Songwriters of a Generation

Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb

Sometimes a song changes everything.

You learn every word and realize someone understands what you’re going through. These are the songs that become important markers of time, standards to celebrate, closely guarded companions after a tough breakup, or when you can’t quite find the words yourself.

Jimmy Webb and Karla Bonoff, two celebrated GRAMMY-winning songwriters of such lovingly-crafted songs, will share their most famous compositions in a rare double-bill appearance as Songwriters of a Generation on Saturday June 7. For these artists, the moniker is not an exaggeration. Webb is the only artist to receive Grammy’s for music, lyrics, and orchestration, has provided career-making classics for Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, The Fifth Dimension, and Joe Cocker. Karla Bonoff too, has seen many of her ballads become pop classics with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Lynn Anderson offering their interpretations.

Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation.

Karla Bonoff

With a career spanning four decades, Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, as well as the unwavering respect of her peers. In addition to her own success, Karla has seen many of her ballads become pop classics, and songs such as “Tell Me Why” become hits for top artists.

Ronstadt recorded three of Bonoff’s songs on her 1976 album, Hasten Down the Wind, leading to a recording contract for Bonoff and the release of three albums, the last of which, Wild Heart of the Young, featured the Top 40 hit “Personally.” Bonoff worked on movie soundtracks during the ’80s, notably on Footloose and About Last Night. Rondstadt’s voice brings soaring authenticity to Bonoff’s resolute words. Together, they formed a realistic grown-up perspective for female pop music, tapping into the female perspective of everywoman. Their impact on female songwriting can still be seen today.

Jimmy Webb

A true living legend of songwriting, Jimmy Webb’s been crafting amazing songs, many of which have become cherished standards, for some forty years–and he’s still at it. His songs are soaring dramatic creations born from his piano and sharp mind for metaphor.

Though the name may not sound familiar, the song’s titles sure do. Webb’s compositions include “MacArthur Park,” “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “All I Know,” “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” and many more. The list of musical icons who have interpreted his songs reads like a rolodex of the best in rock ’n roll from the late 60’s & 70’s, with even Donna Summer putting her disco spin on his classic, “MacArthur Park.” Along with his personal idol, Burt Bacharach, Webb is one of the few non-performing artists of the 60’s to achieve personal stardom and professional acclaim as a songwriter.

Don’t miss Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb, Songwriters of a Generation on Saturday, June 7. Tickets available here.

 

Hearing Loop available at the Lobero

Let’s Loop Santa Barbara is Celebrating its 1st Anniversary

28 locations in the area offering this new technology

The Lobero Theatre and the New Victoria Theatre (New Vic) have recently joined the growing ranks of local venues to adopt state-of-the-art hearing loop technology, including Campbell Hall at UCSB, the University Club of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Mary Craig Auditorium and the Ojai Playhouse. For a full list of looped venues, visit www.loopsantabarbara.org.

In May of last year, “Let’s Loop Santa Barbara” set out to turn Santa Barbara into one of the most hearing accessible cities in California. A year later, there are 28 places offering hearing loop technology across our region. Because of this important movement, individuals with hearing loss are obtaining equal access through the usage of hearing loop technology.

Already widely used in Europe and Scandinavia, hearing loops are rapidly gaining popularity across the US, thanks to advocacy campaigns like “Let’s Loop Santa Barbara” brought to the community by the Independent Living Resource Center. The technology lets hearing aid users receive sound signals directly through their t-coil enabled hearing aids. As most hearing aids include a t-coil as standard, users do not need any additional equipment to access sound in a looped venue – a major advantage over other systems.

The hearing loop installation at the Lobero Theatre has been entirely funded by Jack and Kathleen Moseley, contributors to the Encore: Lobero capital campaign. Speaking about his donation, Mr. Moseley said, “I am just pleased that more hard-of-hearing people can enjoy the theatre.”

Read more about the Lobero’s recent Encore: Lobero upgrades to improve accessibility here.

Special thanks to Loop Santa Barbara and the Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. Learn more at www.loopsantabarbara.org & www.ilrc-trico.org 

 

Violin Femme, Back again

Violinist Adrienne Biggs returns to play the Lobero after her debut in 1975

This story came in through the Lobero’s Facebook page.
“I played my first violin concert at age 9 at the Lobero, and am super excited to return “home” nearly 40 years later for Danny Click’s show on May 3, as his fiddler!” – Adrienne Biggs

Adrienne Biggs, aka, Violin Femme, and her musician parents (Grammy-winning singer/arranger Salli Terri and Ojai-based composer John Biggs) lived in Santa Barbara in the 1970’s. Mom, Salli, also taught at UCSB. The Biggs family played the Lobero Theatre on Dec. 17,1975. (Check out the photo in front of the Lobero’s kiosk!)

Adrienne mentions on her facebook page that she didn’t have the typical upbringing: “Instead of vacations, our family toured professionally in nearly 30 countries, performing an eclectic program including Renaissance to Americana music on period instruments that we owned, like harpsichord, piano, krumhorns, hurdy gurdy, recorders, hand bells, portative organ, rauschpfeife and of course, violins.”

