Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 | Author:



CLOSING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2014, 2:00-4:30 p.m

Abstract Art Collective
The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara presents Art at the JCC with “VOICES,” an Abstract Art Collective Benefit for the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Department. The closing reception at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., features 8×8 inch original abstracts created and donated by AAC members, to be sold for $45 each on a first-come-first-choose basis. 100% of the proceeds benefit SMHS PAD.

The juried portion of the show includes over 70 pieces of larger original art. 30% of the sales proceeds from the juried pieces will be donated to the beneficiary. Juror for the exhibit is Jane Deering, owner/curator of the Jane Deering Contemporary Art Gallery.

Live music will be performed at the reception. Entertainment includes classical guitarist, Mike Witt. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

The benefit supports, in part, the multi-faceted San Marcos High School Performing Arts Department, which boasts 5 choirs, a variety of bands, drum lines and ensembles. The department offers high quality education for students in the arts, while consistently providing professional quality concerts and theatre for their loyal following in the community. Their highly acclaimed San Marcos High School Madrigal Singers—under the direction of Carolyn Teraoka Brady—have garnered numerous awards at festivals and competitions.  In June the ensemble traveled to Italy to participate in a Z. Randall Stroope Festival and performed in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

The Abstract Art Collective is a group of Santa Barbara area community members who organized in 2011 to exhibit their abstract artwork in an all-abstract environment. The over 60-member group supports a broad range of mediums and adheres to a definition of abstract art that includes conceptual contemporary genres where some forms are recognizable. For information on joining the Abstract Art Collective or to receive announcements regarding exhibitions, please visit the web site: or Facebook page:

The exhibit will be on display through August 19. For regular viewing hours, the Jewish Community Center is open Mon.-Thurs. 9-5 pm, Fri. 9-3:30 pm. For best visiting hours call

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | Author:

Don’t forget that between 1st Thursday downtown, and 2nd Saturdays in the Funk Zone, you have save your energy for the 2nd Fridays at the Tennis Club. These shows are diverse and always a good time. This particular show is full of artists who are new to me. This is a good thing! Mark you calendars and go check it out.

Santa Barbara Visual Artists at the Tennis Club

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Author:

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday…. Don’t miss out. Party for a good cause. ——————————————————— Youth Interactive, is excited to announce the first “Funk Zone Block Party” on July 27th featuring Five- time Grammy Award Winner Michael McDonald. The concert which will run from Noon to 6:00 PM will also include performances by Five-Time Grammy Nominees Ambrosia, Yassou Benedict, Dylan McDonald & the Avians, and local sensation One Two Tree! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Youth Interactive Entrepreneurship Academy in Santa Barbara, whose mission is to bridge the opportunity divide for low-income teenagers by providing tuition- free after school enrichment programs. This event is 21+ Michael McDonald & Friends FUNKZONE BLOCK PARTY!Get Tickets HERE.  EVENT PROGRAM 12:00pm- Doors open, silent auction begins, beer tent open Pre-concert performance by One Two Tree 1:00pm-VIP wine & spirits lounge opens Yassou Benedict 2:00pm- Dylan McDonald & the Avians 3:00pm- Ambrosia 4:00pm- Live auction, Youth Interactive presentation 5:00pm- Michael McDonald 6:00pm- VIP cocktail hour with the artists 7:00pm- VIP dinner at The Lark

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Author:

It’s time once again to make your monthly trek through the Funk Zone to see what’s new at the eclectic venues in the area. It is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and is always full of  surprises. If you haven’t done it before, it’s a lot like 1st Thursday, but with a very distinct Funk Zone flavor and decidedly more wine. I’m always struck by the variety, and the ability to come form one place that feels like a edgy industrial complex to another that feels like it was transplanted from the Santa Ynez valley. And the Funk Zone is changing so quickly that every month there is something happening. Go and check it out for yourself.


2nd Saturdays_Funk Zone

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