COST: $100 donation/Limited attendance, please RSVP by Nov. 29
ABOUT: Learn how you can help support this new non-profit filling a much needed niche in Santa Barbara designed to help elders and others on limited incomes care for and keep their beloved companion animals by providing support for veterinary, behavioral or nutritional needs. Doing so minimizes the number of animals being turned over to shelters. Diana Basehart Foundation promotes dignity and respect for people and their pets in need.
Tipper Gore, photographer & social advocate along with Bill Allen, retired editor-in-chief of National Geographic Magazine, have each donated one of their framed photographs up for sale to the highest bidder for this worthy cause. The event, hosted by Nancy Koppelman, will have a silent auction, wine, appetizers, live music and special guest Lydia Hiby, world-renowned animal communicator.
Additional: William Laman’s Furniture, Garden & Antiques at 1496 East Valley Road will be donating a portion of sales on December 1 to the Foundation – stop by before the event.
Keynote Speaker is a Vietnam Veteran who did time in the infamous Hanoi Hilton PLUS Greatest Generation Award going to a Private –
two firsts for the Military Ball
Make plans to join in on November 10 & 11
(October 17, 2012/Santa Barbara, CA) Marking the 93rd observance of Veterans Day – the weekend of November 10 & 11 in Santa Barbara will have four great events for everyone to attend to honor the veterans from all conflicts and wars of the 20th & 21stcentury. In addition to the three free community events - marathon, concert & parade - the 17th annual Military Ball will take place on Saturday evening and is open to the public for the price of a ticket but reservations are required by 11.1.12. Having Col. John Fer as Keynote speaker, marks the first time a Vietnam Veteran has addressed the high profile event which usually draws more than 500. Another first for PCVM is awarding a Private with a ‘Greatest Generation’ Award. Both Colonel Fer and Pvt. Petersen will be in the parade along with Sgt. Major Robert Forties, who is also receiving a Greatest Generation Award.
Pierre Claeyssens, a philanthropist born in Belgium who passed away here in Santa Barbara in 2003, designated the seed money to bring to life the vision he had of a museum that would salute all veterans. His vision has grown under the leadership of co-founders of the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library (PCVM), Lt. John W. Blankenship (USN) & his wife, Hazel Blankenship. “Wanting to give the veterans of Santa Barbara County and beyond, thanks and acknowledge their service will ‘never be forgotten’ is the tenet we hold near and dear,” said Lt. Blankenship. The couple’s excitement spills over to the board, volunteers and all who attend the various events put on throughout the year by the PCVM. “We are premiering our new logo for the organization this weekend – so look for the distinguished logo created by local graphic artist, Cynthia Burt,” said Hazel. “The salute is the one unifying gesture for all the services – so this logo utilizes profiles of uniforms from WWI through Afghanistan – all in a salute in a V-formation,” she stated. You'll see the new design on the runners’ shirts, on banners and flags (see logo attached) at all four events.
You can get a good running start on the weekend in the Santa Barbara Int’l Marathon (now in its fourth year). Officials have dedicated the last mile of the marathon to the Veterans. Official marathon runners’ shirts will have the words: “The first 25 miles are for me, the last mile is for Veterans.” Indeed the last mile of the race – starting at the intersection of Cliff Drive & La Marina Drive (@Shoreline Park) down the hill to Santa Barbara City College La Playa Stadium will be festooned with flags, banners, balloons and military vehicles. We want to have thousands of people to cheer the veterans and runners on for the final mile. Runners Registration info online @ www.sbimarathon.com ($100 for half-marathon & $130 for full marathon, but prices go up for last minute entrants. Deadline for registration will be at the Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, November 9th at the Earl Warren Show Grounds).
This is a nationally sanctioned marathon and draws runners from all over the U.S. and world. Last year there were more than 5,100 runners from 50 states and 14 countries. This year, more than 6,000 runners are expected. Covering 26.2 miles from 7:30 am full marathon runners start at Dos Pueblos HS in Goleta while half marathon runners will begin at 7:15 am at Page Youth Center onHollister Avenue. BOTH the full and half marathon will have four T-34s fly-over to mark the start of their respective races. Race organizers anticipate at least 300 of the runners to be veterans or active duty personnel.
Rusty Snow, Co-Director of the race, noted, “There will be a constant flow of runners to cheer on at the Veterans Mile from 8:15 am to 1 pm. First runners will arrive around 8:15am, with the bulk coming in at 8:45-9:30, then again 10:30 to 12:30pm.”
Joining the marathon for the first time will be the 25-member National Guard Team of Elite Runners, led by Michael Hagen, SFC as the NGB Marathon Coordinator. They hail from ten different states (PA, WI, MA, IL, WA, OH, UT, MD, ND, and NE). Hagen was based at Port Hueneme in 2001 and is looking forward to coming back to the area. He noted, “We won 25 awards this year at the Kauai Marathon. One of our female runners set a new course record last year at the Missoula Marathon, and took third place last year at the San Francisco Marathon.”
