WHAT: “An Evening of A Cappella & Jazz” – a special fundraising event featuring UCSB’s dynamic a cappella groups: VocalMotion, Brothas from Otha Mothas (BFOM), and Naked Voices; Pacific Sound, Ventura’s award-winning a cappella men’s chorus; and Santa Barbara Jazz Collective. Plus, special youth art exhibit by the Incredible Children’s Arts Network (ICAN).
WHEN: Sunday,May 6, 2012 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theatre,721 E. Cota St.,Santa Barbara,CA 93103
On the campus of Santa Barbara Jr. High
COST: All tickets $15.at the door (under 5 free)
Special advance price $12 Save and buy in advance:
Family Pack, Buy 3 tickets and get one FREE!
INFO: (805)512-9840or log on to purchase at sbchildrenschorus.com/tickets/
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.
All proceeds from ticket sales to this special fundraising event will go to toward the organization’s Concert Chorus scholarship program for low-income students.
COST: $15 for Adults, $10 for Children 10 and under
ABOUT: VVA Chapter 218 Santa Barbara will celebrate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day with a BBQ. Enjoy Chicken, Hotdogs, Green Salad, Beans, Garlic Bread, Potato Salad, Dessert, plus great tunes of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.Flag Ceremony at 12 noon. Lunch starts at 12:30.The Chapter 218 Huey Helicopter will be proudly displayed in the parking lot.Everyone is invited. Please bring your family and your friends. Plenty of free parking. Proceeds benefit VVA Chapter 218 Santa Barbara, (including a scholarship program for college age children, the Vance Fund for disabled veterans and the restoration project of the Vietnam-era Huey Helicopter)
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(April 9, 2012) Lights, Camera, Action! Launching on Sunday, April 29 Santa Barbara is now home to the world's first ever, non-profit, all-volunteer, community film company -- Community Film Studio Santa Barbara (CFSSB). Based on the traditional model of a community theater group, CFSSB wants everyone who shares an interest in movies to join and become a part of film making history. CFSSB brings together experienced professionals with those with little or no experience -- a true community of friends of all ages, backgrounds, and experience -- to collaborate and make movies locally for audiences globally. Most important in the mix is to have fun doing it. These will be truly independent films of which everyone can be proud of having made a contribution. Event will take place at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 Cota St. from 2 – 4 p.m. Info @ www.CFSSB.org.
Board president and chief instigator, Jack Presnal said, “Films to be produced will be very modestly budgeted. Their excellence will come from the contributions of the members. No matter your background, there is a role in CFSSB for everybody. Making a movie requires the widest range of skills, not just technical film skills, to reach the screen. So, truly, even with no experience or background, there is an important part for everyone to play.”
First film for CFSSB will be under the tutelage of well-known actress Finola Hughes, who is expanding her repertoire to directing with this first feature for CFSSB. She said, “I am extremely excited to be involved in this endeavor; joining my community in the launch of such a new, autonomous venture in film making.”
To get started, it's easy. Just follow these steps and you're on your way to working in the movies!
1. Complete an online application and join ($25 per individual or $50 for a family. Dues can be paid via cash, check or MC/Visa/AMEX.).
2. Join a committee and start helping to shape our process and path. This is YOUR film studio. 3. Consider crew positions you might have skills in, or are interested in learning about. There are many positions that require no film background or training. 4. Take a workshop and start becoming a master at one of the many areas of production. 5. Once the shooting schedule is announced, try to make time available in your schedule to be able to participate. This is the single most important contribution you can make. 6. Become a part of the film's promotional effort through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Help build awareness and interest in others seeing the film. Not only will we make the films but we will distribute them as well. We ARE the marketing department! 7. Bring all your neighbors to a screening. Buy the DVD. Download and watch. 8. Now, let's start on the next movie.
Board members for CFSSB include: Jack Presnal, Founder & President; Annie J. Dahlgren, Treasurer; Phebe Mansur, Secretary; Patrick Gregston, Kimi Vandyke, John Macurdy, James Kahn, and Jason Lehman.
Join us on Sunday afternoon; April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. (SB Jr. High) for an introduction to the project, how you can become a part of it and meet the board of directors who will be playing integral roles as mentors in CFSSB. No charge for this event and there’s plenty of free parking on school grounds.
