Yearly Archives: 2012

Lit Moon Presents Henry VI, Part 3: John Blondell Will Be Part of London’s Cultural Olympiad

It is part of the enduring enigma of Shakespeare’s legacy that one of his least performed plays — Henry VI, Part 3 — should also be among his most influential. And don’t be too quick to dismiss this claim with appeals to HamletLear, or Macbeth. Richard of Gloucester, the Machiavellian antihero who becomes Richard III, and Queen Margaret, the original tiger woman, both either get their start (Richard) or come into their own (Margaret) in this play, and both wind up at the head of a long line of influential Shakespearean types, stretching from Lady Macbeth to Iago. On Friday night at Center Stage Theater, the Lit Moon Theatre Company, under the direction of Westmont’s John Blondell, will offer a brand-new interpretation of Henry VI, Part 3 in anticipation of Blondell’s upcoming Macedonian production, which will be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London as part of this spring’s Cultural Olympiad. more

Rathburn Wiley Shelton, 1923-2012

Longtime Westmont College ambassador was a lifelong musician  Rathburn Wiley Shelton died February 1, 2012, of complications from pneumonia. He was 88. A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, Rath was born on October 4, 1923, in Taft, Calif., to Alice Rachel Braden and James Orto Shelton, who had moved from Texas in the early 1920s. After graduating from Taft High School, Rath moved to Santa Barbara to study music at Santa Barbara State College (now UCSB). In 1943, he married the love of his life, Peggy Emmens, (1924-1984). He soon joined the Army, becoming part of the Big Band under Ray Ellis, and was lead trumpet, playing for the troops in London until the end ofWorld War II. He returned to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. After graduating in sociology in 1950, he began a 30-year career with the college as director of Public Relations and later the Westmont Alumni Association, which he founded. A good athlete, especially in baseball, Rath also coached theWestmont team in the 1950s. more

Fun, squared : High school mathletes do battle at Westmont College

For most people, choosing to spend a weekend afternoon taking math tests wouldn’t be too appealing. But for the nearly 100 students from local high schools who competed in the 25th annual High School Mathematics Contest on Saturday at Westmont College, the offer was an enticing one. This year, students from Bishop Diego, Cate, Crescenta Valley, Dos Pueblos, Family Schools, La Canada, Oaks Christian, Providence Hall, San Marcos, Santa Barbara and Thacher high schools had a chance to let their logical minds shine in a variety of contests. more

Afternoon Chamber Music Concert Classical performances featuring music by Bach, Mozart, and S.B. composer William Ramsay. Presented by the S.B. Music Club

The Santa Barbara Music Club’s 42nd season of presenting admission-free chamber music concerts for the community continues with its signature varied programming. The 2012 concert slate continues on February 25th at 3 PM with Westmont violin faculty Philip Ficsor in select movements of JS Bach’s Sonata in G minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001 (Adagio and Fuga); UCSB grad student Sloane Artis with piano collaboraor Egle Januleviciute (also of Westmont) offering Four Songs of local composer, William Ramsay; and five chamber music friends, led by clarinetist Per Elmsfor in the beloved Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 of W.A. Mozart. more

Upcoming Forum To Explore New Religious Perspectives

Westmont College biology professor Jeff Schloss and Biblical studies professor Tremper Longman will host a forum at 7 p.m. today in the Isla Vista Theatre to discuss evolution in relation to the biblical creation story. more

UCSB Department of Theater & Dance to Present World Premiere of ‘Entangled’

The UCSB Department of Theater & Dance will present the world premiere ofEntangled, written by contemporary American playwright Lila Rose Kaplan and directed by UCSB faculty member Risa Brainin, as part of the Launch Pad program on the UCSB campus. Performance dates are March 1-10 in the Hatlen Theater. … In 2010, Kaplan was the first playwright-in-residence at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. She teaches and is an artist-in-residence at UCSB and Westmont College. more

Westmont holding math competition

Students from area schools are slated to compete Saturday in the 25th annual High School Mathematics Contest at Westmont College. Students will be challenged through a “chalk-talk” derby, written exams and a team competition, said Scott Craig, manager of media relations at Westmont, in a news release. more

Gardens & Villa Play Faust at the Lobero: Santa Barbara’s Indie Rockers Craft Original Score for 1926 German Film, Play It Live

Screw The Artist. A far more adventurous evening of appropriation occurred on Saturday night when Gardens & Villa played a soundtrack they produced as a commission from the Santa Barbara International Film Fest for F.W. Murnau’s Faust live at the Lobero. A fairly full house came to see the local boys, who once comprised a psychedelic band straight outta Westmont College, but now are firmly reincarnated in this more nouveau New Wave outfit that celebrated last year with a great self-entitled CD released on the prestigious indie label Secretly Canadian and toured extensively opening for teen heartthrobs Foster the People, before coming home and presumably immersing themselves in German Expressionist masterpieces. more

Area feels the absence of Rath

To say I lost a friend last week would be extremely selfish on my part. We all lost a friend. All of us, that is, who have had anything to do with Santa Barbara area sports over the years, or myriad other things in this great community, for that matter. Rath Shelton passed away on Wednesday night. He was 88. … Whether it was his wonderful family, his beloved Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, his days as the first sports information director at Westmont College, or his music (Rath loved to play the trumpet), he touched so many lives in so many different ways. more

Rath Shelton, community leader, dies at 88

Rath Shelton, a former Westmont administrator and co-founder of the Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable, has died. He was 88. Mr. Shelton attended Westmont College, where he graduated with a degree in sociology. more