Following the marathon is a fabulous free Concert Program at 2 pm at the Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance St.(@State). The concert will give special honor to the 237th anniversary of the United States Marines with honored guests Brigadier General Fred Lopez (USMC) and SB County Supervisor Salud Carbajal (US Marine Reserve) as speakers. Westmont College Orchestra conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger along with the combined choruses of San Marcos H.S. under the direction of Carolyn Teroka-Brady. Selections ranging from our National Anthem, to the Marine Hymn (From the Halls of Montezuma) to Dvorak’s 9thsymphony performing the section called “Going Home” with Nathan Rundlett singing the solo. More generational music identified with the different wars will be included to make it an inclusive and lively one-hour program. The concert is produced by PCVM Board member Marilyn Gilbert.
Saturday evening, the 17th Annual Military Ball begins at 5 pm at Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort where you can mix & mingle, enjoy a delicious meal and then dance those calories off to the Swing Shift Band under the direction of Bob Hensen. Reservations are required to the Ball – RSVP@pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.com. Special guest and Keynote speaker is Colonel John Fer USAF, (Ret.) who served in Vietnam and was a POW in the notorious Hanoi Hilton for six years, from 1967 to 1973. This is the first time the Military Ball has had a Vietnam Vet as the keynote speaker. He earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star, two Legion of Merit Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Prisoner of War Medal.
Two local residents and honored veterans from World War II, Sgt. Major Robert Forties, (US Army) 82nd Air Borne and Pvt. Arthur Petersen (US Army) 101st Air Borne both of whom landed in Normandy on D-Day, will receive “The Greatest Generation Award 2012” from the PCVM and presented by well-known and loved Larry Crandell who served in WWII. This is the first time the PCVM has awarded a Private with this honor, reminding everyone about the mission of PCVM to acknowledge and honor all members of the armed services – from the boots on the ground to the generals in charge – all of them are essential and will “never be forgotten.”
Captain Carolyn Alexa Wagnild a United States Army Apache Helicopter pilot will perform the Missing Man Formation Service at the Ball to honor two of her fallen comrades - Jose Montenegro and Thalia Rodriguez. She returned from deployment inAfghanistan in May 2012. She was the Squadron XO of Delta Company. Capt. Wagnild is a 2006 UCSB ROTC Graduate of the Surfrider Battalion with a degree in global studies.
Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum has assembled ground & air troops for a most memorable weekend. It'll be an “all heads looking up” for this year’s Veterans Day Parade, beginning with an astonishing array of vintage & modern aircraft in a fly-over not seen here before to launch the start of the parade at 12:30 p.m. including: two P-51’s; a B-25; a C-47; four US T-34s and several Yaks 9s, a.k.a. Nanchangs. The WWII Army jeep, fondly named "Pierre" from Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum, leads the parade driven by co-founder of PCVM & a Vietnam Navy pilot, John Blankenship accompanied by Col. John Fer, USAF Retired (featured keynote speaker @ the Ball). Col. Fer was a POW in the notorious Hanoi Hilton from 1967 – 1973. Co-Recipients of the Greatest Generation Award local residents and honored veterans: Sgt. Major Robert Forties, US Army 82nd Air Borne and Pvt. Arthur Petersen, US Army 101st Air Borne will also be featured in the parade.
Present and accounted for on State Street, the Veterans Day Parade will include members from all of the armed forces; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, UCSB’s ROTC Surfrider Battalion, and the Merchant Marines. Veteran's Day Parade starts at the 1400 block of State (@ Sola St.) and proceeds south down State St., turning west on Cabrillo Blvd. where it finishes at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 112. W. Cabrillo Blvd. Master Sergeant Jon Parra (US Army Ret) is coordinator of the parade and noted why this year’s parade is not-to-be-missed. “Nearly 200 participants with 15 to 20 military vehicles from many different eras will anchor the parade. Additionally, the 425 USAR Civil Affairs Battalion recently home from Afghanistan will be in the lineup. Most of all the Parade is a great way for everyone to come out and salute our veterans and active duty personnel – the warriors – who have served and continue to serve and protect our country.”
For more information on the community events, call (805)966-1660. Details for the events are available online at the website and on the Facebook page.
Reservations for the Military Ball only can be taken at (805)969-0695 or online by e-mail to: RSVP@pierreclaeyssensveteransmuseum.com.
In 1918, on the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th hour, of World War I an armistice was signed with Germany and the Allied Nations came into being. One year later in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and filled with gratitude for the victory.” Acknowledgements and church services marked the end of WWI on this day from that day forward and became known as Armistice Day; in 1938 an act of Congress made it a legal holiday to honor Veterans of WWI. But, WWII was only a few years away and required the largest mobilization of service men and women in the history of the world. Less than a decade later the Korean War pulled many more into the military service. In 1954, the veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to change “Armistice” to “Veterans” and on June 1, 1954 the official declaration was signed into law to be forever known as Veterans Day to honor those who have lost their lives and to pay tribute to all of our living veterans where ever and whenever they served.
The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum and Library Foundation is committed to carrying out the mission of building a world-class destination museum to carry on Pierre’s dreams that American military history will never become lost in the fog of time.
