


Best Documentary Film Awardwent to The Boy Mir:  Ten Years in Afghanistan,(US Premiere) directed by Phil Grabsky. Ten years in the making, this appealing documentary follows a young boy, Mir, from age 8 to 18, as he grows to adulthood with his family in rural Afghanistan. After the award-winning THE BOY WHO PLAYS ON THE BUDDHAS OF BAMIYAN (SBIFF, 2004) introduced 8-year-old Mir, the filmmakers returned to Afghanistan year after year. After the fall of the Taliban, Mir’s family is at last able to leave the Bamiyan caves to return to their distant home in the desert north. It is a hardscrabble life. Mir helps to support the family, plowing and grazing the goats on seemingly leafless mountain slopes. His dreams of becoming a teacher—or even president!—are fading, but through it all he keeps his enthusiasm and his smile. THE BOY MIR: TEN YEARS IN AFGANISTAN reveals Afghanistan in the context of one family. It is a unique and poignant human-scaled portrait. 


Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to West of the Moon, directed by Brent Bonacorso.  A narrative story based on a series of interviews with children about their dreams.


Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to the Academy Award nominated The Lost Thing, directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan.  A boy finds a strange creature on a beach and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to.


The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara for a documentary film that addresses social justice issues also went to two films: 


When I Rise, directed by Mat Hames, is about agifted black music student at the University of Texas who is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world.


Nostalgia For The Light (Nostalgia De La Luc), a US PREMIERE film directed by Patricio Guzmán.  (see description above)


The winners each received $2,500.


The SB Audience Choice Award went to Troubadors, directed by Morgan Neville. 

This engaging documentary focuses on the Los Angeles music scene from the late 1960s to the early ‘70s, centered at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. James Taylor and Carole King are featured as they look back, play together again, and reflect on the music world and their lives within it. By the late 1960s, there was an increasingly popular emphasis on singer-songwriters. James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin, Elton John and many more interviewed in this film brought an authenticity to their music with lyrics that were often very personal. The center of this musical blossoming was Doug Weston’s Troubadour. Director Morgan Neville has an extensive music filmography, and in this film he shows rare archival footage from Troubadour performances, especially those of Taylor and King. As a portrait of both the music and an era, TROUBADOURS celebrates timeless music and its creators.


The winners of the 10-10-10Student Screenwriting Competition and Filmmaking Competition will be announced at the closing night festivities.


The festival closes tonight with the World Premiere of Georges Bizet’s popular opera “Carmen in 3D,” a dazzling film directed by Julian Napier filled with some of the best-loved music ever written, performed by some of the world’s greatest singers and marking the first time ever that an opera has been filmed and shown in state-of-the-art digital 3D.  A co-production of 3D movie pioneer RealD and London’s internationally renowned Royal Opera House, “Carmen in 3D” gives the viewers the best seat in the house, taking them on a magic carpet ride onto the stage, behind the scenes and into the heart of the emotional production, immersing them as never before into this timeless story of love, jealousy and betrayal. Closing Night festivities take place at the historic Arlington Theatre and are sponsored by SB Independent and RealD.


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Thom Yorke???? Atoms for Peace

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Radiohead Frontman, Thom Yorke, Names New Band Just in Time to Confirm April U.S. Show Dates 

Fans who lined up last year to see the band mysteriously identified by a series of question marks will be happy to know that the newly named Yorke-led rock-band, Atoms For Peace, is about to appear on billboards around the nation. Yorke announced via the Radiohead website’s, that Atoms For Peace will play a series of eight U.S. shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Oakland and Santa Barbara, leading up to its appearance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA.

Originally created to perform live tracks off Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, The Atoms For Peace lineup remains the same as when the band performed three shows in Los Angeles last October: Yorke, Flea, Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker and Nigel Godrich. 

In spite of their fresh union, the band played previous shows with tight execution and infectious exuberance leading Rolling Stone reviewer Matt Diehl to report, “The Eraser is the ultimate bedroom electronica opus, its synthetic beats influenced by dubstep and IDM starkly rhythmic. In the live setting, however, the songs, taken out of the computer realm by virtuoso musicians with such passion, suddenly became transformed into downright euphoria.” 