After playing in youth and then professional orchestras and ensembles, in the early 90’s Adrienne moved to San Francisco and played with numerous bands in all of the notable venues, including Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, who take the stage by way of Sings Like Hell this Saturday, May 3.

Learn more at about Adrienne at ViolinFemme page on Facebook, or check out DannyClick.com. Better yet, buy your tickets today.

If you have history with the Lobero Theatre, tell us your story! We’d love to hear it.

DANCEworks, Dendy & Dystopia …

DANCEworks presents fearless New York choreographer Mark Dendy

Dystopian Distractions! premieres April 26

  • Just Added! Pre-Curtain Discussion with Dance Critic Rachel Howard
  • New ticket prices! See Dystopian Distractions! from $12

We’re now halfway through the 2014 DANCEworks residency with nationally-renowned choreographer Mark Dendy. Not only is there tremendously thought-provoking work being accomplished onstage, Mark is engaging  the community with fascinating open rehearsals, and even brought local dancers into the new work. Check out photos & videos.

While in residence, Mark Dendy Projects is creating a new work entitled Dystopian Distractions!, a black comedic take on the American war machine through the lens of pop culture. Audiences can expect a social commentary sending up many American notables from Elvis Presley, Honey Boo Boo to Donald Rumsfeld – and will still be surprised by what Mark comes up with.The premiere of the fearless and insightful new work is Saturday, April 26. Tickets start at just $12 – that’s the price of seeing a movie! So, before you head to the cinema, consider a once-in-a-lifetime premiere of dance theater…

 “Dendy is a most unusual talent. The dances are brilliant!” – THE NEW YORK POST 

New to DANCEworks this year the “Friday Club.” a chance to go behind the scenes with Mr. Dendy and the company each Friday of their residency with open rehearsals and a reception with the company. This amazing perk is available for DANCEworks supporters who have made a contribution of just $50. There’s still one more Friday Club coming up on April 18! If you want to experience this rare glimpse into the creative process, make a gift at SBDANCEworks.com/donate.

Just Added: Pre-Curtain Discussion with Dance Critic Rachel Howard, 7:15 p.m., April 26. Who is Mark Dendy, what is dance theater, and how does Dendy’s new Dystopian Distractions! carry forward the tradition of dances made about war and society? Dance Critic Rachel Howard offers a deep dive into Dystopian Distractions! Read more. 

Are you hip to DANCEworks? This groundbreaking collaboration between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation offers notable choreographers a month-long residency in which to create, rehearse and premiere a brand new work on the Lobero stage. It’s a truly innovative partnership that puts Santa Barbara on the map as a community that supports the creation of new choreography in a significant way. DANCEworks is gaining broad recognition within the world of contemporary dance and has already contributed to the careers of choreographers Aszure BartonLarry KeigwinDoug Elkins, and Brian Brooks.

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DANCEworks ’13 company & community dancers with Larry Keigwin. Photo: David Bazemore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more at SBDANCEworks.com, and keep up to date on Facebook & Twitter.

**Note: Dystopian Distractions! expresses an anti-war sentiment in an irreverent fashion. Parental discretion is advised.

Introducing the Historic Theatre District

The Lobero, The Granada and Ensemble Theatre Company at The New Vic have joined forces 

Celebrate with 1st Thursday: After Hours Receptions

Three of Santa Barbara’s historic theaters, The Granada Theatre, the Lobero Theatre, and the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic, each with their own rich history, are collaborating in a new partnership to further promote our thriving performing arts scene. By working together as the Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District these three theaters are ushering in a new era of cooperative programming and access to the performing arts to Santa Barbara’s savvy patrons and presenters.

Kerilee Kaski, http://www.kerrileekaski.com

This week: Don’t miss une bonne soirée on Thursday, April 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 1st Thursday: After Hours invites you onstage at the newly refreshed Lobero Theatre. Enjoy hors d’eouvres from Sojourner Cafe, vin provided by Roblar Winery and eclectic cabaret presented by Kerrilee Kaski.

La vie est belle, Join us! 

1st Thursday: After Hours heats up with spring with three more evenings in Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District hosted by the Lobero Theatre (Apr 3), the Granada Theatre (May 1) and The New Vic (Jun 5) who are offering fun new ways to access Santa Barbara’s Performing arts after dark.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from this partnership.

Read more from BACKSTAGE at the Lobero

 

What people are saying: The Spring Quartet

We need to talk about Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese

First of all, wow. If you haven’t heard the buzz about this incredible new jazz supergroup, it’s time to start paying attention. Their show at the Lobero on Tuesday, February 18 was an absolute stunner that kicked off the 2014 Jazz at the Lobero series. If you have friends in any of the American or European stops on their tour, spread the word that this foursome is not to be missed.

photo: David Bazemore 

Santa Barbara International Film Festival & Lady Lutah

SBIFF moves into the Lobero for another fabulous festival season

Not to miss at the Lobero this year:

  • New documentary film, Lutah, honors one of the Lobero’s–and Santa Barbara’s–foremost female architects

  • Panels, Panels, Panels!

