Tue, 23 June 2015
In our first podcast with live music, we sat down with singer-songwriter Cory Sipper to talk growing up in Santa Barbara, what caused her to get off the music industry merry-go-round for ten years, writing tunes for television, her encounter with rock god Lindsey Buckingham, and what it was like to step back into the studio.
As she explains, she was a bit hoarse after being ill the previous week, but I think she sounded great!
Cory has a show coming up at Hotel Cafe, Friday, July 10. Grab tickets here.
Wed, 17 June 2015
Abstract artist, app maker, co-founder of the Wine Cask, promoter of the Presidio Neighborhood
Hugh Margerum has worn many hats over his lifetime in Santa Barbara and continues to do so. When I first met Hugh it was through the Wine Cask, the restaurant he founded with his brother and is now one of Santa Barbara's longest running gourmet restaurants. It took me a little while though to learn he was also an artist.
In this informative chat, we delve into his mysterious family history, his early years as an artist, working on apps, becoming part of the restaurant business, his recent work promoting the Presidio Neighborhood (where the Wine Cask resides) and much more. Thanks to Hugh for letting me come visit him in his converted garage studio.
You can find more about Hugh's work at his website.
Here's more about the Presidio Neighborhood.
You can get his Tic Tac PhOto app here.
I bet you're also wondering about Margerum wines.
And don't forget the Wine Cask.
Tue, 9 June 2015
I've seen several of Ellen K. Anderson's plays over the years of reviewing theater in Santa Barbara and so have had the chance to interview her many times. She's always engaged in the rights of the oppressed, battling sexism and racism in her thoughtful, but never didactic plays. In her sixties she shows no sign of slowing down and just bubbles over with joie de vivre, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to have her on the show. You'll see she didn't disappoint.
She's written 12 full-length and 6 one-act plays (according to her bio, she may have added more). She's won two Metropolitan Theatre Writing Awards, two INDY awards from the S.B. Independent, got an honorable mention by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and Best New Play in the Ninth Annual Washington D.C. Theatre Festival.
She is the artistic director of DRAMATIC WOMEN and was a founding board member of ACCESS THEATRE, a theatre that broke new ground in accessibility in the arts.
When I interviewed her, she was in the middle of the opening run of In the Forest of Detroit, her second Detroit play after Bedtime in Detroit. Other plays include New Amsterdames; Sleeping with Squirrels; Rattling Antlers; Shirtwaist, a musical ghost story; Liz Estrada; Why Mud Flaps?; Bedtime in Montecito, The Ellen & Ellen Show; Holes in Their Soles; A Baby Musical; Hula Whores; Barbed Wire Under Your Armpits; Listen for Wings; A Fine and Private Place; Inflatable Girls and Three Tits.
Tue, 2 June 2015
Julie B Montgomery paints out of a cool studio near the tracks of Carpinteria. (Listen for the train to pass by while we talk!)
A year or so ago, I was part of a group that went on a private studio visit, where I met Julie for the first time and saw her art and nosed through her sketchbooks. Her manipulated acrylic paintings are about subtraction, not addition, and she's developed over 10 years a very identifiable style.
In our conversation we talk about her technique, her childhood, her modeling career, Japan, what she learned from art school, and how she got her art work on shows like Mad Men and Scandal.
She is part of "Impart" at the Santa Barbara Arts Fund through June 20.
Her solo show "Veiled Terrain: A Modern Exploration of Landscape" is currently up at Karpeles Manuscript Library through August 29.