PCPA Introduces ‘Invalid’

PCPA Introduces ‘Invalid’

An adaptation of Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid” will be presented by PCPA at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.

Moliere, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 17th century France, tells the story of Argan Silas, “the model of perfect health, except he thinks he’s chronically ill.”  Guest artist William Y. Youmans heads the cast as Argan. Others in the play are Vanessa Ballam, Leslie Brott and Catalina Maynard. The director is Roger DeLaurier, who joined with adapter-translator Patricia Trozel to set the period comedy in Philadelphia in the mid-1700s.


Do gardens solve problems?

Geoff Lawton, Australian teacher and designer, will speak on Aug. 28 at Santa Barbara City College, discussing permaculture as a solution to many of the world’s problems.

“All the World’s Problems can Be Solved in a Garden” is the title of his talk, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at SBCC’s East Campus, Room 309. The permaculture movement was founded in Australia in the 1970s by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison. In presenting permaculture as a solution to many problems, Mollison said, “The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.”

Lawton has said, “All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden.” Challenges that permaculture hopes to meet are global warming, peaking fossil fuels and a fragile global food system.

His talk is sponsored of the SBCC Center for Sustainability, the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network and Santa Barbara Adult Education. No reservations are necessary and the event is free. More information can be obtained by calling (805) 962-2571, e-mailing margie@sbperaculture.org or accessing the website, http://www.sbpermaculture.org. 


Artists open studio doors

Labor Day weekend will find 40 of the Santa Barbara area’s visual artists opening their workrooms to the public for the annual Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ Open Studios Tour.

Proceeds from the tour, taking place Aug. 30 and 31, will benefit the Arts Fund, a non-profit organization that supports local arts and arts programs in Santa Barbara County. Participating studios will be open both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The weekend will begin on Aug. 29, with an opening gala exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Arts Fund’s gallery, 205 C Santa Barbara St. Tour ticketholders will be able to see examples of each artist’s work, allowing the tour visitors to pick which studios they wish to visit. The artists are expected to be on hand for the gala.

Information and tickets are available by accessing http://www.SantaBarbaraStudioArtists.com.


Academy Campaign a Success

Two donors have pledged $500,000 each to allow Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West to successfully conclude its recital hall renovation campaign.

The renovation campaign began in 2001, when benefactors Stephen and Carla Hahn contributed $6.1 million toward the renovation and maintenance of the institution’s main recital venue, known at the time as Abravanel Hall. After the Hahns’ contribution, the facility was renamed Hahn Hall.

This month, Shirley and Seymour Lehrer announced plans to give $3 million to the renovation effort. Hahn Hall’s entryway will now be named the Lehrer Lobby in their honor.

Included in the Lehrers’ gift was a $1 million challenge grant, which has now been matched by the two $500,000 donations. One donor was Montecito resident and philanthropist Leni Fe Bland. The other wished to remain anonymous.

NancyBell Coe, president of the Academy, said, “We’ve enjoyed a remarkable run of good fortune, and are boundlessly appreciative for the generosity of our many donors.”