VOICE Magazine: February 16, 2024

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February 16, 2024


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Kelly McAdoo named City Administrator by SB City Council 7

SBIFF Coverage from Day One! Including Variety Artisan honoree Billie Eilish

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An affordable apartment project will be completed on upper De la Vina


Hael Somma, Chamonix, photo by Antoine Mesnage

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Film Fest

In This Issue

Two Nights! Two Programs!


Abraham Banff Mountain Film Festival Verghese World Tour in Conversation with Pico Iyer


Measure A

Theatre Listings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Community Market & Legals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-23 Harlan Green: Economic Voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 John Palminteri: Community Voice. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Galleries & Art Venues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 - 2 7

C a l e n d a r. . . 1 7 - 1 9 Movies............20

Taj Mahal Quintet to perform at UCSB Campbell Hall 18

Ballot Measure A offers a new process for City bids


Tue,Wed, Feb 27 Wed, FebPM 28 Feb&21 / 7:30 Arlington ArlingtonTheatre Theatre

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The Funky Neighbors will perform Saturday

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Downtown Santa Barbara

Building an economically vibrant future for Downtown A steering committee of dedicated property owners has united with a vision for a vibrant and prosperous future for downtown Santa Barbara. Over the last year the group has come together to work on a Community Benefit Improvement District (CBID) for downtown Santa Barbara — an initiative strategically designed to address the area's challenges and foster economic prosperity.

“At the heart of the plan is the establishment of a CBID special assessment district, covering the downtown area of State Street from Sola Street to the 101, and Chapala to Anacapa Streets. Property owners within this zone will contribute to a self-assessment, generating funds for essential services such as cleanliness, safety, and beautification, going beyond the city's standard offerings." David de L’Arbre

C.O.O, Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

“We all want a vibrant downtown. This plan offers tangible benefits as proven in cities all over the U.S. Whether they’re here for a few hours or a few generations, we will be able to attract visitors and keep them coming back. We ask the property owners to commit to being a part of the rebuilding of the vitality of downtown by signing the petition by Feb. 28th.” Stephanie Payne-Campbell Founder, domecíl

CBID Steering Committee Joe Corazza (Miramar Group), Trey Pinner (Coast Village Road CBID), Crosby Slaught (Investec), Janet Garufis (Montecito Bank & Trust), Ron Robertson (Balboa Building), Trevor Large (Fauver, Archbald & Spray LLP), Geoffrey Carter (Miramar Group), Peter Lewis (Developer), Mitchell Sjerven (Bouchon), David de L'Arbre (SB Travel Bureau), Dan Burnham (Downtown homeowner) , CJ Young (Tri-County Office Furniture), Kristen Miller (SB South Coast Chamber), Mary Lynn Harms-Romo (SB South Coast Chamber), Robin Elander (Downtown Organization), Daniel Ramirez (Downtown Organization), and Marco Li Mandri (New City America).

Join the conversation! CBID Information Meeting Wed. 2/21, 5:30-7:30 pm CEC Environmental Hub, 1219 State St

Businesses, community members and property owners are invited to learn about how the proposed community benefit improvement district (CBID) can enhance critically needed services downtown. RSVP to Daniel@DowntownSB.org. Visit downtownsb.org for more information. Email Robin@DowntownSB.org to get a copy of the petition.

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February 16, 2024

Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 19 & 26

1 - 5 PM

Advance Care Planning (ACP) allows individuals to make decisions about their future medical care while they are healthy. It serves as a guide for the family, and oftentimes prevents family feuds and guilt as well as unwanted, costly medical care. Join the growing movement of ACP in our community by becoming an ACP Facilitator and lead group presentations and one-on-one appointments throughout our community!

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Finds Kindred Spirits in Santa Barbara

as humans intersect and interact with them. And, now more than ever, concerns around climate change are at a peak.

wilderness of the Los Padres Forest and the Channel Islands, and lots of sunshine. In both cities the arts and creativity are highly prized and are often connected to the natural environment — think SB’s Oak Group and Banff ’s talented cadre of mountain photographers.”

“There has been a definite uptick in the number of films that either directly or indirectly address the effects of climate change,” Baratiak noted. “The issue can also be found in adventure films set in the polar regions, where warmer temperatures have led to disruptions in seasonal cycles of snowfall and increased ice melt. This year’s film lineup includes a terrific film shot in Quebec, Nunavut, and Ontario where climate related changes significantly impact an epic one-year expedition to cross Canada from the northern most point to the southern most point of the country.”

Starting in 1992 with a single screening at Campbell Hall, the festival now takes place over two nights, at the Arlington, and reaches more than 4,000 people. “It has been amazing to see so many of the attendees from back in the 1990s who came as teenagers or college students now attending with their own children,” Baratiak shared. “The incredible loyalty of the audience is remarkable.”

Major Local Sponsor: Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation; The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is presented by Banff & Lake Louise Tourism and Rab, and is sponsored by BUFF®, Oboz Footwear, YETI, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, The Lake Louise Ski Resort & Summer Gondola, Lowe Alpine and Happy Yak. UCSB Arts & Lectures Community Partners are the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli. For tickets ($22.50 General/$15 UCSB Students and Youth 18 & under call (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu or AXS http://tinyurl.com/ymc3fhkf

This year’s festival will take viewers from Norway’s national mountain to the mean streets of Los Angeles, with stops along the way for mountain biking in Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia, and powder skiing and mountaineering in Oregon and Kyrgyzstan. Meet blind and deaf rock climbers and innovators who travel cross country on tandem skis.

This year The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will bring two programs that will screen on Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:30pm at the Arlington Theatre. Sponsored locally by the Justin Brooks Fisher Foundation, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour presents films and videos on nature and humankind — from extreme sports, to environmental concerns and challenges, and mountain culture in general. Locations from the world over will be seen as the festival charts our environmental spaces and how we

Founded in 1933 as the Banff School of Drama, the Banff Centre for the Arts has evolved over the years into its current incarnation as a respected center for higher learning in the arts. Situated within Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the centre offers a connection between artistic expression and the natural world. The park is breathtaking, with its alpine landscape that reaches up into towering glaciers and sweeps low into ice fields and coniferous forests.

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Considering Santa Barbara’s own natural beauty and wonder, it is no surprise the Banff Mountain Film Festival has found a kindred spirit here. Exploration and adventure are themes well shared. “Both towns are blessed with spectacular natural beauty,” Baratiak affirmed, “and have a thriving outdoor adventure community and a bustling arts and culture scene, and both cities draw tourists from around the world. Banff is blessed with the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, rushing rivers, dense forests, spectacular lakes, and lots of snow. While we have the sparkling ocean, the best weather on the planet, the

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HE THRILL AND DANGER OF THE WILDERNESS is ever present once again in the latest collection of films, documentary shorts, and experiences from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Celebrating 32 years of screenings in Santa Barbara, the Banff Centre for the Arts has selected a visually stunning and rousing collection that will be presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures in two nights hosted and curated by Roman Baratiak, A&L Associate Director Emeritus.

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February 16, 2024


City Ballot Measure A Will Address Bidding Process


By Mark M. Whitehurst / VOICE

BETTER BIDDING PROCESS TAILORED TO SOUTH COAST NEEDS is the hope of the City of Santa Barbara, as they place bidding Measure A on the March 5th primary election ballot. The bidding measure requests a change to the city charter that would allow the city to select contractors by taking into consideration the unique circumstances found in Santa Barbara and the south coast, rather than the current standard of the “lowest responsible bidder.” The measure, with council approval, was recommended by Cliff Maurer, Director of Public Works. He provided answers to some questions by VOICE Magazine about the measure. VOICE: How will the new biding process benefit the city? Maurer: If Measure A is approved, it will give City Council the authority to pass an ordinance that allows Pubilc Works projects, which are the majority of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects, to be competed and awarded using procurement methods that are common practice amongst public agencies. The current City Charter allows only for low bid procurement, with the exception for some Water Resources related projects. These additional contracting options, all allowed by California State law, include: Best Value, Design/Build, Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), Direct Negotiation (for small PW projects <$100,000), and Simplified Contracting (for small/ medium PW projects $100,000 - $500,000). Low bid contracting will remain an option for staff and continue to be used when it is expected to deliver the best result for the City. The low bid alternative

contracting methods benefit the City by allowing staff to consider other factors, in addition to cost, when making a competitive contract award, such as: prior experience, past performance (quality), safety performance, timeliness, work experience in specific areas (eg: historic structure restoration); all of which are difficult to discern in a low bid contract.

as an owner. It can adversely effect: schedule performance, change orders, project quality, staff resources to manage the contract, total project cost.

VOICE: Why is the Public Works biding process different than the Water Department?

According to Sarah J. Knecht, City Attorney for Santa Barbara in a statement of impartial analysis of the measure, found on the city website, “The current Charter authorizes the city council to establish alternate contracting methods for water system projects. [This] measure would instead allow the city council to establish alternate methods of competition for public works contracts for all types of pubic works projects."

Maurer: The Water Resources Division is part of the City’s Public Works Department. California law (Public Contracting Code) made carve-outs for alternative contract procurement methods for water related capital improvement projects, which were included in the City’s Charter. In 2009, these methods were expanded to Public Works projects beyond water specific projects, but the City’s Charter has not been amended to allow City staff to use these methods. VOICE: Was there a specific project(s) that brought forward the new plan? Maurer: There were several City Capital Improvement Program contracts where the low bidder was from out of the Tri-County area, had never worked on the South Coast and upon commencing the project realized that project costs due to locality factors where higher than their bid allowed. This resulted in a bad financial position for the contractor at the start of the project. Understandably, if a contractor is losing money from the start, it is not good for the City

VOICE: How do other comparable cities handle their bid process? Maurer: Most Charter cities have provisions that allow staff to select contracting methods other than low bid only. Design/Build and CMAR procurement methods are typically used for larger projects.

Knecht also wrote the measure is “a City Council proposal to amend City Charter section 519 to modernize the City public works contracting for construction or improvement of city buildings, streets, parks, playground, utilities, and other facilities in any manner available to other charter cities in California within the scope of its 'Home Rule' authority under the constitution and laws of California.” If the measure passes, the city charter will be changed and public works will be allowed to establish and use alternate methods of competition for contracts. Find more online at: https://santabarbaraca.gov/government/city-hall/elections

City of Santa Barbara Announces Appointment of Kelly McAdoo as New City Administrator


IDING A WAVE INTO SANTA BARBARA, Kelly McAdoo was named the City Administrator by the City Council. Her appointment will be effective in late May.

"On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, I am pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly McAdoo as our next City Administrator. Kelly comes to us from the City of Hayward, a full-service city with nearly twice the population of Santa Barbara that is also home to the CSU – East Bay main campus. Kelly’s background and service with other agencies gives Council the confidence that our well-researched choice will serve our city well. Welcome aboard, Kelly!” stated Mayor Randy Rowse, expressing his enthusiasm for the appointment. Since 2016, McAdoo has served as the City Manager and Chief Executive Officer for the City of Hayward, overseeing a team of over 900 employees. She began her tenure as City Manager after serving approximately six years as the Assistant City Manager/Chief Operating Officer for the organization.

Prior to joining the Hayward team, she worked with the City of Palo Alto as the Deputy City Manager and Assistant to the City Manager, and with the City of Fremont, California, across multiple departments. Ms. McAdoo holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, Economics, and International Studies, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, all from the University of Kansas. She is committed to lifelong learning and leadership development and has completed the Harvard Kennedy School State and Local Executives Program and also a two-year Leadership program with the International City/County Management Association. "McAdoo’s extensive background and strategic leadership abilities make her an exemplary choice to navigate the complexities and opportunities facing Santa Barbara,” continued Mayor Rowse. Kelly McAdoo is Santa Barbara's new City Administrator.

February 16, 2024

Legislation Named in Recognition of Supervisors Schwartz and Rose

New Leadership at Sansum Clinic

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ONGRESSMAN SALUD CARBAJAL (CA-24) RECENTLY MARKED 20 YEARS since the launch of Santa Barbara’s first-in-thenation safe parking program by announcing the introduction of his bipartisan legislation to unlock federal dollars for similar programs aimed at offering a critical lifeline to people experiencing homelessness. The Naomi Schwartz and Susan Rose Safe Parking Act, named in honor of the two County Supervisors who first developed the 2004 program, is bipartisan legislation that would allow federal housing funds to support safe parking programs by making these programs eligible for grants to support operation and expansion of these critical lifelines. Rep. Carbajal was joined by former County Supervisor Susan Rose, 1st District County Supervisor Das Williams, and New Beginnings Executive Director Kristine Schwartz, whose team helps oversee 26 safe parking spaces throughout Santa Barbara County. “For me, the safe parking program — when we got it up and running — was a dream come true, and it’s been a success,” said former County Supervisor Susan Rose. “Salud has been a champion for the safe parking program both on the Board of Supervisors and now in Washington – and I know that he can make this happen. Salud, we’re cheering you on.”