Community Film Studio Santa Barbara, Inc. is committed to bringing the joy and camaraderie of community theater to the making of feature motion pictures. CFSSB is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Your membership dues and other donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
WHO: Community Film Studio Santa Barbara, Inc. (CFSSB)
WHAT: Public launch and call for memberships and sponsors
WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 2012, 2-4pm Hosts: CFSSB Board of Directors
WHERE: Marjorie Luke Theater SB Junior High School 721 E. Cota Street Free parking available on school grounds
INFO: (805) 751-5678; www.cfssb.org
COST: Free. Open to all ages and backgrounds. Memberships ($25 for individual and $50 for entire family) will be accepted via cash, check or MC/Visa/AMEX.
ABOUT: Community Film Studio Santa Barbara is a community of local volunteers and experienced filmmakers producing feature-length movies for audiences here and around the world. CFSSB is the world's first non- profit community film studio inviting all people interested in making movies, no matter their background, to join, learn, and participate in every aspect of a film's creation and distribution. Experienced film professionals are especially invited to become mentors to young and old alike - student to retired. Local musicians are invited to contribute their musical talents to soundtracks. Interested in social media marketing? Please join us. There's a role for everyone at CFSSB.
Community Film Studio Santa Barbara, Inc. is committed to bringing the joy and camaraderie of community theater to the making of feature motion pictures. CFSSB is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Your membership dues and other donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tax ID Number: 45-3189398
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ABOUT the Camp: The SB Children's Chorus announces its summer program "Showtime" a show choir and performing camp for children ages 8-14. The theme for this session will be All That Jazz, a selection of jazzy songs and dances that kids will have fun learning and performing. The camp hours are from 9am - 12pm with children spending part of the time learning songs and vocal technique under the direction of Erin Bonski, SBCC Concert Chorus Director, and the remainder of the time learning choreography and movement – culminating with a performance at the end of the two-week session. Children do not need to audition and no prior experience is necessary. Class size is limited to just 20 students, so register early. This camp is something to sing about!
ABOUT SBCC: 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.
Tags: chorus, camps, youth, santa barbara, teens, Summer
WHO: Linda Newlin & CALM Present the world premiere of a new musical
WHAT: It’s Not Okay Written, Directed & Performed by: Linda Newlin
WHEN: Monday, April 9 7 p.m. VIP Reception after the show
WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 www.lobero.com
COST: $100 VIP, $40 general and $20 students/seniors Plus $5 facility fee
INFO: (805) 963-0761 or online @ Lobero.com
ABOUT: World premiere musical delving into the multi-layered subject of abuse and why It’s Not Okay to abuse ourselves by not living our dreams, not being who we truly are and not shining our light in the world. Song styles range from rock and jazz to Broadway ballads, country and rap. Log onto Newlin’s website to purchase the CD Love Your Self with songs from the show.
It's Not Okay A Musical Journey to Inspire and Move You to Act
A Benefit Performance for CALM at the Lobero Theater
(Santa Barbara, CA) Linda Newlin, singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, educator and activist, has just finished writing her thought provoking musical journey entitled It's Not Okay, along with the much-anticipated release of her new CD, Love Your Self. The world premiere performance will take place at the historic Lobero Theater, 33E. Canon Perdido St. at 7pm on Monday, April 9. Profits from the show will benefit CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Meditation), the Santa Barbara-based organization whose mission is, like the musical, to end all forms of abuse. You can see the music video of the title tune on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idALxKBZ_W8 and you can also purchase Linda's CD on her website @ LindaNewlin.com.
This musical delves into the multi-layered subject of why It’s Not Okay to abuse ourselves by not living our dreams, not being who we truly are and not shining our light in the world delivers multiple genres - from Broadway, to country, rap, rock and jazz. Mixed in with laughter and words of wisdom, this one woman show provides hope as we collectively search for life's purpose and that which makes us ‘sing.’ This inspired music has been written and recorded in collaboration with extraordinary singer/songwriter, Kate Wallace and David West, of Play Ball Musical Services. According to Newlin, "I was fortunate to work with amazing local talent who supported my passion for authenticity and encouraging people to live their dreams by breaking free from all forms of abuse. It's not just physical and sexual violence. It's all the ways we abuse ourselves with negative self-talk, staying in empty relationships, working in unfulfilling jobs, and not allowing ourselves to be who we truly are."
