ON Culture |  "Thirteen Lives", "Nine Inch Nails" and "Eight Great Spots for Live Music Among the Vines".

ON Culture | “Thirteen Lives”, “Nine Inch Nails” and “Eight Great Spots for Live Music Among the Vines”. | Pro Club Bd


This issue of ON Culture was originally emailed to subscribers on July 29, 2022. To get Leslie Dinaberg’s art newsletter delivered to your inbox on Fridays, sign up at independent.com/newsletters.


On the big screen

We got a real treat this week with the Cinema Society screening at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Thirteen Livesan incredible true story about the global effort to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a dangerously flooded cave during a monsoon with no food, water or scuba gear.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time – both as a mother and as a mildly claustrophobic person. The cave diving scenes are amazing!

After the screening, director Ron Howard spoke to Roger Durling about the depth of his experience making the film. I was particularly impressed by Howard’s comments about all the things he learned from the two documentaries (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, We feed people) and movies based on real events (Apollo 13, A beautiful spirit) and how he incorporates improved methods into every new film he makes. I think even Oscar-winning directors always have something new to learn!

Speaking of learning, like we needed another reason to check out Jordan Peele’s new feature nope (in theaters now) it is the first film to participate in Universal Filmed Entertainment Group’s California Below-the-Line Traineeship created by NBCUniversal, a new program that provides on-set experience and behind-the-camera mentoring for “promising persons from the past” offers excluded backgrounds.” Hallelujah!

Speaking of Hallelujah, don’t miss it Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen’s documentary about the origins of his haunting song currently playing at the Riviera Theatre. Here is Joe Woodard’s review.

In the air

Spencer Barnitz (right) and Brad Nack in The Tan (my personal favorite Santa Barbara band at the time) circa 1980’s. | Credit: Courtesy

Molly McAnanys Indian Podcast started well and just keeps getting better. Don’t miss her great, musically thoughtful talk with Spencer Barnitz from Spencer the Gardener. It’s a great companion to Joe Woodard’s fantastic cover story from last week.

“To me, creativity means giving yourself permission to play,” says Kymberlee Weil, Santa Barbara’s speaker and storytelling strategist. In her podcast she interviews creative communicators from different backgrounds storytelling school, offers plenty of great food stalls to engage your audience and get your message out. Definitely worth a listen.

ON the (small) screen

Goleta-style Love Island? (L-R): Felipe Gomez, Jesse Bray, Valerie Bragg, Sereniti Scott, Andy Voyen, Sydney Paight, Courtney Boerner, Zeta Morrison, Deb Chubb and Timmy Pandolfi. | Credit: Casey Durkin / Peacock

The Olympics is the only competitive sporting show that gets more screen time at my house than Dancing with the starsso I was excited to read the real estate site Dirt.com this retired Olympic figure skater and Dancing with the stars Alum Evan Lysacek and his Thai heiress wife Dang Bodiratnangkura recently bought a $9.8 million home in the Hedgerow neighborhood of Montecito. I keep an eye on her. On too dirt, comedian Conan O’Brien recently launched his seaside Carpinteria block. Hoping this won’t pique the interest of producers island of love, the raunchy reality show currently filming at Dos Pueblos Ranch. If you haven’t read the story of Jean Yamamura yet, don’t miss this sucker!

On stage

Nine Inch Nails is coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 13th. | Credit: Courtesy

The Santa Barbara Bowl is burning this season; They recently announced that Nine Inch Nails is coming on September 13th, helping to round out an already stacked marquee of great shows. In case you missed it, Cheryl Crabtree had a great story last month about the Bowl’s COVID compliance team and the volunteers who are working hard to keep us all safe to keep the music going.

Free outdoor concerts at Chase Palm Park end this week, but Goleta is still going strong, with shows Tuesday nights from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Stow House including Tony Ybarra on August 2nd, King Bee on August 9th August and Donna Green & The Roadhouse Daddies on August 16.

Live music and vineyards are always a great pairing. Check out Robyn Wise’s round-up of great places for music in the Santa Ynez Valley Vineyards. Highlights include the Nick Schaadt Quartet performing the music of Herbie Hancock on August 13 and September 24 as part of Weingut Kessler-Haak’s Jazz in the Vines concert series. Also, join ’80s cover band The Molly Ringwald Project on August 6 at Presqu’ile. And if you don’t want to ride – or you love them so much you want to see them twice – they’ll be at SOhO on August 12th.

Also notable on the SOhO calendar is the always entertaining Tina Schlieske & The Graceland Exiles on July 30 with Sister Laura as a special guest.

On the theatrical front, I look forward to seeing the Alcazar Ensemble’s second annual Summer Comedy Series of seven one-act plays August 4-7 at the Alcazar Theater in Carpinteria. It should be a scream.



On the website

2022 Youth Poetry Ambassador Appointment Ceremony Kundai Chikowero (bottom right) and 2022 Youth Poetry Award Winner Madeline Miller (bottom left) at Santa Barbara City Hall on July 19. | Photo credit: Rod Rolle

Congratulations to Madeline Miller, Santa Barbara County’s first-ever Youth Poetry Awardee, and Kundai Chikowero, the county’s first-ever Youth Poetry Awardee Ambassador. Both were recorded last week. Click here to read some of her work.

Pioneering winery owner Iris Rideau has released a fascinating new book about her life. From WHITE to BLACK: A life between two worlds. Best known here for their Santa Ynez Valley winery, the charmingly Cajun-flavoured Rideau Vineyard, the book is an inspiring and insightful tale of overcoming adversity. Vanessa Vin has a great story here.

On the walls

“Santa Ynez Mountains” by Edward Willis Hicks. | Photo credit: Courtesy of Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Take a hike, save the world as a matter of fact. This visual journey through historical photographic and visual arts through the eyes of artists and photographers is well worth a visit at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. The exhibition is part of the nationwide museum initiative “Impact: Climate Change & the Urgency of Now” – an absolutely worthy undertaking. Admission to the museum is free. Details are here.

Finding Beauty in Structure: Works by Ken Jewesson is on view at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art through August 6th. With more than 30 artworks from Jewesson’s long career as a ceramic designer, printmaker, painter, draftsman, collage artist, and jewelry maker, Jewesson was part of a group of avant-garde artists bringing modernism to Santa Barbara.

ON the calendar

“Le Lézard aux Plumes d’Or IV, 1971”, by Joan Miró, from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Collection

Fans of the great Catalan artist Joan Miró shouldn’t miss Joan Miró in Time and Space, an Art Matters Lecture with Charles Palermo at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on Thursday, August 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: 30 p.m. Palermo, a professor of art history at the College of William and Mary (Fun Fact: This school in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the second-oldest college in the United States and the ninth-oldest in the English-speaking world) offers readings of works, The Hope to show how Miró implies movement and scale in his works. Tickets are available here.

For a full calendar of events for this week and beyond, visit Independent.com/events.


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