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From the Board and Staff of the Lobero Theatre Foundation.

What you should know: About Architect Jeff Shelton

In this excerpt from BACKSTAGE, learn more about brilliant architect Jeff Shelton, and his work on the Lobero’s courtyard tent.

Jeff Shelton has been called “Santa Barbara’s Architectural Wizard,” conjuring up whimsical buildings that evoke Spain’s famous Gaudi, and bring a fun artistic sensibility to downtown. He’s also the man who designed the Lobero’s Moorish-style tent that has been providing shelter for many a pre- or post-show gathering. Earlier this summer, the Lobero Theatre Foundation  begun work with Mr. Shelton on a new summer tent intended to provide shade for the space when the sun is blazing.

Do you work with any other performing arts groups or venues in Santa Barbara?

The Lobero is the only one. I don’t have a lot of time to get into too many more things. Designing buildings, tiles, fabric, graphics and furnishings takes most of my time.

I have of course always loved the Lobero Building, so I am happy to work with the organization. I like to support good architecture.

How did your partnership with the Lobero begin?

I think that I got a call from David Asbell. I’m sure he did his homework and knew that I couldn’t pass up working on a great building like the Lobero.

How was it for you to create something new to work with a historic building?

The Historic Landmarks Committee wanted to make sure the tent had a “Historic” reference, and in addition, they did not want the tent to be attached to the physical building. The tent is based on a North African/Southern Spain Moorish tent; also, we had to make the tent in a way that not only can it be removed, but also when it is, you shouldn’t find any trace of where it was. Dan Upton, the contractor, devised some clever detailing to make this happen…

Read the full article here, or check out the full issue of BACKSTAGE

BACKSTAGE Spring 2015

BACKSTAGE AT THE LOBERO is the Lobero Theatre’s bi-annual magazine detailing all the action taking place behind-the-scenes of this historic hall.

From all of us at the Lobero Theatre Foundation, we hope you enjoy the newest installment of BACKSTAGE at the Lobero, and we hope to see you at the theatre soon.

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Take a piece of the Lobero home with you.

Professional musical equipment, theatrical items, auditorium seats and more are available for purchase until November 15.

Encore: Lobero preservation work is well underway, leading us to rediscover many treasures hidden in storage, which, means one thing – from now through mid-November, we’re having a garage sale.

Lobero SeatsMany items from the Lobero’s warehouse full of equipment and theatrical goods are up for sale, including a pre-1920’s steamer trunk, tour-worthy road cases, amplifiers, lighting & accessories and a handful of seats recently removed from the Lobero auditorium at prices that are ready to move. The seats come in doubles or triples, and need to find a new home by the end of November 2013 — hopefully yours!

Check out LovetheLobero.com/garage-sale for the full list of items up for sale.

PS, A purchase made through the Lobero garage sale is not considered a donation to the Encore: Lobero campaign. Those wishing to make a contribution may do so at LovetheLobero.com.