Raising Funds and Spirits

Jim Dougherty honored as Fundraiser of the Year for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Jim is the Lobero’s affable Director of Development, and in November was honored as Santa Barbara County’s Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He was in good company with local volunteer and philanthropy honorees Janet Garufis, Michael Towbes and Montecito Bank & Trust. It was an honor well-deserved and a long time coming.

Since his very first days at the Lobero, Jim has been a mentor to all the staff. He entirely changed the way we fundraise, with a strong emphasis on developing personal relationships and ongoing cultivation. In the first three years, our average donation size more than doubled. His Influence has changed the way we do business and the way we think about Development work.

The Board and staff of the Lobero Theatre Foundation could not be more pleased or proud of Jim, his many accomplishments, and the devotion he has shown for this theatre.

If Ears Could Smile

The December edition of Inside Santa Barbara explores Hearing Loop Technology, with the Lobero Theatre at the center of the story.

Approximately 20% of American adults (that’s 48 million!) have some form of hearing loss in at least one ear, making it the most prevalent form of disability in the United States. Despite legislation and available technology to provide access, many individuals find their communication needs to be misunderstood and unaddressed. Consequently, they seriously cut back on attendance, reducing audience size at performances, events, meetings and religious services throughout our community.

Hearing Loops are the only assistive listening system to send clear, pure sound directly to hearing aids and are considered the international standard for universal hearing access. As a part of the Encore: Lobero preservation work completed in 2013, the Lobero Theatre was wired with loops, bringing clear sound back for many patrons to experience via their own hearing aids. Blog readers may remember learning about these in this previous post, or by visiting loopsantabarbara.org.

Learn more from the Lobero’s House Manager Daniel Ramirez in this video.

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Inside Santa Barbara airs on the following days and times on City TV Channel 18: Mondays at 8 p.m.; Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 9 p.m.; and Sundays at 10 p.m. Viewers can also watch Inside Santa Barbara online at www.santabarbaraca.gov/citytv. For more information on Inside Santa Barbara, call CityTV at 564-5311.

Gypsy Inspiration

“If musique be the food of love, play on!”

EncantoAll Things Beautiful, presents a Lobero Theatre Fundraising Event* to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the lovely shop located in La Arcada.

During 1st Thursday Art walk on November 6, Encanto will be starting the fun early with style salons beginning at 1PM and continuing with live music by the idiomatiques as they play Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. There will be a raffle with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Gypsy jazz afficionado’s Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars at the Lobero on November 11, as well as other great prizes. Plus, enjoy wine, Gypsy fortune telling and other gorgeous encounters.

*Encanto will be donating a portion of any sales that day to the Lobero Theatre, so we hope to see a packed shop next Thursday!

1st salon: 1:00 – 2:30 pm / 2nd salon: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Holiday Dressing Santa Barbara Style

There is very limited seating for the style salon events so book reservations asap by calling the shop @ 805.722.4338 or emailing infoencantosb@gmail.com.

Big thank you to  Event sponsors Peggy Mathis: hair stylist, Salon Marceline. Shannon Loar-Cote: make up. Hello Gorgeous models. Luna, Gypsy fortune teller extraordinaire

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1114 state street number 22 (located in La Arcada)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 / 805.722.4338 / infoencantosb@gmail.com
Shop hours: Monday thru Saturday 11 – 6 & Sunday 12 – 5

Watch more of Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars here, and get your tickets for this incredible evening of Gypsy jazz from the masters.

 

Awards and Rewards

Congratulations!

UPDATE: October is National Disability Month, and this year’s theme is just that: Expect, Employ, Empower. Read more about the Award Ceremony and meet the day’s winners, here.  

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, left, with Mayor’s Award recipients Thomas Kaufmann of Otojoy; Mary Tremel of DuPont and David Asbell of the Lobero Theatre. (Mayor’s Organizing Committee photo)

The Lobero Theatre has won a Design & Accessibility award from the Mayor’s office in honor of the work undertaken to improve the theatre’s access to patrons with disabilities, including the installation of  hearing loop technology, creating an accessible path of travel with a level gathering space, enlarging and improving the restrooms, the installation of a wheelchair lift to the stage and the new seat map with eight wheelchair spaces in a variety of locations.

The Mayor’s office states, “The Design/Accessibility Award will be presented to a person or entity that has developed innovative and creative solutions for accessible structures, buildings or services, or provided accommodations to create equal and aesthetic access. This year’s award goes to the Lobero Theatre, for their two-and-a-half-year renovation to improve their accessibility. Executive Director David Asbell will accept the award.”