David West, producer of Love Your Self, says, “Linda Newlin's new CD Love Your Self is a beautiful and courageous wake up call. It is a long overdue proclamation that at least one woman will no longer tolerate society's tacit acceptance of the many faces of child abuse, domestic violence, and self abuse. Nor will she allow those afflicted to recede into the shadows of ‘victim-ness.’ Within this amazing album of songs is a highly motivational lesson in just how to Love Your Self. The point of Love Your Self is not just to point an accusing finger at the man/woman in the mirror, but to show us finally, each of us have the power to turn the light on all forms of abuse and heal the personal and societal wounds.”
West continued, “I have observed Linda throughout the process of production, and I can only describe her as a ‘Force of Nature.’ I watched as she focused her energy on her goal. I watched as her energy attracted a cadre of creative people who seemed to come from nowhere to give advice, support and talent at just the time it was most needed. And with the guidance of the amply talented Kate Wallace, I've seen her emerge as a gifted songwriter and song interpreter. I have a feeling this is just the opening salvo.” West owns Studio Z and Play Ball Musical Services here in Santa Barbara.
It’s Not Okay is written, directed and performed by Newlin, with sound and multi-media design by Annie J. Dahlgren of Over 40 Productions. Tickets to It’s Not Okay are available at the Lobero box office or online at www.lobero.com. VIP tickets are $100 and include CD/gift bag and reception with celebrity friends following the performance in the Lobero courtyard. General tickets are $40 and Students/Seniors $20 (all prices plus $5 facility fee). The Lobero Theatre is located in the heart of downtown at 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 12pm to 5pm and two hours prior to all shows. Phone: (805)963.0761. The Lobero is wheelchair accessible and has the assistive listening system in place for patrons who have hearing issues.
WHAT: 70 YEARS ON... A Tribute to Three of Santa Barbara’s Most Highly Decorated Fighter Pilots, 1942-1945 featuring Gen. Michael Rogers, Col. Hugh ‘Rowdy’ Dow & Lt. Wm. Davis, III
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., SB 93103
INFO: RSVP Judith Hill, (805) 884-6636
COST: $30 per prior to April 13; $40 at the door
ABOUT: Luncheon & symposium moderated by Colonel Noel Zampot, Commander of Edwards Air Force Base Test Pilot School; introduction by Maj. Gen. Phil Conley, USAF, (Ret) and Lt. John W. Blankenship, USNR. Come hear the amazing stories of these highly decorated veterans in a once in a lifetime opportunity. These men were among the rare few who were clearly the best fighter pilots.
COST: $5 for pre-registered attendees; $10 for walk-ins
Fees will be collected @ event
Space is limited to 30 students ~ Register Early!
INFO: (805) 512-9840 or log on and register http://www.sbchildrenschorus.com/
Join the SBCC and the women of UCSB’s Vocal Motion a cappella choir in a three-hour workshop and learn the beauty, basics & joy of a cappella singing. Workshop will be led by SBCC Chorus Director, Erin Bonski.
WHERE: Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
INFO: (805) 968-2273 or visit care4paws.org
ABOUT: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a “pawsitive” way - Join us for a fun-filled event to raise funds and awareness for Santa Barbara County animals in need. Holli Pfau, author of Pure Gold: Adventures with Six Rescued Golden Retrievers will be present for book signing. Enjoy wonderful wine, a chocolate tasting, great food and music by local performer, Jesse Rhodes. Bid on some amazing silent auction items (all proceeds benefit local spay/neuter programs).
C.A.R.E4Paws stands for Community Awareness, Responsibility and Education
Oreana Winery is known for two things - great wines and fabulous parties. From small batches of Pinot Noir to our sizeable Red Table Wine, Oreana has a wine for everyone. Current production is about 10,000 cases but some lots are as small as 20 cases. Our award winning Pinot program and Sparkling wines continue to generate rave reviews from Wine Spectator, the Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast. Located in the Funk Zone and part of Santa Barbara’s ‘Urban Wine Trail’ – So, visit the tasting room, sip the wines and drink in the cool atmosphere. ~Oreana is a dog-friendly winery~
WHERE: Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805)962-5857
COST: Free entry ~ Wines by the glass $5
INFO: e-mail to : firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY: To celebrate friendship, great wines and fun. Pouring the 'super Tuscan' Gold award winner, Tilly, the new Gewürztraminer, and the Malbec. Nibbles & cheese and "The New Black" food truck will be there to order from their fabulous menu.
