Blondell Circles Globe with Shakespeare

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John Blondell, professor of theater arts at Westmont and director of Lit Moon Theatre Company, shares his experiences of staging classic works for contemporary audiences on Thursday, Nov. 13, 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… [Continue Reading]

Thomas Examines Love in ‘Almost, Maine’

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The contemporary play “Almost, Maine” takes a joyful and poignant look at love on the stage of Westmont’s Porter Theatre Nov. 14-­15, 20­-22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at westmont.edu/boxoffice or by calling (805) 565-­7140. The play,… [Continue Reading]

Teen Singers Join Voices at Choral Fest

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The Westmont Fall Choral Festival, combining the voices of more than 330 students from 10 area high schools, is Friday, Nov. 7, at 4:45 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., and 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Half of the choirs will perform at 4:45 p.m. and… [Continue Reading]

Orchestra to Feature Schubert, Korsakov

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The Westmont Fall Orchestra Concert will present a diverse musical sampling by such composers as John Williams, Scott Joplin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church. General admission to each performance is $10; students… [Continue Reading]

Exhibit Puts the Focus on Artists from SB to LA

Devon Tsuno's "Agglomerate Horticulture"

Eight area artists who are gaining prominence will show their art in a new exhibition, “ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers – SB to Greater LA,” Sept. 25–Nov. 22 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum, is free and open to the public. “We’ve… [Continue Reading]

Music Season Opens with Faculty Recital

Han Soo Kim, Westmont assistant professor of music

The Westmont Music Department embarks on a new season with a cello master class and faculty recital on Friday, Sept. 12, in Deane Chapel. The master class begins at 4:40 p.m. and the Fall Faculty Recital begins at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Nancy… [Continue Reading]

Blondell Picks Alums for ‘Cherry Orchard’

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Several recent Westmont graduates return to Porter Theater to stage a new production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” under the direction of John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, Sept. 4-6, all at 7 p.m. Tickets to the Lit Moon Theatre production are $20 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase,… [Continue Reading]

Museum Goes Big with 300 Small Works

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The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Five Years,” from Aug. 28-Sept.11. The exhibition features more than 300 small-scale pieces of art that will be available for purchase through an online auction (www.westmontmuseum.org/5X5) that ends Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. An artists’ reception with live… [Continue Reading]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

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Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. His areas of expertise include lighting, installation… [Continue Reading]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of Westmont Museum of Art, carefully uncrates Tisi's "La Nativité"

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. The work by… [Continue Reading]