Santa Barbara Independent

‘As You Like It’ at Westmont

This delightful production of Shakespeare’sAs You Like It got off to a spectacular start with cheering attendants loudly hailing the arrival at court of the royal wrestler Charles and never let up in either pacing or pleasure from there on until the final masque. Westmont students Sean McElrath and Anna Telfer played Orlando and Rosalind, respectively, the leading lovers in a play that’s full of amorous couples, clever wordplay, and gorgeous poetry. more

Zizzo’s Combines Coffeehouse and Brewpub

“Every espresso bar had a pub, and every pub had an espresso bar,” said Michael McDonald of what he saw during a European vacation with his wife, Sue McDonald… There’s plenty to eat in the afternoon and evening, as well, thanks to Chef Anthony Salcedo, who formerly worked in the kitchen at Westmont College. more

Fabled Gables: 229 East Pedregosa Street

Edward Payson Ripley was born on October 30, 1845, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. His family’s descendants had settled in the New World colonies in 1638, where their lineage included nine prominent blacksmiths… The renowned estate, with elaborate Tea Gardens, is still nearly intact and located across the street from Westmont College. more

Sweeping with Spikes

A quiet confidence abides in the Westmont College women’s volleyball team. The Warriors speak softly and carry a big broomstick. They are the only undefeated team in the NAIA with a 23-0 record, and that includes 16 sweeps. more

Lakers Learn from Luke at UCSB

Metta World Peace is a 16-year NBA veteran who was fighting for a job last week at Mecca World Hoops, another name for Santa Barbara when it comes to basketball training camps… Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa was the most exciting athlete ever to attend Westmont College. more

‘Women Sculptors’ at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art: Westmont Show Features Major Works by Kiki Smith and Asta Gröting

Boldface names and high taste unify theWomen Sculptors, currently on view at Westmont’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Inspired by Revolution in the Making, a major show of abstract sculpture by women currently on display at Hauser Wirth &Schimmel in Los Angeles, Ridley-Tree director Judy Larson shuffled the museum’s programming to put this selection of works by women from its permanent collection on display. more

Lit Moon Tackles Tennessee Williams John Blondell Brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to Westmont Stage

When and where does The Glass Menagerietake place? As trivia questions go, that would seem to be an easy one: the squalid, Depression-era St. Louis apartment of Amanda Wingfield and her two grown children, restless aspiring writer Tom and emotionally stunted Laura. … As is his wont, John Blondell, artistic director of the Lit Moon Theatre Company, is taking a different approach. When he premieres his production of The Glass Menagerie this weekend at Westmont College, Tom will be played by Stan Hoffman — a man in his seventies. more

Westmont Summer Chemistry to Offer Fellowships

Intensive summertime classes offer more continuity than regular school-year classes, and Westmont College hopes its newly endowed summer chemistry fellowships will provide that benefit to 8-10 students. The school has worked since 2012 to raise $500,000 to match a grant from the Pasadena-based John Stauffer Charitable Trust, giving the program a million-dollar endowment. The students chosen for the fellowships will be able to apply themselves to full-time research with Westmont faculty. “If something surprising happens during the summer,” said Michael Everest, Westmont professor of chemistry, “the student can do more than merely guess at what might be going on. [He or she] can come in the next day and try new experiments to test various hypotheses.” more

S.B. Soccer Club Wins National Championship: Coach Rudy Ybarra Leads U-18 Team; Plus Water Polo and Track Updates from Rio

Penalty-kick shoot-outs deciding the outcome of a soccer match can bring out the worst in somebody — we heard you, Hope Solo — but when the Under-18 Boys National Championship came down to PKs last month, it brought out the best in Lalo Delgado, the strapping goalkeeper of the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. … Ybarra has exchanged ideas with other coaches, including UCSB’s Tim Vom Steeg and Westmont College’s Dave Wolf. more

Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara Announces New Trustees

The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara has announced the appointment of the newest members to its Board of Trustees. Since 1949, the Cancer Foundation has been the partner and financial backbone of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. … David W. Grotenhuis is partner in the real estate investment and development company of Santa Barbara Capital. Santa Barbara Capital has developed and invested in numerous real estate projects over the past 40 years in the Santa Barbara area, the Midwest and in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Grotenhuis graduated from Westmont College where he was awarded the Wall Street Journal Award as the outstanding graduate in Business and Economics. more

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