Wednesday, December 17, 2014     Volume: 15, Issue: 40

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On the road


On the road

Bay Area-based Latin rock group Ruckatan is traveling back up the coast after a Los Angeles performance and making a rare stop in Nipomo at Rancho Nipomo Deli. The small outdoor venue will be packed with sound and people, and local Latin R&B group Calo will be closing the show. Listeners can also enjoy Rancho Nipomo Deli’s famous tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches while listening to the grooving jams of two killer bands.

Rancho Nipomo Deli presents a concert by Bay Area group Ruckatan and local band Calo on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Rancho Nipomo Deli and BBQ, 108 Cuyama Lane, Nipomo. Cost is $10. More information is available at 925-3500 or

The masks we wear


The masks we wear

The Poetic Justice Project offers another live stage production that explores the themes and experiences of incarceration and the challenges of returning to the outside world in its production of INSIDE OUT. The difference this time is that the style of theater employed is commedia dell’arte, which uses character masks to explore and satirize the various roles each one of us must fill day to day. Whether asserting themselves on the inside, or making their way through all the hurdles of society, the Poetic Justice Project actors will use their own life experiences to inspire and inform their unique, improvised performances.

The Poetic Justice Project presents its original production of INSIDE OUT, a commedia dell’arte play showing Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Unity Chapel of Light, 1165 Stubblefield Road, Santa Maria. Cost is $15, $10 for students. More information is available at 264-5463 or

Connect to our environment


Connect to our environment

The UCSB Sedgwick Reserve is a stretch of land in the foothills of Santa Ynez that serves as a research area for UCSB students as well as an ecological preserve. Once a month, the reserve is open to the public for interpretive hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. Each hike includes leadership by a volunteer docent knowledgeable on local geology, history, and wildlife.

The UCSB Sedgwick Reserve presents hikes for the public with varying degrees of difficulty on Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the UCSB Sedgwick Reserve, Tipton Meeting House, 3566 Brinkerhoff Road, Santa Ynez. More information is available at 686-1941, Ext. 3, or