Oreana Winery is known for two things - great wines and fabulous parties. From small batches of Pinot Noir to our sizeable Red Table Wine, Oreana has a wine for everyone. Current production is about 10,000 cases but some lots are as small as 20 cases. Our award winning Pinot program and Sparkling wines continue to generate rave reviews fromWine Spectator, the Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast. Located in the Funk Zone and part of Santa Barbara’s ‘Urban Wine Trail’ – come visit the tasting room, sip the wines and drink in the cool atmosphere. Oreana is a dog-friendly winery.
(Santa Barbara, CA) Clay Lovejoy, one of the owner’s of Three Pickles, has been chosen to be a “professional sandwich slinger” for the first ever Santa Barbara Sandwich Showdown this Friday, February 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 3761 State St. in Santa Barbara. Bob Lovejoy & Bob McCourt are the other two owners of Three Pickles and will be in the audience to cheer their partner on. Everyone is invited.
Three contestants - the two pros (Savoy Cafe & Deli is other pro) - and one amateur/home cook face off in a sandwich-making competition inspired by Top Chef and Tom Colicchio. The winner will receive a $250 Whole Foods shopping spree and other prizes. Event is co-sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures, Whole Foods Market and the Santa Barbara Independent. Admission to the S.B. Sandwich Showdown is free.
This SB Sandwich Showdown is an advance event for An Evening with Tom Colicchio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Colicchio) Top Chef’s influential head judge and James Beard Award-winning chef will be at Campbell Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 22 @8 p.m. in hisSanta Barbara debut.
Three Pickles has two locations to satiate your appetite: Downtown at 126 E. Canon Perdido St. at the old Jimmy's Oriental Gardens Dining Room. Since opening in the historic location,the deli has proven itself as a keeper on the Santa Barbara sandwich scene. It won the Lazarus Award in the Independent's Foodie Awards chosen by Indie writer George Yatchisen this past September. The award noted, "Three Pickles already served up some of the town’s best sandwiches (their Presidio alone is in the running for perfect pastrami),but when they moved into the old dining room of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens, it warmed the hearts (and livers, no doubt) of many who had missed that classic watering hole."
Downtown hours: Monday - Saturday 11am to 4 pm. (805)965-1015.
Goleta location at 420 S. Fairview Avenue and it's open Monday - Friday 11am - 3 pm. (805) 964-4585. Find Three Pickles on Facebook too.
(Santa Barbara, CA) Affirmations come in many shapes and sizes. For the vintner, medals from well-known oenophiles, like those at the San Francisco Chronicle, make the difference for their wines by reaching a larger audience. Christian Garvin, Oreana’s owner/winemaker, is delighted to have received a Gold Medal from the Chronicle’s judging panel for his 2008 release of Tilly, which is a blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, often called “Super Tuscan” by Italian winemakers in the traditional Italian style.
Tilly was created by Garvin to honor his Italian grandmother Matilda ‘Tilly’ Maglio, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2007. Garvin designated 10% of all sales from this wine to go to the California Central Coast Alzheimer's Association.
Silver Medals were awarded to Oreana’s 2008 Pinot Noir, 2009 Chardonnay, 2008 Bacon Reserve Syrah and the 2009 Syrah. All of the award-winning wines retail for $18, except the Bacon Reserve priced at $24.99.
Gabe Saglie, distinguished wine writer for the Santa Barbara News Press, in his review of Tilly stated, “This wine delivers on two fronts: It's that easy-drinking red wine and it's a wine with a great story… an engaging, approachable red that is generous on fruit. Bright and almost bouncy upfront with a peppery backbone and a rich finish. And nice aromatics: flowers, berries and currants. Tilly is an ideal partner to any grilled meat dish on your holiday table.”