On behalf of the Lobero Theatre Foundation, I can say that we are thrilled to be a community resource that is welcoming and accessible to all of our patrons. This is a very rewarding accolade and one that means a great deal to us.

“Hearing loop user Jim Glass had this to say, “I just wanted to reiterate how terrific the hearing loop installation is at the Lobero…All of a sudden, when David [Crosby] hit the first note, I literally couldn’t believe my ears! I heard the pick against the guitar strings, his swallowing before the next verse – the depth of the sound was truly overwhelming.”

Lobero Theatre Foundation Board President Jeff DeVine commented, “The Lobero owes a debt of gratitude to so many: to our very generous patrons and the people who faithfully attend Lobero shows; and to our staff and Board of Directors who serve with compassion and an inspiring sense of responsibility; our tireless Campaign Chair Jim Morouse; and also to the experts who helped us preserve historic and architectural integrity while enhancing performance and audience comfort aspects so the theater remains viable. We extend our heartfelt thanks.”

You can learn more about Hearing Loop here, but the best way to experience the upgrades to the theatre is to come and see a show.

 

The Brubeck Circle

Keep the Music Playin’

The Brubeck Circle of donors has made it possible for the Lobero to bring amazing jazz, blues and roots artists like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dr. John, Chris Thile, Robert Cray, and Keb’ Mo’ to the stage. Jazz at the Lobero subscribers and this dedicated group of individuals anchor our various American Roots series, which are vital to to our programming.

But the Brubeck Circle does more than just bring great performers to Santa Barbara. Funds are used to ensure that local students receive music education and carry the legacy of uniquely American music into the next generation.

Contributions made by the Brubeck Circle ensures that we can continue to bring music programs to local youth, like:

  • Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation residencies at local elementary schools, teaching jazz history, appreciation and performance to hundreds of children each year.
  • Jazz and rock performances by local students on the Lobero stage, giving participants a professional performance experience with a skilled stage crew and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Residencies and master classes with touring artists like Tierney Sutton, Terence Blanchard, and the Brubeck Fellows from University of the Pacific.
  • Free or discounted tickets to students and families for jazz and family-friendly performances at the Lobero.

Participation in these programs gives students necessary tools for future success in all aspects of life: creativity and problem solving, confidence, greater focus and dedication, and the ability to collaborate with and learn from their peers. It also inspires children to continue pursuing the arts throughout their education, and in some cases throughout their careers.

Click here to read more about this program, and we hope you’ll want to get involved. You can designate a gift to the Brubeck Circle here.

LOL Comedy Festival

The LOL Comedy Festival is ready to take over downtown Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara LOL Comedy Festival is bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed touring comedians to Santa Barbara’s thriving Historical Theatre District from September 2 -7 (a.k.a. Next Week!) with performances at The Granada, The New Vic, Lobero and Arlington Theaters.

Highlights at the Lobero include the chance to be in the audience for several filmed specials, including “Next Up Stand Up,” hosted by Christopher Titus, standup by Jay Mohr, Ben Gleib, Brad Williams and Kirk Fox, as well as Andrew Dice Clay Presents: the Blue Show where Dice presents his favorite “blue” comedians on the Lobero stage. Then you can kick back and wait to see the sets on Comedy Central or Hulu +, and remember that you heard it first.

What are you waiting for, buy your tickets here!

Also… if you aren’t already signed up for eClub Updates, this beauty was delivered to inboxes yesterday. Be sure to sign up so you can get great offers like this one when they come up!.

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Alan Bergman Interview

Interview by Stanley Naftaly on Jazz Straight Ahead KCSB-FM 91.9

Alan Bergman and his wife Marilyn head the planet-wide list of today’s song lyricists. This phone interview was triggered because Alan, with Bill Cantos on piano and Trey Henry on bass and supported by Santa Barbara’s favorite jazz chanteuse, Tierney Sutton, was scheduled to perform at the Lobero Theatre Saturday evening, May 17, 2014 at 7:30.

Stanley Naftaly
Jazz Straight Ahead, KCSB-FM
JoyousNoise Productions


S       Alan, thank you for being with us.

A       Thank you for having me.

S       So, your long career together has made you and Marilyn one of music’s premiere lyricist teams. And I understand that, at 12 years old, you already knew you wanted to be a song writer.

A       Yeah, it was more than wanting, I had to be a song writer.

S       You had to be a song writer. I’m interested in how that came about and in particular, how your family life prepared you for that early decision.