Cottage Health Launches New Women’s Heart Clinic OTTAGE HEALTH HAS LAUNCHED THE COTTAGE WOMEN’S HEART CLINIC, the first of its kind in Santa Barbara County. The specialty care clinic is designed to address the unique needs of women with cardiovascular diseases. Led by Dr. Bina Ahmed, the clinic will offer expert consultation to women for management of various cardiovascular diagnoses. The mission of the clinic will center around providing accessible, personalized care focusing on sex-specific risk assessment and optimization for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

“The more we learn, the more it is clear that focused, sex-specific care is essential to improving Dr. Bina Ahmed cardiovascular disease-related outcomes among women,” said Dr. Ahmed. “The clinic will have a tripartite mission of providing evidence-based clinical care, patient education and clinical research. We also hope to collaborate across specialties to ensure that women are receiving the absolute best and most comprehensive care possible.” Dr. Ahmed is an Interventional cardiologist and structural heart disease specialist with a strong interest in advancing women’s heart health. Her career path has included specialized training focusing on better understanding sex-based differences in cardiovascular diseases. Learn more at: cottagehealth.org/womensheart

UTTER HEALTH HAS ANNOUNCED ITS SIXTH COMMUNITY-BASED MARKET on the Greater Central Coast which will be anchored by Sansum Clinic, a 103-year-old nonprofit outpatient healthcare organization based in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities. Sutter Health’s Greater Central Coast market will be led by KURT N. RANSOHOFF, M.D., FACP, who will assume the role of market president. Dr. Ransohoff is a dedicated physician leader who for the past 22 years guided Sansum Clinic as its CEO and chief medical officer and was instrumental in Sansum joining Sutter. Sansum Clinic has received numerous accolades and awards for its high clinical quality during Dr. Ransohoff ’s tenure.

CHAD HINE will serve as the market’s Ambulatory CEO. As a respected and proven leader, Hine has used his in-depth financial and analytical experience as the COO of Sansum Clinic for the past 9 years. He previously held the title of CFO at Sansum.

Kurt Ransohoff

Two of Sansum Clinic’s former Trustees, ARNOLD SCHAFFER and JANET GARUFIS have joined the Sutter Health Bay Board of Directors.

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams, Congressman Salud Carbajal, former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Susan Rose, and New Beginnings CEO Kristine Schwartz



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“I am excited and honored to be joining the Sutter Health Bay Board,” said Schaffer. “Our partnership with Sutter Health is great for our community and patient care. New investments from Sutter will allow us to sustain and expand Janet Garufis the critical services we offer, and it is my honor to represent the voice of Santa Barbara and of our residents as those decisions are being made.” Arnold Schaffer “Becoming part of an organization that has capacity allows you to dream,” added Garufis. “It allows you to fulfill the dreams of things that you know are important to be done. With this extraordinary partnership, we can bring new resources to bear in ways that we’ve been thinking about for years. I am thrilled to be at the table with Sutter Health, as we work together to expand access to high-quality, multispecialty healthcare here on the Central Coast.”

JEFFREY HADSALL, M.D., will serve as President of the Board of Directors of Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Clinic, Inc. Dr. Hadsall, board certified in internal medicine, has been caring for patients of Sansum Clinic since 1999. MARJORIE NEWMAN, M.D., will serve as the Chief Medical Officer of Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Clinic, Inc. She will continue to serve as the Medical Director for Sansum Jeffrey Hadsall Clinic. A board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Newman joined Sansum Clinic as Assistant Medical Director in 2002. To learn more, visit sutterhealth.org and vitals.sutterhealth.org. Marjorie Newman

Winter Weather Threatens County Blood Supply


HE AMERICAN RED CROSS CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE AN EMERGENCY BLOOD SHORTAGE as severe winter weather continues to impact the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Blood donors are urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed.

The national blood supply also remains at critically low levels. Blood drives have been canceled in nearly every state where the Red Cross collects blood. As a result, nearly 15,000 blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected this month alone. Snow, ice, and extreme temperatures have made it tougher to move vital blood products across the Red Cross network, affecting deliveries to hospitals in some locations. Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 2/19/2024: 10am –4pm, Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel, 1759 S Jameson Ln. 1/22/2024: 1pm –7pm, American Red Cross, 2707 State Street. 2/12/2024: 1pm –7pm, American Red Cross, 2707 State Street. 2/14/2024: 1am –4pm, UCSB Student Resource Building, 2260 Student Resource Building, Ocean Rd (Park in lot 22, 23).

Individuals are urged to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767). As a thank-you, all those who come to give Feb. 1st-29th will receive a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/Heart for details


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New Updates for the MOXI Leadership Team MOXI, THE WOLF MUSEUM OF EXPLORATION + INNOVATION, which is dedicated to igniting learning through interactive experiences in science and creativity, has made several updates to its leadership slate. The board welcomes new members Kate MacNaughton, Cameron Goodman, and Olivia Wolf. KATE MACNAUGHTON is MOXI’s new Chief Advancement Officer. She has spent the last decade specializing in nonprofit fundraising – including working on MOXI’s founding capital campaign, events, grant writing, and launching the museum’s membership program. After four years at Women’s Economic Ventures as the Director of Development and Communications, Kate is returning to MOXI as Chief Advancement Officer.

Cameron Goodman

CAMERON GOODMAN is a partner at Kate MacNaughton Price, Postel & Parma LLP, a local law firm with long-standing ties to the Santa Barbara community. Raised in Bozeman, Montana, Cameron moved to Southern California where he earned his undergraduate degree at Occidental College, and later his J.D. at UCLA School of Law. Goodman is thrilled for the opportunity to be part of the MOXI team as the museum continues to expand opportunities for young minds to dive in, explore, and learn about our world.

OLIVIA WOLF is a creative writer in Santa Barbara, California who is passionate about education and child development. She has taught and created programming for elementary-aged writers at a day camp in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her time at Wolf Films, as an intern at the Today Show, as a volunteer at the Acadia Family Center, and on her husband’s federal congressional campaign, has given Olivia experience with brand management, large- and small-scale public relations campaigns, fundraising, event planning, and administration; all skills that will help further MOXI’s mission and strategic plan.

Chris Kroes

WITH AN EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND IN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY, education, and community engagement, MORGAN COFFEY has joined Explore Ecology as their new Development Director. She will contribute her expertise and enthusiasm to the environmental education nonprofit. A proven fundraiser, Coffey has collaborated with wide-ranging stakeholders to restore endangered habitats, establish nature preserves, and create Morgan Coffey memorable outdoor events.

“I continue to be amazed by all the programs we offer at Explore Ecology—we have such inspired staff, volunteers, and donors,” she said in a statement. “And I’m really eager to develop creative collaborations with businesses and organizations that will elevate our community and empower even more kids by combining our ideas and resources. Let’s connect and make good things happen!” Reach Coffey at Morgan@ExploreEcology.org or 805-884-0459

Updates at Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation REFLECTING ITS INTENTION TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS in serving families battling pediatric cancer, the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) has welcomed new staff and adjusted some team assignments. ANDREW MILLER has stepped into the role of Board Chair, succeeding Nathan Rogers, whose term ended in December. Miller is a local attorney and combat veteran whose appointment holds special significance for TBCF staff, as he and his wife Giana are former TBCF recipient parents who navigated their young son Henry’s five-year journey with leukemia. His firsthand experience living TBCF’s mission, combined with his active involvement on various board committees and co-chairing the 2023 Golden Gala, positions him well for this leadership role.

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GISSELLE MADRIGAL, who for seven years served as TBCF’s Family Resource Specialist, has been promoted to the position of Programs Director. Having immigrated to the United States at age nine from Peru, growing up in Northern California, then earning a Master’s degree in sociology and education from UCSB, Madrigal brings a unique perspective. She is fully bilingual, enabling her to establish meaningful connections within the LatinX community, who represent 70 percent of the families served by TBCF.

BECCA SOLODON, a former TBCF recipient and Programs Director, has developed the new role of Sr. Health & Wellness Director. As part of TBCF’s cultural reset, Solodon will focus on the overall wellness of both TBCF recipient families and staff, contributing to the organization’s holistic approach to general well-being, resiliency, and sustainability.

Olivia Wolf

CHRIS KROES has been recognised by the board as an emeritus director for his exemplary service to MOXI beyond the 22 years of his board terms. Mr. Kroes served as a board member and then Vice President of the board from 1999 until 2021. He served as Chairman of Building Committee and oversaw the design and construction of the MOXI building from its inception to the grand opening. Chris Kroes is a litigation attorney and a partner at the law firm of McCarthy & Kroes. He continues to offer legal counsel for the museum and he is proud to continue to serve the Santa Barbara community in his emeritus role. www.moxi.org

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TBCF has also welcomed two new bilingual staff members, LILI MUNOZ and MAYETZI ITURBIDE, who joined in late Becca Solodon 2023 to fill open Programs positions. Both Munoz and Iturbide will work closely with TBCF families to help navigate their experience, provide support and connect them with additional support and services. They will oversee the launch of new programming and reinstate TBCF’s beloved Family Lili Munoz Mayetzi Iturbide Connection events.

SB Museum of Natural History Appoints Epley as New Trustee KENDRA EPLEY HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES for a three-year term. Epley has over 25 years of experience working with individuals, families, business owners, private foundations and charitable organizations to provide private banking solutions and comprehensive Kendra Epley wealth management and advisory services. As a Trust Advisor, she is responsible for administering a broad portfolio of trust relationships and investment management accounts for affluent individuals and families. She is a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute Trust School at Pepperdine University and holds Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation. A Santa Barbara native, Epley graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A. degree in American Studies and received her teaching credential from Westmont College.

SB Zoo President to Retire in 2025 RICH BLOCK, SANTA BARBARA ZOO PRESIDENT & CEO, has shared that he intends retire from the Zoo at the end of January, 2025. Serving as the Zoo’s leader since 1998, Block leaves a lasting legacy of growth, achievement and innovation, leading the zoo through a transformative period in Rich Block its history. While Block will remain President & CEO until a successor is named and he steps down a year from now, the Zoo’s Board of Directors has formed a Transition Committee and a rigorous national search has begun. The Committee hired Los Angeles based executive search firm Shelli Herman and Associates to identify the Zoo’s future leader, who will help usher in the next chapter for the Zoo. www.sbzoo.org

February 16, 2024

Garden Space Available at Armitos Park Com. Garden

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HE CITY OF GOLETA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS to reserve a garden plot at the soon-to-be completed Armitos Park Community Garden. Located at Armitos Avenue and S. Kellogg Avenue in Old Town, there are 50 garden plots available (ten large and 40 small). Priority will be given to City of Goleta residents, and if there are more than 50 applications submitted, plots will be awarded based on a lottery system. Residents must turn in the application packet by Thursday, February 15th, at 5pm to be considered. The application, along with rules, regulations, waiver, release form, and code of conduct are available on the City’s website: www.CityofGoleta.org/ ArmitosPark. You can also email your completed application to communitygarden@cityofgoleta.org, or mail it to City of Goleta, Attention: Community Garden, 130 Cremona Drive, Goleta CA 93117.

Santa Barbara Symphony's Serenade for Romance now at The Lobero Theatre With The Granada Theatre's closure due to water damage, The Santa Barbara Symphony has changed venues for its February concert pair on Saturday, February 17th at 3pm and 7:30pm. Featuring Sirena Huang, and with the addition of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in place of Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, tickets for the Lobero concerts are currently only available to Symphony subscribers and current ticket holders. If you have tickets and have not already done so, please reconfirm your attendance and receive your new tickets at 805-898-9386 or email info@TheSymphony.org. "Thank you to all who are helping us keep the music playing as we navigate this unforeseen and challenging circumstance," wrote Kathryn R. Martin, President & CEO. Sirena Huang, the Artist-in-Residence for the February concerts and 2022 winner of the world-renowned Indianapolis Violin Competition, will be out and about in Santa Barbara all week, including in a FREE masterclass with members of the Symphony’s Youth Ensembles. Three talented young violinists will perform, and Huang will give feedback in front of a live audience. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome! Masterclass: Feb. 14th, at 4:30pm at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. No RSVP required.


OS PUEBLOS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT EAMON GORDON has been honored with the Congressional App Challenge Award 2023 by Congressman Salud Carbajal. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in app development, and Gordon’s groundbreaking finance literacy app has truly set a new standard.

