Keep the 37-year tradition running this year by attending the Nutcracker at Arlington Theater. Presented by Santa Barbara Festival Ballet with a live symphony orchestra, the performance will take you on a magical journey through the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they dance into the Kingdom of Sweets.
This classic tale, adapted from the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann and music by Peter Hich Tchaikovsky, brings to life Herr Drollelmeyer and his Clock Work Dolls, Rat King, Toy Soldiers, Waltzing Flowers and Dancing Snowflakes. The Nutcracker is sure to delight family members of all ages. There will be three shows, on Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 11, at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information please contact Arlington Box Office at 805/963-4408.
The holidays are almost here and so are the reindeer. Come celebrate at Roy Restaurant, as Santa Barbara artist Brad Nack returns this year with a presentation of oil paintings of reindeers. This year’s batch of painting continues to explore the concept of multi-year series based art through small elegantly framed abstracted oil paintings.
Brad Nack’s Annual 100% Reindeer Art show has become a small phenomenon that now has collectors throughout the world. “I am trying to make each painting look as if it was fast and easy to create” says Nack, “however, sometimes that is a lot of work and can be nearly impossible.” The event will be held at Roy Restaurant, on West Carillo St., on Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Brad Nack at 805/845-5389.
Serving as this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshal, professional surfer, Lakey Peterson will participate in the 59th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade in Santa Barbara. On the 2nd of December, the anticipated parade will march down State Street with bands, floats and other spectacular performance groups.
Since age 11, Santa Barbara resident, Lakey Peterson has been dominating the waves and is currently ranked 7th in the world for surfing. She competed as a wild card entry in the 2011 US Open of Surfing World Tour, the biggest surfing event in the world, where she finished runner-up in the finals, after winning 6 consecutive heats earlier in the event. Peterson recently qualified for the 2012 ASP World Tour and will be the youngest competitor at the age of 17.
Surfing aside, Peterson participates in the community in other ways. She is a spokesperson for the SCA (Student Conservation Association), which helps to keep national parks and trails pristine. She has also helped raise funds for H4O (Hands for Others), an organization focusing on building clean water wells in third world countries.
The parade also features a Holiday Prince and Fairy riding in a horse-drawn carriage and the biggest anticipation of all- Santa Claus.
Peterson will hold a meet and greet at the Granada Theatre from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The parade, then, begins at 6:30 p.m. and best of all- it’s free!
The Theater League of Santa Barbara is pleased to present Blue Man Group at the Granada Theater. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself with an explosion of comedy, music, color, and technology. New York Times calls the show “One of the most delightful performances ever staged.” This must-see show will take place at 8 p.m. on the following days; Monday, November 21, Tuesday, November 22, and Wednesday, November 23. For more information call 805/899-2222.
Honoring those from Santa Barbara County who died during the Vietnam War will be the mission of the five-day visit of The Moving Wall, the original replica of the national memorial designed to honor the sacrifice of the more than 58,000 men and women who died in that conflict.
In Santa Barbara through October 3, Visitors can go to The Moving Wall 24/7 during the five-day stay and UCSB ROTC members will stand guard at The Moving Wall, as it will be illuminated throughout the night and volunteer docents will be on hand to help guide visitors locate a name and provide information on the memorial itself.
We worked with fabulous filmmakers Erin Feinblatt and Lauren DeBell to go behind-the-scenes on our cover story photo shoot, photographed by Jim Bartsch, with the Hamer Family. (See the story by Cheryl Crabtree on page 48)
This was SEASONS first venture into video but it certainly won’t be our last. Take a look and let us know what you think.
P.S: That beautiful background music in the video is by Bruce Wood, the fabulous flamenco guitarist featured on page 22 of our summer issue.
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Happy American Craft Beer Week! Santa Barbara is privileged to have several craft breweries to help us wet our whistles, and we celebrated a few of our favorite brewmasters and local breweries with our Cheers to Beer! video. Keep your eye out around town for special beer events and tastings, talks with brew masters and connoisseurs, and discounts on hoppy goodness.