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Poems of Peace

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but the reverse can also be true: Sometimes it takes a child to raise a village. When it comes to addressing the world’s gravest ills, young people often have a freshness of vision that is an invaluable tool for creative problem-solving.

Juno

Seen in some quarters as the feminist reply to Superbad or Knocked Up, Juno seems more like the film that actually speaks like the kids-only even more so. It comes equipped with its own special hip factor; one that automatically assumes that teens are not merely our future, they’re our present.

‘Tis the Season for Giving

It was recently announced that famed contemporary Realist painter Dorothy Churchill-Johnson has donated six of her works to the County of Santa Barbara. Churchill-Johnson, who has worked in town for over 30 years, has shown her works in France, Russia, and the Philippines.

Positively State Street

DO THE PIGEON: So, you couldn’t make it to Pigeon John‘s Summertime Pool Party? Well, you need to check out the underground rap veteran himself when he appears at SOhO (1221 State St.) on Saturday, December 29. After making a name for himself in the mid ’90s at the Good Life Cafe-rapping alongside such venerable underground legends as Kurupt and Jurassic 5-John has amassed quite a following of fellow “street geeks” enamored of his affable, self-deprecating style and flows as snug-fit as his trademark fedora.

Galerie 707

The distinctive historical building and patio dedicated to Galerie 707 set the scene for an eclectic mixture of artwork that spans multiple media. Pieces range from dreamlike, abstract oil paintings to colorful silk pillows and scarves to striking and contemporary glass-on-concrete mosaic sculptures, which are displayed at the gallery’s front entrance.

Baker’s Dozen Disc Bazaar

LUCKY THIRTEEN: While wrapping up 2007 in music on disc, in the form of this annual cross-genre baker’s dozen list, we were struck by the fact that the rules of the game are rapidly changing.Radiohead‘s name-your-price release of In Rainbows, one of the year’s greatest and most artful hit releases, arrived not as a physical product but rather as a download and a brave new idea (well, not exactly new, considering similar concepts from Jane Siberry and Prince).

The Day the Music Stopped

Last week, the fine folks at the Lompoc Record broke a story that saddened my little, music-lovin’ heart: Lompoc’s Morninglory Music-the sister store to our very own State Street music emporium-is being forced to close up shop.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

The excitement was palpable as calliope-esque circus music filled the theater and kids wiggled in their seats in anticipation of the show. The entertainment for the evening was the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, starring Gregory Popovich and his performing dogs and cats.

Gilles Apap and Friends.

A notably large, grinning, and wriggling crowd filled the Marjorie Luke Theatre on Friday night when the tri-counties’ resident virtuoso violinist/fiddler Gilles Apap returned to the scene of a good time.

The Poetry of Peace (and War)

December’s darkness leads us inward. We light candles and turn our thoughts to peace, taking a small break from all the chaos. Almost everyone becomes a poet, reaching out to others with words. “Poetry is an act of peace,” wrote Pablo Neruda, a statement David Krieger quotes in his preface to The Poetry of Peace (Capra Press, 2003), a collection of the winning poems from the first seven years of the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards, sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation of Santa Barbara.

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