The finance literacy app developed by Gordon is poised to make waves nationally. Financedu is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing free financial education for youth of all ages. With a user-friendly interface and comprehensive content, it aims to bridge the gap in financial education. As part of its initial rollout, the app will be introduced in Dos Pueblos High School's finance class, setting the stage for broader implementation. "I am honored and grateful to receive the App Challenge Award 2023. This recognition motivates me to continue creating solutions that make a positive impact," expressed Gordon. Congressman Salud Carbajal commended the student's innovative approach, saying, "It's inspiring to see young minds contributing to financial literacy through technology. This app has the potential to empower students nationwide." "Santa Barbara Unified takes pride in nurturing innovative thinkers like Eamon. The Financedu app aligns with our commitment to providing valuable educational tools. This accolade solidifies our commitment to educational excellence and showcases the caliber of talent nurtured in our district” said Superintendent, Dr. Hilda Maldonado. Principal Bill Woodard highlighted Eamon's remarkable achievements, saying, "While we have known of Eamon’s talent and creativity for some time, it is great that he is being recognized for his app that has the potential to support the continued emphasis of financial literacy with young people here at Dos Pueblos and beyond. We are very proud to call him a Dos Pueblos Charger.” Securing victory in this competition, Financedu stands as a potential feature at the United States Capitol Building this upcoming spring with the honor of being showcased on the house.gov website. Not only that, but Gordon is also cordially invited to a prestigious reception in Washington, D.C., an event anticipated by the student who expressed enthusiasm for attending alongside Carbajal. Last year, SB High School students Christian Sanchez and Antonio Ayala won the Congressional App Challenge Award with their app, “One Connected.” The app allowed students to easily and safely join school clubs and organizations. Submitted by Ed Zuchelli, SB Unified, www.SBUnified.org

Hundreds of Local Students Explore Writing & Literature at SBCEO’s 54th Author-Go-Round


ORE THAN 400 FIFTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADERS from schools throughout Santa Barbara County met with authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books during the 54th annual Author-Go-Round sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Participating authors and illustrators included: Anita Perez Ferguson, Andrea Loney, Patricia Newman, Sherry Shahan, Sarah Sheerger, Linda Joy Singleton, Greg Trine, and Wendelin Van Draanen. Students gathered to spend quality time with these published authors, leaving them inspired to write and illustrate. During the event, participants listened to presentations by each published author and then broke into small groups to discuss the craft of writing and illustration. At the end of each day, four students received a book and poster signed by the authors in a raffle drawing.

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“My favorite part of the day is asking all the authors questions and finding out things like who inspired them and how they became authors,” said one participating student from Solvang School. This year saw the event returned to Santa Maria, expanding access for schools and districts in mid- and northern Santa Barbara County. Students from across the Santa Maria Valley and beyond joined the learning and fun at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center on January 30th and 31st, and students from the southern part of the county gathered on February 6th and 7th at the Santa Barbara County Education Office Auditorium in Santa Barbara. “The annual Author-Go-Round is a wonderful exchange of ideas that leaves students feeling empowered and inspired to dive into reading and writing,” said County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido. "...We... extend our deepest appreciation to the talented authors who devoted their time and expertise to the hundreds of students who participated. This was an inspirational event all around!” Submitted by Camie Barnwell, SB County Education Office, www.SBCEO.org


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A Budding Maestro Himself – Bradley Cooper Celebrated as Outstanding Performer of The Year


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FFORTLESSLY ENGAGING A SOLD-OUT ARLINGTON THEATRE WITH HIS HUMOR AND ARTISTIC VISION, Bradley Cooper took fans behind the scenes of his most memorable performances at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of The Year Award on February 8th. The night commemorated Cooper’s 25 years in Hollywood, from The Hangover to his 2023 Oscar-nominated film Maestro. Deadline Chief Film Critic Pete Hammond returned to SBIFF to host,

lauding Cooper as “not just an outstanding performer but the real deal as a filmmaker, a budding Maestro himself.” Cooper began dreaming of acting when he was eleven years old. Despite being extremely shy, he loved visiting the movie theater behind his house and he knew he wanted to be a part of that world. As he accepted his SBIFF Award, he attributed his success to those who believed in him and gave him opportunities to grow as an actor and director.

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“Without community, I would never have attempted to achieve the things that I’ve attempted; without people who have believed in me in ways that I never believed in myself,” said Cooper. “So gosh, if you feel that way about anybody, please tell them, please SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, Honoree Bradley Cooper, and tell them.” Brad Pitt at the Outstanding Performer of the Year Tribute



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reminisced with Hammond about his varied career with wit, showing off his impressions of Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood. In reviewing his filmography, including American Sniper, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Nightmare Alley, and A Star is Born, Cooper’s commitment to infusing each film with intentionality shone through. This commitment especially resonated as Cooper discussed Maestro, his tribute to conductor/ Honoree Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan at composer Leonard Bernstein, the Outstanding Performer of the Year event and his wife, Felicia Montealegre. Transcending traditional biopics, In true SBIFF form, two surprise guests Maestro paints a picture of Bernstein emerged to conclude the night with their through his marriage. Cooper shared tributes to Cooper — his Maestro co-star, he decided upon this approach when he Carey Mulligan and actor Brad Pitt. Their encountered tapes of “Lenny” and Felicia praise brought the Arlington audience talking. to their feet, applauding Cooper and his contributions to the art of film. “I became intoxicated by the way they spoke,” explained Cooper. “There’s this “I’m not gonna say I know for certain great audio tape of them regaling a group what’s at the heart of Bradley’s brilliance, of people about their wedding night, and but I am going to take a stab at it,” shared just the overlapping dialogue and the Pitt. “What I think it is, from knowing him fact that they could finish each other’s for a few years now, is his verve and his sentences, and the melody with which voracious love for this little thing we call they spoke — I thought, well, this is what I the human experience and all its struggles want to be around, this family.” and joys and messiness. My man’s in it.”


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SBIFF: International Panel

Two Germans, an Italian, and a Brit walk into the Arlington… UNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE SBIFF INTERNATIONAL PANEL FEATURED THE FIVE MOVIES NOMINATED FOR THE OSCAR for the Best International Feature, led by Roger Durling. The friendly talk offered a good reminder of the rewards of looking beyond our borders for good cinema.

There was a Spaniard missing; J.A. Bayona was busy winning 12 Goyas for Society of the Snow, at that very instant. Bayona sent a recording on how his film about the 16 survivors from a 1970 Andean plane crash is about “hope and coming together through empathy.” Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest was represented by its sound designer Johnnie Burn, who has also earned an Academy Award nomination (the film has five in total). It’s a drama about a German family living next door to Auschwitz. “I had to become an expert on what Auschwitz sounded like in 1943,” he said. “We were glad when it was over. Jonathan has promised a comedy next.” German director/writer IIker Çatak shared about the making of The Teachers’ Lounge with 32 young nonactors in a classroom, where the school becomes a metaphor for a country. “This film is about a search for the elusive truth and how truth has become a matter of belief,” said Çatak, who chose to film in 4:3 aspect ratio to evoke a feeling of pressure. His fellow countryman, Wim Wenders chose the same aspect ratio for Perfect Days, “a film about a man who cleans toilets all day” and listens to cassette tapes of Patti Smith and Nina Simone. But his choice was based on how to compose the frame in the tiny spaces they were filming in. “I wish any of you could be as happy as Mr. Hirayama,” the main character, played by Koji Yakusho, with whom Wenders fell in love when he watched Shall We Dance in 1996. Arguably, the happiest person on the Arlington was Matteo Garrone, director of Io Capitano,


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a film “part documentary, part fairy tale” about young Senegalese people making the harrowing trip to Europe. He had brought with him the two professional actors in the film, plus one of the nonactors, who had survived that difficult trek. Garrone was modestly ecstatic about the compliments Wenders gave him about his film. Coincidentally, both directors were painters, and both have made their latest films in a language they don’t speak (Japanese and Wolof). But they speak the beautiful language of cinema. Isaac Hernández de Lipa is a local filmmaker and photographer passionate about the cultural impact of film through the ages. isaachernandez.com Reach him at ih@mercurypress.com

Scorsese & Triet: Outstanding Directors Of The Year

Martin Scorsese was up next, a spry 81 years young, and wearing a sharp dark suit. A clip from Killers showing Lily Gladstone playing the heroic Osage WO OF THE MOST CELEBRATED FILMS OF 2023, were young woman, wryly observing the behavior of the white helmed by SBIFF's honored directors including legendary antagonists, followed. Scorsese had been developing the project veteran, Martin Scorsese and the emerging, thoughtful for many years and put it aside to direct The Irishman, another filmmaker, Justine Triet from France. They were saluted late career project. At the pandemic he further worked on the on February 12th by the Film Festival’s Executive Director script and traveled to Oklahoma to meet with community Roger Durling and Scott Feinberg, the knowledgeable editor of groups of the Osage nation remembering, “During that period Hollywood Reporter. of The Irishman, I visited the Osage nation and Oklahoma Their films, both nominated for multiple Oscars include twice, realizing there was much more to the story than simply a Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Triet’s Anatomy of a police procedural. When I read the stuff and met the people, I Fall shared commonalities. Both projects trade back and forth in knew it’s not about who did or didn’t do it….and when I heard languages: Killers included English and Osage languages (based the Osage leaders speak at a dinner, I started to realize that on the indigenous language spoken in Oklahoma), and Anatomy, somehow this tragedy had a face. And the story had to change, it veered back and forth between English and French. Both films changed.” Later in the interview he discussed his close working have trial scenes, and both examine ethical dilemmas related to Roger Durling, Wim Wenders, Matteo Garrone, Ilker Çatak, relationship with Robert De Niro in his breakout film Mean murder or suspected murder. Both films are well-constructed and and Johnnie Burn at SBIFF’s International Panel Streets and later in his landmark film Taxi Driver. Scorsese both visualize the surrounding landscapes of the story with flair. recollected, “we worked together well, he would try things, and then I would learn things about After a warm welcome from Durling, director-writer Justine Triet appeared onstage in a flight the character, and the story, and then I would build on his approach to the scene. We don’t overly discuss things, we just go back and forth, working things out. I learned from him (De Niro) and bomber’s jacked, with matching sleek dark pants, a formidably stylish figure. Triet spoke about trust him. He has a really good instinct about human nature and psychology.” Anatomy of a Fall, and the development of her precisely structured domestic crime drama. She recollected about getting German actress Sandra Hüller, involved in the project, sharing, “I met Scorsese also discussed his longstanding history with his faithful editor Thelma Schoonmaker her twelve years ago, and admired her work in Toni Erdmann. I got to know her and thought of working closely in the editing room with him since Raging Bull. He shared, “I can count on her her as I was writing the script with my husband during the pandemic…. I was asking, how can to make great choices, you know, she won an Oscar for Raging Bull, her first feature.” He also we dive into this kind of complex woman? She gave me inspiration, of course, she is a mystery.” mentioned, “The movie business changes every ten years, it’s totally different, totally!” She also spoke about her love for ‘Snoop’ the dog that figured prominently in some of the scenes Center stage to show off their awards, both Triet and Scosese looked triumphant and thankful mentioning, “Snoop had a lot of energy, but cannot walk slowly. He was so fast it was impossible for the appreciative ovations from the full house inside the Arlington. The old and the new, a to film him from behind. When I thought we should tire him out, the trainer said, “Don’t! When contrast of backgrounds, but both delivering exceptional projects this season for cinema fans Snoop tires, he just STOPS.” across the globe. She also spoke about casting and working with the young boy actor in the pivotal role of the son and her amazement on how well the film has been received by both critics, tastemakers, and Robert F. Adams, Film Correspondent for VOICE, is a Santa Barbara landscape architect and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre and Film, as well as Cal Poly. He has served on the film selection committees audiences, exclaiming, “It’s just crazy!.” Photo by Fritz Olenberger Photography


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XCITED TO KICK OFF THE SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, people packed in front of the Arlington on February 7th. With their badges on, they welcomed award winning directors, producers, and more to our lovely hometown.

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“The Film Festival is not only fabulous for this time of year, but giving what we just went thought with the storm, it’s great economically,” said Santa Barbra Mayor Randy Rowse. “The restaurants and shops are full and I love the fact that we are showing off Santa Barbara to the world.” The night kicked off with a red carpet honoring faces across genres in the film industry, but specifically in documentary. On the red carpet was Jessie Davidson the director of Nine Lives, a sweet documentary about a traveling cat which lives with multiple families throughout the course of its life. Lisa Landers, a Santa Barbara local and the director of Giants Rising, a film dedicated to the redwood trees from across north of Santa Barbra to Oregon was also there. And writer, actor and film-maker Alex Lykos from Madu directors Matt Ogens the documentary Disconnect Me where he took upon the challenge of not and Joel ‘Kachi Benson using his phone for 30 days was there. Santa Barbara International Film Festival Director, Roger Durling welcomed the film crew of the latest Disney documentary Madu, the festivals opening film. Both directors of the film, Joel ‘Kachi Benson, a Nigerian director, and Matt Ogens, an American film director were present and spoke briefly before the first international screening of Madu inside the Arlington Theatre. “The film is a collaboration of cultures behind the scenes, like us as directors and the crew. But also Anthony, the story of a boy going from Nigeria to England trying to find his place in the world,” said two-time Grammy award winning director Matt Ogens. The film Madu is about a young Nigerian boy, Anthony, who loves to dance. A video of him went viral and caught the attention of Ogen’s to make a documentary on him as he gets a scholarship and attend’s a ballet school in England. “The film is a celebration of the Nigerian spirit,” said director Joel ‘Kachi Benson. “Which is so, ‘Go get it! Chase your dreams and don’t let anything hold you back.” The night ended with the audience laughing, crying and dancing as they watched Anthony’s journey. Madu will be available on Disney+ on March 29th.

