Once a costumer for TV shows including House and Weeds, Tami Macala switched careers midstream when she discovered the art of creating mosaics, according to a Santa Barbara Sentinel profile. She started mosaicking everything from fireplaces to fountains to other, lesser mosaics, eventually landing high-profile projects at the Florida Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Arby’s restaurants.
After more than a decade of working as a professional mosaic artist, Tami opened the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art (SBSMA). At the school, Tami and guest artists from near and far teach how to trick out tables with colorful shingles, coax gently luminous Mexican smalti into intricate patterns, or fuse glass for even more complex designs. Students can pick up tools and tiles at the SBSMA supply store and drop by during lab hours to work on independent projects.
Raptors of Rock, Hollywood Crisis, and Trip Aces might not be household names yet, but they’re rising stars in Santa Barbara. That’s thanks to Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, which specializes in helping talented, dedicated young musicians form their own rock bands and ensembles. Under the guidance of expert musicians and instructors, groups spend time rehearsing tunes, refining their collective playing skills, and developing pithy responses to journalists’ questions. The academy likewise encourages students to hone their individual talents during weekly private lessons in instruments such as guitar, drums, and voice. Once the band starts gelling, SBYMA schedules gigs at various venues, including multi-band showcases. For budding musicians interested in a less intensive commitment, the academy also hosts six-week sessions and summer programs.
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At Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, students master an array of massage styles—from Swedish and deep tissue to more niche practices, such as raindrop therapy and medical qigong. Since 1984, the school has been doling out massage certifications to its graduates, who learn through a mix of classroom sessions and practice massages at the student clinic.
When life simply isn't dramatic enough, Ventura's stage shows at Ventura Improv Company are for you.
Check out the restaurant at this club for a delicious meal.
The perfect place to take the kids, this club won't cost you a sitter.
Live music is often featured for patrons' enjoyment.
Weekend customers, beware! The club is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the club's N Palm St location offers nearby street parking.
Elite PADI SCUBA Instructor Shaun Crouse has called Ocean Sports Scuba and Freediving home since he was 16. At that time he received his own open-water certification at the facility, and today he pays it forward by providing one-on-one instruction to pupils. Participants can seek certification in all levels of diving, from open-water licenses through PADI master professional licenses.