Thanks to much-needed government budget cuts for arts organizations, Opera Santa Barbara is searching for 34 host families who will offer their homes for 5 weeks (from Mid-February through mid-March, 2009) to traveling singers, directors, and techs contracted by OSB for the 2008/09 season.
For just pennies a day, one hundredth of an American dollar, you too can help an artist in need of a fold-out couch, a hot shower, and a bowl of rice. If you act now, we'll throw in a one year supply of Organic Throat Coat tea, and send you a picture of your host singer posing with Placido Domingo at some random charity event.
(And you just wait until they raffle off the leftover cortisone inhalers).
Memo to opera administrators everywhere in the US: this is what happens when your financially shaky line of business doesn't get trilliondollar'd (ie, bailed out) by the Federal government.