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UNDAY’S SBIFF VARIETY ARTISAN AWARDS might seem like a technical affair, more about the nuts and bolts of film and entertainment than the glitz and glamor, but the event certainly had an air of excitement and celebration.

This can be attributed to the star power of Billie Eilish and her brother and creative partner, Finneas, who generated quite a buzz on the red carpet as they entered the Arlington, but it was more than that. The awards in special effects, score, and costume design this year recognized stunning work that requires an artist’s eye along with technical wizardry, and the innovation that these artisans bring to their field deserved to be highlighted. Stephane Ceretti, in speaking about the VFX for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, described how emotional a journey it was to imbue a character like Rocket Raccoon with more than just realistic looking fur — the movie’s subject matter, around the inhumane treatment of animals, was soul searching stuff.

Ludwig Göransson, who received the Artisan Award for his compositions for Oppenheimer, shared his creative process with Chris Nolan. Kazu Hiro, winning for Hairstyling/Makeup on Maestro, described the shorthand language he and Bradley Cooper developed, as they spent almost five hours a day creating and recreating the face of American composer Leonard Bernstein. They had to account for five decades of the man’s life as he aged, and in the end Hiro said he would simply make eye contact with Cooper and would know exactly what needed to be adjusted with a brush and color. Of course the most noise and acclaim was around Billie Eilish — fans screamed out her name throughout her brief interview on stage — and she did not disappoint. She was very much the enthusiastic and slightly goofy songwriter her brand presents her to be, and not a moment of her appearance felt inauthentic. She and her brother kicked off the whole affair as if we were having a casual talk with a friend. It set the tone, and made the whole event accessible into what happens behind the curtain. Movie magic is about suspended belief, but to get there, all of these moving parts must be carefully considered and executed. This years recipients of the Artisan Awards did a great job of sharing that with us.

UR TOWN IS THE PLACE TO BE now that the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has cast the spotlight on local theater marquise showcasing the finest films plus a bevy of “A list” storytellers of multiple crafts. As the festival draws to it’s close, I continue to be astounded by the variety of artists who arrive here to share their experience making movies and their individual arc in the industry. Kudos to Executive Director Roger Durling and his team for this special 10 day extravaganza on behalf of the entire community! As is obvious, my enthusiasm for films and storytelling bleeds over into a column (allegedly) focused on our beautiful Santa Barbara harbor. Combining the love of film and that of the ocean, it wasn’t necessary to travel too far. Our film festival, not far from the ocean, showcased the World Premier of Alien Contact, a documentary directed and produced by Rick Rosenthal and Katya Shirokow, accompanied by the image of what appeared to be a hovering space craft. A second look revealed that the unknown flying object was instead a huge manta ray in the depths of the ocean! An astrophysicist explained early in the narrative that the film documented, it’s a topic as fascinating as that of SETI, an acronym for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, only much closer and equally as mysterious: the search for intelligent life beneath the surface of the ocean. The Emmy Award winner and marine biologist Rick Rosenthal and his group of scientists team up with neurobiologist Dr. Csilla Ari and others on an investigative journey to explore evidence of intelligent life in the sea – specifically, in giant manta rays. The criteria for animal Intelligence according to the team include four elements: Perception (curiosity); Problem Solving (overcoming obstacles); Social Cognition (understand/ manipulate social interactions); Spacial Awareness (ability to swim distances). The graceful and curious manta ray meets these requirements with intriguing clues that these alien-looking animals might be trying to make contact with humans. The manta ray’s apparent solicitation of human contact is what set Rosenthal on his journey of exploration. From its ability to “train” a diver in Mexico to supply bubble massages from his scuba tank, to “dining” by night in the company of tourists in Hawaii, to seeking rescue from fishing-line entanglement by divers, the evidence of some kind of a yet unknown higher intelligence in giant manta rays is compelling. In possibly its most radical assertion, the film suggests that giant manta rays may also be self-aware in that they recognize themselves in a mirror – a level of intelligence seen only in a handful of other animals on earth. With wingspans of almost eight meters, the ray lives life at extremes which includes them among the ocean’s largest inhabitants. Like whales, they migrate thousands of miles across oceans, and are equally at home on the surface as at great depths. Rosenthal’s film reveals the natural history and beauty of these, the most elegant of fishes, while to the same time exposing their vulnerability as well as the mind-blowing revelation that, in terms of intelligence, giant manta rays may be closer to dolphins and elephants than many other animals. SBIFF Screenings: Wed, 2/14 Fiesta 5 – 7:30pm and Fri, 2/16 Metro 4 – 2:30pm

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The costume design for Poor Things, by Holly Waddington, was sumptuous and elegant; the set and production design for Barbie, by Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, was bold and also a real challenge, when it came to finding just the right shade of pink that embodied everything Barbie was to represent. (They poured over 100s of swatches before finding the right one.) These three artisans articulated well their intent behind their choices in considering color, texture, and scale. They offered a lot of insight into what makes a movie beyond the story and performances.

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SBIFF Virtuosos Award Celebrates Actors Changing the Cinematic Landscape

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Lily Gladstone, America Ferrera, Greta Lee, Charles Melton, Da’Vine Joy, and Andrew Scott receive the Virtuosos Award

The 2024 honorees exceeded this mark, including America Ferrera, Lily Gladstone, Greta Lee, Charles Melton, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Andrew Scott. Honorees Danielle Brooks and Colman Domingo could not attend due to scheduling conflicts. “I really do think this is probably the most impressive and accomplished group that we’ve ever put together,” said Karger, highlighting that all of the 2024 honorees are performers of color or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Opening with a surprise, Scott George and the Osage Tribal Singers performed their Oscar-nominated song Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People) from Killers of the Flower Moon. The group’s powerful vocal harmony and rhythm mesmerized audience members, who leaped into a standing ovation as the final refrain resonated from the stage. One by one, honorees divulged their experiences filming their 2023 roles. Karger’s genuine curiosity enabled each conversation to feel more like a friendly chat than a formal interview, casting a personal glow on the night. Ferrera discussed her experience watching her Barbie monologue, which deconstructs the struggles of being a woman in a patriarchal society, with her daughter sitting on her lap. “I kept trying to imagine, what does she see, what is she hearing?” said Ferrera. “It

Scott reflected upon the universal nature of grief, the theme at the heart of All of Us Strangers, and how the film speaks to viewers from all walks of life. “We think that there are films that are for particular types of people, but I like this movement towards this idea that you can see yourself in so many different types of cinematic and theatrical characters,” shared Scott. Melton focused on his technical challenges filming May December in 23 days, including handling live monarch butterflies. Joy Randolph subsequently had attendees laughing through tears as she recounted her experience being recognized by a woman watching The Holdovers one row away from her on an airplane. Lee reflected on the radical way Past Lives represents love as an aspect of one’s life rather than what determines their identity.

Strong narrative features included Dance First, an imaginative but subdued bio-story about the mysterious Nobel for Literature prize-winning playwright (and essayist) Samuel Beckett. Following his bleak, austere upbringing in Ireland the story follows him to Paris. Beckett was an enigma and worked for another literary man of mystery James Joyce. The film follows a chronological sequence including his harrowing escape from the Gestapo in Paris in 1944 where he found isolated refuge scratching out a living in the French countryside. The film follows some events later and featuring wonderful performances from the full cast including Stephen Rea as the elder Beckett and his partner played by Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond). The film also featured a sly performance from character actor Aiden Gillan who played the literary figure James Joyce as accomplished as anything Gary Oldman has done. From director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything), this screening was the US premiere. An artful and illustrative feature, with extremely judicious editing, the film was appreciated for filling in the mysteries of the elusive Waiting for Godot writer Samuel Beckett.

Still from 76 Days

“This is a thing that I’ve carried with me, this idea that the greatest romance of your life could actually be the one that you have with your own life,” said Lee. Gladstone, the first Native American woman to be nominated for an Oscar, shared Native Americans’ history in film and how grateful she was to help represent the Osage people’s story in Killers of the Flower Moon.

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“The film is so remarkable because of how remarkable Osage people are and how much they had to say about the making of it, how embraced we all were,” expressed Gladstone. As in years past, Karger united honorees for a playful group conversation before actor Jane Lynch presented their Virtuoso Awards, securing their SBIFF legacies as actors who are making meaningful differences through their work.

For a sold-out, jam-packed screening, the award-winning Italian director Matteo Garrone screened Io Capitano, a masterful feature about an immigrant’s journey from Senegal to Sicily. The film employs magical realism that somehow illustrate the dreams of the lead character Seydou, far from his native country. This cinematic tale is fraught with tragedy, and according to the director Garrone who was present with his cast, “We wanted to show Seydou’s journey from his former home up to the arrival in Italy, not something the European audiences even expect or are used to.” Courtesy photo


HEMISTRY-INFUSED CONVERSATIONS SPARKED LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION as the Virtuosos Awards became the most star-studded and diverse tribute of the 2024 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Moderated by Turner Classic Movies host Dave Karger, the night recognized actors who have triggered national conversations and contributed to cinema as an art form.

was like I finally got to like hear the words for the first time and really feel them.”

76 Days is a recollection documentary about a sailor who, with purpose and focus, survived a disastrous whale-strike on his small customized sailboat. The sailing fanatic ended up in a circular raft with very little to survive on until found 76 days later. The re-enactments were convincingly filmed, along with interviews with the protagonist revealing fascinating details of his inventive use of a few tools including a tiny diary that was integral to his survival. The world of sailing can be demanding and his self-reliance was engaging and eye-popping. The screening was the world premiere from documentarian Joe Wein who made a splash with his movie’s presence at the festival.

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Two other striking documentaries seen in the first full-blown week of the festival included All You Hear is Noise and 76 Days. The former film followed three disabled adults finding their way to the World Games in a run-up to the Special Olympics competition in 2019, all finding some measure of success. The co-directors Ned Castle and Matt Day focused on the obstacles and rare triumphs, which was extremely moving. Two of the main subjects showed up to the screening for a fascinating interview, greeting the appreciative Santa Barbara audience.

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OLD-OUT CROWDS WERE ENCOUNTERED for First We Bombed New Mexico screenings, which I mentioned in the previous Still from All You Hear Is Noise edition. Director Lois Lipman, as well as some of the key crew, arrived from various places to be part of post-screening discussions. The film was received well and the crew and subjects were happy to be hosted in Santa Barbara, fielding questions from audiences.

Still from Dance First Robert F. Adams, Film Correspondent for VOICE, is a Santa Barbara landscape architect and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre and Film, as well as Cal Poly. He has served on the film selection committees for the Aspen Film Fest and the SB International Film Festival. Email him at robert@earthknower.com

Based on a concept from the director, he shares screenplay credit with several others, and what follows is based on the real life emigration experiences of actual immigrants including Kouassi Mamadou and others. Hard-hitting, yet poetic at times, this is a film attempting to describe contemporary reality that evokes a sustained empathetic response. The film is nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Lion award at the 2023’s Venice Film Festival.

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In Person & Online Activities for Everyone

Friday, February 16th DANCE ARTHUR MURRAY THEATER SHOW 2024 Ballroom dancing showcase • Center Stage Theater • $30 • www.centerstagetheater.org • 8pm Fr, 2/16.

MUSIC AN EVENING WITH KARLA BONOFF See this ‘70s California music icon • Lobero Theatre • $39-106 • www.lobero.org • 7:30pm Fr, 7:30pm. BERLIN PHILHARMONIC SOLO FLUTE SÉBASTIAN JACOT Joined by Camerata Pacifica Principal pianist Irina Zahharenkova • Music Academy, Hahn Hall • $35-75 • https://cameratapacifica.org • 7:30pm Fr, 2/16.

SPECIAL EVENTS GEM FAIRE Shop beads, jewelry, & gems • Earl Warren Showgrounds • $7 • 12-6pm Fr, 2/16; 10am-6pm 2/17; 10am-5pm 2/18. COCKTAIL FOR A CAUSE Old fashioned masterclass supporting historically Black colleges & universities • Finch & Fork • http://tinyurl.com/4ezmavce • $31• 5-7pm Fr, 2/16.

