ON Culture | Around the world with the artists of Santa Barbara
This edition of ON Culture was originally emailed to subscribers on October 21, 2022. To get Leslie Dinaberg’s arts newsletter delivered to your inbox on Fridays, sign up at Independent.com/newsletters.
On the walls
The intersection of theater and the NFL comes to the heart of the Big Apple this fall, when Santa Barbara entertainers Rod Lathim (well known for his theatrical career) and Chris Gocong (former Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker) make their New York debut with the Let there be light exhibition at the Kate Oh Gallery on Madison Avenue.
Curator Benji Su of Art Curation International says the exhibit, which explores the interplay between light and matter, “is all about healing.” Their neon-transformed sculptures and paintings combine the ethereal dimensions of light art with the whimsical accessibility of pop culture, reinterpreting current styles through an organic lens and provoking a witty thesis on creativity and creativity. spiritual growth. Let there be light is on view from November 3 to 25.
Photographer Andrew Antone is based in Santa Barbara, but an exploration of Africa is the subject of his recently published debut book, Africa, a 456-page large-format photography book that captures his recent expedition. A selection of his photographs are on display at the Santa Barbara Zoo, and 50% of the proceeds from the book and photo exhibit will go to the zoo! Fun fact: Antone’s safari was part of the zoo’s Adventure Travel program, and it also served as a honeymoon for him and his husband, Patrick, who is an employee of SB Zoo.
The work of Santa Maria artist Lori Mole is currently at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York, as part of the Chelsea Biennial exhibition, featuring leading award-winning contemporary artists whose acclaimed works explore the abstract, figurative and natural worlds. A lover of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz, Mole’s chromatic artistry musically celebrates the exhilaration of life with syncopated abstract musical daydreams that resonate with symphonic precision.
Budding artists won’t want to miss the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Paint Workshop with artist Kevin A. Short on Sunday, October 23. For anyone who’s ever wanted to study with a famous painter in a small class, this is an opportunity to learn from an acclaimed artist…and then join them for a wine and cheese reception.
ON the (small) screen
I loved it directed by Lena Dunham Catherine called Birdy, based on a book of the same title by Karen Cushman and now streaming on Amazon. It’s a feel-good, female-power film set in 13th-century England. Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of a destitute father who wants to marry her off to a wealthy man for money and land. She’s way smarter than her dad and all of his suitors combined, and all sorts of hilarious hijinks ensue. For people who love Pippi Longstocking, Nine to Five, Lady Bird, and Downton Abbey (me, me, me!), it’s your new favorite movie.
Speaking of hilarious hijinks, I’m also really enjoying the show. Restart, a Hulu Original starring Paul Reiser from Crazy of you fame as a former hit sitcom runner who reunites with his former cast (Judy Greer, Johnny Knoxville, Calum Worthy, Keegan Michael Key), as well as his estranged daughter, played by the excellent Rachel Bloom, who starred in Crazy ex-girlfriend.
In the street
Don’t miss today’s free Pianos on State show (Friday, October 21) with Zach Gill. Band member ALO and Jack Johnson will tickle the ivories at the corner of State and Anapamu streets in front of Old Navy. Luckily, this particular piano, created by artist Lynx Lyn, happens to be the one adopted by the Santa Barbara Independent.
Later in the day, a host of artists will come out to perform in the second annual Mask(p)arade! — a free event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 21. Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop (TCA) presents a parade of progressive performances, with 15-minute shows beginning with Ed Baum at 5:30 p.m. at State/Figueroa (Pacific Premier Bank); followed by Cainan Birchim and Lynette Gaona Snow at 6 p.m. at State/Anapamu (Old Navy); Jackson Gillies and Connie Gillies at 6:30 p.m. at State/Anapamu (First Republic Bank); Opera Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. at State/Victoria (Starbucks); and Out of the Box Theater Company at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Theater.
ON the (big) screen
Comedians who are also good actors don’t always get the recognition they deserve, so it’s great to see a really nice guy like Adam Sandler getting some well-deserved critical accolades for his performance in Hustle, a basketball-themed drama currently streaming on Netflix. Lucky locals got to see the film on the big screen at SBIFF’s Riviera Theater earlier this month, followed by a terrific Q&A from Roger Durling with Sandler, who also produced the film along with a bunch of other people, including one you may have heard of – LeBron James! It goes without saying that Sandler is a huge basketball fan, and it was obvious how much fun they were having hearing him talk about the cinematic experience. Here is the link in case you missed it.
SBIFF also screened David O. Russell amsterdam (with Margot Robbie, Christian Bale and John David Washington, among a host of others) this weekend. Here’s my review, and here’s the link to Durling’s Q&A with Russell.
There are still two more chances to catch The Hitching Post Tasting Room’s “Summer Sets” later this month. On Sunday, October 23, international electric guitar-centric artist Adrian Galysh brings his fun and friendly acoustic versions of classic rock and country songs to the Buellton Tasting Room from 2-4 p.m. At the same time, on Sunday October 30, poet, singer and songwriter Ruben Lee Dalton, famed guitarist Gray Bear Erickson and Clint Black band member Martin Young reunite for an acoustic set. See hpwines.com/tastingroom.
ON the north side
After a two-year “pandemic break,” the Lompoc Chalks Festival returns to the city’s airport from October 21-23. Come see the chalk artists in action, including featured artist Delphine Anaya, who travels the country creating chalk art. It’s sure to be an explosion of chalk art masterpieces, live music, public art and community engagement – all of which is a plus for the Lompoc Theater project. For the complete schedule, visit lompoctheatre.org/craies.
The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature in Solvang also has a number of interesting exhibits: that of Central Coast photographer Bob Canepa Dunes: visions of sand, light and shadowhighlighting black and white photography of the Oceano Dunes; Wildlife on the edge: Hilary Bakerwith new and recent acrylic paints from Baker’s predators series alongside a new series of animal portraits on birch wood; as well as the updated fall reimagining of Portals and pathways by Kerrie Smith.
On the Web
This new ad for Heineken is awesome. Find out here and #OpenYourWorld.
ON the calendar
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is hosting a fun Halloween weekend fundraiser. Adults can crawl through the spooky hallways and spooky woods of the Museum during a progressive party on Saturday, October 29. marquee, including libations, live music by Joystix and other dazzling entertainment. Tickets are available at sbnature.org/tickets.
Earlier in the day, downtown Santa Barbara offers a safe Trick-or-Treat for the youngest, from 3-6 p.m. on October 29. Take a map of all trick or treat locations the week before Halloween at centre-ville.org/events/halloween.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 33rd Annual Family Day of the Dead will take place on October 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artistic activities inspired by the Día de los Muertos for all ages will be offered at several locations. On the front terrace, create skull charms and mini altars. At the family resource center, have fun with engraving. Plus, check out interactive altar displays. For example, Santa Barbara Youth Poet Laureate Madeline Miller will create an interactive altar to honor the Earth and remember the lives that have been lost due to climate change.
For a full schedule of events this week and beyond, visit independent.com/events/.
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