Norman Gimbel To Be Honored in “Hat’s Off, Masks On!” Lobero Benefit

Posted on Jan 24 by SEASONS Magazine

Norman Gimbel

Norman Gimbel

Fat Tuesday, February 12, is the the annual Hats Off, Masks On! Mardi Gras-inspired luncheon hosted by Lobero Theatre Associates, a Women’s Auxiliary Group that has supported the Lobero Theatre since 1972. This festive event will honor Norman Gimbel and will feature a scrumptious menu of delicious Cajun food and wonderful talent. And what Mardi Gras would be complete without beads, hats and masks?

Gimbel, a Santa Barbara local, is an Oscar- and Grammy award-winning lyricist. Having a long and successful career, he wrote the lyrics to some of history’s most well-known songs, such as “Girl From Ipanema” and “Killing Me Softly.” Sound familiar? If that wasn’t enough, he also penned the theme songs for the television shows “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Wonder Woman.”

Adding to the fun, entertainment will include the musical stylings of Connie Evingson, a jazz vocalist that has performed all around the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has nine albums from Minnehaha Music that can be heard in radio stations throughout the world, and all nine albums have charted in the Top 50 in jazz stations in North America. At “Hats Off,” she will celebrate the timeless lyrics of Norman Gimbel with songs from her most recent release “Sweet Happy Life.”

To complete the trio, ventriloquist and illusionist Rob Watkins will act as Master of Ceremonies. Appearing regularly at the Hollywood Magic Castle, Rob also performs comedy and appeared in the Lobero last year in the show “It’s Magic!”

As you can see, the amount of talent is overwhelming. “Hats Off” is an event that you won’t want to miss! Festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will take place at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. All proceeds will go towards Encore, a campaign to renovate the historical Lobero Theatre.

To purchase your ticket now, contact Marianne Clark by phone at 805/966-4946 x611 or by email at

Fantastic food, a raffle and incredible entertainment—what more could you ask for?

-Diane Mooshoolzadeh


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