Their elusive name aside, the band’s early dynamism and cohesion make it all the more exciting for fans to witness their April evolution. As Yorke sings on The Eraser track from which the band took its name, “No more talk about the old days, It's time for something great.” 

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Thom Yorke????/Atoms for Peace will play at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Ticket prices range from $40 to $50.  1122 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, 805-962-7411.  

Tickets On Sale Saturday, March 6 @ 11 AM

(Note: Tickets for this event are only available at online at and will be paperless.) 

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Legendary American Roots musician Ry Cooder to join The Chieftains in concert, performing selections from their forthcoming CD collaboration San Patricio, at The Granada

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Six-time Grammy Award-winners The Chieftains will be joined in concert by legendary American roots musician Ry Cooder and Mexican Roots band Los Cenzontles on Monday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at The Granada, 1216 State Street, Santa Barbara. Ireland's "inadvertent prophets of the world-music boom" (Rolling Stone), The Chieftains will perform selections from their forthcoming album San Patricio (March 9/Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group), a collaboration with fellow Grammy-winner Ry Cooder.


San Patricio, which also features guest stars Linda Ronstadt, Liam Neeson, Los Tigres del Norte, and many other celebrated Mexican, American and Irish musicians and singers, is one of The Chieftains' most unique projects ever. An unprecedented blend of the musical heritage of Ireland and Mexico, San Patricio brings to life the story of the San Patricio Battalion, Irish-Americans who deserted the U.S. Army to join the Mexican side in the Mexican-American War. The New Yorker recently listed San Patricio among the most eagerly awaited albums of 2010.



Tickets to The Chieftains with Ry Cooder and Los Cenzontles are available now. Tickets are $55, $45, and $35 for the general public and $19 for UCSB students. The  concert is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures and sponsored by Santa Barbara Hotel Group/Best Western Pepper Tree Inn, KCBX FM Public Radio, and Buttonwood wines. To purchase tickets or for more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805.893.3535, The Granada at 805.899.2222, or purchase online at




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2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Winners Announced!

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Santa Barbara, CA - The 25th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2010 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, hosted by KTYD Radio's Julie Ramos.   The festival, which celebrated its Silver Anniversary February 4-14, was a huge success.  By the look of the theaters you'd never know the economy was in the fight of its life as audiences packed the theaters for the last 11 days, proving once again how powerful the art of film can be.

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented, "This year's films proved once again the caliber of filmmaking is higher than ever.  The jury was truly challenged in making the final determination."

The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included:  actor/director Joel David Moore (Avatar and director, SBIFF Award winning film, Spiral); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor); USA Today Film Critic Claudia Puig; Andy Abrahams Wilson (director, Under Our Skin); actor Clifton Collins, Jr. (Capote), actor Anthony Zerbe(The Matrix); actor Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue); actor Jay Thomas; and actor/director/writer Perry Lang.


The winning films are as follows: 

The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to Exam (US Premiere), directed by Stuart Hazeldine, and starring Luke Mably, Nathalie Cox.  Eight talented candidates have reached the final stage of selection to join the ranks of a mysterious and powerful corporation.  Entering a windowless room, an Invigilator gives them eighty minutes to answer one simple question. He outlines three rules they must obey or be disqualified.  Tensions rise as the clock steadily descends towards zero, and each candidate must decide how far they are willing to go to secure the ultimate job.  Winner received a camera package worth $60,000.

UK Director Stuart Hazeldine, who was present to accept the award, commented "We are absolutely thrilled that the first film festival in America that we've come to has embraced our film."

The Best International Film Award goes to Letters to Father Jaakob (Postia pappi Jaakobille) from Finland and directed by Klaus Härö.  Leila Sten has spent a large part of her life in a Finnish prison. When her life sentence is pardoned, Leila is left homeless. She goes to live with an old priest, who promises to provide for her in return for her help. Father Jaakob finds solace in the letters he receives daily from burdened souls requesting his prayers, and since he is blind, Leila's task is to read these letters to him. When the letters stop, Jaakob questions the role that God has chosen for him, and Leila finds herself facing a dilemma.

Helena Arstila from the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles was on hand to accept the award: "On behalf of director Klaus Härö, I have the honor and pleasure to accept this award.  Klaus is a wonderful storyteller who has been inspired by tales of the less fortunate throughout his life.  He has a unique capacity to portray human frailty and the good and the bad that all of us have in ourselves in all cultures, in all walks of life.  To receive the award here in Santa Barbara is a wonderful honor and I would like to thank you in his name for this distinction."

