ABOUT: Eight local artists show their love for the landmark Chinese building that was once Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens with original artworks depicting the 1947 building in their own styles in the singular space where the beloved cocktail lounge was located. Illustration, to watercolor, oil and acrylic, French dyes on silk and a painterly photograph make up the magical combination of impressions. The lounge is now called, Lovejoy’s Pickle Room, and owners Bob & Clay Lovejoy honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy & Tommy Chung and their families as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown with this exhibit instigated by Mo McFadden. Stop in, see the show, have a cocktail and enjoy the ambiance of one of Santa Barbara’s classic spots open again and looking much like it did – only better – after the restoration.
Artists included: Gary Chafe, Patricia Chidlaw, Cyndi Burt, Larry Iwerks, Judith Geiger,
Augie Ortiz, John Klippenstein, Chris Potter and David Diamant. Some art is for sale – get it now before the show closes! Prices range from $150 to $1700.
Choreography by Nancy Colahan, Lucas Hoving, Hillary Bassoff, Colin Connor, Alexandra Beller, Christopher Pilafian
Company members: Sammy Aiella, Dakota Bailey, Hillary Bassof, Kasey Burgunder, Heather Mignon Cross, Kate Lyons, Beatrice Martino, Charlie Schnitzer, Colleen Stankey, Jessica Stucke, Wilson Vu
WHEN: Wednesday, May 28 & Thursday, May 29 @ 8 pm
WHERE: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)
COST: $20 general/$15 student
INFO: (805) 963-0408 or online www.centerstagetheater.org
Box Office is open Wed. – Fri., noon – 5 pm and one hour prior to all shows. You can purchase tickets online 24/7.
ABOUT: UCSB Dance Company returns from a successful two week tour to Prague and Italy, where they performed in six different cities. Presenting an evening of compelling and luminous modern dance. These are the company’s last two public shows before they graduate and leap into careers in dance.
The UCSB Dance Company directed by Delila Moseley is a student company in residence established in 1990. The company provides extensive performing opportunities for outstanding senior-year dance majors selected by the dance faculty.
Diverse works from three different choreographers will be presented by American Dance & Music (AD&M), formerly Ballet Santa Barbara, in the fourth annual Dance:Up Close and Cultural. This free, family friendly performance is at the Carrillo Recreation Center on Sunday, June 8th at 2PM. Join us for an informal afternoon of dance including guest artists, audience participation, and Q & A. After the 2013 event, Justine Sutton from Noozhawk wrote, “Take the opportunity to benefit from its classes and future performances, and enjoy another gem in Santa Barbara’s rich cultural atmosphere.”
This year’s concert features American Dance & Music Performance Group Artistic Director, Carrie Diamond debuting her new work entitled, Pastorale, set to the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, performed live by Music Director, Eric Valinsky, with dancers, Jessica Feltman, Nikki Pfeiffer, and Sally Schuiling. In this trio, the choreographer sets a scene of uncertainty, disconnection, and powerlessness while the work is infused by idea that artistry and humanity will prevail, despite the barriers and obstacles we face. AD&M Performance Group joins forces with DramaDogs in a collaboration to create a new version of Cardinal Sin, a 2001 work by DramaDog Co-Artistic Directors, E. Bonnie Lewis and Ken Gilbert. Ms. Lewis explained, “This whimsical piece was created as a challenge: can one create a theater piece out of a recipe? It was ultimately developed into a loving and humorous homage to Julia Child whose passion for life and love of fine food and fine dining inspire us all.” The collaboration will feature actors, Erica Connell and Mackenzie Urbanowicz, and dancers Nikki Pfeiffer and Sally Schuiling.
Ms. Diamond will dance a solo by L.A. choreographer, Mari Sandoval, entitled, Turkish by Matisse, with music by Igor Stravinsky. Ms. Sandoval states that, “Turkish By Matisse was set in motion by the legendary dancer and educator, Carmelita Maracci, who, in one of her lectures gave an assignment to simply make a dance with a fan. I also took inspiration from the odalisque paintings of Henri Matisse”.
Ms. Diamond recalls, “Mari was my high school dance teacher. Her passion and dedication taught me how to envision dance as a way of life. I had the privilege of dancing Turkish when I was in high school and now, over thirty years later, our lives have magically converged again. I am savoring every moment in and outside of the studio with her. Working with Mari after all this time is a rare and special gift for me.”
As AD&M’s Guest Artist, Ms. Sandoval, choreographer, will present her company in the premiere of, La Vida Breve, a classical Spanish work set to the music of Manuel De Falla. Dancers include, Kathy Keane, Monica Ramos, and Ms. Sandoval. They will also dance a rousing Sevillanas.
Each choreographer will talk briefly about her work and give audience members the opportunity to ask questions and to share their observations or comments. Audience participation caps the 75-minute event with a brief class for children and adults wishing to join Ms. Diamond and Ms. Lewis on stage for an inspiring movement activity. A reception will follow.
About Dance: Up Close and Cultural, Ms. Diamond notes that, “Doing Up Close is incredibly important to me not only because we get to dance and share great work with the community in an informal way, but because we bring children into the mix. A high point of Up Close is when audience members join us onstage. After the kids have seen a couple of dances, and they can't sit a moment longer, we ask them up come and dance with us, and they are delightful and brilliant. It's a joyful and inspiring thing to see. Everybody is happy and it adds a lovely dimension to the afternoon.”
