Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 | Author:

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Artist Talk Friday, November 20th

Please join us for an artist talk at The Arts Fund Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, on the evening of Friday, November 20th from 6-7pm. Discussing their work will be featured artists Tom Pazderka, George Sanders, Ro Snell, curator Charles Donelan, and moderator Ted Mills.

About Unintended Consequences
Every day we face the fact that even our smallest actions may have consequences that we don’t intend. Just because we can’t foresee these unintended consequences does not mean that we no longer feel responsible for them. Fortunately that’s not always bad news–unexpected benefits are as much a part of this picture as are unexpected drawbacks.

The artists in Unintended Consequences all work with this idea of the unintended consequence as a core aspect of their practice. Their art mines accumulations of unexpected results to gain perspective on both the original intentions that seem to have gone astray and the fresh opportunities these accidents create.

The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, December 5th. Regular gallery hours are WednesdaySunday from 12-5pm.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 16th, 2015 | Author:

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Come by the Museum after work for a glass of wine and a musical treat.  Accomplished  musicians from the UCSB Music Department will be entertaining and inspiring with their talented and dynamic renditions of modernist compositions.

Wednesday November 18th at 5:30pm

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Monday, November 16th, 2015 | Author:

If you don’t already know about this yearly show, see my quote near the bottom of the press release below. It was true then, and it remains true today.  Mark you calendars. Brad Nack Reindeer Show

Monday, November 09th, 2015 | Author:

I don’t do many posts about the performance arts, mostly because I’m not as in tune with the local scene as I am for the visual arts. However, I happen to know that Ratatat Theater is a wonderful company of gifted and passionate performers. I’ve been to see a couple of their shows, and I always walk away impressed and thoroughly entertained. I’m also a big fan of improve, which seems so rediculously difficult that I can’t help to be impressed with those that pull it off.

This is in a small, fairly rustic venue, so make sure to RSVP if you are interested in attending.


Take Five Doses Improv, a Handful of True Stories, and Shake Vigorously

We are bringing you the potent results of an experiment.

In August, Ratatat debuted an effervescent mix of improvisation and true storytelling called Playback Theatre for a brave test group. They liked it. A lot. People laughed, they sighed, great stories were shared. So we’re doing it again, two weeks from now. And we’d love it if you’d come.

Saturday Nov 14th, 7pm, at the Piano Kitchen.* 430 Rose Ave, Santa Barbara. Tickets are $10 at the door. You can reserve a seat here.

We did it for free last time, and people insisted that we charge the next time. When I asked my friend Alex if he would pay $10 to come back, he said, “Oh yeah. Hell yeah.”

So what exactly is Playback? It’s a theater form invented in the 70s in upstate New York, and it’s basically Second City improv meets The Moth. “Playback theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them performed on the spot.” That’s from the playback website. Basically, you’ve got a group of performers, a musician, an emcee, and an audience. Audience members are invited share stories from their lives, the emcee asks them a few questions, and then the performers reenact the story. So you’ve got the relish of hearing true stories from your neighbors mixed with the thrill seeing a performance improvised on the spot.

It is in turns silly and moving and delightful, and always exciting and surprising. Last time we heard stories about mysterious Indian illnesses, horrible first dates, and lasers. Will you come share a story with us? (Introverts should know that no one is put on the spot. You raise your hand if you’ve got a story to tell. You are welcome to just watch.) :)

We hope you’ll join us.

Much love,
Casey Caldwell
Artistic Director, Ratatat Theater Group

*If you’re not familiar with the Piano Kitchen, it happens to be the studio of musician and piano-tuner Jim Connolly, and is one of the best places in town to catch singer-songwriters, improvisationalists, and other rowdy performance acts. In fact Jim has agreed to share a few songs with us!

Tuesday, November 03rd, 2015 | Author:
James Surls’ “Me and She Looking,” a sculpture made of aspen, steel and ash

James Surls’ “Me and She Looking,” a sculpture made of aspen, steel and ash

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art shows off some of the amazing art it has acquired in the past five years in “Saar, Serra, Surls and More: Thirty New Acquisitions in Contemporary Art” Oct. 29-Dec. 19.

The exhibition, which includes works made in the last 35 years, features artists Andy Goldsworthy, Urs Fischer, Carl Andre, Jessica Stockholder, Claes Oldenburg, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Chakaia Booker, Nancy Graves and Lynn Aldrich as well as Alison Saar, Richard Serra and James Surls.

In the last five years the museum has acquired about 1,200 new works and $4 million in value due to generous gifts, bequests and purchases. “Westmont alumni Faith and Dewayne Perry generously donate to a print purchasing fund each year, which has allowed us to begin to form an interesting core collection of contemporary prints,” says Judy L. Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “Printmaking has been an important part of Westmont’s studio art program, so it makes sense to purchase great examples of contemporary prints for students to study. Other purchases and gifts of photography, paintings, drawings and sculpture have come from a variety of opportunities.


“Our holdings for local artists are strong, and we anticipate organizing an exhibition featuring just our Santa Barbara artists in the future.”

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and college holidays. For more information, please visitwww.westmontmuseum.orgor contact the museum at (805) 565-6162.