On April 2, 2019, the Lobero Theatre presented The Immediate Family, a group of top session players behind nearly 5,000 hit records. Alan Kozlowski has been working with members of the amazing band for much of his prolific photographic career. Herewith, a few of his own words about the evening:
“It gave me great pleasure to photograph them again and present some of my musical portraits at the VIP reception that was part of their recent performance at the Lobero Theatre.
Finding the moment…. visual phrasing …. musical immersion. These are the qualities that I engage with when photographing the musical experience. Being present to witness and capture the inspiration expressed without attempting to influence it. Being transparent. Using my experience as a performing musician myself to guide me in knowing when to be intimate and jam and when to layout and disappear. The Dance.
I feel so honored to be part of the Lobero community, living just two blocks away, it is my musical home and I love being a part of it all, occasionally performing, usually capturing the magic photographically, and always being present to witness the wonderful artistry presented. May it continue.”
Through his continual travel, deep exploration, extensive relationships, vivid imagination and undending curiosity Alan Kozlowski remains to this day…on the path of discovery. View Alan’s photos and learn more at alankozlowski.photography
If All The Sky Were Paper explores war through contemporary and historic letters
If All The Sky Were Paper was written by award winning author Andrew Carroll and is based upon his New York Times bestselling books WAR LETTERS and BEHIND THE LINES. The play is based on a vast collection of wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen and their loved ones at home.
Tom Brokaw has commented, “These letters are intimate, deeply personal portraits of the courage, sacrifice, and sense of duty that made this country.” (on WAR LETTERS)
The actors go through the full spectrum of emotions and experiences contained in the letters. From the incredible drama and ferocity of battle to the pathos and humor of everyday life on the front lines, these letters and Carroll’s story will deeply move and inspire audiences.
In 1998 Carroll launched a national, all-volunteer initiative to honor American troops, veterans, and their families by preserving their wartime letters. Since that time Carroll has traveled to 40 countries, and has collected more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and now emails) from every conflict in U.S. history.
The Lobero Theatre Foundation would like to thank all of our brave military men and women for their service. This performance will also be a benefit for the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart which provides a variety of services. This performance is sponsored by the The Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
Anyone with letters from a family or loved ones serving abroad is invited bring them to the performance to give to Mr. Carroll and add to this profoundly moving collection.
Come one, come all to It’s Magic!
Santa Barbara’s Favorite Annual Magic show.
Feast your eyes on the quick slide-of-hand or sit on the edge of your seat as you watch samurai swords being juggled two or even three at a time. You won’t be able to take your gaze off the stage, trying to figure out the illusionist’s next move, while wondering how humanly possible the stunts are that continue to roll out throughout the show. This family show has something for everyone from dancing, big illusions, acrobatics, comedy, fire tricks and more.
It’s Magic!is America’s longest-running magic revue with 50 years of jaw-dropping entertainment under its belt. It once again graces the Lobero stage for TWO performances on Sunday, February 15. The show features a new line-up every year of world-renowned magicians including two-time “Stage Magician of the Year,” Danny Cole, “Best female Magician,” Mystina, star of the FOX show The Great Magic of Las Vegas,Tom Ogden, national and international “Master of Illusions,” Garry Carson and “juggling genius,” Dan Raspyni. Many of these stars have been in their own Vegas variety shows or featured on The Tonight Show, NBC and FOX.
The tale of It’s Magic! begins with two young entrepreneurs, Milt Larsen and Oliver Berliner, in 1956. The first showing was at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, a 1300 seat venue. The show continued to grow, proving that Magic was indeed still alive and well in America. Eventually, Larsen had the idea to form a full-time private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts that would later be called the Magic Castle. Today, his creation of the Magic Castle has housed top performers including Lance Burton, Harry Anderson and Jeff McBride to name a few.
After 30 years of successful show runs, Larsen thought it was time to hang up the ol’ It’s Magic! top hat. It wasn’t until 1994 when Terry Hill, longtime member of the Magic Castle, suggested to Larsen that they reopen It’s Magic! to venues for all-ages so that anyone and everyone could experience a full evening of family fun. The show opened up again to rave reviews at the newly restored Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and expanded the show into other theaters around the country. Each year, a new show destination is added, allowing the art of magic to live on and thrive.