Longtime fine art and antiques dealer Carolina Pierpont is expanding her successful antiques/art/garden gallery showroom in Summerland with a second location a few miles “south of the Summerland border” to the seaside town of Carpinteria, California.
Since much of her business is with the design trade, including interior decorators, architects as well as private collectors combined with a burgeoning online business, it made sense to expand into a warehouse situation in Carpinteria’s blooming industrial zone, one block off the main drag of Linden Avenue.
“My customers love it,” noted Pierpont, adding, “plus with reduced overhead I am able to pass on savings to my clients.” Add to that, a nearby brewery and other similar businesses and the move hastens the birth of a new, trendy “funk zone”.
The Gallery is currently open for business, but the “Official Grand Opening” will take place on Saturday October 20, from 4 pm – 9 pm. The exhibition, titled, “Art & Devotion” will include religious artifacts and paintings from Spanish Colonial times to present day depictions.
500 Maple is highlighting contemporary local artists and those featured for this show will include: Larry Powell, Marjorie Palonen, Sally Hamilton, Susan Price, Ray Cuevas, Marcia Morehart, Liz Brady, Rebekah Miles and a special showing of the work of Lorraine Serena.
Adding to the revelry, there will be live music, food and fun.
It’s a Family Affair
Carolina Pierpont is aided by her daughter Nicole Pierpont, who is in charge of curating the art and new inventory purchases and son, John Pierpont, who in addition to charming customers in the inimitable Pierpont style, is responsible for photographing and marketing items on their website www.mediterraneeantiques.com .
“We love interacting with our customer base, but have found the Internet also generates a good deal of business for us,” says the pedigreed native of El Salvador.
That could be the understatement of the year. The Pierpont family is known for their lively parties and openings with a Latin flair: so expect more festivities in the coming months and years at 500 Maple Street in Carpinteria, California.
WHO: Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Presents
WHAT: Santa Barbara Veterans Day Weekend Events
WHEN: Saturday Nov 10th at 5:00 pm
WHERE: Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
ABOUT: Come dressed in your finest attire to help honor all of our Veterans on the 236th anniversary of the formation of the U.S. Marine Corp. The 17th annual Veteran’s Day Military Ball is the third of four exciting events for the weekend, starting on Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort.
VIP Reception, Dance exhibition, Live music, and Dinner.
Special Guest & Keynote Speaker: Colonel John Fer, USAF, Retired POW in Hanoi Hilton 1967-73, Silver Star, Bronze Star, 2 Legion of Merit Medals, 2 Defense Superior Service Medals, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Prisoner of War Medal
With Co-Recipients of “The Greatest Generation Award 2012”Santa Barbara residents:
Sgt. Major Robert Forties, US Army 82nd Air Borne WWII and the 14th Armored Division in Korea Silver Star, Bronze Star, Five Purple Hearts and more.
Pvt. Arthur Petersen, US Army 101st Air Borne, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Foxtrot Company Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
WHY: Celebrate and honor all veterans for their devotion & service
TICKETS: $125. per person; Includes Cocktail hour reception. Dinner, Dance Band, Awards, Formal Evening Dress
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WHO: Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum & Library Presents
WHAT: Santa Barbara Veterans Day Weekend Parade
WHEN: Sunday Nov 11th at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Starts at Sola & State Street. Fantastic fly-over of 16 different military aircraft will announce the start of the parade including: Two P-51’s; a B-25; a C-47; four US T-34s and several Yaks 9s, a.k.a. Nanchangs. Parade route heads down State Street to Cabrillo Blvd., where it turns right ending @ Veterans Memorial Building, 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd. SB, CA 93101
ABOUT: Come join members from all the armed forces in representing our country’s stars and stripes on Sunday at the Veteran’s Day parade! Event includes a special fly over of vintage and modern aircraft! This is sure to be an exciting family event for all ages to commemorate our Veterans. The parade starts at 12:30 pm at Sola St. and runs down State Street, to Cabrillo Blvd., and ends at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.
WHY: Celebrate and honor all veterans for their devotion & service
COST: All events are free except Military Ball. Donations graciously accepted. Wear your colors all weekend: red, white and blue. (805) 969-0695
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(September 10, 2012/Santa Barbara, CA) Marking an amazing 50 years in music, Blue Dalmatian Productions is pleased to announce a special musical event honoring blue grass great Peter Feldmann to be held at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre on Friday, November 2 at 8 pm at the historic Lobero Theatre. Fifty Years In The Bluegrass, celebrates Feldmann's long career as a performer, collector, professor, and presenter of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and blues music in Southern California. Re-creating some of Santa Barbara's folk music history, featuring many of Peter's musical friends and associates, this one time only event will include violinists Gilles Apap and Jim Wimmer, bluesmen Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan with Alastair Greene, country and folk musicians Rick Cunha, and David Jackson (Mother's Boys), Tom Lee, David West, and Blaine Sprouse (The Very Lonesome Boys), Francine Feldmann, and three-time National Fiddle Champion Byron Berline. Representing the Appalachian string band tradition are the Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers - “From the land of hog and hominy, possum and taters, where the whiskey’s made out of corn and the women don’t smell like talcum powder... A string band with the hairy side out,” said Feldmann who knows what he’s talking about since he’s in the group with Wimmer,Michael Mendelson and Tom Wolverton.
