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Lately, Curtis Studio of Dance is a flurry of children, mice, royals and dolls, as the studio prepares for its annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Studio owner Bonnie Curtis usually selects one prima ballerina for the principal role of Clara. However…

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Palm Loft Gallery presents “So Grateful!” a one-man art show featuring the paintings of artist John Wullbrandt. The show will open on Saturday, Dec. 8, and run through Jan. 27.

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Organizers of the 100th annual Russell Cup Track & Field Meet have extended the deadline for entries for the Russell Cup logo contest to Dec. 31. Any artist or designer interested in being part of the Russell Cup’s celebrated history is invited to submit up to three logo entries to comme…

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The annual photography contest “Captured 6,” juried by Joyce Wilson, is now open through Dec. 7, at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club, 2375 Foothill, Rd. Carpinteria-local Ted Rhodes has several works in the show, including his color photographs “The Heart of Saturday Night” and “Delta Funk.”

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“The Sound of Color,” a show of new paintings by the Whistle Stop Art Studio artists, is on exhibit at Zookers Restaurant, 5404 Carpinteria Ave., through Dec. 16. The paintings convey a passion for vivid and expressive colors. Working in watercolors and acrylics, the Whistle Stop artists cre…

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center is in the running to bring a 10- to 12-week live music series to Carpinteria during the summer of 2019. The center hopes to qualify for $25,000 as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the annual Levitt AMP Grant Awards from the Mortimer & …

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The Carpinteria Arts Center will host singing circles with Glen Phillips at the Alcazar Theatre on Nov. 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Phillips will lead songs from around the world, blending voices in multi-part songs, rounds and harmonies. Phillips started at age 15 as a singer and songwriter when…

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The Oak Group continues its long-standing support of The Nature Conservancy with “Learning to Love,” an exhibition in Santa Barbara’s Faulkner Gallery in the Central Library, Nov. 2-30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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From left, Robin Wilson, Nicole Powell and Lauren Serrano perform Marco Pinter’s “Gravity” at the OPUS New Mythos Artists’ “Out of the Mud & Ashes” at The Lobero Theatre on Oct. 6. Performances in the showcase dealt with the experience and aftermath of the Thomas Fire and Jan. 9 debris f…

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On Thursday, Oct. 25, at noon, Matthew Berger will present at the Rotary Club of Carpinteria on his experiences as the Lead Trial Attorney in the long-running disputes between the daughter of John Steinbeck’s widow and John Steinbeck’s son. The resulting lawsuit ended up with an award for ov…

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Folly, Bonita Beach and Porch will host Dia de los Makers on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3823 Santa Claus Lane. The event will include kids crafts, tarot, Mexican treats and a costume contest. For more information visit @porch_carpinteria on Instagram. 

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The Inkspots of San Buenaventura will present “Press On,” a collection of new works by Ventura County’s only printmaking group in the exhibit, at 643 Project Space in Ventura. “Press On” is the collective’s 11th annual exhibition of new works on paper. The exhibition will be held from Nov. 2…

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The Santa Barbara Abstract Art Collective and the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature present “Nature Abstracted,” a juried exhibition of abstract art with a nature theme. This is the first exhibition of abstract art to be shown at the Wildling. The exhibit shows 30 works by 19 artists, introd…

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Some Carpinterians may not know it yet, but promoters have already set in motion plans to turn their beachside city into a key destination for fans of comedy and magic with the third annual Comedy & Magic Festival live at The Alcazar Theatre, Sept. 29 and 30.

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GranVida Gallery’s inaugural exhibit, “Keeping it Local,” features the works of several local artists including photographer Ted Rhodes and painter Janey Cohen. Rhodes’ images convey the vibrancy of the picturesque Central Coast while Cohen’s watercolor painting “Carpinteria Bluffs Path” cap…

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On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a staging of Terre Ouwehand’s “Luta Maria Riggs” monologue performed by E. Bonnie Lewis of the DramaDogs Theater Company at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, 229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara.

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Bany Vargas from La Calenda in Santa Barbara returns to Carpinteria for another one of her Day of the Dead workshops. This year she will present a nicho (Mexican shrine) workshop in celebration of the Dia de los Muertos event sponsored by the Friends of the Carpinteria Library, Artesania par…

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Girls Rock SB is gearing up for their benefit concert Raise Her Voice to be held on Sept. 30 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. The concert will be headlined by Sophie Rose and feature live screen printing, a silent auction and raffle. Among the 70 girls who will perform at the event, s…

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The Island Brewing Company will show work by John Wullbrandt, Sept. 17 through Oct. 28, 2018. Born and raised in Carpinteria, Wullbrandt has enjoyed a long and distinguished art career that has taken him around the globe. Along with exhibiting in fine art galleries, he was once the artist in…

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Sharon Schock is exhibiting her landscape paintings at Zookers now through Nov. 4. A graduate of Westmont College, Schock has been practicing the art of daily painting for the last eight years. She works mostly in oils and gouache.