This free community event has been made possible, in part by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest of the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Susan Bower, Denise Abrams, and by many other generous individuals and local businesses. Custom Printing is our printing sponsor for the event. Mark the date – Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For more information call (805) 450-7535 or log onto www.adam-bsb.org. Come experience dance… up close & cultural.
WHO: American Dance and Music Presents the 4th Annual
ABOUT: Fourth annual free community performance welcomes all ages. Event features LIVE music by Music Director, Eric Valinsky; AD&M Performance Group: Carrie Diamond, Jessica Feltman, Nikki Pfeiffer, and Sally Schuiling. Guest companies participating, DramaDogs (Santa Barbara) and Mari Sandoval and Dancers (Los Angeles). Reception will follow the performances.
Choreography by Nancy Colahan, Meredith Cabaniss, Val Huston,
Jose Limon, Jerry Pearson, Peter Pucci and Donald McKayle
Company members: Meredith Cabaniss, Brendon Chan, Sarah Eichler, Chelsea Hammond, Genevieve Hand, Yvette Johnson, Kelly Marshall, Sean Nederlof, Salinda Nichols, Alannah Pique, Megan Ragland, Aly Romano, and Dani Ziff
Box Office is open Wed. – Fri., noon – 5 pm and one hour prior to all shows
ABOUT: UCSB Dance Company returns from a successful two week tour to New York and Italy, where they performed in six different cities. Trajectory is an evening of compelling and luminous modern dance. Choreographers include Jose Limon and Donald McKayle, icons of the
modern dance world in America, and New York choreographer Peter Pucci, formerly of Pilobolus Dance Company. UCSB faculty members Valerie Huston, Jerry Pearson. Christopher Pilafian
and Nancy Colohan have set works on the company as well. The company offers their final performance - an exciting evening of dance - thirteen vibrant young dancers in works of brilliance and beauty.
The UCSB Dance Company directed by Delila Moseley is a student company in residence established in 1990. The company provides extensive performing opportunities for outstanding senior-year dance majors selected by the dance faculty.
This year take a break from the picnics, barbecues, and other holiday weekend activities to remember the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day. The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation invites the community to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at a very special event this Monday at 10am sharp at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.
The Memorial Day Program starts with a Color Guard; an Invocation and keynote speech by Brigadier General Fred Lopez. Representative Lois Capps will speak as well. A beautiful and patriotic Music Program includes bagpipers, the Shira choral group from Congregation B’nai Brith led by Cantor Mark Childs and “Taps.” The ceremony concludes with flyovers by vintage era aircraft. All of these components bring to life the Claeyssens motto of “Never Forgotten.” Mark your calendars for this Monday, 10 to 11am, at Santa Barbara Cemetery, near East Beach. Please arrive early – and take time to say, “Thanks.”
WHO: Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Foundation presents
WHAT: MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
WHEN: Monday, May 26, 2014
10 am – 11 am
(Pls. arrive early we start on time)
WHERE: Santa Barbara Cemetery
901 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
INFO: (805) 259-4394 or www.PierreClaeyssensVeteransFoundation.org
COST: Free~Donations Welcome
ABOUT: Come join us for the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day. This one-hour program is designed to honor all those who have served and their families. Program includes bagpipers, USMC Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance & Invocation with live music, guest speakers, and singers to bring to life the PCVF motto - “Never Forgotten.” All are welcome to join us. Seating area provided. Pls arrive no later than 9:45 am. Ceremony starts at 10 sharp and culminates with a flyover of vintage war birds doing two passes – the final one “The Missing Man” pass.
For your comfort, please wear sunscreen or hats and comfortable shoes to traverse the cemetery grounds. Free parking.
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Memorial Day Weekend Three-Day Art & Music Festival
(Santa Barbara, CA) More than 200 works of art will be on display from nearly 100 members of Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment - SCAPE - and for sale during the three-day ART ALONG THE CREEK: Restoring Lands, Restoring Livesthis Memorial Day Weekend (5/24-26). Complemented by live music from a variety of small bands nestled in the woods along Mission Creek, it’s only a block away from the majestic Santa Barbara Mission. This is the 7th annual juried art show for the SCAPE group known primarily for top quality plein aire landscapes. At this wide-ranging show many different styles of art are on display and for sale: portraits and figurative art, still life and floral, along with contemporary, surreal, mixed mediums, outsider and abstract art as well. 40% of each purchase is tax deductible as it supports the creek restoration project of Phoenix, a non-profit, residential mental health treatment agency. Art Along the Creek is a free, dog-friendly festival and opens on Saturday, May 24 from 2 – 6 pm, Sunday 11am to 6 pm & Monday from 11 am to 5 pm. Located at 37 Mountain Drive, this is one of two locations for Phoenix in Santa Barbara. For information call Phoenix at (805) 965.3434 or log on to www. phoenixofsb.org or www.s-c-a-p-e.org
J.T. Turner, Executive Director of Phoenix Santa Barbara, who is also an abstract artist, affirmed, "We really appreciate SCAPE sponsoring this annual art show; it is not only a fundraiser for us, but a way for the public to buy excellent art at great prices, and for them to learn about how we are good stewards of the local ecology, and are doing great work in the area of psychiatric rehabilitation."