Saturday, February 17th CHILDREN KIDS CLUB AT PASEO NUEVO Creative arts & crafts, unique STEM projects, and more • Paseo Nuevo, De la Guerra Place • Free • 10am-1pm Sa, 2/17. PATHFINDERS: CUTTING CLONES Plant cutting workshop for ages 8-13 • SB Botanic Garden • Free, register: www.sbbotanicgarden.org • 11am12:15pm Sa, 2/17. SATURDAY STORYTIME Stories and activities for all ages. Paseo Nuevo, De La Guerra Place • Free • 3-3:30pm Sa, 2/17.


JOB FAIR FOR SPANISH-SPEAKERS AND BILINGUAL JOB-SEEKERS Meet organization representatives and network • Eastside Library • Free, register: http://tinyurl.com/jjssk4zb • 10am-12pm Sa, 2/17. BOOK SIGNING Local author Dove Jones, Dolphin Talk • Tecolote Book Store • Free • 3-4pm Sa, 2/17.


SURFARIS + SURFER JOE Surf music concert • Alcazar Theatre • $20-25 • www.thealcazar.org • 7pm Sa, 2/17. SERENADE FOR ROMANCE: VALENTINE'S WEEK SB Symphony plays a classical romantic concert • Lobero Theatre • $35-175 • www.thesymphony.org • 3pm & 7:30pm Sa, 2/17.


PROPAGATION OF CA NATIVE PLANTS Hands-on workshop • SB Botanic Garden • $40-55 • www.sbbotanicgarden.org • 9am-12pm Sa, 2/17.


FARMER & THE FLEA MARKET Shop local vendors • El Presidio • Free • 10am-4pm Sa, 2/17.

schedule • 6:10-9:30pm Su, 2/18.


SCHUBERTIADE - CHAMBER MUSIC concert • St. Mark’s in the Valley • Free-$50 • http://tinyurl.com/277ynkjs • 4pm Su, 2/18. OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA Spanish, Mexican, and world music • Lobero Theatre • $44-64 • www.lobero.org • 6:30pm Su, 2/18.


BE IN NATURE: PRACTICE MINDFUL WHOLE-HEARTEDNESS Guided meditation practices • SB Botanic Garden • $25-35 • www.sbbotanicgarden.org • 8:30-10:30am Su, 2/18. OCEAN AMBASSADOR BEACH CLEANUP Care for our beach • Skater's Point skate park and Palm Park parking lot, East Beach • Register: http://tinyurl.com/4ss5wuxu • 10am-12pm Su, 2/18.


PAJAMA BRUNCH PJ brunch with mimosas and music • Finch & Fork • RSVP: www.finchandforkrestaurant.com/events • 11am-2pm Su, 2/18.


HENRY V Shakespeare’s famous play of war • PCPA • Marian Theatre, Santa Maria • Starting at $25 • www.pcpa.org • 7pm Th, 2/15, through 3/3.

Monday, February 19th MUSIC

LOVE ABOVE ALL BALL Fundraiser for Santa Ynez Valley Pride • Vega Vineyard & Farm, Buellton • $150 • http://tinyurl.com/3bj3jj4m • 5-9pm Sa, 2/17.

DMA RECITAL With Shirley Shang, viola, & MiYoung Kim, piano • UCSB Music 1145 • Free • http://tinyurl.com/yp327rsm • 7:30pm Mo, 2/19.

PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKENDER – RAISE THE ROOF Party to local music talent • Finch & Fork • $20-25 • http://tinyurl.com/4yhy9wzj • 5-10pm Sa, 2/17.

COLTER WALL County music concert • Arlington Theatre • $45-95 • www. arlingtontheatresb.com • 8pm Mo, 2/19.

Sunday, February 18th DANCE

CONTRA DANCE WITH LIVE BAND Dance to Lindsay Verbil & Chopped Liver • Carrillo Ballroom • $10 • www.sbcds.org/contradance/

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L.A.-based band, The Funky Neighbors, will perform Saturday, Feb 24th.

Black History Month CELEBRATE THE RICH HISTORY, CULTURE, AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR BLACK COMMUNITY all February long as Santa Barbara Black Culture House and other local organizations present a series of thoughtful, free, and free events. Whether you prefer to dive deep into informative lectures, admire art and music, or participate in current conversations, here is how you can observe Black History Month. LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK TALK Darrell M. McNeill discusses The Isley Brothers: 3+3 • SB Black Culture House • Soul Bites Restaurant • Free • 1pm Sa, 2/17. LEAH KING Live electronic music concert • SB Black Culture House • Soul Bites Restaurant • Free • 1pm Su, 2/18. THE FUNKY NEIGHBORS Live jazz/funk concert • SB Black Culture House • Soul Bites Restaurant • Free • 1pm Sa, 2/24. LIVE THEATRICAL READING The Robey Theatre Company reads Richard Wesley’s The Talented Tenth • SB Black Culture House • Soul Bites Restaurant • Free • 1pm Su, 2/25.



CARPINTERIA IMPROV Drop-in interactive improv class • Alcazar Theatre • $10 • www.thealcazar.org • 7-9pm Tu, 2/20.


THE GOSPEL OF J. EDGAR HOOVER: HOW THE FBI AIDED AND ABETTED THE RISE OF WHITE CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM Talk by Stanford professor Lerone A. Martin • Multicultural Center Theater, UCSB • Free, details: http://tinyurl.com/2p9pf982 • 5pm Tu, 2/20. CHAUCER’S BOOK SIGNING Authors Iris Yamashita and Kemper Donovan, Village in the Dark & The Busy Body • Chaucer’s Books • Free • 6pm Tu, 2/20.

Spanish Speaking & Bilingual Job Fair Feria Eastside de Empleo para aquellos hispanos hablantes y bilingües que están en busca de empleo

Connect with local employers seeking to hire Spanish-speaking and bilingual employees when the Eastside Library hosts its next Job Fair from 10am to 12pm on Saturday, February 17th. To register for this free event visit http://tinyurl.com/jjssk4zb


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CHAUCER’S BOOK SIGNING Conductor and author Peter Bernstein, Elmer Bernstein: Film Composer: An Authorized Biography • Chaucer’s Books • Free • 6pm Th, 2/22.


IN PERFORMANCE: BACH & BACHIANAS Dancer Vanessa Agle Isaac performs with SB Symphony musicians • SB Museum of Art, Loeb Gallery • Sold out, details: www.sbma.net • 5:306:15pm & 7-7:45pm Th, 2/22. HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD Pianist performs Brahms, Beethoven, Bach • CAMA • Lobero Theatre • $58-68 • www.lobero.org • 7:30pm Th, 2/22. TAJ MAHAL QUINTET & SONA JOBARTEH Blues meets African Roots concert • UCSB Arts & Lectures • UCSB Campbell Hall • $15-70 • www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu • 8pm Th, 2/22.

UCSB Launch Pad celebrates

Everybody’s Favorite Mothers

In 1972, Jeanne Manford marched in support of her gay son. 52 years later, UCSB Launch Pad will celebrate her story as the cofounder of PFLAG when they present Everybody’s Favorite Mothers at Hatlen Theater, 7:30pm on Thursday, February 22nd, with performances running through March 2nd. For tickets ($13-19) visit www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu


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LAND TRUST TREKS Free guided hikes of scenic Santa Barbara County. • Explore Ennisbrook Open Space • 9am Th, Feb 22

Friday, February 23rd LECTURES/MEETINGS

Taj Mahal Quintet and Sona Jobarteh

American blues will meet African griot traditions when UCSB Arts & Lectures welcomes blues star Taj Mahal and Gambian multiinstrumentalist and singer Sona Jobarteh to UCSB’s Campbell Hall at 8pm on Thursday, February 22nd. For tickets ($15-70) visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu

CNPS CHANNEL ISLANDS MONTHLY MEETING Presentation on the power of botanical museums • SB Botanic Garden • Free, details: www.sbbotanicgarden.org • 7pm Tu, 2/20.

Wednesday, February 21st LECTURES/MEETINGS

ABRAHAM VERGHESE The Covenant of Water author in conversation with Pico Iyer • UCSB Arts & Lectures • Arlington Theatre • $11-49.50 • www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu • 7:30pm We, 2/21.


UCSB MIDDLE EAST ENSEMBLE Free outdoor concert • San Miguel Residence Hall Outdoor Stage, UCSB • 12pm We, 2/21.


SENIOR FREE DAY Ages 65+ explore the SB Botanic Garden free • RSVP: www.sbbotanicgarden.org • 10am-5pm We, 2/21.


ROTARY CLUB OF CARPINTERIA TALENT SHOWCASE AUDITIONS Share your talents with the community • Alcazar Theatre • Schedule audition with docrotz@gmail.com • 6-9pm We, 2/21 & 10am-2pm Su, 2/25.

AESTHETIC MOBILITY AND SOLIDARITIES AT SELF-HELP GRAPHICS & ART Webinar by professors Karen Mary Davalos and Tatiana Reinoza • UCSB IHC • Free, Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/4vnepd22 • 12-1pm Fr, 2/23. A PANEL DISCUSSION ON WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH Talk with Sansum Clinic cardiologists • Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic • Free, RSVP to (805) 681-1756 • 1:30-3:30pm Fr, 2/23.

Thursday, February 22nd

OUR FRAGILE MOMENT: HOW LESSONS FROM EARTH'S PAST CAN HELP US SURVIVE THE CLIMATE CRISIS Talk by climatologist and geophysicist Michael E. Mann • UCSB Arts & Lectures • UCSB Campbell Hall • Free • www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu • 7:30pm Fr, 2/23.



BRIAN REGAN Stand-up comedy show • Arlington Theatre • $39-59.50 • www. arlingtontheatresb.com • 7:30pm Th, 2/22.

ORCHESTRA CONCERTO CONCERT Westmont student concert • Page Hall, Westmont College • Free • 7pm Fr, 2/23.


SOUNDMAP ENSEMBLE Concert of playful, innovative new music-making methods • UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall • Free • http://tinyurl.com/3arh4uwn • 7:30pm Fr, 2/23.

B2B NETWORKING BREAKFAST Meet local business people • SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce • SB Zoo Discovery Pavilion • $45-75 • http://tinyurl.com/4873j4m7 • 9am Th, 2/22. CREATIVE QUEST BOOK CLUB Discuss The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise by Pico Iyer • Central Library, Faulkner Gallery • Free, register: http://tinyurl.com/ytkrrcus • 5:30-6:30pm Th, 2/22.

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VENTURA HOME EXPO & TINY HOUSE SHOWCASE View concepts for remodeling and learn about tiny homes • Ventura Fairgrounds • Free-$5 • www.venturahomeshows.com

THEATRE LE MUSEUM LE MODERNE L’ARTE Interactive theatrical satire of the modern art museum experience • SBCAST • 513 Garden • $25-$30 • fishbon.org • 7pm Sat 2/17. METEOR SHOWER Steve Martin’s comedy about a premeteor shower dinner party • Ojai Arts Center Theater • $20-25 • https:// ojaiact.org • 7:30pm • through 2/18. THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE A young Jewish pianist dreams of her future as World War II breaks out • ETC • New Vic Theater • $40-78 • www.etcsb.org • 7:30pm through 2/18.

• 10am-5pm Fr, 2/23 & 2/24; 10am4pm 2/25. SB ANTIQUE, DECORATIVE ARTS VINTAGE SHOW & SALE Shop over 60 dealers of antiques & vintage items • Earl Warren Showgrounds • Free-$8 • https://earlwarren.com • 11am-6pm Fr & Sa, 2/23 & 2/24; 11am-4pm Su, 2/25.

EISENHOWER: THIS PIECE OF GROUND Actor John Rubinstein portrays President Eisenhower reflecting on his place in history • Rubicon Theatre, Ventura • $35-54.50 • www.rubicontheatre.org • 7pm We, 2/21, through 3/10. EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE MOTHERS The story behind the founding of PFLAG • UCSB Launch Pad • Hatlen Theater, UCSB • $13-19 • www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu • 7:30pm Th, 2/22-2/24, 2/27, 2/29, 3/1-3/2; 2pm 3/2. ANYTHING GOES Cole Porter’s musical comedy performed by Lights Up! Theatre Company • Marjorie Luke Theatre • $25-65 • https://luketheatre.org • 7pm Fr, 2/23, 2/24, 3/1, 3/2; 1pm Sa, 2/24 & 3/2; 4pm Su, 2/25 & 3/3. CATE WINTER PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE Cheer on local students with this fun showcase • Alcazar Theatre • $15 • www.thealcazar.org • 7pm Sa, 2/24.

Saturday, February 24th LECTURES/MEETINGS

IDENTIFYING PLANT FAMILIES Class on recognizing native plants • SB Botanic Garden • $15-30 • www. sbbotanicgarden.org • 9am Sa, 2/24.


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SANDY CUMMINGS & JAZZ DU JOUR Afternoon jazz concert • SOhO • $10 • www.sohosb.com • 12:30-3:30pm Su, 2/25.

RED, WHITE, & BLUES SB Choral Society sings and allAmerican program • Trinity Episcopal Church • www.sbchoral.org • $10-30 • 7pm Sa, 2/24 & 3pm Su, 2/25.