It’s Magic!appears at the Lobero Theatre on February 15 for two performances. Get your tickets by clicking here, or by calling the box office at 805.963.0761.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? Thisgroundbreaking 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 Barton, Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, and Brian Brooks.
DANCEworks ’13 company & community dancers with Larry Keigwin. Photo: David Bazemore
With our newest issue of Backstage at the Lobero landing in mailboxes, and digital distribution now complete, I wanted to follow up with a few personal notes about this special edition, as the editor. Starting from the cover — a striking image of the Gail Towbes Auditorium without any seats in it — to the personal stories of contractors, donors, and passionate friends who have made all this possible.
I had been hesitant to show photos of the theatre during demolition, close-ups of cobwebs and the general grimy nature of construction… I didn’t want our friends to worry about what was happening behind closed doors, but I wanted to share some of the exciting bits of renovation. (Full disclosure: I’m an avid DIY-er in my own home, and fan of all the related television series.)
As with any issue of BACKSTAGE, it’s the stories that have the most heart, and remind us why the Lobero is Santa Barbara’s favorite theatre. For example, the Lobero’s newest board member, Steve Hayes, shares a personal story about meeting legendary jazz-man Wynton Marsalis with his son. Comedian Jonathan Winters‘ memorial was held at the Lobero Theatre earlier in 2013, and many stories and photos of him and his friends at the theatre came to light. This is also the first time the Lobero LIVE has listed some of the exciting Encore Season events, so remember, you’re the first to read about them. (Stay tuned, more to come!)
The issue can be downloaded here, if you have, or create, an account. Enjoy it on your digital device, anytime.
BACKSTAGE AT THE LOBERO
Behind the scenes of Encore: Lobero Preservation work
Don’t forget, the Lobero will re-open in December with new seats, bigger restrooms, heating and air conditioning, and improved access for all patrons as a part of Encore: Lobero. Learn more at LovetheLobero.com.
Lobero.com receives a fresh, new, and mobile-friendly makeover
We’ve got a live sneak peek of the newly-redesigned Lobero.com up now, featuring: New Logos! New Features! New ways to get involved with the Lobero! Now Mobile-Friendly!
We’ve taken a new approach to the logo & color scheme, which includes a nod to bright spanish tiles and the eight-pointed Andalusian star design used throughout the theatre. This new look ties in the Lobero Theatre’s classic Spanish Revival architecture and fun, vibrant spirit in a contemporary way.
And, did I mention new features?! Look for:
New ways to sort and find events! Search by date range, genre or artist.
Heard a name of an artist, but, not sure if they’re for you? Check out related events, which should put any unfamiliar names in perspective.
New, bigger icons make the site fun and easy to navigate on mobile devices.
Simplified navigation and static footer includes important links without digging.
Run-of-site calendar expands to a nice, wide view when opened. Another great feature to view on your iPad.
The new site takes advantage of interactive content, such as blog and social media feeds throughout, which will keep things fresh.
Take a few minutes and meet our sponsors. We receive needed support from area businesses and culinary geniuses, which means so much to us that we wanted to enhance their presence with larger logos and click-thru capabilities to learn more about them and visit their websites.
Connect with us. All of our content and feeds in one place, so you’ll never miss a beat.
New advertising opportunities are coming up for theatre clients or potential sponsors looking to advertise online. Email Angie in marketing to find out more.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be updating our calendar and adding new events. Stay tuned for the announcement of the full Lobero LIVE lineup, and more info about the Lobero’s upcoming Encore Season.
Single tickets will go on sale for all Lobero LIVE events on November 14.
To borrow a phrase from our dear friend Hale Milgrim, we’re inviting you into “the vault.” Which, in this case, is the collection of Lobero LIVE videos we’ve recently uploaded to the Lobero YouTube channel. We’ve been lucky enough to chat with a few artists as they’ve performed at the Lobero, and saved those videos.
Check out Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan‘s impromptu jam in the greenroom, and David Lindley strummin’ away in his dressing room. We hope you enjoy the backstage banter with all these great talents. After you’ve watched, feel free to subscribe in case we’re able to get back to adding to our collection.
Below is a clip from the late Richie Havens who said it better than anyone else, back in 2007: