Exploring Santa Barbara Events

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    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Lobero Theatre
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    VAL KILMER will appear in person to introduce the screening of his one-man play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, Citizen Twain, played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and now the writer, actor and director, Val Kilmer, presents a special film screening of the play for one night only at the Lobero Theatre.

    Mr. Kilmer will introduce the 90-minute film and conduct a Question & Answer segment with the audience following the screening. 

    The Performing Arts Committee will host a pre-performance dinner at a restaurant near the theatre.

    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Lobero Theatre
    • 3


    The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with vocal guest Paula Cole -

    Basie is Back!  That’s the Count Basie Orchestra!  Our Jazz roots truly started with the “Count”. This revered orchestra has received 18 Grammy Award accolades.  

    Guest Artist Paula Cole is a Grammy winner – nominated seven times.

    All proceeds from this once-in-a-lifetime evening will go directly to The Rona Barrett Foundation’s “Harry’s House – A Home for Alzheimer’s and Assisted Living at The Golden Inn & Village” which is slated to open in 2018 in the Santa Ynez Valley.

    LIVE AUCTION follows intermission.

    The Performing Arts Committee will be hosting a pre-performance dinner at a restaurant nearby the theatre.

    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Pasadena, CA
    • 4

    Join Visual Arts for a day of exploring art in historical Old Town Pasadena.

    Our day will begin at 9:00 am at the bird refuge as we depart from Santa Barbara on a mini-coach bus for Pasadena. 

    The morning will be spent at the Norton Simon Museum home to one of the world's most remarkable private art collections ever assembled.

    In addition to the permanent collection we will view the current exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California.  This exhibition delves into the life of Galka Scheyer the enterprising dealer responsible for the art phenomenon the "Blue Four" - Lionel Feininger, Alexi Jawlensky, Paul Klee, and Vasily Kandinsky.

    Lunch will be at the Norton Simon Garden Café located in the beautiful and serene Sculpture Garden.  We will pre-order boxed meals which will include bottled water, garden salad, a cookie and your choice of a sandwich or entree salad.

    The afternoon will be spent at the Pasadena Museum of California Art
    The PMCA presents the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California.

    Current exhibitions include:

    The Golden Twenties: Portraits and Figure Paintings by Joseph Kleitsch

    Interstitial: Free-standing sculptures by contemporary Los Angeles based object makers

    Gustavo Baumann in California: A selection of color woodcuts

    We will leave for Santa Barbara around 3:30 pm
    Sunday July 23 • Total Registrants: 23

    Cost per person:

    Bus: $45.00 (paid through SB Newcomers)

    Norton Simon: adult $12/62+ $9 (paid at museum)

    Lunch: $14 + tip (paid at museum)

    PMCA: adult $7/62+ $5 (paid at museum)

    • 27 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 21 E Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    • 5

    Learn about the positive efforts going on in our community to assist the hidden homeless and the many volunteer opportunities for *Giving Back* 

    -Includes finger foods and wine/drinks-

    Opens June 13th

    Join us on Thursday, July 27th for a multifaceted look at what's being done around us everyday to help those in need. The panel will focus on the Hidden Homeless -- women and families that reach a tipping point for a variety of reasons and may be living out of their cars or in shelters. We will hear from these amazing organizations that provide services and support:

    • Doctors Without Walls
    • Transition House
    • Noah's Anchorage
    • PATH Santa Barbara
    • Domestic Violence Solutions
    This program will focus on positive outcomes. It is not a fundraiser.  It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Constance Ave. & State Street in a large, air-conditioned room. Finger foods and wine/drinks will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to ask the panelists questions.  

    • 01 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Old Mission Santa Barbara, 2201 Laguna St.
    • 30

    Image result for la fiesta pequena santa barbara imagesDon your best Fiesta garb and join Newcomers for a preview and "dress rehearsal" of La Fiesta Pequena, the opening event of Santa Barbara's famous Old Spanish Days "Fiesta" celebration.

    We'll gather on the grass near the steps of Old Mission Santa Barbara (look for the Newcomer signs) to watch the show, socialize, and enjoy chips, salsa, and guacamole.

    We'll also provide bottled water, but feel free to bring your own food and drinks plus a folding chair

    We'll also have awards for the best costumes!

    Questions and Guest RSVP: Contact localheritage@sbnewcomers.org

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