ON Culture | Six Degrees by Conner Coffin, Iration, Kevin A. Short and KULE


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On stage

Reggae-influenced alternative rock band Iration and underground hip-hop titans Atmosphere perform their co-headliner Sunshine & Summer Nights Tour at the Santa Barbara Bowl on August 25th. | Credit: Chris Colclasure

There’s so much great live entertainment waiting for us this month, I hardly know where to begin. I just interviewed the incredible global guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook, who is coming to Lobero on August 24th (watch the story in next week’s article Independent), and I can’t wait to see Stephen Sondheim’s production of PCPA In the woods at the newly refurbished Solvang Festival Theatre. There’s also a huge slate of new work at the Ojai Playwrights Conference (read Maggie Yates’ story here). The Santa Barbara Bowl has a little something for all musical tastes, with Trombone Shorty on August 13 (with what’s sure to be a great after party with Budunkafunk at SOhO later that night), My Morning Jacket on August 16 , Robert Plant and Allison Krauss on August 17, The Head And The Heart on August 18 (read my interview with singer/songwriter Jonathan Russell in this week’s issue Independent), and reggae alt-rock favorites from Isla Vista Iration on August 25.

One of the benefits of live events is that you never know who might show up on stage with the headlining artist. Legendary songwriter/producer David Foster recently joined Josh Groban at The Bowl (here’s my review) and check out Joni Mitchell doing “Both Sides Now” with Brandi Carlile at a recent show.

ON the (big) screen

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Firestone Walker doesn’t just make beer; they also make sports documentaries. Pro surfer Conner Coffin recently joined the ‘805 Authenticos’ list which also includes pro surfer Nate Tyler, pro skater Greyson Fletcher, pro motorcyclists Tyler Bereman and Vicki Golden, pro mountain biker Ryan Howard and all-mountain racer Jessy Nelson, among the others. mind surfing,

directed by local filmmaker Keith Malloy (Fishpeople, Come Hell or High Water) follows Coffin’s journey beginning at the age of 4 surfing Rincon Beach and discussing his surfing influences, his relationship with his father and his journey to becoming one of the best surfers in the world. The film features interviews with Coffin’s family and surfing legends like Shane Dorian, Lakey Peterson, Rosy Hodge, and more.

ON the (small) screen

The writers of Grey’s Anatomy commissioned Carpinteria artist Baret Boisson to create this painting in honor of producer/writer Shonda Rhimes’ adoption of her daughter Beckett. | Credit: Courtesy of Baret Boisson

In the category less than six degrees of separation, Bachelorette fans may recognize a familiar face this season. A frequent visitor to SB, Bachelorette contestant Tino Franco is college best friends and roommates with Tyler Benko, the guitarist and vocalist of alternative/indie rock band False Puppet, which recently rocked the Fiesta Mercado scene. Longtime locals may also recognize Tyler and his brother/teammate, Brennan, from the adorable old Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch commercials.

Local artist Baret Boisson recently shared a painting that the writers of Grey’s Anatomy commissioned her to do in honor of the adoption of her daughter by designer Shonda Rhimes. “She loves it. For someone who makes a living writing, she was at a loss for words,” shared Baret, who has also done commissions for a slew of celebrities – from Drew Barrymore to Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Ireland and Elizabeth Taylor, among others.Baret, whom I had the pleasure of meeting years before she moved to town, is also known for her vibrant abstract works and folk art pieces by influential thinkers that bolster her belief in a better future and work for it.



On the walls

“Sunburning” by Kevin A. Short, currently on view at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. | Credit: Courtesy SBMM

“I’m really excited to show at the Maritime Museum,” artist Kevin A. Short told me, in this story about his new solo exhibit. Its ocean-inspired landscapes speak volumes about the Santa Barbara coast and its influences. To see until the end of the year, The Peaceful Sea: Paintings by Kevin A. Short features more than 30 paintings by Short, who grew up in Santa Barbara County and became a nationally acclaimed artist.

An impressive selection of California artists – including Kris Buck, Chris Chapman, James Chen, Rick Delanty, Camille Dellar, Marco Diaz, Ellie Freudenstein, Rick Garcia, Tammy Guerin, Derek Harrison, Wyllis Heaton, Tom Henderson, Annie Hoffman, Ray Hunter , John Iwerks, Irene Kovalik, Bill Mahan, Craig Nelson, Ken Pfeiffer, Richard Schloss, Ann Shelton Beth, Garrett Spiers, Fred Sweeney, Terri Tabor, Thomas Van Stein and Ralph Waterhouse — donated their talents to support the Courthouse Legacy Foundation, which is currently hosting an online art sale (see Ellie Bouwer’s story here) to support preservation and awareness of this beloved historic landmark.

Another beloved historical figure, protest poster artist Robbie Conal, is back. When I was living in Los Angeles in the 1980s and 90s i was eager to see what kind of fabulous visual responses he would have to the state of the world so i guess i shouldn’t be surprised it’s the “supreme injustices” that inspired pissed off the 77-year-old artist enough to bring him back to the streets. here is the Los Angeles Time report by Carolina A. Miranda.

On the podium

KULE founder/designer Nikki Kule in her new store at Montecito Country Mart. | Credit: Courtesy

As someone with an inordinate number of stripes in my closet, I was thrilled to learn that KULE opened a new Kewl store in the Montecito Country Mart and is stocked to the rafters with stylish striped clothing. , as well as limited-edition glassware and other beachy-casual-chic housewares. When I asked founder/designer Nikki Kule why she decided to open her first store here on the West Coast, she replied, “I’m really drawn to the California lifestyle. My son moved to the west coast, and every time I visit I always feel so relaxed.

Its other boutiques are in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center and Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill, quite a different vibe from Montecito. Kule said, “I love that laid-back California energy; it’s so perfect for KULE brand. To find out more about the designer, who began her career in luxury children’s clothing and now dresses the whole family, as well as the home, click here.

On the page

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As I read the beautifully written, incredibly complex and ambitious book Apeirogon by Colum McCann for my own book club – named after a shape with an infinite number of sides, it is a fictional account of a real and unlikely friendship between two fathers of dead children, an Israeli and a Palestinian – I thought relax and listen to the audio version of When no one is watching by Alyssa Cole, the Indy Book Club’s pick for August. It was certainly a quicker and easier read, but I agree with our All Booked newsletter editor Emily Lee’s assessment: “It freaked me out from start to finish.” But there were also plenty of good conversation starters. It’s not often that a commercial thriller addresses issues of race, gentrification, and violence in such a thoughtful way. I encourage interested readers (and listeners) to join the Indy Book Club, a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara Public Library (where I returned my copy this morning) for a virtual discussion on When no one is watching by Alyssa Cole on Wednesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. independent.com/indybookclub.

The world of book publishing has changed so much over the past few years, and the latest upheaval is one of the biggest antitrust lawsuits going on right now – a proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo had an interesting insight and NPR’s Chloe Veltman also did some analysis this week.

ON the calendar

Parties and Paint by Kate is part of the Wildling’s Free Summer Family Day. | Credit: Courtesy

It’s Free Summer Family Day on Sunday August 14 at the Wildling Museum in Solvang, with parties and painting by Kate, a fairytale visit, eco-glitter tattoos and rock painting with l teaching artist Kathy Badrak for the little ones. It’s also a great time to explore the museum’s current exhibits, including Fire and Ice: Our Changing Landscape, Recent acquisitions, Prints from the permanent collectionand the constant and ever-changing Portals and pathways installation by artist Kerrie Smith.

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


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