Time flies over us, but leaves its shadows behind.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Gay marriage issue hits home

by lesliedinaberg on June 17, 2004

Despite some initial reluctance by the Santa Barbara City Council to take the plunge into the national gay marriage debate, on Tuesday night they voted to adopt a resolution expressing opposition to President Bush’s proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting lesbian and gay couples from the right to marry. “In a nation where it’s legal for Brittney […]

Raising Helen diverting if not demanding

by lesliedinaberg on June 10, 2004

The spirit of summer reruns spreads to the multiplex with Raising Helen, a creampuff of a movie we’ve seen before (Baby Boom, Step Mom) and will most certainly see again (the new TV series “Summerland”). It’s an enjoyable enough version of a coming of age story: self-involved, career focused woman has children (usually via a […]

Day After Tomorrow makes you wish for another day

by lesliedinaberg on June 3, 2004

Watching The Day After Tomorrow feels an awful lot like yesterday. A reworking of standard cliches from disaster movies like Independence Day, Armageddon, Twister and a zillion others, the coolest thing about the movie is that it shows how far special effects have come. Using CGI techniques and gynormous budgets the folks behind classic disaster […]


by lesliedinaberg on June 3, 2004

The tourists are coming! The tourists are coming! There’s no need to fear, though. Our Sally Cappon and Leslie Dinaberg have the insiders’ story on what to do, where to go and how to just get around town at the height of summer. Follow their leads Breakfast East Beach Grill (1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd.) comes […]