All are welcome to attend the reception & award ceremony to take place on Sunday, May 26 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
This year’s honored artist Camille Dellar will be feted at this time. Dellar was one of the founding artists of SCAPE. Upon learning she was going to be the honored artist, Dellar said, “I grew up in Santa Barbara loving the wide open spaces. The mountains and the sea speak to my soul, and they have always been part of my life. This is the essential reason for becoming a founding member of SCAPE, and working in the early years to help make it successful. I feel like it is my duty, as someone who loves the landscape, to protect these beautiful and natural places from development so that future generations can enjoy the vistas as we do today. When I paint I become lost in the beauty of the world around me, and I hope that these feelings translate to the viewer and bring them peace too.” She is an award-winning artist with exhibitions all over the country. Take a moment to look at her website: http://camilledellar.com.
Awards are given in six categories: Beneficiary’s Choice; Landscape; Portrait/Figure/Still Life; Abstract/Surreal/Contemporary; Urban Landscape/Architectural; Outsider Art; Mayor’s Choice and the People’s Choice. Jurist for this year’s show is Libby Smith who will make her choices as the artists arrive on Saturday morning for the ingathering, so when the show opens at 2 p.m. all award ribbons will be in place.
Past honorees include: Beloved comedian and artist, Jonathan Winters in 2011; well-known and much beloved artist Marcia Burtt who was instrumental in getting SCAPE going was honored in 2012 and last year, Larry Iwerks was honored – he was also a founding member of SCAPE.
Through the past dozen years, the non-profits SCAPE has helped raise money for include: Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB’s Sedgwick Reserve, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Naples Coalition, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Phoenix Santa Barbara Creek Habitat Restoration and Channelkeeper. To date, more than $130,000 has been raised for our local non-profit organizations through the end of 2013.
Among the artists exhibiting are: Cheryl Ambrecht, Jamee Aubrey, Susan Belloni, Cynthia Burt, Anna Campbell, Carol Carbine, Donald Crocker, Sharon Dal Pozzo, Patty Doyle, Deborah Ferguson, Carrie Givens, Morgan Green, Holli Harmon, Sally Hamilton, Jeremy Harper, Blair Harper, Wyllis Heaton, Kerri Hedden, Erika Hill, Jane Hurd, Larry Iwerks, Tom Keenan, Lori Lenz, Filiberto Lomeli, Cree Mann, Jerry Martin, Donna Moser, Linda Mutti, Laurel Mines, Margaret Nadeau, Roberta Nielsen, Mirilla Olsen, Steve Richardson, John Rindlaub, John Robattam, Bob Rowley, Ann Sanders, Sharron Schock, Kim Snyder, Leigh Sparks, B.J. Stapen, Rebecca Stebbins, J.T. Turner, Dorene White, Natalie Wilson, and Michelle Zuzalec. Go to http://www.s-c-a-p-e.org/members.html to see websites for most of the artists here.
Musicians playing throughout the weekend include returning favorites - Glendessary Jam, Larrry* and the Ocean All-Stars (*the third ‘r’ is silent),John Rindlaub’sHot Dusty Roads,Chucumite andThe Honeysuckle Possums. Also in the line up are: Michael Mendelson, Susan & Sierra Reeves, Anastasia, Cool and the Twang, and Greg and Anika.
Enjoy the ambiance under sun-dappled oaks, and among vibrant colorful works of art, while enjoying the sounds of live music with artists, art patrons, environmentalists, and families celebrating Memorial Day. Dogs are welcome too! Plan a get-away weekend in Santa Barbara for a weekend full of art to feed your soul and senses. Be sure to take in “I Madonnari” Italian chalk art festival now in its 28th year in the parking lot in front of the Queen of the Missions – Santa Barbara – it’s only a block away (and runs concurrently to the SCAPE show). Enjoy the temporary art installation there, then, walk a block to Mountain Drive, and look for the art show signs. Parking for the show is available on the streets. Best Bet: Plan to carpool, take the MTD bus, a taxi or pedi-cab. BIG thanks to the Art Along the Creek committee.
Later this year, SCAPE will have two more shows: in September to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry and in November for a months long show at the SB County Building’s Channing Peake Gallery to highlight the Santa Barbara County Parks.
About SCAPE: SCAPE, which stands for Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment, was founded in 2002 and has grown to more than 200 members, comprising of a diverse group including nationally known and local artists, students, patrons and even gallery owners. Membership is open to everyone who wants to participate. SCAPE’s goals are to have exhibitions to help raise money to protect open spaces, to increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues, to promote camaraderie and provide education for artists. SCAPE has three or four exhibits every year and each is juried. Membership is open year-round. Call (805) 570-9195 for info or online @ www.s-c-a-p-e.org
ABOUT PHOENIX: Phoenix of Santa Barbara provides a range of mental health recovery-oriented services, with the goal of helping individuals and families cope and thrive in the face of a variety of psychiatric and substance abuse conditions. It recently celebrated 40 years of providing services and education about the full range of psychiatric challenges facing us in the 21st century. Phoenix provides creative and innovative residential and outpatient services to rehabilitate and provide care to adults diagnosed with psychiatric and addictive disorders with a focus on encouraging clients to participate actively in their own recovery. Call (805) 965.3434or online @ www.phoenixsb.org
WHO: S-C-A-P-E: Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment
WHAT: “Art Along the Creek: Restoring Lands, Restoring Lives” Seventh
Annual Benefit Art Show by SCAPE artists
WHEN: May 24 through May 26 – Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday May 24, 2 – 6 p.m.; Sunday, May 25, 11am to 6 pm;
Movement Artists Mira Kingsley and David Hurwith bring new research on the connection between Body and Consciousness to
Santa Barbara with
“SOMATIC VISIONARIES AT UCSB"
Saturday May 17th from 12-5pm in the HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, The Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB and Ritual & Research Inc. presents, Remembering Flow: Balancing the Nervous System in Movement with Andrea Olsen. This afternoon workshop is open to the public and presents the evolutionary heritage of the nervous system. Participants will engage with movement as a medium through which we know ourselves and the world and then integrate the work with writing. Registration for the workshop at ritualandresearch.org
This public workshop inaugurates a two-year series of residencies at UCSB entitled Somatic Visionaries at UCSB. The events in this series offer interested people from local communities, the opportunity to study and dialogue with pioneering masters in the field of Somatics. The program intends to offer students and local communty members exposure to innovative models of human possibility and imagination that we hope will inspire them in their own work as researchers, artists and citizens.
