Santa Barbara Independent

From Good to Great with the UCSB BFA Program in Theater

It’s Monday night, and often that means one thing to people who work in theater ​— ​time for tech rehearsal. At 6:30 p.m., Irwin Appel, professor of theater and director of the Actor Training Program at UCSB, heads to the school’s black-box Performing Arts Theater to direct Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. … The practice of blending students with faculty members and professionals is something that John Blondell has been doing for years with his Westmont actors and the Lit Moon Theatre company, but now that UCSB is in on it, Santa Barbara’s theater scene has gotten exponentially more interesting. more

11/3-11/4: College Women’s Volleyball

In their final home matches of the season, the nationally ranked Warriors will try to extend their 28-match winning streak in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Junior middle blocker Libby Dahlberg’s attack percentage of .426 leads the GSAC and ranks third in the NAIA. Four seniors will be honored at Friday night’s game. After the Saturday match against Menlo, Westmont will be the top-seeded team in the conference tournament at The Master’s University. more

Behind the Wheel with Driving2Save

California’s newest gas tax kicked in on November 1, raising pump prices by 12 and 20 cents per gallon for unleaded and diesel, respectively. … “We’ve done all the research so that consumers can make better decisions,” said Westmont College alum Erin Erickson, the company’s executive editor. more

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

At Westmont’s Porter Theater, Sat., Oct. 21. Shows through Sat., Oct. 28.

This startling, profound production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uipatiently reveals every layer of the playwright’s complex and turbulent vision. Get to the theater 15 minutes early for a giddy pre-show sing-along with the cast and music director John Douglas’s excellent jazz combo, but be prepared for a long night’s journey into Brecht’s full range of registers, which go well beyond cabaret-style satire to embrace Shakespearean tragedy and Blakean prophesy. more

Priscilla Yonge Riordan Lamore

Priscilla Lamore, 91, peacefully slipped away from us and this life at home Saturday morning 9/30/2017 in Roseville, CA after a months long decline in health. … Priscilla lived in Santa Barbara, CA from 1959 to 1993. After raising her family Priscilla attended the local Westmont College to earn her teaching credentials, serving in that field at Marymount School, Guadalupe School, St. Vincent’s School and the Cottage Hospital Child Care Center before moving back to Pensacola in 1993. more

Reviewed | ‘Guatemala from 33,000 km’

News of the Getty’s extraordinary Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative has reached all over the world. Readers in New York, London, Paris, and beyond now know of its impressive scope and unprecedented ambition, and thousands of visitors have flocked to locations throughout Southern California to appreciate the range of exhibits on offer. … On Friday, October 20, scholars and artists will gather at Westmont College’s Porter Theater for a day-long symposium on the art of Guatemala from 1960 to the present. The symposium, which is open to the public, promises to connect Guatemala’s artistic output to broader global currents in contemporary art. more

UCSB and Cal Poly’s Goose Egg Tie, Team USA’s Big Miss

Goals in soccer, like home runs in baseball, provide some of the most exhilarating moments in sports. They occur instantaneously in the course of a game where failure to connect is by far more common. … Westmont, holding down second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, will host the semifinals and championship of the men’s league tournament November 9 and 11. more

‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

It’s one of the most poignant — and relevant — stories of the great exodus from Nazi Germany that took place before and during World War II. In 1941, Bertolt Brecht, the most influential theater artist of the mid-20th century, was hunkered down in Helsinki, waiting to hear if he would receive a visa to travel to the United States. … This weekend and next, October 21-28, the Westmont College theater program will mount an imaginative and large-scale production of Brecht’s trenchant mid-century-modern satire on political violence. more

The WNBA Comes to Westmont and UCSB

Forty-four years after Billie Jean King slammed Bobby Riggs in the gimmicky tennis match dramatized by the movie Battle of the Sexes, the battle endures. In tennis, at least, women play for the same prize money as men in major tournaments, but men overwhelmingly dominate the attention and the revenue in most professional sports. … The national team’s preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games began with a three-day training camp two weeks ago at Westmont College and UCSB. more

District 6 Council Candidate Debrief

In the Santa Barbara City Council election to represent District 6, which encompasses the mid-downtown corridor and Laguna areas, incumbent Gregg Hart is facing off against political newcomers Jack Ucciferri, a Realtor and entrepreneur, and Aaron Solis, a San Marcos High School teacher and coach…. I think everyone is overestimating people wanting to ditch their cars. Cottage Hospital, Westmont, and UCSB have all found the need to create their own housing for employees. more

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