Each part of the show will reflect one of Peter's wide-ranging musical interests, including the folk tradition, Appalachian string band music, country blues, hillbilly music, and bluegrass. "I'll have a great bunch of fiddlers, and I'm planning to keep them busy!" notes Peter, "... we'll have lots of other instruments and some fine singers up there as well. I greatly enjoy putting musicians in different genres together, just to see what happens next. We often achieve a unique musical synergy with truly delightful results!" Interjecting little skits, stories & bits of humor into the musical landscape for the one night only program will complete the circle of fun. "If we don't see you in the future," Peter says with a sly grin, "we'll see you in the pasture!"
Arriving as an immigrant from Switzerland to Los Angeles in 1946, Peter soon discovered and was enthralled by early cowboy and country music. “It was a way for me to learn about the USA, its people and its history” notes Peter. When his family made the move to Santa Barbara in 1957, Peter found and began trying to play an old Martin guitar. Moving East in 1960, Peter encountered the new Old Town School of Folk Music on Chicago's North Side, where he first met performers such as banjoist Frank Proffitt and balladeer Horton Barker. He was soon hosting a radio show on WNUR, interviewing, photographing, and writing about folk musicians, and building his record and tape library of traditional folk recordings. Returning to Santa Barbara in 1962, Peter began by organizing Santa Barbara's first "Hootenanny," a collective gathering of folk singers, in Santa Barbara's Orpet Park. This event, with its emphasis on sharing and educating fellow citizens about the music, became a common thread in Peter's musical enterprises.
Resuming his studies at UCSB, Peter soon formed the Old Time Music Front, a student organization dedicated to "Subverting the student body to appreciate traditional folk music, bluegrass, and blues" as Peter put it. His first concert produced at UCSB featured Mance Lipscomb, a 70 year-old bluesman and songster from Navasota Texas. Shortly thereafter, Peter presented his new-found friends Mike Seeger, Tracy Schwarz, and John Cohen, The New Lost City Ramblers at the Lobero.
He began a 21 year-long stint at producing regular radio shows for half a dozen stations in Santa Barbara, including its first FM station, KRCW, located above the central plaza in the El Paseo and KTYD-FM when it was in the Granada Building. Along with Kajsa Ohman and Gene McGeorge, Peter formed one of the most definitive and seminal string bands on the West Coast, The Scragg Family, based in Mountain Drive Community, who traveled and performed across California for ten years beginning in 1962.
In 1971, Peter founded the Bluebird Cafe on Anapamu Street, a venue that quickly attained national recognition as a music club, featuring folk, country, jazz, blues, and bluegrass greats along with world music from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Turkey, and India. Many performers made their first appearances in town at the Bluebird, which in many ways functioned as a school of music.
In the following year, Peter was asked by UCSB to create the Santa Barbara old Time Fiddlers' Convention, an event that continues to this day. For a dozen years, Peter taught banjo, guitar, and fiddle for Santa Barbara's Continuing Education department, as well as country music history classes for UCSB Extension. Founding his own record label in 1973, Peter began issuing original recordings of string band music, as well as reissue material from his 78 collection, and a series of instructional records for fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
Today, Peter continues his music enterprises, with trios based in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, as well as his four or five-piece bluegrass band, Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys. His website BlueGrassWest.com is a central point of information regarding acoustic music in Southern California. A monthly newsletter is available for free subscription.
Tickets for 50 Years in the Blue Grass are $35 general; Students with valid ID are $25 on sale at the Lobero or online www.lobero.com. The Lobero Theatre is located in the heart of downtown at 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. Box Office hours areMonday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 12pm to 5pm and two hours prior to all shows. Phone: (805)963.0761.
The Lobero Theatre is wheelchair accessible and has the Assistive Listening System in place for patrons who are hard of hearing.
"…the preeminent bluegrass artist in the area!"
- John Robinson, former Executive Director, Santa Barbara Symphony
"Deft musicianship ... refreshing ... he let the songs speak for themselves... something special indeed!" - A. Bennett, Santa Barbara News-Press.
Joining Peter on November 2 at the Lobero are these marvelous performers along with
some surprise guests sure to add to the evenings’ treasures.
Francine Feldmann - Francine has been Peter's wife and partner for almost 20 years. She has a wonderful singing voice, and an innate talent for musicality and taste. Her own compositions range from the world of pop and rock to Broadway-styled musical fantasies. Her latest project LeClub Metropole, a CD featuring 12 American standards, is receiving acclaim around the world.
