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Category Archives: History

RFK, California 1968: Never Before Published Photographs by Jesse Alexander

by lesliedinaberg on September 20, 2017

Renowned photographer Jesse Alexander says he didn’t even have a press pass when he took a pilgrimage to Delano to see young Robert F. Kennedy on the campaign trail. “I was really a fan of RFK and was very aware of his interest in farm workers and his work with Cesar Chavez,” says Alexander. These […]

Val Kilmer Presents Cinema Twain LIVE

by lesliedinaberg on June 29, 2017

Val Kilmer will be at the Lobero Theatre this Friday night (Jun. 30) at 8 p.m. to present a screening of his play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, Citizen Twain, played to sold-out houses at several performing arts venues in Los Angeles. Kilmer transforms himself into Twain in a comedic and moving performance based […]

Local Lowdown: Happy 50th to Chuck’s of Hawaii

by lesliedinaberg on March 9, 2017

Surprisingly little has changed since owner Larry Stone opened Chuck’s of Hawaii in 1967. The staff still wears Hawaiian shirts, the menus are still painted on Lancers wine bottles (Stone did the originals himself), the steaks and seafood are still solidly good, the Tiki Torches still burn brightly on upper State Street and the Mai-Tais are […]

Dreaming Big: Congregation B’nai B’rith’s 90 Year Celebration

by lesliedinaberg on February 21, 2017

Honoring yesterday, today and tomorrow, supporters of Congregation B’nai B’rith (CBB) recently gathered at Bacara Resort & Spa in tribute to the founding families who had the vision to create the home for Santa Barbara’s Jewish community in 1927. This festive, elegant celebration was packed to the gills with 450 guests to mark the 90th […]

Hold Hope | Obama in Santa Barbara, 2007

by lesliedinaberg on January 25, 2017

International award-winning photographer (and Santa Barbara Seasons contributor) Patricia Houghton Clarke presents never-before seen black and white images from Barack Obama’s campaign stop in Santa Barbara in 2007. She says, “The photographs embody the President’s abiding power, grace, and most importantly, HOPE.” There will be an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at PATRICIA […]

Cocktail Corner: In the Beginning—The Early Years in the Santa Barbara Wine Country

by lesliedinaberg on October 7, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  The history of Santa Barbara County’s wine industry takes center stage at The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on October 23, with an autumn symposium featuring an all-star panel of Santa Barbara winemakers. Panelists include Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat), Fred Brander (Brander Vineyards), Ken Brown (Ken […]

Fiesta Ranchera

by lesliedinaberg on June 13, 2016

Come celebrate Fiesta in June at the always fun Fiesta Ranchera party! Truly a great night out for locals, this is an awesome way to get into the spirit of Fiesta, Goleta style! On June 16, Fiesta Ranchera opens the Fiesta summer season with the help of Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society for an unforgettable […]

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig

by lesliedinaberg on October 19, 2015

This retrospective exhibition, the first in 90 years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects, who happen to be husband and wife. James Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency—even precocity, given his age—completed […]

Editor’s Pick: La Fiesta Pequeña

by lesliedinaberg on July 31, 2015

One of Old Spanish Days’ most beautiful traditions is the official opening of Fiesta, which has taken place in front of the Santa Barbara Mission since 1927. Always free to the public, La Fiesta Pequeña (“little Fiesta”) is a colorful historical program with traditional songs and dances from the Californio, Flamenco, Spanish Classical and Mexican […]

A Passion for Business Innovation

by lesliedinaberg on June 28, 2015

The Manzo-McKaig Melting Pot  By Leslie Dinaberg Like many immigrant families, the Manzo-McKaig patriarch came to the U.S. to pursue the American Dream. Mission accomplished. From the Italian Store to the Pan-American Market chain, Enrico’s Deli and Casa Flores Tortillas, to their current successes in entrepreneurial ventures, hard work—and a love of food and family—run […]