Somatics is a vital contemporary field of research that is still defining itself. The field of Somatics has developed over the last century through a process of inquiry into how consciousness inhabits the living body. Somatic studies combine physical and artistic development with anatomy, kinesiology, and philosophy. The practices value unity of mind, body, and spirit, as well as process over goal-oriented product. The work brings profound awareness of the body-mind complex and enfranchises one’s personal experience of embodiment as a meaningful guide for relating to self and other.
Andrea Olsen, along with the other guests in the Somatic Visionaries program, are internationally recognized innovators in the field of Somatics. Our guests are educators, authors, artists and healers who have forged unique paths from their own direct experience. Each has uncovered a view of inhabiting and relating to the body/mind/spirit that has shaped the growing field of Somatics and radically transformed the way embodiment is experienced.
Somatic Visionaries at UCSB, is led by Associate Professor of Dance Mira Kingsley and UCSB Lecturer in Embodied Anatomy, David Hurwith. As somatic practitioners and researchers Kingsley and Hurwith have first hand experience of the transformative potentional of somatic research. They are dedicated to advancing this field of study both within the University and beyond. Their own research has its primary base in the somatic practice of Authentic Movement, along with respective interests in artistic sourcing, spiritual practice and anatomical investigation. They wish to fostering an environment of study that bridges the gap between academic inquiry and embodied wisdom.
Somatic Visionaries at UCSB is part of Mira and David’s multi-tiered vision plan to make UCSB a center for innovative research Somatic Studies and to bring the University and local community closer together. This includes creating a BA in Somatic Studies and creating an ongoing laboratory both on and off campus for creative research in this field.
Cost for the public workshop is offered on a sliding scale. Participants are asked to pay at the highest level they are able as the proceeds from the public workshop go to support the continuation of the program. For more information call (805)893-3022 or contact David Hurwith by e-mail at: David@ritualandresearch.org.
WHO: Department of Theater and Dance at UCSBand Ritual & Research Inc.
WHAT: Remembering Flow: Balancing the Nervous System in MovementWith Andrea Olsen
WHEN: Saturday May 17th, 2014
12-5pm (with short breaks)
WHERE:HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara
COST: Sliding Scale $60-95. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. We need your support to continue this program.
SPECIAL: Class size is limited. Registration is highly suggested.
ABOUT:In this afternoon workshop, we explore the evolutionary heritage of the nervous system, refine alignment, and engage movement as the medium through which we know ourselves and the world. Explorations focus on experiential anatomy and dancing through the nervous system, integrating movement with writing throughout.
Andrea Olsen is a Professor of Dance and has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont (USA). She’s the author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, (UPNE 2002) and Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy (Station Hill 1991/UPNE 2002) in collaboration with Caryn McHose. Andrea performs and teaches internationally and is on the faculty of the Embodyoga teacher-training program for Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand in 2003, working with Maori, Samoan, and Cook Island dancers and teaches annual Body and Earth Training Programs in the US and abroad. Andrea’s third book, The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making, with Caryn McHose, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in January 2014. http://andrea-olsen.com
70th Anniversary of World War II’s D-Day Event Will
Honor Four Local Men Who “Stormed Normandy”
Honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day with the Channel City Club, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) has created another vibrant living history event in the “70 Years On” series commemorating important dates from World War II. This year’s luncheon and symposium, on Thursday, May 8 at Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort from 11:30a – 1:30p, will have four local men who were “The Boys Who Stormed Normandy” - Bob Forties, Frank Johnson, Sal Perez and Art Petersen. In addition to the veterans, Consuls General from our Allies – France & Belgium will also be at the luncheon to speak to the importance of D-Day. This is always a sell-out event, so call or e-mail for tickets now. Tickets are $40. RSVP to (805) 884-6636 no later than Monday, May 5 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Phil Conran, Board president for PCVF stated, “Winston Churchill called the Normandy Invasion the most difficult and complex military operation ever undertaken in the history of the world. Now, seventy years later I can state it was still the most complex military combat operation every undertaken and will probably be for the rest of this world.” Conran will serve as M.C. for the event.
John Blankenship, co-founder of PCVF noted the importance of D-Day, “Next to the Moon landing, it was the largest most monumental operation in history. D-Day took a million people to plan every aspect of the invasion. All of our Allies worked alongside us in planning the attack on Hitler’s “Fortress Europa”, a.k.a The Atlantic Wall. More than 170,000 men were part of the full force attack from land, sea & air. D-Day was the real beginning of the end of World War II.”
Available only at this event, we’ll have the book “The Fighting Fox Company” by Terry Poyser and Bill Brown. The story of the men who fought directly alongside the “Band of Brothers” as the spearhead of American’s combats in Europe. Art Petersen was part of Fox Co. and so is included in this true tale. Petersen has autographed each book to make it that much more special.