Gilles Apap - Hailed as a true violinist of the 21st Century by Yehudi Menuhin, Gilles Apap is a classical violinist who is in great demand as a soloist with orchestras around the world. Among many are the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. He has also become widely known for his extraordinary ability to integrate a variety of musical genres. Gilles not only crosses boundaries, he unites music with his distinct talent for incorporating styles of music as diverse as American old time, Irish, and Gypsy fiddling, with the standards of the classical repertoire.
Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan - Have been bringing their unique blend of guitar and harmonica blues, rags and good time music to widely diverse audiences for 30 plus years. Together and separately they have worked on countless film scores, TV soundtracks and commercials, and their eight duo albums, six solo albums and twelve instructional books (and videos) have all garnered much critical acclaim. Tom has also appeared as a sideman on over 225 CDs, and Martin Guitars recently honored Kenny with his own signature model.
Alastair Greene - Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades. Alastair has put out five of his own CDs and has also appeared on countless independent CD releases ranging from Blues to Southern Rock. Alastair’s song The Long Way Home appeared in a 2007 episode of the TNT hit TV series Saving Grace.
James Wimmer - Peter and Jim go way back as musical buddies, forming half of the Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers and participating in many projects, including the well-received CD Good Fellow. Jim's musicality extends to Swedish, Irish, and Scottish fiddling, as well as the Karnatic music of India. He is also recognized as one of the foremost luthiers on the West Coast, providing instruments to stars around the world.
Byron Berline - Byron Berline is a three-time National Fiddle Champion who turned to a musical career after earning a B. A. in Physical Education at the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Oklahoma where he began playing the fiddle at age five, Byron lived and worked in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to his home state in 1995. Byron's professional career reads like Who's Who
in the music business as he has performed with or recorded with so many notables. He has led or been a member of the following bands: Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, 1966 - 67; Dillard & Clark, 1969-1970; Dillard Expedition, 1970-71; Country Gazette, 1971-75; Sundance, 1975-85; Berline, Crary & Hickman, 1978-90; L. A. Fiddle Band, 1978-93; California, 1990-96; Byron Berline Band, 1996- Present.
David Jackson - Being in the right place at the right time /and /lucky, David Jackson's career began with three years on The Andy Williams Show as a comedian and bassist and little has changed in the intervening years, if hair loss doesn't count. Writing Joy To The World (with Hoyt Axton for 3 Dog Night) and The No, No Song (Again, with Hoyt, for Ringo Starr) and playing with Jackson Brown, Glenn Campbell, Roger Miller and John Denver still left time to sandwich in a wide variety of music over the years. Still, there is so much more playing to do.
Rick Cunha - May truly be described as a guitar players' guitar player. He is also one of America's finest songwriters. Rick has performed in concert with Mason Williams (for whom he also produces), Emmy Lou Harris, John Stewart, Anne Murray, Jennifer Warnes, Buck Owens, and The Smothers Brothers, to name a few. His songs have been recorded by Ms. Warnes, Ian Matthews, The Smothers Brothers, Michael Johnson and many other artists. Mr. Cunha's solo recording career began in 1974 with an album for the GRC label that included his song Yo-Yo-Man which has since been immortalized on television and in concert by Tom Smothers. Other solo albums include: Cunha Tunes and Moving Pictures.
Tom Lee - A veteran of the Cache Valley Drifters and The Bluegrass Cardinals, Tom's music ranges far and wide, from traditional jazz to country, Hawaiian, and bluegrass standards. As a skilled bassist, Tom has toured with the Drifters, the Bluegrass Cardinals, and many other musical groups. His vocal harmonies add richness to the group's duo and trio arrangements. He is also the director of the Song Tree Music Series, a popular concert forum in Goleta, bringing lots of great music to the area.
Blaine Sprouse - Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, fiddler Blaine Sprouse moved to Nashville, TN before turning eighteen, fast-tracking his professional career by joining Jimmy Martin as a Sunny Mountain Boy, with whom he toured the United States and Japan. Over the next 25 years Blaine toured nationally and internationally and recorded with a stunning array of legendary
bluegrass and country artists, among them, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, Charlie Louvin, Alabama, Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, and the Osborne Brothers. Much in demand as a performer and session player, Blaine performed on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 15 years. His solo recordings are available on the Rounder, Cumberland Records, and Hen Cackle labels.
David West - David West has produced more than 60 albums as a staff producer for CMH Records in Los Angeles and many more as a freelance producer through his Play Ball! Musical Services and Studio "Z" based in Santa Barbara, CA. A multi-instrumentalist, his playing has appeared on hundreds of albums, TV shows and commercials, plus many film sound tracks. His early career was spent on the road with the Cache Valley Drifters (founding member) and as an accompanist to songwriter Kate Wolf. The last fifteen years have been devoted primarily to being a studio musician. He still occasionally tours, backing up some of his favorite musicians, including Peter Lewis (Moby Grape), Chris Hillman (Byrds), California musician/musicologist Peter Feldmann and Nashville/California songwriter Kate Wallace.
Tom Wolverton has been playing old-time five-string banjo for more than 35 years. He lived and played music in the Santa Barbara area for 25 years, but recently relocated to San Diego to continue working in aerospace engineering. In addition to clawhammer banjo, he also plays Dobro and various steel guitars. His skills have been used in various central coast string bands including the Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers and the Rattlesnake Creek String Band.
