Monday, December 22, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 41

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Show on the road


Show on the road

The Standing Sun Concert Series has already featured a bevy of famous folk artists performing live in the winery. The upcoming concert in the series will feature Willie Watson, founding member of the American folk group Old Crow Medicine Show, and skilled singer, songwriter, guitarist, and banjoist. Local country folk artist Kathleen Sieck will open the show, with her own brand of acoustic songcraft. Tickets are available at the winery and online.

Standing Sun Winery presents a concert featuring Willie Watson on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Standing Sun Wines, 92 2nd St., Buellton. Cost is $15, $20 for reserved seating. More info: 904-8072 or

A festival of dance


A festival of dance

The Nutcracker is a wonderfully festive holiday-themed ballet that showcases the talent of soloists, duos, and large group ensembles of various ages. The Allan Hancock College Youth Dance’s production will include students and instructors dancing the ballet with the classic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Allan Hancock College Youth Dance presents its production of The Nutcracker on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Maria High School Ethel Pope Auditorium, Broadway and McCoy, Santa Maria. Cost is $10, $7 for kids. More info: 922-8313,, or

Christmas magic


Christmas magic

The PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents the brand new musical Christmas is Here Again showing right up until the special day. An adaptation of an animated holiday adventure penned by Robert Zappia, Christmas is Here Again follows a little girl’s adventure as she uncovers the secret of Christmas. An original score by Sherry Hackney Cade punctuates the action-packed story that features an animated backdrop by Renegade Animation, which supplements the action onstage with fun and unexpected scenery.

The PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre presents its production of Christmas is Here Again showing through Dec. 24 on Wednesdays through Sundays at 12:30 or 7 p.m. at the Marian Theater, 800 S. College, Santa Maria. Cost is $29.50 to $39.50. More info: 922-8313 or