Saturday, July 4, 2015     Volume: 16, Issue: 17

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Santa Maria Sun / Arts

Local families prepare Bon Odori dance for the upcoming Obon Festival


The traditional Japanese style of dance known as Bon Odori opens and closes annual Obon Festivals across the globe, including Santa Maria’s organized by the Guadalupe Buddhist Church. The festival—schedule for July 26 this year—includes performances, showcases of crafts, delicious ...

Summer at the Great American Melodrama sure to sizzle


For an actor of the melodrama, there’s nothing worse than coming off stage without a whole lot of boos and hisses to show for it. That is, if you’re a melodrama actor playing the villain.  If you’re the hero, you’re probably looking to incite as many cheers and hoorays...

Lompoc Theatre Project offers outdoor screening of 'Grease'


The Lompoc Theatre Project, in association with the Lompoc Recreation Division, will present a screening of the classic musical comedy Grease on July 10 in Ryon Park. The screening will be the first in the Movies Under the Stars series, which screens at dusk following Lompoc’s Olde Towne Marke...

Songwriters At Play comes back to Santa Maria


The Songwriters At Play series will present its first showcase at The Market in Santa Maria on July 8, marking a return to the Santa Maria Valley by the songwriter-themed concert series. The July 8 concert, which happens from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. will feature Jody Mulgrew. The event is open to all a...

Cypress Gallery features work of Tonya Romano Schultz


The Lompoc Valley Art Association features the work of Tonya Romano Schultz at the association’s gallery, the Cypress Gallery in Lompoc through the month of July. The exhibit, titled Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful, celebrates and explores the artist’s many ways of embracing beauty in the ...

Capps brings Congressional Art Competition winner in Washington


U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) played host to Mission College Preparatory High School junior Jenna Skiff on Capitol Hill on June 24. Skiff’s the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for Capps’ district. She attended a celebratory lunch reception and viewed the art sho...