WHO: Blue Dalmatian Productions present
WHAT: “50 years In The Bluegrass”
Peter Feldmann’s Golden Anniversary
Featuring: Gilles Apap,Tom Ball, Byron Berline, Rick Cunha, Francine Feldmann,Alastair Greene,David Jackson, Tom Lee, Blaine Sprouse, Kenny Sultan,David West, James Wimmer & Tom Wolverton…and more.
WHEN:Friday, November 2, 2012; 8 p.m.
WHERE:Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 www.lobero.com
ABOUT: Americana music – blue grass, blues, old time folk and more - at its finest and for one night only to celebrate Peter Feldmann’s 50 years in music. Holding court with his musicians for your listening pleasure on the historic Lobero stage, don’t miss this Santa Barbara treasure hailing back to the infamous Mountain Drive era.
Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus Expanding Programs
and Opening Up to Younger Singers
(August 23, 2012) Expanding the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus (SBCC) base of programs this year has a few firsts for the 19 year-old organization which all starts on September 10 with weekly classes and will run through June, 2013. SBCC firsts include a brand new program for children six and seven years old called Vocal Explorations, the launching of the Carpinteria Children’s Chorus, and an option to pay dues all at once or monthly.
With the popularity of the vocal competition shows on network TV like The Voice®, American Idol®, and the series Glee® not to mention director Danny Boyle’s epic Opening Ceremony show for the Summer Olympics where more than a dozen children’s choirs were integrated into the show, the vocal program at SBCC is a great place to get your youngster started. Countless professional and amateur singers have started their own career path in choruses and choirs. The disciplines children learn in the vocal arts also serve them in other aspects throughout their lives. Last season SBCC collaborated with Opera Santa Barbara, a local opera company and a number of local a cappella groups, giving the Concert Chorus members valuable and memorable experiences.
Executive Director, Paul Freeman states, “This year, we want to increase the size and scope of the chorus activities so we’re bringing the program to the kids and opening up our offerings to younger children. Getting kids started earlier is integral to growing the Children’s Chorus. We’re also aware of how busy parents are so having classes closer to home – whether in Santa Barbara or Carpinteria –will hopefully increase our accessibility and our membership.”
Returning for her second season, Choral Director Erin Bonski Evans will direct both the Santa Barbara program held at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara at 1535 Santa Barbara Street (93101) and the new Carpinteria classes, which will be held at Curtis Studio of Dance, 4915 9th St., Carpinteria (93013).
Freeman, who grew up in Santa Barbara, is the driving force behind SBCC and is focused on providing the opportunities he had here growing up to the current generation of Santa Barbara kids. This year he has envisioned having an All Schools Chorus that would be anchored by participating schools using the SBCC educational program combined with a fun “Glee Club” format.
Last year, community support for SBCC came from Santa Barbara Foundation’s Pillsbury Grant, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, The Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund, Gelson’s Market, Santa Barbara Community Arts Commission and Mrs. Lillian Lovelace.
Theresa F. Brown, Youth Activities and Adaptive Programs Supervisor at the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department had high praise for the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus program which designed “a new and innovative ‘special’ curriculum for the After School Opportunities for Kids, better known as A-OK!”¹ Brown said, “(This program) incorporated social skills, emphasized singing and performing and taught basic songs and rhythmic patterns. (Their) team led a three hour SING! workshop that included overcoming barriers which keep students from fully participating, six hours of active instruction through five different interactive CD’s, specific curricula details in a well-organized teacher training and instruction workbook, and additional help through their Yahoo User Group to assist staff.”
¹ A-OK has been providing a coordinated after school program for 12 years to provide safe and effective research-based homework assistance and curricula to students during their unsupervised after school time. Children are selected into the A-OK program based on low-test/reading scores, are English language learners and/or are in a situation where their family cannot provide a safe environment at home. A-OK serves six Title 1 Santa Barbara Schools for children below the poverty level. Students selected into A-OK are mandated to attend each day school is in session from after school to 6:00 pm.
Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus is a county-wide, non-denominational music education and performing organization for children ages 6-14. We provide children of the community with the opportunity for musical training and performing in a fun and challenging environment. Founded in 1993, SBCC will be here for years to come to serve your children. With the continuing decline in funding for school-based music programs, especially in the elementary and secondary school levels, SBCC is dedicated to filling a vital gap in bringing the benefits of music and vocal performance to children.
ABOUT the Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus Programs:
The Concert Chorus is the primary training and performing program for Children’s Chorus students. This program is open to all students, ages 8-14 years and is available in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria locations. Students entering this program are divided into levels based on experience, time in the chorus and other factors. Each level provides an increasing progression of music education and performance experience. Skills assessments are performed annually to track student progress in theory, vocal ability, ear training and sight singing. Classes run two hours long, one day per week.
