Sunday, September 8, 2019 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Please join us at our Fall season’s kickoff event – our annual picnic in the park! There will be a delicious catered lunch, with something for everyone, and a fun drawing with lots of great prizes.
Held every third Thursday of each month from September through May at 2:00 pm at the Maravilla Theater. You are invited to view and talk about a wide range of documentary films. After each screening we have an informal discussion about our reactions to both the subject and the filmmaking.
$25 for the year, or $5.00 at the door each time.
Held the second Thursday of each month, from September through July, at 1:30 pm, at Vista del Monte, in the Sierra Madre Lounge. Our nonfiction book club focuses on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) history and public affairs. Books are proposed and selected at various times during the year.
Membership is limited to 20 VISTAS members only - $25 for the year.
Four Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, and October 2, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at Bethany Congregational Church.
The goal of this course is to prepare participants for the best possible end of their own life and the easiest settlement of their affairs by their survivors. The first class will share some legal expertise. The second class designed to help members achieve a successful hospital experience. The third class will be about hospice care and the new legal options of physician-assisted dying. The final class will be devoted to the many details that follow a death. Each class will leave ample time for questions and discussion.
Three Tuesdays: September 24, October 1, and 8, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at the Music Academy of the West
This course will cover the Islands’ natural history and human history, including the geological forces that formed them, the Chumash who occupied them for thousands of years, the settlers and ranchers who followed, and the work being done to restore and preserve their native flora and fauna.
One Thursday: September 26, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at Bethany Congregational Church
The themes of judgment and mercy run through Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, which opens the Ensemble Theater Company’s 2019-20 season. First performed in 1604, this play departs from Shakespeare’s previous romantic comedies. Indeed, it’s been labelled a problem play because it carries the genre of comedy to a new dimension. The class will look at the characters, situations, and controversies in Measure for Measure as advance preparation for appreciating the performance.
One Sunday: October 6, 2019. Curtain time: 2:00 pm at the New Vic Theater
You are invited to join us at ETC’s production of Measure for Measure – a new look at a great Shakespearean play, which ETC describes as a ”A classic thriller … one of William Shakespeare’s most beguiling plays dramatizes one of Shakespeare’s more infamous bargains: a young woman’s virginity in exchange for her brother’s life….”
Group rate: VISTAS members and non-members $53 per person
Deadline to register 9/10/19 at Noon
Two Tuesdays: October 15 and 22, 2019 - 9:30 am to12 noon at the Covarrubias Adobe, Santa Barbara Historical Museum
We will explore what inspired the community leaders of Santa Barbara to decide that the Courthouse should be designed in the architectural style of southern Spain, and then how the building actually got its “National Historic Landmark” design. We’ll look at key events and people who shaped the Spanish image of Santa Barbara, the effect of the 1925 earthquake, and more.
Four Mondays: October 28, November 4, 11, and 18, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at the Bethany Congregational Church
The imperial presidency idea centers around the question whether the powers of the presidency are inadequate, and considers why, for a variety of reasons, presidents go beyond the powers listed in the Constitution, beyond the laws, beyond the norms, to take actions they consider to be for the good of the nation. We will trace the history of the imperial presidency from the writing of the Constitution to the present day. Most of our time will be spent on the period from FDR to present day.
One Tuesday: October 29, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at the Music Academy of the West
Three operas will be performed by Opera Santa Barbara this season. This multi-media class will make your experience of the operas even more meaningful. We encourage all music-lovers to enroll in this class, whether or not they plan to attend the operas.
Three Wednesdays: October 30, November 6, and 13, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at the Montecito Covenant Church.
Psychologists discuss the experience of intimacy in various contexts: secure attachment, nurturance of development, intimate dialogue with deep empathy, commitment, collaboration, interpersonal conflict resolution, emotional and behavioral responsiveness to others, sexuality, intellectual activity, aesthetics, recreation, shared developmental challenges or crises, and spirituality/ultimate meaning. From the first experience of intimacy of infants to their caregivers, to the last experiences of meaningful connection by people in decline, these experiences of intimacy often are regarded as the most precious moments in life.
One Sunday: November 3, 2019
Pre-opera talk at 1:45 pm; Curtain 2:30 pm at Granada Theater
Join us as we experience the tragic story of a young geisha called Cio-Cio-San, or Madame Butterfly. In Puccini’s masterpiece, Butterfly falls in love with an American naval officer, Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, who beguiles her with words of love and takes her as his Japanese bride. Ranked as the sixth most performed opera around the world.
VISTAS Members and Non-members $43
Registration Deadline is October 17, 2019 (unless it fills before that date)
AFTER the deadline has passed, the tickets will be ordered and VISTAS will mail your ticket(s) to you
One Monday: November 25, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at Montecito Covenant Church
This course will examine the evolution of Japanese garden design from its beginnings in China and Korea to the development of design elements in Japan and finally in America. We will look at how changes in society, politics, religions, and aesthetics influenced garden design over the millennia in Japan.
Four Wednesdays: November 20 and December 4, 11, and 18, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon
IN THE 1920s AND 1930s, Germany was second only to Hollywood in the production of feature films, and its creative influence was as important as was Hollywood’s. All that changed in 1933 when the Nazis took over the German cinema. What transpired was Hitler’s unintended gift to Hollywood and America. With the rise of Hitler and Fascism, there was a mass exodus of the European intellectual community. Tens of thousands of scientists, writers, artists, and scholars fled to the United States. Although much of this exodus has been exhaustively chronicled, there is an untold story about the emigration of countless movie directors, actors, composers, screen writers, and other members of the German and European cinema.
Three Mondays: December 2, 9, and 16, 2019 - 9:30 am to 12 noon at Weinman Hall, Music Academy of the West.
This class will focus in depth on the greatest films of what is generally considered to be “The Golden Age of the Hollywood Musical”—from “Meet Me in St. Louis” in 1945 to “Gigi” in 1958.