Santa Barbara Independent

Lit Moon Presents Henry VI, Part 3: John Blondell Will Be Part of London’s Cultural Olympiad

It is part of the enduring enigma of Shakespeare’s legacy that one of his least performed plays — Henry VI, Part 3 — should also be among his most influential. And don’t be too quick to dismiss this claim with appeals to HamletLear, or Macbeth. Richard of Gloucester, the Machiavellian antihero who becomes Richard III, and Queen Margaret, the original tiger woman, both either get their start (Richard) or come into their own (Margaret) in this play, and both wind up at the head of a long line of influential Shakespearean types, stretching from Lady Macbeth to Iago. On Friday night at Center Stage Theater, the Lit Moon Theatre Company, under the direction of Westmont’s John Blondell, will offer a brand-new interpretation of Henry VI, Part 3 in anticipation of Blondell’s upcoming Macedonian production, which will be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of this spring’s Cultural Olympiad. more

Afternoon Chamber Music Concert Classical performances featuring music by Bach, Mozart, and S.B. composer William Ramsay. Presented by the S.B. Music Club

The Santa Barbara Music Club’s 42nd season of presenting admission-free chamber music concerts for the community continues with its signature varied programming. The 2012 concert slate continues on February 25th at 3 PM with Westmont violin faculty Philip Ficsor in select movements of JS Bach’s Sonata in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001 (Adagio and Fuga); UCSB grad student Sloane Artis with piano collaboraor Egle Januleviciute (also of Westmont) offering Four Songs of local composer, William Ramsay; and five chamber music friends, led by clarinetist Per Elmsfor in the beloved Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 of W.A. Mozart. more

Gardens & Villa Play Faust at the Lobero: Santa Barbara’s Indie Rockers Craft Original Score for 1926 German Film, Play It Live

Screw The Artist. A far more adventurous evening of appropriation occurred on Saturday night when Gardens & Villa played a soundtrack they produced as a commission from the Santa Barbara International Film Fest for F.W. Murnau’s Faust live at the Lobero. A fairly full house came to see the local boys, who once comprised a psychedelic band straight outta Westmont College, but now are firmly reincarnated in this more nouveau New Wave outfit that celebrated last year with a great self-entitled CD released on the prestigious indie label Secretly Canadian and toured extensively opening for teen heartthrobs Foster the People, before coming home and presumably immersing themselves in German Expressionist masterpieces. more

MacCulloch joins Montecito Bank & Trust Wealth Management Division

Montecito Bank & Trust is pleased to announce that David MacCulloch has joined the bank as Vice President, Senior Trust Officer, reporting to Jeff Pittman, Director of Wealth Management. … He received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees with honors in Economics and Business and in English from Westmont College. more

Beebe Joins NAICU Board of Directors

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) has elected Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe to a three-year term on its board of directors. Beebe, who will be formally appointed Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C., will represent a region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. more

Wardrobe of C. S. Lewis Welcomed Back to Westmont

After embarking on a four-year international tour, the wardrobe that allegedly inspired C. S.Lewis imagine a gateway into a world called Narnia is back at Westmont College. Westmont students and other members of the community gathered for a welcome back reception at the college last Friday to hear passages from Lewis’s writings, sip on hot tea, and pop their heads into the famous armoire. “We just wanted to do something to celebrate Lewis by reading his work, [with] a few British-inspired snacks,” said a second-year student at Westmont, Serena Buie, who helped put on the program with the Literary Society at Westmont. more

Poet Laureate to Host Stafford Reading

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English and Santa Barbara poet laureate, hosts a sixth annual community reading in the Los Padres National Forest, “Remembering William Stafford,” Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Crossing Day Use Area on Paradise Road off Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. more

American Double: Duo featuring violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse will perform works by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven

The first half of the performance features two sonatas in G, Beethoven’s Sonata in G Major, Op. 96, and Brahms’ Sonata in G Major, Op. 78. Ficsor says the second half of the concert offers a special treat. “We’re going to be collaborating with UCSB French horn professor Dr. Steven Gross,” Ficsor says. … Ficsor, in his sixth year as an assistant professor of violin at Westmont, recently released his third recording, “Summer Day,” featuring the complete works for violin and piano of Emma Lou Diemer, with the composer at the keyboard. more

Winter Arts Preview 2012: Continua in Light at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

What better way to get to know the new art museum at Westmont College than through this exciting video installation by Bay Area artists Thekla Hammond and Cheryl Calleri. The school’s spectacular new space for visual art will become an immersive mobile hall of flashing images as twin video projectors send streams of light onto hanging translucent scrims. more

Winter Arts Preview 2012: Animal Farm (the musical) at Westmont College’s Porter Theatre

Sir Peter Hall’s adaptation of the famous George Orwell novel seems a natural for gifted Westmont faculty member Mitchell Thomas, who will direct, and his enthusiastic cast and crew of undergraduates. When the animals take over the farm, the pigs run the show, and it is no better, or indeed a bit worse, than it was before. more