Vocal Explorations offers chorus lessons for young singers interested in exploring singing individually and with a group. This class is designed to provide a fun and educational environment for boys and girls who might want to continue on to singing in the Concert Chorus once they reach third grade. The educational focus is on learning proper singing technique, breath control and basic ear training while still having fun singing songs they will be familiar with. This class is 45 minutes long, once per week.
Concert Chorus Plus+ is vocal trainingdesigned to offer intermediate music theory, vocal and ear training as well as choral technique. Students who attend this program will receive one additional hour a week of group and individual vocal instruction with an emphasis on advanced techniques and singing skills. This class includes participation in the Concert Chorus and is three hours in duration, once per week.
Register now for the 2012/2013 season. Three different programs are being offered this season, so please select the program that best fits your child when registering. For more information on our programs, please see the Programs section of our website. www.sbchildrenschorus.com
SBCC program structure has changed slightly in 2012 so be aware of the following:
1) Programs begin in September 2012 and end in June 2013. Enrollment periods for Concert Chorus are in Aug/Sept and Dec/Jan. Students may enroll in Vocal Explorations at any time. For students who wish to join the Concert Chorus mid-year, please contact the chorus administration at email@example.com, or submit your registration and a member of the staff will contact you.
2) You may choose to pay monthly (on the 1st), or pay for the full program amount (10 months) at registration for a 5% yearly discount. Partial scholarships are available for qualifying students.
3) Students will attend once a week at the times listed for each (see website).
4) Chorus Plus+ program includes the regular Concert Chorus, plus an additional hour of group vocal training from 6-7pm.
Please contact Rebecca Wrighton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 512-9840 if you have any specific questions or need guidance on which program would best suit your child.
ONE OF SHAKESPEARE’S STRONGEST WOMEN – MARGARET OF ANJOU - COMES INTO HER OWN
IN ORIGINAL WORK “QUEEN UNDAUNTED”
Produced by DramaDogs, a Theater Company
(Santa Barbara/8.23.12) Queen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou stars E. Bonnie Lewis in this critically acclaimed one-woman show told in private reflection and memory. Margaret is the only female character to appear in four of Shakespeare's plays. From her first appearance as a young French princess engaged to Henry VI of England to her defeated but unvanquished old self, we follow her through Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III . Some historians would say she was responsible for England’s 15th Century civil war – known as the War of the Roses. Pitting the white rose York’s to rebel against the red-rose Lancaster’s; with Margaret more powerful than King Henry on the Lancaster side, this Queen occupied her throne from the beginning of that War to the final defeat of Richard III, the last York king. This play depicts how a woman of the fifteenth century could defy the norms of her time to direct the course ofEngland.
In the course of this tightly packed one-act, Lewis bestows qualities of humanity and depth while peeling away the layers of this diverse woman and inviting audiences to discover the arc of this arguably great woman’s life. Many of the gender issues of her story still relate to today. Lewis was recently reviewed in another production and hailed as “bright, intelligent and passionate... outstanding… always commanding, our own, younger Judy Dench,” by Alex Henteloff of Casa Magazine.
Queen Margaret loves, hates, acts with intensity in a world where women were meant to be compliant, submissive — and quiet. Complex and ambiguous, her voice resonates through the ages. Much of the script is in Shakespeare's words, with transitions and explanations as well as the overall structure created by the playwright Jinny Webber. No background in Shakespeare or medieval English history is needed to enjoy this play, which conveys Margaret's story through words and inventive staging.
Director Ken Gilbert and co-director Michelle A. Osborne designed the innovative staging, sound and costumes, for which their DramaDogs, a Theater Company, is known. Award-winning designer, Theodore Michael Dolas handled the set & lighting duties for this production. Stage Manager is Erica S. Connell, co-founder of DramaDogs.
Critics are united in recommending the performance and play. Justine Sutton, in her Noozhawk review last year exclaimed that, “E. Bonnie Lewis shone in speaking the words as Queen Margaret in all the facets of her complex character. The elegant language, often imbued with her slightly more modern tone and expression, felt accessible and yet still authentic. More than the words, what brought Margaret to life was Lewis’ movement. A dancer as well as actor, she is able to portray raw emotion, as well as depicting the mundane moments in life that not even a queen is immune to, with her physicality. A small gesture of her hand or turn of her mouth could bring deep humanity and vulnerability to this ambitious and volatile character.”
The Santa Barbara Independent’s Arts Editor and reviewer, Charles Donelan noted the one-woman show as “scintillating… deftly acted by the talented E. Bonnie Lewis.” Donelan also praised the script, “(Jinny) Webber succeeds admirably in condensing and organizing the challenging early works of Shakespeare … to give a well-rounded account of an alternately monstrous and majestic woman.”
Queen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou plays at Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo for one weekend only – Thursday, September 6 though Sunday, September 9. Tickets are available online http://centerstagetheater.org or at the Center Stage Box Office at 751 Paseo Nuevo/Hours: Wednesday – Friday fromnoon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before performances. Phone: (805)963-0408. (V/TDD)
E. Bonnie Lewis and Ken Gilbert, the Co-Artistic directors of DramaDogs, have been active in the local arts community for the past 18 years. DramaDogs mission continues to bring diverse material and provide cutting edge theatrical experiences to our community.
