On Culture | Juneteenth, the Play’s the Point, Travel Art and More

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ON the Period
My light has certainly been on theater just, both past and future. The Indy Awards meeting last month, which honored the function of our neighborhood drama community between April 2023 and April 2024, is also making me shiver a little bit. From high school musical performers to established manufacturers, executives, celebrities, producers, and more, this was a cheerful way to celebrate the work that goes into everything we see throughout the year on location stages. If you have n’t read my cover story, you can read it here. Even better, you can watch the entire event on video right here. ( Navigate to approximately 11: 03 on the video to see one of my favorite moments of the evening: the Indy’s own Angry Poodle himself, Nick Welsh, getting” sharked off” the stage for talking too long! )
Looking ahead to the future, we’ve got another incredible Broadway in Santa Barbara set coming our way to The Granada Theatre, with the Broadway travelling productions of Clue, Mean Girls, Ain’t Too Proud— the Life and Times of the Temptations, and The Addams Family starting this drop —with STOMP as an put- on. Read my story below.
Molly Dobbs and Alexander Pimentel in PCPA’s output of Little Shop of Horrors | Photo: Luis Escobar, Reflections Photography Studio
The Solvang Festival Theater is one of the most dreamiest spots to spend a summer evening watching theatre under the stars. PCPA’s summer season of reveals is shaping up to be a fantastic blend of musicals, comedy, and play with four productions coming our way: Little Shop of Horrors, The Play That Goes Wrong, Cabaret, and The Agitators. I’m seeing Little Shop of Horrors later this month, and here’s my story about the whole season of shows coming our way. There are so many excellent songs, check out this NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Read Maggie Yates’s preview of this cult classic musical here.
The Theatre Group at SBCC just announced its upcoming season, with a promising slate of shows, including Legally Blonde The Musical, Lost in Yonkers, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Crime and Punishment, A Comedy. I’m excited to finally check out Legally Blonde The Musical ( July 12- 27 ), which I have never seen. The award- winning musical is of course, based on the beloved movie starring Reese Witherspoon. The transformation and well-known story of Elle Woods are followed in Legally Blonde The Musical as she fights stereotypes and scandal in an effort to pursue her Harvard Law School dream. This production should be high energy fun to look forward to thanks to the fantastic musical numbers and dynamic dances. Here’s my story about the whole season.
Keep an eye out for UCSB Arts & Lectures next season announcements ( the big reveal party is tonight ) in terms of seasons and great entertainment to come. On August 29, Toad the Wet Sprocket’s performance at the Lobero will have me very excited. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Dulcinea Tour, which makes me feel like I’m a million years old, but it’s great to see the Santa Barbara boys continue to record music.
On August 9, Jon Batiste will play in the Santa Barbara Bowl. Tickets go on sale today. | Photo: Courtesy
The lineup for Outside Lands, one of the best music festivals in the Bay Area ( it’s actually at Golden Gate Park ), has also been announced recently. The August 9- 11 fest features Tyler, The Creator, The Killers, Sturgill Simpson ( who the Bowl just announced is coming to Santa Barbara on September 15, with tickets on sale June 14 at 10 a. m. ), and Post Malone. Also announced this week is Jon Batiste, a great Bowl performer that plays August 9th.
And in case you missed my story about it here, Pink will headline the One805Live! Benefit concert on September 20th, along with Alan Parsons and Kenny Loggins. Tickets are now on sale at One805. org.
ON the Walls
” Villa La Torricella, Capri” by Matha Inman Lorch, watercolor, 19 x 14″ | Photo: Courtesy
A stunning travel-themed exhibition,” Far From Home,” by Santa Barbara watercolorist Matha Inman Lorch, will be on view at Gallery Los Olivos through June 30. The show includes paintings inspired by travels in Ireland, Norway, Egypt, Croatia, China, Botswana, Slovenia, Ireland, and more, giving viewers a peek through her keen eye into a broad scope of cultures and environments. Inman Lorch says,” Learning to paint forever alters how you perceive the world.” She records her distinctive visuals while traveling in her travel journals for later development in her studio. These journals have watercolor and ink sketches of local subjects on the backs of the pages, along with a few thoughts about her life. A selection of images from her journals will be displayed on the walls next to the paintings. The gallery is located at 2920 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos. A reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 2- 4 p. m.
ON the Calendar
On June 15th, SB hosts a free community block party. | Photo: Courtesy
A free community block party for Black Independence Day presented by Juneteenth SB will take place on June 15th. Held from 11 a. m.– 6 p. m. at 100 Gray Avenue in the Funk Zone, the day’s festivities include live local music, dancing, poetry, spoken word, artist exhibitions, storytelling, and food. Additionally, there will be the Black Artisan Market, a curated marketplace of creative goods and services that will feature Black-led community organizations showcasing their work at their own booths. See juneteenthsb. org for info.
For a complete calendar of events this week and beyond, visit independent.com/events/.

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