SB ORGAN SOCIETY MEETING Learn about the Arlington's Wonder Morton Organ • Arlington Theatre • Free • 9-11am Sa, 2/24.

2024 Annual Eco Hero Award Honoring Albert K. Bates

For tickets ($14-106) visit www.lobero.org

2024 ECO HERO AWARD HONORING ALBERT K. BATES A night of celebration and conservation with SB Permaculture Network • Lobero Theatre • $14-106 • www.lobero.org • 6:30pm Sa, 2/24. ARTFUL AFFAIRS: SEASONS OF CHANGE MIDWINTER NIGHT’S DREAM Elegant and sensory benefit event • SB Museum of Art • $250 • www.sbma.net • 7-9pm Sa, 2/24.

POLAR PLUNGE FOR A PURPOSE Early morning dip to support The Starfish Connection • Leadbetter Beach • $35 • http://tinyurl.com/mptfz3v9 • 9am Su, 2/25.

Honor the over 50-yearslong career of environmental lawyer, author, and UN Climate Conference Delegate Albert K. Bates when the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network presents its Annual Eco Hero Award at the Lobero Theatre at 6:30pm on Saturday, February 24th.


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RED, WHITE & BLUES: THE SLAVE LETTERS The Choral Society presents Michal Dawson Connor who will be signing his best-selling book The Slave Letters at the post-concert receptions. • Trinity Episcopal Church • 7pm Sat, 2/24, & 3pm Sun, 2/25

Discover the arts and games of the Chumash, Spanish, Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese communities who have called the Presidio neighborhood home when the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation hosts a free, family-friendly Historical Games & Crafts Day at El Presidio from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, February 25th. To learn more visit www.sbthp.org


ORCHESTRA CONCERTO CONCERT Westmont student concert • Hahn Hall, Music Academy • Free • 3pm Su, 2/25.

LAND TRUST TREKS Free guided hikes of scenic Santa Barbara County. • Birding Stroll at Ocean Beach Park/Avistamiento de aves • 9am Sat, Feb 24

SB YOUTH SYMPHONY Free classical music concert by local students • Lobero Theatre • www.lobero.org • 4pm Su, 2/25.

Sunday, February 25th MUSIC

Santa Barbara Ghost Tours Walk with Professor Julie as she shares tales of mystery and history... & meet friendly spirits... Call or text to schedule your walking tour! • 805-905-9019

Historical Games & Crafts Day

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RECITAL With Yingqi Li (Angel), piano • UCSB Karl Geiringer Hall • Free • http://tinyurl.com/ycx5yp37 • 12pm Su, 2/25.

VIOLINIST LEILA JOSEFOWICZ With pianist John Novacek • UCSB Arts & Lectures • $15-65 • www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu • 4pm Su, 2/25.

• http://tinyurl.com/2zvnxnwt • 7pm Su, 2/25.


HISTORICAL GAMES & CRAFTS DAY Multicultural games, activities, and crafts for all ages • SBTHP • El Presidio • Free • 11am-2pm Su, 2/25. CHAUCER’S BOOK FAIR Shop to support the UCSB Children’s Center • Chaucer’s Books • 3-5pm Su, 2/25.

DMA POST-CANDIDACY RECITAL Soprano Ariana Horner Sutherland singing Reflections • UCSB Karl Geiringer Hall • Free


SBVA Featured Artists Exhibition at VOICE Gallery La Cumbre Plaza

ARTIST RECEPTIONS 1st Thursday, February 1st, 5pm-8pm 3rd Friday, February 16th, 5pm-8pm

EXHIBIT DATES February 1st - March 1st, 2024

Film Screening and Q&A with the filmmakers, plus music and energy practices with Brianna Tam and Ilchibuko!

GALLERY HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm Sat-Sun 1pm-6pm

Friday, February 23 @ 7 PM Unity of Santa Barbara 227 E Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101



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DOCUMENTING NATURE: FILM CLIPS FROM GREENSCREEN AND THE COASTAL MEDIA PROJECT Environmental film clips by UCSB students, presented by SB Audubon Society • SB Museum of Natural History, Farrand Auditorium • Free • 7:30-9pm Tu, 2/20. TALE OF THE THREE JEWELS Screening of the first feature film shot entirely in the Gaza Strip • UCSB Multicultural Center Theater • Free • https://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu • 6pm We, 2/21. THE APOLOGY Documentary on the dismantling of Russell City, Q&A to follow • Alcazar Theatre • $12 • www. thealcazar.org • 7pm Fr, 2/23. REVISITING THE CLASSICS: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS Screening of this 1941 satire; Q&A with director James Hayman • UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center • Free, RSVP: www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu • 2-4:30pm Sa, 2/24.

It’s Your Library STAY & PLAY • Share stories with kids • Eastside Library ~ 8:30-10am Tu • Montecito Library ~ 9-10:30am Tu MUSIC & MOVEMENT • For ages 2-5 • Shoreline Park • 10:30-11am Th • Central Library ~ 10-10:30am Th. BABY AND ME • For babies 0-14 months • Central Library ~ 11-11:30am We • Eastside Library ~ Bilingual ~ 11-11:30am Th LIBRARY ON THE GO • Samarkand ~ 10:30-11:30am Tu, 2/20; Grace Village ~ 12:15-1:15pm Tu, 2/20; State St. Farmer’s Market ~ 4-6:30pm Tu, 2/20; Alameda Park ~ 10am-12pm We, 2/21; Harding School ~ 12:30-2pm & 3:30-5pm We, 2/21; Shoreline Park ~ 10am-12pm Th, 2/22; SB Junior High ~ 2:30-4:30pm Th, 2/22; Ortega Park ~ 10am-12pm Fr, 2/23 READ TO A DOG • For grades 3-6 • Eastside Library ~ 3-4pm We.

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STORYTELLING FOR THE SCREEN: FANCY DANCE A Native American woman works to preserve her family; Q&A with writer/director Erica Tremblay • UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center • Free, RSVP: www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu • 7-9:30pm Tu, 2/20.

Thur 2/15: 8:00pm: SBIFF Mont. Awrd Jeffrey Wright

Fri 2/16: 8:00pm: SBIFF Arlngtn. Awrd Annette Bening

Sat 2/17: 11am: SBIFF Women’s Panel

Sat 2/17: 8pm: SBIFF Film Chosen Family

Wed 2/21: 7:30pm: Abraham Verghese

Thu 2/22: 7:30pm: Brian Regan

Tue/Wed 2/27 & 28: 7:30pm: BANFF Mt. Film Fest

Sat 3/2: 7:30pm: Seraglio Folkloric Ballet

Storytelling for the Screen: Fancy Dance Witness one Native American woman’s determination to keep her family together when the UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center’s Pollock Theater screens Fancy Dance, starring Oscar-nominated actor Lily Gladstone, at 7pm on Tuesday, February 20th. A post-film discussion with writer/ director Erica Tremblay will follow.

Sun 5/19: 7pm: UCSB Arts & Lectures Jacob Collier

Fri 5/3: 8pm: Marca MP COMING FRI 2/16 LAND OF BAD

Tue 4/30: 7:30pm: UCSB Arts & Lectures Amanda Gorman

Fri 4/19: 8pm: Antonio Sanchez Birdman Live!

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Land of Bad (R): Fri, Tue-Thur: 5:00, 7:45. Sat-Mon: 2:15, 5:00, 7:45. Wonka (PG): Fri-Thur: 4:45. Migration (PG): Fri, Tue/Wed: 4:30, 7:00. Sat-Mon: 2:05, 4:30, 7:00. Thur: 4:30. Poor Things (R): Fri, Tue/Wed: 7:30. Sat-Mon: 1:50, 7:30. Ordinary Angels (PG): Thur: 7:20. Drive Away Dolls* (R): Thur: 7:30.


Madame Web* (PG13): Fri-Mon: 1:00, 4:15, 5:20, 7:00, 9:45. Tue-Thur: 2:20, 5:05, 7:50. Bob Marley: One Love* (PG13): Fri-Mon: 12:50, 2:30, 4:00, 6:45, 8:05, 9:30. Tue-Thur: 2:30, 4:00, 5:20, 6:45, 8:05. Anyone But You: Valentine Encore (R): Fri-Mon: 7:15. T ue-Thur: 7:30. Lisa Frankenstein (PG13): Fri-Mon: 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15. Tue-Thur: 2:05, 5:45, 8:15. Mean Girls (PG13): Fri-Mon: 1:45, 4:35. Tue-Thur: 4:50. Out of Darkness (R): Fri-Mon: 9:50. Tue-Thur: 2:10. Argylle (R): Fri-Mon: 1:15, 4:25, 7:40. Tue/Wed: 2:35, 4:25, 7:40. Thur: 2:35. Demon Slayer* (PG13): Thur: 5:10/Sub, 7:40/Dub.

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Anyone But You: Valentine Encore (R): Sun/Mon: 2:30, 5:05, 7:40. Tue-Thur: 5:05, 7:40. Migration (PG): Sun/Mon: 2:00, 4:40, 7:00.Tue/Wed: 4:40, 7:00. Thur: 4:40. The ·Boys in the Boat (PG13): Sun/Mon: 1:30, 4:25, 7:20. Tue-Thur: 4:25, 7:20. The Beekeeper (R): Sun/Mon: 2:20, 4:55, 7:30. Tue-Thur: 4:55, 7:30. Ordinary Angels* (PG): Thur: 7:00.


Land of Bad (R): Fri-Sun: 2:30, 5:15, 8:00. Tue-Thur: 5:15, 8:00. Lisa Frankenstein (PG13): Fri-Sun: 2:00, 4:45, 7:30. Tue-Thur: 4:45, 7:30. Madame Web* (PG13): Fri/Sat: 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15. Sun: 2:15, 5:00, 7:45. Tue-Thur: 5:00, 7:45. The Boy & the Heron - SUB (PG13): Sun/Mon: 2:05, 5:10. Tue-Thur: 5:10. Out of Darkness (R): Sun/Mon: 8:05. Tue-Thur: 8:05. Wonka (PG): Sun/Mon: 1:55, 7:20. Tue/Wed: 4:35. Mean Girls (PG13): Sun/Mon: 4:40. Tue/Wed: 7:20. Demon Slayer* (Sub): {PG13): Thur: 4:50, 7:20.



Bob Marley: One Love* (PG13): Fri-Mon: 2:20, 5:05, 8:00. Tue-Thur: 5:05, 8:00. Argylle (R): Fri-Mon: 1:35, 4:30, 7:45. The Taste of Things (PG13): Tue/Wed: 4:40, 7:45. Thur: 7:45. Fri, Tue-Thur: 4:15, 7:00. Sat-Mon: American Fiction (R): Fri-Mon: 1:45, 7:00. 12:55, 4:15, Poor Things (R): Fri, Tue-Thur: 7:20. 4:40, 7:30. Tue/Wed: 4:40, 7:30. Thur: 4:55. Sat-Mon: 1:05, 7:20. The Zone of Interest (R): The Boys in the Boat (PG13): Fri-Mon: 1:55, 4:45, 7:20. Tue-Thur: 4:05. Sat-Mon: 4:05. Fri, Tue-Thur: 4:45, 7:20. ARLINGTON Drive Away Dolls* (R): Thur: 5:15, 7:30. 1317 STATE STREET No films. SBIFF/live performance SANTA BARBARA 805-963-9580 schedule.

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FFORDABLE APARTMENTS, a much needed commodity in Santa Barbara, received a boost when the Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance to approve the conversion of the Quality Inn on upper De la Vina into affordable apartments. The Housing Authority, which will own and manage the development, received a $6 million loan from the city to assist with the project.

With these qualifying requirements, careful selection of property locations and in many properties, onsite 24/7 management, problems at HACSB housing developments have been few and far between since the housing development’s inception. Supportive services are also offered either on-site or as part of ongoing outreach from community organizations, helping residents continue to improve themselves and their lives. “We do everything, from self-sufficiency classes to personal counseling to literacy programs, whether it’s financial literacy or basic literacy, education, job training, all those services,” Fredericks said. “That’s what we offer through our partners providing supportive services and through our own resident services.”

“Our successful developments in the City of Santa Barbara are based on our commitment to being a good neighbor while creating beautiful housing and landscaping that fits seamlessly into the surrounding communities–all while answering the need for affordable housing,” said Rob Fredericks, HACSB CEO, in a Zoom meeting with neighbors.

During the recent forum, local residents voiced other concerns regarding the proposed purchase and renovation of the Quality Inn. Some residents questioned whether the proposed use of the property would greatly increase its occupancy limit, affecting local traffic congestion.

The reputation of the successful work of the Housing Authority brings praise and unsolicited feedback from community members, such as the following which came after a local public hearing about the Housing Authority’s acquisition of the Quality Inn.

