Archives for March 2014

Observatory Opens for Total Lunar Eclipse

The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years will be the focus of a free, public viewing on Monday, April 14, from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Westmont Observatory. The special viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes… [Continue Reading]

April Comes Alive with the Sound of Music

Trombonist Daniel Fraats

The Westmont Music Department comes alive this spring with several concerts during the first few weeks of April, beginning with the Men’s and Women’s Chorale and New Sounds on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street. All performances are free unless otherwise listed. For more information, please call (805)… [Continue Reading]

Fringe to Feature Record 24 Performances

Chris Wagstaffe and PaigeTautz in Fringe 2012

Nearly 50 Westmont students have created or will be performing in a record-setting 24 pieces during the Westmont Fringe Festival April 10-11 and 13 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 3 p.m. beginning at Porter Theatre and moving throughout campus. General admission is $10; $7 for students, seniors and children. Purchase tickets online at… [Continue Reading]

Actor to Join ‘Fruitvale Station’ Screening

From the movie "Fruitvale Station"

Actor and former professional football player Trestin George joins a discussion following the screening of “Fruitvale Station” on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room. The Reel Talk event, sponsored by the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts and the Office of Campus Life at Westmont, is free and open to… [Continue Reading]

Howell Examines the Success of Algorithms

Dr. Russell Howell

Russell Howell, Kathleen Smith professor of mathematics at Westmont, explores the power and success of mathematical algorithms in a free, public lecture Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805)… [Continue Reading]

Talk Examines Paul, His Relationship to Jews

Mark D. Nanos, a Reform Jew who has lectured at the University of Kansas since 2005, probes the identity of the Apostle Paul in a lecture, “Paul’s Relationship to Jews and Judaism in First-Century Context: Revisiting the Translation of Romans 11,” Monday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in Founders Room at Westmont. The lecture, sponsored… [Continue Reading]

Offringa Directs, Acts in ‘Last Five Years’

Ben Offringa in 'Pirates'

Westmont senior Ben Offringa stars and directs in Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years,” a story of a couple’s rocky, five-year relationship, March 21-23 at 8 p.m. in Porter Theatre. Tickets to the performance, which is a fundraiser for the Westmont Choir’s Lithuania tour in May, cost $14; $7 for students and seniors. Offringa… [Continue Reading]

‘Pirates’ Lands National Accolades

Westmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States. “Pirates” earned Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Scenography for a… [Continue Reading]

Powerful Keck Telescope Zooms in on Jupiter

Jupiter and the Great Orion Nebula will be the featured attractions of this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, March 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Free Family Folk Festival

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art hosts Family Day: American Folk Art Festival on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in and around the museum and Adams Center at Westmont. The festival is a day of free activities, crafts, music, dance, storytelling, food, and more, all celebrating the vibrant culture of America. The family… [Continue Reading]