The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
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Category Archives: pop culture

Cocktail Corner: HEEET-ing It Up!

by lesliedinaberg on October 13, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Fall is officially here, and Pumpkin Spice isn’t the only flavor that’s HOT this season. There’s a new cinnamon vodka out called HEEET, which is terrific for sipping. Think Fireball for grown-ups. Combining all natural ingredients with vodka and cinnamon is kind of brilliant idea, if […]

The Funk Zone Gets Even Artier with New Public Art Installations

by lesliedinaberg on October 12, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg The Arts Fund recently unveiled a handful of new projects for the Funk Zone Public Art Program, featuring new public works by Ken Bortolazzo, Chadillac Green, Ruth Ellen Hoag, Michael Irwin, Danny Meza, Leslie Lewis Sigler and Luis Velazquez. These works join existing projects by Chad Avery, Phoebe Brunner, Tofer Chin and R. Nelson […]

Felipe Molina

by lesliedinaberg on October 2, 2017

Wine and art make a great pairing when Standing Sun Wines presents new work by artist Felipe Molina, who was recently inducted into the Album Art Hall of Fame for his Counting Crows album covers. The exhibition opens on September 30 at Standing Sun Wines, 92 Second St., D, Buellton,  and remains on view through November 30.  For more information, […]

Hurry to Catch “Runaway” in Downtown Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on September 27, 2017

You’ve still got a few more days to catch “Runaway,” commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and on loan to the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture, this exhibit is installed in the Historic Storke Placita (700 State St.), until September 30. “Runaway” was created by Greg Corso and Molly […]

Silo118 presents BODY

by lesliedinaberg on September 27, 2017

  On view through November 8, Silo118 features artists JoAnn Belson, Patricia Houghton Clarke, Steven DePinto, Max Gleason, Skye Gwilliam, Jay Peterzell and Patricia Post in a show called “BODY,” focusing on pieces working with the human form. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Silo118 is a historic grain silo, now serving as an […]

Lila Downs

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2017

  The Los Angeles Times describes Lila Downs as, “A renowned Mexican balladeer known for her wild outfits, wide range and powerful voice, a goose-bump-inducing instrument that can go from playful to grave from one note to the next.” “Few alternative artists have the dynamic power and range of this bilingual warrior-woman,” states NPR. Grammy Award-winning Mexican-American […]

Local Lowdown: Beyond Borders

by lesliedinaberg on September 18, 2017

The Latin America-Southern California Connection: Pacific Standard Time By Leslie Dinaberg An ambitious artistic celebration of the vibrant cultural linkages between Southern California and Latin America takes place across the state this fall, from Santa Barbara to San Diego, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and beyond. Backed by more than $16 million in grants from the […]

First Person: Sullivan Goss Gallery’s Nathan Vonk

by lesliedinaberg on July 17, 2017

Preserving the Legacy, Embracing the Future By Leslie Dinaberg The link between Burning Man’s annual bacchanal festivities and Sullivan Goss Gallery’s 30-plus-year legacy of celebrating important 19th-, 20th– and 21st-century American art may seem tenuous, but it was a visit to Burning Man that first sparked Nathan Vonk’s interest in art and the friends he […]

Happy Together Tour Returns to the Chumash Casino

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to go back in time with the Happy Together Tour, featuring an impressive collection of top recording artists from the 1960s. The Turtles’ Flo & Eddie, The Association, The Cowsills, Chuck Negron, The Box Tops and Ron Dante return together to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at […]

Local Lowdown: Carrying a Torch for Tiki Drinks

by lesliedinaberg on July 6, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg Entering Solvang’s High Roller Tiki Lounge is like taking a trip back to the mid-century era of kitsch culture—perhaps an episode of Mad Men on a tropical vacation crossed with a visit to Disneyland’s Tiki Room. This clever concept shouldn’t be a surprise, given that owner Michael Cobb had a 17-year career with […]