The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film was awarded to The Wind Journeys (US Premiere), directed by Ciro Guerra and starring Marciano Martínez, Yull Núñez.  The film is a deceptively simple story: two men on a journey, each with common quests but finding unexpected truths. 

Best East Meets West Cinema Award went to South Korea's Mother (Madeo), directed by Joon-ho Bong, about a mother who desperately searches for the killer that framed her son for a horrific murder.

Best Eastern Bloc Award went to Katalin Varga (US Premiere), directed by Peter Strickland.  In the beautiful, otherworldly Carpathian Mountains a woman is traveling with a small boy in a horse and cart, looking to punish those who once abused her. For years, Katalin (Hilda Péter) has been keeping a terrible secret. Hitchhiking with two men, she was brutally raped in the woods. Although she has kept silent about what happened, she has not forgotten, and her son Órban serves as a living reminder. When her village discovers her secret, Katalin's husband rejects her. With nothing to lose, she is free to seek revenge on the perpetrators.

Best Documentary Film Award went to Enemies of the People, from UK/Cambodia and directed by Rob Lemkin.  The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s, yet the killing fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now.  Winner received a Blu-Ray interactive authoring of the film by Mozaik Multimedia and Home Planet Productions, valued at $15,000.

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to Ana's Playground, directed by Eric D. Howell.  Film depicts just another day for children surrounded by armed conflict. 

Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film went to Urs, directed by Moritz Mayerhofer.  Urs takes his aging mother on a dangerous journey, carrying her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them.

The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award Sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara for a documentary film that addresses social justice issues also went to Enemies of the People, directed by Rob Lemkin (description of film above).  Winner received $2,500.

The festival closes tonight with the World Premiere of "Middle Men," directed by George Gallo.  Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Luke Wilson, James Caan, Kelsey Grammer and Kevin Pollack, the film chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.


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Mobile Post: SB Film Fest Poster Debut

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Santa Barbara Film Festival unveiled their beautiful poster this morning along with the announcement of many amazing events...Including a Jeff Bridges day!? What? I can't wait! "11amazing days and ten stary nights"

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Mulligan, Ronan, Sidibe & Stuhlbarg to be Awarded SBIFF's Virtuosos Award

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Santa Barbara, CA- The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year's standout performers by presenting The 2010 Chopin Virtuosos Award to Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Stuhlbarg, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The Award presentation, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, will take place Sunday, February 7 at the Lobero Theatre at the 25th edition of the festival, which runs February 4-14, 2010.

The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year.  Last year's recipients for this award were Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon.

Comments Durling, "These four individuals not only gave us standout breakthrough performances, but they all carry their own individual films - and they all do it virtuosically.  We salute their achievement."

Those actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are:  For making her theatrical debut in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire", Gabourey Sidibe brings a genuine truth and vulnerability to the role of Precious. Carey Mulligan's brightness and wit allow her to believably portray the wisely naive Jenny in "An Education." Best known for his talents on the Broadway stage, Michael Stuhlbarg's performance in "A Serious Man" as a suburban father in 1967 whose life crumbles right before him is thought-provoking and allows us to laugh at life's seemingly insurmountable troubles.Saoirse Ronan delivers an exceptionally mature and yet hauntingly gracious performance as Susie Salmon in "The Lovely Bones."  While her territory is both calming and uncharted, she guides us with an expertise indicative of actors with a much more extensive resume. 

The SBIFF Virtuosos are the latest to join previously-announced 25th Anniversary Honorees James Cameron, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Christoph Walz.

The Chopin Virtuosos Award Tribute will take place at the Lobero Theatre on Sunday, February 7.  Tickets for the event will go on sale today and can be purchased at a 20% discount through December 31 at or through the Lobero Box Office, 805.963.0761 and the Arlington Theater Box office, 805.963.4408.  Festival Platinum and Cinema Passes are currently on sale exclusively at the Lobero Box Office.  Box Office fees will apply for all Film Festival Passes, Mini-Paks, and event tickets.