Confirmed Consuls General from our Allies will be present to talk briefly about their countries contribution to D-Day – from Belgium Rudi Veestraeten and from France, Axel Cruau. Invitations to our other allies to participate, Canada & Britain, are yet to be confirmed.
According to the Winston Churchill website, it states “The Normandy invasion aimed to establish the Allied armies in German-occupied Europe. Operation Overlord, as it was called, was the largest amphibious operation in history. The initial landing was on 6 June 1944 and after hard fighting, the Allied breakout occurred in late July.
“Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on June 6 came from Canada, the Free French Forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Most of the above countries also provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal Norwegian Navy.
“The Normandy invasion began with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks, naval bombardments, early morning amphibious landings on five beaches codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah, and Sword and during the evening the remaining elements of the parachute divisions landed. The "D-Day" forces deployed from bases along the south coast of England, the most important of these being Portsmouth.” (www.winstonchurchill.org)
“70 Years On: the Boys Who Stormed Normandy” will take place on Thursday, May 8 at 11:30 am at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Please RSVP no later than Monday, May 5 to (805) 884-6636 or e-mail: email@example.com. This event is a collaboration of the Channel City Club and Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation.
(SANTA BARBARA, CA) Relationships, mid-life crisis and ties of friendship are at the center of Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies powerful and often hilarious story in TIME STANDS STILL. Sarah Goodwin, a globe-trotting photojournalist, has just returned home from the battlefields of Iraq, having been critically injured by a roadside bomb while covering a story. Sarah’s boyfriend, James, a foreign correspondent himself, is terrified about the possibility of losing her and guilt-ridden about leaving her in harm’s way shortly before the attack.
Producer-Director Peter Frisch directs the production, running May 2 through May 10 at Center Stage Theater in the Paseo Nuevo Mall, the center of downtown. This Broadway-hit play is a smart and insightful look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war. The play’s subtle shifts in personal relationships against a background of violent world events provide a deeply moving journey for audiences.
TIME STANDS STILL offers an authentic journey into the experiences of those who have been shaken by the effects of war; and most especially for those who have witnessed it up close and personal- as did the play’s lead character Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist assigned in Iraq. She notes in a dialogue that hits the ear as real, “When I look through that little rectangle…Time stops. It just…All the noise around me…Everything cuts out. And all I see…is the picture.” The New York Times said, “Time Stands Still crackles with bright wit and intelligence.”
The Producing Unit evolved out of the advanced/professional class of The Frisch Studio. Last year the company produced God of Carnage, the Tony Award-Winning play by Yasmina Reza. Professional actors from the Studio are matched with outstanding members of the regional acting pool to create first-rate productions of cutting edge works featuring performances that plumb beneath the surface and offer surprising and powerful experiences for viewers. Two more productions are currently in The Producing Unit pipeline, including a short film.
TIME STANDS STILL features Ivy Vahanian, Bill Egan, Janelle Odair, and Thom Zimerle, whose credits include Broadway, LA film and TV and the regional theatre. Mr. Frisch has directed 160 productions in New York and regional theatre; additionally he has produced 150 hours of network television. He is best known in the area for supervising the restoration of the Granada Theatre and it’s grand re-opening.
Production dates and times for TIME STANDS STILL are May 2 through 11 with a preview performance May 1. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday & Saturday; matinees on Sunday, May 4 and Saturday, May 10 @ 2:30 p.m. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo on the second floor arts complex. Box Office is open Wed. – Sat. 12 noon to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to all shows. You can purchase your tickets online 24/7 at www.centerstagetheater.org as well. Box Office phone (805)963.0408. Center Stage is wheelchair accessible and has the assistive listening system in place for patrons who are hard of hearing.
Note: online sales subject to $1.50 surcharge/ no add’l charges for phone or in person
ABOUT: A tale of relationships, mid-life crisis, and the ties of friendship. From Pulitzer Prize-winner
Donald Margulies a powerful and often hilarious play set in the present. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug-of-war between her exhilarating career and the comforts of family life.
Center Stage Theater is wheelchair accessible and has the Assistive Listening system in place for patrons who are hard of hearing.
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the intimacy of Center Stage Theater, latecomers may be seated at appropriate intervals only. Some performances may not allow late seating. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you need to purchase a ticket at the door.
Eric Kelley Celebrating 35 years as Owner of venerable 112 year old establishment
The Book Den is “the bookstore everyone loves” and you can show your love during the month of April, as Book Den owner, Eric Kelley is celebrating his 35th year as head ‘Denizen’ of Santa Barbara’s downtown bookstore that stocks new, used collectible and hard-to-find. It’s also California’s “oldest used book store” – now 112 years old. Cruise into the long-narrow store with that special ‘book’ aroma and you’ll also find brand new books – hardback and paper – to choose from in the inventory and people who know their stock & trade to help you find the perfect book.
Taking over the store in 1979, Kelley has ridden the highs and lows of the book market through it all - from the big bookstore chains to the internet and back – The Book Den survived. No small feat considering the tsunami of competition. In 2010, when big box bookstores failed, it made The Book Den the largest bookstore downtown. Kelley actively added new books to the inventory. Now the store sells an equal amount of old and new books. “It’s around 50/50,” said Kelley. “I’m so glad to still be in business 35 years later and really want to let everyone in town know we stock the latest best-sellers now as well as new books in paperback.” Kelley noted, “Under 10% of all books sold are sold in independent bookstores like this” – given those odds it’s even more impressive and a testament to his tenacity The Book Den is still serving book fans.
