#Culture101

Santa Barbara: California’s most cultured coast.

Isn’t that a great way to sum it up? (Of course, we’re biased.)

The Lobero is proud to be part of such a fabulous and diverse group of arts organizations — performing arts, visual arts and otherwise, and we had a blast learning more about the social media efforts to promote our cultural wares taking place over at Visit Santa Barbara.

culture-in-santa-barbara-part-ii-7-400x600culture-in-santa-barbara-part-ii-6-400x600Back in April, a few fun and influential social media pros came to town to see what Santa Barbara had to offer their followers. The Lobero was chosen as one of the stops along the way for Jessica Doll, aka TeamWiking.com / @teamwiking came by the theatre for a behind-the-scenes tour of the auditorium, and got to see the stage and ghostlight in a quiet moment. (That’s a portion of one of her gorgeous photos at the top of this post.)

Afterward, we got to enjoy a tour and wine-tasting in the Presidio Neighborhood–of which, the Lobero is a member–with some of the other visiting social media pros. Wayne and Pat Dunlap have traveled extensively and run a hugely popular travel blog. (here’s their Santa Barbara post) They would make for amazing dinner guests, and their travel knowledge has been well documented. Meeting Ted Nguyen was also a treat, as this guy really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to social media, and was a lot of fun to spend an afternoon with as we sipped wine and chatted about travel and social media.

Check out the posts generated from this busy afternoon:

and even better, follow the #Culture101 hashtag on twitter; the hits keep on coming in.

It was great getting to know the folks-in-the-know when it comes to travel and social media. Thanks to Visit Santa Barbara for coordinating and for including us.

Also, if you’re not already following us in our social efforts, what are you waiting for? We’re busy posting almost every day.

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Remembering Al Pizano

Alberto Paul Pizano
January 8, 1931 – March 19, 2015

Dedicated Community Advocate and Volunteer

Santa Barbara lost a tireless advocate for education and the cultural arts in the passing of Alberto Pizano. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Pizano’s vast contributions to the communities where he lived can be seen through the many leadership positions he held in local and regional organizations over the course of his lifetime.

Pizano made a name for himself by co-founding and/or leading a plethora of community organizations in Santa Barbara, including the Flamenco Arts Festival, Mariachi Festival, Public Education Foundation, United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Business Council, Santa Barbara Latinos for Better Government, and Old Spanish Days Fiesta, for which he served as El Presidente in 1987. We invite you to read the full Memoriam to learn more about all of Al’s many accomplishments.

Pizano was also a Lobero Theatre Foundation Board member, and a valued member of our Lobero Family.

Pizano is survived by his wife Lillian of 65 years; his daughters Vibiana Pizano Smith and Sonia Pizano- Bellotti; grandchildren Pablo Pizano Smith and Jaclyn Pizano Smith; and sons-in-law Brian Smith and Philip Bellotti.  He is predeceased by his two sons, Paul Pizano and Michael Pizano.

A funeral mass will be held at Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna Street, on Friday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Internment at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel drive. A reception will take place at the Montecito Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care at 509 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or www.vnhcsb.org/donate.

Joy

It was a night that would have touched your heart, another great evening of memories for Santa Barbara families.

Because of your support, hundreds of young artists experience the joy of performing on the Lobero stage.

During this season of sharing, we want to say thank you, thank you, thank you!

Happy Holidays from the Board and Staff of the Lobero Theatre Foundation

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Share the Joy, make a gift.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KILspOYLmYA?t=3m44s

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

e n c a n t o
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.

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!