Santa Barbara Seasons

LOOKING BACK/GOING FORWARD: R. ANTHONY ASKEW

WESTMONT RETROSPECTIVE HONORS SB ARTIST ASKEW

Beloved Santa Barbara artist Tony Askew, Westmont professor emeritus, offers a retrospective of new and old creations in an exhibition Aug. 30-Nov. 7 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening exhibition for “Looking Back/Going Forward: R. Anthony Askew” is Thursday, Aug. 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. more

REARVIEW MIRROR: DWIGHT MURPHY

Santa Barbara celebrates its Spanish and early California roots in a huge way every August during Old Spanish Days Fiesta, a five-day festival with dance and musical performances, a rodeo and mercados with delectable foods. … Murphy’s parents, Peter and Jennie, visited Santa Barbara in 1904 and became so enamored with the climate and setting that they decided to build a home in Montecito. (The second version of the home is now Kerrwood Hall at Westmont College.) more

LOCAL CHORUSES UNITE WITH SB SYMPHONY FOR BEETHOVEN’S NINTH

The Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will assemble singers from throughout the region for grandly thrilling performances of Beethoven’s jubilant and inspiring Symphony No. 9 at the Granada Theatre on October 15 and 16… The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its rapturous choral setting of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” will feature singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor) and DeAndre Simmons (bass). more 

CHANNEL ISLANDS YMCA GOOD FRIDAY BREAKFAST

The Channel Islands YMCA Association will host its 39thAnnual Good Friday Breakfast from 7-8:45 a.m. on Mar. 25 at Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. The breakfast, themed Keeping Hope Alive, will focus on the significance of the death of Jesus Christ and will include breakfast, inspirational praise and message, and community fellowship. Dr. Jeff Schloss will serve as the keynote speaker, reflecting on issues of faith and sharing his personal story and experience with Christ. Schloss is the Walker Chair of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he directs the Center for Faith, Ethics and Life Sciences. more

Rembrandt and the Jews Symposium

The museum hosts a symposium, “Rembrandt and the Jews,” on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210). more

Westmont Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art has some recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The work by Tisi, also known as Il Garofalo, is a promised gift to Westmont by Michael Huffington in honor of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, valued at about a half-million dollars. more

2nd Fridays Art Presents “Encore: Angel” at SBTC November 8 @ 5:30 pm – December 7 @ 9:00 pm

The public is welcome to attend. Westmont College Professor Emeritus of Art R. Anthony Askew, former director for the Reynolds Gallery, juries this competition. more

Westmont Fall Orchestra Concert: October 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 27 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring a California premiere by Chicago-area composer James Stephenson, the Westmont Orchestra performs an exquisite program of William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American” and Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninov, as well as Stephenson’s “Two Brothers.” more

William Wiersma Golf and Disc Tournament: October 28 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Two variations of golf unite at the sixth annual tournament, combining golf and disc gold at Montecito Country Club. Registration and lunch begin at noon, with hors d’oeuvres, award and prizes handed out at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit William Wiersma Endowment Scholarship Fund and Westmont Fund to support student scholarships.

QU4RTETS

Inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” the artwork displayed in the collaborative exhibition “QU4RTETS” includes paintings by Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman, as well as music by Christopher Theofanidis. Reception and musical performance will take place Wed., October 23 at 4:30 p.m., with a live band performing Theofanidis’s composition “At the Still Point.” more