The Book Den will be part of First Thursday on April 3, from 5 – 8 pm put on by the Downtown Organization. We invite you to join us and discover why the oldest used bookstore in California is still around and why it is “the bookstore everyone loves” – it’s the people who make the store special.
for art show/fundraiser at Bacara Resort on Easter Weekend
SANTA BARBARA, CA:The Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC) and the Naples Coalition along with Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) and Reeve Woolpert, fine art photographer, will hold an art exhibition/fundraiser on Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19, 2014 at the Bacara Resort & Spa. This two-day exhibit of more than 100 works of art, painted and photographed on the Gaviota Coast, will assist both the Naples Coalition and GCC to raise funds and awareness in their ongoing efforts to preserve and maintain the beautiful rural character of our rare and open coastline. Last year’s show was tremendously successful with more than $14,000 raised for the two conservation non-profits. Admission is free to the exhibition. Everyone is welcome, and those who do RSVP will get a free glass of wine at the reception. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP). SCAPE artists will donate 40% of the sale price of their art to the GCC and Naples Coalition to assist in these efforts. This is the second year for this exhibition and is unique for SCAPE in that photographer Reeve Woolpert and his fine art photography is included in the show.
An auction will be part of the first day – from 1 pm till 7:30 pm you can bid on a host of wonderful items with values from $60 to $900 to priceless. Live music from Susan & Sierra Reeves, Bruce Goldish and Paull E. Rubin & Guinness Brothers will entertain during the reception. This is a ‘Juried Show” with well-known and respected plein air artist John Iwerks serving as juror. Prizes will be awarded for Best Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, and Pastel along with a Beneficiary’s Choice picked by Save Naples/GCC and the Bacara General Manager Award chosen by Kathleen Cochran who will choose a painting as well as a photograph. Last year Bacara purchased one of the larger canvases, artist Nancy Davidson’s “Bacara at Haskell’s Beach” and is on display in the lobby of the exclusive resort. Raffle tickets for an overnight stay and spa treatment at Bacara with a bottle of fine wine, are only $5 and will be sold both days. Drawing is on Saturday @ 3:30pm (you need not be present to win). Kathleen Cochran, general manager of Bacara Resort & Spa, added, “Bacara is honored to call the Gaviota Coast our home. We have pledged our full support to organizations such as the Gaviota Coast Conservancy for the important work they do to preserve the beautiful rural character of this coastline."
"The upcoming SCAPE Art Show will expose our community to the beauty of the Gaviota Coast, and Naples in particular, as seen through the eyes of artists," says Phil McKenna, President of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy. "These talented artists are adept at capturing the emotions of being there, and their inspiring works will offer us the opportunity to own beautiful representations of the places which make our community worth living in. Through their art we see what is at stake. Purchasing this art not only furthers the cause of conservation, it enriches the buyer with a reminder of the beauty of this place. Will we preserve this priceless treasure we call the Gaviota Coast, or allow it to become just another commodity in the marketplace, sold to the highest bidder?"
Reeve Woolpert, adds, "My photography is not about me. It is not about roaming from one distant corner of the planet to another to show off my experiences. It is not about bagging the coolest perspectives of exotic places. It is about earnestly discovering the essences and poetry of nearby, familiar subjects returned to time and time again. In the case of threatened Gaviota, is about being moved by the spirit of the place, tripping out on her nature, and having as egoless a creative response as I can. My photography is also about activism and embracing home ground."
Donna Moser, President of SCAPE, describes the motivation of SCAPE artists for helping preserve the Gaviota Coast, "As many of our natural and beautiful landscapes and seascapes are on the verge of disappearing, SCAPE is dedicated to sharing the beauty of these areas through their art with the hope of preserving them. It is important to keep a place where the original California can still be seen by preserving it for the public."
Visions of the Gaviota Coast will also include live music on Friday, and on Saturday screenings of a film by Beezhan Tulu “Selma Rubin and Community Life” and Shaw Leonard’s trailer of his newest film “Gaviota, the End of Southern California.” Q+A with the filmmakers will follow the screenings at 11 am, 1 pm and 4 pm.
SYNOPSIS of films: “Selma Rubin and Community Life” When Selma Rubin, the environmental legend in Santa Barbara California, finds out a developer is planning to build 1500 homes in one of the most pristine areas on our planet, she decides to stop him using the power of community and saves the Gaviota Coast. Gaviota Coast by Channel Islands is considered a hot spot and crucial to the overall health of our planet. She activated thousands of responses and put a halt to the developer’s plans. Also screening, the newest trailer of Shaw Leonard’s film “Gaviota, the End of Southern California” which focuses on the Gaviota Coast and it’s importance to the community and the world.
Bacara Resort & Spa is located at 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 (855) 817-9782 www.bacararesort.com/
"Visions Of The Gaviota Coast" Some of the Auction items include:
Island Packers & Aquasports Kayak Adventure Package for two to Santa Cruz Island
Original art Leigh Sparks, Dan Chrynko and Jake Early
One night stay at El Capitan Canyon Resort
Guided hike at Naples for up to 20 people and “Santa Barbara’s Royal Ranchos” book
One session of ‘Owling’ with world class expert Mark Holmgren
Four month subscription to Ellwood Canyon Farms CSA program (Organic produce)…….and many more great auction items
VISIONS OF THE GAVIOTA COAST: Events Schedule:
Friday, April 18
1:00 to 8:00pm– SCAPE Art Show hours
5:00 to 8:00pm – Special Artists Reception with refreshments and live music
Saturday, April 19
10:00am to 5:00pm – SCAPE Art Show Hours
3:30 pm Raffle Drawing
Screenings @ 11am, 1 pm and 4 pm
Q&A with the filmmakers after each screening.