  • Minipacks on sale now at the Lobero Box Office

LUTAH explores the life of a little-known architect who left a big legacy.  Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California — Including, the Lobero Theatre. This film will be shown at the Lobero on Friday 1/31 at 11 am and again on Wednesday 2/5 at 4:30pm. Read the full description here.

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Riggs was responsible for the columns and capitals of the Lobero Theatre remodel and for design elements of the historic El Paseo complex and Casa del Herrero. Smith financed her second commission, her own home called Clavelitos in Montecito. The Lobero Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Get ready for an amazing round of panel discussions with top industry talents.

These eagerly anticipated Q&A’s are a festival highlight year after year, offering insight in the multi-faceted journey from script to screen.  SBIFF brings in the best of the best to discuss their trials and triumphs.

Don’t miss the Directors Panel, Producers Panel, VFX panel, Writers Panel and Women’s panels at the Lobero this year.

Purchase Minipacks for 4 or 10 films at the Lobero Box Office.

Package holders get to enjoy a new feature this year to reserve your spot in line. Check in for the desired film one hour before start and grab your “cue card.” Be sure to return 20 minutes before the credits roll, and you’re in. ProTip: Minipacks are great to share, that way no one gets the screen-fatigues.

Viva la film Fest. As always, keep an eye out on the TBA listings, and we’ll see you at the theatre.

Thanks to Santa Barbara Seasons, LutahMariaRiggs_Seasons_Fall12-web, click for full story. Photo Courtesy Santa Barbara Historical Museum

The S.B. Questionnaire: David Asbell

Leader of the Lobero on Bo Diddley, Fear of Failure, and Friends with Boats

Photo: Paul Wellman.

Monday, January 6, 2014
via Santa Barbara Independent

 

When I approached David Asbell to answer the Proust Questionnaire, the executive director of the Lobero Theatre Foundation replied, “Sure, but I’m pretty boring.”

David, who has successfully run one of Santa Barbara’s performing arts jewels for years before recently spearheading its renovation, is self-deprecating and low-key, but I would never call him boring. He’s passionate about the arts in our city, and many nonprofits in our culturally sophisticated town are indebted to his devotion and commitment. One of my personal highlights of running the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the past decade has been to call this patron of the arts my friend.

Real the full questionnaire here… including these highlights: 

What is it you like most about your job?

It seems so central and important to our community. I have always worked in the arts and this particular job gives me a sense of accomplishment like no other job I have had.

What is the best thing about the new Lobero?

The best physical thing is our new entryway, the Esplanade. It is a much nicer space to meet and gather before and during a performance.

What’s your all-time favorite memory about the Lobero?

Having a drink after the concert with Bo Diddley in one of the upstairs dressing rooms. He was getting on in life, was really tired, and just opened up to me. We didn’t talk about anything all that important, but I felt I got a sense of him as a person and he had lived this incredible life. Very special.

What is your motto?

Never leave your wallet backstage.

Holiday Wishes

The Lobero Theatre Foundation would like to wish all of our friends and fans a wonderful holiday season.

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow night, December 17, for a Holiday Open house from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy self-guided tours, refreshments, music by Vocal Point, and holiday cheer galore. Free!

If you haven’t had a chance to come by and catch a show yet, this is a great opportunity to check out the refreshed space.  Click to read our invitation

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Re-opening Week Wrap-up

Hot Guitars… a Chilly First Thursday… and a Cool Historic Theatre District.

It’s been one week since the Lobero re-opened its doors after completion of the Encore: Lobero preservation work — and it’s been a killer first week back. On Wednesday night, Dec. 4, Warren Miller Films kicked things off with Ticket to Ride, the newest installment of adreneline-fueled ski ventures across the globe to a packed house.

Then on Thursday night, the Lobero Theatre Foundation opened up the new Esplanade from 7:30-9:30 pm for 1st Thursday: After Hours. This the first of six events hosted by the newly formed Historic Theatre District. Below is a gallery of brave folks who ventured out on a chilly evening for this fun event which included magic by Mark Collier, noshes from Sojourner Cafe, and beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Congratulations go out to 1st Thursday: After Hours raffle winners, Glenn & Lynda Van Patter, who can look forward to attending three stellar performances at all three theaters in the historic theatre district. (Look for more info from this partnership in the next few months.)

Then on Friday, Dec. 6, the Notes for Notes benefit concert with Jimmy Vivino & the Basic Cable Band with headliners including Slash and Alan Parsons brought down the house. It was a truly incredible evening of shredding for a most worthy cause. We’re already counting down to next year!

“We’re a working theater — We don’t take a lot of time to celebrate how cool we are, man. We just reopen and go back to work!” – Lobero Technical Director Todd Jared 

If you haven’t been by yet, grab a ticket to an upcoming show!

Tonight’s going to be an excellent performance by Los Angeles rockers Dawes, who were interviewed by the Independent last week. We’ve got great holiday entertainment from the Santa Barbara Choral Society this weekend and Santa Barbara Revels next weekend. Otherwise, you’re invited to come check out the new space during the Lobero’s Holiday Open House from 5-7 p.m. on December 17.

Read more from the news & interwebs, and check out a few photos below. Cheers!