Santa Barbara Independent

Two Operas Hit the Stage: ‘The Barber of Seville’ and ‘Die Fledermaus’

As one natural disaster has followed another, it has certainly been a rough start to the year. We could all use a little frivolity and a few laughs. … At The Granada Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara will stage Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; a few blocks away, at the New Vic, Westmont College will present Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Both are among the most often performed works of the musical theater repertoire, and for an obvious reason: They’re enormously entertaining. more

Athletes of the Week

Anna Cable, Dos Pueblos water polo

The sophomore goalkeeper had 26 saves and allowed just six goals in DP’s last three wins. …

Olisa Nwachie, Westmont basketball

The 6′7″ senior forward helped the Warriors win two shootouts. He scored 23 points, making 9 of 11 free throws, in a 92-91 victory over Arizona Christian. more

Game of the Week: College Baseball, Vanguard at Westmont

2/9-2/10: If there is an upside to the sunny and dry weather conditions, it’s that they are perfect for baseball. Westmont had already played eight games through last week, winning seven of them. more

Game of the Week | College Basketball: Hope International and Vanguard at Westmont

The good fortune of being safe from the Montecito mudslides enables Westmont to host a significant slate of games Thursday and Saturday. more

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

Mere weeks after the largest wildfire in state history scorched the foothills of Montecito, disaster struck yet again Tuesday morning as devastating mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall reduced much of the coastal community to what officials described as a scene resembling a World War I battlefield. … Westmont College did not sustain significant flooding in the storm, but due to the compromised water service, canceled classes through Friday. more

Westmont’s Men’s Basketball Coach Hits 500th Win

Five hundred is a significant number in John Moore’s life. Until the age of 14, he lived in Japan, where his father was Far East manager for Goodyear Tires. … That early inspiration led to Moore’s taking up basketball with a passion after his family returned to the States. While playing, he absorbed the methods of his great coaches — Don Johnson, John Wooden’s first UCLA All-American, at Cypress Community College, and Chet Kammerer, an NAIA Hall of Fame coach, at Westmont College. more

The S.B. Questionnaire: Pat Burns

This time of year, you will undoubtedly stumble upon a viewing of Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life, which tells the story of George Bailey, who loves his town and is willing to do everything for its residents. … He came to Santa Barbara to study Christianity at Westmont College, and then traveled for five years through New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Malaysia, and China. more

The Thomas Fire Strikes Back

It was a day few in Santa Barbara will ever forget. Early in the morning on Saturday, December 16, as howling winds developed overnight, the Thomas Fire roared through the canyons above Summerland and Montecito, cresting ridges toward Westmont College, Parma Park, and dozens of small neighborhoods tucked away along narrow mountain roads. more

LIVE: Thomas Fire Incident Commanders to Lead Town Hall Amid Firefight in Montecito

Fire officials announced at Saturday’s daily briefing that the Thomas Fire had charred 259,000 acres. It was 40 percent contained. At 4 p.m. the fire was near Westmont College, working its way down to Parma Park. “It hasn’t passed Gibraltar Road, but it is definitely headed in that direction,” said Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson. more

‘Worst Day Yet’ on the Thomas Fire as Firefight Continues in Montecito

Today marked the toughest day so far in the battle against the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, as the blaze flared up early this morning under heavy, steady, and predicted winds. … As of about 5 p.m. the most active front of the Thomas was above Cold Springs Road and Westmont College. “It’s working its way down toward Parma Park,” Peterson said. “It hasn’t [reached] Gibraltar Road, but it’s headed that way.” more

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