Friday, December 26, 2014

New Year's Eve with the Santa Barbara Symphony


New Years Eve Pops Concert

Evening: Wednesday, December 31, 2014; 8:30-10:30PM
Matinee: n/a;
Location: Granada Theatre 

Featuring Rhapsody in Blue!

Always the best New Year’s Eve party in town, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s celebration with nationally acclaimed Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt offers the perfect mix of your favorite tunes from Broadway, stage, movies and more! Lighting up the Granada from 8:30 to 10:30 on New Year’s Eve, this concert is the perfect post-dinner take-in, leaving you plenty of time to ring in the new year however you choose.
Not part of subscription series, be sure to get your tickets early—this concert is always a sell-out!

Bob Bernhardt, Conductor
Michael Chertock, Piano

  • Sousa: "Semper Fidelis"
  • Bizet: Toreador March from Carmen
  • Suppe: Light Cavalry Overture
  • AndersonFirst Day of Spring
  • AndersonThe Typewriter
  • GershwinRhapsody in Blue
  • John Williams: Far and Away Suite
  • John Williams: Viktor's Tale from The Terminal
  • Arr. WilliamsFiddler on the Roof selections
  • Hamlisch/Tyzik: A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
  • Arr. Hayman: Pops Hoedown

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy Hanuka!






Warm and Sandy Holiday Wishes from
Santa Barbara








Monday, December 22, 2014

Wine Tasting Ideas in Santa Barbara

Wine Festival


For you Santa Barbararans who want to stay in town, or our friends visiting Santa Barbara, here are suggestions for a day of local wine tasting in town:

Begin at Whitcraft Winery at 36 S. Calle Cesar Chavez: Besides having phenomenal wines, Whitcraft’s founder, the late Chris Whitcraft, was part of the trio of gents who started our festival all those years ago (the first of its kind on the Central Coast).

Then head up the road to Jaffur’s Wine Cellars 819 E. Montecito St. Don’t miss their Syrah.
If you have time to plan ahead, call Silver Wines and set up a tasting, you won’t regret it.

The Shop



A visit to these three wineries is a stellar experience and we recommend topping it off by a trip to The Shop 730 N. Milpas. Already a huge success, if you haven’t been to this locally owned, sustainable café you are in for a real treat. My favorite are the fish tacos, the best I’ve had this side of the Mexican border, from Vegan to Meat, they do it right. If they have any Brown Sugar Cookies left, get them, they are addictive. We greatly appreciate The Shop being one of the Wine Fest’s food vendors.

After lunch head to the El Paseo for more tastings in a refined atmosphere: Au Bon Climat,Margerum Wines, and Grassini Family Vineyards are situated in my favorite spot in all of Santa Barbara. They have seating areas where you can enjoy savoring their varietals in comfort.


The Shop

Then for a final treat, enjoy appetizers at Intermezzo, select your favorite wine from the ones you tasted that day and enjoy a full glass!
The Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ is a major fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Tickets on sale now for great holiday gifts!
For more information about the Santa Barbara Wine Festival please contact Meridith Moore at805-682-4711 ext. 112.

(information from the Santa Barbara Wine Festival Website)

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Nutcracker is on Tonight at the Arlington Theater

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for tickets call Arlington Box Office 805-963-4408
SantaBarbarafestivalballet.com 

Santa Barbara Harbor Parade of Lights today, Sunday December 14th


Santa Barbara Parade of Lights - December 14, 2014

The 29th Annual Parade of Lights activities will begin at 3 pm and complete with a 5-7 minute fireworks display at approximately 7 pm. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities beginning at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor where the boats are located. Come down and play in tons of "snow" to get into the holiday spirit. The first 200 children will receive free goody bags and everyone will be greeted by elves and have their chance to visit Santa!
At 5:30 pm the annual boat parade will begin as 20-30 boats motor, sail, and paddle the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging will take place at Stearns Wharf and boats will be awarded donated cash and prizes in five categories. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and the breakwater. Free event admission! For more parade information contact the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5530.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014