Yearly Archives: 2011

How ‘dated’ policies hurt the economy

Government spending programs and taxes may have started with good intentions and feasible economic models to make them work, more

Ann About Town: Letting in the Light, Dancing in the Street

You’re a good man, Miller James. In a time when serious drama is playing out across the world’s stage, James – the Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Children’s Theatre – is taking steps to ensure that a light-hearted, upbeat feeling of hope and entertainment fills the house at Santa Barbara’s Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. … Based on Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip, “Peanuts,” the musical comedy will feature principal actors: Matthew Edwardson as Charlie Brown; La Colina Junior High School’s music teacher Shannon Saleh as Lucy; choreographer Lara Halloway as Sally; recent Westmont College graduate and Ratatat Theater Group leader Casey Caldwell as Linus; and Ivan Wohner as Snoopy.more

Week in Sports

The Santa Barbara Foresters will host the rubber match of a California Collegiate League series against the Orange County Pioneers today (Thu., June 23) at UCSB’s Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Santa Barbara (12-3 overall, 8-3 CCL) defeated the Pioneers 7-5 at home Tuesday and dropped a 5-4 decision on the road Wednesday. more

Craig Smith: The Coast Village Coffee wars

Long before there was a Starbucks or a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf or a Jeannine’s on Coast Village Road there was Xanadu Bakery. Located next to the Vons supermarket, it was more than just a bakery. It was a destination for people to gather, to linger and to practice the fine art of hanging out. As far as I can tell, it was one of the first places in this area that was home to a local café society. …  In years past I’ve seen Steve Martin and Rob Lowe standing in line waiting to order along with the Westmont College students who have made this Starbucks the school’s unofficial study hall. more

Opoku battling for spot on Ghana’s U-23 squad

The soccer education continues for UCSB’s David Opoku, the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year last season. more

San Marcos breaks ground on Warkentin Stadium field

Although the earth movers beat them to it, members of the San Marcos Field of Champions committee and major donors John and Mardi Warkentin dug up some old grass with their blue and red shovels during a ceremonial ground-breaking for a new synthetic field surface at the renamed Warkentin Stadium on Tuesday. more

Santa Barbara Artists Look Good Together

COME TOGETHER: Two of the summer’s most exciting group shows opened on Friday, June 10, in somewhat unconventional venues that are nevertheless gaining ground and attention as up-and-coming art centers. Over at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club (2375 Foothill Rd.), Natural Anthem brings together the work of Dan Levin, Blakeney Sanford, and Casey Underwood to great effect, turning the lobby of this athletic institution into a home for organic shapes, bold compositions, and breaking waves of aesthetic pleasure. Levin’s assemblage sculptures repurpose objects both natural and manmade and share the quality of having been worked over by the elements. Levin animates driftwood, porous rocks, bits of bark, old fishing reels, glass bottles, and an assortment of danglers through a mix of organization, orientation, and painting. Some are spectacular. “Waka Tanka,” a reddish brown and turquoise vertical slab of something vaguely organic, gets a slick coat of resin that renders it a close cousin to the finish-fetish objects so beloved by surfers and custom car commandos. more

Colburn picks familiar place : Dos Pueblos volleyball standout signs with Westmont

When Ciena Colburn went to Westmont College looking for an opportunity to continue her playing career, more

DP’s Colburn to continue volleyball career at Westmont

Ciena Colburn from Dos Pueblos High has signed to play volleyball at Westmont starting this coming fall. The 6-1 Colburn stated at middle blocker for the Chargers who won the Channel League championships.  more

DADS, IT’S YOUR DAY! : Fathers say their ideal gift would be time with their families

A hug from the kids, a day on the beach, a ride on the bike. Maybe just sleeping in. more