Last week on Feb. 5, the Granada Theatre bustled with excitement as Santa Barbara residents and UCSB students welcomed the Royal New Zealand Ballet to the stage. As presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures, the sold out event showcased its rendition of the timely and enchanting production of “Giselle.”
On Friday, Feb. 7, UCSB’s department of Film and Media Studies and the Carsey-Wolf Center presented Academy Award Best Picture nominee “Nebraska” as a part of their “Script-to-Screen” series produced by the Pollock Theater. An exclusive Q&A with screenwriter Bob Nelson followed the free screening.
Acclaimed spoken word poet Anis Mojgani will return to Santa Barbara for an intimate, free performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Granada Books on State Street. The event is brought to us by UCSB’s MultiCultural Center with support from Poets & Writers, Inc. and a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
The San Miguel Residence Hall is the host of an exciting art show featuring the work of Diane Gamboa. “Art & Altered States” opened last Sunday. Tonight, starting at 7 p.m, guests are welcomed to attend the closing reception in the San Miguel Formal Lounge where they can enjoy the 12 screen prints on display and make screen prints of their own.
I once visited an exhibit at a museum in Baltimore on Japanese basket-making where I learned of the basket-maker’s long apprenticeship. An aspiring basket-maker spends 10 years with his master, and 10 years doing lots of menial stuff, sweeping, preparing meals, sharpening tools, helping with the laundry. And the master apparently never teaches the apprentice directly. The apprentice learns slantwise, by studying the master on the sly, peering over his shoulder or poking around the workroom after the master has retired for the evening. Leaving the exhibit I told my wife that such a relationship made me think of mine with Barry, my colleague, officemate, and friend who died this week.