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January 23rd, 2015 at 9:30 am

Santa Barbara train trips

This Valentine’s Day (or the day after), get intimate with your sweetie and 46 other romantic souls on a round-trip coastal train ride aboard the magnificently restored 1956 Silver Splendor Vista Dome.

South Coast Railroad Museum is hosting the six-hour private round trip between Amtrak’s Santa Barbara/Goleta stations and San Luis Obispo. Just sit back with your beloved, relax, and enjoy the classic Vista Dome experience, featuring 360-degree views along this beautiful and historic stretch of California coastline. Vista Dome cars are famous for their graceful, glass-enclosed rooftop observation rooms, which provide unparalleled scenic views in all directions. The experience is described as being like a bird in flight, gliding effortlessly just above the coastal bluffs.

The trip is limited to 48 passengers, guaranteeing spots in the 24-seat dome for half the excursion. Those making early reservations have first choice of riding in the dome during the north- or south-bound segments.

Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, the stainless-steel car raced between Chicago and Denver daily until 1980, the last nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles.

Passions are sure to run high on this splendid Valentine’s-themed train trip, so conduct yourself accordingly!
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January 21st, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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What:
Behold the traditional and elegant dance that has entranced and delighted audiences across the country. This performance is like watching temple sculptures come to life and then embark on a sensuous and transcendental journey through the Gita Govinda, a 12th century ballad of immortal love.

Where:
Campbell Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Mesa Road and University Plaza
Isla Vista, CA 93117

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January 20th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Cirque-Ziva

What:
Cirque Zíva, the incredible cirque spectacular from the fabled Golden Dragon Acrobats, returns to Santa Barbara after a triumphant run on Broadway. Get ready to be dazzled “with amazing feats of athleticism and daring, heart-stopping stunts” (Broadway World) performed by the premier Chinese acrobatic company touring America. Filled with eye-popping, fast-paced fun, the 75-minute show offers a bounty of gorgeous visuals to thrill the young and young at heart.

Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their relentless, 30-plus-year schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form. They remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year round in the United States, presenting more than 200 performances annually.

Cirque Zíva is the newest touring group from Asian Artists Productions Inc. The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best of Chang’s brand of artistic merit, high production value and solid commitment to cultural exchange.

Where:
Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, off Mesa Road and University Plaza

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January 19th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Winter Wine Classic

What:
Join the best of the best in California wine making at the 4th annual Winter Wine Classic in Santa Barbara. The event is presented by Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Guests are invited to taste nearly 100 classic California wines. Well-known inclusions are Bernardus, Charles Krug, Heitz Wine Cellars, Chateau St. Jean, and Peju. Gourmet food will also be available offered and paired by some of the region’s most notable chefs.

Where:
The Grand Ballroom at the Fess Parker Santa Barbara Hotel
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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December 18th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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What:
Head to the Lobero Theatre to enjoy the seventh annual production of this holiday classic. Hear the story of the steamer Furnessia making her journey from Londonderry, Ireland, to Ellis Island. You’ll be captivated by the men, women and children striving to make a new life in a new land. The production features more than 60 actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists.

Where:
Lobero Theatre
33 E. Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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