Chopin Vodka embodies purity, independence, authenticity, and distinction, qualities which clearly inspired the striking bottle design and which are reinforced by the brand's uniquely creamy, full-bodied flavor from naturally grown potatoes.  2010 will be the third year of Chopin's partnership with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will also be the 200th Anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birthday, and to celebrate, the brand will be debuting on the red carpet a 200 Liter bottle -- the largest bottle of vodka ever produced. For recipes and more information about Chopin, please visit and follow our Twitter feed at

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run February 4 through February 14, 2010, is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form.  SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination.  The SBIFF is also committed to education through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies, and educational seminars.  With a projected audience of over 70,000 viewing more than 200 films over its eleven-day run, the SBIFF attracts an affluent local and national consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in nearby Los Angeles.  For more information, please visit


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Toastmasters Invite Guests to Watch Them Prepare Holiday Dinners

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On Tuesday, November 24, the members of Santa Barbara Toastmasters Club # 5 will demonstrate the preparation of their favorite holiday  recipes.


This special event will take place 7:00-8:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara’s Parish Hall, 1535 Santa Barbara Street.  


Watch these “seasoned” presenters as they tantalize your tastebuds!


Stay for refreshments and meet the cooks.


The public is welcome.  No charge.  No late seating.


Contact Joy Kelly at (805) 963-2075 or should you have any questions.


For more information on how you can participate in Toastmasters, check out . 


For the sites and times of all local chapters open to all:


Unity Speakeasy Club

Meeting Time: Thursday, 7:00 a.m.

Unity Church

1626 Santa Barbara Street

(805) 448-2122


Santa Barbara Toastmasters Club #5

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 7:00 a.m.

Unitarian Society

1535 Santa Barbara Street

(805) 967-0595


Woodland Toastmasters

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church

1500 State Street

(805) 687-8864


Whitehatters Ovation Club

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara Association of Realtors

1415 Chapala Street

(805) 884-8636



City Orators Club

Meeting Time: Alternate Tuesdays, 12:05 p.m.

David Gebhard Public Meeting Room

630 Garden Street

(805) 965-8907


Mission Chapter Toastmaster Club

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 5:40 p.m.

Saint Raphael Church

5444 Hollister Avenue, Community Center Room, Goleta

(805) 682-6943


Goleta Valley Club

Meeting Time: Thursday, 12:00 p.m.

Edison Building

103 David Love Place off Hollister Avenue, Goleta

(805) 967-7282


Noventa Toastmasters Club

Meeting Time: Alternate Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Sizzler Restaurant

5555 Hollister

(805) 966-1925


Whine & Dine Club

Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Elephant Bar

521 Firestone Road

(805) 682-6943


Gaucho Toastmasters

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.

Student Resource Building, Room 1103

UCSB, Goleta

(818) 288-7590


Presentation Pros Club

Meeting Time: 2nd Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Airport Administration Building

601 Firestone Road, Goleta


For the sites and times of clubs with restricted membership:


Toastmasters of QAD Club

Meeting Time: Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.

QAD, Inc.

100 Innovation Place

(805) 566-6000


GoTo Toastmasters Club

Meeting Time: Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

Citrix Online

65oo Hollister Avenue

(805) 690-5832



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SUPER SANTA BARBARA - a Contemporary Art exhibition based on Measure B

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For SUPER SANTA BARBARA, local artists were asked to envision what Santa Barbara might be like in 50-100 years. Partly inspired by Measure B (the building height measure), and in part by Super Studio, this quickly assembled exhibit seeks to encourage fresh perspectives, conversation and debate about the future of our community. 

SUPER SANTA BARBARA Contemporary Art Exhibition
Image of the opening reception at CAF.  (photo: Myopia)

It is currently showing daily 10-noon and 5-7pm at 121 Santa Barbara St.  

visit for more information.

SUPER SANTA BARBARA is an independent exhibition organized and curated by Warren Schultheis. It is not installed or organized under CAF's curatorial programming and schedule. 


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The Marvelous Story of Shandy Wilkes Tonight at Center Stage

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Proximity Theatre Company's 'The Marvelous Story of Shandy Wilkes is opening tonight at Center Stage Theatre in Paseo Nuevo.  

The play is written by Karina Richardson, Directed by Kyra Lehman, with music by Ken Urbina.  Here's a preview:

Tickets are 20 bucks. Show starts at 8pm.


