Thursday, October 30, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 34

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Peoples of the mission


Peoples of the mission

The Lompoc Civic Theatre is currently producing an original play by former La Purisima docent Albert Thompson and playwright Michael Callahan. Ghosts of El Camino Real takes place at an unidentified California mission that was most certainly inspired by the setting, peoples, and some actual known history of the La Purisima Mission. The historical fiction’s storyline depicts the interactions between Spanish, Mexican, and indigenous cultures.

The Lompoc Civic Theatre presents its production of the original play Ghosts of El Camino Real by Michael Callahan and Albert Thompson showing through Nov. 2 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Lompoc Civic Auditorium, 217 S. L St., Lompoc. Cost is $12, $10 presale. More info: 735-2281 or

America's art


America's art

The Santa Maria Valley Historical Society is presenting a fundraiser event called the Antiques, Art, and Americana Show at the Historical Society Museum and the Historic Santa Maria Inn. Local artists, artisans, and collectors will gather and show off their wares, experts will be able to appraise antiques and repair certain artifacts, and there will be historical presentations and complimentary wine tasting.

The Antiques, Art, and Americana Show is on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Santa Maria Inn, 801 S. Broadway, and at the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum, 616 S. Broadway. There will be a shuttle between venues. Cost is $5 for seniors, students, and military; $6 in advance; and $7 at the door. More info: 922-3130.

Creative freedom


Creative freedom

Standing Sun Wines is offering an exhibition by two acclaimed artists through November. Impressionist paintings by Liz Bristow and sculptures by Joe Castle will show in the winery, with a special reception event weekend including live music by a variety of artists happening the weekend of Nov. 1 and 2. The events will celebrate artistic freedom in various forms, from painting to music and even wine.

Standing Sun Wine’s Freedom Art Show includes art by New Zealand’s impressionist artist Liz Bristow (work pictured) and sculptor Joe Castle, showing through Nov. 30. A special reception weekend including live music is Nov. 1 and 2 starting at 4 p.m. at Standing Sun Wines, 92 Second St., D, Buellton. More info: 904-8072 or