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The Carpinteria Comedy & Magic Festival will return to the Alcazar Theatre with all new acts on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30. Performers from Netflix, America’s Got Talent, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, The Magic Castle, The Comedy Store and HBO will take the stage to brin…

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Now in its seventh year, the Alcazar Theatre’s Improv Workshop kicks off its next eight-week session on Sept. 25. Veteran improv guru Tom Mueller will be leading the players in developing their craft, creativity and confidence. CVN conducted a Q & A to learn more about what makes Mueller…

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The 2018 “Harvest of Colors: A Members’ Showcase” Quilt Show, sponsored by the Coastal Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara and Goleta, California, will feature over 200 guild members’ quilted creations. The show will honor the 30th Anniversary of the guild and 30 years of donating locally. The b…

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Karsen Lee Gould will lead the workshop “Life Stories for Seniors” on Thursdays from Sept. 20 to Nov. 1, from 1:45 to 3 p.m., at the Carpinteria Arts Center. Participants will awaken memories through nostalgia and memorabilia, learning to further express their individual life experiences.

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The Carpinteria Arts Center is offering new programs for children and teens this fall. Local artist Whitney Abbott will teach an afterschool program for children from kindergarten to fifth-grade. Abbott has lived in Carpinteria since the age of three. She spent much of her childhood drawing …

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The Friends of the Carpinteria Library with Artesania para La Familia announce their seventh annual Day of the Dead/Día de Los Muertos event to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20. This year’s theme is “La Loteria,” Mexican bingo. The free community event will include student artwork and activities…

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New work by Santa Barbara photographer Roe Anne White will be on exhibit at Porch from Sept. 7 to Oct. 31. Her exhibition, “wave,” features archival sublimation dye-transfer prints on aluminum, and archival inkjet prints on sustainable maple. Porch will host an artist reception on Saturday, …

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Local author and cultural anthropologist Marla Daily of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation released a new tome on Aug. 13 in the “Images of America” series published by Arcadia Publishing. Daily’s new book, “Anacapa Island,” contains 200 photographs and a deep dive into the natural and politic…

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In conjunction with the book launch of local author Hal Price and illustrator Michael Bayouth’s new children’s book, “The Adventures of Eli Benjamin Bear,” there will be a charity fundraiser held at the Alcazar Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

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The Summerland Band played a free concert on Aug. 17 to the tune of a perfect summer night. The performance was part of a series of free summer concerts at the Carpinteria Arts Center taking place each third Friday of the month. Hundreds of guests have enjoyed music and refreshments during t…

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The Carpinteria Valley Historical Society will lead an excursion to the California Science Center on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to view the world premiere of the exhibit, “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.” The largest King Tut exhibition ever toured, it includes over 150 authentic artifact…

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The Carpinteria Friends of the Library kicked off the “Book Nerd” quilt raffle in mid-May. The total funds raised so far will provide the library with 300 new books, surpassing the original goal of 250 new titles. With one month to go, the raffle is in the homestretch and CFOL is reaching fo…

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Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County is accepting submissions for “The Good Life on the Central Coast” Photo Contest for 2018. The contest invites Santa Barbara County residents with a creative spirit to share their favorite snaps of local life for a chance to win cash prizes …

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The walls of Island Brewing Company have come alive with Kim Snyder’s elegant depictions of nature along the coastline. The local artist, whose works hang in public and private collections worldwide, said, “I’ve studied art all my life, painting professionally over 35 years. I feel fortunate…

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GranVida Senior Living & Memory Care will hold its annual “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta on Friday, July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. The event will feature the Spirit and Junior Spirit teams performing the dances of Spain, Mexico and early California. Executive Chef Ken w…

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Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is making a splash this summer with an epic site-specific exhibit from San Francisco-based artist Barry McGee. While installing the show, which includes over 700 pieces, the artist and his crew made themselves at home in their favorite place between L…

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Beach and landscape oil paintings in a palette of cool blues and warm yellows by Kris Buck will be on exhibit at Zookers until August 26.  Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Buck’s paintings capture tranquil outdoor settings along canals of Venice, lakes of Italy, golden pastures of France an…

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The fourth annual “Old Town” Carpinteria Fiesta will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Friends of the Carpinteria Library Bookstore park at 5103 Carpinteria Ave.

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From left, teens Emma Lapidus, Jillian Stineman, Adele Brun and Eduardo Vences head into the Carpinteria Arts Center’s summer camp program to volunteer. This year’s volunteer cohort includes a teenager from France, Adele Brun, who is spending a month in Carpinteria living with her California…

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Liz Brady’s series “Fly” explores the concept of escapism through floating chairs that hover above unseen landscapes or familiar Summerland, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara shores. “Fly” will be on view at Porch through Sept. 6, with an opening reception on July 7, from 3 to 5 p.m.

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International blues harmonica master, RJ Mischo, with his Red Hot Blues Band will make a rare Carpinteria performance at the historic Palms Restaurant on Friday, July 13, at 9 p.m.

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On Wednesday, July 18, Porch will hold a Tarot Workshop. Mary Wessley, a tarot reader and intuitive coach with over 30 years of experience, will lead an exploration into the mystical deck. Participants will learn the basic meaning of the cards and how to tap their inner knowing more confidently.

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Green thumb Lupe Corona will share her secrets to creating a beautiful succulent container garden on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at Porch. In this hands-on class, students will learn all about succulents—plant and container selection, the best soil to use and how to keep succulent…

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