In response, Fredericks said, “We are not redeveloping the property with any greater number of units. Our plan is to convert the rooms to small studio units with kitchenettes.” Courtesy photos

“We strongly support the city lending the Housing Authority funds for the acquisition and upgrading of the motel for supportive housing for our unhoused neighbors, especially fragile seniors. The track record of the Housing Authority is very positive and we trust that this project will be beneficial both for our neighborhood and our city,” said Anna and John DeVore, community neighbors. The regional housing options for people with extremely low to moderate income levels remain far below the level needed for the size of these populations in Santa Barbara. The challenge lies in the high cost of living in the city, where the average one-bedroom apartment rents for $3,194 a month. At this price, renters would need to earn $66.54 an hour or $127,760 a year for the rent to be 30 percent of their monthly income, the official cutoff for housing to be considered affordable according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Applicants who desire to live in the soon-to-be-renovated Quality Inn must make less than $32,190 a year to be considered. They will also be eligible for Section 8 rental assistance. “We have, for all of our programs, a local preference for those who either live or work along the South Coast to meet the need for workforce housing,” Fredericks said. In addition to income requirements, the Quality Inn property will also require all applicants to undergo background checks. “We look at the history of the applicant,” Fredericks went on. “If you know if they had issues in the past, have they been in a program? Are they on a path to recovery? Are they willing to continue that path? All of those things go into the mix of looking at are they the right fit for this property in question. We also abide by firm rules which can be enforced by Computer Oriented RE Technology

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He went on to explain that because many of the residents in the targeted income bracket do not have their own vehicles, the new use of the Quality Inn property would result in fewer cars on the roads or parked at the curb, not more.

“I see benefits for the community rather than negatives in converting from the current use,” Fredericks said. “Traffic will actually decrease with limited vehicles. We will be upgrading the property to our standards which would improve the neighborhood. And we will be creating controlled access for ingress and egress.” Other community members voiced concerns about whether the property would be used as an emergency shelter for homeless residents as Rose Garden Inn was in 2021 during an especially brutal wildfire season. Councilmember Eric Friedman addressed this question drawing on his experience of having the Rose Garden Inn experiment in his home district. He pointed out that the Quality Inn’s conversion into permanent low-income housing was completely different from using it as a temporary homeless shelter. He also cited Vera Cruz Village, a project the Housing Authority recently completed, as an example of what community members can expect from the Quality Inn conversion, which will be complete with a 24/7 on-site manager. “If I thought this was the Rose Garden Inn for Samarkand, I wouldn’t support it,” Friedman said. In addition, the plan includes filling in the swimming pool currently located on the property, allowing space for more landscaping and attractive design features. Through the work of the HACSB, lives have been changed and communities uplifted. Research reported by the Housing Authority indicates expanding affordable housing helps reduce crime and encourages economic development. When those on the bottom rung of life’s ladder are lifted, everyone else is lifted along with them.



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Inflation Still Too High? By Harlan Green, Special to VOICE


N AN EXCELLENT PIECE IN MARKETWATCH, Jeffry Bartash quoted Fed Chair Powell on remarks he made last week in a 60 Minutes interview. Why do Americans still seem unhappy with the economy in many surveys? “People are going to the store, and they’re paying much more for the basics of life than they were two years ago, three years ago. And they’re not happy about it. And it’s fine that inflation is coming down,” he added, “but the prices they’re paying are still high.” Bartash showed the reason why consumers still complain in a chart, though they see inflation improving in the New Year. Among commodities, flour, steak, and butter prices are still high; sporting events and car insurance highest in the service sector. The University of Michigan’s sentiment survey, for instance, reported consumers much more optimistic about their finances and the inflation outlook. “Consumer sentiment confirmed its early month reading, surging 13 percent to reach its highest level since July 2021, reflecting improvements in the outlook for both inflation and personal incomes,” said survey director Joanne Hsu. “January's gain has been exceeded only five times since 1978, one of which was last month at an even larger increase of 14 percent. Consumers expressed gains in their views on their personal finances as well as the macroeconomy; the short-run business outlook soared 27 percent.” (my italics)

margins fell. It happened in Japan with their busted real estate bubble that set economic growth back for decades, and from which the Chinese economy is now suffering. Actual deflation: when prices fall rather than rise more slowly, is a terrible thing to avoid, as past history has shown.

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Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, said in a Wall Street interview: “What consensus has been expecting, has gone from a soft landing to hard landing, to no landing, back to hard landing, to crash landing, back to hard landing, back to soft landing. That's an incredible sequence and it tells you that we've lost our anchors. We've lost our economic anchors, we've lost our policy anchors, and we've lost our technical anchors.”

By Harlan Green

She said year-ahead inflation expectations eased to 2.9 percent, down from 3.1 percent in December and 4.5 percent in November. The current reading is the lowest since December 2020 and is now within the 2.3 to 3.0 percent range seen in the two years prior to the pandemic. Maybe this is why Fed Chair Powell was so ambiguous at his last post-FOMC press conference, reporting the Fed Governors decided no more rate hikes were warranted. But they needed to be more confident that inflation had been tamed before actually cutting their Fed Funds rate. Can the Fed really hope to bring the inflation rate(s) down much further (there are several inflation indicators to choose from) without causing a recession? There have only been three ‘soft landings’ since the 1960s—i.e., when the Fed’s credit tightening didn’t cause a recession. Why? Because it would in fact take a serious recession for prices to fall back to pre-pandemic levels in the time frame the Fed Governors would like. Businesses would then begin to lay off their workers as their profit

This is why financial markets are now beginning to push back at Powell’s Fed Governors seeming indecision on when to cut interest rates.

And the Philadelphia Federal Reserve in a justreleased survey of top economists, has upgraded their forecast of healthy 2024 economic growth. “The near-term outlook for the U.S. economy looks better now than it did three months ago, according to 34 forecasters surveyed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The forecasters predict the economy will expand at an annual rate of 2.1 percent this quarter, up from the prediction of 0.8 percent in the last survey.” What is the Fed to do with such conflicting data? Will it lower inflation without creating deflation?

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Goleta Beach to be Partially Closed

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH: Golete Beach County Beach partially closes for emergency operations.

Billie Eilish Sighting! SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH: Excited fans met Billie Eilish and Finneas at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Variety Artisans Award.

From Santa Barbara County: Due to emergency storm response and beach nourishment operations, Santa Barbara County will close the eastern end of Goleta Beach Park and Goleta Pier beginning February 20th. Public access to the west end of Goleta Beach will remain open. Site preparation is expected to begin on February 13th, and operations will start on February 20th. There may be intermittently closed areas of the Park during site preparation between February 13th and February 20th, but the Park will remain open for weekends of February 10th - 11th and 17th - 19th. When full operations begin on February 20th, the east end of the Park and Goleta Pier will be closed to public access. Work will continue until the storm response is complete and could occur ten hours a day, six days a week (Monday-Saturday). More specific Park hours and closure information will be updated at the County Parks Department website www.sbparks.org

Super Bowl Smash

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH: A Super Bowl commercial with a Goleta dog’s flapping ears was a tail wagging hit five years ago. Eleanor Green Winters was kind enough to invite us to share a few minutes with Fryehouse Phoebe.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH: Two vehicle crash in downtown Santa Barbara. Chapala at Haley. One car on the sidewalk spun around. Santa Barbara Police, fire, and also AMR on scene checking for injuries. Big traffic mess at a busy intersection. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH: An emergency rescue of a 28-year old man took place Saturday in the Montecito hills. He fell about 30 feet from Tangerine Falls and had an injured hip. Crews hiked in and Copter 3 hoisted in a firefighter/paramedic and lifted the firefighter and the patient to Cottage hospital. Rescuers hike in with hundreds of pounds of equipment, then carry the patient in a stokes basket, over numerous large rocks, boulders, creek crossings, and other hazards. It took approximately 15 personnel to effect a rescue. This rescue was a collaboration with Montecito Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, SB Co. Search and Rescue, AMR, and SB Co. Air Support Unit.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH: The Outstanding Directors Award went to Oscar nominees Martin Scorsese and Justine Triet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Monday night. Triet briefly met with fans for photos but Scorcese did not and entered through a different door. The Arlington Theatre was packed for the event.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH: Former Santa Barbara City College star Mitch Wishnowsky is back in the Super Bowl with San Francisco. KEYT’s Mike Klan talked to him in Las Vegas prior to the big game.

Best BBQ Opens

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1OTH: A new downtown Santa Barbara restaurant (well known from Santa Paula) Best BBQ has opened at 716 State St. with $10 tri-tip sandwiches on their Grand Opening day. The menu has ribs, tri-tip, pork, chicken, bowls, and complete family meals. They also cater.

National Guac Day? MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH: Central Coast avocados score big on Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest guacamole day of the year.

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ATKINSON GALLERY, SBCC: New Landscapes Part II ~ Feb 28 • 11-5 Mo-Th; 11-3 Fr • 805-965-0581 x3484 • gallery.sbcc.edu BELLA ROSA GALLERIES: 1103-A State St • 11-5 daily • 805-966-1707 THE CARRIAGE AND WESTERN ART MUSEUM: SB History Makers Exhibit featuring Silsby Spalding, WW Hollister, Dixie; Saddle & Carriage Collections • Free • 129 Castillo St • 805-962-2353 • 9-3 Mo-Fr • www.carriagemuseum.org CALIFORNIA NATURE ART MUSEUM (formerly Wildling Museum): Stories of Water ~ Feb 19; CA’s Changing Landscape: The Way of Water | George Rose ~ Jul 8; Message in a Bottle | Elizabeth Criss ~ Jul 24 • 1511 B Mission Dr, Solvang • 11-4 Mo, Th, Fr; 11-5 Sa & Su • www.calnatureartmuseum.org

COLETTE COSENTINO ATELIER + GALLERY: 11 W Anapamu St • By Appt • www.colettecosentino.com CORRIDAN GALLERY: California Sojourns, new work by Karen Fedderson • 125 N Milpas • 11-6 WeSa • 805-966-7939 • www.corridan-gallery.com CPC GALLERY: Carol Talley: Abstracted Landscapes ~ Feb • By appt • 36 E Victoria St • Gallery@CPCSB.org CYPRESS GALLERY: 119 E Cypress Av, Lompoc • 1-4 Sa & Su • 805-7371129 • www.lompocart.org ELIZABETH GORDON GALLERY: Emerging artists from around the country • 15 W Gutierrez • 805-963-1157 • 11–5 Tu-Sa • www.elizabethgordongallery.com EL PRESIDIO DE SANTA BÁRBARA: Nihonmachi Revisited; Memorias y Facturas • 123 E Canon Perdido St • 11-4 Th-Su • www.sbthp.org ELVERHØJ MUSEUM: Poetry in Paper ~ Apr 7 • 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang • 805-686-1211 • 11-5 ThMo • www.elverhoj.org FAULKNER GALLERY: 60 Photographs by Veterans • 40 E Anapamu St • 10-7 Mo-Th; 10-5 Fri, Sa; 12-5 Sun • 805-962-7653 FAZZINO 3-D STUDIO GALLERY: 3-D original fine art • 529 State St • 805730-9109 • www.Fazzino.com FIRESIDE GALLERY: Capturing the Essence ~ May 17 • Trinity Lutheran Church • M-F 10-2pm, 909 N La Cumbre Rd


GALLERY 113: SB Art Assn, Featured artist: Wendy Brewer ~ Feb • 1114 State St, #8, La Arcada Ct • 805-9656611 • 11-5 Mo-Sa; 1-5 Su • www.gallery113sb.com

Modernist Artist www.jomerit.com JoMeritModern@gmail.com 10 West Gallery

Kerry Methner

www.TheTouchofStone.com 805-570-2011 • VOICE Gallery

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GALLERY LOS OLIVOS: En Mi Corazõn, by featured Artist Debbi Green ~ Feb 29 • 2920 Grand Av • 805-688-7517 •