Tickets: $15 students/seniors; $20 general *Preview only: $10
About: A critically acclaimed one woman show which comes to life in words and movement. French born Margaret is the only person to appear in four of Shakespeare’s plays. From being married off to Henry VI in her teens to becoming the Queen of England, to the tragedy of losing a child andher exile and finally, the last vestiges of a most extraordinary life. Margaret acts with intensity in a world where women were meant to be compliant, submissive and quiet. Complex and ambiguous, her voice still resonates.
WHO: Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & LibraryAnd the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum present
WHAT: 1942 + 70 Years…The Turning Battles in the Pacific Midway ~ Guadalcanal
WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6 p.m. (1800 hours)
WHERE: Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Way, #190 Santa Barbara, CA 93109
COST: General: $15/ Maritime Museum members: $10 R.S.V.P. is required, (805)962-8404, Ext. 106, Seating is very limited, so RSVP early
ABOUT: Saluting the men & women from the Navy and Marine Corps who made history at Guadalcanal and Midway. This very intimate presentation will have Lt. John Blankenship and Brigadier General Frederick Lopes as hosts for the evening: Col. Paul Dupre, USMC and Col. Harvey Walseth, USMC both of Guadalcanal. Attendees will be treated to light appetizers and beverages, short films and historic personal stories.
“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen…to be forgotten is the worst.”
ABOUT the Camp: Join the Choir Camp where kids sing, dance and perform each day. Camp will have a music instructor – Erin Bonski Evans - and a choreographer – Liam Burke. Your kids will have a lot of fun while they learn songs and gain important skills as they learn how to properly use their voices. Session culminates with a performance parents are invited to attend. This camp is something to sing about!
Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus is a county-wide, non-denominational music education and performing organization for children ages 8-14. We provide children of the community with the opportunity for musical training and performing in a fun and challenging environment. Founded in 1993, SBCC will be here for years to come to serve your children. With the continuing decline in funding for school-based music programs, especially in the elementary and secondary school levels, SBCC is dedicated to filling a vital gap in bringing the benefits of music and vocal performance to children
ABOUT:Touring together for the first time, two of the mosthighly respected and widely covered singer/songwritersin America,Danny O'KeefeandBob Lind, come to townfor one night only. You’ll recognize the songsGoodTime Charlie’s Got the Blues, andElusive Butterflyand many, many more. Experience the intimacy of thePlaza Playhouse – get your tickets now!
WHAT: Grammy Award-Winning Phoenix Boys Choir Director: Gregory Amerind
WHEN: Sunday,May 20, 2012 6 -7 pmin the sanctuary
WHERE: Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St.,Santa Barbara,CA93101
COST: FREE Concert, Donations graciously accepted
INFO: (805) 512-9840 or log on to sbchildrenschorus.com
ABOUT: Since 1948, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided top quality music education for boys ages 7-14 and lively entertainment for audiences around the world. Each season 25-30 singers, from the more than 125 member Phoenix Boys Choir, are selected for membership in the Town Choir. Ranging from 9 to 14 years of age, these singers come from all parts of the Phoenixarea and are the second ranking choir of the organization. The Town Choir joins the Tour Choir on all season Concerts and is the lead choir on the organizations Showcase Concert. Touring mainly through the neighboring States of Arizona, the Town Choir has visited New Mexico, California, Utahand Nevada, but also Texas, Alabama, Marylandand Georgia. The Phoenix Boys Choir guarantees every member a world-class music education and one of the most significant experiences of his life. Currently, there are approximately 125 young boys and men participating. http://www.youtube.com/user/PhoenixBoysChoir
WHO: SCAPE ~ Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment
WHAT: ART ALONG THE CREEK - Fifth Annual Art & Music Festival to benefit Phoenix of Santa Barbara
WHEN: Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28, 2012 Sat. 2 – 6 pm ; Sunday & Monday 11 am – 6 pm
SPECIAL: Sunday, May 27 from 2 – 4 pm reception to honor artist, Marcia Burtt. Jury Awards will be presented at the reception as well
WHERE: 37 Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (near the Santa Barbara Mission, across creek from Rocky Nook Park )
INFO: Free For more info: (805)965-3434 or http://www.s-c-a-p-e.org/
ABOUT: Celebrate SCAPE’s 10th Anniversary. Enjoy nature, live music and art. View & purchase landscape, portrait and figurative paintings by SCAPE artists along Mission Creek. These artists donate 40% of each sale to Phoenix of SB, a non-profit mental health agency, and its creek habitat restoration program.
John Rindlaub, Nancy Davidson, Filberto Lomeli, Cynthia Burt, Bob Rowley, Rebecca Stebbins, Don Crocker and many more.
Musicians Include: Doug Giordani, the singing gardener, Glendessary Jam, Larrry and the Ocean All-Stars, The Honeysuckle Possums, The Grateful Dudes, "Pat Milliken Hour," an hour of music by Pat Milliken, or music played by his friends, and more.
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