And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving...
-Marilyn Thayer

Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Cocktail Corner: Wine & Art Come Together to Support SlingShot Gallery

by lesliedinaberg on October 20, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg Wine and art are both close to my heart, so when the two of them come together to support a local nonprofit, it’s sure to be a magical evening! In this case, Wine & Art, a fundraiser for SlingShot Art Forum, an Alpha Resource of Santa […]

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 […]

Cocktail Corner: Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on October 9, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg This weekend brings the first Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Saturday October 7. The festival combines polo, local wine, and music for a unique one-day experience. This unique, full day experience features two polo matches, great […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cocktail Corner: Kings Carey Wines

by lesliedinaberg on September 16, 2017

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg No matter how many times I’m reminded that you can’t judge a book by its cover, I’m still a sucker for an interesting wine label, so I was particularly intrigued by the samples I recently received from Kings Carey Wine, the new label by Liquid Farm […]