Avant-garde production of “Die Fledermaus” by Westmont College

Staff Report Johann Strauss, Jr.’s exuberant comedy “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) is often relegated to performances on New Year Eve when it is set and its lilting waltzes, polkas, and sung champagne toasts are intoxicatingly appropriate. But now, a collaboration by Westmont College’s departments of theater arts and music gives this beloved, frothy gem a modern makeover. The new avant-garde […]

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New UCSB professor aims to expose children of all backgrounds to the beauty of ballet

By Leah Etling When she was just 9 years old, Monique Meunier knew she had found the passion she would pursue as her life’s work. It did not matter that she was the daughter of immigrants from Cuba and Ecuador, or that she was growing up in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Thanks to early exposure to supportive mentors and […]

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Teen Star Honors Santa Barbara’s First Responders

Staff Report Teen Star is honoring Santa Barbara County first responders by offering complimentary tickets to the Teen Star® Showcase Finale at the Arlington Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 24. “There is so much appreciation in our community for our first responders given their ongoing heroics.  Teen Star® wanted to find our own special way to express our gratitude,” […]

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Sales of special wine supports cancer victims

By Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation There aren’t many silver linings in the world of pediatric cancer. For parents, hearing the words “Your child has cancer” marks the beginning of a horrifying journey filled with anxiety, fear and, in most cases, significant financial insecurity. For the Johnson family, this nightmare became a reality in 2013 when their daughter Emery was diagnosed […]

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Museum of Natural History is where the Wild Things are

Staff Report Local art lovers have an opportunity to get wild at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for the next few months. More than 30 rare and beautifully hand-colored lithographs of North American mammals by famous artist and naturalist John James Audubon are on display at the museum’s John and Peggy Maximus Gallery. The special “Wild Things” exhibit […]

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Prolific local artist Chris Potter paints the landscapes of Santa Barbara in living color

By Leah Etling Contributing Writer If you roam the coastline anywhere between Montecito and Goleta, there’s a fair chance that you’ve seen a lone painter at work on a landscape painting, a painting that looks like it’s shaping up to be pretty good. Perhaps you’ve wanted to snap a photo of that painter’s easel with the image of the landscape […]

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FSA offering group, individual recovery help  

Staff Report In addition to its regular services, the Family Service Agency (FSA) is providing mental health counseling at a variety of locations and starting a support group in Santa Barbara to help people cope with the tragedies from the Montecito mudslides. “We all process trauma differently,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo. “Many people in our community are finding themselves, […]

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