ON Culture | The royal edition


This edition of ON Culture was originally emailed to subscribers on August 26, 2022. To receive Leslie Dinaberg’s arts newsletter in your inbox on Fridays, sign up at independent.com/newsletters.


On stage

I don’t know if Jesse Cook brought his gigantic guitar to Windsor Castle, but he certainly brought it to the Lobero stage on 8/24. | Credit: Matt Barnes

Jesse Cook and his band put on an incredible show at Lobero this week. The way his fingers dance across his guitar is truly amazing, and his incredibly talented violinist/instrumental multitasker Fethi Nadjem was particularly notable among the band members. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jesse before the show, and he shared a funny story with me. In response to a “warm-up” question (one of those reporting techniques used to develop a rapport with the person you’re interviewing before you start asking the “real” questions) about what he’s been up to this summer , he shared that he and his family recently vacationed at Windsor Castle. Yes, the real Windsor Castle.

As Cook explained, his wife’s brother’s wife is the Royal Librarian and “one of the benefits is that they put you up wherever you want. At Windsor Castle, there are small cottages on the property that some people choose, but my sister-in-law chose a four-storey tower. It was fantastic. We just had a good time – it was a little weird. During the day, there were tourists walking around outside this tower. At five o’clock they all left, and then we walked around the palace grounds for the rest of the day. It was a bit surreal, quite frankly.

Vina Robles Amphitheater | Credit: Courtesy Nederlander Concerts

Speaking of music and vacations, I recently had a great getaway to Paso Robles/SLO, staying at the SLO Hotel and leaving their awesome Summer Vibes package which includes a show at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheater. We saw The Offspring (a fun concert with an equally fun audience) and also had some delicious food and wine tastings at Vina Robles wineries.

On the waves

Meghan Markle’s new podcast has just been launched. | Credit: Spotify

Meghan Markle’s highly anticipated podcast — Archetypes with Meghan — debuted this week with an intriguing discussion with Serena Williams about the double standard women face when they’re labeled “ambitious” and the ripple effect it has on other aspects of their lives. The ‘Princess of Montecito’ also interviews Dr. Laura Kray, a leading expert on workplace gender, in this first episode, which is part of the $30 million deal that the nonprofit Archewell Audio has with Spotify.

Coincidentally, I have also reported on gender in the workplace. In case you missed it, here it is my interview with Bonnie Marcusmuch of which focused on gender ageism – the double slap in the face of age and gender bias that many women face as they age.

On the page

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Through Many Windows: A World Reinvented brings ideas from the page to the gallery walls. The Santa Barbara Public Library invites local artists to participate in an exhibition at the Faulkner Gallery in October 2022 as part of the Santa Barbara Reads programming. The featured title — The fifth season by NK Jemisin – is a sci-fi fantasy that provides rich inspiration and explores themes such as the collapse of empires, the devastation of grief, generational trauma, the relationship between history and memory, the impacts of climate change, race-based oppression and motherhood. The exhibition asks artists, photographers and poets to imagine their own alternative worlds or futures and to answer the question “What if?” Submissions are due September 16. For more information send an e-mail [email protected].



ON Reading List

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Could President Barack Obama’s many talents extend to deejaying? I think they might as well. He recently shared his summer 2022 playlist and songs like Maren Morris’ “The Furthest Thing” (I can’t wait to see his show at the Bowl on Sept. 15), Jack White’s “I’m Shakin'” and “Die Hard” certainly fits the summer sweet spot.

ON the (small) screen

Andy Warhol’s Diaries | Credit: Netflix

The Andy Warhol documentary series is a fascinating look at the man behind so many of our iconic images. To learn more about the front of the TV, read Callie Fausey’s review.

Ellie Bouwer also an entertaining review of stranger thingsa show so filled with 80s nostalgia (including Wynona Ryder), that I can forgive a lot of the creepy drama that happens on the night that I don’t usually enjoy.

On the walls

“Birdies on the Beach” by Ken Pfeiffer

“My favorite photographic subjects are landscapes and nature. I also have an interest in architectural photography and do professional architectural and real estate photography,” said Ken Pfeiffer, whose beautiful metal prints are on display at Zookers (5404 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria) through November 20. . Check out his website, KensProMedia.com, for examples of his fine work. And even better, Zookers donates 20% of all sales to the Carpinteria Art Center for scholarships.

ON the calendar

Nir Kabaretti, Musical and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra | 1 credit

As a kick-off to the fall season, the Santa Barbara Symphony invites the entire community to a FREE season preview event on Thursday, September 1 from 4-6 p.m. at the Lobero Theater. The ever-engaging Music and Artistic Director Nir Kabaretti will give us the inside scoop on his inspiration behind the musical selections, his behind-the-scenes conversations with guest artists, and all the exciting new community collaborations for the upcoming 70th Anniversary season 2022-23. Special guests include Jonathan Fox, Artistic Director, Ensemble Theater Company; composer Cody Westheimer; Leila Drake, retired ballet dancer and former administrator of State Street Ballet; and a string quartet with Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra musicians Andrew Kwon and Kyle Gilner (violins) and Hyeree Yu (viola). For more information and to RSVP, go to this link.

For a full schedule of events this week and beyond, visit independent.com/events.


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