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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Great Grandson Makes His Filmmaking Debut in Santa Barbara

LISTEN In 1968, just a few years before his death, J.R.R. Tolkien sold the movie rights to his famous Lord of the Rings trilogy for a mere 10,000 pounds ($24,000 at the time), plus 7.5% of future revenues. And when … Continue reading

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In a Rare Treat, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Comes to Santa Barbara (but without James Levine!)

Hey Bostonians… the BSO is coming to Santa Barbara and everybody’s all a flutter! Continue reading

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Santa Maria Non-Profit Teaches English and Changes Lives

The non-profit Central Coast Literacy Council has been around since 1983, teaching English to anybody who walks through their doors, for free, no matter where they came from. Continue reading

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The Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus Hits the Big Time with La Bohème

LISTEN: Part 1 LISTEN: Part 2 The Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus began in 1993, but over the last 10 years, for various reason, it slowly began to decline and was nearly defunct a year ago. That’s when the group’s new … Continue reading

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Mind and Body Therapy… on Horses!!

LISTEN There’s nothing like horseback riding. The physical movement and relationship between rider and horse can’t be replicated artificially, and the benefit to people with special needs is incalculable. Riders at the non-profit Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Santa Barbara, … Continue reading

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Silent Film Era Comes to Life at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater

LISTEN: Part 1 – Organist Scott FoppianoLISTEN: Part 2 – How the Organ Works Once upon a time, during the silent film era, theaters employed live orchestras to accompany the films, creating all manner of moods and sound effects. But … Continue reading

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Picasso and Braque – A “Bro-mance” That Forever Changed the Art World

If y’all are at all interested in art, this interview I did is pretty interesting. Continue reading

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Legendary Venezuelan Music Education Program Takes Root in Santa Barbara, CA

LISTEN: Part 1 (w/Adam Johnston)LISTEN: Part 2 (at Franklin Elementary) In 1975, one man decided to attack the increasing social and civic problems in Venezuela be teaching music to the country’s youth. The program is called El Sistema, and it … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Requiem Rolls Across America, Marking 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The Santa Barbara Choral Society organized a national “rolling” Requiem (as in Mozart!) for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. More than 60 choruses from New England to Hawaii will perform the piece beginning at 3pm local time. I talked to a few of the singers who had touching stories. Continue reading

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Local Guitar Maker Shares His Craft

LISTEN In 1974, Robert Carbonaro wandered into a San Francisco guitar shop in which the proprietors were holding guitar making classes. He signed up and never looked back. Today, Robert makes custom guitars out of his Santa Barbara home studio, … Continue reading

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