Oreana wines are sold in 17 states and in China. You can find the label locally at the winery, Trader Joe’s, Albertson’s, Whole Foods and many more.
About Oreana Winery:
The Oreana Winery is a small, family-owned winery located in downtown Santa Barbara. Grapes are sourced from top vineyards in the renowned Santa Ynez Valley. The tasting room and production facility is located two blocks from the beach and two blocks off of State Street in the ‘Funk Zone.’ Tilly and all the Oreana wines areavailable at the winery tasting room (205 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 P•805.962.5857, oreanawinery.com) and high-end retail shops throughout the country. Check the website for a location near you. http://oreanawinery.com/findourwine.html
COST: ADMISSION IS FREE ~ WEAR A HAT Wines are available for purchase by the glass
WHY: This party comes wrapped up in a festive, winter-like setting complete with live music from the Gawd Damn Band – a mash-up of SB’s best known rockers, playing in secret – ice sculptures, chillin’ wintry sounds and warm hot cider. Oreana will also be releasing its newest vintage of 2009 Gewürztraminer. Oreana Winery is known for two things – great wines and fabulous parties. From small batches of Pinot Noir to our sizeable Red Table Wine, Oreana has a wine for everyone. Current production is about 10,000 cases but some lots are as small as 20 cases. Our award winning Pinot program and Sparkling wines continue to generate rave reviews from Wine Spectator, the Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast. Located in the Funk Zone and part of Santa Barbara’s ‘Urban Wine Trail’ – come visit the tasting room, sip the wines and drink in the cool atmosphere. Oreana is a dog- friendly winery. www.oreanawinery.com
WHY: People of all faiths are welcome to come to this first-ever interfaith gathering in Santa Barbara. At the start of the New Year, many are looking for a deeper sense of faith and values - this ten-day event will give many a chance to start the new year with a revival of their spirit and faith. Come one night or come for all ten.
(December 11, 2011) Alison Riede, owner of the Santa Barbara-based online cupcake company Sugar Cat Studio, was the winner of Sunday night’s episode (12.11.11) of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. Riede is the fourth baker from Santa Barbara to be on the show, but the first one to take home the top prize.
Now entering its fourth season, the show pits four bakers from across the country in a competition to create the tastiest and most attractive cupcakes based on a theme the show selects. This episode’s theme was the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Her competitors were from L.A., Las Vegas & Chicago.
Sunday night’s first challenge was to turn an outdated Christmas tradition into a contemporary cupcake. Riede did a play on a traditional cheese log, creating a sharp cheddar cupcake topped with a candied pecan crust and a honey blue cheese frosting that drew raves from judges Candace Nelson and Florian Bellanger.
In the presentation challenge, she created cupcakes based on three classic Christmas movies – a white chocolate coconut cream cupcake for “White Christmas,” a mulled wine cupcake based on Clarence the angel’s favorite drink in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and an Ovaltine chocolate chip cupcake inspired by the decoder ring scene in “A Christmas Story.”
Riede, her assistant Erica Lively and a team of bakers from the show then created 1,000 cupcakes and an elaborate stand on which to display them to seal the win. The victory earned her $10,000 and the opportunity to offer her cupcakes to celebrities at the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 27.
Riede has been developing Sugar Cat Studio (www.sugarcatstudio.com) for the past three years. The company offers custom catering for weddings and other special events on California’s Central Coast and has sold its custom-made cupcake wrappers worldwide. Recently it has branched out by offering cake pops and hosting wine-and-cupcake pairings.
Sugar Cat Studio’s cupcakes were featured in celebrity gift baskets at the 2010 Academy Awards. The company has donated its cupcakes to fundraisers for Santa Barbara’s Organic Soup Kitchen, the California Central Coast Alzheimer’s Association, the Family Care Network and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
Riede, 29, grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., and graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. After working as a paper and fabric designer in Manhattan, she moved to California to get her master’s in education at UC Santa Barbara.
It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in Food Network’s tastiest competition yet! Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the country’s top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. The sweet prize: $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig. Whether a special Ace of Cakes anniversary celebration, a star-studded magazine party or an A-list celebrity golf tournament, these Cupcakes Wars really heat up. Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) serve as permanent judges with a third rotating judge each week, and Justin Willman hosts.