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An Evening with Monsters of Folk

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Monsters of Folk—comprised of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward bring their Fall tour to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday, October 22nd and will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd.  Although these critically acclaimed artists have shared the stage before, this album marks their first recorded output as a band.  

Monsters of Folk began as folklore of sorts, when James, Oberst, Ward and Mogis did their first run of shows together in 2004.  Like the musical revue shows that went town to town when rock ‘n’ roll was newly born, the tour was called “An Evening With:  Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward,” although amongst friends and crew, it became affectionately known as the “Monsters of Folk Tour.”  While entertaining audiences coast to coast with gorgeous acoustic melodies and world-weary tales, the foursome vowed to make their way to a studio at some point after the tour’s completion.  Instead, the songsmiths went on to individually release some of rock music’s most exciting and essential albums of the last five years – Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning & Cassadaga; My Morning Jacket’s Z & Evil Urges; M. Ward’s Post War and Hold Time.   Never ones to forget their promise, when downtime presented itself, they convened in the studio multiple times over two years, with Mogis at the helm of their first recorded effort.  The result is as stunning and storied as you would expect it to be. 

All four members play every instrument on the album, supplying everything from drum kills to cascading backing vocals.  The songs—some road-worn fables, some intimate and intricate with electronic elements, some woozy and sun-soaked—are everything one expects from these four musical minds collaborating together.  The album exudes a warm, organic spaciousness, filled by brilliant choruses, intoxicating harmonies and effortless melodies, as each member brings his own strengths to the table to create one perfect whole.  

Don’t miss your chance to see Monsters of Folk at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday, October 22, 2009. Ticket prices range from $27 to $45, plus applicable service charges.  The Santa Barbara Bowl is located at 1122 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, 800-745-3000. 

Tickets On Sale Saturday, August 1 @ 11am 

Tickets available at all TicketMaster outlets including:  F.Y.E, select Macy’s, Ritmo Latino, the Arlington Theatre and the Santa Barbara Bowl Box Office.  To charge by phone please call, 800-745-3000.  Order online at  


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Beastie Boys Awesomeness Coming Back to Santa Barbara Bowl (cancelled)

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UPDATE: Shows cancelled. See Below original post.



NYC’s favorite sons; the Beastie Boys return to the Santa Barbara Bowl after their 2007 sold-out performance, for a pair of not-to-be-missed shows on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 with very special guests. 


Who would have thought that a punk band thrown together for a birthday party would evolve into one of the most influential and groundbreaking successes of its time?  Certainly not the Beastie Boys, whose now 30+ year career has logged 40 million in sales, three Grammy Awards and four #1 albums— including the first hip-hop album ever to top the Billboard 200.   


The group is slated to release their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 on September 15 in multiple configurations including a 5.1 surround mix.  The album consists of 17 tracks and features guest appearances by Nas and Santigold. 


Finally, the last installment of the deluxe, remastered, expanded and altogether awesome Beastie Boys catalogue reissues will be dropping in advance of the new record:  The band’s multi-platinum 1998 opus Hello Nasty will be given the 2-CD/vinyl box set/multi format treatment beginning with an August 17 pre- order/digital release and will hit stores August 25.  Preceded by the universal smash “Intergalactic,” Hello Nasty crashed into the #1 spots of charts worldwide upon its 1998 release, with first week sales of 

nearly 700,000 in the US alone.  Hello Nasty went on to yield Beastie Boys classics “Body Movin’,” “Three MC’s and One DJ,” “Remote Control” and “Super Disco Breakin’.” 


Don’t miss your chance to see the Beastie Boys with very special guests at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20 at 6pm.  Ticket prices range from $37 to $53, plus applicable service charges.  The Santa Barbara Bowl is located at 1122 N. Milpas, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, 800-745-3000.  


Tickets On Sale Saturday, July 25 @ 11am


----Important Update----





Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords.  


Beastie Boys have cancelled all upcoming concert appearances, including their September 19 & 20 shows scheduled at the Santa Barbara Bowl to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back.  


Paraphrasing from a video statement on, Yauch said, "I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because i was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."   