A       Well musically, if you were Jewish and you lived in Brooklyn, when you were a child, when you were six years old you got piano lessons.  That was automatic.

So, I got piano lessons and I loved that and I’d sit by the radio in those days and listen to the bands.  It was the early start of the Swing Band Era; Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller and so forth.  And it’s interesting because their songs – what they played, the pitch was wonderful.  They were really great songs.  And those were the songs that molded the opinions of listeners all over the country.  It was the time of the musical environment in this country when the people who were picking the songs were musicians, they weren’t A&R men, they weren’t executives of record companies, they were musicians and they had great taste.  You heard Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and those wonderful people, composers and lyricists in those days.  You heard them because of these new good songs.  And I heard them as a kid and I said, “God, that’s wonderful.  I have to do that.” It was the generation that was influenced and listened and took it in like osmosis.

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Quisicosas, 1951

The Lobero has a shared history with Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and we love to Viva.

In true #TBT (Throwback Thursday) style, Check out this gem from a 1951 production of Quisicosas at the Lobero Theatre. There is so much to enjoy in this vintage program — from the Spanish pronunciation guide, to the inserted flyer for the Music Academy of the West‘s Summer Festival Gala, with tickets for $3! Not to mention the old phone numbers and the fact that you can still eat at El Paseo before a show at the Lobero.

“And today, In the year 1951, Fiesta seethes again around and within Lobero. Santa Barbarans and their guests reliving the days of the past, and holding fast to those traditions that lend enchantment to life for all who dwell here.” (pg 4, Quisicosas program) 

Click, and enjoy.

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Lobero Theatre carriage, Old Spanish Days Fiesta parade, 2014. Photo: Stephen Adams

Lobero Theatre carriage, Old Spanish Days Fiesta parade, 2014. Photo: Stephen Adams

Viva La Fiesta!

 

 

 

 

BACKSTAGE Summer Supplement

A cooler venue for this summer’s hot shows!

A message from Lobero Board president Jeff DeVine

It’s summertime at the Lobero, and I’m looking forward to spending some warm summer evenings on the new Esplanade, enjoying a cool drink before a great show. With performers like Richard Thompson, Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets on the lineup, the Lobero LIVE season is off to a great start.

We are excited to welcome back the Music Academy of the West for performances by members of their Festival Orchestra, and Opera Scenes featuring some of the genre’s most beloved moments. And of course we can always count on Sings Like Hell  to present “the greatest music you’ve never heard.”

Recent renovations to the theatre will make each of these summer performances even more enjoyable. The Esplanade gives us a safe and comfortable place to meet before the show with guests and friends. New seats provide better sight lines and more legroom. Enlarged restrooms mean the intermissions run smoother with much shorter wait times. And of course, a state-of-the-art air conditioning system keeps the climate cool when weather is warm, the house is full, and the audience is rocking out.BACKSTAGE-SUMMER14-ipads

The incredible entertainment doesn’t stop as summer winds down. Be sure to keep an eye on all that’s happening at the Lobero in the coming season. We will be announcing a new jazz series, presenting prominent female artists in “A Woman’s Voice” series, and much more. Local favorites like the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, CAMA Masterseries, Santa Barbara Revels, Santa Barbara Choral Society, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will throw in a few surprises along the way. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to hear about all the latest news and events.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this special edition of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero.

Sincerely,

 

Jeff DeVine,
Lobero Board President

Rockin’ out with Jensen’s RockCamp

JensenRockCamp14_webflyerLobero Youth Programs rock out this summer

Jensen Guitar & Music Co.’s RockCamp starts next week!

The Lobero Theatre hosts a number of arts educational opportunities throughout the year; we love helping kids shine onstage. In 2014-15 there will be an emphasis on giving children a professional performance experience, instilling a lifelong love of the spotlight.

Coming up this summer,  the Lobero is excited to have Jensen’s Guitar & Music Co. back in a Performing Arts Residency for their summer RockCamps. These residency programs teach the performing arts to local students and allow them to demonstrate their new shredding-skills on a professional stage. RockCamp is a series of three week-long summer intensives designed to teach students to play an instrument of their choice, culminating in a professional performance on the Lobero stage–the same stage recently occupied by Slash, Keb’ Mo’, Alan Parsons and more guitar greats. This program will also include one work mentorship opportunity for a student, teaching stage management and technical skills. (Presented In partnership with New Noise Music Festival.)

Read more about the Lobero’s Youth Program offerings here, and feel free to contact the foundation if you have any questions or want to get involved. Lots of great stuff coming up!