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On Stage : Georgian theater company joins festival

A theater company from the former Soviet republic of Georgia will give its first U.S. performance during the Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival. The play is part of an 11-day festival that will begin Thursday and feature companies from Bulgaria, Finland and Macedonia. Also performing are the Lit Moon Theatre Company and faculty and students from UCSB and Westmont College. more

IN BRIEF : Westmont hosts talk on homeless veterans

Dwight Radcliff, president and CEO of U.S. Veterans Initiative, will speak at Westmont College on Oct. 21 on the effort to break the cycle of homelessness in which some military veterans find themselves. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the college’s Hieronymous Lounge inside Kerrwood Hall. more

ON STAGE : No-holds Bard – Lit Moon brings both the traditional and the far-out to its Shakespeare festival

If theater is the church, then Shakespeare is its holy text. The festival’s European element still comes as a playful surprise to John Blondell himself, who confessed that for the first 35 years of his life, he had never traveled out of the country. But then Blondell found himself going abroad via Westmont, immersing himself in the famous Edinburgh Festival, the center of the cutting-edge theater world. more

Montecito tree surgeon branches out into opera

After 30 years as a tree surgeon, Montecito-based Gene Tyburn wants to end his career on a decidedly musical note. “He was waiting for words to inspire him. He just pours forth arias. He’s brilliant. I hired a singer and pianist at Westmont and gave it a run through. It was so good I got weak. It really knocked me out!” more

BENEFITS CALENDAR: Mark your calendar for the following fundraisers to benefit

William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship at Westmont College: Noon-8 p.m. Monday. Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road, Montecito. Golf and Disc Tourney in honor of Mr. Wiersma, a Westmont graduate, who was killed in an automobile accident in 2006 while returning from an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in Phoenix. more


Golf and disc golf will be playing side-by-side to benefit the William Wiersma Memorial Scholarship Fund at Westmont College. The “Don’t Just Innovate. Collaborate! Tournament” will be held on Oct. 6 at the Montecito Country Club. “This best ball-best disc tournament is an innovative one that puts traditional golfers and disc golfers on the same course at the same time,” said Tom Wiersma. ” more

Gaucho Green – UCSB and other local colleges are making dorms and dining halls more eco-friendly

In college, students devote countless hours to analyzing environmental issues and researching ways society can lighten its eco-footprint, developing anything from innovative, energy-efficient technology to potential public policy reforms. Though not as extensive as UCSB, both Santa Barbara City College (which doesn’t have student dorms) and Westmont College have made efforts to green their living and eating areas. more

ART REVIEW : Etching messages – Blending traditional and innovative uses of print, Martha Ensign Johnson shows work at once subtle, strong

In what amounts to a strong yet subtle kickoff to the new academic season at Westmont College’s Reynolds Gallery, Southerner-turned-Santa-Barbaran Martha Ensign Johnson showcases her unique art, in the line of printmaking duty — but with caveats attached. more

IN BRIEF : Organization to assist Haitian children

Two Carpinteria women have started a nonprofit corporation called Destined for Grace Children’s Relief, which aims to alleviate the pain and suffering that Haitian children endure. The co-founders are Rebecca Costa, who recently graduated from California Lutheran University, and Lindsey Connolly, a recent graduate of Westmont College. more


Five stone artworks are on display on the grounds of the Westmont College campus this fall. “Donald Davis Sculpture Garden” is the third annual exhibition of outdoor sculpture by Westmont’s Reynold Gallery. more

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