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Alternative Film Series Coming to the Lobero Theatere

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Santa Barbara, CA – Programmed by Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s
Executive and Programming Directors Roger Durling and Candace Schermerhorn, the Lobero Theatre Presents the ALTERNATIVE FILM SERIES, featuring some of the top independent festival films of this past year.  The Series will have two showings of each film every Friday night, beginning July 10 through August 28.  Programmed by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling and Programming Director Candace Schermerhorn, the Lobero Theatre will offer up an alternative to summer movie-goers who would like to see a variety of films from around the world.
David Asbell, Executive Director of the Lobero Theatre commented, "Roger and Candace have impeccable taste in film and we are very excited with the selections for this first series. And, of course, it is always great to work with the folks at the SB Film Festival."
The general public can purchase the entire SERIES (all six films) for $60 or a single ticket for $12 (facility fee included).  The Series pass and individual tickets will be available to SBIFF Cinema Society members at a 10% discount.  For tickets, please call the Lobero Box Office 805.963.0761 or log onto


AMERICAN VIOLET - JULY 10 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Tim Disney
“A powerful, compelling true story of a woman of courage.” -  Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk
Nicole Behaire is superb as Dee Roberts, a twenty-something African-American single mom struggling to make ends meet in a small Texas town.  When cops arrest her and many of her neighbors in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence. Refusing a plea bargain that would allow her to avoid jail time, Roberts stands up against a corrupt law enforcement and judicial system, a principled choice that leads to an entire set of unexpected and bewildering consequences with national implications. Inspired by true events of a town where a large percentage of its African-American population was summarily rounded up one night, AMERICAN VIOLET provides superb, stirring, socially conscious drama in the tradition of NORMA RAE and ERIN BROCKOVICH. The pitch-perfect ensemble cast includes Will Patton, Tim Blake Nelson, Alfre Woodard, Charles Dutton and Michael O’Keefe.
UNITED STATES • 2008 • 120 MINS.

GOODBYE SOLO  - JULY 17 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Ramin Bahrani
“Wherever you live, when this film opens, it will be the best film in town.”  -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol‘ boy with a lifetime of regrets.  One man‘s American dream is just beginning, while the other‘s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, GOODBYE SOLO deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.


THE WINDOW - JULY 24 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Carlos Sorin
“A reflective poem, one that’s never solemn, always insightful and sometimes hilarious.” 
– John Anderson, Variety
As a teenager, Argentine director Carlos Sorín was deeply affected by Ingmar Bergman’s WILD STRAWBERRIES, a classic story of an elderly man recalling significant moments in his life. In THE WINDOW, Antonio, an elderly, literary gentleman, is bedridden in his comfortable hacienda, waited upon by family retainers. His long-absent son, a renowned pianist, is expected that evening and preparations (tuning the piano, chilling champagne) are in full swing. When Antonio escapes the constraints of his too-solicitous staff to wander through the adjoining fields, his thoughts wander as well. We are left with the understanding that each of us collects “rosebud” moments — those defining experiences of passion which only become more significant with time as they crystallize a life’s meaning into a few, precious images.


- AUGUST 14 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Jury Award Winner – Cannes Film Festival
TOKYO SONATA is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. The father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. From the exterior, all is normal and the same. But somehow, a single, unforeseeable chasm has appeared within the family, threatening to disintegrate them. Director Kurosawa’s use of light and dark to express a sense of simultaneous hope and horror verges on awe-inspiring and the ending will leave you enthralled.


BURMA VJ - AUGUST 21 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
“A rich, thought-provoking film… inspiring.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
Burma, September 2007: after weeks of protests by students and activists against the country’s cruel dictatorship, thousands of Buddhist monks take to the streets. While 100,000 people protest a repressive regime that has held the country hostage for over 40 years, foreign news crews are banned and the Internet is shut down. Burma is closed to the outside world. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 underground video journalists (VJs) record these dramatic events on handycams and smuggle the footage out of the country, broadcasting it worldwide via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly document the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police — and then they themselves become the targets of the authorities.