About the Gaviota Coast and the Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC):
The Gaviota Coast, located in southern Santa Barbara County, includes the coastal watersheds between Coal Oil Point in Goleta, to Point Arguello on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the remainder of Vandenberg's coast to Point Sal. The portion down-coast of Point Conception constitutes about 15% of Southern California's coast, yet contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline. Expanding urbanization has displaced agriculture on fertile coastal plains along Southern California's coastline, reduced public beach access, and stressed coastal watersheds and marine ecosystems. Rapid population growth in the region has led to dramatic loss of native biological diversity, and a general decline in the health of ecosystems we depend on. To meet these challenges and preserve our coastal heritage, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to long-term strategies to permanently protect the Gaviota Coast. Call for more info:(805) 683-3381 http://gaviotacoastconservancy.org/
About SCAPE: SCAPE—Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment—was founded in 2002 and has grown to over 200 members, a diverse group including nationally known and local artists, students, patrons and even gallery owners. Membership is open to everyone who wants to participate. SCAPE’s goals are to have Exhibitions to help raise money to protect open spaces, to Increase public awareness of environmental and conservation issues, to promote camaraderie and provide education for artists. Among the non-profits SCAPE has helped raise money for are Environmental Defense Center, Community Environmental Council, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, UCSB’s Sedgwick Reserve, Coal Oil Point Reserve, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Channelkeeper and Phoenix of Santa Barbara Creek Habitat Restoration program. To date, more than $125,000 has been raised for our local organizations through the end of 2013. GCC and Naples are now added to this list. Nationally known artists are invited to come to Santa Barbara to teach workshops. Averaging 200 members who participate in the Paint-Outs, workshops and exhibitions, members also volunteer as Board Members or Chair positions. SCAPE has three or four exhibits every year and each is juried. Membership is open year-round. Call (805) 570-9195 for info. www.s-c-a-p-e.org
About The Naples Coalition:
The Naples Coalition is a Santa Barbara, California-based public benefit, tax exempt corporation that includes leadership from a number of local non-profit groups including the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club, Santa Barbara Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, Santa Barbara Chapter of the Audubon Society, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara County Action Network, and the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara. The Naples Coalition is dedicated to the preservation of the rural character of the Naples property on the Gaviota coast. Call (805) 683- 3381 for more info. www.SaveNaples.org
About the Bacara's "Hearts of Bacara" community partnership program:
Bacara believes hospitality and community service go hand-in-hand. In that spirit, Bacara has instituted “Hearts of Bacara,” a comprehensive program comprised of community partnerships, in-kind donations, cash contributions and volunteered time and talent. To this effect, the Bacara has included the Gaviota Coast Conservancyas one of its community partners to support by hosting this SCAPE fundraising event.Bacara supports the Gaviota Coast Conservancy through educational outreach, fundraisers, art exhibitions, beach clean-ups and the resort’s annual holiday tree that pays homage to the beautiful coastline. For more information on this program, call (855) 817-9782 or visit:www.BacaraResort.com
INFO:Call (805) 683-6631 (Naples) or (805) 689-5053 (SCAPE) (use websites below as well)
WHY: Second Annual show devoted to art focusing on the Gaviota & Naples coastline. SCAPE artists & Woolpert will donate 40% of all sales to benefit the Naples Coalition and Gaviota Coast Conservancy. The Gaviota Coast is the jewel in our backyard. Irreplaceable and endangered, it is the landscape of our ancestors and has much to teach us. The SCAPE artists and photographer Reeve Woolpert are its ambassadors. Don’t miss their vision.
PICKLE ROOM PLANS CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH LOCAL ART EXHIBITION
The Pickle Room is the newest vintage cocktail lounge on the scene in downtown Santa Barbara and it’s getting ready for a sentimental journey into the past with an exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as the subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy want to honor the longtime legacy of the Chung Family as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown. Join us on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:30pm for the opening of the exhibit and meet the artists. Exhibit will be up through May 1st. On the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse is 4711.
The Pickle Room presents “Jimmy’s Chinatown” Art Show
WHEN: Friday, Jan 31 through Sat., May 31, 2014 - Open Monday – Wed. 4:30 to 11 and till 1 am Thurs – Sat.
COST: Free – do have a classic cocktail to toast the art
ABOUT: An exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurantJimmy’s Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as the subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy will honor the longtime legacy of Jimmy Chung and his family as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown. Opening reception with the artists will take place Friday, Jan 31 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. It’s 4711, Year of the Horse.
Artists included (at press time): Gary Chafe, Cyndi Burt, Larry Iwerks, Judith Geiger, Augie Ortiz, John Klippenstein and David Diamant.
(Santa Barbara, CA) It was a full house at the Yacht Club for the annual Holiday Evening dinner Meeting of the local MOWW – The Military Order of the World Wars (12.12.13). Commander of the local chapter, Brig Gen Fred Lopez welcomed everyone and introduced Col. Ed Dewey (USArmy/Retired) for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an Invocation recited by Carol Fritz. And ending with the preamble of the MOWW by Col. Mike Maloco (USAF/Aux).
