Sunday, September 26, 2010

Jack Johnson Concert

Jack Johnson is coming back to the Santa Barbara Bowl for two concerts: Wednesday, Oct 13th, appearing with G Love and Zee Avi, concert starts at 6pm.  The following night, Thursday, October 14th, his guest artists are ALO and Zee Avi. 

The 2010 world tour ends with the Santa Barbara concerts, so if you haven't seen this artist yet, now is your chance.  (Johnson's 2009 appearance at the Bowl sold out.)  The concert features songs from Johnson's latest album, To The Sea.

Time is running out for the 2010 season at the Bowl, so make your plans now for a memorable outdoor concert experience.

The Bath Street Inn is happy to extend our Concerts and More Special to these shows.   Request 15% off the  posted rate for that Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night..  You can add an extra one of these nights for a two night stay and get the 15% discount for that night too.  Amazing how a little extra time can transform a concert into a great midweek getaway.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Santa Barbara Harbor

Santa Barbara celebrates our working harbor and the fruits of the sea this year on Saturday, October 9th with the Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival. It's the opening of the lobster season, and there will be fresh caught lobster, prawns, crab and seabass for the eating.  Live music will enliven the atmosphere.  Also, this year we'll have cooking demonstrations on, what else? seafood!

While you're at the harbor, take a tour of the Maritime Museum, one of Santa Barbara's lesser known treats.

 I'm told that boat tours of the harbor are also available, some on active fishing boats.  In past years, the Coast Guard has taken folk aboard one of their vessels. You can also visit the Tall Ship schooner, Spirit of Dana Point, here to celebrate with us and let your imagination soar over the waves. The Maritime Museum says that you can actually take a sail on the Tall Ship, Spirit of Dana Point, on Sunday, the 10th. Contact them for more details.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Steve Martin Banjo

 Part 2 of the great Fall line up for C&W and Bluegrass fans:  Friday, October 8 brings Steve Martin on banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers to Santa Barbara for an evening of banjo and bluegrass. They'll be playing at the Granada, (just 7 blocks from the Bath Street Inn) as part of the UCSB Arts and Lectures Program.

Martin's album The Crow, New Songs for the Five String Banjo won the 2010 Grammy Bluegrass award, and it's going to be a toe-tapping night. If you haven't had the opportunity to see a show at the Granada yet, now's your chance.  The acoustics are wonderful, and the $60 million renovation restored the sad old movie theater to a gem of a performing arts center. One word of warning, although the sound is great, the seats at the top of the theatre have virtually no leg room; I'm 5 foot 3 and felt squished, so go for a seat that costs a little more.

If you're looking for accommodation at a Santa Barbara bed and breakfast for the concert weekend,  you'll be very welcome at the Inn, we'd love to see you.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Friday, September 17, 2010

Willie Nelson Concert

We are going to have an autumn to remember for country and bluegrass music fans. Willie Nelson and Family are appearing at the Santa Barbara Bowl for one concert only this Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm.  Willie Nelson, with 60 years of music making behind him, will be playing with Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses.  Bingham just won Nashville's Americana Music Awards for Best Song (The Weary Kind, the theme song of the hit movie Crazy Heart) and Artist of the Year.

With a full moon over the beautiful outdoor amphitheater and with these musicians, it should be a night to remember.  And not just any full moon - this will be the Harvest Moon - said to be bigger and brighter than others during the year. Marie and Deborah experienced the magic of the Bowl under a full moon with the Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones concert last month - it just doesn't get much better.

The Bath Street Inn is happy to offer a 25% discount on rooms for concert goers for either or both nights, Thursday, the 23rd and Friday, the 24th.  (You know you want to take Friday off anyway and it's a great excuse to have the concert and Santa Barbara too!)  Ask for the concert special on the phone (800-549-2284) or in the text notes on our secure website reservation system.  The discount will be shown in your confirmation.
It's better at the Bowl.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography

Alas, this is the last week of the current exhibit of contemporary Korean photography, entitled Chaotic Harmony currently on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  The show, co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the SBMA,  brings the best of two generations of South Korean (aka Republic of Korea) photographers' work to the West. 

Pieces by forty different artists are exhibited: they range from the whimsy of JeongMee Yoon's Seo Woo and Her Pink Things,  to the dreamy beauty of Bohnchang Koo's Vessels series on Korean porcelain ware and the mind-bending exchanges of  Chan-Hyo Bae's Elizabethan Costume series. The curators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the SBMA realized after they had finalized the selection process that the works fell into an organic whole comprised of several broad categories -  among them, identity, family, nature and globalization.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has purchased several of the works with funds from Photofutures, the General Art Acquisition fund and museum benefactors, so we'll have the opportunity to see a few of  them again in the future.

Exhibit ends on  September 19th, 2010.

If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting Santa Barbara, feel free to look us up; we'd love to have you at the Bath Street Inn.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Friday, September 10, 2010

Danish Days

Solvang celebrates it Danish heritage every year in September with Danish Days, featuring parades, dancing, live music, story telling (in honor of  Hans Christian Andersen) and folks dressed in traditional costume and living history at the Elverhoj Museum.  There's also food galore: in addition to the famous Danish pastries at multiple fabulous bakeries, there is an aebleskiver eating contest.

This year's Danish Days, to be held on  September 17 and 18th,  will celebrate the founding of the community ninety-nine years ago, shortly before WWI, when two Danish pastors and a professor bought farm land in the Santa Ynez valley and encouraged friends, family and members of their congregation to create a new life in the USA.

If you'd like to enjoy the festivities and still experience the gracious hospitality of our Santa Barbara bed and breakfast, we'd love to see you.  We are a short (45 minute) drive from Solvang.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn