Oh Say Can You See

Santa Barbara, Oh Say Can You See… the Stars and Strips are on display for National Flag week

The Lobero Theatre Foundation has brought out their specially-engineered rigging to hang a massive 40 ft x 60 ft American flag on the back of the Lobero Theatre’s flyspace–one of downtown’s most visible facades for National Flag Week.

The flag is visible when facing toward the ocean from Carrillo Streets and higher. This is a great opportunity to climb up to the top of the courthouse or enjoy a stroll through the paseos this week to get a look at Old Glory. Flag day will be celebrated this Wednesday, June 14, 2017. 

If you get some good photos of the flag, tag us @loberotheatre on Facebook & Twitter and we’ll share

#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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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!

 

 

 

 

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.

DANCEworks '13. Photo: David Bazemore

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.

Viva la Fiesta!

Lobero Staff in Parade

Lobero Theatre board and staff ride in the 2012 Fiesta Parade

It all began in 1924…

Tracing the history of the Lobero Theatre’s reopening and Old Spanish Days Fiesta

The grand opening of Santa Barbaraʼs rebuilt Lobero Theatre took place on August 4, 1924, with the play Beggar on Horseback. Nine days later, on August 13, 1924 another horse-related event took place just around the corner on State Street, soon to be known as the first official Fiesta parade. Given that these two celebrations occurred so close together, was there a connection?

Lobero Theatre Board member George Burtness worked with prominent local historians to find the answers. Read the full story here, excerpted from BACKSTAGE at the Lobero.

Keep an eye out for the team in tomorrow’s parade as well —

Fiesta is a holiday that began as a small-town family party to mark the resurrection of a cherished institution­–a theatre.” – Otis Wickenhauser, Captured Dream, A History of the Lobero Theatre