THE HEADLESS WOMAN - AUGUST 28 – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm
A film by Lucretia Martel
From the director of LA CIENAGA, comes this oblique, compelling tale of a poster child for the South American haute bourgeoisie: blonde and bland, perfectly coiffed and made-up, usually sitting behind the wheel of a Mercedes. María Onetto plays a woman whose perfect life may be a dream or whose nightmare accident (was that a child her car hit? a dog? or nothing?) may indicate that her entire existence lacks reality. Critics have referenced David Lynch and Luis Buñuel as forerunners for the kind of hyper-reality the film exudes. When the film played at last fall’s New York Film Festival, the Village Voice’s J. Hoberman wrote: “The third feature by Lucrecia Martel, leading director of the Argentine renaissance, is her strongest to date – at the very least, this brilliantly edited, purposefully disorienting comedy about a middle-aged woman’s post-car-accident confusion is the movie I’m most looking forward to revisiting.”


Click here for reviews and fabulous star-studded photos from City2 writers during SBIFF 2009

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SBMA Nights - Art, Music, Martinis & Night Atelier - Where art and performance get personsl

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SBMA Events


Art. Music. Martinis.

Now in its sixth year, Nights continues to inspire through time-based art, performance, and new media. Our unique events offer a cultural cocktail of art, music, specialty martinis, and outrageous one-night-only interactive happenings in the Museum's galleries.

 Thursday, June 25, 5:30 - 8 pm

Celebrate visual geometry, contrast and texture inspired by Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow with a special performance by String Theory in SBMA's back plaza, The Nude in Nature Collective Submissions, KCRW's DJ Jason Bentley, and Landscaping the Body: Botanical Couture, and Negative Spaces: Shadow Boxes. 

Nights Atelier

Where art and performance get personal.

Step inside SBMA for a fresh experience with our new event series Nights Atelier - Nights' version of an artist's atelier - a studio for the imagination where the lights are lower, conversations are more intimate, and the artists are your collaborators.  Limited to 200 guests to ensure the most intimate experience.

Saturday, June 27, 6  - 8 pm

Finding Form: Nature and the Nude

Celebrate the exuberance and abandon of the body as artists conjure, carve, shape, and feel their way to and from form with the site/sight specific sculpting from life studio, body as landscape over-sized photo-grams, and a provocative interactive concert by String Theory.

For more information and tickets visit or call 884.6414.

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Nights Atelier - Where art and performance get personal

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Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Nights - Art, Music, Martinis - Thursday, June 25    5:30 pm

Celebrate visual geometry contrast and texture inspired by Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow with a special performance by String Theory in SBMA's back plaza. The Nude in Nature Collective Submissions, KCRW's DJ Jason Bentley, and Landscaping the Body: Botanical Couture, and Negative Spaces: Shadow Boxes. Cost $25 Members; $30 Nonmembers.

For information and Tickets visit or call 884-6414

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UB40 Live! at the historic Arlington Theatre, Fri April 24th, 8pm!

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Twiin Productions in association with KRUZ presents:

UB40 w. special guest

FRIDAY, April 24 @ 8:00PM


On Friday, April, 24, 2009, Twiin Productions, Inc., in association with Santa Barbara-based radio station KRUZ (@97.5 FM), presents critically-acclaimed reggae band UB40 in concert, at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre.

UB40 is arguably the most successful reggae act of all time, having sold over 70 million records through 25 albums since the band's inception in 1978 in Birmingham, England, UK. They are most known for their cover versions of Elvis' ballad, "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" and Neil Diamond's "Red, Red, Wine," among numerous chart-topping original songs and other cover versions of popular songs. 2009 certainly started on a high for UB40, headlining a concert in Albufeira, Portugal in front of a capacity crowd of 70,000. UB40 now comes Stateside to the historic Arlington Theatre to get the crowd dancing and grooving to the band’s infectious rhythms.

Love Songs is UB40's newest album released on February 2nd which beautifully brings together 20 of their best-loved tracks showcasing the bands softer more romantic side. Featuring the huge number 1 singles Red Red Wine, I Got You Babe and Can't Help Falling In Love. UB40 make this tour stop as preparations are made to release Labour of Love IV, the band's next studio album. Come be a part of a refreshing and memorable experience at the famed Arlington Theatre, with an unforgettable performance by reggae legends UB40.

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2009. Doors: 7pm, Special Guest 8pm, UB40 9:15pm.

WHERE: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

TICKETS: On sale date: Friday, Feb 27th, 10am. Online at: or Arlington Theatre Box Office: (805) 963-4408

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