LTC George Davis (US Army) gave the gathering a status report on the UCSB ROTC Surfrider Battalion, which he heads up. Currently the ROTC has 68 students enrolled in the program and ten of those will be commissioned in June 2014. He noted the Junior class is the largest they’ve had since the mid 1980’s with 17 young men & women. More than a dozen students from the program mixed in with the MOWW members giving the new guard a chance to meet and mingle with the old guard. Lt Col Davis introduced the ROTC students in the house and each got a nice round of applause.
After this, BG Lopez presented the awards. Unable to attend due to illness, Lt. Bernard Drury, USN (Fmr), a 13-year member of MOWW received the “Outstanding Service Award” for his exceptional work on behalf of the Chapter. His responsibilities have included Chapter Surgeon for ten years and Chapter Staff Officer for more than five years. Lt. Druryhas assisted the Commander and staff by serving on various committees. He provided helpful medical advice to Companions via the Chapter’s monthly newsletter.
Dr. Frank Cox was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation and honorary membership in the MOWW for his dedication to documenting the men & women who have served our country in a series of more than 70 stories he did for the Santa Barbara News Press over the last three years. The former SBCC professor in psychology & sociology and author, Cox said, “It is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.” He handed out packet to all those in attendance which noted the names of all of the service men & women he wrote up.
The Silver Patrick Henry Medallion and miniature medal was presented to Dr. Kirsten Olson, PhD who Chairs the USCB Veterans Resource Team, recognized for her significant contribution to the cause of Patriotism in our community. As a clinical psychologist working in Counseling and Psychological Services at UCSB she has made a significant difference in the care of our student veterans. Dr. Olsonhas distinguished herself by developing assistance and training programs such as "Boots to Books," "Troops to College," and "Understanding Trauma and PTSD." In presenting the award, Gen Lopez said, “We sincerely appreciate her dedication and service on behalf of our student veterans and is in keeping with goals and precepts of The Military Order of the World Wars.” Dr. Olsonhas truly made a difference.
She was overcome with emotion noting, “This is such a great honor.” Although she never served in the military, she thanked those who taught her about war and it’s aftermath. She thanked her father and grandfather who served in the Navy, as well as her husband Dustin, a colleague on UCSB’s VRT Master Sergeant Jon Parra (US Army/Retired) and John and Hazel Blankenship, co-founders of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Foundation. “Those people taught me how the experience of war builds resilience and I learned what it’s like to climb back after the experience of war. They helped me to grow.” Dr. Olson's parents, Mr. & Mrs. Herman Trabbic werepresent and beaming at the dinner meeting.
The MOWW was established in 1919 to promote the welfare of this nation and provides an opportunity for Officers of all uniformed services to unite in a strong program to promote national security, patriotism, good citizenship and service to country. MOWW has more than 11,000 members in 155 chapters across the U.S. Membership is open to all recognized Commissioned Officers and is also open to spouses and descendants of officers. Going into it’s tenth decade the MOWW has strong ties to the Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts recognizing each youth who attains the rank of Eagle Scout or earns the Gold Award, respectively. If you’re interested and eligible to become a member of the MOWW, please contact Major Jose Ramirez at (805)965-5839 or BG Fred Lopez at (805)964-9546. Monthly meetings are held at the Elks Club in Goleta on the third Tuesday of the month.
ABOUT: Features portraits from Between Seer and Seen: Celebrating the Artists of Santa Barbara County paired with original artwork by more than 60 of the 71 artists in the collection. Come meet the photographer of the critically acclaimed coffee table book Between Seer and Seen. Included are artists chosen personally by Halper for his second book on Santa Barbara. In 2010 Halper released his first coffee-table book comprised of portraits of the Santa Barbara County vintners called "Sunlight and Water". Photography has always been a personal mission for Halper and portraiture has been the cornerstone of both his commercial and fine art pursuits since first entering the field in 1989.
(January 10, 2014) The Pickle Room is the newest vintage cocktail lounge on the scene in downtown Santa Barbara and it’s getting ready for a sentimental journey into the past with an exhibition of paintings done by local artists using the landmark Chinese restaurant Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens (1947-2006) as the subject. The owners of the Pickle Room, Bob & Clay Lovejoy want to honor the longtime legacy of the Chung Family as well as the neighborhood, which was once a bustling Chinatown. Join us on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:30pm for the opening of the exhibit and meet the artists. Exhibit will be up through March 15. On the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse is 4711.
If you have a painting or know an artist who has one, please get your work to Maureen “Mo” McFadden, press agent for the Pickle Room by January 21, 2014. Send an e-file of the art to her @ email@example.com. If you can’t send an e-file, then drop off a photo of your art at the deli next door to the Pickle Room, Three Pickles, between 2 – 3:30 pm (Pls. note the time is after lunch rush. Art that comes in at other times will not be considered). Include your name, phone and email information so we can get back to you.
Included in the mix already are Gary Chafe’s painting of Jimmy’s (seen on the t-shirt currently for sale and included here) along with John Klippenstein’s watercolor and Augie Ortiz’s commissioned work - all hanging in the bar now and Judith Geiger’s silk painting from the 1990’s from a private collection. Paintings should be no larger than 36” x 36”.
The owners will select up to a dozen paintings to be hung in the bar from Chinese New Year, Friday January 31 through March 15. Opening reception with the artists will take place Friday, Jan 31 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. The Pickle Room, 126 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 open Monday thru Saturday 4:30 to 11 (Mon-Wed) and to 1 am Thurs – Sat. (805) 965-1015. www.facebook.com/PickleRoom
For more info on the art show, or for photos of art, please call Mo McFadden at (805) 689-5053 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.