Evening Glow - Douglas Preserve Original Oil Painting by

Ralph Waterhouse Waterhouse Gallery La Arcada at State & Figueroa Santa Barbara, CA 93101 805-962-8885 www.waterhousegallery.com

www.gallerylosolivos.com GANNA WALSKA LOTUSLAND: Gardens • by reservation • 695 Ashley Rd • 805-969-9990 • www.lotusland.org GOLETA VALLEY LIBRARY: GVAA Artists Exhibit & West Wall: Frances Reighley ~ Feb • 500 N. Fairview Av • 10-7 Tu-Th; 10-5:30 Fr & Sa; 1-5 Su • TheGoletaValleyArtAssociation.org HELENA MASON ART GALLERY: 48 Helena Av • 2-6 Fr-Sa • www.helenamasonartgallery.com JAMES MAIN FINE ART: 19th & 20th Fine art & antiques • 27 E De La Guerra St • 12-5 Tu-Sa • Appt Suggested • 805-962-8347 KATHRYNE DESIGNS: Local Artists • 1225 Coast Village Rd, A • 10-5 MoSa; 11-5 Su • 805-565-4700 • http://kathrynedesigns.com LA CUMBRE CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS: Three Multi-Artist Galleries at La Cumbre Plaza - Elevate, Fine Line, and Illuminations Galleries • noon-5 Tu-Su • www.lcccasb.com LEGACY ARTS SANTA BARBARA: Film Lounge, Celebrating the 39th SBIFF ~ Feb 17 • 1230 State St • 3-8 We-Su • www.CreateLegacyMusic.com LOMPOC LIBRARY GROSSMAN GALLERY: 501 E North Av, Lompoc • 805-588-3459 LYNDA FAIRLY CARPINTERIA ARTS CENTER: Rincon Expressions ~ Mar 3 • 12-4 Th-Su • 865 Linden Av • 805-684-7789 • www.carpinteriaartscenter.org MARCIA BURTT GALLERY: Summer in Winter ~ Apr 7 • Featuring contemporary landscape paintings, prints & books • 517 Laguna St • 1-5 Th-Su • 805-962-5588 • www.artlacuna.com MAUNE CONTEMPORARY: Recognized contemporary artists including Alex Katz, Donald Sultan, Mr. Brainwash, Taher Jaoui, Ted


www.ruthellenhoag.com @ruthellenhoag 805-689-0858 ~inquire for studio classes~

Collier • 1309 State St • 11-5 Tu-Su & By Appt • 805-869-2524 • www.maune.com MOXI, THE WOLF MUSEUM: Exploration + Innovation • 10-5 Daily • 125 State St • 805-770-5000 • www.moxi.org MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SANTA BARBARA: Changing Nature: recent work by Stephanie Dotson and Madeleine Ignon ~ May 1 • 653 Paseo Nuevo • www.mcasantabarbara.org MUSEUM OF SENSORY & MOVEMENT EXPERIENCES: La Cumbre Plaza, 120 S. Hope Av #F119 • www.seehearmove.com PALM LOFT GALLERY: This Must Be The Place, by residents of Palm Ave Lofts ~ Mar 24 • 410 Palm Av, Loft A1, Carpinteria • By Appt • 805-6849700 • www.palmloft.com PATRICIA CLARKE STUDIO: 410 Palm Av, Carpinteria • By Appt • 805-4527739 • www. patriciaclarkestudio.com PEREGRINE GALLERIES: Early California and American paintings; fine vintage jewelry • 1133 Coast Village Rd • 805-252-9659 • www.peregrine.shop PETER HORJUS DESIGN: Studio & Gallery • 11 W Figueroa St • www.peterhorjus.com PORTICO GALLERY: Hearts That Love Beauty ~ Mar 12 • Open Daily • 1235 Coast Village Rd • 805-729-8454 • www.porticofinearts.com PUBLIC MARKET: Quarterly exhibit by local artists: Brice Ciabatti, Melinda Mettler, Summer Howatt ~ Feb 29 • 11-9 Su-We; 11-10 Th-Sa • www.sbpublicmarket.com RED BARN GALLERY (AT UCSB): By appt • king@theaterdance.ucsb • near bus circle middle of campus SANTA BARBARA ART WORKS: Artists with disabilities programs, virtual exhibits • 805-260-6705 • www.sbartworks.org

February 16, 2024

Summer in Winter, the new Show at Marcia Burtt Gallery, set to Keep Summer in Mind

New Exhibit Focuses on Identity and Authenticity in LGBTQ+ Community


HE MULTICULTURAL CENTER’S WINTER 2024 ART EXHIBIT will open on February 25th, at the MCC Lounge at UCSB. This season’s show was put together in collaboration with the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and places its lens on body perception and authenticity, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.

Photo courtesy UCSB

Comprised of submissions from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members that identify as LGBTQ+, this exhibit hopes to “challenge traditional ideologies surrounding body image while celebrating the authentic expression of queer individuals...empower and highlight the resilience and beauty inherent within queer bodies, and offer an exploration of body image within the LGBTQIA+ community.” Because COVID and flu activity is still active within the region, all Winter 2024 in-person events will require wearing masks. The MCC will provide masks to attendees on site, as needed.

Art Venues

Barbara Lighthouse Women Keepers ~ Ongoing • 113 Harbor Way, Ste 190 • 10-5 Th-Su • 805-962-8404 • www.SBMM.org

SANTA BARBARA FINE ART: New Paintings by Richard Schloss; SB landscapes & sculptor Bud Bottoms • 1321 State St • 12-6 Tu-Sa & By Appt • 805-845-4270 • www.santabarbarafineart.com

SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART: /Outside ~ Feb 18; Janna Ireland, True Story Index, photographs ~ Jun 2; Important 19th & 20th Century Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection ~ Jun 9 • 1130 State St • 11-5 Tu-Su; 11-8 Th • 805-963-4364 • www.sbma.net


SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN: Tiny Taxa Doing Big Things, small elements that play crucial roles in maintaining a balanced ecosystem ~ Mar 17 • 1212 Mission Canyon Rd • 10-5 daily • 805-682-4726 • www.sbbg.org SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY ARTS WORKSHOP: A Crow Show, Pamela Zwehl-Burke & Friends ~ Feb 26 • 631 Garden St • 10-6 Fr & By Appt • www.sbcaw.org SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL MUSEUM: California Missions by Edwin Deakin ~ Feb 18; Seasonal Soirées: Santa Barbara’s Evening Couture 1880-1980 ~ Apr • 136 E De la Guerra • 12-5 We, Fri-Su; 12-7 Th • 805-966-1601 • www.sbhistorical.org SANTA BARBARA MARITIME MUSEUM: Ice Bear, photographs by Ralph Clevenger ~ May 31; The Chumash, Whaling, Commercial Diving, Surfing, Shipwrecks, First Order Fresnel Lens, and Santa


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SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Voyages of Discovery: Natural History Exploration ~ Mar 10; Images of Infinity ~ Apr 30 • 2559 Puesta del Sol • 10-5 We-Mo • www.sbnature.org SANTA BARBARA SEA CENTER: Dive In: Our Changing Channel ~ Ongoing; Shark Cove & Intertidal Wonders ~ Ongoing • 211 Stearns Wharf • 10-5 Daily • 805-682-4711 • www.sbnature.org SANTA BARBARA TENNIS CLUB: Abstract Nine ~ Feb 28 • 2375 Foothill Rd • 10-6 Daily • 805-682-4722 • www.2ndfridaysart.com SLICE OF LIGHT GALLERY: Earth & Space Fine Art Photography by JK Lovelace, New Winter Collection • 9 W Figueroa St • Mo-Fr 10-5 • 805354-5552 • www.sliceoflight.com STEWART FINE ART: Early California Plein Air Paintings + European Fine Art + Antiques • 539 San Ysidro Rd •


T THE MARCIA BURTT GALLERY, A NEW EXHIBIT curated to keep one warm during the cold and wet season is on display. According to the gallery’s website, “the warm days outdoors permeates” the new collection. Called “Summer in Winter,” offers a variety of media, from pastels to watercolor, and runs through April 7th. Artists such as Randall David Tipton and Anne Ward are featured. The gallery offers contemporary landscape art and as well as greeting cards and prints of its featured artists, both in lithograph and giclées.

11-5:30 Mo-Sa • 805-845-0255 SULLIVAN GOSS: The Sublime: Where Words Fail ~ Feb 26; Whitney Brooks Abbott: Field Notes ~ Mar 25; The Winter Salon ~ Mar 25 • 11 E Anapamu St • 10-5:30 daily • 805730-1460 • www.sullivangoss.com SUSAN QUINLAN DOLL & TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM: 122 W Canon Perdido • 11-4 Fr-Sa; Su-Th by appt • 805-687-4623 • www.quinlanmuseum.com SYV HISTORICAL MUSEUM & CARRIAGE HOUSE: Art of The Western Saddle • 3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez • 12-4 Sa, Su • 805-688-7889 • www.santaynezmuseum.org TAMSEN GALLERY: Work by Robert W. Firestone • 911.5 State St • 12-5 We-Su • 805-705-2208 • www.tamsengallery.com UCSB LIBRARY: Cultura Cura: 50 Years of Self Help Graphics in East LA ~ Ju 21 • www.library.ucsb.edu VOICE GALLERY: SB Visual Artists ~ Mar 1 • La Cumbre Plaza H-124 • 10-5:30 M-F; 1-5 Sa & Su • 805-965-6448 • www.voicesb.art WATERHOUSE GALLERY MONTECITO: Notable CA & National Artists • 1187 Coast Village Rd • 11-5 Mo-Su • 805-962-8885 • www.waterhousegallery.com

Downstream Tahquitz, watercolor by Randall David Tipton

WATERHOUSE GALLERY SB: Notable CA & National Artists • La Arcada Ct, 1114 State St, #9 • 11-5 Mo-Sa • 805-962-8885 • www.waterhousegallery.com WESTMONT RIDLEY-TREE MUSEUM OF ART: Camille Corot to Orthodox Icons: Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree’s Gifts to the Collection ~ Mar 23; Traditional Hopi Katsina Dolls ~ May 4 • 805-

Art Events REMEMBERING RON • A Tribute/ Collaboration Celebrating the Legacy of Ron Robertson • Free • CAW, 631 Garden St • 10-6 Fri, 2/16 & 12-4 Sat, 2/17 A CROW SHOW RECEPTION • Drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures about our ubiquitous neighbors • Free • CAW, 631 Garden St • 5-8 Fri, 2/16. OPENING RECEPTION: CAPTURING THE ESSENCE • Holly Hungett’s watercolors and mixed media paintings • Trinity Lutheran Church, 900 N La Cumbre Rd • Free • 5-7pm Th, 2/22. ART EXHIBIT+RECEPTIONFINDING JOY IN OUR QUEER BODIES • Art showcase by members of the UCSB LGBTQ+ community • UCSB Multicultural Center Lounge • Free •

565-6162 • Mo-Fr 10-4; Sat 11-5 • www.westmont.edu/museum



Print & Virtual Gallery! To find out more, email Publisher@VoiceSB.com

https://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu • 5:30pm Fr, 2/23. SBMA ARTFUL AFFAIRS • Seasons of Change: Midwinter Night’s Dream • tickets online • SBMA, 1130 State St, 7-9 Sat 2/24. OPENING RECEPTION • Janna Ireland: True Story Index • Photography exploring Black identity in American culture • Museum of Contemporary Art SB • Free • 12-4pm Su, 2/25. CRAFTERNOONS AGES 5+ • Every Thursday • Art From Scrap, 302 E Cota St • $8 • 3:30-5pm Th, 2/15 & 2/22. SB ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW • Local artists & artisans • Free • 236 E Cabrillo Blvd • 10-5 Su. CARPINTERIA CREATIVE ARTS • Shop locally made pottery, beach art, cards, jewelry, and sewn articles • 8th St & Linden Av • Free • 2:30-6 Th.


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Annual Awards


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FEBRUARY 28, 2024 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM EL PASEO RESTAURANT 10 EL PASEO Get tickets!

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JANET AFARY Mollā Nasreddin: The Making of a Modern Trickster, 1906-1911 (Edinburgh University Press: April 2022)

JANET AFARY Tuesday, February 27 | 4:00 pm McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

Mollā Nasreddin: The Making of a Join us for a dialogue between JANET AFARY (Religious Studies) 1906-1911 and DWIGHT REYNOLDS (Religious Studies) about Modern Trickster, Afary’s new book, Mollā Nasreddin. Refreshments will be served. (Edinburgh University Press: April 2022)

In Mollā Nasreddin, Janet Afary and co-author Kamran Afary tell27 the| story how the periodical Mollā Nasreddin used Tuesday, February 4:00ofpm Nasreddin, theHSSB Middle Eastern trickster figure, to disseminate a McCune Conference Room, 6020 consciously radical and social democratic discourse on religion, sexuality, andAFARY power amid the Iranian Constitutional Join us for a dialoguegender, between JANET (Religious Studies) and DWIGHT Revolution. REYNOLDS (Religious Studies) about Afary’s new book, Mollā Nasreddin. Refreshments will be served. Janet Afary is Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the Kamran author ofAfary Sexual Politics in Modern In Mollā Nasreddin, Janet Afary and co-author FoucaultMollā and the Iranian used Revolution: Gender and the tell the story of how Iran the and periodical Nasreddin Seductions of Islamism. Nasreddin, the Middle Eastern trickster figure, to disseminate a consciously radical and social democratic discourse on religion, Cosponsored theIranian IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment gender, sexuality, and power amid by the Constitutional Revolution.

Janet Afary is Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the author of Sexual Politics in Modern Iran and Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism. Cosponsored by the IHC’s Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment www.ihc.ucsb.edu @ihcucsb


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RED WH TE BLUES sbchoral.org



Curated and conducted by JoAnne Wasserman, this folk-forward program features selected works by revered American composers.


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